Sometimes We Need a Breather

  I slept late Sunday morning. Nope, I didn’t get up and exercise. I didn’t even take the dogs for a walk. I let myself sleep until almost 8. It was wonderful. I really think that I should feel guilty, but I don’t. I needed sleep, since I haven’t been sleeping much this past week. I don’t know about you, but stress tends to do this to me. So, after my breather, I will indeed get up on Monday and exercise. In fact, I’ll be adding a little extra to my routine. It’s been one week of mostly easy stuff, so time to amp it up a little bit! I’ll let you know how it all goes.

 

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Pity Parties Don’t Get Anything Accomplished

Last night, I thought I would begin having a pity party. The stress in my household is sky high, and I felt that I deserved to feel sorry for myself. Then, on my the internet, I saw the video of the dad dancing with his disabled little girl. It made me ashamed of myself. Really? I think I’m having a difficult time? I’m blessed more than I take the time to think about, and it’s shameful to waste my time boohooing about little problems. I can change what I can change, and I’ll just think about that. Forget the other things. I can’t do anything about them, so I just refuse to let it bother me. Focus on the positive.  I’ll just keep putting one foot and front of the other, and see where I go.

Goals, Fibromyalgia and Education

  I wrote my previous blog without saying anything about myself, or my goals. I’m a 53 year-old married mother of two, who is hoping to get as fit and healthy as I can before I get “old”. (Which I believe is more a state of mind, than anything else). I also want to lose twenty pounds by Thanksgiving, and post a blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Not too shabby for goals, is it?

   I work with the elderly, so I have a good idea of my future, and I want to make sure I don’t end up like a lot of the elderly I see on a daily basis. My “wake-up” call was when I met a woman in a doctor’s waiting room who looked to be in her late 60’s. She told me she had Fibromyalgia (which I also have), and was having a hard time moving around. She was there to get her pain medicine increased. I told her I had Fibromyalgia also, but I never had to take any pain meds. She told me that once I reached 50 it would get that much worse. I asked her how old she was; she told me she was 51, two years younger than I am. When I told her that, she couldn’t believe it. I also tried to tell her about alternative medicine for Fibromyalgia, but she felt that taking medicine from the doctor was the only way to treat it. I wanted to tell this story to show that if you have an illness, you should educate yourself about both the conventional ways to treat it, and the alternative ways to help you deal with it. After my diagnosis, my doctor put me on Prozac, which I took for about 6 months, then stopped. I hadn’t noticed any difference in the way that I felt, and decided I didn’t want to worry about the side effects. Instead I looked up alternative ways of living with Fibromyalgia. After a few years of trying different things, this is what I do:

  1. If I feel depressed, (usually I don’t) I’ll start taking St. John’s Wort.
  2. For pain I take 400 mg of Magnesium daily. This usually works most of the time. The only problem is that it can cause bowel distress if you take too much, so I keep it at just one tablet per day.
  3. I also drink 2 ounces of 100% Aloe Vera juice. I use this for pain management, energy and all-around good health.

  Is there a difference in the way I feel if I don’t take these? Yes, I definitely feel better. If I skip them, I have severe flu-like aches and pains, but if I take the Magnesium, and Aloe Vera daily, I feel so much better! I’m not telling anyone else what to do, just what I do that makes a difference for me. So, educate yourself, for yourself.

 

  I wrote my previous post without saying anything about myself, or my goals.  I’m a 53 year-old married mother of two, who is hoping to get as fit and healthy as I can before I get “old”.  (Which I believe is more a state of mind, than anything else).  I also want to lose twenty pounds by Thanksgiving and post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Not too shabby for goals, is it?

  I work with the elderly, so I have a good idea of my future, and I want to make sure I don’t end up like a lot of the elderly I see on a daily basis.  My “wake-up” call was when I met a woman in a doctor’s waiting room who looked to be in her late 60’s.  She told me she had Fibromyalgia (which I also have), and was having a hard time moving around.  She was there to get her pain medicine increased.  I told her I had Fibromyalgia also, but I never had to take any any pain meds.  She told me that once I reached 50 it would get that much worse.  I asked her how old she was; she told me she was 51, two years younger than I am.  When I told her that, she couldn’t believe it.  I also tried to tell her about alternative medicine for Fibromyalgia, but she felt that taking medicine from the doctor was the only way to treat it.  I wanted to share this story to show that if you have an illness, you should educate yourself about both the conventional ways to treat it, and the alternative ways to help you deal with it.  (The Mayo Clinic is a great resource.)  After my diagnosis, my doctor put me on Prozac, which I took for about 6 months, then stopped.  I hadn’t noticed any difference in the way that I felt, and decided I didn’t want to worry about the side effects.  Instead I looked up alternative ways of living with Fibromyalgia.  After a few years of trying different things, this is what I’ve found that works for me:

  1.  If I feel depressed, (usually I don’t), I’ll start taking St. John’s Wort, and make sure I go on frequent walks with my dogs.

  2.  For pain I take 400 mg of Magnesium daily.  This usually works most of the time.  The only problem is that it can cause bowel distress if you take too much, so I keep it at just one tablet per day.

  3.  I also drink 2 ounces of 100% Aloe Vera juice.  I use this for pain management, energy and all-around good health.

  Is there a difference in the way I feel if I don’t take these?  Yes, I definitely feel better.  If I skip them, I have severe flu-like aches and pains, but if I take the Magnesium and Aloe Vera daily, I feel so much better!  I’m not telling anyone else what to do, just what I do that makes a difference for me.  So, educate yourself, for yourself.

Starting to Transform My Life

Have you ever had that moment when everything changes?  You basically “wake up” and realize that the only way your life will change is if you change it?  There will never be anyone else who can transform your life for you, only you can do it.  Well, that’s happened to me more than once.  Like everyone else, there are things that I can’t change.  My age is one thing that can’t be changed.  Although, I do routinely lie about it.  Thankfully I have been blessed with a baby-face, and usually can get away with it, if I don’t backtrack too many years.  Where I live is another one that can’t be changed, at least not in the near future.  But, there are so many other things that can be transformed!  All is not lost.

I said that to myself a few weeks ago, determined to change my lifestyle from one of sitting and reading, to one of moving and doing.  Then, when my alarm went off at 5:30 am, I reached over, shut it off, day after day.  So, my “wake-up” call didn’t work.  Again.  So, I’ve decided that the only way to do this is to be accountable.  Not just to myself, but to anyone else who decides to read this.  Every day, I determine to get up and exercise.  I did it today, and plan on doing it tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow.  Let’s see how it goes.

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”  – Aldous Huxley