December, 2013

  1. The Year 2013

    December 30, 2013 by Heather

    Happy almost New Years Eve! How was your 2013?! Mine was a bit rough and I am looking forward to 2014! Personally 2013 was a tough one for me. And this resulted in my health tanking. Despite this, professionally I had a wonderful year. So 2013 is filled with mixed emotions. I truly believe when we have a huge WHY we will do whatever we can to survive and thrive. And I am proud to say I did that. I got myself out of a situation that was not healthy and causing more health issues than I already had. We all know how stress negatively affects us. Multiply that ten fold for a Fibro person.
    So my question for you today is, how will you make 2014 great? What are your big hairy goals? How will you reach them? It’s not enough to just think about your goals. Write them down. Post them where you will see them everyday and tell someone. They only become real when you make them public. I did that today. I told my Coach and mentor what my big hairy goals were and I will write them down and post them on my fridge. Think positive my friends, read those goals every day and set an action plan to reach them! Bring on 2014!

  2. Fibro hates stress

    December 23, 2013 by Heather

    Happy Holidays everyone! This is the time of year when we typically overdo and over stress. For the normal person this can take a toll. For the Fibro person this spells trouble! How are you handling the Holidays this year?

    I’m not handling them as well as I would like. Between the stress of a divorce, an impending move and the Holidays I am one big ball of a mess! I’m the first to admit it. But I’m trying my best to manage it so it doesn’t get out of control. I truly believe management is key and reevaluating what we can do differently next year is important.

    As we all know, diet and exercise is crucial for us. And isn’t this the time of year where we eat stuff we don’t normally eat and exercise less. It happens. Don’t beat yourself up. But rather, how can we do better next year?

    What are you doing now that is benefiting you and you can take forward and what can you change in the New Year to better handle stressful situations and times?

    I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts!

    Be well my friends!

  3. Move move move…

    December 9, 2013 by Heather

    Ok yes, I’m a blogging slacker. So it’s Monday and I’m making it a goal to start blogging, to start, atleast once a week on a Monday. I will be sharing info on natural ways to manage your Fibro, what is working for me, recipes etc. If you’d like to see something in particular let me know. And please pardon the appearance here as I’m revamping the site.

    So I often get questions about exercise. I often get accused of not having Fibro because I exercise every day. Let me set the record straight; I have Fibro and I suffer just like everyone else. What I refuse to do is let it win. To that end, I am my own advocate and I’m constantly researching ways to feel better without the use of medication.

    I did not sleep well last night. But I knew if I got up and did not do my workout I’d be in more pain. So I got up and did my workout. I also walked my dog in the rain and cold. We all know what that means. More pain….
    To balance that all out I took a nap around 3:30. It’s all about figuring out the balance for YOU. Does that come easy? No, I don’t think so. And it’s different for each one of us.

    What I do know is that we need to move. What that looks like for each of us is different. And over time you will get stronger and be able to do more. But if you don’t move, in some capacity, your muscles will get tighter. Your joints and tendons, as a result, will get tighter and inflexible which may lead to injuries. Who needs injuries on top of Fibro!? If we are stronger we are better able to manage and fight this condition that afflicts us. I will not lie, if you haven’t moved in awhile, it’ll hurt. You will have the regular muscular pain on top of the Fibro pain. But that will pass. Keep moving forward, drinking your recovery drink, your water and feed your body clean nutrition. And most importantly, listen to your body. It will tell you what it needs!

    If you need help with getting started let me know! Until next week….