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Join me on my journey in learning to be kind to my body and mind by challenging myself to develop healthy habits. The focus will be on exercise, natural medicine, food intake, and mindfulness. Can you handle the 30 Day Challenge? It’s fibromyalgia friendly and isn’t calling for drastic/painful changes. Why not try it?
Exercise in some way every day.
My go to exercises are bicep curls, bench presses, crunches, and planks. Tai Chi and elements from PiYo (Chalene Johnson’s PiYo Base Kit – DVD Workout with Exercise Videos + Fitness Tools and Nutrition Guide) are my go to routines. These kinds of low impact workouts have been proven to be better for those with fibromyalgia than high intensity cardio exercises.
Take Immune Tree Colostrum6 Powder, Certified 6-Hour Colostrum, 6.5oz every day.
Write every day.
This always helps me clear my mind of what I am worried about or just thinking about. If I write my goals, I tend to follow them. It helps me to have cute supplies to do this with. My favorite pens (24 Fineliner Color Pens Set, Taotree Fine Line Colored Sketch Writing Drawing Pens for Bullet Journal Planner Note Taking and Coloring Book, Porous Fine Point Pens Markers) and notebooks (Moleskine Classic Notebook, Pocket, Ruled, Black, Hard Cover (3.5 x 5.5)) make it more fun to practice this discipline. Of course, I also enjoy typing electronically in my blog.
Meditate every day.
I use the calming sounds and sometimes guided meditations of the Fabulous app. While I use this app I repeat to myself either affirmations or scripture. Here are some that I used:
I choose joy despite my circumstances. I am loved by Christ, my family, and my friends. I am strong through Christ. In my weakest moments, God’s strength is shown.
Eat for only 8 hours a day.
This is called intermittent fasting, specifically the 16/8 Method. To read more and understand the benefits read Intermittent Fasting for Women: Your Complete Guide by Kettle and Fire.
Please note that I did not give myself any minimums or maximums for numbers 1-4. This way I knew that I could reach these goals. I have found that, for me, developing habits is easier when I don’t set unrealistic expectations at the beginning.
My Status at the Beginning of this Challenge
I am having fibromyalgia flare ups of some kind every day. I am having myoclonic jerks with more frequency and a longer duration than is normal for me. My goal is to be the healthiest I can be in order to push through this last month of school without taking sick days (fingers crossed). I want to be there 100% for my students, co-workers, and my husband. I want to be the best that I can be.
What I Did
Exercise: Downward Dog, Child’s Pose, Plank, and Crunches.
Colostrum: One Tablespoon
Writing: In my blog and commenting on others’ blogs
Meditation: I used stickers to place some affirmations on the top of the pages in my planner. I took the time while I was doing this to meditate on each affirmation.
Eating: I ate from 8 AM – 5 PM.
How I Felt
Exercise: My body was achy until I did my workout routine. I then felt energized but still sleepy. I don’t know how that is possible, but welcome to my body.
Colostrum: My stomach felt funny after taking the bovine colostrum, but that is understandable as I haven’t taken it in a while. This will feel weird until my has finished healing my gut with the bovine colostrum.
Writing: I was engergized by writing and excited to learn new things from others’ blogs.
Meditation: This had a calming influence on me. I could tell that I had a better attitude after meditating.
Eating: I was really hungry at about 7 PM when I woke up from a very refreshing nap after work. It had been a difficult fibro day. I allowed myself to drink orange juice. This is probably not allowed, but I am trying to get my body used to this, so I am giving myself some grace.
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