• Fibromyalgia,  Health,  Reviews

    Secrets to Keeping a Full-Time Job with Chronic Pain

    Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor do I claim that if you follow all of these techniques and tips you will be able to keep a full-time job with chronic pain because chronic pain is different for each person. I just hope to share some of the things that have helped me in order to hopefully help you. Also, I am getting no money from this. They are all suggestions from the bottom of the heart. So, if I sound like I am trying to sell something, it is just because I believe in it so much. A few years ago, my advisor for student teaching asked me whether…

  • Health

    What I Learned – Days 24 – 30

    Can you believe that we finished the challenge? It has been long and hard, but I think that I have learned a lot about health and happiness in the process. I will never be perfect, and I must accept that. If you look back on the days of this challenge there were many times where I had to say that I didn’t or couldn’t do an element of the challenge. I am learning to realize that is okay. To be limited is to be human. Learning to rest in His grace has brought me so much joy. Accountability is key to following through. There were so many times that I…

  • Devotions,  Fibromyalgia,  Health

    30 Day Health Challenge – Days 18-23

    This post may contain affiliate links. Welcome to my 30-day journey to a healthier and happier self. If you want to join me from the beginning, click the picture above. Day 18 Exercise: None – still in a lot of pain from running Colostrum: Nope Writing: Interacting with others’ blogs Meditation: Isaiah 66:10-14 As one whom his mother comforts; so I will comfort you. Eating: Nothing weird, some dairy, lots of tea (Lipton Herbal Supplement, Stress Less, 15 ct, 0.79 oz). Day 19 Exercise: Yoga stretches Colostrum: None Writing: In blog and in my journal which made me feel restful and focused. Meditation: I journaled in response to questions from Grace for the…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Health

    Tips for Coping with Pain

    This post may contain affiliate links. I have dealt with fibromyalgia my whole life, but I have only recently been diagnosed with it. Having a name for my unexplained pain is actually quite helpful. When you have a name for what you are dealing with, you can find out productive ways to deal with that pain. My Top Ways to Deal with Pain: Don’t be afraid to take the painkillers. For some reason, I always thought that I was weak if I took them, that I wouldn’t be listening to my body and would hurt myself. Not true. There is no shame in using what you can in order to…

  • Devotions,  Fibromyalgia,  Health

    30 Day Health Challenge – Days 11-17

    This page may contain affiliate links. Day 11 – Exercise: Lifting weights, Yoga stretches Colostrum: One teaspoon with Orange Juice Writing: Interacting with other’s blogs, writing blog research It was fun! It was nice to be inspired by others’ writing and learn how I can improve my blog. Meditation: “And the prison of self-protection has kept me from receiving the boundless, unfathomable, gracious love of God.” – Emily P. Freeman, Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life This motivated me to do something that I was very scared to do. Make my first ever video! I felt so much more confident afterward though. I just need to continue…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Health

    Why I Don’t Do Challenges – Days 8-10

    I was derailed a bit by dealing with my emotions after being plagiarized. Thankfully, because of the wonderful blogging community, that has been taken care of, and the plagiarized work has been taken down. I realized that I was still going to need to write about my 30 Day Health Challenge. My whole body groaned. I know that it is difficult to form habits, but I also felt that I needed to work through the emotions that I had from having some of my best work stolen from me. This made me realize why I don’t do the 30 Days to Better Abs or 30 Day Fasting Challenges. My body…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Health

    It’s Physical Therapy! – Day 6

    I’m sitting in the parking lot of my physical therapist. I go to physical therapy on the recommendation from my doctor for fibromyalgia. I never look forward to going to physical therapy, but I always feel better afterward. Let’s see what today brings shall we? I am already counting today as a win because I wasn’t sure if I could make it through the day at work. I did, and I was even able to drive myself to physical therapy after that! What I Did Exercise: Stationary Biking, Stretches, Side Planks, Bridges Colostrum: One Tablespoon Writing: Blog, Notes Meditation: Encouragement from others: You will be perfect someday. Today is not…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Health

    Resting in Grace – Day 5 Health Challenge

    Want to start from the beginning? Click on the photo. Welcome to my fibro-flare. This will probably derail the health challenge for a week, but, during this time, I plan on focusing on some different aspects of health, particularly allowing myself to rest and giving myself grace. These elements of my life are actually more important than any striving toward health I can achieve. They are also the hardest to master. How Did I Rest Today? Called In Sick – I hate doing this, but I swallowed my pride. I was having severe myoclonic jerks, fainted, and had to crawl to the phone to call my boss to tell her I…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Health

    30 Day Fibro-Friendly Health Challenge – Day 4

    Welcome to Day 4 of my 30 Day Health Adventure! To start with me from the beginning, click the quote. What I Did Exercise: Morning – Touched Toes, Figure 8 Torso, Afternoon – Walk around the grocery store Colostrum: Could Not Stomach it Today Writing: Journaling devotions, blog Meditation:  Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. – James 5:13 Eating: From 8 AM – 4 PM How I Felt Exercise: Morning – loosened up, Afternoon – Achy Colostrum: Didn’t take it Writing: Energized, engaged Meditation: In the morning, I felt very positive about this. I sang praises in the car, so thankful…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Health

    30 Day Fibro-Friendly Health Challenge – Day 3

    Click the picture above to join me from the beginning of this 30 Day Fibro-Friendly Health Challenge. Part of taking care of yourself is knowing when to rest. This day 3 of my 30 Day Fibromyalgia-Friendly Health Challenge had to be dedicated to rest in the form of not doing my cardio workout. After having an encouraging conversation with a woman who also has fibromyalgia, I realized that allowing myself grace in the form of rest is essential to a healthy mind and body. Tears flowed when talking about what a struggle it is to form habits when you have fibromyalgia, the inevitably of a fibro flare will happen which…

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