Sunday, September 01, 2013
I have successfully achieved my goal of staying "Chocolate Free" for the entire month. Feeling very proud of myself for that. It started out hard but as time progressed I finally began to accept it. I embraced the fact that this was a step toward getting healthier. To make the process easier ... I avoided that isle in stores. Now I am looking forward to my reward, which will be a 26 lb. Kettle Bell.
I have made the decision to continue to stay chocolate free for the month of September. I have seen my A1c test results go from 6.4 down to 5.4 in a short time. If I can continue at that level I hope to be able to come off my diabetes medication in the near future.
In the past I have used chocolate as a way to comfort myself. This month I lost 6 lbs. I believe that by eliminating the chocolate it helped make the difference. I am going to take this one step further this month and eliminate Fast foods from my diet for the month of September.
For the past six weeks I have been listening to Kelly Howells "Secret Meditation" The suggested listening period is six which that also concluded the end of August. I feel more positive, calmer, and have reduced stress. For September I will listen to another of her tapes.
Another goal for August was to Exercise at least thee times a week. In the beginning I started doing maybe 10 minutes, then just stopped. I let the pain of my health issues prevent me for a week. Happily by the third and final week of August I had my act together.
I am now up to 30 or 40 min's daily. I use my Fit Bit, and love that it sends my phone a reminder that you have so many steps left to achieve your goal. Once you get there, it sends yet another message to tell you that you met your goal.
This month I would like to start tracking my foods. This is something I struggle with. So far today I entered my food both in Sparks and Fit Bit. Guess I just need to keep working at it till it gets easier.
Other goals this Month include:
Increase my steps to 5000 daily
No Fast foods ... Also want to eliminate junk food
Exercise daily for thirty minutes or more
Work on more fruits & Veggies
Continue to work on keeping a positive attitude
Love myself no matter what happens
What I have learned is I can work through pain. I refuse to let RA, OA, Fibro, and other issues prevent me from getting healthy. I am stronger than I give myself credit for.
I will continue to seek guidance from a higher source.
Step by step I will get there. Each day is a new lesson learned.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
The start of a new week begins today. This is the last week of the month, so I would like to finish it with some positive results.
So far this month I have taken responsibility for my actions, and am moving forward in my journey. No, it's not been perfect, but it's more about taking steps to improve my over all health. I have made steady progress, and I'm proud of how far I've come. Learning from our mistakes is part of the journey.
Still on my quest to remain chocolate free. So far I have accomplished 25 days of chocolate free. Honestly I didn't I could do it, however I'm learning that I am stronger than I give myself credit for.
Exercise is progressing, again not perfect, but steady improvement. This is an important component in my journey. With all my health issues, and possibly more to be unveiled next month, exercise is key. I will strive to be more consistent in this area.
This week I will focus on my life, being happy, not worrying what others think. I have let other peoples opinions of me, upset me, & disrupt my journey. That is my past, I will now embrace my future, even with flaws, as no one is perfect.
I continue to work on self improvement. I have been listening to a tape for the past few weeks. The suggested listening period is six weeks which concludes Saturday. Not sure if I will listen a little longer, but I definitely want to start another tape. It is a sublimeral tape by Kelly Howell. Feel it is helping.
Tonight I did thirty minutes of walking in place. To break it up a bit, I mixed some lunges, toe touches, and squats . Even used my weight for a short time. Totally exhausted, my whole body hurts. I will not give up.
What I have learned is "Small changes can make a big difference in our lives" I don't know who said that, but it's so true. Have to keep pushing myself forward to reach my destination. It will take awhile to get there, but it will be so worth it.
Sunday, July 07, 2013
Fresh Start. This begins week 2 in my quest to a healthier lifestyle. My journey has had a lot of obstacles, some of which I now realize that I placed in the way. Today I continue taking a different route. This route is called CHANGE. Change can be difficult but it can be maneuvered towards success. It just takes some determination & a willingness for something better. When I hit a detour or roadblock, I will make better choices. I will not give up. I will instead look for another way to reach my goals. I can & will do this.
Exercise: I have promised myself that I will do something this week. It will be for a duration of three days, for a minimum of ten minutes. Just remember that RA doesn't like you using your joints, but I will and will get stronger & stronger.
Negativity: This is another hard challenger. It's been with me my entire life. It's now time for us to part company. Positive thoughts are what I am going to think from now on. It will take some time, but will be worth the effort. I am going to learn to love myself, and appreciate what I have. As with the exercise goal I will get stronger, & wiser. The past is the past. Looking forward to my future. I will ask the angels to guide me in all my goals. I will listen to Kelly Howell and Louise Hay. They offer plenty of elf help options. Again I can and will do this. It may not be today, or even tomorrow but it will happen. I open my arms & heart to the universe. I show gratitude for what I have.
The hardest goal is to reduce my sugar intake. I know that I am capable of doing this. I have faced strong challengers in the past. I am now a non smoker, and free of Diet Pepsi, or any soda for that matter. I managed to make the change by drinking water. I do not plan to eliminate sugar completely, just be aware of how much I am consuming. The real problem is chocolate. It's my comfort food. so I will need to replace it with something healthier. Again this won't happen over night, but I going to try hard to cut back.
I can do this
I believe in myself
I will not fear the changes
I will embrace them
I will experience new things
I will continue to move forward
I will conquer my goals
Because I am worth it
Because I love myself enough to make these changes
Sunday, June 23, 2013
As usual it takes me awhile to come to grips with health issues. Yesterday, when I opened my mail there was an envelope from my Rheumatologist. I didn't open it when it first arrived as I thought it was my referral for my Follow up visit. It was not that. It was a letter from my doctor that results from my Vectra DA test were back. The results show HIGH RA Activity. She wants to discuss changes in my medication, and if I want can schedule an appointment sooner. This information really upset me. I cried Saturday night. Last thing I want is more medication. I also have a lot of questions. Is there joint damage, or damage to my blood vessels? Has it affected my organs?? What about tissue & cartilage damage?? All this running through my mind was making me crazy.
What I have since decided is what will be, will be. However, I will NOT take this laying down.
My Journey has had many detours & challenges. I will not quit, but I will make the necessary adjustments to continue moving forward in my quest for a healthier lifestyle. I will ask the angels to help guide me, and direct me to changes that will be necessary. I
will learn to remove the toxins both from my body & mind. I will get stronger. I will survive!!
For most of this year I've sat on the side lines watching others make progress on their journey. It's time for action on my part. RA you picked the wrong person to mess with cause like it or not, your going down!!! Bye Bye RA
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