Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A Healthy Lifestyle with Chronic Pain - Healthy Eating

A Healthy Lifestyle with Chronic Pain – Healthy Eating 

A healthy lifestyle is extremely important for everyone, but for many of us living in chronic pain it can seem like we are hitting a brick wall and many of us give up, frustrated and feeling defeated. But, if we take smaller steps in the right direction, steps that are physically and emotionally possible for us, we can achieve the best health possible even living with the physical ailments and chronic pain we deal with every day! There are many things we just do not have control over, however, exercising as best we can, eating healthy, being as social as we can, as well as spending time practicing our faith are areas we do have control over. Not taking care of what we have control over can leave us feeling worse than we already do, leaving us weaker and feeling hopeless and helpless. We each need to seriously consider grabbing a hold of what we can and do the best we can with it to have the healthiest life possible in our circumstances! Please know I am not negating the fact that some of us are just starting this journey and are grieving horribly the many losses chronic pain brings us and do not have one care to exercise and eat right at the stage of grief your are in, please know all you can do is your best.


In a previous blog article, Making Attainable New Years Resolutions with Chronic Pain.  the many reasons exercising is beneficial was listed. We also looked at making SMART goals that were specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely in order to have a good goal in place to help us achieve what we want, looking at ways to make it "doable" for us with chronic pain. You can find free PDF templates here with directions to help plan out your goals.

We looked at the unrealistic goal I originally made for exercising: I will walk 2 miles a day. I figured I would get on my treadmill and walk off into eternal bliss of healthfulness! I planned on achieving this in 2-3 sessions throughout the day, considering one long stretch was not physically possible for me. As it turned out, while going through physical therapy multiple times, I hit a wall; doing more than 5 to 10 minutes on the treadmill resulted in me spending 3 to 4 days in bed afterwards in severe pain.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Making Attainable New Year's Resolutions with Chronic Pain

 Making Attainable New Year's Resolutions with Chronic Pain

I would like to wish everyone of you that comes here to read my blog a very blessed and happy new year! I started this blog back in April, 2015 with the goal of helping just one person! I had no idea how to set up a blog, nor do I consider myself a writer. (But, I did get A+'s in my English classes in college.). I do have to say that it's been an interesting journey for sure! I have a lot of goals as to what I want to include in this blog and I just can't seem to get it all on here as fast as my heart desires!

My husband was a huge influence in encouraging me to start this, for he seen me grieving over the loss of my career in occupational therapy and told me I needed to use my skills to help others, which he knows is my hearts desire. My pain specialist, Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, encouraged me as well. At every visit he would look at me in the eyes and ask me what I was going to do with my life! He would say that I have a lot of skills that I should use to help others! He would then stand there and wait for an answer, as if he didn't have other people to see! After many visits I finally told him what my thoughts had been, he said to me, "I like that! I am seriously interested in seeing that when you are done!" Then he gave me names of books to use for research and ideas he would like to see included.

Anyways, as the year went by, I would watch the amount of people visiting my blog and it has grown to over 13,000 visitors since April. I am amazed at that! That is 12,999 over goal!

I just want to thank you all for blessing me by visiting! I am praying for a wonderful new year of helping others on this chronic pain journey! I am hoping what I share will help others have the  tools they need for living a new "normal!" You are all a part of this journey and I welcome any suggestions or advice that you feel would help others as well! Seriously, this blog isn't for me, but for all of us living in chronic pain.

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