Feeling good with Fibromyalgia, it’s possible!

Struggling with feeling good with Fibromyalgia?

Or any other chronic disorder for that matter?  Again, I’m no doctor or certified anything, but as a woman with Fibromyalgia, I’m here to encourage you from a place of personal experience.  Before having kids, I also struggled with endometriosis.  You see, there’s been something between me and exercising most of my adult life… Yet, I’m excited to encourage you in knowing that feeling good with Fibromyalgia is completely possible!

If you’ve been around here for a bit then you’ve heard about my struggle.  What started with general aches and pains turned into full-fledged zombiehood.  The internist who finally diagnosed me recommended exercise for treatment Needless to say, I left the office somewhat furious and defeated.  It seemed impossible.  Soon I found out it was entirely possible.

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7 easy ways to make time for fitness as a homeschool mom

Think you can’t make time for fitness?

It’s hard to make time for fitness as a mom.  Add homeschool and it can seem impossible.  I struggled with this a lot when I first began homeschooling and even more so when I began working from home.  I needed to stay in shape, but working was also crucial when the dentist informed me that we’d soon be looking at braces.  Are you juggling school for multiple kids or drowning with a to-do list that won’t quit?  All the while watching the scale creep up and your energy plummeting?  I’ve been there.

There are 7 things I do to make time for fitness in my daily life, although I give myself a bit of grace if I don’t make it!

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The importance of developing SMART fitness goals

Do you set “Smart” fitness goals?

Does this sound like you?  “I’m going to lose weight this year… I need to get in shape.”  How does it work out?  That’s been me about 90% of the times I’ve tried losing weight.  Setting SMART fitness goals has been the one thing that has brought me success.

I hate anything that seems like it may be mentally taxing without any joy in return.  The ADHD in me hits a mental fatigue wall fast – as in just thinking about it.  Here’s the thing, every time I make a legit plan and keep track, I find so much more success.  It’s not so bad as you may think, and as you see yourself hitting goals, it becomes so rewarding, that you get that hit of joy with every day you track.

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The Dark Side of Social Media for Special Needs Parents part 2

Playing the social media comparison game? I've been there and I've seen the other side. Come take a peek and see what I suggest. Special Needs Parent Last week I wrote to you sharing about the Dark side of social media for special needs moms.

Last week I talked about how the silence of social media can be devastating. This week, let’s talk comparison game. I know it’s a problem, because I’ve been there too! How many hours are you wasting scrolling through feeds wondering how it must feel to have average kids and an average life? What would it be like to be able to go anywhere, anytime, and not have to worry about special needs or meltdowns? What would it be like to have a relationship without the extra strain? I’ve let these toxic thoughts take over in the past.  I’ve seen the other side and want to share it with you.

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Friday Freebie: Fitness tracker

Keeping track of your goals increases your chances of succeeding with your fitness goals. Use this tracker to help you do just that! I prefer these paper versions so I don’t get distracted by my phone! =)

I notice that I am also less likely to add a daily indulgence when I have to write it down. This is where the Fitness tracker freebie comes in!

A new “fitness tracker” freebie to help you stay in shape:

Earlier this week I wrote a post suggesting several ways to try to stay in shape as a homeschooling and/or work at home mom.  It’s tough to fit it all in for sure, but another thing that helps is adding a fitness/food diary.
As Kristen Kirkpatrick mentions in her fitness article, we can sometimes be fooling ourselves with how much we are eating. We are on the go and tend to forget what we ate and when.  Dessert time rolls around and we think, “I’ve been pretty good!”  We may actually be forgetting the extra calories we treated ourselves to at lunch.
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