Why exercise, even though it's hard? The REAL Story...
Small Group Coaching!!!
I promised that I would always keep it real with you guys, and so I am going to share something with you.
This week, my exercise routine has been hard.
I have been really busy, and it's hard to find the time to exercise, and when I do actually have the time to exercise, I find myself resistant, procrastinating, doing mindless and unnecessary things to fill my time (like scrolling through Facebook). I don't actually WANT to exercise- it feels difficult, exhausting, and frankly, sitting on the couch, staring at my phone feels easier.
Have you ever felt this way???
Ok, so, here's what I did.
Why we MUST keep "climbing the ladder" to get stronger!
Autoimmune Strong is now offering small group coaching!!!
What does this mean?? Well, it means that Autoimmune Strong will be running an online class, lead by a real live coach- and its me! That means you get private access to a personal trainer who specializes in autoimmune and chronic pain exercise. This means you can review your progress with me in real time, talk about your successes and challenges, and even get some personalized exercise modifications if you need it. Also, it means you will have a small group of other Autoimmune Strong members to support you, encourage you and motivate you- because you will all be going through the exercises at the same pace. It’s like a warm hug all around.
We can't let the scale control us!
Why We Must “Climb The Ladder” to Get Stronger?
Now, I know what you are thinking. She wants me to climb a ladder??? She’s crazy!!
And you are right. I am crazy sometimes. But no- I don’t want you to climb an actual ladder.
Eliminating Processed Foods.
So many members have been asking for a newsletter, so here it is! Once a week, I will try to share some inspirational thoughts (usually coming from my own experiences). Please tell me what you think! And if there is a topic you want me to write about, please let me know! Happy to oblige.
How I Overcame My Sugar Addiction
It's really hard it is to change our habits in order to get our health back in order. (I wrote about that in a previous blog that you can read here).
And I talked about the importance of healthy movement and healthy food. These are the cornerstones of health- when we eat healthy and move our bodies in the right way, we can gain back our energy, feel fewer flare-ups, and be able to move about the world with fewer aches and pains.
Thyroid + Exercise
There is something I have been thinking about, and I wanted to share with you.
"Sometimes, in life, your situation will keep repeating itself until you learned your lesson."
I stumbled upon this quote on Instagram one day, and it stopped me in my tracks. You see, I have been talking to you about motivation (you can read about my struggles here), and about doing the things that are good and healthy for you. Eating healthy food and incorporating movement into our days are important for taking care of our bodies and our minds. I developed Autoimmune Strong to teach you how to eat and move in a healthy way, that will help you take control over your pain, and restore your energy and zest for life.
Why Your Body Needs To ADAPT To Exercise...
I know firsthand how difficult it can be to exercise with a thyroid disorder. I live with Hashimoto’s disease, and have struggled for years to find the right exercise program for my body. This is one of the reasons I designed Autoimmune Strong for myself- to use exercise to heal my thyroid rather than aggravate it. (You can read more about my story here).
You see, Thyroid + Exercise can be a tricky combination.
5 Recommended Ways To Exercise Safely When You Have Fibromyalgia
So, as many of you know, I am a certified personal trainer. And today, I am going to share a little personal trainer lingo with you.
All personal trainers learn about the SAID principle- otherwise known as Specific Adaptations To Imposed Demands.
It is a basic foundation to exercise science. And it has a direct effect on what you do with your body every day.
My Reflection on 2017
Many of you have fibromyalgia, as do I. Some of you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia by itself, and for others, it comes alongside other types of chronic pain and autoimmune issues. And as many of you know, fibromyalgia is a tough disease to treat. For many of us living with fibromyalgia, finding ways to manage the pain is extremely difficult.
Preparing for the Holiday Season
So it's that time of year again. I don't believe in New Year's resolutions, because they are so hard to keep. But, around this time of year I do get reflective and I start thinking about what went well in the past year and what could have been better. And today, I took a long long look at myself.
I realized that this has been a majorly important year for growth and change. So many big things happened this year. My home life is different, my work life is different, and both of these things have had a major impact on health.
Why I Want To Be Grey At 38
As you all know, sometimes the holidays can be a wonderful time, filled with joy. But other times, the stress and general "business" of the holiday season can be difficult for those of us living with chronic pain. And we tend to eat too much sugar, drink too much alcohol, and don't have much time to exercise or rest. This is me- every December- and maybe this is you too?
Why I Stopped Chasing The Idea That Skinny Was Best and Started Focusing on My Health Instead
Recently, I went to an event with my parents, and there were many of our long time family friends in attendance. I had recently decided to embrace my natural grey hair- and for me, since I had been dying my brown hair for so long- this meant bleaching my hair super light so that the grey could grow out naturally without looking too messy.
Practice Being Uncomfortable...
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn
As long as I can remember in my life, I have wanted to be skinny. Even as a child, I had a thick, strong body. I have thick muscular legs that could carry me as far as I wanted to go. But that never mattered to me. What mattered to me was how I looked in my clothes compared to my friends, compared to the girls in the magazines and on TV. I grew up feeling like I wasn’t pretty or good enough, even though I got straight A’s in school, had a happy family life, had friends, and even had a cute boyfriend.
Paleo Principles to Help Exercise Safely on Paleo Diet
“Practice doing uncomfortable things in a controlled setting- that way you are ready for all of life’s surprises.”
Living with chronic pain often means feeling discomfort every day. Your body hurts, aches, screams at you- but somehow you still have to live your life, right? You don’t want to miss out on all that life has to offer. It sucks to stay inside, feeling exhausted, hanging out on the couch watching others live an active busy life.
Reduce Pain While Exercising with These Easy Tips
It is important to follow these five Paleo Principles to ensure you are exercising safely and effectively. Here we have outlined Dr. Sarah Ballantyne's work - The Paleo Approach - on how to exercise.
Living with Chronic Pain - The Spoon Theory
Changing your mentality about exercising can actually help reduce the pain you experience. These easy-to-follow tips will guide your wellness journey.
5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise During Your Day
I had the pleasure of speaking with Julie Ryan, who has a blog based on the "Spoon Theory," about what it is like to live with Chronic Pain. Living with fibromyalgia can be difficult but we have shared some tips about how to manage pain with food and movement.
I am a busy busy person. I run my own business, I have two children, a husband, a fish, and a household to care for. I have friends and family and did I say I run my own business? Well, all of those things take time and energy to manage them, and make sure they run smoothly.