Living with chronic illness means living with constant pain and exhaustion. All. The. Time. This is what people who don’t have chronic illness don’t understand. Basic daily activities can be difficult, like climbing stairs, going to the grocery store, and playing with your kids or grandkids. We aren’t exaggerating our pain and exhaustion, it’s our real life experience. And exercise? It seems impossible. Even if you used to do tons of exercise in your past. Today, exercise can seem daunting, just too much.Read More
Back in January, I wrote to you with a confessional. I had recently made some HUGE changes in my life- I had moved my family to a new state, I had started full time building a business, and I was in a new town, away from all of the resources and routines I had relied on to stay healthy. It was overwhelming, to say the least. And I wrote to you then about how, in this time of intense transition, I was so busy taking care of everyone else, that I stopped taking care of myself. I let fear and overwhelm take over, and I stopped doing so many of the things I need to do to manage my health.Read More
Exercise Induced Symptom Flare-Ups are what happens when someone with exercise intolerance pushes too hard in the gym. When exercise is too much for us, our system gets aggravated and over-taxed, and the body’s way of responding is to go into a flare.Read More
This is a great question, because there is actually very little information provided to the public about exercise intolerance- and yet it is a very really thing with very important consequences, particularly for the 23 million people and counting who have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder and want to exercise.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
“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.Read More