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Nicole’s Goals for 2014

Strength

I have been thinking about my goals and what I would like to do in 2014.  Honestly?  I’m not 100% percent as there is so much more that I desire to do and adding on moving overseas will make goal setting a little difficult. However, it is not impossible!

A few goals I’ve been thinking of dabbling in:

  • Continuing to write for my blog several times a week.
  • Make new friends by networking with others who have their own blogs and websites. 
  • Find free options to treat my chronic illnesses. 
  • Travel locally around my new hometown, take many pictures, and meet new people.
  • Continue with my exercise weight loss plan. I have lost over 30 pounds so far. 
  • Sign up with a rubber stamping/scrapbooking/craft direct selling company. I’ll be able to craft while I’m in my new home. Also look into other direct selling companies that would be of interest to me.
  • Expand my writing business to various levels and increase my income opportunities.
  • Work on finding my own inner peace and happiness.  This includes doing meditation on a regular basis and daily yoga techniques.
  • Find hobbies that will easily interest me and is inexpensive.
  • Look into trying new things such as zip lining. 

 

So here’s to a successful 2014!

Reflections on 2013

Nicole Leon - Blog Writer

Nicole Leon – Blog Writer

This year has had non-stop events of so much more than I could ever imagine.  I have experienced many disappointments and a few triumphs.  This year was very challenging with an added bonus diagnosis of a chronic disease that will also be with me for the rest of my life and an illness that can be fatal.

 

Losses

BFFs for life!

BFFs for life!

Over the course of the year, I have lost some friends and I know some people say that if they stop talking to you or don’t talk to you as much they aren’t your real friends. But here’s the thing there are people who are placed in your life for a short time and some for a long time.  I do feel that things have changed with a lot of people but that happens. I miss them but there isn’t anything I can do about it.  We all get busy with life and responsibilities.  There are people who I still wish I had a chance to meet before I move but I know that with my chronic health problems that has made it hard to do that.  It’s not my fault that I’m chronically ill and all I can do is move on. There will always be positive and encouraging people around to support me. I have reconnected with people I knew in high school and that connection has helped me with forgiving others and rebuilding those friendships.

 

 

Moving On

Jamaica view

Jamaica view

I understand that I will be moving forward to something large with this move. It’s huge! I have never moved this far, let alone out of the country. It was something that I had hoped that I wouldn’t have to do as I wanted to stay right here where I was born and raised.  However, certain events did not work out and my only other choice was to move.

I admit I will miss participating in my few hobbies such as couponing and receiving good free stuff.  So that means no more mail! I LOVE receiving mail.  I’m working on changing that by getting involved with crafts while I’m living in my new home and swap out postcards and handmade cards with others worldwide.  I know that I’ll be able to do crafts while I’m there as my fibromyalgia pain goes down a bit. I think it would help me to get through intense homesickness.  I’m trying to fight through the changes my chronic illnesses have forced upon me.  They have completely changed the way I react, and act with others.  I’m fighting through all of that.

 

 

Winnings

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  • The great things of this year included visiting family and having family visit us too.
  • I somehow managed to enjoy the little things in life such as finding ways to make myself laugh and keep a positive outlook of my life.
  • I have lost over 30 pounds in the last few months and while I have some ways to go I’m very happy to see the changes. I can thank going into an old exercise fitness workout called Richard Simmons’ Sweatin’ to the Oldies and walking.  I really want to get his new 3 DVD set as he has some exercises for people like me.
  • Seeing the NASA Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center.  I got very emotional seeing the shuttle as I have watched it take off into space and land many times in my life.  Space and exploration have always interested me.
  • Fight to keep a positive attitude and outlook.  I may not have always succeeded but I remain hopeful even when hope seems hopeless.  I know it’s not.  I keep going through persevering.

 

KittySickDayEven right now I’m battling with the flu that has refused to leave my body which is nonstop fun with chronic illnesses. Despite all of this, I’m sitting up and trying to continuously move forward each day of my life.

This Week in Diabetes Medical News

What-causes-diabetes Several recent studies have found various ways of lowering the risk of diabetes and improving the symptoms of diabetes too. A study that was conducted by the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Centre US found eating walnuts daily will assist in lowering the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. Another report through BBC News reports that exercise can be as good as medication as pills are for people with health conditions such as heart disease. The Times felt doctors should prescribe their patients to exercise instead of prescribing prescription drugs. Both headlines are based on studies researchers have completed but they are overstating some of the evidence, as it has been found that it’s better for physicians to prescribe both medications and exercise as a treatment plan. Both medications and exercise have their place in treating the body. Another study conducted in London by the International Diabetes Foundation has found that the diabetes battle is ‘being lost’ due to the high level of cases of people diagnosed with diabetes.  The record has now soared to 382 million people.  A majority of the people who have type 2 diabetes are living an unhealthy lifestyle.  This unhealthy lifestyle is linked to lack of exercise and obesity.  This epidemic has exploded in numbers due to more people in developing worlds have taken on Western and urban lifestyles.  It has been estimated by 2035 the number of diabetes diagnosis will be 55% and it will be 592 million people.

Symptoms of type-2 diabetes

Symptoms of type-2 diabetes

The primary problem is that many people will go undiagnosed for months to years and will be unaware that there is something wrong despite various symptoms.  Symptoms can include itchiness, yeast infections (thrush), numbing, and frequent urination especially at night, inadequate blood sugar, health complications, and damage to the kidneys, heart, eyes and other organs.  If it is left untreated for a long period, premature death can occur.  Many people with untreated diabetes are living in the low and middle class income levels with the inability to access proper health care. It’s important to get a proper checkup to make sure you’re completely healthy and if you’re diagnosed with diabetes then take on the right options of maintaining the symptoms.

Celebration of World Diabetes Day

DiabetesToday is World Diabetes Day which is celebrated on November 14th every year. This celebration brings global awareness to the general public about diabetes mellitus.  This campaign was developed in 1991 by the World Health Organization and the International Diabetes Federation.  They came together in response to rise in diabetes diagnosis all over the world.  Each year the World Diabetes Day is focused on a theme that is related to diabetes.  The topics that are included cover diabetes, lifestyle, obesity, human rights, and diabetes in children, adolescents and adults.  For the last four years the main theme was about Diabetes Education and Prevention.

A little information about diabetes is that type-1 diabetes isn’t linked to being overweight. The cells that produce insulin in the body are unfortunately damaged.  There isn’t too much that can be done to lower one’s risk of getting type-1 diabetes.  For those with type-2 diabetes it is commonly linked to being overweight.  Maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle will help lower the risk of getting type-2 diabetes.

Symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Experiencing constant thirst
  • Urinating frequently
  • Very tired and fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss and loss of muscle
  • Muscle cramps
  • Yeast infections, itchiness around the genital regions
  • Skin infections
  • Constipation

Please see your physician immediately if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms so that you will be able to get diagnosed and receive treatments.

Fibromyalgia and Fitness

Water AerobicsAs a sufferer of Fibromyalgia for over 14 years it has been a continuous fight to stay healthy through eating the right foods and regularly exercising.  Fibromyalgia brings about intense muscle pain, deep aches, stabbing pain, and fatigue. The thought of exercise seems like a far fetched idea with all of the issues the person is suffering through but exercise helps in various ways.  Exercise through movement will keep one’s body fit, improve their mood, and finally relieve pain.  Keep in mind that high-impact cardio exercises isn’t the best approach to start with but low-impact aerobics such as swimming, stretching, water fitness aerobics, Pilates, yoga, walking or tai-chi.  These exercises help with losing weight, reducing overall stress, and releasing endorphins. 

Some of the best exercises that have worked for me are warm water aerobics, walking indoors, yoga, tai-chi, stretching, and Richard Simmons’ exercise DVDs.  I have found that the exercises have helped me to lose weight and bring on a sense of pure relaxation. I enjoy the feelings of relaxation and while I experience a brief reduction of pain that unfortunately comes back, I feel it is well worth the effort. 

Several things to consider:

·         Consult with your doctor before beginning any type of exercise program

·         Don’t do any intense workout activities as it can increase soreness

·         Stretch before and after each time you exercise

·         Choose exercise activities you can handle and understand your limitations

·         Start out your exercise in slow increments and then build up the pace slowly

 

water-aerobicsrezAll of these exercises are the perfect options to start out with and get your body in shape.  These exercises assist with relieving stress, improves mood and depression, improving sleep, reducing pain, and bringing forth much needed relaxation. 

 

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