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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.

The Daily Fight Series

Gratitude

Gratitude

Today is one of those days where I have to fight even harder to get up and moving around. Each day is different and I never know how I’ll feel. Today my back hurts more than anything and the muscle spasms hurt on top of that. My arms, legs, feet, head, and yes even my eyelashes hurt! There is no way to escape the various issues that fibromyalgia and the other illnesses I deal with too.

Even though I don’t feel well I got up out of my bed anyway. I still wonder if I should get a cane but 14+ years later I have refused to get one. I hold onto the furniture, and walls to get around my home. Sometimes I fall down and that hurts but you know what? I get right back up again.

I thought about my goals and what I would like to do today.

Goals for today included:

  1. Paid work
  2. Create my third post for the week
  3. Make a final decision on my topics for next week
  4. Comment on blogs of fellow bloggers
  5. Spend time reading blogs and the news
  6. Encourage others

So that looks like a lot but I’ve managed to complete over half of my goals.

I take my time while completing my goals. Now keep in mind I don’t always succeed but I keep going anyway and that is the most important part. I know that people may not be able to understand what I’m going through but all I can hope is they will reach deep inside to find compassion in their hearts.

How to Relieve Constipation

ConstipationThere is nothing worse that not being able to go when you want to and sitting there hurting wishing that nature will take course.  It’s not a funny topic nor an embarrassing issue to discuss.  It’s a debilitating issue to deal with but the good news there are various remedies that will help to ease and prevent the situation from occurring in the future.

1.  Drink plenty of water each day of at least 20 ounces after you wake up in the morning.  Drinking approximately 10 to 12 glasses of water each day and it’s the best way to flush toxins out of the body.  Avoid drinking sugary drinks such juice and soda as they contain copious amounts of sugar that can worsen constipation symptoms.  Constipation occurs due to lack of adequate liquids in the body.
2. Try eating a ripe banana with a glass of warm milk.  Chew the banana thoroughly and drink the warm milk slowly instead of gulping it down.
3.  Consume several prunes or drink one to two glasses of prune juice.  Prunes are high in fiber they contain a substance called sorbitol which is stool-laxative that helps with relieving symptoms of constipation. The prunes contain more sorbitol than prune juice.  Skip eating foods that are high in sugar such as cookies and candy.  You can still have those foods but consume them in moderation.
4.  Exercise is an important part of life and it’s needed for increasing function in the body.  Exercise by keeping your body moving through going out for walks for at least 20-30 minutes to promote good bowel movements regularly.
5.  Finally this is a difficult option but it does work. Squat down to ease out the excrement by propping your feet on a child’s step stool and raise up your knees while sitting on the toilet.

Constipation is a continuous issue that many people including myself have experienced.  Unfortunately, I’m allergic to bananas but I do eat prunes and apples to keep things going and moving along in my system.  I drink several large bottles of room temperature water throughout the day and I exercise several times per week.

Kickstart Up My Future

bookpencilWow! I have had such a busy week that I didn’t get a chance to finish my posts for this week.  I decided to make this a personal blog post as this is after all my blog.  I have been battling with various health ailments which unfortunately prevented me from being able to write.  I’m always adjusting and working on better plans to help me deal with major hiccups like this.  All I can do is hang in there and do the best that I can.

On that note I decided that I need to go after the business tools to help me meet my goals.  So you will see a GoFundMe campaign starting next month and I encourage you to support my cause.  I see something great and magnificent in my future but I need help to get there.  For the first time in a long time I am seeking help.  It took a lot out of me to put aside my pride and allow others to help me.  While I am doing the best that I can to help myself, I will need the assistance from others too.  Thank you and Happy Holidays!

 

 

Facts About Omega-3 Fatty Acids

omegapills2Eating omega-3 fatty acids help the body in various ways of reducing inflammation in the body to lowering the risks of heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats and are essential for cell function in the body.  Omega-3s are able to decrease blood pressure, triglyceride levels and keeps fatal heart arrhythmias from occurring.

Health conditions omega-3 foods help the body:

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Joint pain
  • Neurological pain
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Brittle hair and nails
  • Problems with concentration
  • Dry and itchy skin

The body is unable to produce omega-3s so eating the right foods is the best bet.  Omega-3s are in many food sources such as beans, oils, proteins, and vegetables. Oils that have omega-3s in it are flaxseed oil, soybean oil and canola oil.   One primary food source has a heavy concentration of omega-3s such as seafood.  It is recommended to consume at least 8 ounces per week which is a combination of two main kinds of omega-3 acids – 250mg of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).

Seafood options:

  • Salmon
  • Tilapia
  • Shrimp
  • Scallops
  • Bluefin tuna
  • Crab
  • Trout
  • Lobsters
  • Anchovies
  • Sardines
  • Cod

Additional essential sources of omega-3 fatty acids include:

  • Dietary supplements
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Winter squash

omega3My reasoning behind mentioning dietary supplements as I take fish oil gel supplements on a daily basis to assist with numerous health problems.  I eat seafood such as tilapia and salmon each week, and I eat raw baby spinach several times a week too which provides my body with iron too.  I believe taking dietary supplements are best if you’re not getting enough of that element especially if you have a higher risk of developing heart disease or already have heart disease.

 

 

 

 

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