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Sharing what I have learned about treating chronic pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia and indeterminable autoimmune disorders in the most natural way possible while maintaining a positive attitude. Hope. Faith. Love. Yoga. Travel.

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Let the Road Trip Begin!

Finally!! After 6 months of planning, we are On The Road!

The car is packed, the bikes are hitched on the back, and the new roof bag is loaded up!  We are more than ready to begin our summer adventure out west! We even spent the night in the back yard to test out our new camping supplies.

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Testing out our new GoPro at the beach!

This map shows the first half of our trip. From June 12th till July 2nd. This part is thoroughly planned out. The rest of July is still up in the air… We will be doing more research because there are so many great places in California to visit! But for now, we are going to try and enjoy one day at a time!

1st Stop: Pensacola, FL!

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Goals and Incentives

When it comes to our health many of us are trying to set lifelong goals. If you’re anything like me, you need a good incentive to accomplish these goals!

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For a long time, I exercised because I needed to lose weight. But now I have lost plenty and instead, need to gain back the muscle lost from RA. Unfortunately, the daily joint pain makes it harder to get motivated. In 2009, when I trained my body to swim a mile, I didn’t have much joint pain, just the shoulders and knees to worry about. It was one of the toughest few months of my life, trying to motivate myself to swim a mile. It took a very long time to get going and in the beginning I was extremely frustrated and could only swim about seven laps a day. Slowly but surely I built up to 10 and then 20 and then got stuck there for a while. Until one day, I decided I was going to swim 32 laps. I was fortunate to have two really good friends cheering me on!

I’m not usually very good at making New Years resolutions and keeping them. I gave up on that a while ago. But throughout the year, I do set goals and try to make the most of them! Last year was all about career goals and a lot of hard work went into finding the right job.

This year, I am planning a pretty lengthy road trip for this summer. In order for me to last more than a few days on the road, camping and hiking, I’ll need to get into really good shape! Not only will I be letting myself down if I fail, but also my wonderful boyfriend! Therefore, I’ll be doing a lot of research and writing about my findings here!

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“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Henry David Thoreau

Grand Canyon training phase 1!

I’ve been kicking this lighthouse’s rear end!ImageI went up and down 5 times and I plan on doing a whole lot more of this on a weekly basis! I have a lot of work to do if I am going to hike the Grand Canyon this summer! We plan on hiking to the bottom and camping. Therefore we will have packs on our backs! Phase 1 is only the beginning of my training, getting strong enough to carry a pack! Eventually I will load a little weight at a time into the pack and begin hiking with it. Since I live in Florida, it isn’t like there are mountains to climb… we must get creative!Image

The view from the top makes it well worth the trip! Even after the fifth time! I stopped to take in the view, walk around and take a few pictures.

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 Not too shabby… I look forward to coming back and picking up the pace!

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Check out The Trip link for our summer plans!

Ultra Healthy Dinner

After eating pancakes for dinner last night, I decided to be a bit healthier today!

Typically, I cook enough food to leave plenty of leftovers for the week. As a teacher, I need to pack a lunch every day. When I finish cooking, I divide the leftovers into lunch size portions and put them in the fridge. Each morning, I can easily pop a tupperware into my lunch box!

Tilapia, kale and a brown rice, quinoa mix. Full of vitamins and Omega 3s!

tilapiaeditSOC006_XlI put the tilapia in a bowl with lemon juice, salt, onion pepper and garlic seasoning. Let it sit, while I sautéed the kale with olive oil until it wilted. This Seeds of Change mix is wonderful because it’s so easy to prepare and Organic. I dumped the whole package in a pot with a little olive oil and warmed it up on low. Finally, I sautéed the tilapia on medium until fully cooked.

This is a quick, healthy meal and with leftovers, it is also inexpensive!

Before eating this meal, I went for a long walk and did my yoga stretches! This is exactly what I need to be doing every day!

For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent,” -Tony Robbins.

Pancakes for New Years Day

This year I took responsibility for my pain and made some big changes! I also made big promises to myself, including setting lofty goals. Starting this blog was a huge part of my plan to educate others on RA and the necessary changes I’ve had to make for my health. It has been a slow and difficult process, with lots of trial and error, but progress has been made!

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2014 is full of possibilities with so much to look forward to! I’m happy that 2013 has come to close. It was a wild year, full of uncertainties and huge obstacles to overcome. Looking forward to the future, now more than ever…

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I’m planning a long road trip this summer and I look forward to writing all about it! The Trip will begin at the Grand Canyon and hopefully continue west for at least month! I have lots of training to do if I’m going to hike down to the bottom and camp the canyon with my boyfriend! Setting goals and achieving them is something I take very seriously. Over the years, I have achieved some challenging goals, but these will probably prove to be the hardest yet!

More about that later…

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It was a very rainy, yucky January 1st at my house! Therefore, I prepared a treat for dinner to cheer myself up! I used the same mix from the delicious banana bread I made a few weeks ago. The recipe called for 1 cup of mix, 1 large egg, 3/4 cup of water and 1 tbsp of oil. I used an organic egg and vegetable oil. After mixing up all of the ingredients, I decided to add a little more of the Mix to thicken it up. It should make four pancakes about the size of the ones below, but I only made 3 to ensure that I would have enough room to flip them. It’s been a while since I made pancakes! I cooked them slowly on low-medium heat and topped them off with a little butter/olive oil spread, organic maple syrup and sliced bananas.

The pancakes turned out to be delicious but rather filling! From this meal, I consumed about 3.5 grams of saturated fat, which is something I constantly have to monitor. Sugars are also on the bad list and must be monitored. These were a real treat and I’m glad I made them for this special day! Tomorrow begins the hard work… cutting down on my sugar intake and making this body stronger!

Happy New Year everyone!!

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