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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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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!

Caldo verde (gf) (df)

Today was the last day of my Christmas vacation and it was hard to get moving this morning. While the Arctic Outbreak hasn’t reached Florida yet, I decided it was best to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather! For the first time in years, I rode my bike to the nearest Publix shopping center. It was 6 miles round trip and I found that it was a lot more challenging to balance the bike when the basket was loaded up with food!

I did find a new Publix Aprons recipe to try! Caldo Verde is a popular Portuguese soup, traditionally made with collard greens and meatless. Pubix has their version and now I’ll show you mine!

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Time: 40 mins

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 links of Italian sausage (I used chicken sausage)
  • 1 (32 oz) container reduced-sodium chicken broth (I used a vegetarian version)
  • 3 large potatoes, chopped
  • 1 lb kale
  • I added: 1/2 cup of diced yellow onions and 1 cup of sliced portobello mushrooms

Cut sausages into 1/2-inch pieces and cook 4-5 minutes on medium in a stock pot. Add broth and chopped potatoes (and onions if you choose). Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 18-20 minutes or until potatoes begin to soften.

Stir in kale (and optional mushrooms); salt and pepper to your liking, and cook 10-12 more minutes or until kale and potatoes are tender.

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This made so much food! I decided to freeze some and save it for a cold winter night!

Stay warm America!

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