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Weekly Recap 1/5/2019






Weekly recap:

Say Goodbye to 2018
My New Year’s Wish For You!
Quit or Modify? The Choice is Yours!
Two Things You Must Know About Planning
The Disabled Diva’s Winter Workout Challenge












Resolutions without plans are just words







Do you make New Years resolutions?

How many do you keep?

If the number of resolutions you make is zero or very few, the problem may not be with the resolutions you are making, but instead with how you expect them to happen.

Do any of these resolutions sound familiar?

  1. I am going to lose weight
  2. I am going to exercise
  3. I am going to make more money

While there is nothing particularly wrong with any of these statements, it is the lack of planning that dooms them to failure.  Not one of those goals will happen without a plan.  No one is going to lose the weight for you.  Nobody can make you exercise.  You control what goes in your mouth.  Unless you’re hoping that someone leaves you in their will or is just going to hand you more money, you will need to figure out a way to make more money.

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Don’t dream about a better year, create it! Make an action plan to start making those dreams come true.  Find a diet plan that you can stick with.  Make exercise a part of your daily life, not just something you do when you want to lose a few pounds.  A plan and hard work will make you more money, not hoping or wishing.

No matter what your resolutions are for 2019, do NOT make them until you have created a plan.  With that said, that plan doesn’t have to be perfect, it will take time to figure out what really works best for you, but have a plan to start with.  Hoping, praying, or wishing for a better outcome will only lead to disappointment.  The only way your resolutions have a chance to come true is if you are willing to change.  Bad or destructive behavior isn’t wished away or magically changed just because you want it to be.

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I prefer NOT making resolutions, but to instead make new life habits.  Last year I vowed to make exercise a part of my daily life and it is.  Not because I wished, hoped, or prayed for it to happen, but because I made an effort to move my body every day.  I was also realistic and didn’t expect my body to be able to walk for miles until it was able to conquer minutes…  This year I resolve to love myself.  Not just when my body cooperates and I am losing weight, but when I am injured or flaring from fibromyalgia or psoriatic arthritis too.  I plan to do this by making the healthier food choices I make when I am feeling my best also when I am feeling my worst.

What is your New Year resolution and what is your plan to make it happen?
















Choosing the mode of transportation that will get you to your vacation destination without too much additional pain


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Choosing the mode of transportation that will get you to your vacation destination without too much additional pain

So far this month I have shared tips for choosing your vacation destination, adjusting our expectations, and how to pack for our illnesses.  Today I want to help you choose how to arrive at your destination without too much additional pain.  The form of transportation we choose can either improve or ruin our vacation experience.



Plane, train, or automobile?

There are pros and cons to all modes of transportation.  My favorite way to travel is by automobile.  Depending on the size of the vehicle I can not only bring my wheelchair, but also my walker for times when I feel up for walking around.  Traveling by car permits me to bring along most if not all of the items that provide comfort, items like my favorite weighted blanket, foam pillows, fan, heating pad, lotions, etc.  If the vehicle has heated seats I don’t have to dip into my heat wrap stash as often.  In addition to being able to recline my seat, I can request that my husband stop the car anywhere I want in order to get out and stretch my legs and back muscles.  The only downside to traveling by automobile for me is the additional days that need to be added to my trip when my destination is more than a day’s drive away. Additional expenses with this mode of transportation include nightly lodging and meals.


Flying is great when I don’t have the extra time to drive to my destination. However, that is about all it is good for.  Airline seats are not comfortable and put unnecessary pressure on my hips, tailbone, and spine.  A three hour flight often increases my pain more than two days in a car.  My hope is to fly first class someday to see if that makes a difference, but right now I am not ready to gamble my money to find out.  Besides uncomfortable seats, my legs are stuck in a seated position which pinches the area in which I have permanent nerve damage and it sets off a firestorm of nerve pain.  All of this equates to my having to medicate heavier than I would if I were traveling by car.  Flying limits the amount of comfort items I bring along.  I have to choose one mobility aid to use throughout my trip.  In my case I usually bring my wheelchair and use it as a walker when I want to walk.  Another issue with flying is bringing along my natural medication.  I will be discussing this subject next week.  Personally, the only perks to flying in my opinion are spending less time traveling and getting to board the plane first.  To make flying a little less unpleasant I slap a heat wrap on my back and neck.  I bring a neck pillow and earphones to listen to music or watch a movie.  If the pain in my tailbone becomes unbearable I will sit on my neck pillow to take the pressure off of it.  Most importantly I medicate for pain and anxiety before boarding, because the last thing I want is to have a pain induced anxiety attack while in the sky.



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While I have never traveled by train it is something that I hope to try some day.  Several of my relatives and friends enjoy traveling by train.  Listening to their stories has helped me know how I should do it if I ever have the opportunity.  The only way I will ever travel by train is if I were to reserve a sleeper cabin. Here is why: No one has to drive, I can lie down or stand and stretch whenever I want, and there is no need to unpack the vehicle at a hotel each night.  This seriously sounds like heaven to me.  Not to mention getting to see parts of the country that I wouldn’t even have had a chance to had I traveled by car. Traveling by train would mean that I could bring more of my comfort/care items than if I were flying, but still not as much as if I were traveling by automobile.  The downside to traveling by train is TIME.  If on schedule it could be faster than driving, but depending on the weather and issues with debris on the tracks it could also take much longer.  So far I have yet to have one person who has come to visit me via train arrive when they were supposed to.  All were delayed for one reason or another and arrived anywhere from one to three days later than planned.










When choosing how to get to your vacation destination consider these three things; how much time do you have, which mode best fits your needs, and how much money are you willing to spend.

The Disabled Diva

Related posts: Packing for your invisible traveling companions, Choosing a vacation destination that suits your needs, and Unrealistic vacation expectations.



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