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Bed Rest Just Got Better









Bed Rest Just Got Better

If I have learned anything in my 20 years of living with multiple chronic illnesses such as psoriatic disease, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, and degenerative disc disease to name a few it is that comfort is a necessity when riding out a flare. Not just flares, but also when prescribed bed rest after an injury or surgery.

After being diagnosed with multiple broken ribs and being prescribed six weeks of bed rest, I wasted no time finding and purchasing products that would provide comfort during my recovery period.

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Love Every Move and Stretch You Make









February is the month of love! It’s a time to express your love to someone special.  A time to spoil them or give them a gift that will make them feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  But what about you? Shouldn’t you show yourself some love?  I think so and that is why I have themed my Fitness Buddy February Challenge around loving ourselves.

Think about the last time you were sick or injured……. I am assuming that exercising took a back seat to resting and healing, as it should.  If you are like me, not being able to exercise drove you bonkers and you couldn’t wait to return to your fitness routine.  What? You don’t enjoy working out?  Ok, maybe you weren’t chomping at the bit to go for a 2 mile run, but I bet you wanted to get back to your normal level of activity.

Next I want you to think about your attitude as you were gaining strength, but not just quite near where you wanted to be.  Did not being able to reach your pre-injury/sickness goals frustrate you?  Were you angry with your body?  Did having to go slower or only do half of what you wanted make you want to give up?  If so, that is what this challenge is all about.

A few of us were sick in December and a lot of our group had a tough January. One thing I noticed as people were on the upswing, was that they expressed frustration and disappointment about what they did achieve when it wasn’t what they were used to doing.  BTW, I was guilty of doing this too.  In fact, it was my own comments that drew my attention to this problem.

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For the month of February, my fitness buddies and I are going to get a lesson in loving every step and stretch our bodies make. Typically, participants of my challenges earn entries for the drawings by posting their results and meeting their goals….. This month I am adding an extra entry for being proud of what they were able to accomplish whether they met their goal or not.  Check out the rules below and if you are not a member already and would like to participate, click here to join The Disabled Diva’s Fitness Buddies.

Love every step and stretch you make challenge

This challenge has three phases and will last for a total of three weeks.

Week one

Feb. 4-10

Declare a daily goal. Accepted goals are daily steps or number of exercise minutes. Each evening before you go to bed or no later than 8AM PST the following morning, comment on the daily check in post with your results.  For this week and this week only, meeting your goal and just posting your results will NOT earn you an entry to the drawing and screenshots from your fitness trackers are not mandatory. The only way to earn an entry for week one is to post your results with a positive statement.  Example: “I love that my body allowed me to walk for as long as it did today” “I would like to thank my muscles for allowing me to swim for 20 minutes today”  I don’t care if you were only able to take 550 steps or stretch for 5 minutes, I want you to be thankful and to express appreciation to your body for whatever it allows you to do that week.  Each positive entry earns an entry.  Each participant has the opportunity to earn 7 entries.  The challenge ends on 2/10 at 11:59pm PST.

The drawing for week one will take place live in The Disabled Diva’s Fitness Buddies Group on 2/12.   Winner gets to choose from a $5 Starbucks or Amazon eGift card.

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Week Two

Feb. 11-17

Declare your daily goal.  Do nothing if you are keeping the same goal as week one.  If you want to adjust your goal, declare your new goal on the main challenge post located in the group announcements.  Each day, comment with a positive comment and a screenshot of your fitness tracker results each evening before bed or no later than 8am PST the following morning on the designated daily check in post.  If you are not using a tracker you will only be eligible to earn 1 entry per day for your positive comment.  Those providing proof of activity with a tracker screenshot have the opportunity to earn 2 points per day,  1 for speaking positively about your results and posting your screenshot, and 1 for meeting your daily goal.

Week two ends on 2/17 at 11:59pm PST.  The drawing for week one will take place live in The Disabled Diva’s Fitness Buddies Group on 2/19. There will be 2 prizes. Winners may choose a $5 eGift card from Starbucks or Amazon.

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Week Three

Feb. 18-24

Declare your daily goal. Do nothing if you are keeping the same goal as the prior week. If you want to adjust your goal, declare your new one on the main challenge post located in the group announcements. Each day comment with a positive comment and a screenshot of your fitness tracker results each evening before bed or no later than 8am PST the following morning on the designated daily check in post. If you are not using a tracker you will be eligible to earn 1 entry per day for a positive comment about your own results. Those providing proof of activity with a tracker screenshot have the opportunity to earn 2 points per day, 1 for speaking positively about your results and posting your screenshot, and a second for meeting your daily goal.

BONUS ENTRIES All participants have the opportunity to earn bonus points for replying to other participant’s results with an encouraging comment.  For example, if five other people post their results and you reply to them with words of praise, you will earn five extra points, 1 per person you reply to, for that day.  ALL GROUP MEMBERS MAY EARN POINTS FOR THE BONUS POINTS, EVEN IF THEY DON’T POST ACTIVITY RESULTS! Bonus entries can only be earned in week three.

Week three ends on 2/24 at 11:59pm PST. The drawing for week one will take place live in The Disabled Diva’s Fitness Buddies Group on 2/26. There are three prizes for week three,  one $5 Starbucks eGift card and two $5 Amazon eGift cards.

All prizes will be delivered via email. This challenge is not affiliated with Facebook, Amazon, or Starbucks.  Prizes are purchased from affiliate commissions, book sales, and donations.

























The Disabled Diva’s Fitness Buddies


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If you are like me, you may find it easy to talk yourself out of exercising or find a million reasons for not completing your goal.  While on vacation last week my bestest friend of 37 years and I made a pact to hold each other accountable in our quest to reach 10,000 steps per day.  Since posting about this on social media I have received messages from followers who wish to have an accountability partner.  To help us all I created a new Facebook group called The Disabled Diva’s Fitness Buddies.

The purpose of this new group is to encourage, support, and motivate each other, whether we have a chronic illness or not, in our quest to care for our physical health.  This group is for anyone who has set a daily or weekly fitness goal and wants to have a place to share their success or be uplifted when their health or life circumstances get in the way of reaching it.  There will be no shaming and no goal is too small.

Click here to join today!

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Men with Fibromyalgia?

Men with Fibromyalgia?

Did you know that women aren’t the only ones who suffer from fibromyalgia?  I will be honest, until a few years ago I never thought of men having this condition.  It’s not that I thought men couldn’t have it, but that I didn’t hear of men having it.  In fact until a year ago I only knew 2 men with a fibromyalgia diagnosis.

In the past year I have become friends with Norman Hanley otherwise known as Mr. Fibro.  He is the founder of MenWithFibromyalgia.com which offers support to other men.  I had the pleasure of interviewing Norman on my podcast Dish’n with The Disabled Diva June 10, 2017.  If you haven’t already, be sure to listen in as Norman shares how fibromyalgia has altered the way he lives, its emotional effects, and how he is helping others.  If you are seeing this post before the episode airs or want to make sure you never miss an episode, be sure to follow the Speaking to the Heart Radio Network on Spreaker to receive a notification when new episodes air.

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5 Ways to keep friends and family informed

5 Ways to keep friends and family informed


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Image courtesy of imagerymajestic at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

This advice is for the disabled and the abled as everyone has to deal with this situation at some point in their lives.  Whenever someone falls ill or becomes injured, friends and family reach out to them.  Those who are close come by or call a little more often.  Others who we don’t see often start coming by or calling.  While we welcome the company and phone conversations, it can be overwhelming.  I have been known to hide when I have spotted someone I know in the grocery store.  And all because I didn’t want to discuss my health.    Over and over again, we repeat the same conversation.  We answer questions about our conditions, how we are feeling, our prognosis, and so on and so on.  It is emotionally draining, not to mention depressing.  You may not think it is so bad if this has only happened to you a few times, but imagine this… You have a condition that is chronic or terminal.  You are either sick or injured and cannot be cured.  Your injury will worsen or you will become sicker until the day you die. Your health becomes the focus of all conversations for the rest of your life!

Before I continue, I want to be clear that I am in no way suggesting that friends and family not call or visit.  Nor am I insinuating that the sick or injured person doesn’t want to share this information with you.  However, my tips below can help make your visit a pleasant memory for the both of you.  By following one of the following methods friends and family can keep up to date on health issues, enjoy conversations like they did before the injury or illness, and further discuss current health concerns.  Like I said the point isn’t to not ever talk about the injury or illness, it is to not have the same conversation hundreds of times.  The way to do this is through mass notification.  By sending updates to your friends and family, they will already know the answers for the most their most common questions.  This brings the conversation back to what it should be, an exchange of thoughts and ideas between two people, not an interview.  Health can still be discussed, but since they already have the basic information, their questions will expand upon a point or two, and few will have the same question.  If you begin to notice that a particular question keeps popping up, you may want to consider adding that to your updates.  One thing friends and family may want to discuss is what content they want shared.  Figure out what you are comfortable sharing, while also considering some other popular questions.  Will you just share stats, dates, data, etc..?  Or will you be sharing your feelings too?  And how will you share your updates?  Here are my top 5 suggestions.

1.       Mass email.  Pretty much everyone has an email address, even Great Grandma.  And if for some reason Great Granny doesn’t, have someone else relay the information to her.   Depending upon the severity of the situation, updates could be sent out daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly.   By replying to all, friends and family can all ask questions, see the answers, and eliminate repeated questions.

2.       Mass text.  Like email, everyone has a cell phone.  The only problem with texting is that you have limited character space to share your information.  However group texts are great in times of urgency.


3.       Create a secret Facebook group.  Keep only those you want to be up to date with posts and pictures.  Everyone can converse, your answers will be visible, and you curb that dreaded repeat conversation.

4.       Group Skype calls.  Depending upon the frequency of updates and whether or not you want to type, or express yourself in writing, a group Skype call may be your best bet.  Designate dates, times, and agreed upon length of call.  Start each call off with answering the most common and wanted information.  Then, if comfortable, share your feelings.  Lastly, open the conversation up for questions.  You could always attempt a normal conversation, but with a group it will be harder to make sure you relayed the most important information when you have random questions being thrown at you. 

5.       Blog.  That’s right, start a blog.  Even if you don’t want to share your life with the public, start a blog.  Password protect your blog to only allow who you want to see it.  Blogging has made my life so much better in regards to not having to repeat the same conversations over and over again.  Read my piece for Healthline to see how sharing has helped me. 

 Remember this, the injured or ill person doesn’t want their updates to replace visits or calls (if you do be sure to state so in your update) and we do want to discuss our health with you.  What we want, what we really, really want, is for our time with your to be special.

Wishing you a magical day filled with many reasons to smile,

The Disabled Diva

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