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Five Treadmills to fit your home and budget








Here are five treadmill options that will work for small and large homes/budgets.

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Best Choice Products BCP Treadmill Portable Folding Incline Cardio Fitness Exercise Home Gym Manual Click here to view













Health Gear MT2000 Easy Walk Manual Treadmill with Fold & Roll Design Storage with Pulse Monitor Click here to view













Confidence Power Plus Motorized Fitness Treadmill Pink Click here to view













Goplus Electric Treadmill Walking Jogging Machine for Seniors Elders 0.6-4 MPH Adjustable Speed W/Extra-Long Handles Click here to view














Goplus 1.5HP Electric Folding Treadmill Portable Motorized Running Machine Home Gym Cardio Fitness w/App Click to view













No room or budget for a treadmill?  Click here for some free options for walking without going to a gym.












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












The Disabled Diva’s Winter Workout Challenge








The Disabled Diva’s Winter Workout Challenge

If you haven’t participated in one of my fitness challenges, you are missing out!  Everyone is eligible to participate no matter what their physical abilities may be.  The point of my challenges is not to compete against others, but to motivate and encourage everyone to move their bodies.  Although I refused to believe it several years ago, physical activity really does help reduce the pain I experience from fibromyalgia, psoriasis, degenerative disc disease, and psoriatic arthritis. Each challenge ends with prizes.  Winners are not chosen by how much they were able to do or by how did the most.  Those who participate are put into a drawing and earn entries in various ways.

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Winter Workout Challenge

This month’s challenge is 3 weeks, 21 days long.  It begins 12:01am January 7, 2019 and ends at 11:59pm January 27, 2019.  Unlike the last three months, this challenge will also include those who aren’t counting their steps.  However, those who are counting steps and/or activity with a fitness tracker and post those results will earn extra entries for the drawing.  Don’t have a fitness tracker?  Click here to find a tracker or phone app that fits your budget.


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Winter Workout Rules

  1. Join The Disabled Diva’s Fitness Buddies on Facebook
  2. Declare your workout goal on the Winter Workout official post located in the announcements in the group.  Eligible goals are any amount of steps or activity minutes that you will strive to reach daily based on your current ability.  Just keep in mind that the number that you choose will remain your goal for the entire challenge.  You may join the challenge at anytime by declaring your steps on the original challenge post located in the group announcements.
  3. Beginning January 7, 2019 and ending January 27, 2019 a daily check in will be posted in the group.  It will be placed in the announcements to make it easy for you to find.  Each evening before you go to bed or by 8:00am PST the following morning you must post your results in order to earn drawing entries.
  4. How to earn entries: For those tracking steps with a tracker: You have the ability to earn three entries per day.  One entry for posting a screenshot of your tracker’s results for the day whether you reached your goal or not.  Two entries will be awarded for reaching your reaching your daily goal.  For those declaring activity (yoga, Pilates, biking, swimming, etc.) minutes: Earn one entry per day for commenting with your results on the daily check in.  If you are using a tracker to record your activity minutes, post a screenshot with your results whether or not you reached your goal for a second entry.  Earn a third if you post your tracker’s results and meet your daily goal.   Everybody who participates and uses a tracker has the opportunity to earn 63 entries. Those not using a tracker have the opportunity to earn 21 entries.


Three winners will be drawn live in the group on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.  Each winner will be awarded a $5.00 Starbucks e-gift card and it will be delivered to the winner via email.

Don’t forget that the challenge prizes are funded by the commissions I earn from my Amazon links, other affiliate links from products that can be found in The Disabled Diva’s Product Picks , from proceeds from my book Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life, and donations. Click here to do your regular shopping thru Amazon. Donations can be made through PayPal to

If you are looking for a way to relieve your chronic and/or workout pain without drugs, I invite you to check out PEMF therapy.  Click here to compare various PEMF products.  The PEMF device that I use is Oska Pulse.  Click here to discover all the different ways it has improved my chronic pain in the past two years and how it continues to improve my chronic life.  Click here to visit Oska Wellness and as always, my discount code DIVA will save you $55.00 when entered at checkout.

Click here to join the Winter Workout Challenge!

PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse has taken my pain management plan to a whole new level! Click here to see how it has improved my chronic life and click here to learn more about the device and how it may help you too! BTW My discount code DIVA will save you $55.00 when entered at checkout!



























5 Best Practices for Safe Walking

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If you would have told me two years ago that I would be writing about walking, I would have laughed until I cried…… But that is exactly what I am doing!  Two years ago I was thrilled to be able to walk through the grocery store, walking for exercise or fun wasn’t on my radar yet.  But that isn’t what today’s post is about, click here to find out how I went from barely moving to running circles around my family and friends, today I am going to share to stay safe while walking.

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1. Be aware!

This practice covers several areas.  The first being preventing personal attacks.  Try to walk in daylight hours or on well lit streets.  I recommend carrying mace/pepper spray, a stun gun, or at the very least a rape whistle/alarm.  Know your route and identify possible escape routes by pulling up and studying the area on Google Maps.
Shady people aren’t the only things you need to be on alert for.  As I learned two weeks ago, pinecones are evil! Seriously though, watch for debris on your walking path. While you may not have much of a chance of slipping on a banana peel, your odds of tripping on uneven pavement, rocks, pinecones, bottles, cans, trash, leaves are high.  When walking at night use a flashlight to see hazards before you step on them!

2. Make yourself visible

If you are walking between dusk and dawn, you need to make sure that people are going to see you.  I don’t care how much or little traffic your walking route experiences, all it takes is for one driver not to see you and boom! So do yourself and those that love you a favor and dress in bright neon or white clothing.  Not willing to give up your dark workout clothing? Then wear a reflective vest or arm/ankle bands.

3. Go inside!

When the air quality is less than desirable or if the streets/sidewalks are wet or icy, walk indoors!  You don’t have to join a gym or purchase a treadmill, you can walk your local mall for free!  Other options, although you won’t be able to walk fast, are to visit a local museum, art gallery, or indoor flea market.  If weather conditions make it unsafe to drive, walk in your house! Walk in place on a mini trampoline, in front of your TV, or just walk from room to room.  Best part of walking at home is knowing that if you get too tired you can sit down and rest.
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Mini Trampolines and Treadmills make working out at home a breeze!

4. Make it a group activity

If possible, get yourself a walking buddy! You could get together with a group of friends or neighbors and turn your exercise time into a fitness happy hour! If you must walk alone, bring your dog. They are great at fending off strangers. Even small neurotic chihuahuas provide protection. Don’t have a dog? Ask to walk your neighbor’s. Having someone else to be accountable to will get you out the door regularly.  Walking with someone always motivates me to push harder than if no one was watching.


5. Track your steps

 If you are like me, you may have a tendency to overromanticize your physical accomplishments if you don’t have proof of what you did staring you in the face.  There have been times when I thought I racked up thousands and thousands of steps, only to later discover that I barely accomplished a small percentage of what I thought I had.  Tracking steps makes you aware of what you are really capable of.  When dealing with chronic pain, this knowledge can help you plan future outings.  If an event is going to require more walking than you typically do in a day, you will know whether to cancel or bring along a mobility aid.  When you track your steps and chronic pain, you will find a range that will become a warning for you to stop before running yourself into the ground.  This will decrease the number of days you spend recovering from pushing yourself too hard.



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Movie Movement Mania

Movie Movement Mania

How we turned a popular drinking game into a healthy activity the whole family can play!



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In our quest to have a fun girl’s night that included some exercise, Donna, Abi, and I invented a game that is perfect for everyone. We took the popular drinking game where everyone has to drink whenever certain words are spoken during a movie or television show and replaced drinking with movement! This game is perfect for all ages, no matter what their physical ability is.

How to play:

  1. Choose movie that at least one person is familiar with.  Depending upon your energy level, you may also choose a favorite television show instead of a movie.
  2. Have those who are familiar with the movie/show choose words that are spoken throughout it often.  I chose five words from one of my favorite movies Nacho Libre.
  3. Every time one of the chosen words is spoken, everyone must move their body for an agreed upon amount of time.  We chose 30 seconds of movement for each word.  Our movements included running in place, lunges, stretches, and leg lifts.  Choose your movement based on your physical ability.  Other forms of movement could be jumping jacks, arm curls, stepping, sit-ups, pushups,  standing up and sitting down, ankle/wrist/arm circles, waving your arms in the air etc….  Participants can use weights, resistance bands, kettle balls, etc.  If you have workout equipment like a rowing machine, stepper, trampoline, elliptical, or treadmill you could have everyone rotate stations after each word.

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Make sure everyone has water to stay hydrated and have a healthy snack on hand to enjoy afterwards.  To decrease the chance of increasing your chronic pain, prepare your body by applying a topical CBD oil on your muscles and joints and treat your problem areas ahead of time with PEMF therapy from Oska Pulse (promo code DIVA will save you $55). Oska Pulse combats inflammation like nothing I have ever tried and the best part is that it does it without drugs. After playing I ran a few more PEMF therapy sessions on my knees and used “I am Peace” vape from BioCBD+ to relax my muscles.

movie mania (2)Unlike the drinking version, this game is healthy and family friendly.  It can even be done in bed by modifying the movements with stretches and exercises that can be done while lying down or sitting.  Moving your body is important even if you don’t have a chronic illness, so why not make it fun too!



Workout Prep and Recovery

Workout Prep and Recovery


Before becoming chronically ill I used to love exercising.  Outside of making time to do it, I never had to put much thought into it.  Other than changing my shoes or clothing, I never had to prepare my body for a workout.  Afterwards I could go on with my day and do whatever I wanted.  Since becoming chronically ill I have struggled with working out regularly because of how unpredictable my diseases are and the pain that exercising adds to my already painful life.  However, this year I decided to make a commitment to exercising as much as possible and finding ways to decrease the amount of pain that I experience afterwards.

My Pre-Workout Prep

To lower or limit my post workout pain, I began preparing my body for the beating it is going to receive.  I purposefully plan my workouts early in the day so that I won’t be tempted to physically exhaust myself prior.  I never schedule appointments or errands on my scheduled workout days.  I spend the hours prior listening to my body.  I pay close attention to areas that are hurting more than others.  After identifying the most prominent pain sources I begin treating them.  For example, if my knees are aching I will relax with my Oska Pulse on them for an hour before.  This usually eliminates that pain and makes my workout possible.  Sometimes I leave my Oska Pulse on one knee throughout my workout.  If experiencing stiffness in my neck and shoulders I will use my TechCare TENS unit beforehand.  I always prepare my muscles by rubbing my favorite CBD lotion on them.  A drop or two of Triniti CBD under my tongue helps with pain and tension as well.  If my body is feeling overly inflamed I will take 1 or 2mgs of an Indica Cheeba Chew.  Light stretching also helps prepare my body.  Every day is different, some days I need to do all of the above and some days only a small combination.  While not necessarily convenient, the hours I spend prepping have reduced the amount of pain that I would have experienced had I not prepared at all.  Prior to prepping, the lightest of workouts would knock me down for a week or two.  So far prepping has limited my downtime to a day or two.


My Post Workout Recovery

Pushing my body to do what it doesn’t want to do always produces physical pain.  It is unrealistic for me to think that I won’t be in pain after exercising.  The trouble with diseases like psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, and endometriosis is that I never know what to expect. Some days my legs give out and I am unable to walk for hours after.  Other days I may only experience an elevated pain level in my joints.  And until every stinking adhesion is ripped from my sidewall, I will always be treated to a higher level of abdominal pain.   Because of this I never schedule anything of importance after a workout.  There are times when I must medicate for pain immediately after working out, which usually leads to taking a nap.  I may only need to use my Oska Pulse and TechCare TENS unit for a couple of hours or on and off for the rest of the day.  My CBD lotions also help with the muscle tension and pain following a workout.


While it takes a combination of different treatments to prepare for and recover from a workout, there is one in particular that has made exercising on a regular basis possible.  I can honestly say that if it weren’t for my Oska Pulse, I would have given up right after my first workout.  The Oska Pulse has been a God send for my knees.  After my first workout my legs gave out and I struggled to walk down the hallway while using a walker.  My knees were swollen and hurt like never before.  After 2 hours of treating them with my Oska Pulse, I was able to put my walker aside.  After 6 hours of treatment, the pain was completely gone.  I would have never believed this to be possible if I hadn’t experienced it myself.  By the way, if you are interested in purchasing an Oska Pulse for yourself, use promo code DIVA to save $55!

As you can see, making time to workout requires more than clearing an hour out of my day.  It requires special planning before and after.  Do you prepare your body before exercising or do you just hope for the best?  Do you have a post workout recovery plan in place?  What are your favorite and most effective ways to prepare and recover from exercising?

Wishing you a day filled with many reasons to smile,

The Disabled Diva

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