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Weight Loss Isn’t Easy

Posted by Connie on Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at 6:27 pm and is filed under Chronic Illness, Food, Healthy or Not.
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I’ve learned the hard way that weight loss isn’t easy especially when you’re limited in your ability to exercise due to chronic illnesses. Although I’ve cut down on my calorie intake and walked, not being able to exercise on a constant basis makes it even more difficult to lose those extra pounds and inches.

A weight loss plan includes burning more calories than you consume and and some type of  physical activity in your daily routine. A good friend of mine who has Fibromyalgia, has been successful in losing weight. First, she saw her doctor to talk about her goals and got a check up. Next she included her rheumatologist in her effort. He was able to provide information on the kind of exercise that would be beneficial to her, especially physical activity that wouldn’t cause more pain.

Walking for Weight Loss

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Her exercise routine began with yoga and stretching. She learned to listen to her body. If she felt pain, she slowed down, massaged the area or stopped if need be. Next came walking. Being outdoors helped her to feel more positive. She saw people and said hello to them. Soon they became walking buddies.

Shortly after her walking increased, she joined a gym that her rheumatologist recommended. The trainers were familiar with Fibromayalgia and exercises that helped lessen pain and help with weight loss. Soon, she was doing more cardiovascular exercises. She alternated days with water aerobics.

She chose to follow common sense with her diet. She read about calories, fat, sodium and decided to eat more fruits and vegetables along with more fish and poultry. She included protein supplements to improve her metabolism and help regulate her appetite. As she changed her diet, she found it more appealing, finding different fruits she had never eaten before. Instead of potato chips, she ate carrot sticks with a small amount of low fat salad dressing. It seemed as if her taste buds were changing!

Within one month, my friend lost 10 pounds. She does not look at this as a diet or exercise program, but as a lifestyle change. She’s an inspiration to many!

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

The Great Outdoors With Chronic Illness

Posted by Connie on Friday, March 5th, 2010 at 12:18 am and is filed under Chronic Illness, Family Life, Food.
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Although I like the great outdoors, having chronic illnesses, makes it unsafe for me to go too far from home, especially where I have no access to a cell phone. Plus, if I’m too far and I need immediate medical care, that’s another reason to feel unsafe.

My best bet to enjoy the outdoors is to be in nature but close to help. A beach is good pick for me, a lake that has access to a main road or a resort that has an area that is just far enough to be quiet and peaceful, but not too far to be unsafe. When I’m in a flare, I’m usually at home in my backyard. We have birdhouses, some trees and a fenced in yard.

I love when my husband grills and we sit at a picnic table to eat. The only problem is that we have a gas grill where it isn’t easy to make smores because we really can’t roast marshmallows. I’ve been bugging my husband to get a firepit so that I can sit outside, relax, feel comfy and eat wieners and smores. It gives me a good feeling to be in the great, be it fake, outdoors.

Sunsweet Antioxidant Blend Review And Giveaway

Posted by Connie on Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 at 10:41 pm and is filed under Food, Giveaway, Health Information, Shopping.
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*CONTEST ENDED. WINNERS ANNOUNCED.*

Sunsweet Growers has introduced a new product – Sunsweet Antioxidant Blend. It includes dried cherries, plums, wild blueberries and cranberries. This is a very healthy snack and it is tasty too. It is naturally sweet and can be easily in recipes too.

Eating food high in antioxidants can help prevent infection and slow the aging process. The fruits in this blend are four of the highest scoring oxygen-free radical fighting fruits on the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) chart.

sunsweetSunsweet Antioxidant Blend comes in a 5 oz resealable bag. They can be purchased in the produce section of major stores in the US for the suggested retail price of $3.99. Each serving is only 130 calories and has no fat, cholesterol, or sodium. It does contain 4% Potassium and Fiber. (This is daily values based on a 2,000 calorie diet.) It’s always nice to have a healthy snack that is handy especially for those of us that have a chronic illness. I like being able to reach my hand into the bag and enjoy.

Giveaway: Ten readers will win a V.I.P. coupon for any Sunsweet product up to $5.5o and a Reusable Tote bag.

The Rules:
1. Contest starts now and ends Monday, August 3rd at midnight EST.
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4. Winner has 2 days to claim prize.
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This review and giveaway sponsored by Sunsweet Growers.