What If You’re Wrong?

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I believe now more than ever that the source behind a strained relationship is often misunderstanding. We forget that we can go through identical experiences yet view them two entirely different ways. We see based on the way we feel. If we make a decision about something in our head, I can guarantee we will see every little detail that leads us to that pre conceived conclusion. However, if we could overcome ourselves enough to have a serious in depth conversation that would allow us to see that same situation from the different set of eyes, we would not only gain an immense amount of compassion for the other person but we would also see how our behavior along with our individual feelings left us trapped in a place in time stifling the potential growth that could have built our relationships to something greater than we ever imagined.

We forget…

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My 2019 Goals for the Blog

Hi everyone, starting the new year with a “Hopes and Dreams” post. Well, without further ado, here are my goals for this year. Reading Goals: I’m hoping to read about 55 to 60 boo…

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‘Project Me’: A Month Complete and Here Are My Results

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So I am super excited to share the results of ‘Project Me’ with all of you!  (If you don’t know what I’m talking about you can check it out here: Project Me.)  To recap I had to make some serious health decisions back around the first week of December after a colonoscopy revealed abnormal growths.  I made the decision immediately that I was making changes in the types of foods I put in my body.  

I began using a Nutribullet processor, eating a lot more raw veggies and fruits, eliminated all sugary sodas, drinks, fried foods, fast food, processed foods, etc. 

Thus far I am down nearly 2 inches in my waist and almost 8 pounds.  I now weight 180.8 pounds down from 188.

Honestly it hasn’t been as difficult as I thought it would be to make these changes.  I think the health-scare motivation was exactly what I needed.  I tried exercising a little, but the MS issues put that on hold although I’m thinking about new things I might be able to do once I hit 175 lbs.  The National Arthritis Foundation states that 1 pound of extra fat exerts 4 pounds of extra pressure on the knees so I have effectively relieved 32 pounds of pressure off of my legs and knees.  Another 5 pounds might relieve enough pressure to allow me to walk more and maybe begin doing some light exercise to get my body to sweat. 

The goal I set in November is to get to 10% body fat and to be in the best physical shape of my life.  Once I get to 175 lbs I plan to stop focusing on weight and begin focusing on health and physique. 

I have decided that I am tired of allowing myself to make excuses for my poor decisions.  I decided I am no longer going to spend time justifying my poor decisions.  I decided I will no longer accept a weaker version of myself. 

Thus far I am happy with my results and all of the veggies and fruits has infused me with energy I haven’t had in years! 

2019 will be the year for Project Me!   

Danny 

Social Media in the New Year

Making Time For Me

Every January 1st I go through my Facebook friends. I “unfriend” anyone who isn’t in my real life, I haven’t engaged in real conversation with or hasn’t added something positive to my life.

Family is trickier and for those people, I unfollow. Life is too short to get bogged down on all the negative.

Facebook doesn’t seem to irritate me for this very reason. I’m not afraid to eliminate. I’m honestly only friends with like 10 people from high school and I went to 2 different ones. Only 4 people from my 7 years of college and a handful of old coworkers. Why?? Because, that’s not real life. It’s the past and even though memories are awesome, I’m living in the present ❤

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8 Simple Tips For Living A Better Life With MS (or any disease really)

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8 Simple Tips For Living A Better Life With MS

My symptoms began in 2007 while I was on vacation in Florida.  Little did I know at that time that my world would change forever with a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.  I have experienced an array of symptoms and have found some fairly successful habits I have used to help offset the side effects of MS.  Here are some simple tips for living a better life with MS:

 Walk every day

One of the goals I have for myself is to walk every single day without exception.  Evelina and I have a dog and he requires being walked which guarantees I’ll be outside at some point taking a stroll.  For those who cannot walk I recommend standing up and sitting down or maybe doing leg and arm lifts.  Even if you are confined to a wheelchair, you can do some type of physical activity.

Educate yourself on nutrition

I have found that shedding fat off my body helps with symptom flare-ups and pain.  So I eat a lot of vegetables, very little junk food (if any) and only good types of fat.  I see so many people trying to fight a disease while putting horrible foods in their body.  Why not give your body a fighting chance?   Some of the common sense things to eliminate immediately: processed foods, sugar, all fast foods, fried foods, sodas and sugary drinks. One of the most common mistakes I see being made is people who think they understand nutrition who do possess the knowledge about what is and what isn’t healthy.  For a small fee you can hire a nutritionist to construct an eating regimen right for you and your MS symptoms and I highly recommend you not pretend to know, but rely on an expert so you truly know how to eat; sometimes this is covered by your insurance too!

Stop smoking

Simply put, smoking destroys your body.  Smoking also causes plaque to build up in the blood which sticks to the walls of arteries making them narrower; this reduces blood flow and increases the risk of developing blood clots.  Smoking also narrows the arteries, which restricts blood flow as well as causing blood pressure problems.  Lastly, smoking makes it more difficult to exercise with a body that already makes exercise challenging.

Don’t abuse alcohol

There are a couple primary reasons why I don’t drink much alcohol: 1. it affects the central nervous system which impairs my ability to balance, and 2. alcohol and MS induced depression do not mix well.   Maybe a glass of wine occasionally, but don’t use alcohol regularly.

Build your support team with positive people

When I was first diagnosed I followed the advice of a friend and I visited a support group.  It was awful and I stopped attending.  I know lots of people who join support groups, but I found them to be a “woe is me” group.  People sat around and talked about all of their problems and almost none of the time was used to discuss how to live a better life.  The sessions made more sad then edified.  None of the talking focused on exercise, eating better or developing positive life habits.  Since that time I have realized my success has come largely in part to the fact that I have had positive people around me.  People who really support me by carrying me when I need it, but also push me when I need to be pushed.  Remember, you might be in a true fight for your life so do you want negative or positive people around you in this type of struggle?

Find a great neurologist

This is easier said than done because “great” has many meanings to different people.  For me here are the attributes that make one doctor better than another.  A great neurologist must be a great listener who takes all of your concerns into consideration for the treatment plan.  He or she must also be focused on more than prescribing medications like acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, alternative medicines, spiritual edification and much more.  If your doctor focuses only on medication it might be time to look for a new doctor as there is so much more to treatment than just medicines.  If you need a new neurologist I would start my research by Googling “tips to choose a neurologist” and go from there.

Focus on total-body treatment mind/body/spirit

If you doctor is medicine-focused then you need to take upon yourself to focus on whole-body treatment for yourself.  A few practices that I can recommend are meditation, chiropractic, massage, exercise, Soduko/crossword puzzles, acupuncture and mental therapy.  If you only focus on your body, then you will end up neglecting the other areas of You that are crucial to keep healthy during your fight.

Don’t stop living life

I think this is one of the toughest recommendations for me because I struggle with living life.  I tend to not make plans with friends because I never know how I’m going to feel.  I struggle with social anxiety and get extremely worn-out by interacting with people.  I’m usually asleep by 9 pm so socializing can be a struggle.  With this said I realize it isn’t good for me nor is it fair to my wife to be confined to the house.  With all of this said I think it is important to get out of the house even if only to get to the park and go for a short stroll.  I think it is important to do things and push yourself instead of letting your body dictate to you that you will do nothing.  Take a trip to the movies or go for a walk or stroll at the park.  Visit a friend or go to the mall.  Getting outside is critical.

Living with any disease isn’t easy and a cure for MS might be near, but it doesn’t exist right now.  Because of this I believe it is essential to do everything in one’s power to develop habits that will make life a bit easier when living with Multiple Sclerosis.  Success is the accumulation over time of the effects of small daily habits.  I hope this helps in some small way.

Have a great Saturday!

Danny

Cozy, Girl-Next-Door with a Hint of Edgy | Outfit for Plus Size Babes

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I put this together last week and I am seriously lusting after this outfit so bad you guys!  It has the perfect cozy, girl-next-door vibe but with a edgy side thanks to those super cute Moto boots!  Lately, I’m all about ripped jeans and I’m really loving over the head cozy sweaters.
Note to self: you need more of those! look one.JPG

Beanie $10.00Bentley “No Brand Knit Toque

Slouchy Sweater $33.90  – Forever 21 “Plus Sized Rib Sweater in Heather Grey”

Blanket Scarf $22.40Old Navy “Flannel Blanket Scarf for Women in Chevron”

Hobo Bag $25.80 Old Navy “Sueded Slouchy Hobo for Women in Pale Grey”

Ripped Jeans $78.90 – Torrid “Premium Stretch Jegging in Distressed Light Wash”

Moto Boots $39.99 Payless Shoe Source Brash “Rowdy Women’s Moto Bootie”

Who else would wear this outfit?  What other accessories would you throw on?
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