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The Experiment I Keep Returning To

Out of all of my experiments I seem to return to The Secret every few years. Every time I try the law of attraction it just turns out weird; maybe because I’m expecting it to at this point. I read a lot of the forums and it seems people usually have either total success with it or it sends them into a downward spiral. It’s something that I wish worked. I do think it’s healthy to have a positive attitude and believe that good things are coming your way. I think it’s even vital when you have a chronic illness. I believe more in just general positive thinking than I do in the law of attraction.

What’s Working for Me Now

This year I’ve gone with more of a less is more approach to exercise. I’m on the couch a lot with my computer working. I do need a more comfortable couch I think click this link for some options. I’ve found I feel better if I exercise every single day but I don’t overdo it with a lot of weights. I’m not losing weight this way but I have taken off a few inches. Granted, I didn’t lose a lot of weight when I was being more aggressive. This has cut down on the debilitating pain the next day and allowed me to stay consistent with my routine. I try to walk two miles a day at a pretty good pace. If I push into the third mile I have a lot of pain the next day. I’m excited to see how this approach works long term and it has really helped me to back off but still be consistent.

Changing My Focus

I’ve been making websites in some form or another for a long time now. I always have a sense of frustration with it just because I see so many people who randomly hit the internet jackpot and make hundreds of thousands while I’m slowly plodding away. Today I decided to change my focus to realize that I get to do something that I really love to do. Making lots of money would be awesome (and it will happen sometime!) However, instead of the money I need to focus on being able to do one of my favorite things. I wish I would’ve figured this out years ago I would’ve enjoyed myself a lot more.

Exercise That Doesn’t Hurt

Last month I think was the 20th anniversary of when I got sick. Throughout that time I’ve tried so many different exercises. For most people they want something that will take off weight the fastest or something that is fun. I want both of those things but my first consideration is I want a workout that doesn’t hurt either during or after. One of my favorite things to do is dance so I’ve been looking for workouts that incorporate that. I would love to go to santa monica dance studios to learn how to do it properly. I usually can find something that gives me a little bit of cardio without it being painful the next day. Any other fibromites out there who love to dance?

Hardwiring Happiness

Having fibromyalgia is hard. It just is. I won’t lie and say that it gets easier. However, you can still thrive with it. You can still be happy. You can still have a meaningful life. I am not one for meditating but even I can find 30 seconds a day to focus on the good. Learning about the negativity bias we all have and how to overcome it has really helped in my day to day coping.

One of My Happiest Memories

Sometimes when I’m in pain or just in a bad mood I try to focus on one of my happiest memories. One of them was the day I got a new violin. I loved the new sound of it but what was more important was the new case. I still like to look at the ones at musicans friend. Mine had a black canvas outer cover and an interior green velvet cover. It made me feel so much more grown up compared to the older ones I’d been using from orchestra. It made me feel like an accomplished, professional violinist, even though I wasn’t. Even though I don’t play anymore the sight of the case makes me happy.

Trying Tiffany Rothe Workouts Again

These are workouts that I go back to often just because they are pretty low impact. Plus, they are free on YouTube or you can join her inner fit circle for additional help. I found them initially because I was looking for a workout that would flatten my tummy without requiring a lot of crunches and sit ups and other things that hurt my back. Tiffany takes almost a belly dance approach to losing stomach fat so this time I made a commitment to stick with it even when fibromyalgia flared up.

Ironically the hardest workouts for me are the ones where she is sitting in a chair. I think she says that she developed them for her mom who is in a wheelchair but they cause me a lot of pain the next day. After two months I’ve lost somewhere between 7 and 9 pounds. It really takes up all of the energy I have for the day and still causes a lot of pain so I don’t know if it’s a long term solution for me. I will try to keep going until early July and see how much weight I can lose.

Low Impact Exercises

It seems like the skinniest people I know are cyclists. I remember really enjoying this when I was a kid so I decided to rent a bike a few summers ago. I thought it would be pretty low impact but it ended up hurting my back a lot just because I can’t sit up straight for that long. I also only made it a small distance; I can walk much further than I can bike. Maybe if I had a motorcycle from I could make it but that’s the only kind of bike I will ride from now on. Are there any fibromites out there who bicycle still?

Oh That’s What is Different

Yesterday I felt pretty hyper. I was getting a lot done. By the end of the day it dawned on me. I actually had energy, which only happens a few times a year. Today I’m back to normal but it was so much fun to actually feel like doing stuff. Unfortunately, it was an unfamiliar feeling but I’m grateful that I had it.

My Best Work at Home Advice

I’ve been working from home for a long time now. My first piece of advice used to be to always have a backup plan. I don’t really think that is practical anymore because the internet changes so quickly. I spent a lot of time making back up plans instead of focusing on where the money is while there was actually money to be made.

Now my first piece of advice is that you need to have a backup fund. I try to follow Suze Orman’s advice to have an eight month emergency fund. I have found that isn’t even enough. You don’t want to count on a monthly income or you may have to learn about creditors rights in bankruptcy.I don’t know if I would have made it this long without doing so. What is your best advice for working from home?