Motivational Monday

Good morning Y’all! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! I enjoyed the 3 Day Quote Challenge so much that I have decided to share one motivating quote once a week. I decided on Monday because I think we all need something to get us moving at the beginning of the week! I certainly hope you enjoy the quotes I have chosen and I hope they motivate you as much as they do me!2-quote-about-no-matter-how-impossible-unattainable-or-unim-image-background-image

I hope you have an amazing start to the new week! As always, I would love to read any comments you have and I will respond as quickly as I can. Sending y’all lots of love and comfort every day!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

 

Advertisements

Spring is in the air!

Spring-Flowers-Butterflies-2Good evening Y’all! I hope you are having an amazing weekend! I definitely do not want to scare the pretty weather off, but it is looking like spring is finally here! The mornings are a bit chilly, but as the day progresses the temperatures increase as well! Trying to predict what to wear may be frustrating, but these cooler mornings and mild days are so much better than the extreme hot that is expected sooner than later. 

Did you plan to spend your weekend  certain way or were you just be casual and going with the flow? I have found the more I try to plan things for a weekend, the more those things do not actually happen as I wished and I might be left a little disappointed. I have said it before, keeping expectations low will reduce the amount of frustration and disappointment allowed in your life, but I sometimes forget that! It is kind of silly to set ourselves up to any letdown or sorrow. 

empty.jpgThis post may be a little scattered because my thoughts are all over the place, so please forgive me! I have been giving a lot of thought to changing the way my husband and I eat, so we can feel better and be healthier. Do y’all think that Organic Food are a better way to buy foods? I used to buy Organic eggs for my husband’s breakfast, but I have not been making him breakfast in the mornings because of other obstacles. But I am thinking when I do make a nice home cooked meal, maybe buying Organic meats and vegetables would be a better way of cooking? Organic Foods are about 50% more expensive, but if it is healthier it is well worth it. I also am going to try to eliminate cheese from our diets because it causes so much inflammation. Multiple Sclerosis already produces a lot of inflammation, so it would be smart on my part to reduce it as much as I can.

Do y’all certain season that is your favorite? I would say my favorite season is fall because the temperatures are perfect. It is not too cold, like winter can be, it is not too hot like summer always is! My body does not handle any extreme temperatures. If it is too cold, I get tense and then have a lot of pain. On the other hand, if it is too hot I feel so much fatigue and just terrible. I know I sound like Goldilocks right now, but 30 degrees is too cold and 90 degrees is too hot, but 65-70 degrees is just right!

Thank you for visiting my site today and I do look forward to your comments. I promise to respond to all of your comments as quickly as I can! I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and have the ability to do what makes you happy! As always I am sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

3 Day Quote Challenge

3-Days-3-Quotes-ChallengeHappy Friday Eve Y’all! I hope you have had a wonderful day! Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday, it has been a pretty long week!

Sadly, today is the last day of my 3 day quote challenge. I would like to thank the  fabulous Heather and Dizzy https://dinosaursdonkeysandms.com and also https://unbreakableyetfragile.com/ for asking me to participate in this challenge. This challenge has been so much fun for me and I hope y’all have enjoyed the quotes I have shared. 

willienelson1My final quote for this challenge is “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” Willie Nelson. I love this quote because I am all about positive thinking and do strongly believe it will result in wonderful things! 

 

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  • Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
  • Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day.

On my final day of this challenge, I would like to nominate a few ladies that have great insight and are just all around amazing people! I am really looking forward to reading the quotes y’all have, but please know there is no pressure to participate. I do hope y’all enjoy this challenge as much as I have and find it uplifting!

https://bloggingwithbojana.com/ Bojana

https://msgracefulnot.com/ Grace

https://essexgirllostupnorth.com/ Joanna

Thank y’all for visiting my site today and I hope you enjoyed the previous quotes I shared. I hope you have a great evening and I hope your weekend will start off great! As always I am sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

 

The 3 Day Quote Challenge Day #2

3-day-quote-challenge-22Happy Wednesday! I hope y’all are having a great day! Thankfully we have almost made it through the week!

Today is my second day of the Quote Challenge and I would like to take this opportunity to thank https://dinosaursdonkeysandms.com Heather and Dizzy and  https://unbreakableyetfragile.com/  for asking me to participate in this fun quote challenge. I am actually really enjoying this challenge because I really do love a variety of quotes and they all have special meeting to me. 

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  • Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
  • Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day.

careerlesson_starslandamongToday’s quote is “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll still land among the stars.” Les Brown. My grandfather actually said this too me a long time ago before I went to a National Pageant where I was Miss Vermont Teen. This quote has stayed with me all these years later as it is encouraging to never give up, which y’all know I never will give up on anything in life. 

 

 

My fabulous nominees for today are:

http://bethybrightanddark.com/ Bethy

https://hillaryrobyn.com/ Hillary

https://kimc91.wordpress.com/ Kim

I hope today’s nominees enjoy this challenge as much as I am enjoying it, but please know there is absolutely no pressure, I would just love to read some of the quotes that you love because I already know they will be amazing! I hope y’all have a great evening and I hope the rest of your week is fantastic!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Fatigue & MS

F_MSI do not know about y’all, but I definitely find myself feeling a lot more fatigue daily! Of course I do get up extremely early for work and I also tend to get up way too early on the weekends as well, but I just can not seem to help it! About noon each day I find I am struggling to keep my eyes open and stay focused on my work, but it does tend to lessen if I take a break and rest. Of course on the weekends I can take a nap if I need to, but unfortunately I think my boss would frown on that if I took a nap at my desk! I guess it is a good thing that I am not working a full day right now and it seems like 6 hours is long enough for me currently. I am sure over time, I will increase my hours again!

Fatigue is one of the most common MS symptoms and occurs in 80% of MS fighters. There have been studies suggesting that changes in the brain caused by MS may require patients to use five times more effort to complete simple tasks than those without MS. MS FatigueFatigue can significantly interfere with the ability to function both at work and home and is one of the primary causes of early departure from the work place.

There are numerous things that can cause sleep disturbances. Bladder dysfunction may result in nighttime awakening, which of course affects our sleep. Nocturnal muscle spasms also can contribute to sleep deprivation. Muscle Spasms are so incredibly infuriating  and in my experience nothing seems to help them! There is another type of fatigue known as lassitude which is unique to those living with MS. Isn’t that nice that researchers are coming up with additional special treatments for us?! Lassitude is a state of physical or mental weariness; lack of energy. Researchers are beginning to outline the characteristics of lassitude or “MS Fatigue” to make it different from fatigue that is experienced by those without MS.

  • Typically occurs on a daily basis
  • May occur in the early morning, despite having a restful night’s sleepFatigue & MS
  • Normally worsens as day progresses
  • Aggravated more by heat and humidity
  • Comes on easily and suddenly
  • Generally more intense that normal fatigue
  • Tends to interfere with daily responsibilities

 

What are some ways to manage fatigue?

  • Occupational Therapy can assist to simplify tasks at home and at work
  • Physical Therapy can help learn energy-saving ways of walking and performing daily tasks. Physical therapy can also help develop a regular exercise program
  • Psychological Interventions include stress management, relaxation training and even support groups
  • Heat Management to develop strategies to avoid overheating and to cool down. With summer right around the corner, this is extremely important as all heat does is destroy any energy we may have!

MS Fatigue 2So let me ask y’all a question about fatigue. If you experience this, does it happen daily or sporadically and what do you do about it? Of course I love to write and read, but sometimes I find it hard to stay focused when reading because I get this sudden feeling of horrible fatigue. I am too stubborn though to know it is probably time to close the book and just rest!!

Y’all probably already know I normally do not do two posts a day, but the first one was for the fun challenge and this one is because I had already started it and wanted to be able to read your comments about fatigue. I always appreciate you taking the time to visit my site and I really enjoy reading your thoughts on specific topics. Also, I always respond to all comments as quickly as I can! I hope you had a great day and I hope your evening is nice and relaxing! Sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

 

3 Day Quote Challenge

3 Day Quote Challenge Day #1

I would like to thank https://dinosaursdonkeysandms.com: Heather and Dizzy and https://unbreakableyetfragile.com  for asking me to join this fun challenge. For anyone that has not visited these blogs, they are definitely worth checking out because they are both fantastic! I love quotes and feel there is so much meaning behind many of them, so I am excited to be participating in this challenge!

life-isnt-about-waiting-for-the-storm-to-pass-it-about-learning-to-dance-in-the-rain-870x714For day one my quote is “Life Isn’t About Waiting For The Storm To Pass, It’s Learning To Dance In The Rain.”

To be completely honest, I have absolutely no idea who came up with this, I just saw it in a while ago and it stuck with me! This quote means something to me because living everyday with Multiple Sclerosis has it’s fair share of challenges, but I have had to learn how to still carry on with my life and enjoy it as much as possible. Y’all know that I am not one that gives up and will never allow this illness to defeat me !

The Rules for the challenge are:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  • Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
  • Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day.

My Lovely and Amazing Nominees Are:

https://mymsrollercoasterride.wordpress.com/ Toni

https://mswithmsalex.com/ Alex

https://fuckms.ca/ Angela

I hope my nominees will enjoy this fun little challenge. It is something a little different from the normal day-to-day thoughts! I look forward to seeing what quotes stand out to you and the reasons behind them as I am sure they are just as wonderful as each of you!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

 

Diet with Parkinson’s Disease

april awarenessIt can be so difficult for any of us to find the right diet for any condition we may live with, but it is important to at least try! Diets may contribute a great deal too how our bodies react to the foods we east, so it is best to do all we can to combat any issues!

A common medication used to treat Parkinson’s disease is Levodopa. Levodopa is a protein building block, so it competes for absorption with other proteins. Protein enriched meals reduces the effectiveness of absorbing Levodopa, so it is better to save meat, fish and cheese for dinner time. It is important to take this medication on an empty stomach with 4-5 oz. of water and at least 30 minutes prior to a meal, as this allows the drug to make it to the small intestines and be absorbed faster. However, a carbohydrate snack like crackers, toast or oatmeal can help prevent any nausea the medicine might cause. Iron supplements can decrease absorption of Levodopa, so should be taken separate from medications by at least two hours.

What is the best diet plan for someone with Parkinson’s? Isn’t that the question we all want to know for all illnesses? There really is not a specific diet for those living with Parkinson’s, but a well-balanced and nutritious diet can be very beneficial. A proper diet for anyone will allow our bodies to work more effectively and give us more energy, but a proper diet for those with Parkinson’s can allow their medication to work properly. I have found some good tips that may be helpful:

  • Eat a variety of foods from each good categoryFood Pyramind
  • Maintain healthy weight through a proper balance of diet and exercise. Discovering an exercise regimen that is well tolerated can be difficult, but starting off slow is the best way to start.
  • High-fiber foods such as vegetables, cooked dried beans and peas, whole grain foods, bran, cereals, pasta, rice and fresh fruit.
  • Low in saturated fat and cholesterol
  • Limit sugar intake
  • Moderate salt consumption
  • Drink eight oz. glasses of water daily

Ways to control Nausea

  • Drink clear or ice-cold drinks. Drinks containing sugar may calm stomachs better than other liquids
  • Avoid orange and grapefruit juices because they are very acidic and that can worsen the nausea
  • Drink beverages slowly
  • Eat light, bland food such as saltines or plain bread
  • Avoid fried, greasy or sweet foods
  • Eat slowly
  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day
  • Do not mix hot and cold foods
  • Eat foods that are either cold or room temperature to avoid any nausea from the smell of foods
  • Rest after eating and keep head elevated
  • If nausea occurs when first awaking in the morning, eat some crackers before getting out of bed or eat a high protein snack before going to bed (lean meat or cheese)
  • If the techniques I have shared do not help the queasy stomach it may be a good idea to share this issue with your doctor and see if they have any other suggestions.

Foods that should be avoided:

  • Cured, fermented or air-dried meats or fish
  • Aged cheeses: Aged cheese, Swiss, Blue cheese and camembert
  • Fermented cabbage: Sauerkraut and kimchi
  • Soy Bean products which includes soy sauce
  • Red Wine and Tap beer

parkinson-imageAfter reading this please remember that I am not a medical professional, I am just wanting to learn as much as I can in order to help those are dealing with this illness. I want to be able to relay as much information to my step father to make his life a little easier as I possibly can! I want him to stay as healthy as possible for as long as he can and if there is something I can do to make this happen, I will!

Thank y’all for visiting my site today. I hope the information I have provided in this post is helpful to either yourself or someone who you know! Like I have said, I have done a lot of research through various web sites including: https://www.michaeljfox.org/understanding-parkinsons and https://www.medicinenet.com/parkinsons_disease_eating_right  Of course there is a lot more information out there, but those two sites have given me a lot of knowledge. I hope y’all are enjoying your weekend and please know how much I appreciate all of your comments! I will respond to all comments as quickly as I can and please if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. Anything I do not know the answers to, I will find answers! Sending y’all lots of love and comfort always!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Positive thoughts for Monday!

Monday 1Good evening Y’all! I hope you had a great start to the week! Monday is never the most exciting day of the week, but they keep coming no matter if we are ready or not! I try to view Monday as a fresh start to a new week that holds many new opportunities. Any goals that may not have been accomplished last week, we can try again this week! I believe in never giving up on something we truly want! It is important to set goals, but also not stress much about them as that is not healthy. What ever is not accomplished today, try again tomorrow!

I strongly believe in staying positive as much as possible. A negative frame of mind will never help us achieve anything we strive towards. If we approach everything in life with an optimistic mind, we can conquer anything and everything we dream of. When you think about what your goals are for this week, what are they? These goals do not need to be anything huge, they can be as little as wanting to get a manicure and pedicure, which is what my minor goal for the week is! You might be the type of person that is always taking care of everyone else, but tend to neglect the simple pleasures in life you enjoy. Have you ever wondered why do 1-new-monday-new-week-new-goalswe do that? It is extremely important to take care of ourselves or we will never be well enough to do all the other things we do in life. 

We always hear how short life is, but sometimes it feels very long! It is so important to do the things that bring us joy and a lot of happiness. Have you ever really thought about what brings you the most happiness in life? I think we should all set a simple goal for ourselves this week and that is to do something that makes us truly happy! There is SO much negativity every time you turn on the news, so lets pretend for a moment it is not happening. Let’s not worry about all the bad that is going on and all the bad that could happen and just think happy thoughts! This is what I call my little bubble! 

Thank y’all for visiting my site today and I am looking forward to reading your comments. I always respond to all comments just as quickly as I can! I love the communications we all have! I hope y’all have a great and relaxing evening! I am always sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Last day of March!

MS AwarenessAs you already know today is the last day of March and Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. Has it been a pretty good month for y’all or have things been like a carbon copy of February? I feel like things are about the same with most things in life. The political world seems like it is still a bit of a mess with a little too much drama for me! Too many grown men acting like children in a playground! We can continue to hope for better times though and even if everyone around us continues to act the same, we can all just stay optimistic and happy with what we have been blessed with in life!

I can say that I have learned so much about how to handle doctor’s appointments better! I use to go into the appointments with many things I wanted to discuss, but then always would get distracted and feel rushed normally by the doctors actions. It never failed, I would leave the appointment and remember things I needed to get answers to and be angry with myself for forgetting. This last appointment I had everything I had questions about written down, which was wonderful because at the end of the appointment I looked at my notes and almost forgot one important question! As y’all know I have another appointment on Thursday and I know already I need to be very prepared and honestly keep my expectations low just so I will not be upset afterwards. I feel my upcoming appointment is pretty important because I am going in fighting for myself and my well-being!

At the end of MS Awareness month, I want to say I hope those that were not familiar with MS learned a lot and those battling MS gained even more knowledge. MS is definitely not the easiest illness to live with, not that any really are easy, but at the same time we all handle it as well as we can! It is a very unpredictable and at times extremely painful illness to live with, but MS Warrior 2there is no use dwelling on that. Dwelling on what we have to live with only causes more issues in the long run. It is extremely important to do our best to remain positive and stand strong to how we manage our illness. Giving up on our hopes for a cure will not make it happen any faster and will not help us living today! I feel very strongly that we all, no matter what our struggles are must live in the now. Living in the past will not change anything, but it might hinder our present times! We all should have already learned from our past experiences and therefore let it all go and moved on!

I hope y’all are enjoying your weekend! Hopefully the weather is beautiful for you and you are able to get a little sunshine! A little bit of sunshine can do wonders for our mind and spirit! I hope y’all are feeling well and of course staying as positive as you can. I appreciate you stopping by my site today and I will of course respond to any comments you might have as quickly as I can! As always I am sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

The Wolf You Feed

the-wolf-you-feed-3-2015-blog (1)Good evening Y’all! I hope your week is going well so far! Y’all already know that I strongly believe that positive thoughts will provide positive times into our lives. I also believe that it takes a lot more energy to hold onto negative thoughts! How do you feel about that? Do you agree or disagree?

I know everyone has probably already seen this before”The Wolf You Feed”, but I find this extremely powerful. When you read this, what does it mean to you or does it mean anything at all? I know sometimes I do over think things because I am a pretty emotional person. The reason I find this so powerful is because we all tend to feed one more than the other. Personally I try to feed the good wolf more because it is more my personality and I just do not have the ability or power to feed the evil. Of course I have my bad days when I get angry and have a hard time letting go of those feeling. But, I also think it is very destructive to hold onto anger and resentment.

I received some very valuable advice from a fellow blogger today about making a doctor’s appointment really count. I hope I add this the right way, but Caz’s site Invisibly Me had some fabulous advice http://invisiblyme.com/2016/10/12/make-it-count-6-tips-for-your-next-gp-appointment/. If you have not already checked out Caz’s site, it is definitely worth checking out! Thank you again Caz for this great advice!!

I hope y’all have a lovely and relaxing evening! I always appreciate you visiting my site and I love your comments, which I do respond to just as quickly as I can. Sending y’all lots of love and comfort!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa