We are focusing on getting moving with the 30 day Get Moving Challenge. The 30 day Get Moving Challenge is more than just a 30 day fitness challenge, it’s a challenge that anyone at any fitness level can do. The 30 Day Get Moving Challenge is all about getting active beyond the pains of lupus !
The 30 day Get Moving Challenge is a challenge you can build how you want to. You make the goal you want to achieve every day. You can do cardio, strength training or just go for a walk. But the idea is to add some activity to each day for the 30 days.
This challenge is great because you can change it to your activity level and your skills.
Disclaimer: Always check with your doctor before starting this or any new exercise routine.
Let’s Encourage Each Other!
Official daily check ins
Encouraging quotes and photos
Simple ideas to get moving
What have you done to get moving today? #LupusInColor #30daygetmovingchallenge
Join us for the STRONGER than Lupus – Get Moving Challenge in the month of November. From November 1-30 Lupus In Color will have a 30 day Get Moving Challenge!
This challenge is meant to help lupus warriors fight fatigue and pain. Designed to help elevate your mood and get your body moving to help you feel just a little bit better in your lupus walk.
Whether you walk, jog, run, dance, do chair yoga, workout in bed or lift weights, just do whatever it takes to get moving. Whether you do 5, 10,15 or 30 minutes Let’s Get Moving and help our bodies heal.
If you are in, COMMENT BELOW ” I’m ready to GET MOVING” #LupusInColor
8 Week MMM…. That Feels Good! Monday Mindful Moments Challenge
For the next 8 weeks Lupus In Color will present the Monday Mindful Moments challenge. This will consist of moments that you take as a warrior to practice mindfulness in an attempt to assist in dealing with lupus on a daily basis. These Mindful Moments can help you through flares and pain and help you view your pain differently in order to react in a way that heals.
Mindfulness practices – including deep breathing techniques, being present and positive, and loving kindness – are great tools for stress management as you battle lupus, but when and where are you supposed to do them? Every Monday for the next 8 weeks, try fitting mindfulness into your schedule with simple suggestions that are posted right here in the group.
Today is Monday Mindful Moments Week 1 – Today be mindful in making a goal to participate in MMM…. That Feels Good! Monday Mindful Moments.
You really can practice mindfulness anywhere. If you ever find yourself sitting, standing, waiting, or walking from one place to another, you can easily squeeze in a mindful moment. In the next few weeks we will show you how to be mindful in everyday actionable activities.
Are you ready to be mindful in your lupus journey? Make the commitment today! #LupusInColor
Sometimes as you battle lupus you have to allow yourself to enjoy over sleeping. You have to indulge in lazy Sunday afternoons and procrastinate things that may demand your attention. You have to sing songs and sip an occasional adult beverage in bed while you forget the damage lupus has done. You have to remind yourself to enjoy the beauty of nothingness and replenish the energy that lupus and people drain. You need to get wrapped in cozy blankets and covered in oversized sweaters with the air condition on just in case you get hot. In the midst of this lupus life, we must remember to surrender to the solace of alone time where we can clear our head and replenish our soul for anything new that may arise from lupus. #LupusInColor
My mind is always racing with thoughts about my battle with Lupus. Most times I am trying to find tranquil thoughts to offset the raging war in my body. As one can imagine this is a constant struggle that is sometimes won with tranquility and other times submitted to the barrage of constant pain. Either way it always has my mind in constant thought. I find myself always trying to find a way to combat negative thoughts about this disease. In that process I have found my mind wandering from my own needs to the needs of those I love and share my life with day to day.
I know many will say Aww what a noble gesture to think of someone other than yourself. But, I believe it is sometimes a trick to bring back excessive negative thoughts about dealing with Lupus. The reason I say this is because at times I get into a mood and in thought about how painful it is for me to see my loved ones hurt and have to deal with me as I deal with this disease. I look at my friends and family and the hardest thing for me is to see my loved ones miss the old me I used to be. I mean really if that is not my mind playing tricks on me trying to allow the negative to slip back into my thought pattern I don’t know what is.
The irony of it all, thinking about the feelings of someone else while being thrusted into a plethora of negative feelings and emotions. It’s crazy how that negative can creep in and slowly try to poison your mind and soul.
Sometimes I have to just shake myself out of it and remind myself of the good things that come out of having a life altering disease. I have to shake the negatives off in order to truly begin a journey into a tranquil way of life.
I am on a quest to live in tranquility through thoughts that increase my mental health in order to generate a better physical body. There is power in positive thinking and there is healing in tranquility.
I have lupus, Lupus does NOT have ME! #LupusInColor
There are some things that can affect your body as you battle lupus without you realizing it. Things like…
The Weather-As we battle lupus we can be sensitive to changes in barometric pressure. If the weather goes from hot to cold or wet to dry, you can experience more aches and pains.
Media– What you read, what you watch or what you listen to can lighten your mood or bring it down. It can cause you undue stress that can cause flares.
Food Choices – Despite what you’ve read, there is no established diet for lupus. There are certain foods that may improve your symptoms as you live with lupus and there are certain foods that can worsen your flares and how you feel.
How Much You’ve Slept – 61% of individuals battling lupus state they do not rest well. With pain it can be difficult. A lack of sleep not only causes the immune system to go awry and makes you more susceptible to viral and bacterial infections, it also leads to the breakdown of immune self tolerance (tolerance of your immune system to your own body)
Self-Talk – As you battle lupus you can often have recurring negative thoughts and talk and negative thoughts and talk are very hard to give up. Negative self-talk can bring on flares and keep the flares longer. Learning to respond with a different course of self-talk can make a dramatic difference.
How Much You Move – Pain and limited mobility can stump movement as you battle lupus. The more you dont move the worse it seems to get. Exercise is an important way to take care of yourself and has many physical, emotional and social benefits.
Pay attention to these things that can dramatically affect your body, mind and spirit. #LupusInColor
The whirlwind of the holidays is finally over. Take some time to recover.
Lupus In Color Holiday Recovery:
1. Rest-Get some sleep: Make moments today to relax and just be. Your body needs it. 2. Make time to meditate: Take 5 minutes out of your day to just sit still and breathe. You deserve still moments to recharge. 3.Take a short walk: bundle up and take a short walk and enjoy the fresh air. The walk will help you relax some. 4. Write in your journal: Sit down and write out your feelings from the holiday. Get all the good and bad out of your mind and onto paper. It’s a form of great release. 5. Set boundaries: just say no if you need to. Dont feel like you have to say yes to everything.You can say no and not feel guilty. 6. Drink some hot tea: Grab a spot of tea and just enjoy the relaxation it brings. Allow the warmth to soothe you. 7. Read a good book: Take some time to read a book that you’ve wanted to read. Take your time to get into the fantasy of your imagination.
Make it a restful day. Try to limit your stress and practice some self care. Your body, mind and spirit will thank you.
GUIDE TO SURVIVING LUPUS: Cry when you need to. Scream. Shout. Lay on the floor. Sob in the shower. Be still. Run. Walk. Create. Live in your truth. Share your victories without fear. Listen to your body. Release your pain. Read. Seek support. Be a support. Be a friend. Find friends. Be real. Be honest about what you need and what’s going on with your body. Be courageous. Be strong. Be compassionate. Be vulnerable. Don’t be hard on yourself. Breathe. Don’t fear the hard times. Always understand how amazing you are fighting day by day. #LupusInColor