July 27, 2021

Here’s the link if you would like to listen:

https://anchor.fm/alexandra-mars1/episodes/July-27–2021-e152ldg

Today, I would like to discuss why I’m losing weight. A couple of weeks ago, I saw my reflection in the mirror. I didn’t like what I saw. The blame is on me for letting myself go.

Having rheumatoid arthritis makes it harder to lose weight for different reasons. For me, it is money and mobility issues. I don’t have the extra funds to join a gym. Because of the joint damage, my mobility is limited, and I need to be careful how much I can push my body. Now, living in a world dealing with Covid, so, I’m avoiding crowds.

So, I plugged in my WII video game system and started playing some sports games, but soon realized that I needed more exercise games for my lower body. I found and brought a WII Fit Plus at a good deal. And I love it! 

When I mentioned to other people; I’m trying to lose a few pounds, and their reply is I don’t need to lose weight. The clothes that I wear hide my extra pounds and maybe people think I don’t need to lose any weight. That is not the case at all.

I have been thinking about that statement lately. I wanted to ask others: don’t I deserve a healthy body to the best of my ability? Do you realize I am on a quest to save my joints? Just because I have RA, and why can’t I look attractive?

Yes, I deserve to have a healthy body that my circumstances allow. By losing weight and watching my calorie intake, I will lower my high blood pressure, reducing my chances of developing diabetes, reducing my asthma symptoms, and improving my quality of life.

By exercising, I am saving my joints by reducing my weight. The extra weight causes more stress on my joints, preventing the normal wear and tear, and more inflammation produce throughout my body. By losing, weight will reduce the stiffness and soreness in the mornings during the winter months.

Look, I know what my body looks like, and I know how I move because of the limited mobility. Just because I have RA doesn’t mean that I am broken. I want to present my best self to the world. Attractiveness means to me by looking my best and feeling great about myself.

When someone tells me I don’t need to lose weight, that person is telling me my life has no value because I don’t meet society’s expectations. 

I should accept it and move on.

I am an intelligent, problem-solver, and creative person that brings value to this world!

It is time for society to stop devaluing people with disabilities and start seeing us for who we are as strong and intelligent individuals!

Back Pain

Here’s the link if you would to listen:

https://anchor.fm/alexandra-mars1/episodes/Back-Pain-e13c8hi

Today, I woke with my lower back still aching and stiff, but I’m a lot better from last night. I’m counting down the days until I get my biologic medicine.

Keep moving—is burned into my mind. If I allow myself to stop moving, then my other joints will become stiff and swollen. I will lose my mobility.

If I lose my mobility, then I will lose my freedom, my independence, and I don’t want that.

There are other things that I want to do like finishing my manuscript, grow my podcast audience, play with my cat, and spend time with my family.

To live my best life.

Sunday Talk with Alexandra Mars

https://anchor.fm/alexandra-mars1/episodes/Sunday-Talk-with-Alexdandra-Mars-e103up5

I am starting a new series for my podcast; where I will sit down, talking about things that are going on in my life and other topics. In today’s podcast, I discussed my goals for May and what is happening in my life. I hope you will check it out.

March 29, 2021

Well, last week, I just took a break from writing after recovering from my cold or allergies. Not sure exactly what I had, but it wasn’t Covid.

When I was sick, I did a lot of reading. There wasn’t much else I could do. I found reading a good novel helped to deal with the cold, and especially at night when my symptoms were worse.

My mind needed a break from reading and the writing process. I decided to work on a new epic song that I am composing. It is not finished, but I have a good start, and I am pleased with the progress so far.

There are times I have to allow my creative juices to replenish, permitting my mind to rest, especially after dealing with a cold. I find working on composing a musical piece helps my mind and my body to relax, and at the same time letting my mind be creative.

It allows me to see my manuscripts and my blog posts in a different light, giving me a fresh perspective on ideas and topics.

This week, I also found some new novels that have piqued my curiosity to read, so they are on my reading list, not sure when I will start reading them.

Here are my plans for this week:

Tomorrow, I start physical therapy for my back; I was recently diagnosed with spine osteoarthritis. So my rheumatologist recommended physical therapy, and then we will go from there.

Then later in the week, I will receive my biologic medicine. So, I am going to do some writing and editing in between my appointments.