That was Then…This is Now Life with Fibromyalgia

Alarm rings at 5 a.m. I jump out of bed to start making fresh blueberry muffins and the evening’s crock-pot dinner. Out the door by 6 a.m. for a full day (up to 10 hours) of work followed by whatever after school activity my kiddo had for the night.

The night ends making sure our daughter’s homework is done, bath & bed, leaving me a few hours to pick up the house, play on the computer and watch TV before going to sleep (roughly 10:30 p.m.)

Flash forward 8 years…

Alarm rings at 6 a.m. Slowly, I get out of bed to get my morning medicine. I lie back down in bed hitting snooze until 6:30 a.m. The next 30 minutes I get dressed and apply my makeup. Again, I return to bed until the last alarm goes off at 7:15 a.m. I grab my bag and ease my way down the stairs to head off to a 7 hour work day. After a short drive I am home, changed into my pajamas and laying down on the couch for a nap.

I can’t recall the last time I made blueberry muffins so a week ago I decided I would bake for my family. The blueberry mix packages sat on the kitchen counter for 8 days. I finally had enough energy to make them today. It isn’t as if it takes a lot of energy to open 2 packages, add milk, stir and bake. Unfortunately, that is still more than I can do nowadays.

Then … I would religiously decorate the house the first of each month for whatever holiday was that month.

Now … It happens when it happens. It is November 12th and although my Halloween decorations have been put away, my Thanksgiving decorations have been in a tote sitting at the bottom of my stairs for a week. All I need to do is ask to have it carried upstairs. I hate asking. After all these years, I continue to struggle with asking for assistance.

Then …  I planned ahead. At the beginning of each month I would plan out and go shopping for the entire month of meals. We would seldom run out of grocery items and when we did I did the shopping and the majority of the cooking.

Now … There is no plan. I simply do not have the energy to think or create meals. For the past 4 years I have relied on my husband to do the majority of all cooking. We run out of everything often. Thankfully, our daughter is old enough to drive and will stop and pick up groceries whenever we need them.

I have spent a lot of time looking back at what I used to do and what I am not able to do any longer. My comparison list between then and now could go on and on. Socrates wrote, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on the fighting the old, but on building the new.”

Yes, it is important to be realistic about what you can do but it is equally important to not limit yourself to what you have done in the past. Instead of continuing to look at the past I plan on looking toward the future. Push myself, just a little and give myself credit when credit is do.

After all. I am a Fibro Warrior ~ Living Life!

 

Liberty Lotion; Limitless

I have been given this Limitless Lotion as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.

I love to try new products especially ones that are so easy to use.

Limitless Lotion is a water-based product and has no gels or petroleum ingredients.
The ingredients include: Distilled Water, Emulsifying Wax, Stearic Acid, Willow Bark Extract, Glycerin, Boswellia, Argan Oil, Flax Seed Oil, Colloidal Silver, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Bergamot Oil, Lavender Oil, Arnica Montana (5x).

Just like the name the uses are limitless. Customers have used it on Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Muscle Pain, Headaches, Scrapes, Stings, Bites, Bruises, Rashes, Cramps, Sciatica, Chronic Injury-Related Pain, Rosacea, Eczema, Psoriasis, Joint Pain and more!

MADE IN THE USA
“From the very start, it has been a guiding principle for us at Liberty Lotion to procure our ingredients from the very best sources available. Part of this ideal is our insistence on buying American, whether it’s bottles, active ingredients, labels or packing material. It is our firm belief that it is our roots in industry, and especially small business, that makes our country great, and we are committed to contributing to the American economy by relying on our excellent domestic manufacturers and suppliers to fill the needs of our growing business. This is why we are proud to say, for all of our products, that they are made right here in the USA.”

Limitless Lotion, from Liberty Lotion, is NOT a CBD-based lotion. Liberty Lotion makes a variety of CBD-based products including tinctures (internal) and topicals. But, Limitless Lotion is different. Limitless lotion is a pain-relief lotion that while it doesn’t contain CBD oil is a Cannabimimetic; meaning it contains compounds that mimic the effect of CBD. Specifically, Limitless Lotion contains Boswellia Serrata extract. Boswellia respectively contains a compound called Incensole Acetate which mimics the effects of CBD.”

I have tried several CBD-based lotions. Libery Lotion did not work as quickly as others but the more often I used it the more I noticed it help to relieve my overall aches. I have begun trying to use it at the onset of a headache. I have noticed that it has helped alleviate the temple and neck pain.

The lotion quickly absorbs into my skin without leaving any greasy feeling and I really like the mild smell. I did find that I needed to use more than their instructions of using one pump per 2×2 square of skin.

They offer a great loyalty reward program. When you sign up for Liberty Rewards, every $1 you spend at libertylotion.com accrues 3x Liberty Rewards. You can also earn rewards for: signing up for a new account, registering your date of birth, referring friends, and liking and sharing our pages on social media.

I plan on continuing to use Limitless Liberty Lotion without any of my other lotions to continue to test the product. In addition, I have had my daughter begin to use it for bruises and sore muscles.

They offer a FREE TRIAL SIZE

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