Big 8 Challenge! 8 Hours of Sleep, 8 Glasses of Water, 8 Fruits and Vegetables For 8 Days!
I’m looking forward to this personal BIG 8 CHALLENGE to get 8 hours of sleep, drink 8 glasses of water and have 8 different fruits and vegetables each day for the next 8 days! I’ve been spending way too much time needing to refer back to my acronym FRESH because of joint pain lately. My rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is supposed to have the smallest footprint on my day-to-day life as possible.
For those unfamiliar with FRESH, it is a quick and easy reference to the lifestyle changes I made after my RA diagnosis intended to help manage this awful disease. The letters stand for the Food or diet alterations I made, the importance of Relaxation or stress control, Exercise to strengthen my core and keep moving, good Sleep hygiene and proper Hydration.
A goal properly set is halfway reached. Zig Ziglar
I decided this morning to challenge myself to kick a few lifestyle habits into high gear because I’ve had way too many “joint sensations” lately. I get “joint sensations” when my joints are unhappy, usually because I’m not following FRESH ( the acronym I created to help, in addition to my biologic medication manage my RA). I pay close attention to my body and have learned to detect these feelings when things are getting a little off.
Diet, hydration, and sleep have been my main culprits causing these recent weird sensations.
I do best when I eat only whole foods and avoid anything with preservatives. My body reacts to a red licorice stick or using a flavored processed creamer in my coffee. It doesn’t take much to make my body go berzerk! To capture as many wonderfully healthy nutrients, I am challenging myself to eat 8 different fruits and vegetables per day for 8 days. Eight days is a reasonable length of time to be able to stick to my goal! I’ve already done my grocery shopping and am planning a colorful salad and a brown rice side with sauteed onion, green pepper, and mushrooms to go with my baked chicken tonight!
My hydration goal is taking my weight in pounds, dividing that number in half, giving me the ounces of water I aim to drink each day. That amount is about 8 glasses of water! Perfect for my theme of eights!
Although I no longer have to change my routine in the fall to accommodate the back-to-school drill, it is an opportune time to make adjustments to ensure I am allowing for 8 hours of sleep each night. With preparing for our vacation and a family gathering in a nearby city this past month, my sleep schedule got out-of-whack! The Big 8 Challenge is a perfect reason to purpose to get those 8 hours of sleep each night. I have a few commitments next week that will cause me to carefully plan my evenings so I can achieve my goal of getting to bed on time!
I want to develop healthy habits to help facilitate good RA disease management. Since my diagnosis, I have worked very hard to do the things that allow my body to best deal with the ugly disease. The Big 8 Challenge is a fun way to get myself to better adhere to my own goals. I hope my thoughts and ideas give you inspiration to best deal with your autoimmune disease. Actually, these ideas are good for anyone to implement! In doing so, perhaps RA or other autoimmune diseases could be avoided. That would be fabulous!
Please join me with the BIG 8 CHALLENGE! I would LOVE your company!
Please send me your thoughts and ideas that help your management of RA. Arthritis Wisdom would love to hear ALL of them!