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Lupus Health Goals, Looking Ahead to 2020

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Setting personal goals is a big part of maintaining your resolutions. As the year comes to an end, what are your health goals for 2020? And what steps are you going to take to make them happen?

In order to stay motivated, identifying and setting goals is essential. Your goals should be broken up into smaller, more manageable steps that can be easily evaluated. In what ways can you build on your progress from 2019 and develop a cohesive set of objectives for the New Year?

In this month’s LupusCorner Q&A Forum, Lupus Warriors share what their health goals for 2020 are and what they will do to achieve them.

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Janell

I made progress on my health goals in 2019

4/5 (agree)

What are your health goals for 2020?

Try to loose weight, watch the sunshine more (sunscreen EVERYTIME)  make sure I take time out for ME to rest.

What steps are you going to take to achieve your 2020 goals?

Staying focused, but most of all as hard as it sounds listening to my husband, he normally says “you need a nap” me “no, I’m ok let’s go” maybe I need to pay attention sometimes.

Anonymous

I made progress on my health goals in 2019

2/5 (disagree)

What are your health goals for 2020?

To lose weight and find a better way to manage my pain.

What steps are you going to take to achieve your 2020 goals?

I’m already started an app weight loss tracker that has more options and I’m getting a new pain management doctor.

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Shannon T.

I made progress on my health goals in 2019

3/5 (neutral)

What are your health goals for 2020?

I am trying to get as much stress out of my life as is possible and cut down on extra tasks. I am also working on healthier eating and sleeping patterns.

What steps are you going to take to achieve your 2020 goals?

I have been working with my doctors and therapists on some items; and researching online, ways to accomplish the other things (like journaling to track meds, food, sleep, pain/inflammation levels and exercise). I want to be much more consistent with it in 2020.

Rachel Ann

I made progress on my health goals in 2019

2/5 (disagree)

What are your health goals for 2020?

Begin dialysis.

What steps are you going to take to achieve your 2020 goals?

Research Dialysis centers. Seek support groups.

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Penny27

I made progress on my health goals in 2019

2/5 (disagree)

What are your health goals for 2020?

To stay out of lupus flare ups.

What steps are you going to take to achieve your 2020 goals?

I’m staying away from surgeries that force me to go off of my lupus meds that sends me into a flare up.

Lisa M.

I made progress on my health goals in 2019

4/5 (agree)

What are your health goals for 2020?

Continue to rehab my right shoulder wrist and knee via Pilates and aqua classes.  Reduce weight through considered whole food plant based meals.

What steps are you going to take to achieve your 2020 goals?

Purchase a Pilates Wunder Chair for home use and increase my time walking outside from 0 times a week to at least every other day by the end of the year.

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Wendy R.

I made progress on my health goals in 2019

3/5 (neutral)

What are your health goals for 2020?

To get off of Prednisone.

What steps are you going to take to achieve your 2020 goals?

My Dr. is putting me on Methotrexate and weaning me off Prednisone.

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Diana G.

I made progress on my health goals in 2019

4/5 (agree)

What are your health goals for 2020?

I want to lose 5 pounds and add another regular exercise for physical health and get back to journaling for better mental health.

What steps are you going to take to achieve your 2020 goals?

Keep a log of what I eat and when to better define my weight problem; join an exercise class to make burning calories more fun; and insist on 20 minutes of peace and quiet first thing in the morning to devote to journaling.

Lilmama

I made progress on my health goals in 2019

3/5 (neutral)

What are your health goals for 2020?

To remain as healthy and active as possible. When I start to feel sorry for myself I end up feeling worse. Positivity, faith and strength for 2020!

What steps are you going to take to achieve your 2020 goals?

Exercise and going to church on a regular basis.

Sparky

I made progress on my health goals in 2019

3/5 (neutral)

What are your health goals for 2020?

To maintain weight and exercise program.

What steps are you going to take to achieve your 2020 goals?

Gym at least 3 times a week. 3 mile walk 2 x a week.

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Rose F.

I made progress on my health goals in 2019

3/5 (neutral)

What are your health goals for 2020?

Pain free and go into remission.

What steps are you going to take to achieve your 2020 goals?

Exercise, eat healthy, listen to my body, and stay stress free.

Anonymous

I made progress on my health goals in 2019

4/5 (agree)

What are your health goals for 2020?

To get my Hemolytic Anemia stabilized without having to go back on Prednisone.  To get my back and hip Lupus Arthritis concerns in check.  To find alternative ways to deal with my pain so that I’m not dependent on my Doctor, because no matter how much you prove that you’re not an addict for pain meds, Doctors are caving into the system and being less compassionate every day. It’s terrifying.

What steps are you going to take to achieve your 2020 goals?

I’ve already taken some steps by looking into the Medical Marijuana Programs in my city, but the jury is still out.  I have learned to tolerate a lot of pain since my diagnosis.  I will stay active and try to infuse a bit of exercise into my routine.

Lisa J.

I made progress on my health goals in 2019

3/5 (neutral)

What are your health goals for 2020?

Focus more on stress reduction.

Keep moving & stretching.

Eat less sugar.

What steps are you going to take to achieve your 2020 goals?

Just do what I feel up to doing each day, without putting pressure on myself.

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Angel H.

I made progress on my health goals in 2019

3/5 (neutral)

What are your health goals for 2020?

To exercise daily and stretch my spine.  Eat no GMOs, yeast, glutens, alcohol, caffeine and lower sugar intake.

What steps are you going to take to achieve your 2020 goals?

Keep in touch with those who are connected with Lupus related issues to gather support in continuing the fight.

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Irene C-S

I made progress on my health goals in 2019

4/5 (agree)

What are your health goals for 2020?

I set goals that can be maintained and leads to sustainability. I cannot say I’ve mastered my health goals because realistically, our bodies change. However, continuing what works best for me is a key factor in my goals setting. Stay FIT is my motto❣️

What steps are you going to take to achieve your 2020 goals?

I do what ‘I CAN’ to maintain a healthy lifestyle, attitude and behavior wise. By keeping a positive attitude, what ensues is behavioral pattern that takes you to greater care of oneself. I stay literally in tuned with my heart, mind, body, and soul. Prayers and Reflections are a Must for me❣️

Ginny B

I made progress on my health goals in 2019

5/5 (strongly agree)

What are your health goals for 2020?

Get into a regular exercise routine.

Go to aqua yoga at least once a week (preferably twice).

Help with cooking to get more vegetables in my diet.

What steps are you going to take to achieve your 2020 goals?

Just do it!!

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