• Confidence,  Exercise,  Personal,  Spoonies

    May goals

    Wow, another month has flown by. How are we in the 5th month of the year? This year is flying by but with the start of a new month it means a new goals post. I love setting myself mini goals for each and every month I feel accountable to you guys and literally just that little bit more motivated! First lets go back over last month and see how I have got on. No crisps – Yes! I achieved it again! 3 months without crisps. Honestly I am the biggest crisp addict and now I am not. The willpower I have surrounding crisps now is amazing. Come on, lets…

  • Awareness,  Confidence,  Exercise,  Fibromyalgia

    3 month coping skills follow up

    Last Thursday (the 14th April) I went to the hospital for the three month follow up appointment following the fibromyalgia coping skills course I completed just before last Christmas. I was really looking forward to going back and seeing how everyone was getting on. The whole point of the follow up meeting was to see how we are all getting on and how we got on with the three month goals that we set ourselves. My goal was to go to the gym twice a week and most weeks (when i could when illness etc didn’t get in the way) I achieved this so I was really pleased that I…

  • Awareness,  Confidence,  Family,  Personal,  Spoonies

    Supports, slings and why they don’t always = injury

    Most days I wear a support on my right wrist to help me carry on with my days normally. You can almost guarantee that in that day at least one person will ask me “What have you done?” and then look at me strange when in one sentence I try and explain that I have done nothing and due to diagnosed medical condition these support aids allow me to carry on life in less pain. As my illnesses are “invisible” clearly they don’t exist and I am clearly wearing these support aids for no other reason than wanting attention. I am probably the only one that thinks people are thinking…

  • Confidence,  Exercise,  Fibromyalgia,  Personal,  Spoonies

    April goals

    Of all the months in the year April is usually the worst. I tend to find that some of the worst times have happened in April and that just makes me hate the month. This coming month its going to be totally different! I am going to go into May 1st feeling awesome. Firstly lets recap March goals and see how well I got on/failed… 8 visits to the gym – I managed 5. I did spend 1 week of this month with my arm in a sling after hurting my wrist so I don’t think I have done too bad all things considering. Don’t weigh myself in March – Other…

  • Anxiety,  Awareness,  Confidence,  Fibromyalgia,  Ignorance,  Personal,  Spoonies

    Why I don’t have full time job…yet.

    Ever since I finished university in August 2014 I have felt constantly judged by the entire world for not instantly making use of my degree and not having a full time job yet. Many of my real life friends know how hard it was for me to even get my degree, so I hate how people make me feel. For a while I managed to fob people off with excuses, I want to wait until x..y..z but now I am finding it really hard to come up with answers and I have come to the conclusion. Why do I need to come up with answers? Why do I need to…

  • Confidence,  Exercise,  Fibromyalgia,  Personal,  Weight loss

    12 week gym review

    Today I had my 12-week review at the gym. This was when I had my measurements redone to see how well I had done in the 12 weeks I have been working out. I knew that my weight would be more so I tried not to get hung up on that because I knew what to expect so choose not to know the exact weight (as that would ruin my don’t weigh myself in March, I just know that I am around 3kg heavier although I have no idea what I weighed at week one so really I don’t know how much I weigh right now). The only two measurements…

  • Anxiety,  Confidence,  Interests,  Personal

    February goals

    Now the longest month in history (January) is out of the way it is time to focus on moving forward. March will bring my 12-week review at the gym and my 3-month review at the hospital. So I would really like to make February a success so I can go to both of those appointments feeling much better about my health, and myself! I have set myself some goals for the month in order to make this the best February! 1: 10 visits to the gym I set the goal to go to the gym twice a week and I know on average this works out to be 2.5 times…

  • Awareness,  Confidence,  Fibromyalgia,  Personal,  Spoonies

    Dear ignorance…

    Living with Fibromyalgia means I am not too young for: aches, pains, hot flushes and memory loss. So stop telling me that I am. I do take painkillers more than you would, it doesn’t mean I am addicted to them, it means I live in pain. If one day I look better than I did the day before, it doesn’t mean I’m cured. It literally means that I am having a day where the pain and fatigue is allowing me a break and I would like to enjoy it as it is on the rare occasion that I am allowed to feel like a human. I really could do without…

  • Confidence,  Fibromyalgia,  Personal,  Spoonies

    Being a spoonie blogger makes me less lonely

    Taking the leap and starting a blog was a bit step for me. I have zero confidence in my writing, I guess that comes from being more interested in maths than English when I was at school. The decision to start my blog was because I wanted to connect with more people who understood what it was like to live with a chronic illness, asides from my mum I didn’t really know anyone and it was a lonely existence. It was also very tiring, especially if i wanted to talk about how I was feeling. To discuss fibromyalgia with someone without it means going through it in the most painstaking…

  • Confidence,  Personal,  Spoonies

    Plan of action: Ah I turn 25.

    On monday I turn 25 years old so I have been thinking about all the things that I would like to achieve before I turn 26 years old in 368 days time! In the last year I have graduated from uni and finally got some kind of diagnosis for my pain and have started moving forward. I have also lost some weight and started saving to do my masters at uni. The plan for the next 12 months is quite simple, keep moving forward. 2014 was the worst year for me and whilst 2015 hasn’t been amazing it has been better than last year. In the next 12 months I would like…