• Confidence,  Exercise,  Fibromyalgia,  Personal,  Weight loss

    Health and Fitness goals June 2017

    Firstly, where is the year going? Todays date is 1st June! JUNE! like only yesterday (OK January 11th) I was sat thinking about my first day at University coming and now I have completed the first semester of my masters and I am starting my dissertation! I now have the summer free from lectures (and coursework aside from dissertation work) so i want to put my focus onto getting fitter. I have put weight on, far too much weight and I need to shift it. It is not good for my pain, or self esteem or confidence. In-fact I have noticed that since i’ve put on some weight i have…

  • Anxiety,  Exercise,  Friends,  Personal,  Weight loss

    Zumba – Kicking fibro and anxieties butt.

    Tonight I went to my first ever ( and tbh before i went i really thought last ever!) zumba class with friends from work and it was quite frankly amazing. I mean right now i am knackered, and 99% sure I wont be moving out of bed until about mid-day tomorrow but I am so glad I went! Getting a Fibro diagnosis, i felt like the opportunity to do these things went out of the window, and with anxiety i just wouldn’t have gone and done it just incase i couldnt do it and looked like a fool. I don’t think I could have managed to go alone so when my…

  • Anxiety,  Confidence,  Exercise,  Fibromyalgia,  Personal,  Spoonies

    Why I love the gym…

    I get asked both in real life and online how can I have fibromyalgia and still go to the gym. Well firstly I am not going to the gym and doing 100kg bench presses, forcing my body to do things it can’t manage. The workout programme has been put together by someone who understands the conditions I have, along with my limitations (Although I like to believe I don’t have any) and they have given me exercises I can manage and I work at them when my body allows. I rejoined the gym under the advice of the physio at the hospital so it is not something I decided lightly.…

  • 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…

  • Exercise,  Friends,  Personal,  Spoonies,  Weight loss

    What I learnt by not weighing myself for a month.

    One of my goals for march was not to weigh myself for the whole month. I find it very easy to get hung up on what the scales say, 1lb off… 2lbs on… it can be very disheartening. I can find myself dipping into the biscuit tin just to make myself feel better. In a vain attempt to break this vicious cycle, in March I gave up both and it taught me a few things. I can eat a cake and not worry that the scales are going to increase by 5lbs. As the month went by I thought less and less about getting on the scales. The only clothes…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Exercise,  Interests,  Personal,  Weight loss

    Getting back to the gym

    Re-joining the gym was something I wanted to build up to after my fibro diagnosis and finally last month I managed it. I was referred through the g.p which means the trainers at the gym already knew I had health issues before I arrived, that means I could discuss a programme that would both push me but also not over-do it and make my pain worse. When I was at university I loved going to the gym, I had pain but I managed it well with exercise, stretches and I actually think living away from home helped on the stressed levels because I had much more peace and quiet. One…