• Anxiety,  Interests,  Personal,  Spoonies

    My 2018 plans and beyond….WHAT IS NEXT?

    A new year and 2018 is here. It is safe to say in terms of blogging in 2017 I sucked, I dont think I anticipated just how much University would use up all my time, I think a lot of it was the commute every day and the long days meant I was out of the house a lot for 12 hours, having time to eat and go back to bed to get up and do it all again. I do not regret going back to Uni in the slightest tho, my masters has been the best educational year to date. I have really enjoyed the topics we were assessed…

  • 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.…

  • 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,  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…

  • Interests,  Personal,  Weight loss

    Six week gym review

    Today I had my six-week gym review appointment. The purpose of the appointment was to see how I am getting on and whether or not there are any changes I would like them to make to my programme. I have really enjoyed the first few weeks being back at the gym, it has challenged me but also I am starting to see slight changes in both my strength and the way my body looks. This is helping me to feel more motivated about going. In six weeks I have managed to increase the weights I am lifting, by between 5-20kg depending on the exercise. I have dropped 1 minute and…

  • 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…