So, here we are, December! β„β›„

Such a lovey time of the year, call me crazy but I always loved the hustle and bustle of December!

That feeling when you’ve queued in the shops on black Friday πŸ›, you trawled the internet for the best deal on cyber Monday πŸ’», when you can’t decide whether to treat yourself to a fresh christmas tree πŸŽ„ and then like every year – decide that you could actually spend that money on the food instead 🍽 and you get the artificial tree out of the loft. 
Next, you sit for an hour or more untangling the lights πŸ’‘ for the tree! 

Static shocks ⚑️whenever you touch anything after handling all the tinsel, that you eventually threw on your tree πŸŽ„

Trying not to get stressed 😠 when you end up sticking all your fingers together, as you bravely start wrapping the presents ready🎁 for Santa’s πŸŽ… elves to collect. 

You’ve made it this far with your sanity intact, keep it that way just a little longer!
Lets skip through any more dramas that may try to own you and fast forward to sitting with the family πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦, surrounded by all that wrapping paper and invisible sticky tape that got you so stressed 😑. Now it lies on the floor, torn and screwed up! You got your own back on it! You won that war! πŸ’ͺ
Laughter and love πŸ’— all around you as you sit at the table with your loved ones, a glass of your favourite beverage in your hand 🍷 and the bottle 🍾 at your side! Take a breath and feel proud! πŸ‘Œ
Enjoy this time, don’t let the madness of this month ruin the best time that is still to come!
Happy December everyone! 

Vix πŸ™πŸ’š

Family weekend of quilt free fun!

What an amazing weekend! 

We ate what we wanted, drank what we wanted, took selfies with no make up on, laughed so much we might have pee’d a little and just basically had a flipping incredible time!

I don’t feel guilty about it, neither am I going to punish myself by not eating or exercising until I’ve worked off those extra calories, (frankly that would be impossible!) 
I may think about cutting back a little but it won’t be much different to what I ate/drank before! 

(She says with a cookie in her hand!… Hey its ok, its gluten free! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚)
Life is all about balance!

πŸ’™πŸ’šβ€πŸ’›πŸ’œ

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Thank you all so much!

Thanks to everyone that wished me a happy birthday yesterday, you all made it incredibly special! πŸŽ‰πŸ’•πŸ¦„
What an incredible day it was! Waking up with my most precious humans singing to me, showered in wonderful gifts, video calls from Mummy in Cyprus & Daddy in Norfolk, and all the notifications that you beautiful people sent me!
Lunch was spectacular as always, at The Tarro Lounge in Hinckley, gluten free as well, perfect! I think we could have stayed there all day but we were needed back home at The Manor! 
I don’t think we were home more than 30 minutes when the Fugly Manor Madness began! 

Guest arriving after guest, as one left another appeared, it was perfect! 

Even had a mini clubbercise from Kate & Deb (watch out for that video! πŸ˜‚) 
I say it every year, I feel like the luckiest person alive to have so many amazing people in my life!

Sisters, Brothers, friends & blood, my tribe! I love you all so much & I feel it back! 
Life is amazing, thank you for being a part of it & making it so magical! 

I would love to tag you all in this post but that would be near impossible! Just know that my thank you is to everyone! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜šπŸ’—
πŸŽ‰πŸ’—πŸŽ‰πŸ’—πŸŽ‰πŸ’—πŸŽ‰

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Welcome to December!

Yasss! 

Welcome to December! ❄⛄
Such a lovey time of the year, call me crazy but I always loved the hustle and bustle of December! Especially when we had our family πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦β€πŸ‘¦ shop, which, in its time, turned out to be one of the most popular in the town! 

It was something special when all the family worked together as a team to serve customers as efficiently as possible! πŸ‘›πŸ›
That feeling when you’ve queued in the shops on black Friday πŸ›, you trawled the internet for the best deal on Cyber Monday πŸ’», when you can’t decide whether to treat yourself to a fresh Christmas tree πŸŽ„ and then like every year – decide that you could actually spend that money on the food instead 🍽 and you get the artificial tree out of the loft. 

Next, you sit for an hour or more untangling the lights πŸ’‘ for the tree! 

Static shocks ⚑️whenever you touch anything after handling all the tinsel, that you eventually threw on your tree πŸŽ„

Try not to get stressed 😠 when you end up sticking all your fingers together, as you bravely start wrapping the presents ready🎁 for Santa’s πŸŽ… elves to collect. You’ve made it this far with your sanity intact, keep it that way just a little longer!
Lets skip through any more dramas that may try to own you and fast forward to sitting with the family πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦, surrounded by all that wrapping papehandd invisible sticky tape that got tree so stressed 😑. Now it lies on the floor, torn and screwed up! You got your own back on it! You eventually won that war! πŸ’ͺ
Laughter and love πŸ’— all around you as you sit at the table with your loved ones, a glass of your favourite beverage in your hand 🍷 and the bottle 🍾 at your side! Take a breath and feel proud! πŸ‘Œ
Enjoy this time, don’t let the madness of this month ruin the best time that is still to come!
Happy December everyone! πŸ™πŸ’š

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Making a down day happier…

​Having a pretty shitty day today tbh, so fatigued its unreal! Every day lately seems like I have to push myself harder, just to move my body and that’s without actually thinking about what I want my body to do! That takes even more effort! Long gone are those days that I can do things without thinking!
Right now, MS sucks but guess what, I was looking through my pictures on my phone, to find something that reflects my current mood…
That’s when I saw this photo and everything changed! 

This photo was taken last Sunday when I yes me, drove the furthest I have ever driven (90 miles to South Yorkshire) to see my MS sister & the rest of our faaaamily! Of course I had my DebbieRahRah as SatDeb & navigator. What makes me feel more proud, was that I drove without feeling nervous!
This beautiful lady is my Kindred Spirit, she has helped me through my MS more than she’ll take credit for! I only need to see her smiley face and my mood lifts! 

Thank you Sarah Hickman for making my day cheerier! 

(And I know exactly what she’s saying when she reads this… Either “oh behave” or “stoppppp”)

πŸ™ŠπŸ˜‚πŸ’‹πŸ’–πŸ’ž
 

Denervation Recovery Day One and Two

Understanding

It’s hard to remember the days when I first had to take time off work because of my MS. I have come such a long way from that person that used to sit feeling sorry for herself, not doing anything to change the way she felt, just feeling more and more depressed!

Those days are real, they did exist, I was that person! So easily I could become her again! This procedure I have had done on my lower spine is to help ease my pain I feel, to gain this relief I have to endure a multitude of pains. The physical pain which comes in so many different ways, from moving incorrectly to even just standing. Then there is the emotional pain, some of this pain I feel may be hard for you to understand.Β Although you can’t see the physical pain itself, you can in fact see the physical effect of it in my face, in my eyes. The emotional pain will at times be so much easier to know when I feel it, you see I suffer from terrible mood swings. Almost like a teenager unable to get their own way, when I can’t do something that I have been used to doing its painful!

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Yesterday

It was an easier day than I expect yesterday! The first day of recovery, unable to take part in my usual Pilates class at 11am. Even though I missed it, I was ok with it, that made me feel proud. The rest of the day I slept on and off.

The evening wasn’t too bad either. Deb came home from work, she sorted the dinner, homemade spaghetti bolognase that I had lifted out of the freezer and some pasta to go with. This made it easier for me as I wasn’t able to stand for more than a few minutes and therefore unable to cook the evening meal.

The exercise class I couldn’t attend last night was ‘Clubbercise’ I have only been to this class twice and, if I’m honest it’s a bit fast for me with a lot of side ways moving, which I have a major issue with. The class has also changed rooms, it used to be in an area that had direct access to outside, which was ideal for me to cool down quickly. The class is now in the ‘Dance studio’ the same room that I do Pilates in. Excellent because it has air-conditioning which means I keep cooler whilst exercising, the downside is that when I walk out of the room the temperature difference is too extreme for me, especially if my core temperature is high from cardio exercises.

This is a constraint of my MS, I can’t adjust to differences in temperature like my partner does. I can’t cool down quick enough when needed and vice versa, I don’t warm up quick enough! For these reasons I am apprehensive about going to Clubbercise again and didn’t mind that I couldn’t go!

 

Today

A harder day today, missed out on a class called ‘PiYo’ a mix of Pilates and Yoga. A class that I wanted to try from the moment I heard about it and also a class that I was very nervous about trying! When my friend told me he had been to a class a few weeks ago, I was really sad that I hadn’t gone with him. He came around to my home to tell me all about the class and how hard it was, when he told me he thought it would be to hard for me, I booked in for the next available class straight away.

I wasn’t well enough to go to the class last week because of my MS. It hadn’t occurred to me then that I wouldn’t be able to go today, but I have to be good especially after all the work I had done on Thursday.

After my first PiYo class I couldn’t stop thinking about it, I practised some of the harder moves that I could remember, until I could no longer remember the easier option that the instructor ‘Hannah Bailey’ had showed me. That’s the thing with my MS, I forget things easily and quickly!

I was so looking forward to going again! I guess I just have to wait a little bit longer. Hopefully I’ll be so much better and stronger when I go to my second class!

 

The evening,

Saturday evenings are my favourite! As much as I love going to all the exercise classes with Deb and our friends, I do miss the us time that we rarely get now. Saturday evening there aren’t any classes so we get to chill together snuggled on the sofa with our 2 dogs ‘our kids’

As far as pain goes and how my back is after the procedure, today I can stand for a little longer, around five minutes. Enough time to wash half of the pots in the bowl, the pain was starting to increase by then so I had to sit down and rest.

Baby steps! I’ll soon be fighting fit again!

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Another year older & still smiling!

Well what a wonderful day my Birthday has been!
I’ve been completely spoilt as always by DebbieRahRah!
Had over 100 lovely Birthday messages on facebook alone! – thank you! 
Been given so many beautiful cards & gifts – thank you again!
I got to spend the morning with my Mummy, DebbieRahRah & the kids!
Then it was lunch with my Daddy, Mummy Ju, MegaSpecial Sistaaah Sare from Yorkshire land, her hubby AndyRoo & their Son Lewis and of course not forgetting DebbieRahRah (can’t function without her!)
Back to ours for giggles with DebbieRahRah, Sare, AndyRoo, Lewis, Mummy & my brother.
WhatsApp call with my SistaBlista SkEmily in Texas because Skype wouldn’t work! Good job she has a brain & knows how to use it and press call on WhatsApp because I was starting to go into melt down mode when Skype wouldn’t work!
Then a quick change, apply more makeup & off out again for meal number 2! (I know 😱)

Like i say, an amazing day!
I only wish I could say that my MS didn’t get in the way but to speak the truth my pain has been so much worse than any other day! Because it’s been so full on & busy I didn’t have time to think about my medication other than thinking ‘all I can have is paracetamol because of allergies & normal MS meds’
It wasn’t until I went to get my night time meds that I realised I hadn’t taken ANY of my medication in the morning!

*WARNING – I may be slower than the norm tomorrow*

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