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The Spoonie Exercise Guide*

Hi lovelies!

This is a collaborative post (not written by me).

If you are someone living with chronic illness, whether that be fibromyalgia or chronic depression, looking after yourself can be one of the last things on your mind. On days where you are really struggling, it can be hard to just get on with the essentials of the day, let alone doing anything to look after yourself. But for things like exercise, as hard as they may be to get up and get going, can actually really benefit those of us living with chronic illness.

Reasons to Exercise

The reasons to exercise can seem pretty self-explanatory. We all know about the standard things like calorie burning and helping you to sleep better; exercise is good for your body as well as your mind. This is something that we all know. However, the reasons to exercise are the same for people with chronic illness or something like fibromyalgia as well. In fact, if you are someone with Fibro, The NFCPA (or National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association), have explained how not moving your muscles can cause them to decrease in size, or cause them to atrophy. And when this happens, it can cause even more pain, and so the cycle goes on and on. Not to mention the benefits for your mental health, as exercise can give you a distraction, a release of happy hormones to lift your mood, and help to eliminate stress as well.



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Benefits of Exercise

Again, like the reasons to exercise, the benefits of exercise are not something new and that we don’t already know. But because they are so obvious and we all know what they mean, there are still many of us that don’t exercise, even if we know it is going to help alleviate some pain or suffering of chronic illness. The benefits of exercise really are great for Fibromyalgia patients. Some of which are:

  • Getting better sleep, which is a must if you are lacking energy
  • Better range of motion can come as a result of exercise, making everyday activities much easier
  • An improved mood is also a great benefit, which can be much needed for spoonies and mental health sufferers
  • You do burn calories when you exercise and that can help you to maintain or control your weight
  • Having an increased energy can be a result of exercising which can be needed when everyday life can be painful or a struggle

Relieving pain is one of the number one reasons why those with long-term pain should exercise

It is important to note that these things are not cures to your chronic illness, but can go a long way to helping you feel better, if only for a while. There won’t be many of us that are perfect in our exercise routine, it is an area that we need to work on. But finding something that you enjoy really is the number one thing that will help you to stick at it and hopefully, make you actually want to exercise. Here are a few of the things that you could try, that will all help with those benefits listed above:

Pilates or Yoga

For those of us with chronic illness that haven’t been taking care of ourselves, a high-impact aerobics or spin class isn’t something that springs to mind immediately. Instead, yoga or pilates can be a great option as it can be gentle and really helps you to use your body weight to strengthen yourself, rather than using weights. You never know, you might find yourself wondering why become a pilates instructor, because you enjoy it so much. But it can be a great way to feel better, and help others to feel better too.

Swimming

If you are someone that is overweight as a result of chronic illness, then you might find that something like running is really difficult. Instead, swimming is a great alternative as there is much less pressure on your body and on your joints, but you still get in a great workout. There are so many things you can do in a pool from swimming lengths to talking part in an aqua-aerobics class.

Walking

Simply moving more by walking more is a simple way to lift your mood and hopefully, help to alleviate your pain a little. You can do it around where you live, where you work, or anything in between. It is great as it is practical too; need to go to the shops? Then you can walk there instead of driving, to get two things done at the same time.

Thanks for reading.
Leah xoxo

Head to toe in JD Williams #Ad

Hiya loves!

I'm absolutely head to toe in JD Williams in this outfit.

I'm in love with this sunray pleated skirt. It's SO soft and touchable and it's so swishy! Why not check out JD Williams' range of dresses?
The leather look jacket is the perfect length for me as I have a short torso. It's got 2 pockets - I love pockets on everything! It has a metal hook clasp to fasten it below the bust but I prefer to wear it open.
The sequin t shirt is very oversized so I've got it tied in a knot at the side. I'm wearing a size 28 in the jacket and t shirt and a size 26 in the skirt.
These Brandy shoes are such good value at £12! Please excuse the cigarette end in the shot, I didn't see it there when we were taking photos.

I'm wearing:

Leather look edge to edge cropped blazer £25
Sunray pleat maxi skirt £30
Bright pink sequin lips top £22
Brandy studded ballerina £12

A whole outfit for £89 - what bargains!

I use affiliate links on some items, which means if you click and buy from them I will earn a small commission. See my disclosure for more details.

Thanks for reading.
Leah xoxo

Photos by Mookie's Life

Pink Clove Mercedes leopard print dress #Ad

Hello lovelies!

Long time no see. I hope you're all doing well? I'm doing great! I have a new man and the future seems somewhat rosy. 😀

I have a couple of items to show you from Pink Clove today, which they gifted me.

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I'm wearing the Mercedes wrap dress in a size 28 and it's true to size. It's made of a lovely crepe fabric and there's no gaping at the bust. I know I'll get a lot of wear out of this dress.
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Did you know Pink Clove now do footwear? I'm also wearing their leather boots with rose gold studs and buckles. These are really comfortable wide fit boots which fit my very fat ankles well - sometimes I have a problem zipping up ankle boots.

I'm wearing:

Mercedes wrap dress £24
Leather boots with rose gold studs and buckle £24
Red 180 denier tights £18.95

I use affiliate links on some items, which means if you click and buy from them I will earn a small commission. See my disclosure for more details.

Thanks for reading. Leah xoxo

Photos by Mookie's Life.  

Introducing Unique21's new plus size Hero line*

Hello lovelies,

I was recently contacted by Unique 21 to tell me about their new plus size line, and I have 3 lovely items to show you today - a brown polka dot cullotte jumpsuit, leopard print blouse and a champagne satin blouse. I'm wearing a size 26 in all three items and I found them all generous in size.

UNIQUE21 HERO Brown Polka Dot Culotte Jumpsuit

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Culotte jumpsuit, Unique 21 Hero £35
Earrings, Primark £3
Duster jacket, New Look £15
Handbag £6 Primark
Shoes, thrifted

This jumpsuit is well made from a thick fabric which is ideal for this time of year. It has a long side zip opening to help you shimmy it on and a self tie belt. It is a culotte jumpsuit so it's meant to rest above the ankles. As I'm only 5ft 5 it is a longer length on me though. This is a great colour for autumn and goes well with mustard and burnt orange shades.

UNIQUE21 HERO Leopard Print Wrap Blouse


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UNIQUE21-HERO-Leopard-Print-Wrap-Blouse // www.xloveleahx.co.uk

Leopard print wrap blouse, Unique 21 Hero £34
Earrings, Primark £3
Fat goddess necklace, £3 CB Sculpture
Skirt, past season Elvi

This blouse is a lovely weighty crepe with a side tie and one popper fastening. I find it very oversized so have to wear a camisole under it, but that's good news for people over a size 26 as it would fit a size 28, maybe even 30. Leopard print is the hottest thing this A/W so this piece would be a welcome addition to any wardrobe. Classy yet sassy!

UNIQUE21 HERO Pussybow Tie Front Shirt

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Pussybow tie front shirt, Unique 21 Hero £35
Pinafore dress, ASOS Curve £35
90 denier tights, Big Tights Company
Boots, George at Asda £12.50 

This blouse is a lovely slinky satin with a pussy bow tie. It does need ironing but holds it well - it's not a fabric that creases up the moment you move. Nor did the fabric pull so easily. I found it oversized again. This is a blouse which'll contrast well with other luxe fabrics like leather, pleather or velvet.

All in all I'm very pleased with the quality of these three items and will definitely be on the look out for more Unique21 Hero pieces in future. They also sell separate lines on ASOS, so check them out there too.

I use affiliate links on some items, which means if you click and buy from them I will earn a small commission. See my disclosure for more details. http://www.xloveleahx.co.uk/p/disclosure.html 

Thanks for reading. Leah xoxo

The only lightweight jacket you need this Autumn feat. New Look

Hello lovelies!

If you follow me on Instagram you'll have read that just lately I can't get enough of nature's colours like mustard, rust and forest green. This outfit I'm wearing today is my favourite one for a long time as it combines mustard and rust, two colours which I think compliment each other perfectly.

NEW LOOK CURVES MUSTARD CROSS HATCH DUSTER JACKET AUTUMN FASHION // WWW.XLOVELEAHX.CO.UK
It's funny, because when I was younger I absolutely hated the colours of nature and thought women who wore them had given up on life! 😄 How things change! This duster jacket is amazing and I'm going to wear it with everything. It has two pockets, a one button fastening and is a medium weight fabric just right to take the chill off Autumn evenings.
NEW LOOK CURVES MUSTARD CROSS HATCH DUSTER JACKET AUTUMN FASHION // WWW.XLOVELEAHX.CO.UK
I'm wearing the duster jacket in a size 26, the blouse in a size 24 and the jeggings in a size 28. And oh my God, are the jeggings comfortable! At £7 I'm going to buy out the shop. They are amaaaaazing! They're high waisted too and they smooth out my bumps. Go buy some if they have some left in the sale in your size!
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NEW LOOK CURVES MUSTARD CROSS HATCH DUSTER JACKET AUTUMN FASHION // WWW.XLOVELEAHX.CO.UK
NEW LOOK CURVES MUSTARD CROSS HATCH DUSTER JACKET AUTUMN FASHION // WWW.XLOVELEAHX.CO.UK
I'm wearing:
Earrings, Primark (in store only, similar in widget below)
Warm lined ankle boots, Simply Be £30

I use affiliate links on some items, which means if you click and buy from them I will earn a small commission. See my disclosure for more details. http://www.xloveleahx.co.uk/p/disclosure.html

If you have any questions about fit fire away in the comments or tweet me!

Thanks for reading. Leah xoxo

George at Asda mustard jumper

Hey loves!


Today I'm wearing an outfit which everyone went ape for on Instagram.

Unfortunately the jumper isn't online at present so you may have to pop into your local Asda. Alternatively I've linked to some similar styles at the end of the post. 
I'm wearing an XL which is a size 20-22, but it's very large fitting. It's also available in store in grey and powder blue and due to the stretch of the knit and the large arms I think it'd fit someone up to a size 32. 

I'm wearing:

Leather look pencil skirt, ASOS Curve size 26
Shoes, last year's Primark

Here are a selection of lovely mustard jumpers.

I use affiliate links on some items, which means if you click and buy from them I will earn a small commission. See my disclosure for more details. http://www.xloveleahx.co.uk/p/disclosure.html

Thanks for reading. Leah xoxo

6 months on the coil

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Hello lovelies,

I've been on the Mirena coil for almost 6 months now and I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. You can read my post about having the coil fitted here. My periods pre-coil were horrific, and even though I was taking Tranexamic acid (to reduce blood flow) and Mefenamic acid (an anti inflammatory painkiller) I would still get through a couple of boxes of additional painkillers each period, as well as 2-3 packs of max flow night time pads. I could spend up to 3 days of every 5 day period in bed as the pain was so horrific, and the bleeding was intense. I couldn't wait for menopause.

The first 4 months of being on the coil was HORRIBLE, I'm not going to lie. I was bleeding for 10-11 days out of every 21. Yes, really! The blood flow and pain were reduced from the very first period and I never needed to use Tranexamic acid and Mefenamic acid again, but being on my period so long and with such a short time in between was really annoying. I must've had about 8 periods in these 6 months, but they only started getting better from my second to last period. That time I had a 24 day cycle, and I only bled for 5 days. This was also the first month I didn't bleed through my underwear onto the bedding in the night. My last period (last week) was 5 days long and I had a 27 day cycle, so things are getting really good now. My last period was great - the flow was so light that I'm hoping in another 6 months I may not be having periods at all.

Have you got the coil? Are you thinking about having it fitted? I really wish I'd had it done years ago, even with the initial teething problems.

Thanks for reading. Leah xoxo

Asos Design Curve cross back smock dress

Hello lovelies!

I've got another fashion post for you today. I'm on a roll - I seem to have my mojo back! Today I'm wearing the Asos Design Curve cross back smock dress in slub, and it's a really comfy throw on dress made that little bit more special by the low V back. As you can see it does reveal my bra so do be aware of that. This would be the perfect dress if only it had pockets. I want pockets on EVERYTHING.

Asos Design Curve cross back plus size smock dress // www.xloveleahx.co.uk
I'm wearing it in a size 28, and as usual with ASOS items, it does come up big. I like it for those days where I don't want to feel confined - perfect for when I'm on my period.
Asos Design Curve cross back plus size smock dress // www.xloveleahx.co.uk

Asos Design Curve cross back plus size smock dress // www.xloveleahx.co.uk In the glare of the sun, and what a lovely place to be.
Asos Design Curve cross back plus size smock dress // www.xloveleahx.co.uk


I hope you're having a lovely weekend! I've had a bit of a blow out and have bought a bunch of autumn/winter appropriate clothing, so I have a few more OOTDs coming up.

I use affiliate links on some items, which means if you click and buy from them I will earn a small commission. See my disclosure for more details. http://www.xloveleahx.co.uk/p/disclosure.html

Thanks for reading. Leah xoxo