Dear Diary || Ups & Downs

Hello peeps! I can’t quite believe it is August already! You know what that means? It’s my birthday this month! Woooooo I’m feeling 22! Can you tell I’m excited? It’s actually not because I’m doing anything, I have literally nothing planned at the moment other than seeing some friends from school, but I’m just excited to be 22! Anyone who knows me will know I hate odd numbers, and so I’m glad to be leaving 21 and entering into an even age. Also, I was born on the 22ndit was meant to be. I just feel like my 22nd year in life is going to be my year. I feel confident that things are going to go well, and I’m excited for it!

But anyway, this post isn’t supposed to be about me getting excited for my birthday, it’s to talk about July, what I’ve been up to and my monthly update into how I’m doing with my illness.

Not great, to put it bluntly. Not terrible, but not great. I realised last week that each time I went out for a social event, I would be in bed for the next couple of days, and no, that’s not with a hangover! It seems as though my health has taken a slight turn for the worse. I used to be able to go on the odd night out and it wouldn’t affect me straight away, it would take two or three really busy days that week to really cause me to be ill, but at the moment those two or three days have turned into one or two. And that’s ok, it’s not the worst I’ve been, it’s not the best. But now that I know this, I can accept it and pace myself accordingly. I can schedule in days after a busy day to rest and recuperate, and also a couple of days beforehand to make sure I’m well-rested.

July has been a difficult month, but I've got through it and now it's time to concentrate on my health!

I also seem to be struggling with alcohol more than normal. I’ve always gone through phases where I’ve been intolerant of alcohol, where even just the smell or a couple of sips can make me feel ill, but recently I’ve been able to drink it but it’s been making me very ill in the days to come afterwards. Again, not in the form of a hangover! I don’t have to drink very much at all, and definitely don’t need to be drunk for it to affect me and cause me to be ill for a couple of days with all of the symptoms under the sun. I’m talking the extreme fatigue, the chronic pain, the brain fog, the light, sound and even smell sensitivity, the dizziness, the insomnia… I could go on but I think you get the idea!

What can I do about this then? Well the obvious thing would just to be not drink, and on the whole I can do that. I can literally go weeks without a drink, but obviously if I’m going out with friends or going to a party, I’d like to be able to have a couple of glasses of prosecco! So I just have to be really mindful of what I’m drinking, how much I’m drinking, and be sensible when it comes to my health. I’m saying this, when I’m off to the races this afternoon and will almost definitely be drinking… it’s called balance!

After three years, I do find it a lot easier to spot the signs when I’m doing too much and need to slow down, but I also find it too easy to ignore it and keep pushing and then end up seriously regretting it. My priority at the moment is to completely rest and make sure that when September comes around, I am completely rested and ready to tackle 3rd year. I need to have a good routine, with a good and healthy balance with food and exercise and a good idea of how much is too much.

But before I go and concentrate on my health, let’s go back over a few things that happened in July…

Afternoon Tea & Cocktails

This was for my Aunt’s 50th and so 6 of us went out for afternoon tea (the picture above (left) was for just two of us!) and then for cocktails on the quayside. This was then followed by A LOT of prosecco with a quiz night back at the house until about 2 in the morning!

Spontaneous Night Out with the Girls

Italian Day

One of our relatives decided to do an Italian themed party (not fancy dress, just food and drink!) but my immediate family (parents, aunt, uncle & family) decided to take things one step further and dress up in Italian themed costume! We’re a crazy bunch…

I also moved house in July, which is very exciting but unfortunately I haven’t got any pictures yet but maybe by the next Dear Diary I will have some so watch this space! I’ve moved in with two of my best friends in York and I am so excited it’s finally happened! This past year in a shared house has been a complete disaster to be quite honest as some of the people I’ve lived with, I just did not get on with. Out of 5 of us in the house, there’s only one other girl I’m close with now, and she is also one of my closest friends in York so it’s not all bad! This next year should be completely different though as there’s only 3 of us, so everything should be a lot calmer and less stressful!

So there we go! A little update with my health and what I got up to in pictures! I hope you enjoyed it and I’m hoping to have a few more posts out this month than last, health permitting of course! I’ve got a very loose schedule of posts but I’m not putting any pressure on myself to blog if I’m not up to it, but fingers crossed I will be this month!

What did you get up to in July?

Until next time,

Amy xxx (1)

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2017 Fitspirations

I thought I would do an UPDATED Fitspirations post as I’ve realised that I’m following a lot of new people that I didn’t even know about last year. If you would like to see my original post, you can see it here.

Ashy Bines


If you hadn’t already noticed… I am OBSESSED with Ashy. I love everything she does and everything she stands for. I know there’s a lot of hate towards her, but to be quite honest, she motivates and inspires me every single day to keep going and keep working towards my goal, so I just ignore all the hate and concentrate on the positive! I highly recommend you follow her on Snapchat as she often does incredible motivating snaps in the morning so you can start your day right!

You can find her all over social media, including Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. 

She’s also brought out a new line of workout clothes which you can see here!


Alice Liveing

I came across Alice through Zanna Van Dijk and she is another incredible fitness and food inspiration! Alice started her journey as Clean Eating Alice on Instagram, taking pictures of all her food, and has since become a huge influencer in the health and fitness world! I have since bought two of her healthy eating books and her recipes are just incredible! You can find Alice on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


You can buy her books from Amazon!

Tally Rye


Tally is someone else I found through Zanna and promotes a healthy balance and relationship with food, along with sharing her own health journey through the Instagram hashtag #bestme.  I am obsessed with Tally’s YouTube vlogs and videos, and always find myself more motivated after watching them!

She, like Zanna, is part of The Girl Gains which is an incredible online community with gloval events which bring together women to educate and empower them! They’re instagram is full of inspiration and you should definitely take a look!

You can also find Tally on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat!

girl gains

These three women, along with the Fitspirations I wrote about last year, I continually stay motivated to keep working towards my goals. I might have days, weeks, even months where I really don’t want to, but I always manage to pull myself together eventually and get back on track.

Take a look at my 2017 FITSPIRATIONS which motivate and inspire me daily to keep working towards my goals!If you haven’t already, go and follow these inspiring and empowering women on social media, connect with them and get to know who they are and what they stand for. Or, go and find people you like and people that you find inspiring! And if you do, please do let me know in the comments below as I’m always keen to find more Fitspirations to follow!

Until next time,

Amy xxx (1)

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P.S. All pictures have been taken from their social media accounts and I have included links within this post to all of their social media profiles.

Daily Vitamins & Supplements

Hello! I have finally got round to writing up my post about the vitamins and supplements that I take. As someone with a chronic illness, I know how easy it is to suddenly find yourself taking far too many medications and actually forgetting to take them because you have so many to remember! Continue reading “Daily Vitamins & Supplements”

Dear Diary || It’s Time to be Honest

It’s time to be honest…

This isn’t going to be one of my normal Dear Diary posts, where I tell you what I’ve been up to and what my goals are for the next month, it’s going to be more like an actual dear diary post where I tell you how I’m really feeling.

Continue reading “Dear Diary || It’s Time to be Honest”

Confessions of a Spoonie || Susan Shortt


Hi! I’m Susan Kleven Shortt! 

I have chronic physical and mental illnesses. I write about the challenges of living with illness, as well as what is helpful to me, and the hobbies and interests that keep me positive. I am a social service worker and have also worked as an educator. Continue reading “Confessions of a Spoonie || Susan Shortt”

Ashy Bines || SQUAD TOUR

So you may have seen on my social media that I was in London the other weekend for ‘Squad Tour’… if you didn’t know already, this was a massive fitness event ran by Ashy Bines and her crew, who came all the way over from Australia to hold this fantastic event. Continue reading “Ashy Bines || SQUAD TOUR”