Friday, 18 March 2016

Fibro: My pacing plan

So, I am going to admit straight away that I chose this picture because I love my rugrats Pjs. Even if they are cropped in a weird way and look VERY unflattering (also this picture was taken when I was a lot lighter but meh)

Anyway, inspired by my friend Tania (If you haven't checked out her blog, why not? Its here anyway and I give you permission to leave this post to go and check her out) I have decided to create my own pacing plan.

I have a few big things going on in my life at the moment, which may not seem big to some but they are to me:

  • Lose Weight
  • Improve my Physical and Mental Health
  • Declutter and Manage our current house
  • Save a deposit and buy a new house
The issue seems to lie with me trying to do too much at once. To save for the house deposit I have been working more shifts at work, which has left me feeling tired and not at all able to keep on top of the little things such as laundry and cooking. Which means my house gets more decluttered and I feel depressed about the state of the house.

I also have no energy to cook, and besides my kitchen is full of laundry and so we end up getting a takeaway. Which is bad for my waist and my wallet.

And so instead of trying to tackle everything all at once I am going to come up with some short term and long term goals and see how we get on. For example in a few weeks time I am going to switch to night shifts. I will go from doing 3 days of 7.5 hour shifts (22 in total) to 2 nights of 11.5 hours (23 in total) and you get paid more for nights and so this should help in one way.

I am going to dedicate a day (possibly saturday after my two nights) to me time. No chores. Just sleep, eat well and watch a lot of telly. Possibly do some Yoga or light exercise if I feel up to it.

I am going to do my decluttering in short bursts. Yesterday, I cleaned the bathroom. I just got up and did it because I felt I had the energy. Once finished I sat down on the sofa and had half an hour of reading.

Eventually, I want to use Sundays to make "dump dinners" If you haven't heard of them its a concept I found on pinterest. You make up bags of meals that can go in the freezer that you then just dump in your slow cooker and they are ready for you when you come home that evening.

Most of all I am going to cut myself some slack. Things dont have to be perfect. Both me and the husband are fed each day, we dont have ferral animals running around the house (unless you count our three cats as you know, they are pretty wild), we both have clean clothes to wear and so far nobody has gone home from my house with any kind of poisoning. I just need to remind myself I am doing ok.

Fibromyalgia and Depression kick my arse sometimes, and I dont need to feel the weight of unneccasary things on my shoulers on top of that!


  1. I'm do pleased my post spurred you on to come up with your own pacing plan! Life is always a juggling act & I think you're doing brilliantly. I really hope this helps give you a better life balance. Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

  2. I was going to suggest that getting a slow cooker may help you! I can get very lazy and tired after a day of work and used to turn to the takeaways or easy food. Since I started using my slow cooker 3/4 times a week it ensures that I have a healthy, cheap and nourishing meal most of the week! So worth the investment and you can make so much in them!

    Keep doing you though lovely. You summed it up perfectly at the end of the post. You're fed, watered and clean so you're adulting pretty well to me!

    Blogger & The Geek


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