HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a brilliant Christmas filled with love, happiness and MOUNTAINS of food!!

Annoyingly I wasn’t well for all of December, winter truly isn’t my season anymore. I used to really enjoy it, getting all snuggled up cosy and going out seeing all the festivities but I cant do it anymore. There’s too much risk of catching colds, flus and viruses. Each time I get sick (why I get sick), it scars my lungs a bit more which means they get damaged so I basically hibernate instead.
I miss out on a lot of things, family meals because someone is ALWAYS sick with a cold and just general Christmassy things going on. It does get me down but I’d rather be here in the long run!

I had a bit of bad news in December as well, I had a DEXA scan at the start of the month and I got the results back – they weren’t good.
A DEXA scan is a type of x ray which measures how strong your bones are basically. If your bones aren’t strong you are classed as having low bone density and therefore having Osteopenia. If your bones are VERY low in density you are classed as having Osteoporosis.

 

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones and making them fragile and more likely to break. It develops slowly over several years (I had Osteopenia first in my left hip for a number of years) and is usually diagnosed in people over 50.

Why do I have Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis can sometimes be linked to Cystic Fibrosis which is the lung disease I suffer from. I developed Osteopenia/Osteoporosis because I have to take a medication every day called Prednisolone which is a steroid.
A side effect of taking steroids for a long time (years) is that it thins your bones (Osteopenia/porosis) and thats why I have developed it sadly.

 

osteoporosis, osteopenia

 

I also have very low vitamin D levels which bones NEED to stay strong and healthy so that didn’t help either.

I’m going to be honest with you, I didn’t realise the severity of being on steroids long term before this past month and I’m angry with my medical team at my hospital for not monitoring how long I have been on them. I’m 100% certain that if I asked any one of them how many tablets of prednisolone I’m on NOBODY would know, never mind how long I’ve been on them…
I’m not bashing the NHS here, just the way my team works.

 

What is going to happen now?

So now I have my results. I have Osteoporosis in my hip and I now have Osteopenia in my spine. I’m terrified, I’ve got to be honest with you, but I’ve done a fair bit of reading over the holidays and discovered that exercise can actually INCREASE bone density.
I plan to do yoga everyday and go to the gym everyday too. I’ve read up on the type of exercise I need to do and it needs to be weight-bearing which are exercises like: jogging, running, skipping, tennis, hiking, stair climbing and aerobics.

Another thing I came across was a study where people jumped on the spot 20 times a day, everyday for 6 months (I think) and the results at the end of the study were positive; 70% of participants increased their bone density!

 

I have a hospital appointment in a week’s time where I’ll probably be given medication to strengthen my bones but I’m definitely ready to do all I can to prevent any further loss of bone density.

Have you got Osteopenia/Osteoporosis? I would really love to chat to see what has helped you, if anything? Even though I’m trying to remain positive I’m quite worried about the whole thing…

 

Until next time…

Liv x

 

Christmas Gift Guide

*’Tis the season where I get all stress-y, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!*

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas, the lights, the family time and of course, THE FOOD – bring on the pigs in blanket-induced food coma!
But yeah, the only thing I hate about Christmas is thinking about what to buy everyone… I love buying gifts for people, I just haven’t a clue what to get them and then I get all stressed and my boyfriend wants to kill me haha!
So this year, I’ve got my shit together and sorted out what I’m getting everyone and all before December too! Absolute record for me this!

Here’s a few presents that I’ve got for family and friends, I hope they’ll give you some ideas on what you could get your loved ones this year!

For the parents…

Whenever I ask my mum or dad what they would like for Christmas or birthdays they always say, “Oh don’t worry about us, just get us some chocolates or something…”, which is kind but omg annoying! They deserve so much more than just chocolates so I’ve gone one better and got them the ‘Christmas Treats Gift Box’ from Appleyard London!

I was searching for Christmas hampers online and came across Appleyard London’s selection of hampers, I thought they only sold beautiful flowers – how wrong was I?!
They have an amazing selection of hampers/gift boxes that include so many delicious, yummy items inside them.

After spending a FULL hour looking through all the different hampers they have on offer, I settled on the ‘Christmas Treats Gift Box’ as my parents have such a sweet tooth, like me, and would enjoy every single item it includes.
I was also pleased to see they have ‘Free From’ hampers too, which includes hampers for Diabetics, Vegans, Alcohol-free and Gluten & Wheat free. They’ve literally thought of everyone!

Just when I thought things couldn’t get any better, I went through the checkout with my hamper and discovered that it was FREE NEXT DAY DELIVERY! What have I done to deserve you in my life Appleyard London, why cant other companies have amazing delivery services like yours?!

So the next day my hamper arrived and I had to stop myself from eating everything! I wish someone would buy me one…
How cute is the box it came in though, I’m not even going to wrap it up y’know, it’s cute enough as it is…

Here’s a list of everything that came inside the Christmas Treats Gift Box…

  • Shiraz Cawston Cove South Africa 75cl 13% vol
  • Abbey Biscuits Handmade Christmas Spice Biscuits 150g
  • Barfield Bakery Mince Pies x 3
  • Buiteman Cheddar Biscuits 75g
  • Buttermilk Tab Top Mince Pie Fudge 100g
  • Gold Crown Chocolate Slab with Gold Holly & Red Berries
  • Linden Lady Milk Chocolate Bar with White Snowflake Sprinkles & Mini Marshmallows 100g
  • Mr Filbert’s Chilli & Fennel Mixed Nuts 50g

 

I’m so impressed with all of the items inside this hamper and they all look of good quality too. I cant wait to give it to my parents on Christmas Day, bet it’ll be all gone by Boxing Day!

Now I just need to find a way of getting a bit all of that chocolate bar with marshmallows…

 

For the Boyfriend…

I’ve bought 2 things for G (my boyfriend) this year and it took me friggin FOREVER to think of these items. Men are too hard to buy for in my opinion – they do not know the utter stress we go through trying to think of what to buy them.

Nintendo Switch

Pokemon

I bought this from Game but so many other retailers sell them in various bundles or just on their own.
I decided to buy this bundle for £339.99 as it has a special edition Pokémon design on the switch itself, the new Pokémon game pre-installed AND a pokeball which does something, I’m not really sure what but I’m sure G will figure it out haha!

The other thing I got him was this book by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale)

G really enjoys all those real ales you see when you go to a pub and likes to discover new ones whenever we go somewhere new so I thought this may be a perfect gift for him.


CAMRA actually have a LOT of gift options which I was really surprised at. Aside from books, they have gift memberships and items of clothing too! Their shop is definitely worth a look for Christmas gifts!
Go to their website to find out more!

Other gifts…

These are the other gifts I have bought for my friends and loved ones.

‘Cold Toes at Christmas’ written by Jo Fitzgerald

I thought this would make a lovely present for one of my friends little boy. The book can be found in Waterstones stores and online too!

 

Sleek MakeUp Set

I thought this Sleek MakeUP set was a bit of a barg in Boots. I actually haven’t got anyone in mind for this yet, I’ll probably end up keeping it but thought it was too good to miss out on!

The set includes…

  • Highlighting Palette Solstice 9 g ! Net wt. 0.31 Oz.
  • i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette Vintage Romance 9 g ! Net wt. 0.31 Oz.
  • Full Fat Lash Mascara 9 ml ! 0.29 US Fl. Oz.
  • Dip It Eyeliner Black 4 ml 0.13 US Fl. Oz.
  • Lip VIP Lipstick Show Off 3.6 g Net wt. 0.12 Oz.
  • Eau La La Lip Liner Dragonfruit 1.1 g Net wt. 0.03 Oz.
  • Matte Me Metallic Lip Cream Anodized Ruby 6 ml ! 0.19 US Fl. Oz.
  • Matte Me Lip Cream That’s So Fetch 6 ml ! 0.19 US Fl. Oz.

Get to your nearest Boots store or their website to get yours!

 

Not forgetting…

CARDS!
Yes I’m one of those people who still love to give cards for all types of occasions despite it being easier to send texts/emails or use social media.

Receiving a card, to me, shows that someone’s taken the time to think of you and what better time to do that than at Christmas!

I usually like to buy cards that are not found in high street shops so I buy most of them from Etsy shops. This year I came across these guys – Extra Strong Prints, they have really cute simple designs in their shop!

 

 

I hope my gifts have given you some ideas on what to buy your loved ones this Christmas!!
Now to get wrapping everything, I’m not the best so wish me luck?

 

Liv x

 

 

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