It was all going so well. In 2019 I lost about 3 stones, managed to become IBS symptom free and was probably the fittest I’d ever been, doing a variety of exercise and loving it. 2020 started well and I was starting to consider seeing a personal trainer as I wanted to push myself further,… Continue reading Put your back into it (me and my herniated disc)
Blimey it’s been tough this time round hasn’t it? Lockdown 3 in the UK has coincided with the shittiest month, bloody awful weather and short days, dark nights. I think we’ve all struggled a bit more this time round and the novelty of being at home and the enthusiasm we perhaps had first time round… Continue reading Lockdown life – what has been keeping us reasonably sane(ish)
One of my favourite breakfasts is overnight oats. I love them because .... 1) They are quick and easy to prepare 2) You prepare them the night before so it gives you an extra 10 minutes in bed! 3) They taste delicious 4) There are so many different ways to make them, they never get… Continue reading Overnight Oats
I think second only to seeing family and friends, travel is what I have missed the most in this last year. At the moment travelling anywhere seems an amazing prospect. I miss the research, the planning, the countdown, that giddy feeling as you board the plane - that long awaited trip is actually happening! Our… Continue reading Wanderlust
If you have never suffered from anxiety it can be really hard to understand. If you suffer from anxiety it can be really hard to explain. The main problem is that the person suffering will often be quite good at hiding it. Take this photo below. This was taken one morning before work. I was… Continue reading What does anxiety look like?
Please note exercise after injury should be discussed with your medical practitioner. This is what I did, everyone's recovery is different. After a great Zumba session The one thing being immobilised taught me was the importance of moving, for both my physical and mental health. I had got into some really bad habits before my… Continue reading Exercise after injury
In 2018 I broke my ankle. I was on holiday in Lisbon and slipped stepping out of a metro station, landed squarely on top of my right ankle and bashed it on the step. There began a journey that lead to a big examination of my health, although I now realise my health was in… Continue reading From broken ankle to back on my feet
All my adult life I have considered myself reasonably healthy, eaten my 5 a day, exercised (I was a dance teacher for some time), but also enjoyed life. Somewhere along the line that all went awry. Chronic IBS symptoms took a hold, my mental health spiralled downwards and then a number of minor accidents led… Continue reading How did I get here?
Dear Home, It’s been over a year since we started spending a lot more time together and you’ve adapted so well. You went from spending 35 hours a week alone, in tranquil peace and quiet, to having all of us around virtually 24/7. Your clearly defined rooms became multi functional overnight - offices, classrooms, gyms/dance… Continue reading Dear Home
It was a Friday evening late September 2019, I’d been out to a barre class and was going out to a choir karaoke night. I had to go home, shower, grab a quick bite to eat and then go. I’d told my husband this that morning. I got home to find he had decided to… Continue reading What the hell is going on? – The shock of Perimenopause
Bracing myself against Storm Dennis earlier in the year, before all the Covid madness. I saw a meme on Instagram near the start of lockdown that said we’re not all in the same boat but we are all in the same storm. This really resonated with me and I think one of the positive things… Continue reading Coming out of the storm
Now if you’d told me 2 years ago I’d be writing a post about weights I would have laughed my head off, but now I do one or two free weights or kettlebell sessions a week. But I know the thought of getting into using weights can be a bit scary so here are some… Continue reading Getting started with weights
One of my favourite breakfasts is a smoothie bowl, but why a smoothie bowl and not just a smoothie? I think it is a bit of a psychological thing. With a smoothie it feels like a “drink“, I don’t really feel like I’ve eaten, but just the action of putting spoon into bowl makes it… Continue reading Why smoothie bowls?
The news is constantly changing at the moment and currently in the UK we have no idea whether at some point we'll all be told to stay home. It is looking likely that some of the regular exercise classes that I attend may stop for a time (or hopefully go online) as their class numbers… Continue reading Home exercise ideas – Coronavirus and beyond!