• Taking care of yourself!

    As you will know if you read my blog regularly, health and fitness have always played an active part in my life, but have become increasingly important over the last few years. I’ve become more aware of how a healthy mind can influence your overall well-being and how we can support that by what we eat, how we behave and what we do. As someone recently pointed out to me there’s also another important aspect which may get neglected over time and that’s our hearts! This may seem so simple to many of you, but it’s something which I have definitely neglected over recent years due to my tendency to…

  • Hitting the wall!

    ‘Hitting the wall’ is a saying you’d be very familiar with if you’re a runner or you put yourself through the paces in any other type of fitness, which can often involve pushing through your own mental and physical barriers. Last weekend I took part in my 6th half marathon race, something I feel immensely proud of, but as with most things, these challenges don’t come easy. Perhaps if they did it would be kind of defeating the object! I’m sure many people don’t get it, running that is, let alone taking part in races, after all why put yourself through it when the only physical thing you get to show for it is…

  • Mental Health

    There’s been a lot of coverage in the media over the past few years about mental health, focusing on those suffering from depression, anxiety and the many other mental health disorders, so I wanted to talk about what I’ve learnt through my own experiences. Just so I don’t worry anyone reading this that knows me, I haven’t been/or am depressed in any way, so please don’t worry, however, I do feel I can speak from the perspective of someone who has supported someone learning how to manage depression. Like many relationships, whether it’s friendship, family or otherwise, it’s often only with time that you’re able to put some perspective on situations and…

  • Body Confidence!

    In the past, I’ve talked quite a bit about the pressures we all put on ourselves by comparing our lives to those around us, which usually only ever ends up making you feel frustrated. Previously I’ve referred to my own situation of where I am in life, rather than the many other comparisons that we live with daily. However, on a recent holiday with some of my best friends, it reminded me that making comparisons affect us in so many different ways. Stripping down to swimwear on a holiday certainly puts your own body hang ups out there with nowhere to hide, which makes most of us compare what we have/don’t have with…

  • Mind, Body and Eggs!

    I’ve been reading a lot recently about health and fitness and as I’m a keen runner I started to think about how fitness has impacted my life, particularly throughout my egg freezing journey, but also more generally on the affect it has day to day. Valerie Landis from Eggsperience speaks about the influencing factors on your potential fertility in this article  www.eggsperience.com/things-that-hinder-your-fertility/. All of which I now have total respect for, but I also think it’s worth mentioning how fitness can help manage your mental health through difficult emotional times. I touched on this very briefly in my post about the side effects of the hormone medication, but I think it’s…

  • Preparing for Egg Freezing!

    For many, the decision to freeze their eggs may be one that they ponder over for months, if not years. For me, however, the decision was a pretty quick one once I had been for my MOT! For those of you not aware of what’s involved, a fertility MOT usually combines a few tests to evaluate your current fertility. Traditionally I believe a test called FSH used to be performed and still is by GPs, however, the Anti-Mullerian Hormone(AMH) test is now thought to be more reliable, as it’s not affected the timing of your cycle. The AMH test is performed by taking some blood, a very straight forward process, unless of…