Getting back on track 

Throughout lockdown, I’ve not been great with my sugar consumption. In the past, I would have beaten myself up about it, felt guilty for having a ‘treat’, for eating ‘bad’ food. But the reality is, food is food. It is made to be enjoyed and in times like this, it is important to be kind to ourselves and eat what makes us feel good and happy in that moment, but importantly what isn’t going to aggravate a challenging situation later. The way I look at it right now is, I make go

What a day!

Trouble maker Noun: a person who habitually causes difficulty or problems, especially by inciting others to defy those in authority. I started my day with a message saying “you are my queen and I worship the ground you walk on” for getting stuck into a project. I spent the middle of the day feeling like I was in the middle of a nightmare that would continue my legacy of being a troublemaker, shit-stirrer, difficult woman. Choose the name you’d like to give it, you get the poi

Closing the chapter: why intrinsic goal setting and motivation are important

Today I’m having a bit of a weird day. For the last year I have been studying to become a Nutrition Coach and it has been absolutely fascinating. This is hands down the best decision I have made in my life because it was a decision for me, it wasn’t guided by money, career, or other people. It was guided by me and my overwhelming desire to learn more and do something that would benefit me. Anything else that was to follow would be a cheeky bonus and was not predetermined. And

Closing the chapter: why intrinsic goal setting and motivation are important

Today I’m having a bit of a weird day. For the last year I have been studying to become a Nutrition Coach and it has been absolutely fascinating. This is hands down the best decision I have made in my life because it was a decision for me, it wasn’t guided by money, career, or other people. It was guided by me and my overwhelming desire to learn more and do something that would benefit me. Anything else that was to follow would be a cheeky bonus and was not predetermined. And

Seeing life from a different perspective

Whilst the world is trying to work out how to heal and make everything better, it is up to us to stay at home, stay healthy and remain as positive as we are able. I have had so many conversations recently with people saying “oh my god such and such did this and it is really doing my head in”. Every time it has prompted me to think and respond, “would they have done this before now?”, “would it have annoyed you then?”, “why do you think they did that?” Most of the time the res

Seeing life from a different perspective

Whilst the world is trying to work out how to heal and make everything better, it is up to us to stay at home, stay healthy and remain as positive as we are able. I have had so many conversations recently with people saying “oh my god such and such did this and it is really doing my head in”. Every time it has prompted me to think and respond, “would they have done this before now?”, “would it have annoyed you then?”, “why do you think they did that?” Most of the time the res

Food for thought: stress

We generally perceive stress to be a bad thing, it is a sign we can’t cope with the stimulus around us, it’s negative and overwhelming. But is that true? In reality, it should be considered a state of arousal or stimulation. If we are bored then this will be low, if it is too low and we have no stimulus this can lead to depression (like, too much can lead to anxiety and depression). If we are angry, nervous, afraid or excited the level of stimulation or stress will be higher.

Food for thought: stress

We generally perceive stress to be a bad thing, it is a sign we can’t cope with the stimulus around us, it’s negative and overwhelming. But is that true? In reality, it should be considered a state of arousal or stimulation. If we are bored then this will be low, if it is too low and we have no stimulus this can lead to depression (like, too much can lead to anxiety and depression). If we are angry, nervous, afraid or excited the level of stimulation or stress will be higher.

Food for thought: stress

We generally perceive stress to be a bad thing, it is a sign we can’t cope with the stimulus around us, it’s negative and overwhelming. But is that true? In reality, it should be considered a state of arousal or stimulation. If we are bored then this will be low, if it is too low and we have no stimulus this can lead to depression (like, too much can lead to anxiety and depression). If we are angry, nervous, afraid or excited the level of stimulation or stress will be higher.

Taking a pandemic and turning it into an opportunity 

It would be safe to say that in the last few weeks my brain has gone crazy. I could never have predicted that when I resigned in November, would I leave the office, retrain, be full of energy and ready to go, then one week later see WHO announce a pandemic. Welcome to the world of trying to make it as a PT in the middle of Covid-19. My brain has well and truly done loops of the stages of acceptance. Although I think I compressed it into three stages: denial, depression and ac

Taking a pandemic and turning it into an opportunity 

It would be safe to say that in the last few weeks my brain has gone crazy. I could never have predicted that when I resigned in November, would I leave the office, retrain, be full of energy and ready to go, then one week later see WHO announce a pandemic. Welcome to the world of trying to make it as a PT in the middle of Covid-19. My brain has well and truly done loops of the stages of acceptance. Although I think I compressed it into three stages: denial, depression and ac

Taking a pandemic and turning it into an opportunity 

It would be safe to say that in the last few weeks my brain has gone crazy. I could never have predicted that when I resigned in November, would I leave the office, retrain, be full of energy and ready to go, then one week later see WHO announce a pandemic. Welcome to the world of trying to make it as a PT in the middle of Covid-19. My brain has well and truly done loops of the stages of acceptance. Although I think I compressed it into three stages: denial, depression and ac

Taking BIG steps in the ‘right’ direction

Sometimes we stay in, let’s say non ideal, situations for too long. Not because we want to, and not because we don’t want to get out, but because sometimes it is the only thing we really know and it can be hard to break out of that pattern until we find the right thing to go to. It can be easy to look at a situation objectively and tell someone else what to do. It’s really, really hard to look at your own life, acknowledge a problem and do something about it. I’ve been in a n

Taking BIG steps in the ‘right’ direction

Sometimes we stay in, let’s say non ideal, situations for too long. Not because we want to, and not because we don’t want to get out, but because sometimes it is the only thing we really know and it can be hard to break out of that pattern until we find the right thing to go to. It can be easy to look at a situation objectively and tell someone else what to do. It’s really, really hard to look at your own life, acknowledge a problem and do something about it. I’ve been in a n

Taking BIG steps in the ‘right’ direction

Sometimes we stay in, let’s say non ideal, situations for too long. Not because we want to, and not because we don’t want to get out, but because sometimes it is the only thing we really know and it can be hard to break out of that pattern until we find the right thing to go to. It can be easy to look at a situation objectively and tell someone else what to do. It’s really, really hard to look at your own life, acknowledge a problem and do something about it. I’ve been in a n

Putting the blinkers on to people’s negativity 

Lately I’ve had the opportunity to prioritise myself. Something I never do, but something that was so essential. I resigned from my job in November with no real next step planned and lots of ideas. Now, nearly three months on, I have many next steps and many more ideas. I’m relatively unprepared for what’s about to happen in my life and feeling uncharacteristically calm. Often I wonder if I have a clue what I’m doing, am I in any way qualified to do this, if I’m feeling so go

Putting the blinkers on to people’s negativity 

Lately I’ve had the opportunity to prioritise myself. Something I never do, but something that was so essential. I resigned from my job in November with no real next step planned and lots of ideas. Now, nearly three months on, I have many next steps and many more ideas. I’m relatively unprepared for what’s about to happen in my life and feeling uncharacteristically calm. Often I wonder if I have a clue what I’m doing, am I in any way qualified to do this, if I’m feeling so go

Putting the blinkers on to people’s negativity 

Lately I’ve had the opportunity to prioritise myself. Something I never do, but something that was so essential. I resigned from my job in November with no real next step planned and lots of ideas. Now, nearly three months on, I have many next steps and many more ideas. I’m relatively unprepared for what’s about to happen in my life and feeling uncharacteristically calm. Often I wonder if I have a clue what I’m doing, am I in any way qualified to do this, if I’m feeling so go

Putting the blinkers on to people’s negativity 

Lately I’ve had the opportunity to prioritise myself. Something I never do, but something that was so essential. I resigned from my job in November with no real next step planned and lots of ideas. Now, nearly three months on, I have many next steps and many more ideas. I’m relatively unprepared for what’s about to happen in my life and feeling uncharacteristically calm. Often I wonder if I have a clue what I’m doing, am I in any way qualified to do this, if I’m feeling so go