The Fear of Being Seen

Fear is a funny thing. As I write this I’m feeling excited, nervous and sick all at the same time. I’m using different words to describe what is essentially the same physical reaction. The reason? This newly revamped and rebranded website has gone live this evening and my very first podcast interview launches tomorrow. And I’m not going to be able to control who sees what. In fact I’ve gone and shared a lot of my story too. And its...

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Perfection is Boring

To the point where I’ve been told that seeing others make mistakes, lose their train of thought, forget words mid-speech or not do the 'cleanest' of jobs, has become some kind of fetish (yes, the exact word used). I’ve also been told that I’m hot on the beauty of imperfections. To which I reply ‘I love them. Its what makes us human and not robots’. Which makes this an interesting topic of personal exploration. And through which I also hope that...

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How I weaned myself off sugar (in coffee)

This is going to sound crazy to many of you, but as a teenager whenever I had drank (black) tea it would have to be accompanied by six teaspoons of sugar. Yes, six! So it was a good thing I didn’t drink it often and stuck to herbal teas (with nothing added) whenever it was available. Coffee was something I developed a taste for nearly almost two years ago (must be getting old!). The fancy stuff. Not the instant. I say...

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Pick one thing. Do it consistently

I haven't eaten crisps from the work cupboard since 16th February 2016. To put this into context I used to go there at least once a day for a pack - ideally Salt & Vinegar. Sometimes this went up to two packs a day. Just because they were there. Crisps aren't part of my grocery shop so cannot be found around the house. When junk food is freely available at work then this can become a problem. Especially around the time of that afternoon slump. Some of...

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The only Fitness class I ever stuck to

What was this you ask? The 'Group Training' section of my site may give you a clue. I've been doing Orangetheory® workouts since Boxing Day 2013 where I was only 1 of 3 people who showed up to get a head start on burning off the Christmas excess. The Islington studio was local to me and I would walk past every day curious about what this venue had been turned into now! I finally went in a few days before Christmas and booked...

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The Choice to Move

What would you do if you were told that you wouldn’t have full use of your limbs tomorrow? Having a fully functioning body is something that most of us take for granted. It’s something we forget to be grateful for. There are a lot of things we don’t appreciate until they’re taken away from us, whether on a temporary or more permanent basis. In 2009 I was restricted to a leg cast for 6 weeks during the summer after finishing...

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CrossFit: In Summary

For those who follow me on Instagram or other social media, you’ll know that CrossFit has become a part of my regular training regime as of late last year. It has been likened to a ‘cult’ by some but I love it, and here’s why for those of you who may be are curious and/or have asked me: The training is very functional in nature and as the name suggests, crosses many disciplines. Workouts use a mix of bodyweight, gymnastics-style...

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Flat feet & MAGIC insoles

Here's the thing about flat feet. Chances are that if you have flat feet, or 'duck feet' as I call mine, then you probably don't like running or struggle with it more than the average person. Even if you consider yourself a fit and healthy individual. What I have found flat feet an advantage for however are squats! I do a good squat. As some of you may already know, I have a funny relationship with running. I've never considered myself a...

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Getting outside of that comfort zone: My first skydive & 10k race

 “The only source of knowledge is experience” – Albert Einstein. I kicked off 30 in a big way. It started with Las Vegas. No not the most original plan, but a new experience nonetheless. Verdict: it’s not like the movies. The trip was a fun one because of friends, but in all honesty it was pretty tame compared to previous European adventures. The city is definitely more seedy than glamorous, feminism doesn’t exist at all and we caught the end of...

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Food diaries. And why they’re a good idea!

Generally a pain in the a*** but also worth doing for at least a week or two. I’ve just spent a good part of the last hour typing up my 7 day food diary from a couple of weeks back for an objective analysis. Here are a couple of the ways in which I’ve logged: Written notes – on my Samsung Note 3 Photos – again on my phone (useful when eating out) App – via the Food Log section...

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