The top 3 benefits of quitting a bad habit

Habits are sticky behaviors that can be incredibly hard to shake off. Sadly, most people pick up bad habits that end up consuming their lifestyles. Such habits not only jeopardize our wellbeing but also prevent us from pursuing our ambitions. Ultimately, bad habits sap your energy and reduce your self-esteem considerably. Top psychologists concur that your habits affect how happy and successful you are. You don’t just start behaving in a certain way: there’s some science behind habit. Initially, your brain is triggered by a cue, then you gradually develop deep cravings. This triggers a response in an attempt to… [Read More]

An Extra Special London Marathon Fundraising Update That You Won’t Want To Miss!

Phew, that was a rather long title for a blog post! It’s worth it though because this really is an extra special London marathon fundraising update that you won’t want to miss! As many people who read my blog or follow me on social media will know, I’ve been lucky enough to receive a charity place at the London marathon 2019 with a wonderful charity called WellChild. WellChild is the national UK children’s charity making it possible for children and young people with exceptional health needs to be cared for at home instead of hospital, wherever possible. When I was offered… [Read More]

Butterfly, Labels, Transgender and Bullies

This post is probably going to be a long one, but if you can bear with me and make it to the end, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. This post is a bit of a random mash of thoughts I’ve had this week, but somehow they’re all closely related. Stick with it! Butterfly My husband and I recently watched the ITV drama, Butterfly. Image source Butterfly follows the journey of 11 year old Max who reveals to his family that he has Gender Identification Disorder. Put simply, Max was born a boy, but he feels… [Read More]

The Social Side of Exercise

When my children were babies, I remember feeling isolated and at times quite lonely. I longed for a friend. Someone I could invite round for a cuppa and chat, and vice versa. Our girls were almost one year old when I finally plucked up the courage to go to a playgroup, and I’m so glad I did. Not only did it give the girls a chance to play with some new toys and socialise with other children, it also gave me the chance to meet new people. When the girls started school, my husband and I met lots of other… [Read More]

How to train for long distance running

If you’d told me two years ago that I’d run a half marathon, and get a place for London Marathon, I would have laughed! I’ve always toyed with the idea of running, but just thought I couldn’t. In school I did cross country, and ran 5,000 metres at sports day, but when I left school, running kind of faded away. On the odd occasion, I’d feel inspired to run, but the novelty soon wore off. However, in 2017 I was inspired by a fellow blogger. I loved watching her running journey on Facebook and was slightly envious of her achievements…. [Read More]

Fitness Feature: Pump FX Class

In a bid to avoid injury during training for the London Marathon next April, I have started to incorporate strength training into my fitness routine. As well as running four times a week, doing daily yoga, which my kids love to join in with, and barre class once a week, I have also added in a Pump FX class. For a while I have been looking at joining a gym, but for the price, I just don’t think I’d use it as much as I should. However, I recently discovered a funky little gym studio not far from where I… [Read More]

A month of strength training

Yesterday I wrote a post about how my step-daughter and I completed the Cardiff Half Marathon on the 7th of this month. You can read that post by clicking here. As many of my readers know I didn’t really train properly for the Cardiff Half Marathon due to injury. As such I really didn’t enjoy running it this year as much as I had the previous year. I put this down to being injured and a lack of training. Now, next year. April to be precise, I will be running the London Marathon for a wonderful charity called WellChild. I’m… [Read More]

Cardiff Half Marathon 2018

Last year I completed the Cardiff Half Marathon for the first time. Despite being injured during training, I recovered pretty well and completed it in 2 hours 29 minutes and 3 seconds. My original target was 2 hours 15 minutes, but after injury, I changed my target to 2 hours 30 minutes, and I was very pleased to have achieved that. I decided to take part in the Cardiff Half Marathon again this year in the hopes of getting a better time. Unfortunately during training, I was injured again. This year my injury was worse than last year. As such… [Read More]

Should schools enforce the daily mile?

Have you heard of the daily mile? Perhaps your children already take part in it at school? Do you think it should be enforced in all schools? For those of you who don’t know, the daily mile encourages children to run or jog at their own pace for a full 15 minutes every day. A lot of schools have already signed up to the initiative, and I think it’s a great idea. This kind of follows on from yesterdays blog post, The Reality of Raising an Indoor Generation. More and more children are spending less time outdoors than ever before. That’s… [Read More]

The reality of raising an indoor generation

Growing up, I’d spend the majority of my childhood outdoors. I’d either be in the park with my friends, or playing in my back garden until bedtime. Sadly, children nowadays spend less time outdoors than ever before. The only time you’d find me indoors was to eat lunch and dinner, and to sleep. There’s a lot to be said about our current generation of teenagers. While they’re more health conscious than ever before, we have to ask the question, at what cost does this come? Reality TV shows lay bare a generation of ‘beautiful’ people who appear to have it… [Read More]