Pasta Time Away…

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One of my favourite comfort meals is spaghetti bolognese. It’s tasty, hearty and leaves you feeling full & satisfied. A few years ago, I started adding bits and pieces to my bolognese recipe to try and get as much of the good stuff into my meal as possible. And I’ve now ended up with a […]

Arthritis? Me? But I’m only 37…

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A few weeks ago, I got a very surprising diagnosis from my doctor. I am 37 years old – I’m a fitness instructor and Personal Trainer by trade, having recently moved into this area from the IT sector. I love running, interval training, being outdoors, making good food, I’m a wanna-be surfer, an energetic mum-of-one […]

Cocoa Breakin’ My Heart

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As much as I LOVE chocolate (and I really, really do love it), this time of year can be tough for us all, including parents. There are chocolate treats everywhere, and kids expect to get giant Easter eggs, go on chocolate egg hunts, and receive elaborate deliveries from the Easter Bunny… It seems that the […]

Spring into Running

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It’s at this time of year – every year – that I start to get excited about running again. The evenings are longer, the weather is brighter and warmer (well, most of the time anyway) and throwing on those runners and heading out the door is not half as daunting as it is when it’s […]

Gym in a Bag – for less than 30 quid!

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There are so many options out there for fitness these days. Gym membership, bootcamps, Morning Gloryville, boxer-yoga-lates-size… It can be overwhelming sometimes, and you might wonder to yourself what’s the best option, and where can you get the most bang for your buck. As a fitness enthusiast and personal trainer, I am happy to give […]

DON’T act your age – act your shoe size!

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We all know about getting our kids up-n-active. We see information online, on TV and in magazines telling us to lead by example, to let our kids watch us exercising and to follow our lead, to make activity an important part of our day and theirs. But what about the other way around? What about […]

Happy Val-ALT-tines Day

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Are you dreading the smooshy Valentine’s day cards, the over-the-top flowers that Mary’s Tom will send to her desk at work, the elaborate stories of proposals made on a bed of rose petals in a 7* hotel in Paris? Me too! I’ve never been a Valentine’s Day fan – It could be because I don’t […]

Avoid the “Why Do I Always Quit?” trap!

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Do you find it hard to persist when you’re trying to get in shape? Many of us have a personal goal – maybe it’s “I want to lose weight” or “I want to get fit” or “I want to start eating healthy again!” Then we start with all guns blazing – juicing this, and sweating that […]

Are crafts really good for your health??

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As you might already know, I am a (not-so-secret) knitting enthusiast. I renewed my love of all things wooly around 7 years ago, when I decided to start knitting Christmas jumpers for my friends. At that time, it was just a nice hobby, and one I also did a lot of when I was pregnant […]

Advanced MyFitnessPal – how to get the most from the MFP app

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Many of us have heard of MyFitnessPal, and use it regularly, in particular to calorie-count and track food intake and activity levels. (In case you haven’t used it before, check out this short article for some basic info). It is based on the long-proven concept that tracking and monitoring progress and achieving “mini-wins” makes it […]