Having spent a considerable amount of time on maternity chat forums and social media groups during my pregnancy, I have identified a number of concerns that many of us women seem to share. The top 3 body-image related worries appear to be: Putting on weight; Losing your figure and not knowing how your figure will change; Losing all the fitness gains you have made before becoming pregnant. I am not ashamed to admit that I have always had these concerns, too. In fact, for a long time, I was horrified at the idea of getting pregnant, until it actually happened.…

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Some of you may have seen my recent announcement on Instagram and Strava about me expecting a baby in November. Woop-woop! Hold on…How did this happen?! Those of you who know me personally, may not describe me as very motherly. Unlike many of my friends, I never babysat, talked about wanting any children, and they would never catch me coo over their babies. When Simon and I got married, we did talk about having children ‘one day’, but this was something that always stayed in the back of my mind for a long time; ‘one day’ always seemed too far in…

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This is the most difficult and the saddest blog post I have ever written. My childhood best friend and fellow healthy lifestyle blogger, Anita from Ana y La Passion, lost her 3.5 year long battle with cancer at the weekend. The pain, the shock and the emptiness I feel are still quite raw and I get torn up inside every time I remember that I won’t be seeing and talking to her again, and all the things we planned to do together will not happen. Not in this lifetime, anyways. I can’t imagine a better way to start this blog…

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Having been a runner for a number of years now, I am quite used to getting a wide spectrum of reactions from people when it comes to running. One of the most common reactions is ‘I do admire you, how can you love running so much when it’s so hard, I couldn’t make myself run across the road?’ The fact of the matter is, I’ve a lot of reasons why I love running, but if you have to ask, you will never understand it! Running is something only those can appreciate who practice it. At first, it will probably be…

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If you are a seasoned runner with a number of races behind your back, my guess is that you have probably found yourself in situations when you were ready to throw in the towel mid-race. I am quite familiar with the sensation of “hitting the wall” or “bonking”, as some runners like to call it: you know, when your legs are feeling as if they are made of cement, your stomach getting funny and losing your mental focus. For most of us, quitting is not an option when our faces slam up against that invisible concrete slab. We runners like to…

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