Free Mood-Lifting Online Resources: Review of “The Honest Guys” Guided Meditations

Hello everyone! How are we all? Today I thought I’d begin reviewing some of my favourite, tried-and-tested online resources for managing mental health, improving mood and promoting self care.  I’m beginning with The Honest Guys Guided Meditation Videos.   The … Continue reading

Why “Shoulds” Suck and Celebrating “Small” Victories

Hello everyone 🙂 Today I thought I’d talk about celebrating those small victories in life. They say you’re your own worst critic and I’m definitely mine. I can beat myself up alllll day long about what I didn’t do, didn’t … Continue reading

Body Shame, How to Deal: Applying Perspective

Hello everyone.  I hope you enjoyed my Small-Steps-Series #1.  Here’s small step #2 🙂 It’s all about trying to apply a little perspective. I spend a LOT of time worrying about my thighs.  I really do.  Aside from the scarring, … Continue reading

Body Shame, How to Deal: Reminding Yourself You’re Not Alone

Welcome to my Small-Steps-Series on body shame.  I’ll be posting bitesize body positive posts that I hope will help you feel a little better about your body and only take a minute or two to read.  Here’s #1.  Please like or … Continue reading

An Honest Little Post about Anxiety, Eating Disorders and Everything in Between

Hello everyone, I’ve not blogged in a loooong while so here’s an honest little post explaining why… The world of mental health problems is not a polished little hollywood number… you know the kind. Very attractive woman (whose nose never runs when … Continue reading

Body Shame, How to Deal (Part One): Stretch marks, Scars and Saggy Skin.

Hello everyone 🙂 How are you all? Today I’m beginning new mini series on dealing with “body shame”.  Hopefully, in these posts, I’ll be able to offer some advice on how to cope with being the (not so) proud owner … Continue reading

Body Shame, How to Deal: Small Acts of Self-Care

Hello everyone 🙂 I’m currently sat in Costa enjoying a soy cappuccino before I head off to boxing. I haven’t been able to enjoy cappuccinos since my doc advised me to cut out dairy (I’d been getting some seriously nasty … Continue reading

How to get in a Mood-Boosting Workout on those Low Energy, Low Mood Days…

Hello all 🙂 We all have those days when getting in a workout seems near impossible. Perhaps it’s low energy, a stressful day or maybe you’re just feeling down and out. As I mentioned in my last post, I struggle … Continue reading

Why Your Body Feels like a Battleground and a Few Thoughts on Making Peace

Rule number one of looking in the mirror:

Remember- somebody, somewhere wants to sell you something.

There is profit-a-plenty to be made in convincing people they need something they don’t yet have. Something that, were they to purchase it, would make them better/happier/more desirable/successful etc. Something that someone, somewhere would be more than happy to sell you. The result: continuous waves of advertising, marketing, subtle (and not so subtle) messages in one form or another, reminding you that you’re not quite there. Not good enough, happy enough, desirable or successful enough.

But fear not mere human! For, as it happens, the purveyors of said marketing have just the thing! *phew* The very product to assist you in becoming the best you you can possibly be because, unfortunately, as mentioned, current you just isn’t “this” or “that” enough.

Being at war with our own bodies, yields big industry, and it looks like us ladies are a particular (although by no means the only**) target.  According to this article in The Guardian, “British women spend £30m a year on slimming creams,” many of which claim to target the dreaded cellulite we’ve all heard so much (quite honestly, too much) about.  That’s big bucks on a “problem” that (let’s enlist a little perspectve here) frankly isn’t doing us any harm*.  When was the last time you heard of someone dropping dead of a cellulite attack? #KeepingItReal.

- let me know in the comments if you'd like to see more posts on body-peace/body positivity :) -

– let me know in the comments if you’d like to see more posts on body-peace/body positivity 🙂 –

Now, I spend as much time lamenting my thighs as the next woman (probably more than most) and yes, I own said creams (oops).  But there comes a point when you just have to say: “So what?! Why should I feel ashamed of my body?!” 

There’s a place for shame: snapping at my innocent boyfriend this morning in a state of PMS-induced rage: ummm…probably. The mere existence of my non-runway-worthy legs: nope.  And what’s more, (here’s a thought ladies!) how many men do you know appearing in adverts, staring forlorn at their own legs, obsessing over cellulite?! Turns out even our thighs must be liberated in the name of feminism (*shrugs* who knew?).

I’m not saying the agenda of all salesmen and women is to make you feel bloody awful about yourself. But it is worth remembering, when you’re contemplating shelling out for yet another cellulite busting, stretchmark shrinking, waist whittling product, that the ideal you’re striving for is one being sold to you.

So next time you’re stood, sad-faced, in front of, what is in fact, only an inanimate shiny surface, wondering what on earth you can do/use/buy to “correct” what you see, remember this:

It’s not your body that’s the battleground; it’s your wallet.

P.s. I think it’s worth my saying, this post is not meant to be a stab at any particular set of products or companies. I’m certainly no possessionless hermit (neither am I deliriously happy with my stretchmarks…or cellulite… or waist).  But marketting, in various forms, is an increasingly inescapable part of our daily lives, which can, and often does, involve encouraging people to notice those things about themselves that are, supposedly, in need of improvement.

So, if contemplating these so-called “imperfections” is making you unhappy, it may be time to call bull on some of the outside influences encouraging you to feel that way.

(Body-)Peace out friends,
Till next time 🙂 xx

*I understand cellulite has been linked to bodyweight but these lotions and potions aren’t nourishing our bodies with healthy diet and exercise.  Plus-I am at a healthy bodyweight and I still have those delightful little crinkles all over my hardworking thighs and bum.  I don’t think my loving partner has ever even noticed-quite probably the only thing annoying him is my babbling on about it-sorry dear!
**I also realise that blokes face similar pressures, and hope that, although I only have personal experience of this as a female, some of my advice/opinions might be helpful to you too. 🙂

Some Not-So-Obvious Gym Bag Essentials

I like to be prepared.  In all honesty, I rarely am, but I’m working on it. I’m an anxious kinda gal and feeling like I’m ready for any eventuality helps to keep those butterflies at bay.

Thus (yes thus :s), my gym bag is an Aladdin’s cave, a tardis, a Mary Poppins style, never-get caught-short stash of everything I could conceivably need before, during and after my workout. So here are a few all-important essentials you didn’t know you needed…

Aloe Vera: GBE 1

Ever think: “Oh crap I need to shave my legs!” approximately 60 seconds before you need to head out the door to work out in those 3/4 length capris? We’ve all been there ladies! (Darn gender-biased social constraints!).

Inevitably there’s the odd knick and scrape as you simultaneously attempt to shave around your knees/shins/ankles and frantically scour the washing basket for a matching pair of socks (just me?!). Even if you escape the ordeal graze-free you betcha it’s still gonna sting when you start breaking a sweat.  Swipe on a quick layer of aloe and you’re sting-free and good to go.  It’s the little things!

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Tea Tree Wipes: 

If you need to rush somewhere fast after your workout, these can be a lifesaver.  The anti-bacterial, anti-sceptic tea tree neutralises any sweat related odours with a quick swipe.  I use these from Australian BodyCare and they are fab.

A Water-Proof Confidence Boost:

GBE 4Makeup at the gym seems to be a “controversial” (ish) topic.  Let’s not hate on each other ladies. Admittedly if it’s sliding down your face due to sweat (in which case good on you for working up a sweat guuurl) it can be a bit of a confidence killer.

For me, I find a quick swipe of (very) waterproof eyeliner just gives me a small confidence boost helpful when I’m walking into a room full of people, trying to bring my A-Game.  I might even brush on a bit of powder.  Yeah I’ll sweat it off but hey ho-we all know that getting in there is the hardest part of the workout

The Just-In-Case Energy Kick/Electrolyte Replacement: 

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This depends on your training goals/needs.  Ideally you’ll have a nice healthy pre-workout meal or snack that’ll keep you bouncing along happily for the duration. However, if you had to rush there and hunger pangs strike long before you’re done, simple sugar energy tablets or chews can be essential back-up.GBE 5

Additionally, if you’re training long and hard (and sweating like a sinner in church #KeepinItReal), then replacing electrolytes lost through sweat can really help your performance.If you’re aiming to improve endurance/strength/fitness and don’t want your body going all catabolic on you (burning muscle for energy) because you’re, quite literally, going that extra mile, these can prove useful.

…and last but not least…

- a good quality arnica gel or cream -

– a good quality arnica gel or cream –

Arnica Gel or Cream:

One of my goals this year is to prioritise looking after my body and regular use of arnica is a great help!  If you caught my last post you’ll know that arnica is something I use often.  It’s widely available from various brands (SBC, Nelson, Kneipp and more).

I find it a great homeopathic remedy for bruising, aching and over-worked muscles and aches and pains in general.  I like to pop some on any injury prone areas straight after a session to keep those hardworking little muscles happy.

– Happy Body: Training Smart –

Boxing is an intense sport and I (try to) train intensely.  However, training SMART is just as if not more important than training hard.  Being active helps me stay strong mentally as well as physically and I want to be active my whole life long so it’s important to look after it, even while it’s capable of bouncing back.

We spend a lot of time these days insulting and being (sometimes profoundly) unhappy with our bodies, but remember, your body enables you to do incredible things: take care of it! 🙂