Wellness in Motion
Wellness. Noun: Physical & Mental health
Welcome to my series dedicated to all things health. The best way for me to induct you into this snapshot of well-being, would be share with you a little bit about myself. So here goes:
I’m heading towards my thirties (I said heading. I’m not there yet-It just so happens I’m closer to 30 than 25!). I currently have 1 child to whom I am a ‘Stay at home mum’, ‘full time mummy’, ‘carer’: which ever way you want to word this, I’m a busy mummy, running around after a very lively toddler, playing at being a ‘wife’ & working at expanding & developing my blog. I occasionally get the chance to breathe. Occasionally.
I’ve always been an active person, I love being outside whenever possibly (not as often as I’d like in the UK) & I’ve always been really keen on sports. Back in my hay day I played tennis, at a reasonable standard & I was ‘honored’ with the nickname ‘Katrina Kournikova’ by peers at my tennis club (pertaining to the blonde hair, I think!). & Just like my namesake, I never won any major titles!
Me, at the tender age of 16, tennis dreams
I’ve also been known to enjoy Muai Thai Boxing training. & In my past life (before children) I trained & competed in a ‘hilly’ 10K race, with a time result to be proud of. However, I have dodgy knees (as is the technical term) & according to my consultant: I should not run, at all. I’ll explain dodgy: I’ve dislocated my Right patella 3 times & believe you me, I would rather experience my 50 hour labor again over a knee dislocation any day (& just so y’know, my labor was atrocious). I generally adhere to these instructions & avoid running, even though I do miss a good sprint: I love the freedom of a run.
My workout routine is a mixture of gym sessions: active Pilates, weight & strength training, a few classes & the good old buggy walk! I admit: secretly the one place I do still run is when bear is in his buggy. I’ve discovered a couple of really good DVD’s (i will share these in due course) & I’ve transitioned certain parts of these into my workouts.
From a nutritional stand point, I’m a slightly complex individual: I have coeliac disease, & suffer with a fructose Malabsorpiton (read more about these here). I’ve always enjoyed eating fresh & healthy foods, but having these problems forces the issue even more. I don’t dwell on these medical hoo hars, but instead try & use them as a positive tool- to be the healthiest I can be & help anyone else in a similar situation. & I’ve recently been diagnosed with PCOS.
I’m not perfect, & I still indulge in a naughty treat here & there: everything is fine, in moderation. I’m a dress size UK 10, & I still have the normal ‘hang ups’ with my body like most of us do: I think there are always some kind of improvements I could be making (even just the little things, like having some more ‘me’ time or getting extra fresh air).
I wanted to try & help or encourage others who find themselves in similar circumstances & really just inject a bit of Fun & style into the whole ‘health’ topic. So I aim to include light hearted & helpful hints & tips. If any of you have something specific you’d like me to cover, just give me a shout! I’d love to have you’re input. I’ve got a team of experts for my ‘go-to’ advice; so don’t be afraid to ask.
Right, without further ado, to ease us into my series, this week is simply:
A cheeky take on the articles I’ve seen that asks: ‘what’s in your handbag/ nappy bag’
Add some fashion jazz with a Cath Kidston Large fold away travel/ weekend bag. These are great at squishing into that tight gym locker space-any kind of ‘structured’ bag is a nightmare. If you haven’t got one of these bags, just go awn & get one, they’re so useful for everything! (weekend trips, day trips, nappy bag, the list is endless!).
A padlock & gym pass: iPhone/ iTunes & headphones, hand towel. I’d really like to try those big chunky old skool headphone you see all the kool kids with, my purse dictates otherwise. & those Travel sized toiletry thingy-mabobs.
Ok, its confession time. I quite often only have the time for a 1 hour work out, so this means I rarely have the luxury of a shower dans le gym but I carry these avec moi for when that opportunity does arise! My current faves (admittedly it’s usually what ever was the latest birthday/ Christmas present): Clarins, & Soap & Glory. Nice fluffy towels. Gotta have ‘em. I’m not paying extra to the gym for the privilege of their threadbare towels! (They already get enough of my pennies in membership!) Havaianas. The thought of entering any wet areas ( The showers, steam room, sauna) without these is just yuck. It’s not gonna happen. I refuse to pick up other peoples foot germs (kind as they are to share them). Spare nappies, & entertainment for the sprogglett. Because I wouldn’t want to be caught out now, would i?
For the body, I’m obsessed with Nike. It’s the one brand of clothing I’ve found that simply lasts forever (tip: don’t use clothes softener-it can degrade/ disintegrate the threads quicker). Feet: this is a draw between Asics & new balance. I’ve been a dedicated Asics follower but since downgrading my running I’m head over heels in love with my new balance beauties.
Sports bra: Without a doubt, shock absorber for me. Fantastic fit, all sizes (from teeny back to large & all cup sizes under the sun)
How to ‘style’ you gym look in transit to & from your workout session & anywhere in between. You know what I mean *winks*, when you pop to the shop in your sports gear, just watch everyone giving you those admirable looks of ‘gosh, isn’t she/he good? Off for a workout’. That’s enough to give you a confidence boost!
Jumper dress, with scarf, and for cooler days with a body warmer.
For this particular day, my weapon of choice on the gym floor: The power plate. Combining my active Pilates & weight training, after all, I only had 1 hour to ‘feel the burn’.
Now that we’ve got the introductions over with, I look forward to sharing my next Wellness post with you: with less of the humbrum writing, & more of the fun stuff! In the mean time, what’ve you got up to this week? Any walks, any new buys, most importantly: any you time?
- Disclaimer: All thoughts, opinions & cringe worthy poses are entirely my own. I’d strongly recommend you consult your GP before commencing any exercise program. Or just apply some good old fashioned common sense…