Wellness in Motion {# the series}

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:

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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!

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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.

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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:

  • Whats in your Gym bag?

A cheeky take on the articles I’ve seen that asks:  ‘what’s in your handbag/ nappy bag’

  • The Bag

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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!).

  • Must haves:

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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.

  • Toiletries.

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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?

  • The clothes.

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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.

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Sports bra: Without a doubt, shock absorber for me. Fantastic fit, all sizes (from teeny back to large & all cup sizes under the sun)

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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!

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Jumper dress, with scarf, and for cooler days with a body warmer.

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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’.

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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…
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  1. MrsCoolBananas
    15/04/2014 / 8:17 AM

    Cath Kidston rocks! Xxxx thanks for the #madmidweekbloghop

  2. MrsCoolBananas
    15/04/2014 / 8:16 AM

    Oh i’d love to try more yoga out-i’ve never found any good places though, & previous experiences have thus far put me off investigating further. I think you ned to share more about your yogi!! x

  3. MrsCoolBananas
    15/04/2014 / 8:11 AM

    Thanks K, thats lovely to hear (the motivating part, boo hiss to chocolate!) lol. X

  4. 14/04/2014 / 8:16 AM

    I am loving your gym bag. Cath Kidston! I’ll also know never to mess with you Miss Muai Thai boxer, lol. Great post hun, thanks so much for sharing! #MadMidWeekBlogHop xx

  5. 13/04/2014 / 10:21 PM

    Great series! I’m a hot-yoga bunny (NOT Bikram), so don’t do proper gym stuff any more, but it’s a great feeling to do something for you and for your body with the exercise and also for the mind and soul to know you’re carving some space out for YOU (and looking good and looking even better while and through doing it!) #AllAboutYou

  6. 13/04/2014 / 8:40 PM

    Love this post- I am so into my fitness at the moment (I say as I am munching chocolate on the sofa- oops!) and so will be really looking forward to reading it. I am trying to do more fitness/running related posts as well as I have lots of emails saying people are wanting to know more about it- god knows why as I have never been called motivating before! 😉 But I am so inspired by others fitness posts! x

  7. 13/04/2014 / 8:34 PM

    Replied from the wrong profile! Fab post x

  8. 13/04/2014 / 8:34 PM

    Ooh fab post (adore peeking in your bag) and you’ve motivated me to get back to running asap (seem to have been ill a lot over the past few weeks). Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

  9. 10/04/2014 / 9:43 PM

    Sounds like you are on a mission there, I hope you keep to the program, exercise is great to build into your everyday life

  10. MrsCoolBananas
    10/04/2014 / 9:23 AM

    & that’s the trick i think, to find that balance so that you can maintain a routine/ lifestyle & avoid the ‘slipping of the wagon part’! Once you do it’s great, & i know this is so unique/ individual to everyone. And boo to coeliac. How old is you lo & when was he diagnosed? x

  11. MrsCoolBananas
    10/04/2014 / 9:20 AM

    On no, don’t feel guilty! Thats not what i was going for :(. & you’re not useless, you’re probably doing the best/ most you can do at that particular time. & it’s just as important to have some ‘you’ time for your health & wellbeing. xx #sharewithme

  12. MrsCoolBananas
    10/04/2014 / 9:18 AM

    I find the time by neglecting the house work, dust has become our friend, lol! (& hey, you’re like a super human at finding time to do all your blogging!)I’m not there everyday, 3 times a week is what i aim for, with other activities involving bear on the other days. With the sun out we’ve been heading to the parks lots. Thanks for the #sharewithme it’s great every week.xx

  13. MrsCoolBananas
    10/04/2014 / 9:13 AM

    Ah another nike lover! Nice to meet you :). Power plates are awesome_ get a gym staff member to show you the ropes. Or *gasp* dare i say it, google/ you tube it, theres some great info. Aiming to do a pic/ vid tutorial at some stage of different work out routines of mine: will include the power plate! xx

  14. MrsCoolBananas
    10/04/2014 / 9:06 AM

    A good nose is great!! To be fair my gym bag has been like this forever (since bear) may treat myself to a new one soon! thanks for saying ‘hi’ #allaboutyou

  15. 10/04/2014 / 8:41 AM

    You make me want to go to the gym now. I love it when I am in that zone and exercising and eating well – but so easy to fall off the wagon. My little boy has coeliac disease so know what a challenge it is. Lovely post x

  16. 10/04/2014 / 6:53 AM

    Imiss being healthy. In manila I am a health nut. In here I cant afford any of gym membership nor do i have time. I already gained 5kilos. I miss my old body. I was thinking about this and yes you are an inspiration. I will always go back!

  17. 09/04/2014 / 9:18 PM

    God just reading this post makes me feel guilty about my complete inactivity. The most I manage is the school run. I’m useless!

  18. 09/04/2014 / 1:11 PM

    This is great and very motivating Katrina. Thank you so much for sharing on Share With Me linky. I loved reading it. Made me want to make a healthy smoothie and go for a run. lol I have always wanted to learn tennis. Jealous. You are very active where do you find the time? I hardly can go for a run. Your lil one is so adorable. Great photo at the beginning. So lovely. Great to get to know more about you. #sharewithme

  19. 09/04/2014 / 12:52 PM

    Thanks for sharing this. I love having a little nosey in people’s bags and what kit they use! I love Nike too; it really does last forever doesn’t it?! You’ve inspired me to try a Power Plate – they’ve always scared me a little bit! #sharewithme

  20. 08/04/2014 / 8:18 PM

    This is really motivating! I really need to try and fit more exercise in 🙁 I really enjoy it, but struggle to get out and do it. Once the kids are in bed, I tell myself i’m too knackered to drag myself out for a run/to Thai boxing, although once i’ve been I know i’ll feel good! I think once S in preschool too, i’m going to re-join the gym, as that will give me some guaranteed gym time. I’m happy with my size, but would like to feel fitter, and be a bit more toned.

  21. 08/04/2014 / 4:14 PM

    I do like nosing in people’s bags! Looks like you’re all set with the gear to get going now. I need to be inspired by something like this, thanks #AllAboutYou

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