Why and how I lost a stone in weight

There is a big movement on social media at the moment around body positivity. Accepting yourself as you are, being confident and embracing your curves. And it’s great to see. It’s the perfect counterbalance to awful trolls fat-shaming people who are just trying to get on with their lives. And I wholeheartedly agree that we should all be confident in our own skin. But the body positivity movement is not for me. Why lose weight? Weight loss, for me, isn’t about looking good. It’s not about feeling more confident and it certainly isn’t anything to do with what other people…

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Inspiring future athletes at the Muller Anniversary Games

You could feel the anticipation and excitement in the air as the children gathered on their school playground. Reporters and camera crews milled around waiting for the doors to open. Then a cheer went up from the children as a door swung open and their heroes walked towards them. Gearing up for the Muller Anniversary Games It was 2012 and my new baby was just eight weeks old. We bundled her into a baby carrier and packed so many items of baby equipment you could have been forgiven for thinking we were going away for a month. We’d been lucky…

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5 health benefits of open water swimming

Monday mornings have never been my friend. Waving goodbye to the weekend and embracing chaos, stress and work has never been my thing. But recently, something changed and they are now my favourite part of the week. Why? Because for the past few weeks I’ve been swimming in a local river every Monday morning. And not only have my Mondays improved, but my entire week. Before telling me I must be mad, have a look at the amazing things open water swimming does for you. I’ve also interspersed a few photos of the places I’ve swam in recent years. Because…

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Open water swimming in the UK

This is a collaborative post.  Swimming in open water is a risky business. In the sea, there are tides to think about. In rivers, you need to be careful of the current. Take a dip in a lake and you never know the depth – watch out for the temperature too, lakes can be bitterly cold. But given the right safety precautions and equipment, open water swimming has some fabulous benefits. Why open water swimming? As a child, I used to swim – a lot. For many hours each week, I’d plough up and down the pool and we’d race…

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FourFit health band review

Fitness is a bit of a bone of contention around here. Not so many years ago, my husband and I would run, swim, cycle, do triathlons and play water polo. He also played rugby and squash. And unusually, the desire to exercise is still there for us both. But recently, it just hasn’t been possible. So, reluctantly, I have to accept that a Fourfit health band is currently perhaps more useful to me than a sports watch. The FourFit health band After a slightly worrying health check a few months back, I started to take more of an interest in my…

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