Category Archives: Health

Keeping fit in the family



Like diet, it should be a four-letter word.

Tell anyone they need to get some exercise and images of sweating for hours at the gym sends shivers down their spine.

Or at least it does for me.

Which is why, with the weather improving and the nights getting lighter, I like to think of fun ways to get fitter and healthier. I prefer exercise where we don’t even realise we’re doing it.

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The loneliest place in the world



The loneliest place in the world is inside my head when anxiety takes hold.

When I try to speak up for myself, but the voice which comes out only sounds sad and pathetic.

Or, even worse, like I’m trying to cause a drama or make something “all about me” because I take everything personally.

And I’m told “grow some balls” or “get over it and move on – like a NORMAL person would”.

That’s when I feel isolated and voiceless. Like anything I say to try to explain sounds so ‘me, me, me’ and only proves the other person’s point.

Because anxiety does make everything all about me. It’s my fault. I’m worthless.

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Excuse my anxious heart


Please excuse my anxious heart.

I am sorry it makes you uncomfortable when I need love and reassurance.

Pardon my panics, my palpitations and moments that you perceive as weakness.

No I haven’t found closure, and I get that you “can’t be bothered” with my insecurities and tears.

You know where the door is.

Because there is no cure for what ails me. And do you know what? I wouldn’t take it if there was.

My anxiety is a war wound I have recently learned to wear with pride.

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Bouncing back from the festive excess


Bleurgh! If you’re anything like me, you’ve lumbered into 2016 with all the grace of a drunken ostrich. Your stomach is flabby from too much festive eating, your skin is dry from the winter weather and your exhaustion is exacerbated by the continual night time that graces the chilly season.

Chances are your New Year’s resolution has been to get fit. But so far you’ve picked up a king-size chocolate bar every evening with your newspaper, gone home and watched reruns of Friends while lounging in your pants!

If the disappointed face of your local newsagent isn’t enough to make you want to get back into shape, then do it for yourself.

With a New Year comes a new you, so they say – wouldn’t you prefer it if the new you didn’t feel lousy from overconsumption?

I’ve come up with a few tips to help you look healthier and get fit by the time Spring rears its sunny head. Take a look.

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Win £200 of Sainsbury’s Vouchers with Active Kids



If your kids are sports crazy, you’re pretty much sorted when it comes to keeping them active.

In our town the majority of the local lads are either part of the junior football squad, or else they’re constantly kicking a ball around the local park or the school playground.

But what do you do when your boys aren’t at all interested in football – in fact, they’re not particularly sporty at all?

This is my quandary. When being active isn’t something which naturally occurs for your children in the school playground, or as part of a sports team, you’ve got to create opportunities for them to stay fit and healthy. Especially in this day and age when, left to their own devices, children like mine would happily sit staring all day at a computer screen.

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The Difference Between Flu & Man Flu


Man Flu has taken hold many times in our household.

It’s bad enough with a husband who has asthma and diabetes, and is prone to picking up any bug that’s going around.

But with two sons, no doubt I’ll be privy to it a lot in the future.

So I consider myself something of an expert when it comes to the symptoms, and how Man Flu differentiates itself from your everyday flu bug.

With temperatures plummeting and research revealing Man Flu is sweeping the UK, it’s important to understand it, and to know what to look for.

Here’s what I’ve observed:

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Let’s Talk About Sex (but he’s six years old!)

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Last week my six-year-old…

(hold on, let me stress this. He’s SIX YEARS OLD!)

…said to me quite nonchalantly as I was doing the housework: “Mum, my willy tells me when a girl is hot.”

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A Word for 2015

There’s been a lot of talk in the blogosphere about choosing a word for 2015.

It’s all part of the Unravelling the Year workbook by Susannah Conway – where she encourages us to set intentions instead of impossible-to-live-up-to resolutions.

This seems like a good alternative – a word to live by for the coming year, to hopefully help me be healthier and happier. If you don’t believe in resolutions, I thoroughly recommend giving this a try.

And after a lot of thought the word I’ve chosen for 2015 is Acceptance.

That’s not to say there aren’t things I want to change. I do. I’m not accepting the status quo.

But I think struggling against things which are out of my control have caused me too much heartache over the last few years. Failing to accept how my own actions are contributing to some of my unhappiness has made things worse.

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Ten Years On



My darling angels,

It’s been 10 years this month. Ten years since the hope was first taken from me. The hope of you.

A decade since my body let me down. Since I let you down. And you were taken from me.

Getting that little blue line which told me I was pregnant, and carrying that special feeling for more than a month, gave me emotions I’d never experienced before.

We were looking forward to telling our family about you. To preparing for your arrival. To becoming a family with you.

But all too soon, at the nine-week stage, I experienced bleeding and waves of stomach cramps.

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The Big Hour Tea Time for The Rainbow Trust


Have you ever uttered that phrase “There just aren’t enough hours in the day”?

What if you felt like that was literally true – like time with your loved ones was slipping away?

The children’s charity Rainbow Trust is asking people across the UK to take part in its biggest annual fundraising and awareness campaign known as The Big Hour Tea Time.

The event is centred on that extra hour gained when the clocks go back later this month, highlighting how crucial one hour is for families caring for a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness.

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