Inconceivable? Amenorrhoea, polycystic ovary syndrome and the question of fertility

I wanted to re-post this blog from 2015, which I wrote when I wasn't sure if I'd be able to have children.

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100 squats a day?! Plyometric, mindful training

With my summer holiday to Corsica drawing closer (although it feels like summer has already ended in the UK) I've been increasingly noticing all of my squidgy bits. This week, when trying on bikinis under the rather harsh lights of the store changing room, I felt less than confident about baring my all in public. In a [...]

Runaway success: why not escape real life this weekend? 

When weekdays and weekends seem to get lost in a sea of work, weddings, exercise and life admin, it's all too easy to forget to set aside some time to relax and enjoy yourself with close friends, indulging in each other's company and allowing yourself to unwind. Last weekend, I took a step off the [...]

Bad day? Strategies to fall back in love with exercise

As someone who exercises regularly, reads and writes at length about sports and nutrition and enthuses (perhaps rather overzealously at times) about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, it might seem somewhat surprising for me to admit that sometimes I feel really low on energy and lacking in anything even resembling 'get-up-and-go' (and today is [...]

Thinking of going vegan? It’s not all quinoa and kale.

Last weekend my mother-in-law gave me an article written by journalist Anna Magee, who decided to challenge herself by going vegan for 60 days. Fighting her perception of vegans as 'anaemic-looking, sandal-wearing hippies', she decided to switch her largely meat-based Paleo diet to a vegan alternative, with some interesting, and largely positive results. Social stigma [...]

Why it’s ok to have a girl-crush (or two)

While I was at the climbing wall this week I spotted a girl with the most amazing abs. They were magazine-quality abs, the kind you only see in Women's Health or on Kayla Itsines's Instagram account, but here they were, in real life, without the help of any filters or Photoshop. And her arms, well, [...]