Chronic Body Confidence

Hello, you! I hope you’ve been doing well and being your sassy self! I’m finally back, after not posting for AGES. I’ve set myself the goal of blogging at least once a month but we’ll see how that goes!;) Today, I want to talk to you about CHRONIC BODY CONFIDENCE (my term for body confidence with a chronic illness – quippy, I know;)). I know for so many people, feeling body confident can be a struggle. I consider myself lucky because, until recently, I’ve always been a confident person (sometimes, maybe too confident). However, over the past year, my body confidence has absolutely PLUMMETED. I’ve put on a fair bit of weight as a result of having multiple surgeries in the past 18 months or so, and the pain means I haven’t been able to exercise much at all. Also, I don’t know about you but I’ve found I often can’t be bothered to eat healthily when I’m in pain and very much enter a ‘fuck it, have a burger’ mindset. Of course, nothing’s wrong with this when you’re treating yourself but I have been banqueting like Henry VIII a lot of the days. Something I really struggle with is… View Post

Everyday Champion: Lily Deans

Hello, you!   We need to talk about my gorgeous friend, Lily… An absolute champion who has come through so much. On the 2nd August 2016, Lily’s wonderful dad, Mick Deans, passed away after a valiant battle with a brain tumour. I met Lily that September and we became good pals, she has a heart of solid gold and she’s a brilliant laugh – a highlight of mine was us sitting mid-lecture, desperately refreshing ticket websites to get Take That tickets for our mum’s before they sold out. However, it soon became clear that she wasn’t having the time of her life at uni, as so many people were, but was actually having a really shitty one. Lily messaged me one day to say she’d decided to go home for a bit to sort her head out, I drove her to the station and that was that – she didn’t come back to uni. Here’s the thing though, Lily has watched her dad suffer with his illness, she’s struggled alongside her Mum, Louise, and brother, Harry, with their loss, had a really bloody rough time at uni and she’s STILL STANDING. Here are some things she had to say…  … View Post

Everyday Champion: Gemma

Hello, you! The first of my every day champions is the absolutely, drop dead gorgeous GEMMA. For a long time Gemma suffered with Anorexia Nervosa (an eating disorder characterised by an obsessive need to lose weight, often by not eating and excessive exercise) and after a really shitty struggle, became a CHAMPION of her mental health and came back kicking. Now Gemma models, works bloody hard, exercises and eats well to take care of her body and travels the world! Gemma kindly agreed to be an every day champion, here’s what she had to say…     How I’d describe myself at the time of being unwell: Whenever I think back to that period in my life, to be perfectly honest, it all just seems really rather fuzzy. It’s all just a sedate kind of blur, constant low energy, having the personality of a soggy lettuce, mood swings, attending social functions but only being ‘half there’ due to being so occupied with food, what she’s eating, what I’m eating, estimating how many calories are in this or that, how I look, how she looks, what size she is, do I look like that, etc. And of course there was the… View Post