September is PCOS Awareness Month

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a serious genetic, hormone, metabolic and reproductive disorder – and I have it. It is the leading cause of female infertility and other severe conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, liver disease and severe anxiety and depression. 

Tips for the overworked professional

Are you suffering from job burnout? Lockdown has made some of us work harder than ever. I am currently working 16-hours on flexible furlough. I am finding that I’m trying to fit what I would usually do in 40 hours into this time. You may also be a working professional, managing the running of a house and chasing the kids around too. Here are some of my relaxation tips to help get your mind refocused and off work.

It’s ok to be on a diet

I can’t believe that I am writing an article called ‘It’s ok to be on a diet’. After having some backlash in my DM’s telling me it is not a good idea to promote my weight loss, I felt compelled to reply. Being told I’m a trigger, and that I should be a positive body advocate is hurtful. I am not restricting calories, cutting out vital nutrients and encouraging people to damage their bodies – I am helping mine to become more powerful. I just wanted to share the joy I have got from my achievements.

One of the pictures that sparked the unsolicited DM’s. For my virtual Slimming World meeting we dressed in our summer holiday outfits. As a group we realised we probably won’t get a summer vay-cay, so made the most the good weather at home instead. I felt amazing and collected my 1 and 1/2 stone award too.

Love yourself in a bikini

How do you find contentment on the beach? Deep down we know people are not really looking at you, and they are not judging us for our size and how many love handles we may or may not have, but we all have that ‘moment’ before we go away about being seen in a bikini.

I am not always comfortable in my body (currently a curvy size 20), but ultimately, I will be on my holiday trying to get an all-over tan, with as few white bits as possible. It really is mind over matter. Here are some of my tips on how you can love yourself in a bikini.

XelHa
Unsurprisingly, I could not find many pictures of me in my swimwear. This one is a rather pink me, I am ginger skinned after all, in my tankini at Xel-Ha in Mexico in September 2017.