SURVIVE Definition: "continue to live or exist, especially in spite of danger or hardship." Synonyms: remain alive · sustain oneself · cling to life · pull through · get through · hold on · hold out · make it · keep body and soul together · continue · remain. THRIVE Definition: "grow or develop … Continue reading From Surviving To Thriving: Mental Health Awareness Week & Eating Disorder Recovery
Hello! So I know I've been slacking with these blogs, but between finishing my dissertation and revising for my final year exams, blogging has had to take a back seat. However, when I heard that May is Mental Health Awareness Month, I knew I had to contribute. I am a huge advocate of opening up … Continue reading Eating Disorders Need Science Not Stigma – Blowing Up The Myths Around ED.
The truth is, we are not born hating our bodies. We are not born with the impulse to diet, to lose weight, to change the way we look. Yet somewhere along the way, we learn to distrust ourselves. When I was around 15 years old I lost all sense of trust with my body. I … Continue reading Start Trusting Your Body.
I think it's a question we ask ourselves far too infrequently, if ever at all. Loving ourselves can sometimes seem like an impossible feat, especially on the days when all we want to do is criticise ourselves and fall into a hole of self hate. I may preach self love on the regs but that doesn't … Continue reading What Does Self Love Mean To You?
The other day I posted the above image on my Instagram, along with a lengthy debate with myself on the issue of body positivity in the fitness industry, and I was unusually (but pleasantly) surprised by the feedback I received following the post. So I thought I would delve a bit deeper and instead of … Continue reading Is It Possible To Be A Body Positive Personal Trainer In The Fitness Industry?
The above photographs show the difference between the way I am now, and a few years ago at my lowest weight. I use these photos because they are the most shocking contrasts, and they are the ones that makes people stop and notice, and maybe even read what I write. However, these pictures say nothing of my eating disorder. In truth, … Continue reading Eating Disorders Awareness, Week Part 1: Recovery = Gaining More Than Just Weight.
Every time I sit down to write a blog, I second guess myself. I question whether I am actually in a position to preach this stuff (when half of the time even I struggle to practice it), or whether it's actually needed/useful to anyone out there. But then I remember snippets of conversations I hear … Continue reading I Am Enough.