My energy journey…

Juggling the demands of work, family and the never-ending list of life admin is hard and tiring. I know, I’m a mum with two young kids and a home and business to run. Let’s face it, when you’re tired, you don’t feel much like exercising or eating healthily. All you really want to do is collapse on the sofa and watch a box set on TV with a packet of biscuits or glass of wine (or maybe both).  If this is how you feel most days and you’re fed up with it, I want you to know that it doesn’t have to be this way.

My own journey as a stressed-out lawyer, mum of two young boys and shock breast cancer diagnosis led me on a path of wanting to feel healthy, strong and energised every day. I know what it’s like to have masses of work stress and how draining that can be. I’ve had my fair share of nights with broken sleep when my boys were very young so I know what it’s like to emerge in the morning feeling barely able to switch my brain on. I also know what it’s like to face a major health challenge and the huge physical, emotional and mental toll that it takes.

What I discovered

throughout these experiences is that the choices I made about my diet and exercise had a direct effect on how I felt and how I coped.

On the days when I chose to prop myself up with caffeine and less than healthy food, my energy levels suffered (especially in the afternoon). I quite often felt a bit overwhelmed. I didn’t sleep well because I was feeling stressed and over-caffeinated. I was tired and wired, which can be a hard cycle to break.

But on the days when I made healthy food choices and went to the gym or for a run, I felt much more energised throughout the whole day and I coped much better.

My journey from lawyer to energy coach

Before I became an energy coach, I spent 16 years working as a lawyer. I knew right from the start that being a lawyer not my calling. I knew there was something else I was meant to do, but it took me a long time to find it.During my years, as a lawyer I experienced the pressure and stress of a demanding and highly intellectual job, which I’d often struggle to switch off from. However, it was my diagnosis of breast cancer in 2014 that finally pushed me towards setting up my own business as an energy coach. You can read more about my breast cancer story here.

My journey into energy coaching began when I finally quit the law into 2016 to become a personal trainer. It was a radical change but one that made complete sense for me given my lifelong passion for fitness and healthy eating and my breast cancer experience.

Fairly soon after I started working as a PT, I knew I could help the clients I worked with in a bigger and more holistic way. I could see that so many women struggle with low energy, lack of motivation and quite often feel overwhelmed. For many of them, feeling energised, fit and healthy seems like an unachievable dream.

I knew I could help them make that dream a reality by working with them to develop healthier habits and mindset which then makes healthy choices become second nature.

I love nothing more than a client getting in touch months after we’ve worked together to say that she is still putting into practice the healthy habits we talked about during her sessions and she’s feeling energised and on top of things, even when life is extremely busy!

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Routines are what give us a sense of order, predictability and knowing where we are. They give structure and purpose to our day. 

Without routines, we feel untethered, displaced and uneasy. Even people who shun the notion of routine, because it seems boring or not spontaneous, can’t deny a sense of displacement when they can no longer do the things they used to be able to do or they have to do them differently.

Routines come into our lives both consciously and unconsciously. 

Conscious routines are made up of the things that we normally choose to do – eating meals at a certain time, exercising, Sunday lunch, walking the dog in the evening. 

Unconscious routines are usually built around things we have to do such as work, childcare, commuting and the school run. 

Either way, routines are normally created over a period of time – much like habits, they form with consistency and repetition. 

If you’re struggling to know where to start with creating new routines or you feel like you’ve lost your sense of routine, take comfort in the fact that you are definitely not alone. It happens to everyone.

So where do you start?

I’m a big believer in the power of morning routines – starting each day with the same practices will set you up having a sense of structure and routine in the rest of your day. 

Things like getting up at the same time, doing some mindfulness, yoga or stretching, making your bed, getting dressed and setting out your goals for the day are all really powerful ways to help get you into a routine mindset. 

Just choose one or two of these things to start with. 

Go easy on yourself and little by little, that sense of routine will start to appear.
Routines are what give us a sense of order, predictability and knowing where we are. They give structure and purpose to our day. Without routines, we feel untethered, displaced and uneasy. Even people who shun the notion of routine, because it seems boring or not spontaneous, can’t deny a sense of displacement when they can no longer do the things they used to be able to do or they have to do them differently. Routines come into our lives both consciously and unconsciously. Conscious routines are made up of the things that we normally choose to do – eating meals at a certain time, exercising, Sunday lunch, walking the dog in the evening. Unconscious routines are usually built around things we have to do such as work, childcare, commuting and the school run. Either way, routines are normally created over a period of time – much like habits, they form with consistency and repetition. If you’re struggling to know where to start with creating new routines or you feel like you’ve lost your sense of routine, take comfort in the fact that you are definitely not alone. It happens to everyone. So where do you start? I’m a big believer in the power of morning routines – starting each day with the same practices will set you up having a sense of structure and routine in the rest of your day. Things like getting up at the same time, doing some mindfulness, yoga or stretching, making your bed, getting dressed and setting out your goals for the day are all really powerful ways to help get you into a routine mindset. Just choose one or two of these things to start with. Go easy on yourself and little by little, that sense of routine will start to appear.
You don’t need me to tell you that the key to consistent healthy eating is….drum roll… planning!!!

Unless you can afford a personal chef, it really comes down to how you plan your meals on a daily and weekly basis and being organised with your shopping and food prep.

Here’s how to make it easy…

💡It’s ok to repeat your favourites
While I encourage you to have plenty of variety in your diet, it’s ok to be a little bit boring when it comes to meal planning. If you’ve got 3 or 4 healthy meals that you know you can throw together quickly and easily, then include them on your meal plan. 
If your go-to recipes aren’t as healthy as you’d like them to be, think about how you can tweak them to make them a bit healthier - switch out the meat for some grains or pulses, use wholegrain pastas and rice, add more veg!!

💡Write everything on your shopping list
Plan your meals and write out your shopping list at the same time. 
Try to include all your meals in your plan, even breakfasts. It’s no good planning to have porridge 3 times a week if you run out of rolled oats on Tuesday. Shopping in this way should also mean you waste less food (good for the environment) and spend less money (good for the wallet)

💡Use “cheat” options
You don’t have to cook everything from scratch all the time. If you are careful with your choices, you can get some very healthy ready-made food from the supermarket. I regularly buy pouches of cooked quinoa and various rice and lentils mixtures and I’m not averse to buying good quality veggie burgers.

💡Plan your snacks
So many people fall down in their mission to eat healthily with their snacking habits. You only need 2 snacks a day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon - MAX!. A piece of fruit or some nuts is usually all it takes, if you’ve had a good breakfast and lunch  For something savoury, some raw veg and hummus. 

💡Don’t crumble at the weekend
Don’t let the weekends be your downfall. You can very easily undo all the good work you’ve done during the week if you are not careful at the weekend too. A bit of thinking ahead can make a huge difference in how you eat (and drink!) at the weekend - and how you feel on Monday morning.
You don’t need me to tell you that the key to consistent healthy eating is….drum roll… planning!!! Unless you can afford a personal chef, it really comes down to how you plan your meals on a daily and weekly basis and being organised with your shopping and food prep. Here’s how to make it easy… 💡It’s ok to repeat your favourites While I encourage you to have plenty of variety in your diet, it’s ok to be a little bit boring when it comes to meal planning. If you’ve got 3 or 4 healthy meals that you know you can throw together quickly and easily, then include them on your meal plan. If your go-to recipes aren’t as healthy as you’d like them to be, think about how you can tweak them to make them a bit healthier - switch out the meat for some grains or pulses, use wholegrain pastas and rice, add more veg!! 💡Write everything on your shopping list Plan your meals and write out your shopping list at the same time. Try to include all your meals in your plan, even breakfasts. It’s no good planning to have porridge 3 times a week if you run out of rolled oats on Tuesday. Shopping in this way should also mean you waste less food (good for the environment) and spend less money (good for the wallet) 💡Use “cheat” options You don’t have to cook everything from scratch all the time. If you are careful with your choices, you can get some very healthy ready-made food from the supermarket. I regularly buy pouches of cooked quinoa and various rice and lentils mixtures and I’m not averse to buying good quality veggie burgers. 💡Plan your snacks So many people fall down in their mission to eat healthily with their snacking habits. You only need 2 snacks a day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon - MAX!. A piece of fruit or some nuts is usually all it takes, if you’ve had a good breakfast and lunch For something savoury, some raw veg and hummus. 💡Don’t crumble at the weekend Don’t let the weekends be your downfall. You can very easily undo all the good work you’ve done during the week if you are not careful at the weekend too. A bit of thinking ahead can make a huge difference in how you eat (and drink!) at the weekend - and how you feel on Monday morning.