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 their coaching sessions and they’re feeling energised and on top of things, even when life is extremely busy!

I’m passionate about good nutrition and I love to spend time in my kitchen developing healthy, energising recipes. I also love horse riding and have recently taken up competing in dressage (at a very beginner level!).

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Yesterday I felt completely zapped.⁠
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I had a heavy cold.⁠
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My two kids were at unexpectedly at home, supposedly doing home learning, but mostly making a huge mess out of bits of cut-up cardboard boxes. ⁠
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My Monday was NOT turning out like I'd planned.⁠
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😡I  felt the frustration start to kick in.⁠
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😤 I felt resentment that I couldn't get my stuff done, due to said cold and children being at home. I was too ill to exercise.⁠
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😩 I began to worry about all the work I was not getting done.⁠
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Then I realised that I was expending A LOT of energy on things I have no control over. And what I needed to do was restore my energy. rather than using it up on pointless endeavours of fear and worry.⁠
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So, after a morning of fighting those feelings, I let them go. And I asked myself what did I really need? ⁠
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The answer was clear. I needed to rest to get over this cold. ⁠
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So I gave myself permission to go to bed. Something I very rarely do doing the day. ⁠
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And here's what happened:⁠
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*The boys did next to no home learning (but I'm still fairly sure they'll pass their GCSEs when they come to do them)⁠
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*I moved a few things around work-wise and realised that nothing was really time-critical (an advantage of being self-employed)⁠
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*The lounge got covered in bits of cardboard, cupcake crumbs and hamster bedding (nothing a quick hoover can't fix).⁠
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If you've got kiddos at home unexpectedly or your day's plans go arse up for some reason, ask yourself what do YOU need? It could be a short rest, a walk, a rant or a sleep. ⁠
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Find ONE THING to lift your energy. It doesn't have to take long, but it can make such a difference. ⁠
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You just have to give yourself permission.
Yesterday I felt completely zapped.⁠ ⁠ I had a heavy cold.⁠ ⁠ My two kids were at unexpectedly at home, supposedly doing home learning, but mostly making a huge mess out of bits of cut-up cardboard boxes. ⁠ ⁠ My Monday was NOT turning out like I'd planned.⁠ ⁠ 😡I felt the frustration start to kick in.⁠ ⁠ 😤 I felt resentment that I couldn't get my stuff done, due to said cold and children being at home. I was too ill to exercise.⁠ ⁠ 😩 I began to worry about all the work I was not getting done.⁠ ⁠ Then I realised that I was expending A LOT of energy on things I have no control over. And what I needed to do was restore my energy. rather than using it up on pointless endeavours of fear and worry.⁠ ⁠ So, after a morning of fighting those feelings, I let them go. And I asked myself what did I really need? ⁠ ⁠ The answer was clear. I needed to rest to get over this cold. ⁠ ⁠ So I gave myself permission to go to bed. Something I very rarely do doing the day. ⁠ ⁠ And here's what happened:⁠ ⁠ *The boys did next to no home learning (but I'm still fairly sure they'll pass their GCSEs when they come to do them)⁠ ⁠ *I moved a few things around work-wise and realised that nothing was really time-critical (an advantage of being self-employed)⁠ ⁠ *The lounge got covered in bits of cardboard, cupcake crumbs and hamster bedding (nothing a quick hoover can't fix).⁠ ⁠ If you've got kiddos at home unexpectedly or your day's plans go arse up for some reason, ask yourself what do YOU need? It could be a short rest, a walk, a rant or a sleep. ⁠ ⁠ Find ONE THING to lift your energy. It doesn't have to take long, but it can make such a difference. ⁠ ⁠ You just have to give yourself permission.
There are times of the year when it seems even harder to find the time to focus on yourself. 

Like the school holidays. Kids at home. Routines go out the 🪟.

The lack of routine is nice in one sense (i.e. no rushing around in the morning) but in other ways, it can be much harder to be consistent with other important things. Like regular exercise.

By the end of August, you’re craving that routine and structure and feeling desperate to get going again with exercise, healthy eating and looking after yourself. 🏃‍♀️🥦🧘‍♀️

But the truth is this stop/start approach does not serve you well.

Leaving it until September to start does not serve you well.

I know it can seem really hard - almost impossible - to think that you can create and maintain a proper exercise routine over the summer holidays (or in fact any period of your life when things get really busy and/or unstructured).   

My life gets like that too.

But you CAN do it.

Here’s how…

✅ You start with inspiring goals that you are 100% committed to.
✅ You have a step-by-step action plan to get you there.
✅ You have a coach, cheerleader and community to support you every step of the way.

If this sounds like what you need, to get:
☑️structure 
☑️routine 
☑️loads of support and motivation for your summer fitness🏃‍♀️,

⚡️I can help you⚡️

I’ve just launched a brand new programme called Energise & Achieve which I’d love for you to be part of. 

For more details check the link in my bio.

#summerfitness 
#fitmums 
#fortyandfit 
#fiftyandfit 
#californiadreaming
There are times of the year when it seems even harder to find the time to focus on yourself. Like the school holidays. Kids at home. Routines go out the 🪟. The lack of routine is nice in one sense (i.e. no rushing around in the morning) but in other ways, it can be much harder to be consistent with other important things. Like regular exercise. By the end of August, you’re craving that routine and structure and feeling desperate to get going again with exercise, healthy eating and looking after yourself. 🏃‍♀️🥦🧘‍♀️ But the truth is this stop/start approach does not serve you well. Leaving it until September to start does not serve you well. I know it can seem really hard - almost impossible - to think that you can create and maintain a proper exercise routine over the summer holidays (or in fact any period of your life when things get really busy and/or unstructured).   My life gets like that too. But you CAN do it. Here’s how… ✅ You start with inspiring goals that you are 100% committed to. ✅ You have a step-by-step action plan to get you there. ✅ You have a coach, cheerleader and community to support you every step of the way. If this sounds like what you need, to get: ☑️structure ☑️routine ☑️loads of support and motivation for your summer fitness🏃‍♀️, ⚡️I can help you⚡️ I’ve just launched a brand new programme called Energise & Achieve which I’d love for you to be part of. For more details check the link in my bio. #summerfitness #fitmums #fortyandfit #fiftyandfit #californiadreaming