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|Posted on July 20, 2021 at 9:45 PM||comments (30)|
I moved from London to Australia in Sept 2018 and my health was poor. I did not have anything specific that I knew of, I was just exhausted, in pain and constantly getting sick. I had a 10-month-old and a 4-year-old and I had not slept in almost 5-years. I had not been to the Dr for some time as my health was not a priority for me. Keeping my babies alive was my priority and I didn’t exactly have a supportive team of people around me, concerned about my overall well-being. My well-being was largely ignored by my family as well as myself.
After many visits to many Drs and many scans and blood tests I still did not have a formal diagnosis however my Thyroid and Liver were not functioning well and I had large painful Breast Cysts. The Cysts were drained, all kinds of Cancers were tested for and I was left feeling even more miserable. My requests for prescription strength pain killers and sleeping tablets was met with disdain from my GP. I refused a prescription for anti-depressants after googling their side-affects.
One day I took my daughter to a Salt Room to try and help her snoring. In this room I read some Well-being Magazines. I had not read any well-being or glossy magazines in years. A few articles in these magazines sparked some ideas and I decided to start implementing a few stress reduction techniques at home to help me sleep. I also decided to tell my employers that I was “NOT Well” and would not be able to return to work full-time when my maternity leave ended. I made the decision that I would work part-time and spend 12-months trying to “Get Well”. I had no idea where that would take me but I gave myself “permission” to try and be healthy instead of exhausted, sick and tired.
At this time, I also decided to start doing some exercise and educate myself more about nutrition. I discovered near my home a Parkrun group on a Saturday morning and I turned up one morning at 7:00am after 3-hours sleep with a cup of coffee in my hand declaring to anyone near me that I was just walking… If I had to carry a cup of coffee than there was no pressure for me to perform…
Fast forward 2.5-years later. I now have 47 #parkruns in my middle-aged legs and I’m now consistently running sub-26minutes.
When I started more than 2-years ago my goal was just to drag my weary, aching, overweight, sleep-deprived butt out of bed and turn up! Great goal!!
After a few weeks of walking 5kms, I decided to try Jog a bit!! It hurt... but I kept going!
After a few months I decided if I could run the whole 5kms without stopping that would be a good achievement... and I did!
Suddenly I found myself wanting to run sub-30mins and feeling frustrated I could not crack it! Then something miraculous happened - I did a couple of extra runs in the week and presto I started running sub-28mins. Freaking awesome!
By the end of Year 1 @Aplins Weir Parkrun I decided to try get a sub-27minute PB! I smashed it - wholly crap who is this lady?!? Parkrun year 2 was somewhat interrupted by Covid but I kept running and increased my distances and enjoyed setting new goals based on distance not time!
I’m now a few months into Parkrun Year 3! My goal is to consistently run as close to 25minutes as I can!! I set a new PB in January 2021 of 25:05 and even though I’ve jumped up an age group 45-49 I’m still in the top 25 runners most weeks! I’m only racing myself... my goal is to keep consistently showing up! Having fun and keep dragging my tired, middle-aged butt (which is much smaller by the way) out of bed!
My girls are proud of Mummy’s running club on Saturday morning when I disappear for 30-minutes to connect with other adults and enjoy an activity just for myself.
This is just one of many things I did to improve my health and wellbeing and I know that when I eat well (mostly plants), stretch daily, and have an Epsom salt bath if I feel achy, I run so much easier and quicker!
The other things I do for my health and well-being are:
• Stress Management; Mindfulness and Meditation Practice and Breathing exercises.
• Sleep; I prioritise sleep over TV or socialising and I have my own bed-time routine.
• Food; I ensure that I eat The Rainbow and focus on nutrient dense food over processed food.
• Stretching; I stretch daily. 20minutes before bed as well as before and after exercise.
• Listening to my body; my body is an intuitive machine that is constantly sending me messages. I listen to it. I thank it, I care for it and I move it so that all the toxins that build up have the best chance of being removed.
When I started Jogging my goal was NOT to lose weight, run a marathon or impress anyone. My goal was to become healthy. I am 20kgs lighter and I am extremely healthy, and if I want to run a marathon at 45-years of age I know I can.
Here is my advice to anyone; we can all do little things, and big things to improve our health. The first goal should always be - Just turn Up! The rest will follow.
|Posted on March 28, 2021 at 10:50 PM||comments (374)|
In this interview with Natasa Denman from Ultimate 48hr Author we talk about my motivation for writing a book, publishing a book, selling a book and scaling a book.
We unpack the 12 Steps to an Unbreakable Mind, Body & Spirit and discuss a Wellness Mindset and creating a foundation of Sustaining Habits. Less than a year since getting my book in hand it has made it's way around the world in many forms and I'm grateful for all the support I've received. Where to next....watch and see!
|Posted on March 28, 2021 at 10:45 PM||comments (421)|
|Posted on March 28, 2021 at 8:25 AM||comments (412)|
March 12-14th was Retreat 1 for 2021 at the amazing Mission Beach Eco Village.
20 ladies were treated to a wonderful program of health, relaxation, pampering, fun and connection.
Take a look for yourself and if you wish to join us in October (22-24th) drop me a message [email protected]
|Posted on March 28, 2021 at 8:10 AM||comments (1827)|
I was delighted to return to my home town as a guest speaker for International Women's Day with Zonta Charters Towers.
The event was very rewarding and loads of great feedback, connections and book sales helping to raise funds for Zonta.
|Posted on March 28, 2021 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
It was fun to catch up with Matt B Lewis recently who is about to launch an online program to help regional authors and illustrators of children's books achieve their dreams. I am delighted to help him on his mission.
|Posted on March 28, 2021 at 7:50 AM||comments (14)|
It's been a delight to zoom off to the US on a regular basis this year to speak with Eric Micheals from eHealth Radio about my work.
You can catch up on all the interviews on my soundcloud account:
or check out http://ehealthradio.podbean.com/ for loads of amazing interviews on Wellness.
|Posted on January 18, 2021 at 9:15 PM||comments (20)|
My inspiration to create a School of Wellness came from wanting to share information, hints, tips and practical tools that I have learned on my journey to Wellness.
The program relates to the 12 Steps of my book alongside interviews with experts from all over the world as well as downloadable resources, must watch documentaries and links to helpful information.
This content is relevant to individuals, organisations and community services organisations and I'm delighted to share it with people all over the world.
|Posted on January 18, 2021 at 9:00 PM||comments (35)|
This week I'm delighted to travel back to Ayr and Home Hill to meet clients, customers, children and the media.
I have donated my new book; The Koala who Lost his Heart to the Burdekin Library and I will do a reading for children and families in the Ayr Library at 10:30am on Friday 22nd January.
Following which I will host a Wellness Workshop at the Library from 12-2pm. Bookings available here:
I will also catch up with Charlie at Sweet FM to talk about my new Wellness School and plans for Australia Day!
|Posted on December 31, 2020 at 4:50 PM||comments (5)|
I'm delighted to open my Online Wellness School in 2021 and share all my tips for health, wellbeing and self-actualisation.
My 12 Step Program is open to anyone and is a transformational life journey to create long-term health and well-being.
You can register here and make 2021 a year to achieve all your health goals.