I love my body because….

Day 4 of Mel Wells ‘self love week’ 

Today we had to finish this: “I love my body because…”


There was a time in my life when I ‘thought’ I loved my body. 

Recently I uncovered that what I thought was loving my body, was actually denying it the care and respect she truly deserved! 
In reality, I liked being the size that I was. That was it! I didn’t listen to my body!

⏩ Fast forward 8 years, a diagnosis of MS (Multiple sclerosis) & Fibromyalgia. 

🚢>β™Ώ Then the transition from the love of walking/hiking to adopting walking sticks, crutches, a wheelchair & the funkiest mobility scooter ever! And everything has changed, for the better!… I am happier now than I thought possible!

πŸ’š I was so lucky at the end of last year, continuing this year, to be a case study for my friend & yoga teacher Louise Aviles whilst she studied for her Health coaching qualification. (find Louise on Instagram: @louiseavilesyoga)



During this time, I learnt what loving my body really means! I learnt that having a thin waist, and being a size 10 isn’t actually the ONLY reasons to love your body! 

When I questioned my habits that I had when I was 6 dress sizes smaller, they definitely weren’t those that someone would have if they truly loved their amazing body


So… Why do I love my body? Haven’t you paid attention? She’s amazing! 

Everything that I’ve put her through! I haven’t been the kindest to her over the 36 years we’ve been together! 
She’s been starved, I’ve force fed her, self harmed, pushed her beyond capability, ignored her when she’s been screaming at me & she’s given me nothing but unconditional love in return!
She has enough to deal with because of how my MS affects her, so I learned new behaviours, new habits. And now I do my best to show her daily how much I love her! 

All the areas that I used to be negative about on a daily basis, I now focus on telling her why I love them!
I LOVE…
πŸ’ͺ – My shoulders: they’re strong & able to help carry my body using crutches when my legs are to tired.
πŸ™† – My upper arms: they have the strength to enable me to enjoy different exercises


πŸ™ – My wrists: they’re strong for my Yoga & Pilates practice

πŸ‘± – My beautiful face: its unique to me!
πŸ‘™ – My chest: its where the most loyal part of me lives, my heart!

πŸ™‹ – My skin: keeps me together, stretch’s, twists & turns when needed!

πŸ˜† – My smile: it always tells the truth!

γ€° – My stretch marks: they are the marks of my amazing and beautiful journey of my life!

I ❀ ALL OF ME BECAUSE EVERY PART OF ME HAS A STORY TO TELL! 

Thank you for reading this part of my wonderful journey! 
Love yourself for everything that you are, never for what someone thinks you should be! πŸ™

I forgive you for all the heartache you put me through 18-19 years ago

When you’re directed to  the only free isle in the supermarket, you look up and see that the cashier is your ex! 

In that split second you make the choice to stay and start unpacking the trolley! 

She see’s you and flushes! That’s right Vix, you got this, just another person! 

Conversation starts as she packs your bag for you. You talk back in a normal tone, just pleasantries. Forgetting everything that happened in the past, I might have poor short term memory recall skills but my long-term memory is perfect!  
In my head I tell her I forgive her for everything! Because everything that happened 18-19 years ago, shaped who I am today and for that I am grateful​! 

Anyone that knows me from that time in my life, I’m sure you will remember my attitude towards the situation! 

So you will know how momentous this mornings events are! 
This confirms to me that my health coaching sessions are paying off and I am becoming a better version of myself! 

Thank you @louiseavilesyoga 

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Family weekend of quilt free fun!

What an amazing weekend! 

We ate what we wanted, drank what we wanted, took selfies with no make up on, laughed so much we might have pee’d a little and just basically had a flipping incredible time!

I don’t feel guilty about it, neither am I going to punish myself by not eating or exercising until I’ve worked off those extra calories, (frankly that would be impossible!) 
I may think about cutting back a little but it won’t be much different to what I ate/drank before! 

(She says with a cookie in her hand!… Hey its ok, its gluten free! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚)
Life is all about balance!

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Realising I let the negativity in & being ok with that!

Last week I let myself listen to that inner negativity, which is ok to a certain degree, as long as you don’t hold on to it!
That’s where my lesson was! I held on and forgot about all the amazing, positive things in my life. I was being far to critical and hard on myself.

I am so grateful to all the wonderful people that are always there for me, the ones that have my back, the ones that glue me back together! 

I love you all unconditionally! 

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Thank you all so much!

Thanks to everyone that wished me a happy birthday yesterday, you all made it incredibly special! πŸŽ‰πŸ’•πŸ¦„
What an incredible day it was! Waking up with my most precious humans singing to me, showered in wonderful gifts, video calls from Mummy in Cyprus & Daddy in Norfolk, and all the notifications that you beautiful people sent me!
Lunch was spectacular as always, at The Tarro Lounge in Hinckley, gluten free as well, perfect! I think we could have stayed there all day but we were needed back home at The Manor! 
I don’t think we were home more than 30 minutes when the Fugly Manor Madness began! 

Guest arriving after guest, as one left another appeared, it was perfect! 

Even had a mini clubbercise from Kate & Deb (watch out for that video! πŸ˜‚) 
I say it every year, I feel like the luckiest person alive to have so many amazing people in my life!

Sisters, Brothers, friends & blood, my tribe! I love you all so much & I feel it back! 
Life is amazing, thank you for being a part of it & making it so magical! 

I would love to tag you all in this post but that would be near impossible! Just know that my thank you is to everyone! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜šπŸ’—
πŸŽ‰πŸ’—πŸŽ‰πŸ’—πŸŽ‰πŸ’—πŸŽ‰

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