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Don’t be beaten.

When you live with a long term health condition or illness, to a certain extent you get used to it, plus all that comes with it.
You just kinda get on with it. You have to because what other alternative is there? Do you let it destroy you? Or adapt and make the best of what’s ultimately a shitty situation.

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Sometimes though, life just throws you the unexpected. The hard moments where you NEED to step back and stop tryna just push through it…Yeah these moment suck, they test you mentally, physically and emotionally. They can push you right to your limits, make you wanna throw in the towel and call it quits.

Guess what though? THAT’S OK..It’s ok to feel that way, it’s ok to struggle..Those tough times, they make you who you are, they make you stronger in ways you never thought you would be.

Those hard, unexpected moments, don’t need to beat you. Practice self care, look after you, rest when needed and remind yourself (and anyone reading this) it’s Okay not to be Okay.

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All my love xxx

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Blue Week

It’s officially blue week 2020 aka a week known as the most depressing of the year….

Just know that whatever you’re going through you aren’t alone. That just because someone may be going through worse doesn’t mean your struggles are any less valid. Know it’s ok not to be ok and although it may not seem like it right now, things DO get better.

Don’t make permanent decisions in order to solve temporary problems and if you need help don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for it….2020 is the year of self love, self care and mental health awareness. Look after one another. ❤️❤️

Fitness

Gym, Gains & Getting Going

It’s been almost a year and a half since I started my fitness journey. There’s been a whole load of ups as well as some downs that I genuinely thought I wouldn’t come back from. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve put myself in hospital and I’ve found a bunch of supportive as fuck, kick ass people.

I talked about starting this journey a good six months before I found a personal trainer and stepped a foot in the gym. My mind was torn between thoughts of wether I could actually do this and wether it even mattered what I thought, I just needed to do it

Honestly that first step was the hardest but also one of the best I’ve ever taken in my life.

When I first started it was off the back of being bed bound and I didn’t really have a goal other than to just get my ass there and survive.

Starting an exercise routine is hard enough as your average sedentary person. When you add some chronic pain, seizures and all the other health problems that can come along with them, it’s even fucking harder.

I still don’t have a specific goal other than surviving the session, but the affect regular training has had on me over the last 18months has been incredible, There may not have been some drastic weight loss transformation, but the changes physically and mentally have made every tear or panic attack worth it.

  • I’ve gained a lot more muscle and strength than I thought I ever would.
  • I’ve gained confidence
  • A good 80% of the time I can get off the floor myself if I have a seizure.
  • I’ve learnt the difference between good and bad pain.
  • Physically I cope with high pain days better
  • I’ve gained a little control of my diet. It’s not perfect but it’s also not total chaos.
  • I’ve learnt that weight / the number on the scale is not the be all and end all.
  • I’ve made some really close friends and finally on this list…..
  • I’ve proved in more ways than one I’m stronger than I thought

The main point of this post wasn’t just to tell you what I’ve learnt so far on this never ending journey…. (It’s a lifestyle y’all).

I also wanted to encourage others who may be thinking of working out, getting a personal trainer and taking that first step. Plus those who may be early on in developing a regular exercise routine, yeah it’s gonna suck at times but keeping at it may just change your life.

I dunno if you’ve found my rambling helpful or not. I deffo want to do more fitness type posts including fitness fashion. Us big boobed, plus size girls like to look cute while melting in our own sweat. #Facts

If you’ve got an idea or suggestion for a post let me know and until next time…..

Love Always

Charlotte

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You Have The Power – Blogtober #13

Ok so this post is probably a) not what you expect it’s going to be and b) a little all over the place. Bare with me.

It’s hard not to log on to social media and be bombarded by cliche motivational quotes, inspirational life transformation stories. The if I can do it you can posts. I follow a lot of fitness models so believe me they’re there. You may have a little read, relate, hit the like button, but are you actually inspired? Or motivated? Are you gonna put out your morning ciggie and go for a run? (Yep I’m a dirty smoker)

I read a lot of articles while preparing to write this post and the general consensus was that posting quotes isn’t actually motivational or inspirational at all. It’s just a quick way of racking up the Instagram likes. 

Now I’m 1000% guilty of posting this type of content on my social media feeds. Not because I have any intent on inspiring anyone, but more so because I want to remember said quote myself.


Ultimately though any positive changes I’ve made in life have been down to me. My own real life experiences offer motivation. For example not being able to fit in my favourite jeans any more motivated me to lose weight.

The subject of weightloss leads me talking about body confidence. I’ve said a million times that I love a good selfie, and yeah, watching the number of likes go up on a picture certainly makes me feel good. Likes aren’t everything though. Likes won’t help you when you can’t stand what you see each morning in the mirror. 

I’ve genuinely known girls go out dressed in the most ridiculous and uncomfortable outfits. They aren’t happy but it looks good on Instagram right? We all need to start caring a little less about what our social media followers think and ask ourselves if we like what we’re wearing, if we feel good.

Confidence in general, or specifically body confidence, just like motivation and inspiration comes from within. It comes from you. No amount of quotes or likes can create it.

YOU HAVE THE POWER AND ALWAYS HAVE DONE !! 

Told you this post would seem all over the place but I hope it’s made some sense at least.

Charlotte 

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