Back in July last year I got really poorly with a chest infection, a cold and stress! I just couldn't seem to get better and it was a busy time with seeing my daughter off to university. I had to stop exercising for a while but I have really struggled to get back into it. Now this happens to us all from time to time but what with needing to support my mum and dad a bit more as well as an already busy schedule, I have had to accept I can't do it all. But the stress has overwhelmed me at times and I now have a recurrence of hip bursitis that my osteopath told me is probably made worse by - stress! I knew I needed to take some time out for the all important 'me time'.
And as if by magic, Laura popped into my inbox. Invited me along to try out some Pilates in her Zen Den and have a chat and asked if I would like to review her Pilates and Wellbeing business on my blog.
Now I don't believe we should keep taking on so much and sometimes it is exercise that has to 'give' in our busy schedules, I read an article recently that explained if you are trying to get a bit healthier, eat better and lose some fat, we shouldn't go in all guns blazing with a full on diet plan and exercise regime. All that happens is that it is too much and we end up failing - but we haven't failed at all - we just can't sustain so many new habits all at once. Small, sustainable changes are what we need. If exercise is your thing that is fine, but it's not my thing so I need encouragement and accountability to keep it up.
There are at least 34 symptoms of the menopause - and whilst we openly discuss and even laugh about hot flushes - there are still many taboos around discussing a lot of the issues we women face. There's the chin hairs, sudden brain fog and not remembering someone's name, painful sex or loss of libido and urinary incontinence for starters.
With November being Bladder Health Month I was asked if I would be willing to share some information about urinary incontinence on my blog. In the UK around 7 million women have some degree of incontinence and find it embarrassing and hard to talk about. It is a condition that can leave them feeling debilitated, embarrassed and unable to engage in day to day activities. For these millions of women the physical and psychological impact upon their lives can be huge.
So what can we do about it, what help is available?
This is such a common dilemma and a question I see time and time again on Facebook groups and Instagram - why am I not losing weight - I am being so good, what is going on? So when I saw my friend Bev, a certified health coach, nutritionist and behaviour change coach, had written about weight loss on her page I asked her if I could share her tips on my blog as her advice is so simple and so honest.
And a note about my own ongoing journey. I did The SSS Plan from The Body Coach, stuck to it and lost the weight I had slowly allowed to creep on. Being small it isn't much but I felt much fitter and much better. I then had a few hormonal issues (understatement there - full on perimenopause) anyway mostly now I concentre on calories in (what I eat) and calories out (how much I move - I try to do two weight bearing workouts a week) and having educated myself over the last few years this works. See what Bev has to say - simple habit changes really are the best approach.
There is a growing demand for a much more eco-friendly approach to fashion and what we are buying, whether it be buying less, shopping our wardrobes or choosing nearly new. So it is good to hear about brands that are offering an ethical approach. And Asquith London are one of those brands, they have created a stylish collection of the very best in sustainable activewear.
When I was asked again if I would like to choose some items to try out from the new AW/19 range from Asquith I couldn't resist the splash of colour from their new teal shade. Teal is a colour that suits everyone but is often overlooked. It didn't disappoint when it arrived, perfect for autumn and perfect to inspire me back into the gym but what I really love about Asquith is that everything is so soft, it is perfect for relaxing in at home - or as seen here, walking my dogs!
Let me take your through their ethical and sustainable credentials as well as tell you about this lovely outfit.
Welcome to Fifty & Fab, a lifestyle blog celebrating women. I am a blogger with a passion for writing about style, beauty, health and fitness with a focus on the over 50's. I am based in Marlow but work across London and the South East.
Hi, I’m Michelle and my blog Fifty & Fab is all about my journey into and through my fifties. I share style tips, health and fitness inspiration, I talk about my holidays and days out and I tell you about my beauty regime and my lifestyle. I hope you might pick up a tip or two and get some inspiration!
Join my mailing list (below) for regular updates and don’t forget to look at my social media pages too..
Subscribe to receive regular blog updates by email: