Back in January I wrote about taking a break from any formal exercise, I'd had a very busy time and been struggling to get my hormones balanced with perimenopause so I was feeling rather overwhelmed and decided I needed to be a bit kinder to myself. It was just what I needed. It gave me time to catch up with other projects, time to allow the new HRT regime to start working and time to just relax a bit.
About eight weeks ago the time felt right to get back to some sort of structure with exercise and eating. We'd had a fun but full on alcohol and eating weekend away in Krakow. I looked in the diary and knew I had early holidays coming up - South of France and Turkey in June. I felt back to my normal self, I had more energy and more enthusiasm (see my HRT post here).
If you are a regular reader of my blog then you will know that I have been on a mission to improve my health, sleep better and overcome the challenges that menopause and being over 50 have bought me. I often share my thoughts and what has worked for me. Indeed one of the main motivators for starting my blog was for some accountability! I was contacted recently by Serious Readers and asked if I would like to try, and write about, one of their specialist reading lights. One of my goals has been to reduce screen time and therefore blue light and read more at bedtime to help improve my sleep quality - so I was really interested in finding out more.
I chose the Serious Readers Alex Floor Light with a lightweight base so I can move it easily and a brass finish to complement the decor in my house. I had two places I wanted to try the light. In my bedroom for bedtime reading and in my lounge for close-up tasks like sewing and reading.
I was delighted to do the cover reveal for Unscripted by Claire Handscombe on my blog back in December and now I am reviewing it on launch day. If you are looking for novel recommendations for your summer holiday beach reads then take a closer look! I am already getting a good stock of books to read from my sun lounger in Turkey!
I have however, been a bit of a slow reader this month - I've been out a lot and very busy - so I have to own up to not finishing the book yet. But I am enjoying it and have reached the point where I am keen to turn the pages and find out what happens next!
Talking and sharing my perimenopause symptoms is incredibly personal and I have wondered if I am happy to do so but I do believe that my journey to HRT and what has happened to me, what I have found out, might help someone else who is suffering in perimenopause and needs some support and advice during menopause. And with Carol Vorderman all over the papers again this week talking about HRT and how it changed her life, I thought I'd be brave, I do believe we need to be more open about menopause, so here goes ...
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!
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