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  • Wellness

    Exercise that is actually suitable for beginners

    It’s no lie that since being in a long-term relationship I’ve put on a lot of weight. We like to go out for meals, have movie nights in and eat unhealthy snacks. Exercise seems to have been a thing of the past for me for quite some time now. When I first met Shaun I used to swim 2/3 times a week and I never really snacked in between meals. I actually miss swimming a lot but there was a fire at my local pool and it’s been closed for about a year and a half now. Fingers crossed it’ll re-open soon!

    I’ve never really had an issue with my body, I’ve always been a size 10/12 and I was always happy with this. I’m not saying I loved how I looked because I didn’t. But I also wasn’t unhappy.

    More recently, I feel repulsed by myself and my body. I’ve put on almost 2 stone of weight in three years and I can really notice it. I’m now a size 14 and I feel really unhappy and sluggish and I know I need to do something about it. I’m not saying a size 14 is big because it isn’t, but everyone has their own circumstances and I feel unhappy at this size as I used to be smaller.

    Exercise for ‘beginners’ 

    I’m unfit and I haven’t properly worked out in ages! I don’t know if anyone else gets this problem, but over the last couple of months, I’ve tried various workout videos and routines that claim to be for ‘beginners’. If someone would like to tell me what ‘beginner’ can hold a plank for 1 minute and do a high-intensity workout for 45 minutes then please share?! I’m a beginner and I can hold a plank for a grand total of about 10 seconds!

    I started to get really frustrated at the number of things claiming to be for beginners that wasn’t really aimed at beginners. It made me feel even more crap about myself as I couldn’t even manage the basic moves and this, in turn, made me want to sit and eat pizza as opposed to exercising.

    Exercise that’s actually for beginners! 

    Recently I asked on twitter if anyone could recommend any good YouTube channels for exercise for beginners and someone suggested JessicaSmithTV. All I can say is THANK YOU JESSICA for actually understanding the ability of a beginner. Jessica does a lot of videos that are a walking series which I love as we all know how to walk. This morning (22nd July 2018) I completed my first video of hers which was the HIIT for Beginners: Walking Interval Cardio Workout, Low Impact, Fat BurningIt was honestly the nicest feeling ever to be able to complete 25 minutes of exercise and actually be able to do ALL of it. It pushed me, made me sweat, made my heart race and it was hard at times but I did it and I felt so good afterwards.

    I really wish more people would understand and cater for beginners. But in the meantime, if anyone else wants to get back into exercise and are struggling then I definitely recommend you try out JessicaSmithTV. I’m going to keep trying more of her videos over the next few weeks and I’ll keep you updated with how I get on.

    Happy exercising everyone!

    Charlotte xx


  • Wellness

    When there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel

    I feel like my life has been a big spiral of craziness recently… and I finally feel like there’s light at the end of the tunnel and it’s honestly the best feeling in the world.

    I just want you to all know that if you’re struggling and things seem hard they WILL get better. It might seem like you’re stuck in a black hole and you’re never going to get out of it but you will. 

    For the past 12-18 months, I’ve been struggling so much! I’ve been suffering horrendously with anxiety and my mental health has been all over the place. I’ve mentioned before that my job was making me really anxious and miserable but now I finally have a new job which you can read about here. Since finding out I’ve secured myself a job in a less stressful department I’ve felt like a different person. I can feel the old Charlotte coming back and it’s such a good feeling.

    The number of times that I’ve sat with Shaun with tears streaming down my face and I’ve said ‘I feel like this is all my life is now and I’m never going to be happy again’.

    He kept telling me I was being silly and things would eventually get better, but I felt so trapped in my black hole that I couldn’t see it for myself…. and being stuck in that place is such an awful feeling.

    What I’m looking forward to 

    It’s weird that I’ve gone from feeling so unhappy and upset to being on top of the world. I kind of forgot what it felt like to feel happy and content… But now I have SO much to look forward to!

    • It’s my birthday in May and Me and Shaun are heading to London to watch Aladdin on the West End
    • I’m getting a new camera for my birthday which I can use for blogging and I can’t wait for it!
    • We’re still renovating our house and we’re hoping to move in during June 😀
    • I’m jetting off to Majorca on 30th June with Shaun for a week of pure relaxation
    • I’M GOING TO DISNEY WORLD IN 2019!!! A lot of you probably know the free Disney Dining plan has been released for 2019. Me and Shaun very spontaneously decided we’re going to go May next year for my birthday 😀 We’ve booked to stay in Port Orleans Riverside and it’s going to be such a magical trip.

    I guess the point of this post really is to let you all know that things will eventually get better even if you don’t think they will. Remember you are never alone, there are always people that will listen and help.

    Charlotte xx


  • Wellness

    My experience with Hypnotherapy to help with anxiety

    I’ve never really spoken about this on my blog before but anxiety is something I’ve suffered with for years now. I get easily anxious and stressed and recently it’s been particularly bad. The guy I sit next to at work is a trained hypnotherapist and we had been speaking about the idea of me having a session to see if it helped. For ages I put it off as I was scared, I guess it’s a fear of the unknown! Eventually, I decided that enough was enough and I would book in for a session…. and I’m so glad I did!

    What is hypnotherapy? 

    The best way that I can describe hypnotherapy (and I’m no expert!) is that it’s a way of making suggestions that your subconscious mind can act upon. You’re in a state of relaxation but you’re still 100% in control of what you’re doing. One thing to note if you’re considering hypnosis is that it’s not a magic cure and will really only work if you believe it will and you want it to work.

    I want to give a brief breakdown of how the session went so if anyone is considering hypnosis they have some idea of what to expect. I’m sure all sessions differ, but this is the mains points from my session.

    The session went a little something like this:

    • We started by talking about me and how I was feeling
    • We brainstormed words around how my anxiety made me feel and then we did a second brainstorm of what words I would like to use to replace the negative ones.
    • We then moved onto some fun activities so that I could see how the subconscious mind really works … I ended up with my hand stuck to a surface and also managed to move a pendulum around in circles whilst I thought I was holding it still! I really enjoyed these activities as it’s a great way to see how hypnosis actually works and it was a brilliant way to ease me into the session as I was very nervous.
    • Next up we started to focus on my anxiety. I took myself back to when I last felt really anxious and I could feel the tightness in my chest. We then did activities where I would give the feeling a colour and we ‘took it out’ of me (all by talking to my subconscious mind) and threw it across the room. The weirdest thing is that I could actually feel the tightness leave my chest! It actually felt kind of like magic.
    • Lastly, I was put into a relaxed state but I was still very in control of what I was doing. We went back and started to use the words that were brainstormed at the beginning of the session. My subconscious mind was being spoken to and I could actually feel the negative feelings being replaced with much more positive feelings. The feeling is honestly so strange but it’s so worth it.

    My thoughts on hypnotherapy: 

    I was really scared at first but I’m so glad I took the plunge and did it. I’m not saying that I’m 100% cured of anxiety because I’m not but I can definitely feel a difference in myself. The silly little things that I used to worry about don’t cause me anywhere near as much worry anymore. I feel genuinely more positive and it also feels like a huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. I still get anxious from time to time but during the session, I was also taught ways to help deal with these anxieties and it’s such helpful tools to have. If you’re considering hypnotherapy I 100% recommend giving it a go. The worst that can happen is that it won’t work, but if it does work you’ll wish you had done it sooner.

    The hypnotherapist that my session was with: 

    Obviously, this is only helpful if you live in the same area as me. I’m based in Exeter, Devon and I saw Stuart Heale. He’s very professional and has a very calming manner which made the session relaxed and enjoyable. His website is here. You can also check out the testimonial page here and read about some of the success stories! The session lasted for an hour and I’m thinking of booking another session in. Now I know what to expect, I won’t feel so anxious so think I could really benefit from a second session.

    I hope you enjoyed this post, it’s very different to my usual content but I wanted to share my experience with you. If you have any questions please leave them below (or email me if you’d rather).

    Charlotte xx


  • Wellness

    It’s ok to take a step back!

    So far 2018 has been pretty rough! I feel kind of broken at the moment. I need to take a step back, have some time to myself to recharge and that’s ok! I always push myself to keep going, but at this very moment in time, I need to take a step back from everything.


    The first week of January, I went down with the flu and ended up having 2 weeks off of work as I just couldn’t shift it. Finally, I managed to get back to work and then picked up a cold! It wasn’t until around February 18th that I started to feel human again … and then guess what?! On February 22nd I went down with another cold! As I’m sat writing this I have a box of tissues next to me and a very red nose!


    I felt annoyed at myself for not getting 2 posts up last week … but then I thought to myself ‘why am I even stressing over this?’ We’re all human, we get ill and have bad days. It’s so important to listen to our bodies which is what I did. I knew when I got home from work at 7.15pm I didn’t have it in me to sit and start writing a blog post. Instead, I came home, had a hot bath and watched Netflix.

    On top of all my illness in 2018, we also had the stress of dealing with solicitors and finalising everything with buying our house. I don’t think this helped me at all as my stress levels were through the roof. We’re now very proud homeowners and I’m so excited for everything to come. Right now I’m supposed to be stripping wallpaper, ripping up carpets and doing lots of work on the house. Instead, I’m taking it easy, watching Disney Movies and giving myself the time that I need to recover.


    I guess the point of this post is just to say that it’s ok to not be ok! It’s ok to take time to yourself and take a step back from life every once in a while. If you’re ill or exhausted or stressed out, make sure you listen to your body and take some time for yourself and your wellbeing.

    Charlotte xx

    It's ok to take a step back

  • Wellness

    Christmas traditions

    Isn’t it funny how we all have different Christmas traditions? Everyone around the world will celebrate in different ways and we all have different things we like to do.

    I’m pretty sure my family have stuck to the same tradition for about 20 years! I love everything about Christmas. It’s such a happy time of year with so many lovely things to celebrate. I thought I would share with you some of our Christmas traditions!

    Christmas Eve 

    My mum always prepares food for Christmas lunch on Christmas Eve. When I wake up I always help her out by peeling potatoes and chopping up veg, we always have Christmas music playing in the background making it really festive!

    In the afternoon my family always go bowling and then out for pizza. We’ve been doing this for as long as I can remember. It’s honestly so much fun to get all the family together the day before Christmas; you’ve gotta love a bit of competitiveness with the family!

    In the evening I always sit down with my mum, dad and brother and we watch A Muppets Christmas Carol … and of course, Shaun joins us for this as well now! He also comes bowling with us 😀

    Christmas Day 

    Up at 7 am, sound familiar?! haha. We always get up super early and head downstairs. We open our presents as a family and then have breakfast together. Mum then starts preparing the lunch and I usually play Mariokart with my brother. Around 11 am my grandparents and uncle come over and we open more presents and then sit down for lunch. Mum always does the most amazing Christmas lunch – My favourite is always the roast potatoes and pigs in blankets! In the evening we usually play lots of board games as a family and eat lots of food!

    This year, for the first time in my life I’m actually breaking the tradition! I’ll be waking up at Shaun’s house on Christmas day and spending the morning with his family. His mum is going to cook us Christmas lunch and then we’ll head to mine in the afternoon to see my family! It’ll be strange to break tradition, but I’m still excited.

    Boxing day 

    For as long as I can remember, we’ve always spent boxing day at my Nan’s house. She cooks a second Christmas dinner and it’s always amazing! As some of you know, my Nan very suddenly passed away this year so things will be very odd this year 🙁 I’m so sad that I won’t get to spend the day with her as she loved Christmas… BUT my amazing Grandad is stepping in! With my help, we’re going to do a buffet for the family. There will be cold meats, sandwiches, sausage rolls, pasties etc. I’m so excited to be able to share the time with my Grandad preparing the food and I know my Nan will be very proud of him for stepping up to the challenge! My Nan was like a cooking queen. But I’m sure Grandad can do just as well!

    I’m so excited for Christmas and I’m eagerly counting down the days! How do you spend your Christmas? 

    Charlotte xx