|If there’s one thing the past few months have shown us, it’s that home fitness is for life – not just for lockdown. At the start of 2020 who could have envisaged workouts on your bedroom floor, let alone being able to take classes with some of your favourite instructors without leaving your house?! With so many people becoming huge converts to working out and taking classes at home, this is the perfect time for a new, exciting indoor fitness brand to launch – and so I’d love to introduce you to Apex Rides. |
Last month saw us celebrate World Chocolate Day, and so I decided to experiment in the kitchen to create a vegan chocolate cookie recipe – and I’ll be honest, I liked it so much I just thought I’d share it with you guys! Easy to make, easy to adapt to your own taste, and from my expert tasting panel (my husband and our neighbours…!) very well received! This recipe also allowed me to use one of my fave vegan chocolate treats – Miiro peanut chocolates (and these were very kindly #gifted to me by Miiro).[Read more…] about Recipe: Vegan Chocolate Chip and Oat Cookies
As you guys know, I am currently on my Invisalign UK journey – after years of being so unhappy with my crooked teeth I am finally working on straightening them and getting the smile I’ve always wanted. And there’s one person I couldn’t do this without, and that’s my wonderful Orthodontist Dr Chaw Su Kyi . Whilst many dental practitioners are able to oversee an Invisalign journey, I decided to work with a specialist orthodontist like Dr Kyi as she is an expert in understanding about tooth movement, facial development and jaw alignment.
When you straighten your teeth it can then affect your facial structure as well as create problem further down the line without proper forward planning and preparation, so whilst there were many people who could have supplied and fitted my Invisalign braces for me, I wanted someone who understood what I wanted to achieve, and who would able to properly plan my tooth movement as there is so much to change with my smile as crooked as it was. I also wanted to make sure those changes would be sustainable and reduce any potential future problems. Dr Kyi carried out another 3 years of study and training on top of her 5 year Dental Degree, so I knew my teeth were in the most capable hands.
Before my Invisalign retainers were even made, Dr Kyi performed an Itero 5D scan of my entire mouth, showing not only the position of all of my teeth, but also what was going on with their health – looking for any potential cavities, impacted wisdom teeth, or weakening of the enamel – all of which should require treatment before Invisalign braces are fitted, but that can only be seen using an Itero 5D Scanner. As this was such a big journey for me to undertake, I wanted to do it in the best and safest way and most importantly make sure everything was done properly.
My top 6 front teeth are all veneers that I had fitted almost 20 years ago, and honestly I regret them. I didn’t do much research, my choice of dentist was mainly influenced by price and as a result I didn’t get the perfectly straight smile I originally wanted, and in fact I’ve had major issues with my thickest veneer. So you can see why I wanted to get every single step of my Invisalign journey right, which it is thanks to working with such an experienced orthodontist.
All that and of course there are the clinic locations of Hammersmith and Harley Street – both super convenient to visit for check-ups in my busy schedule!
I guess what I’m trying to say is that if a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly, and working with someone you can trust completely. And I’m lucky that Dr Chaw Su Kyi is exactly that 🙂
As you know if you’ve been following me for a while, my fitness journey has spanned many years, and has seen me completely transform the way I look and feel. Whilst not easy or quick, with hard work and determination I’ve been able to get myself to a place where I finally feel confident about my body and what it can do, and knowing that I’ve done this with my own dedication and discipline makes it all the more rewarding. But there are still things about my appearance that don’t make me happy, and that up until very recently I thought I would never be able to change – namely my crooked and crowded bottom teeth that I always hide when I smile. But after years of trying to hide away the bottom half of my mouth, I am now incredibly excited to be starting my journey with Invisalign UK and becoming the latest member of their #SmileSquad to help me achieve the smile I’ve always wished for.[Read more…] about #ad From Fitness Journey to Smile Journey with Invisalign UK
It can be said for so very many things in life that you “don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone”- and for me, sadly, this once upon a time included my hair. As a child I had long, thick, and quite frankly unruly hair, and as a teenager I did as most teens do and experimented with several different hair colours. I always looked after my hair though, which is why the shock and stress of suffering hair loss a few years back hit me so hard. So just how did I go from finding handfuls of hair on my pillow to getting my thick mane back?
*Please note my stay at the Grange City was #gifted by Grange Hotels*
Holidays, weekends away and time off seem like something you should have in abundance once you become a self-employed freelancer. However the reality is getting and taking time off happens much more rarely than it did even when I worked a corporate desk job – as a freelancer you get programmed to think that time is money, and in turn time off is money lost. In my line of work it can also be tricky to keep clients on track in your absence, as well as finding reliable cover for fitness classes.
However, my stay this weekend at the Grange City Hotel made me realise how easy it can be to take a relaxing spa break even in my home city and feel rested and rejuvenated – and yet still able to take the tube home. After we finished work on a Friday night, my husband and I checked into the Grange City and enjoyed everything the hotel has to offer, and all without the hassle of trains or planes, or me having to alter my work schedule. And yet we enjoyed fantastic views, healthy food choices, a well equipped hotel gym and beautiful spa facilities. To be able to put on my bikini and enjoy swimming in a 25m pool (such a rarity to find a pool so big in London!) after a great workout on a Saturday morning before breakfast felt like the ultimate weekend getaway treat.