In this post, I want to introduce you to my wonderful friend Muireann Carey Campbell, better known online as fashion and lifestyle blogger Bangs and a Bun.
Bangs and I met via Twitter a few years ago – hurrah for social media! You may remember I was lucky enough to be part of Team Bangs 2 back in 2011. Team Bangs were a group of women who, under Muireann’s leadership, ran our very first ever half marathon.
Bangs and I have remained firm friends and actually have a little co-brainstorming love going on, whereby we run our ideas past each other and give each other pep talks when we are faced with work dilemmas and ideas.
I invited Bangs to give a little insight to how she got started in blogging, and to share her top tips with us here on Dexterous Diva.
DD: Tell us a little about you and what you do.
I’m Bangs. I write two blogs: Bangs and a Bun is more fashion and lifestyle focused and Spikes & Heels, which is a fitness site for badass women. I also do some freelance writing and public speaking about pretty much anything fashion or fitness related. Read More >
Last month I was super thrilled to announce that Sweaty Betty have asked me to be one of their Fit Crowd ladies. We are a team of 20 bloggers who will bring you the latest news from Sweaty Betty, and will hopefully inspire you with our workouts.
Now, as you all know I have chronic endometriosis and chronic fatigue syndrome, so what business do I have being a fitness ambassador? This is what I love about this campaign; The Fit Crowd is a mixture of athletic and honed babes along with those of us who aren’t so active, either due to health, life, motherhood, or whatever. We are a mixed bunch of abilities and personalities so if you follow the hashtag #thefitcrowd on Twitter you can read about all that we get up to. Some of the ladies are from Team Bangs 2! the group of lovelies I ran my first ever half marathon with in 2011.
Currently I still run but also cycle more and yoga is my main meal of exercise as I manage my CFS and Endo symptoms. I pretty much live and die in my yoga gear, and I go to the wonderful Time for Health in St Ives which has a fabulous team and a gorgeous studio. Any downward dog fans will be pleased to know that these new Vinyasa Capri Pants have just hit the stores (and I have my beady eye on them!).
Now, if you love Sweaty Betty clothes as much as I do, here is your chance to win yourself some goodies! Sweat and Snap is a competition offering £150 worth of Sweat Betty clothes to splash out on.
Full details of the challenge are here and the rules are ever so easy peasy.
1. Take your take a photo of yourself wearing your favourite workout outfit.
2. Tweet the picture to @SweatyBetty_UK
3. Include the hashtag #TheFitCrowd
The deadline is the 31st March so get snapping!
Disclaimer: Sweaty Betty invited me to be a Fit Crowd member and as such I received sponsorship in the form of goods.
It’s official. Thanks to my training for Cycletta this Autumn, I have rediscovered my love of cycling.
When I lived in London and commuted fom Hackney to Queens Park I invested in Steve, my trusty Specialized steed who took me along the canal and back every day to work. I loved it, and spent weekends in Epping forest getting muddy doing the trails ( ok the easy ones, but still). I loved Steve and getting outside.
Fast forward to working from home and being a mum of young twins and it’s easy to let things we enjoy slip. My journey with Team Bangs 2 last Autumn re-ignited my exercise routine and I was super thrilled to complete my first ever half marathon.
With Cycletta in the mix this year I am now addicted to being outdoors exercising every day if I possibly can. I have even set myself some new goals, including a century ride ( 100 miles in one day), and completing the Coast to Coast sea to sea cycle route.
I love running and riding for different reasons; running I see as a personal challenge, the miles I put under my legs are hard work but I love the accomplishment. Riding I love getting from a to b, seeing the countryside in a new way and i in stops for tea (and often cake). Yesterday Miles and I grabbed an hour to cycle around Graffham Water – things are incredibly stressful right now as we nurse my lovely Grandad in his final days, and just for that hour I felt like a kid, cycling with the wind in my hair and the water beside me. Exercise and fresh air are healing, I have no doubt about it.
I even heard myself say yesterday ” I would much rather have a hybrid bike than an iPad” .
Now, there’s progress.
You will find me tracking my rides and runs on Endomondo if you are also a member.
Never one to make life easy for myself, I am currently training for Cyletta, a women’s 40k bike ride in Brighton in 2 weeks time, and Run to the Beat, my second attempt at the half marathon debut I made last year with Team Bangs on the Run.
As an endo warrior exercise is a hugely important part of my health and well being regime, also one that needs to be balanced carefully (see my post on Spikes and Heels for more about training with a chronic illness). Read More >
On today’s training ride for Cycletta I realised a few things:
1. My bum hurts when I wear a dress, leggings and Converse as opposed to proper cycling stuff.
2. I am a lot less fit than I was last year and I have a half marathon and 40k bike ride to train for.
3. The Fenlands are beautiful, actually, in Summer – I love the sticks although I miss London terribly. Maybe I need a pad in both…#dreamondreamer…
4. Today its that hazy heat that reminds me of nearly school holidays, playing outside all the time, and art on a Friday afternoon at school.
5. I love being outside.
What did you do this Friday afternoon? x
The Scream by the fabulous Edvard Munch
This week I had a very frightening lesson.
I would like to share it with you, as my story is, sadly, not a rare one.
So. As Diva readers know I am a mum of twins with endometriosis, a journey I document here on the blog. Tiring, right? Oh, and I run my own business. And have just started a very strong treatment of Zoladex for my endo. All very good reasons to be tired. Read More >
Yesterday I had my second Zoladex injection.
I finally took the plunge last month after 15 years of trying to avoid it; previously, I had been concerned about preserving my fertility. In some cases there is a risk of not coming back out of the menopause when you finish the 6 month course of injections. Also, the side effects of combined Zoladex and the HRT add-back hormone (I am on Livial) read like a who’s who of No Thank-You’s. Read More >
I love this image, which has appeared on a couple of blogs I love this week, Swiss Miss and Nextness but hails from Melissa Easton Design.
I am such a list person. Whether post-it notes, notebooks in my handbag, massive mindmaps on rolls of wallpaper or my current favourite, Wunderlist, the art of list-making has always been a huge part of my life. But do they help and inspire us, or are they self-imposed restrictions? Read More >
On Operation Fit and Fabulous we have been gradually building up the list of good habits to get into.
So far, we have on the list as tasks
• Drink 2 litres of water a day
• Dry skin brushing daily
• Being good to yourself
• Eating 5 a day
• Exercising for 1 hour 3 times a week
• Getting enough sleep
All common-sensical, right? Well yes, but we don’t often remember to do them all, and health and resulting fabulousness suffers. Read More >
Last Sunday I ran the Nike Run to the Beat with my Team Bangs ladies.
I have been training for this event since May, as those of you who followed my progress will know.
It has been a really, really busy Summer. Since July it has been non-stop with house move, hen party organising, training, wedding and family stuff, then half marathon. Suddenly, my weekends are empty. Read More >