‘Eat Sweat Play’ And How Sport Has Changed My Life

I pull on my green bib. I’m GS today – Goal Shooter, that is – and do a mini fist pump inside. A year ago, when I started netball again, I wanted to shoot but my skills didn’t match my ambition. I was too out of practise, and often delegated to a different position. But now? I know where I’m best. Shouts of ‘Come on Greens!’ echo as we take the first centre pass. The…

‘Fat People Too’ – Spoken Word Poetry Video

Here it is folks, my first spoken word video – ‘Fat People Too’ is a poem expressing my feelings about being plus size, life on the bigger side and lack of representation of overweight people when it comes to eating disorders. This is just about my experience. I hope you like it. Here’s the poem written in full: I’m fat. There, I said it. Not that the world ever lets me forget it. Don’t think…

Why I’m Coming Off The Contraceptive Pill

…and no, it’s not because I want to get pregnant! Up until recently, taking the contraceptive pill felt like a non-negotiable thing for me. I’ve been taking it since university – that’s around 4 years of pumping hormones into myself on a daily basis and messing about with my natural cycle. But lately, I’ve seen more and more women on the internet coming forward to talk about their experiences on the pill and why they’re…

A Love Letter To My Body

I know you may be surprised at the title of this letter, as I’ve treated you with such great unkindness for so long. I’ve felt separate to you for such a long time, like you’re letting me down, like you’re holding me back – but I know now, that wasn’t your fault. It was mine. You used to be something I was proud of, all long slender limbs and strong shoulders from years of laps…

What I’ve Learned From Running Five 10ks in Six Months

I know what you’re thinking – why put yourself through it? The reason I decided to sign up for 5 distance runs in 2016 was firstly, to give myself a physical challenge and a reason to push myself, and secondly, to raise money for eating disorder charity Beat. I did my first ever 10k last September and thoroughly enjoyed it, and knew I wanted to sign up for more in 2016, but wondered how I…