Category: life

June 29, 2017 | life

Transformation in More Ways Than One

Back in May, I started a six week training program with personal trainer, Dan Chapman. I needed a new challenge – it seemed like I’d just been teaching spin and doing nothing else for ages. I wanted to get stronger but had no idea where to start or how to go about it. Considering I...

Continue Reading

May 29, 2017 | life

Food, Exercise and Finding Balance

Food has always been an issue for me. I’ve had a problematic relationship with it for as long as I can remember. I’ve been an insanely picky eater since I was a child and I just never grew out of it. I wrote a big feature about it for ELLE last year which kick started...

Continue Reading

May 15, 2017 | life

Do I Intimidate You?

As women, we’re living in a time where we’re told to lean in, take our seat at the table and speak up. You hear all that and it makes you feel all HELL YEAH, but the reality is, putting it into practice makes people pretty uncomfortable. I think those who know me would most definitely...

Continue Reading

May 10, 2017 | life

Operation: Get Me Stronger

For someone who works in fitness, I don’t often take care of my body too well. I batter it every day with workouts, don’t spend as much time stretching as I should and probably don’t get enough rest. Though logically, I know that’s not great, somehow I just get used to pushing those limits. And...

Continue Reading

April 14, 2017 | life

On Grieving

It’s coming up to six months since my pup, Stringer Bell, passed away. To know me is to know how utterly besotted I was with that little nutcase. The three months between his lymphoma diagnosis to his passing were three of the hardest I’ve had, but the levels of the grief I’ve felt since his...

Continue Reading

March 5, 2017 | life

Oh Blogging, Where Art Thou?

November will mark the 10th anniversary of this blog. Ten frikkin’ years. What a ride. When I started Bangs & a Bun, in a freezing cold bedroom in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, no way could I have dreamed up where it has taken me. Back in ’07, blogging was yet to really become a thing....

Continue Reading

March 1, 2017 | life

I Fell Out of Love With Running & It Feels Great

I had a steady five year long love affair with running. Well, it wasn’t all love, if I’m being all the way honest. It started with a pretty intense hatred, downgraded to mild annoyance and after an epiphany or two, got elevated to euphoria and general runner-love smugness. I ran most mornings at 5am, did...

Continue Reading

January 22, 2017 | life

How to Be Happy

Last week was Blue Monday, supposedly the most depressing day of the year, so I was invited to speak on a panel about happiness put together by ELLE Magazine. In the social media age, we all curate our timelines to show the very best of our lives. We have excellently composed highlight reels, editing out...

Continue Reading

November 12, 2016 | life

Stringer Bell. April 16th 2013 – October 31st 2016

Two weeks ago, I said goodbye to my beloved pup, Stringer Bell. Back in July, he was diagnosed with advanced lymphoma and given two months to live. I knew the moment was coming, but even if they’d given him 10 years, I don’t think I’d have been ready to say goodbye. To say I adored...

Continue Reading

October 23, 2016 | life

A Letter To the Fitness Industry

Back in ’09, I took my first steps into leaving my couch potato life behind. I boxed, then I started running. I felt amazing, I tweeted about it and shouted it from the rooftops. This was pre-Instagram, pre-hashtag-fit-fam etc. There were no daily pictures with captions detailing my start weight and goal weight (mainly ’cause...

Continue Reading