02Mar/17

My Eating Disorder Recovery Story

Since my Eating Disorder recovery videos went viral and I was invited to speak on Sky News, I’ve been able to reach out and  offer support and encouragement to other sufferers and their families.

I remember the first day I was admitted to hospital – one day, when I was strong enough, I would give back and help others.

It was a long, tough journey, one I nearly didn’t make it though.

But I did it, and you can overcome an emotional relationship with food too.

This time well known Registered Dietician Priya Tew published my story on her blog as she works with eating disorder patients.

Loving and respecting your body is so important. If you can do that, the healthy eating bit becomes easy, because you want to look after yourself.

Priya says:

“When I heard Polly’s eating disorder recover story I knew I had to share it. Working in the field of eating disorders can be frankly hard work. It is a long road to recovery and a battle. It takes dedication, support from others and challenging yourself at every meal time. However it is possibly and it is worth it. I hope sharing this inspires others.”

Click Here to read my story on Priya’s blog, where you will also find other nutrition related articles, recipes, and contact details if you need guidance from a Registered Dietician.

01Feb/17

Ann Summers founder loves The Fit Mum Formula

Ann Summers and I have something in common, and no it’s not about sex burning calories.

 

We’re both here to boost your confidence, and in ways that are much more interrelated than you might think!

 

Lingerie store Ann Summers was founded in 1972 and later taken over by it’s current CEO Jacqueline Gold, who is passionate about women’s rights, equality and empowerment both in the boardroom and the bedroom, supporting a number of female business initiatives and charities alongside her work.

 

Read this too – Fitness Fanatics Have Higher Sex Drives

 

Body Confidence is something that unfortunately so many women are lacking, and it’s not always about body size.

 

When you look after your body, treat it well, nourish it and train it to be strong and healthy, the weight will take care of itself, but you’ll also feel a sense of achievement and pride that no quick fix detox can ever give you.

You’ll also have more energy, better mental health and mood, and a better hormone profile which means yes, a higher sex drive too.

It’s a whole body and mind transformation, which gives you the confidence to be yourself and have pride in the body you have.

Here’s my story of why I decided to help Mums like you:

Like many women entrepreneurs my business stemmed from not wanting to go back to full time employment after having children.  I had no way of channelling my drive and passions and wanted something that was ‘me’ outside of washing and toddler groups. The Fit Mum Formula was launched in 2013 when my younger daughter was just 7 months old, and never for a moment did I imagine it would grow to be as big as it is now.

I’m actually still primarily a stay at home Mum, since Bella is only in nursery three mornings.  That’s very much why my business is a membership site with members paying on a monthly ongoing basis until they are confident enough to trust themselves to eat well and exercise without me looking over their shoulder! The portal can be accessed anytime, 24/7, and members get support from me through a private Facebook group, meaning it fits around their personal lives and schedules as well as mine. 

Many years ago, and before children, I was a dancer, as well as a beauty and holistic therapist and nutritionist at a 5 star spa.  I’ve always loved health, fitness and wellness, and I realised once I had babies that there was sadly virtually no resources and support for Mums like myself who couldn’t find the time or childcare to go to the gym, and that most diets were unsustainable, unhealthy, and incompatible with family life and meals.

My entire ethos is that everything I do, say and encourage has to be totally doable and realistic for even the most time poor, sleep deprived Mum. This is whilst giving them maximum energy, minimising hunger, creating long lasting healthier habits, and of course giving them back their body and their body confidence!

Since I won #WOW in February 2014 The Fit Mum Formula seems to be becoming a bit of a household name!  I’m regularly featured in National magazines, newspapers, radio and was even invited to talk on Sky News. It’s fantastic as I want to help as many Mums as possible, so media helps me to reach Mums who need me. I love seeing the new WOW winners every week, I always give them a welcome, and have discovered some fantastic women, companies and products as well as joint ventures such as cross promotion and blog swaps. 

For me, the biggest challenge has been time – the business grew unexpectedly fast yet I still didn’t want to put the kids into full time childcare; I love being a Mum too much. However Bella starts school this year so I’ll be ramping up my intake of Mums as I’ll have more time to serve them.

To me being a female among the entrepreneurial world of men doesn’t bother me. I’ll do what I want to do regardless of what anyone else says or thinks, a personality trait that’s got me into trouble but serves me just as well! If there’s one thing I know for sure though from being a health professional, it’s that a strong body and a strong mind go hand in hand.

31Dec/16
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Live SKY TV – Eating Disorder News Feature

Not many eating disorder news stories appear on your TV unless it’s a celebrity being ‘accused’ of starving themselves for a film role or bikini season.

 

Last May I finally came open about my past Eating Disorder and how I suffered and was very ill with Anorexia for years in my late teens and early twenties, being in and out of hospital several times.

(My ‘coming’ out video can be viewed here)

 

I also did another video about my recovery and how now I’m stronger than ever, both emotionally as well as physically – (watch that video here.)

 

I had kept it quiet for years, not because I felt ashamed or that anyone would judge me,

 

Just that I had moved on, put it all behind me and honestly?

 

There are some very dark memories attached to the years I was ill.

 

But I remember the day I was admitted to hospital for the first time.

 

I vowed that one day, when I was recovered and emotionally strong enough I would help other sufferers break free of their demons too.

 

It might seem ironic that I’m now a personal trainer and nutritionist helping Mums lose weight, but actually it’s all the same really.

 

If you do not love and respect yourself, and your body, enough to look after it, then you will..

 

  • Eat junk (or not eat properly) even when you know it’s not serving you
  • Skip exercise because other things seem more important at the time
  • Berate yourself for having no willpower
  • Have no self confidence or self esteem because you ‘can’t stick to a diet’
  • Feel bad about your body, because it doesn’t have enough energy to do the things you need to do to change, let alone look the way you’d like
  • Give up trying because every time you do, you fail

 

And even from an anorexic’s point of view, all of this I understand.

I knew what I had to do, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it.

I felt mentally weak, and stuck, and miserable, but I couldn’t get out of the cycle.

But I learned to love my body and treat it well, and so can you.

 

Anyway what’s this about SKY News?

 

When ‘Beat’ eating disorder charity opened their helplines for the first time on Christmas Day to support sufferers and their families who might be struggling over Christmas,

SKY wanted to cover the story, came across my videos, and were so inspired they invited me to speak live from their studio during the morning Sunrise slot on Christmas Eve!

The video has been placed on the Sky News website – Click Here or on the link below to see it.

http://news.sky.com/video/expert-food-is-just-the-drug-of-choice-10706868

24Dec/16

Dragon’s Den TV Celeb Award!

When you’re picked up on by a Dragon’s Den investor you know you’re onto a good thing…

Entrepeneur Theo Paphitis awarded The Fit Mum Formula his #SBS (Small Business Sunday) Award on Monday 19th December, making me the final winner of 2016.

 

Talk about ending the year on a bang!

Don’t be mislead by the ‘small’ in #SBS – The army of loyal Mums following The Fit Mum Formula astounds even me,

It’s actually that I’m actually a Mums just like you, I just happen to be running my own fitness & nutrition business and am pretty good at helping Mums like you look and feel their best, even when Mum-life makes that really challenging.

The award will provide publicity and help me reach more Mums like you who need my help.

But BBC Dragon’s Den investor Theo doesn’t choose his winners lightly and it’s because of loyal followers like you that I caught his eye.

So thank you!

I do this for you and will continue to help Mums lose weight and get their body confidence back for as long as you need me!

My profile will be featured on Theo’s website here.

Once again thank you for all your loyal support and here’s to a healthy 2017!

15Nov/16

Hustle and Juggle With Pollyanna Hale

What is it like juggling a business you love with kids you love more (but in a different way)?

That’s what I was asked by Devenia Besant of deveniabesant.com , a site dedicated to supporting women in business who are juggling family life at the same time.

You can read the interview where is was originally published on her website here. 

How long have you been doing the Hustle and Juggle?

3 1/2 years

What is the Juggle to your Hustle?

I’ve never been able to sit still and do nothing, and even wrote and published a full length diet & weight loss book on my laptop whilst breastfeeding my first born!But it was when my 2nd daughter Bella was 7 months old that my soon-to-be business partner approached me with the idea of partnering up to create an online weight loss solution for busy Mums who can’t get to the gym or classes.

I always wanted to be a stay at home Mum and only put my kids in nursery because it was right for them, I’m lucky in that I have that option. Bella (now 4) does 3 mornings only, so fitting work in happens very early morning, often as early as 4am! Then during nursery hours, in the evening, while they’re having their tea, and of course from my phone at every opportunity! That last bit I feel guilty about – but otherwise those little jobs would eat into better quality time with them playing at home, so I guess it’s the better choice of the two.

Tell me more about your business?

I help tired, overworked and frustrated Mums look and feel like their old selves again. My members get both their body and their body confidence back, with a system that not only really works well but can be done within the confines of even the busiest schedule, because it’s all online, open 24/7.

I’m not into quick fixes or cookie cutter plans. That’s not to say my Mums don’t get quick results, but they’re not at the expense of long term ones. What works for one won’t work for another, so I work with each Mum so they learn how to nourish their body in a way that’s perfect for them.

What is your Hustle and Juggle story?

Well for starters I’m typing this from my bed when I’m supposed to be recovering from a nasty stomach bug! I’ve *almost* finished today’s *essential* tasks ha ha.

I think when you want something bad enough, you find a way. I’ve pulled all nighters to get websites launched, conducted live interviews with National radio stations in the loo, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s answered a call with ‘can we schedule a chat for this afternoon, I’m just in a meeting’ when you’re actually at toddler group!

The hardest was my longest ever trip away to America – 4 days including travelling. The kids weren’t bothered at all, in fact they were just really chuffed that Grandma had decided all meals must involve sweets….!

What’s your message to anyone reading this to inspire them to keep going and remain visible?

Always know your ‘why’. Why are you doing what you do? What’s the passion behind it? When you have a meaning and message that can help people, you just want to get it out there.

Also importantly, are you enjoying it? Because life is short and if you’re not happy, do something else. Usually this is very short term; some nights I’m just like, sod it, those email replies can be done tomorrow, it’s time hubby and I indulged in a bit of trashy Netflix before my brain explodes!

20Sep/16

Finalists in National Awards!

Back in 2014 The Fit Mum Formula were finalists in the Networking Mummies National recognition awards,

networking-mummies

I was interviewed on Sussex’s Spirit FM, and it’s only now I have uploaded the soundbites!

Click Here to listen to the interview about how the awards recognise Mums who build their own businesses around family life to enable them to enjoy the benefits of both worlds. 

Learn more about The Fit Mum Formula and how I help Mums look and feel like their old self here. 

10Jul/16

Who Remembers The Spice Girls?

I was 12 years old when ‘Wannabe’ spent 7 weeks at no.1. of the Official UK Charts during the Summer of 1996.

It was a Summer that impacted my life in a big way.

I went on to study performing arts at the prestigious Italic Conti Theatre Arts School, formed a girl band, and still have that Union Jack dress in my fancy dress collection in my Attic!

Online magazine Refinery 29 asked my to reminisce a few Spice Girl memories.

Click Here to read the article.

21Jun/16
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My Eating Disorder Confession

I nearly died of an eating disorder.

I’ve got to warn you this is raw, and I don’t mean uncooked, I mean emotionally raw.

I love food, especially food that makes you feel good.

But I wasn’t always like this, not by a long way.

In fact, I nearly died.

This is my ‘Coming Out’.

It’s taken me 10 years to do this.

People I see every day don’t know this.

But it’s important, for me to be honest with you, and to be true to myself.

I’m hoping it will help other people just knowing they’re not alone.

Why am I so passionate about health? Because I nearly died. 

You can help by sharing the Facebook post – it’s here:

https://www.facebook.com/thefitmumformula/videos/1141103185941354/

I hope you won’t judge me. I hope instead you will see that I’m not perfect but I have learned a LOT, and I hope I can pass this wisdom on to you.

You only have one body, look after it.

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, literally. 

https://www.b-eat.co.uk/

21Jun/16

Posing In My Pants for The Sun Newspaper

Posing in a pair of cotton undies and nothing else in a National newspaper (The Sun) is not something everyone would do, granted.

But it was a mark of my body confidence when I was asked by a modelling agency to do just that for a feature about wedding underwear.

Polyanna Hale, 32 Holborn Studios Underwear worn on wedding day - Lynsey Clarke 10/06/16 Olivia West

 

Apparently my choice of Marks and Spencer white cottons make me ‘Happy, Sociable and Confident’ according to style Psychologist Kate Nightingale.

I would agree with that!

Read the article and get more picture here.