Category Archives: Articles

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.

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!

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.

24Mar/16

My Biz N Brewz Video Diary; How Beer Changed My Life

Biz N Brewz Marketing Event – VIP on Steroids

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Leaving 2 kids at home to travel half way round the world to Portland, Oregon, was no small decision.

But it turned out to be a life changing one.

Speakers included
– Ben Settle
– Jodi Ardito
– Dan Meredith
– Ryan Stewman
– Vicki Irvin
– Danielle Lynn
– Justin Devonshire
– Kamala Chambers
– Shane Hunter
– Ray Higdon
– Brian Keith Noonan
– Luis Congdon
– surprise attendance from Christopher John Stubbs

www.biznbrewz.com
www.thefitmumformula.com
www.pollyannahale.co.uk

07Nov/15

Girls in the UK have less Self Esteem than most countries in Europe- a BBC feature

Schoolchildren in England are among the most unhappy in the world according to a new report. The Childrens’ society say English girls between the ages of 10 and 12 were unhappier with their appearance than girls in Nepal, Romania, or Ethiopia. Here in the South, some of us from the Women In Fitness Empowerment movement are trying to address that.

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BBC South covered the story, you can watch the video footage here. 

07Sep/15

The Plus Size Debate, for The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine

Is it time to ditch plus-size labelling?

With almost a third of UK women considered plus-size, many believe the term is now meaningless.

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WHEN Australian fitness brand The Upside launched its new ad campaign earlier this year, it could never have foreseen the furore it would spark.

Designed to celebrate all body types, its promo shot featured five inspiring women – with one, the curvaceous model Laura Wells, representing plus-size.

But Laura is just a size 14 – which sent clicktivists into overdrive.

Within hours, the hashtag #droptheplus was trending worldwide, as the campaign declared: “The fashion industry is one of the world’s most influential industries on women.

“To label a size ‘plus’, when it actually encompasses the majority of women in the world, is not only harmful, it’s absurd!”

Click here to read the rest of the article along with my comments on the Sun Newspaper’s Fabulous Magazine webpage.