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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 , 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!


Mums Weight Loss Challenges – Baby Bother

Mums weight loss is different to non-Mums, which you’ll have realised as soon as you became a mother and attempted to get back into your pre-baby jeans!

There are certain factors that all personal trainers, nutritionists and weight loss coaches need to be aware of when helping Mums.

Motherhood is a round the clock job; no holidays, no time off for sickness, and many challenges along the way that can really slow progress.

For example:

A Mum is sleep deprived.

Mums are stressed.

Mums have access to leftover kids’ food.

At home we’re near our cupboards.

Kids get sick and stay off school.

Our hormones are all over the place.

I was asked by respected fitness industry magazine PT Magazine to advise on how Mums like you need support from professionals like us.

Are there any important factors you think I’ve missed that I need to consider when helping you?

What are your personal struggles? Comment below so that I can help you better. 

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A Day In The Life of an Online Trainer

What do you need to become and online personal trainer or nutrition coach?

With many trainers (and indeed people in other industries) wanting to transition to the online world, it begs the question, how do I get started?

Working online, via the internet, is not a passive income.

Make no mistake, there are no 4 hour work weeks and money rolling in effortlessly while you alternate between sleeping and sunbathing.

It is, however, a more flexible way of working, giving you the control to fit your work in and around other things in your life, and be able to adapt them to your circumstances.

For example you can take a holiday anytime, you just need to prepare for it, get ahead, set a few things in place.

Many things can be automated or scheduled ahead of time, such as newsletters, blogs, and social media posts.

Outsourcing regular tasks is also another way to create freedom and free up your time to do the things that only you can do. Bookkeeping and accounting are a good place to start – not many people in the fitness industry enjoy those!

Fitness Insurance company Insure4Sport interviewed me about life as a digital personal trainer and weight loss coach.

Read the article by clicking the link below:


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Keep getting IBS? It could be STRESS

Think your IBS symptoms could be stress related? You’re probably right. 

According to Alison Cullen speaking in the Daily Mail,

“Our emotions and our digestive functions are inextricably linked, because when we are feeling anxious our body releases adrenaline — the ‘fight or flight’ hormone intended to help us deal with stressful situations.

Unfortunately, this adrenaline diverts the blood supply away from the stomach towards our heart and lungs, effectively switching off a digestive system it doesn’t see as critical in times of crisis.

Nutritional therapist Alison Cullen says: ‘This means you’re not producing enough digestive enzymes to help your food travel through the digestive tract and be broken down effectively. It leads to uncomfortable distension of the abdomen and painful inflammation of the gut wall.’”

I was asked about my personal experiences, which show that even people with nutritional knowledge like me aren’t immune from gut problems:

“Yet even with the best diet and relationships, women can also be stricken by terrible stomach aches. The reason? They don’t get enough sleep, as Pollyanna Hale, a mother-of-two and weight-loss coach, from Bosham, West Sussex, can testify.

Pollyanna, 32, who is married to James, 36, a property developer, started suffering stomach aches after her daughter Bella was born in September 2012.

‘With the constant feeds, I averaged five hours sleep a night. I couldn’t nap during the day because I had Bella’s sister, Aurora, then three, to care for.’

Exhausted, she started to suffer from fluctuating constipation and diarrhoea. ‘The more tired and stressed I got the more stomach aches I had. Eating healthily made no difference. I looked so bloated strangers would ask if I was pregnant.’

Tests last summer revealed that she had a bacterial infection in her stomach — common in those who are constantly stressed.”

Read the full article here:



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.

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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:

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.


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.


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


Personalize Your Diet Plan: Step 1

Sorry, there is no such thing as the perfect diet plan.

Or let me rethink that…

There is such thing as an almost perfect diet plan for a particular person on a particular day, but since we can only know so much about that person on any given single day, it makes it near impossible to make a diet plan that’s perfect for two different people, or even for the same person but on different days!

That being said, if you know how to tweak your diet according to a few key circumstances, you will be adapting what you eat to what your body needs,and that’s the secret to getting it right, whatever your goals.

Here’s how in my latest article for Watchfit.