I want to appreciate my body…

Firstly I wanted to take this opportunity to wish Happy New Year to all my blog and Facebook page followers:

Happy New Year 2019 greeting banner. Festive background with colourful confetti, party popper and sparkles.
Image source: Vector

I want to hold my hands up, I think I have been a bit hard on myself this week! Because I couldn’t do a spin in ice skating the same way that my coach can (who has been skating 28 years!) or perform in the same way as my ultimate legends Torvill and Dean – I got a bit cross and frustrated with myself! A bit like the lady in this picture!

Sport can be very frustrating at times!

For a reminder of the brilliance of Torvill and Dean I’ll leave this video right here šŸ™‚

What I needed to remind myself of is that every step that I take on the ice needs to be celebrated. I could barely stand on the ice a year ago when I first started skating, so I have come a long way in a year!

This was me and my son on our first lesson in 2018 šŸ™‚

Then, as many of you will know if you are reading this and have a chronic pain condition, or other long-term health condition, every day can be unpredictable with your pain and other symptoms. Whether that be fatigue, nausea, brain fog, or any of the other symptoms shown in this picture…

So, if you can have these symptoms and still skate, as I do, or follow your goals in another sport, or past time, then I think that is pretty fantastic! I think I needed reminding of this – so thank you to my coach Jennie and to my body for reminding me that I should be proud of what my body can do, rather than cross and frustrated!

I am grateful to my body, it makes me very happy when I am skating.

I think that we all deserve a gold medal for having the resilience to manage our conditions every day and still follow our goals! So I am sending my readers of this blog my total respect for everything that you do.

Here is to a happy and healthy 2019 and continued success for your life goals.

Picture of Jessica Ennis winning gold at London 2012 Olympics.
Image taken from: https://theladyinwaiting.org/2012/08/05/the-olympics-medal-table-team-gb-rock/

One of my goals this year is to skate my own routine to this Whitney Houston song šŸ™‚

As ever if you have any questions, or comments I would love to hear from you.

Warm wishes,

Mary

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