yogaWearing gifted Fever London blouse-because you can do yoga in anything and anywhere!

When yoga’s not in my life I’ll be honest, I feel pretty rubbish, and I did for a lot of the summer- along with eating far too much sugar, I let my exercise routine fall by the wayside, halting running and yoga, and quickly felt the healthy glow diminish along with my energy levels. Nice.

It’s a catch 22 though isn’t it, you’re tired from eating far too many treats and not exercising to be bothered to actually eat well and exercise! It’s so important to break through that vicious cycle though and recently, I’ve done just that !


I have PCOS and insulin resistance so sugar and empty carbs hate me, in fact I must follow a low carb diet forever and exercise as much as possible. I take my eye off the pie (or let’s call it the coconut) and I put on weight easily.

Yes I might not look it to you but in as little as a couple of months, I put on 8,  nearly 9 lbs. My specialist told me it takes me twice as long as someone without PCOS to lose weight and although I’m not overweight, it’s something I will always need to keep on top of.

So I can still just about fit into most of my UK size 10 wardrobe but my jeans are feeling tight and I want to above all, feel healthy again. So, over  the last few weeks I’ve gotten back on the healthy eating, low carb bandwagon and I’ve starting yoga and running again.

After just one session of each I felt better, stronger, fitter, happier and have tried to fit one or the other in every single day!

The benefits of both are HUGE so I wanted to share them with you-

Fewer PMT symptoms, in fact yoga every day meant some months without any symptoms at all, amazing for someone who suffers greatly with pre menstrual syndrome!

More energy, even through periods of sleep deprivation with a teething/ poorly todder and working crazy hours!

A happier, sunny outlook on life-deep breathing, even 10 minutes of yoga a day (I use 10 minute solution-yoga) dvd which costs under £5 really helps me rationalize more and not sweat the small stuff.

A leaner, fitter body.

Better skin, yes I’m lucky that thanks to genetics I have pretty clear skin but yoga means feeling confident to go barefaced more often. That, and my natural skincare routine along with cutting out sugar makes a massive skin-gleaming difference!

Better sleep. Yoga and running (morning is best) enables me to drop off to sleep more easily and actually sleep through. I really need to get my toddler doing yoga more too!

So there you have it, everything you knew already, what you put into your body and what you do with it, makes the WORLD of difference.

There’s no stopping me now!

Want more inspiration? Check out my amazing friend Zaz’s Yogamamazee FB page and Instagram feed for yoga tips-she is one incredible yogi!

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27 Responses

  1. Gaurav

    I saw your tweet on blogger and thought to check your site. Impressive, looks like Honest Mum® has come a long way. Keep the good work going.
    Do check my travel & lifestyle blog I am sure you would love it.

  2. Hannah Mums' Days

    I thought I commented on this!! Fab post lovely, you look GREAT in your yoga get up 😉 I really should do more yoga, I’d feel way better for it and it’s such a great way to feel centred and more in tune with what’s important!
    Thanks for linking #TheList xxx

  3. Notmyyearoff

    This is the second yoga post I’ve read today and it does sound very therapeutic and beneficial. It seems to have so many advantages. Well done to you for breaking the cycle. It’s hard to break sometimes isn’t it?

  4. Katie / Pouting In Heels

    Fabulous post. I’m convinced! Haven’t done yoga for years but seeing Zaz’s incredible images on Instagram and reading your post has got me thinking I need to get my bottom in gear and give it another shot. Thanks for the reminder darling. xxx

    • honestmum

      My pleasure chick, really makes such a big difference to my life and Zaz is so inspiring, she got me started and I owe her a lot x

  5. Katy Acquaye-Tonge

    I love the energy of this post! It’s a wonderful feeling when you click on the things that make each day a better one. Thanks for sharing this Vicki, you are inspiring many of us 🙂

  6. Katrina

    You have motivated me to pursue this again. Thank you lovely. What a great post. I’ll be sure to follow your friend now. Xx

  7. Alison

    I really must start getting active again, I was doing so well and did feel better for it like you. I have been really lazy recently and the weight is going on again

    • honestmum

      It’s so easy to stop isn’t it, my summer was full of indulgences and not enough exercise but I’m back, sure you will be too x

  8. Franglaise Mummy

    Just what I needed to get me up and at them! I was doing really well, getting up every morning at 6am and doing a Yogalates or Zumba DVD but then we had some massively sleepless nights with C and suddenly I was hitting the snooze button at 6am. I will attempt to get back into it from Monday morning! Thanks for the motivation xx
    P.S. I didn’t realise you suffered from PCOS, that sounds pretty tough x

    • honestmum

      Oh no, always so hard when sleep is disrupted but that’s when we need yoga the most (I’m the same though and find it hard to get motivated) but I’m determined to keep it up! PCOS can be tough mostly with PMT but with lots of exercise and the right diet, it’s manageable x

  9. Mama and More aka Zaz

    Yoga has so many benefits and I do feel amazing when practicing, and my whole like around it! So happy that you enjoy it as much too, and that it makes you feel great in different ways. Thank you so much for the mention lovely you. Namaste xxx

  10. Ebabee

    I so need to start yoga – been far too long since I’ve done it. Both you and mama and more are a real inspiration. I will start soon as I know how good it makes you feel.

    • honestmum

      Thanks so much darling, it’s that bit before starting exercise that’s so hard but once you get to it, you’ll quickly become addicted x


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