I set up fabfitforty to be a source of light hearted but real inspiration for women just like me who still love fashion and fitness and want to be forever fabulous in the face of growing old. You know, the irritating and inevitable stuff like developing a stubborn middle jiggle (AKA the muffin top), designer bags under your eyes that would run Prada out of town, hot flushes that leave you gasping for a large glass of cold sauvignon blanc (or is that just me!!) and for some of us, dare I even mention it but I am going there today ladies so hold tight……. smelling a little bit of eau de wee when you can’t quite hold your bladder like you used to!!!
Come on, I know you’re all either giggling, blushing or going ewwwww right now but let’s face it, we all piddle our pants a bit from time to time don’t we?
Now I have to admit that on account of the fact that:
a: I don’t have kids who get blamed for most things anatomically array in the nether regions
b. I practice regular Pilates
my pelvic control is pretty bloody good thanks!
I can probably hold mine and probably also your water for an extended period of time. I’m an expert at contracting my pelvic floor!
However, even I’ve found myself bending down to tie my shoe lace more frequently in my metafit classes lately when it comes to the dreaded TUCK JUMPS!!! “WTF” jumps more like!! Clearly invented by a man! Just why? They make your boobs bang, they bust your knees and yes, you are quite likely to let out a little bit of wee!
There are mums in the class who literally refuse to do them. Stood on their matt in protest, arms crossed assuming the Nora Batty stance or slapping their thighs making the sound of a tuck jump without the exertion of the physical action! (I ain’t mentioning no names of course as they are all part of the #fabfiternity so their identities remain anonymous). Needless to say, there is no room for puddles of piddle in the middle of the class!
So, I’m actually delighted that the first blogger pack that I’ve received for 2018 with a veritable array of wonderful goodies all curated to ensure a delightfully dreamy night’s sleep comes from none other than Tena.
It’s to raise awareness for their latest Tena Lady Night products and to bring what some still find a taboo subject, into the open in a fun and friendly way. That’s why I’m delighted to add my usual self-deprecating take on the subject. You know this gal’s just gotta have fun!
Let’s also face it, trying to get a good night’s sleep anyway when you’re peri or actually menopausal, what with the getting up in the middle of the night to change the sheets because you’re sweating like a bi-atch, then worried that you might actually have wet the bed a bit too, is a nightmare! Sweet dreams are not made of these!
So the fact that the wonderful PR agency in charge of this campaign, Myriad PR, have come up with the genius idea of linking a sound night’s sleep with the launch of this blogger campaign, is frankly, fabulous.
Things can be even worse when you are travelling away from home, something that I count myself fortunate to do a lot of. For many women though, the worry of travelling can play havoc with their adventurous spirit. The constant need to wee and wanderlusting don’t naturally go hand in hand!
I’m just back from a wonderful work trip to sunny California which was productive but also lots of fun. I came back Monday and swapped my flip flops and scenes of swaying palm trees on the gorgeous surfside train ride from San Diego to LA, for my thermals and scraping the snow off my car. #takemeback #socalgal
I was honoured to have been invited to join a lovely bunch of ladies who go by the name of the #sisterhoodofthetravellingtutus to join them on a road trip to the wine ghetto of California.
Organised by the amazing Julie who had created a full itinerary for us as well as preparing a fabulous picnic lunch (she’s the one in purple next to me), we had a complete blast. Proving that you are never too old to have fun, we sampled champagne, met an actual bone fide cowboy and viewed murals all whilst, you guessed it, wearing tutus! Such a liberating day out.
I must admit, I’d never worn a bright orange tutu before but I can categorically confirm that it’s a conversation starter. If you interested to find out more about our trip and see all the fab photos (the #travellingtutus are also keen amateur photographer and let’s face it, with California as your backdrop who wouldn’t be!) then check out Julie’s blog.
No matter what your age, life is there to be enjoyed so don’t let the fear of a little bit of wee stop you in your tracks! With 5 women in tutu’s in a car travelling through California frequent pee stops were very much the order of the day!
As I like my blogs to be informative and give some real practical advise, I wanted to cover off some bladder facts!
Did you know the bladder, when empty, is about 2-3 inches long but when full can measure up to 5 inches and hold up to 2 pints of urine but regularly holds 1 pint. That’s a lorra wee!
It’s not just us fabfitforty plus ladies that suffer either. 1 in 3 women aged 18-75 experience some form of bladder leakage.
Doing Kegel exercises can help tighten your pelvic floor (as can Pilates) but also quitting smoking and caffeine can help as both cause strain and irritation to your bladder.
And as always, keep yourself hydrated. Might sound counter intuitive but by maintaining regular water intake, you’ll also keep your bladder functioning properly.
If you’re interested in reading more, check out the highly informative site MindBodyGreen which is a great resource that I regularly refer to.
So ladies, even if you are prone to having the occasional pissy pants, you are still quite frankly AMAZING and in very good company and Tena could have a discreet product that is just right for you.