For decades we have been told that when it comes to weight loss you need to count calories. Put less in than you use up and you lose weight. It's the perfect equation... except that it isn't! Playing the calorie counting game doesn't work in the long term and even in the short term it may do more harm that good.
Thin seduces so many of us with the promise of a beautiful new life. We daydream about how fabulous we will be when we lose weight. The dresses we will wear. The parties we will go to. The appreciative glances we will solicit whenever we enter a room. Oh to be thin. Life would be perfect. Wouldn't it?
Well, sort of. With over 4000 shares and likes combined, that's pretty viral by normal, non-Miley-Cyrus-person standards. What was it for? Well, given that she's performed in the West End, worked at Hollyoaks, and sung live on GMTV with our band, it's only fitting she went viral for... err, smear tests.
I have friends who have had babies easily and happily well into their 40s, but I also know others who are not so fortunate. And I've got friends who were unable to conceive naturally in their 20s and 30s. So what does that tell me? Quite simply, starting a family isn't plain sailing whatever your age.
Together, we must fund relentlessly, collaborate profusely and campaign effectively until breast cancer ceases to take the lives of the women that we love. Our promise is to tackle the disease from all angles: to prevent it developing, to detect it earlier and to improve the quality of treatment and services for women living with it.
Whatever stage you are at in the fertility journey, becoming a mother or father becomes the centre of your world. Every waking moment you become aware of where you are in your cycle and those on the 'IVF train' have the long and often anxious six weeks journey of hope, excitement, joy and often disappointment.
#FlipYourLips is a visual representation of women's health: it's provocative enough to get people talking, whilst still remaining elegant and beautiful. With the power of social media, we want #FlipYourLips to be a key reminder to go and book in for a cervical screening, and liberate girls all over the world to talk about their health openly and comfortably.
Probably like most of you, less than a year ago, having cancer was the last thing on my mind. Life was pretty good and busy with work as it is for most people of my age. Yes that's right, people of my age. At only 30 years old, I am fighting bowel cancer. That doesn't happen to people of my age though...right?