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Personal Best

2015-12-02 00:00:00

Issue 18 of Personal Best

Issue 18 of Personal Best

Christmas is coming...

Ok - so we’re on countdown... In order to deal with the stresses as well as pleasures the festive season brings - you need to keep healthy and that means exercising regularly! Factor in the time - so that for every Christmas party - you counteract it with an exercise session too. Your body will love you for it! Jump off the tube/bus a stop or two earlier and walk/run the rest of the way. For every mince pie - walk the stairs or schedule meetings on lunchtime walks - a favourite at StylePB! .


For your outside workouts our New Balance range delivers in both quality and style at incredible prices, featuring great coverups and leggings with reflective strips. For inside - the amazing new Varley collection is always a winner and selling out fast..!!


Our StylePB woman this month is the incredibly inspirational Victoria Milligan. Victoria suffered a devastating loss in a boating accident in which her husband and eight year old daughter died. She also lost her leg and her 3 children suffered injuries. Read how she turned her life around, became a personal trainer and ran her first 10k event. She says ‘None of us are in control of what happens in life - but we are in total control of how we deal with it’. Victoria is running the London Winter Run on 31st January and attempting her first sprint triathlon next July. She will do a vlog on her training and says it will be a real challenge for her as she hates swimming and is not sure how it will work with one leg - but thinks we all need to push ourselves out of our comfort zones, life is for living! A true inspiration.


Love Natalie, Style PB *


Interview with Victoria Milligan

How did your recent 10k run go?

The 10k Vitality West Run London was great, I loved it. It was my first mass participation event ever and the first time I had ever run 10k so it felt like a great achievement to finish. I was hoping to finish in under an hour and I finished in 53 minutes, so was very pleased.

Tell us about your training programme and how you adapted to your running blade?

I didn’t really follow a training programme as such as for me it was all about getting the socket of the blade comfortable and this took time. After every run there would be cuts and rubs in different places so I would take it back to London Prosthetic Centre and my amazing prosthetist Abdo would adapt the socket. I ran up to 8k the weekend before the event and was hoping on the day that the crowds and atmosphere would push me on, and they did. The running blade takes some getting used to. It is really all about balance and learning to trust the blade to take your body weight as you leap onto it. The amputated leg also has to adapt to taking the force of one and a half times your body weight (in my case 75kilos) every step, which is a lot of weight for a body part not designed for it. The skin around my knee also took a while to get used to the rubbing of the socket. This has been the most time consuming part of getting ready for the run. Now the socket is right, if I did another 10k, I would do some sprint training to better my time.

You’re a personal trainer - remind us of the benefits of regular exercise?

There are the known benefits of regular exercise often cited in articles - to maintain or lose body weight, to increase cardio vascular fitness, to prevent heart disease and stave off type 2 diabetes, but for me the real benefits of regular exercise are both physical and mental in equal measure. Since my horrendous boat accident over two years ago, in which I lost my husband and 8 year old daughter, regular exercise has been such a positive focus for me that I truly believe has helped me avoid anti depressants. The body releases its own natural opiates and makes us feel amazing, you never feel worse after taking exercise, only better.

Tell us about your diet and how you ‘eat well’?

I am very passionate about healthy eating and cooking everything from scratch. It is a time consuming process but means there is always something delicious in the fridge to eat, whether it is homemade roasted beetroot hummus or some butternut squash soup. I need to eat quite a lot as I am very active so I need the energy. I always have some healthy energy bars on hand (see my website www.victoriamilligan.co.uk for the recipe and plenty of others).

The charity you support?

I support three different charities, The Cornish Air Ambulance, RNLI and Child Bereavement UK. The first two are rescue services and anyone who had been in a trauma situation before will understand the importance of these services and how every second counts. Child Bereavement UK is an incredible charity which supports people like me who have lost a child or children like mine who have lost a parent. They help us to rebuild trust in life again after the unimaginable happens.


You are an inspirational woman to us - but is there anyone who has inspired you?

Inspiring women are all around us and for me it is anyone who goes that extra mile in their day to day job. It is the physio who taught me to walk after the accident in such a calm and caring way when I was convinced I would never walk again, it is the female anaesthetist with the incredible bed side manner who my son would let put him to sleep without screaming etc. There is not enough empathy and kindness in this world as we are all in too much of a rush and self obsessed about our own achievements, little acts of kindness are so important and make such a difference to other people’s day.


Your favourite items from Style PB?

Would have to be the Varley blue leggings with the zips - I live in my exercise gear and these remind me of my favourite Paige Edgemont jeans.


How has helping others helped you?

Helping others always makes us feel good. Giving someone a good workout energises me too and makes me feel incredibly positive.



1

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Boyfriend Vest
Black,
£110.00


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Christmas is coming...

Ok - so we’re on countdown... In order to deal with the stresses as well as pleasures the festive season brings - you need to keep healthy and that means exercising regularly! Factor in the time - so that for every Christmas party - you counteract it with an exercise session too. Your body will love you for it! Jump off the tube/bus a stop or two earlier and walk/run the rest of the way. For every mince pie - walk the stairs or schedule meetings on lunchtime walks - a favourite at StylePB! .


For your outside workouts our New Balance range delivers in both quality and style at incredible prices, featuring great coverups and leggings with reflective strips. For inside - the amazing new Varley collection is always a winner and selling out fast..!!


Our StylePB woman this month is the incredibly inspirational Victoria Milligan. Victoria suffered a devastating loss in a boating accident in which her husband and eight year old daughter died. She also lost her leg and her 3 children suffered injuries. Read how she turned her life around, became a personal trainer and ran her first 10k event. She says ‘None of us are in control of what happens in life - but we are in total control of how we deal with it’. Victoria is running the London Winter Run on 31st January and attempting her first sprint triathlon next July. She will do a vlog on her training and says it will be a real challenge for her as she hates swimming and is not sure how it will work with one leg - but thinks we all need to push ourselves out of our comfort zones, life is for living! A true inspiration.


Love Natalie, Style PB *


Interview with Victoria Milligan

How did your recent 10k run go?

The 10k Vitality West Run London was great, I loved it. It was my first mass participation event ever and the first time I had ever run 10k so it felt like a great achievement to finish. I was hoping to finish in under an hour and I finished in 53 minutes, so was very pleased.

Tell us about your training programme and how you adapted to your running blade?

I didn’t really follow a training programme as such as for me it was all about getting the socket of the blade comfortable and this took time. After every run there would be cuts and rubs in different places so I would take it back to London Prosthetic Centre and my amazing prosthetist Abdo would adapt the socket. I ran up to 8k the weekend before the event and was hoping on the day that the crowds and atmosphere would push me on, and they did. The running blade takes some getting used to. It is really all about balance and learning to trust the blade to take your body weight as you leap onto it. The amputated leg also has to adapt to taking the force of one and a half times your body weight (in my case 75kilos) every step, which is a lot of weight for a body part not designed for it. The skin around my knee also took a while to get used to the rubbing of the socket. This has been the most time consuming part of getting ready for the run. Now the socket is right, if I did another 10k, I would do some sprint training to better my time.

You’re a personal trainer - remind us of the benefits of regular exercise?

There are the known benefits of regular exercise often cited in articles - to maintain or lose body weight, to increase cardio vascular fitness, to prevent heart disease and stave off type 2 diabetes, but for me the real benefits of regular exercise are both physical and mental in equal measure. Since my horrendous boat accident over two years ago, in which I lost my husband and 8 year old daughter, regular exercise has been such a positive focus for me that I truly believe has helped me avoid anti depressants. The body releases its own natural opiates and makes us feel amazing, you never feel worse after taking exercise, only better.

Tell us about your diet and how you ‘eat well’?

I am very passionate about healthy eating and cooking everything from scratch. It is a time consuming process but means there is always something delicious in the fridge to eat, whether it is homemade roasted beetroot hummus or some butternut squash soup. I need to eat quite a lot as I am very active so I need the energy. I always have some healthy energy bars on hand (see my website www.victoriamilligan.co.uk for the recipe and plenty of others).

The charity you support?

I support three different charities, The Cornish Air Ambulance, RNLI and Child Bereavement UK. The first two are rescue services and anyone who had been in a trauma situation before will understand the importance of these services and how every second counts. Child Bereavement UK is an incredible charity which supports people like me who have lost a child or children like mine who have lost a parent. They help us to rebuild trust in life again after the unimaginable happens.


You are an inspirational woman to us - but is there anyone who has inspired you?

Inspiring women are all around us and for me it is anyone who goes that extra mile in their day to day job. It is the physio who taught me to walk after the accident in such a calm and caring way when I was convinced I would never walk again, it is the female anaesthetist with the incredible bed side manner who my son would let put him to sleep without screaming etc. There is not enough empathy and kindness in this world as we are all in too much of a rush and self obsessed about our own achievements, little acts of kindness are so important and make such a difference to other people’s day.


Your favourite items from Style PB?

Would have to be the Varley blue leggings with the zips - I live in my exercise gear and these remind me of my favourite Paige Edgemont jeans.


How has helping others helped you?

Helping others always makes us feel good. Giving someone a good workout energises me too and makes me feel incredibly positive.



1

ALALA

Boyfriend Vest
Black,
£110.00


Shop now