Like many young women, Sally Sampson struggled with her body image for years. This Saturday, however, she'll be heading to the InterContinental Semiramis for a kick-ass event all about empowering women and changing how they feel about themselves...
I want to be clear: I very rarely endorse anything. And I mean very, VERY rarely because when I do, you can be sure as anything that whatever it is I’m supporting, I one hundred percent believe in it!
So let’s get to it. Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve never been entirely confident in my own skin and when I say entirely, I mean not at all. Somewhere in the transition from childhood into adolescence, I disconnected from my body and learnt to operate in my life as if I was a floating head. I mean, I’m done here, see ya, turn the lights off when you leave the room disconnected. So yeah, it was pretty bad!
To deal with the ‘disconnect’ or, as I call it, ‘the divorce’, I spent years indulging in the guilty pleasures of binge eating and avoided any sort of physical activity. Naturally, I would then spend hours weekly crying over why I didn’t feel pretty or healthy or ‘like the other girls’ (whatever that meant)...until, that is, I would remember that I wasn’t allowed to feel, so I would set myself back on track and keep doing my thing until the next display of waterworks.
Recently, I’ve been consciously fighting to get out of that and along the way, I’ve come into contact with some incredibly talented, focused and gorgeous women who are spearheading and spreading the importance of staying fit and keeping that mind-body connection intact.
In my late 20s, I’ve finally learned that to be confident in the world, you’ve got to be confident in your own body first. And to be confident in your own body, you have to treat it like it matters!
Now, there is a fantastic event taking place this Saturday the 31st of May called Heya Health that’s going to take place in the Cleopatra Ballroom of the Intercontinental Semiramis Hotel. It is for ladies only! But will feature a day (literally a day from 10am to 6pm) of Zumba Fitness, Yoga, Pilates, Capoeira, Cheerobics, Body Combat and more! Not to mention all the super cool interactive sessions with nutritionists, body coaches and beauty specialists.
You can check out the Facebook event page here and check out their promo video below:
And all information on ticket prices and how to get your tickets is on the event page as well. It’s an unprecedented phenomenal event and 5% of all revenue is going to the BCFE (Breast Cancer Foundation of Egypt) so your money will absolutely be going towards a good cause too. And if you can’t come for the whole day, then come for as long as you can, so you can’t use that excuse. Oh and don’t tell me you don’t have money, because it’s the end of the month and most of you will have gotten paid. Nice try.
Basically what I’m saying is don’t do a Sally! I hope it doesn’t take you as long as I have to work out that I need to take care of myself in order to take care of anything else in my life. I hope you don’t have to struggle with how you feel in your own skin half as much as I have because, believe me, the side effects of the divorce are more than what you see on paper.
What I’m trying to say is meet me at Heya Health. I’ll be there from start to finish and I need a posse of lovely ladies to:
a) Yell at me when I want to give up.
b) Tell me to shut up when I get uncontrollable fits of laughter brought on by embarrassment/exhaustion/having too much fun/no reason at all.
c) Pick me up and hand me a tissue if I start to cry (sometimes it just happens and you don’t ask questions!)
d) Come and rock out with me because being awesome and being fit is hard work, but it’s work worth doing!