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'Strength and Flex keeps me motivated'

Self-confessed couch potato Anne MacLaren hadn't done any exercise for 10 years until she made a New Year's resolution to "get her act together". The north Londoner says the Strength and Flex workout plan was just what she was looking for to keep her motivated.…

'Strength and Flex made me a better runner'

Father-of-two Cliff Hobby started Strength and Flex and Couch to 5K as a way to get back into regular exercise. He did Strength and Flex every other day and found the five-week programme really improved his running. Below, the IT manager from Hampshire talks about his experience of progressing…

'Sunbathing gave me skin cancer'

Rachel loved sunbathing - until she found an odd-looking mole on her toe. It turned out to be a malignant melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer. "From the age of 16 to 26, I always went on holidays with the intention of getting a…

'There is life after breast surgery'

Amanda Allen was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. Here she talks about having a mastectomy and breast reconstruction, and how it changed her life. "I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2005. After my mother died in December 2004 and my grandmother in…

'Third time lucky with IVF'

Clare Dando was told she was unlikely to have children without IVF. After treatment, she gave birth to Alexander. But just a few months later, she became pregnant again naturally. "I was only 31 when I first started trying for a baby, so when I wasn't pregnant after nearly…

'Vodka nearly killed me'

After drinking a litre of vodka with her friends to celebrate the end of term, Anna started to slip into a coma. It was nearly the end of term and, to celebrate, one of Anna's friends suggested they get drunk. "One of the boys looks…

'We adopted after IVF'

After unsuccessfully attempting IVF, Andrew McDougall and his wife adopted their two-year-old son in January 2013. Here Andrew describes their adoption journey to date and shares his tips for other new adopters. "When my wife and I discovered that we would struggle to have our…

'We made healthy eating fun for the kids'

With the demands of running a family of five, finding ways to save money on food was not high on Rachel Mostyn's to-do list. Between feeding three hungry little mouths, the school run, household chores and her freelance work, Rachel had enough on her plate. From…

'We saved money and still got our 5 A Day'

A seven-day meal plan and eating leftovers for lunch helped Tori Hunt and husband Ron cut their weekly shopping bill by 40% while still managing to eat more fruit and vegetables. The couple, from south London, reduced their spending on food from an average of £115 a…

'We took on the 5x50 fitness challenge'

Sue Grant was looking for something to stay motivated for exercise after she completed the Couch to 5K (C25K) running plan. That something was the 5x50 challenge - a keep fit initiative to spur people to walk, run or cycle 5km every day for 50 days. Participants…