Emotional Eating

Q&A: Diet or Exercise?

Q&A: Diet or Exercise?

Q: If you had to choose one thing to start with, would it be exercise or food? With everything going on, both is overwhelming at the moment. Personally, if I had to choose one thing to tackle first, it’d be food. But – and this […]

Why You Shouldn’t Write Off November

Why You Shouldn’t Write Off November

This time last year, I was a good 220lbs (at least – I’d started avoiding the scales around August, once I knew I was gaining weight.) I’d had a busy October, full of cake and alcohol from a jam-packed birthday calendar, and sweets from a […]

Why It’s Okay to Just Do Okay

Why It’s Okay to Just Do Okay

As the wise man Mr T. once said, it’s not where you come from, it’s where you’re going. And I’d be inclined to agree, especially on this whole health business. I don’t think it’s ever too late to make a difference to your lifestyle, regardless […]

Think Positive… Lose Weight?

Think Positive… Lose Weight?

When I was fat – or fatter, given the enormous chunk of birthday cake I unashamedly devoured at the weekend for my sister’s 21st that I’m pretty sure weighed at least 10lbs and may have single-handedly given me diabetes – I was still… Me. I was […]

An Honest Post for World Mental Health Day

An Honest Post for World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day – an initiative by the World Health Organisation which is designed to “raise public awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention, promotion and treatment services.” This year, the theme […]

Stress, and How to Escape the Slump

Stress, and How to Escape the Slump

I’m not really sure of the reasons behind it, but for the last few days I’ve been feeling a bit… Blue. That happens to everyone from time to time – even fine upstanding wellbeing-ers like myself. I’ve been a tad frazzled – it’s been a […]

Where Do I Start? Part 2 – Getting Ready to Change

Where Do I Start? Part 2 – Getting Ready to Change

I’m always interested by psychological type things – especially when I can apply them to myself, because let’s face it. I’ve started a blog about me. Safe to say I’m a wee bit self-absorbed.  Anyway, that meant that when Matt told me about something called […]

Where Do I Start, Part 1 – What’s a Lifestyle Change?

Where Do I Start, Part 1 – What’s a Lifestyle Change?

I’ve been asked this a lot since I started this blog – and yet, weirdly enough, it’s one of the posts I’ve struggled most to write. That’s for a few reasons. Firstly, when I set out to lose weight initially, I didn’t think like I […]

Why You Probably Don’t Need Surgery

Why You Probably Don’t Need Surgery

Last week, I was asked to be a talking head on HuffPost Live, during their interview of Lisa Lampanelli – who is ace. She’s known for her amazing (if a tad…uhhh…blue) put-downs – the only one I could find that wasn’t too filthy to put […]

Self-Esteem, Self-Control, and Stretch Marks

Self-Esteem, Self-Control, and Stretch Marks

I seem to talk about body image a lot. I know that. But here I am, back on it again, like a broken record. Sorry ’bout that. This time, though, it’s because a friend of mine sent me this fabulous article and it gave me […]

Getting and Staying Motivated

Getting and Staying Motivated

I’ve been asked a lot over the last few days – “how do you stay motivated?” Seems a lot of us – myself included – are in the habit of starting a diet with the best of intentions, and with all the motivation in the […]

What Do You Want From The Meal Plan?

What Do You Want From The Meal Plan?

Wow. Just wow. I am completely, unspeakably overwhelmed to the huge response I’ve had to the article published yesterday on the Huffington Post about my weight loss story. If you haven’t read it, you can find it here – and I’d just like to take […]

Two Years and 120lbs Down

Two Years and 120lbs Down

This weekend two years ago, I could barely walk. Every morning, I’d wake up, strap my immobiliser brace on to one knee (or both, depending on the pain), grab my crutches, and hobble to the bathroom. Some days I’d have to knock back four different […]

How Thinking Fat Can Make You Fat

How Thinking Fat Can Make You Fat

I was intrigued to read this the other day, sent in by a very lovely reader: Teenagers who think they are overweight, even if they aren’t, are far more likely to grow up to be obese, researchers warned today. They say that obsession with body […]

Why I’m a Feminist Now

Why I’m a Feminist Now

I have a confession to make: I’ve always been a little intimidated by feminism. Not because I didn’t agree with it, of course – I’ve just always been a bit afraid to engage in discussions about it, because most of the encounters I’d had with […]

How a “Bad Weigh In” Ended in an Epiphany

How a “Bad Weigh In” Ended in an Epiphany

Because I’m super-cool (that’s a lie) and super-popular (another lie), I’ve had a very busy few weeks. I’ve been to Global Gathering, and I’ve been to leaving parties, birthday parties and just plain old regular parties. And you know what all these things have in […]

Can Food Be Addictive?

Can Food Be Addictive?

Up until relatively recently, I thought I could eat pretty much what I wanted, so long as I managed to stay within my calorie goal. After all, calorie counting is the key to successful weight loss. Right? Hmm. You’ll notice I’m using the past tense. […]

Think Happy Thoughts – Mantras for a Better Week

Think Happy Thoughts – Mantras for a Better Week

I’ve been amazed at how many people identify with me on the emotional eating front – especially among people who, like me, have to juggle a lot of balls and spin a lot of plates to keep everything ticking along. It’s one of those things […]

In Praise of Curves, Skinny, & Everything Else

In Praise of Curves, Skinny, & Everything Else

You know what’s boring? Being told what’s hot. That’s boring. I am tired – tired, I tells ye – of talking to people of all shapes and sizes who aren’t happy with how they look, because they don’t live up to the ‘ideal.’  I’m also […]

How I Lost 110lbs and Got Happy

How I Lost 110lbs and Got Happy

I’m actually pretty delighted to be writing this post, because – along with the aforementioned Mr Super-Trainer-Nutritonist-Man (who I’ll introduce properly below) I’ve finally got this weight loss thing down to an art. Not an art, actually – a science. GO SCIENCE. If I haven’t […]