Fitness

Placing Your Faith in Happiness; or, Appreciating the Wobble

Placing Your Faith in Happiness; or, Appreciating the Wobble

Like I said last week, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. This whole ‘six months in London’ thing has given me plenty of food for thought, because if I’m totally honest, I found that transition considerably more difficult than I expected to. I […]

Three Years; or, Further Steps Towards Being Healthy(ish)

Three Years; or, Further Steps Towards Being Healthy(ish)

I’ve been doing quite a bit of thinking this week. It’s a bit self-absorbed, but hell – that’s why I blog. I’ve made it through six months in London – which, when I wrote this post, seemed like years away – and it’s rapidly approaching […]

Join Me for 30 Days of Good Stuff!

Join Me for 30 Days of Good Stuff!

As you might know, once a year I go a’ravin’ with my little sister, to Global Gathering – a huge UK dance festival. The other 362 days of the year, I’m a real grown-up with a very civilized lifestyle – but for those three days, […]

Why Not Today?

Why Not Today?

I’m all too familiar with putting things off. Postponing things. Putting things on hold. And then worrying about them, or feeling guilty about them, or just trying to block things out. I remember way back when I was addicted to the ol’ pain meds – […]

You Can, and You Will

You Can, and You Will

Yeah, you heard. You can, and you will. I’m British, so I find myself thrown a bit by big displays of self-confidence. It makes a little part of me cringe, because my standard setting is a bit awkward, and mildly self-deprecating. So it’s with a […]

The Healthy Body Awesomeness Collective; or, Astounding People I’m Lucky to Know

The Healthy Body Awesomeness Collective; or, Astounding People I’m Lucky to Know

I have been floored – floored, I tells ye – by the unbelievably overwhelming response to my last post. It did mean I spent two solid days holding the blog together with glue and string, and it did mean I spent four days after that […]

The Exercise High; or, Why You Should Think Happy Thoughts

The Exercise High; or, Why You Should Think Happy Thoughts

It’s been a long week. And yes, I’m aware it’s only Thursday; on a Bank Holiday week no less, so technically it’s only been a three dayer thus far. But I’ve been frazzled and tired all week, and my mood has been a bit bleak […]

What Slim Fast (and Every Other Diet) Can Do With Their 7 Day Plan

What Slim Fast (and Every Other Diet) Can Do With Their 7 Day Plan

So, this morning I was casually scrolling through Twitter, minding my own business. Picture the scene: I’m humming cheerfully, enjoying my Saturday morning coffee and eggs, listening to some old-school jazz. The sky is blue, and I’m still in my pyjamas. Okay, the part about […]

Lifting What I’ve Lost; or, Revelations On Public Transport

Lifting What I’ve Lost; or, Revelations On Public Transport

I’ve been doing this weight loss thing for a really long time now. I mean, I started in September 2010 – so we’re talking almost three years since I first stepped into the gym in Worcester, weighing 290lbs. It’s been a while, then, since I’ve […]

Proportion, Perspective, and Why Sometimes Good Things Seem Bad

Proportion, Perspective, and Why Sometimes Good Things Seem Bad

Y’know when you start out on a journey to a ‘new you’ – or even just pick up where you left off on an old one – it’s hard to imagine failing. You’re resolute. You’re determined. You’re totally going to kick ass and achieve your […]

Strength (and Pride, and Power) Training

Strength (and Pride, and Power) Training

Back in the day, I’d say I wasn’t a very strong person. I wasn’t necessarily weak, but I just kinda let things happen. I stayed in relationships too long because leaving them would be too hard; I stayed in education too long because I didn’t […]

You Can Do Pretty Much Anything (and Other Things I’ve Learned in Two Weeks of Training)

You Can Do Pretty Much Anything (and Other Things I’ve Learned in Two Weeks of Training)

You may remember a couple of weeks ago I said I was starting to train with the lovely Tom Dyer of Ultimate City Fitness, to find out how much butt it is possible for one fat girl to kick. I’m nothing if not open to […]

Ditch the Wagon, Ride a Bike (and Other Dodgy Motivation Metaphors)

Ditch the Wagon, Ride a Bike (and Other Dodgy Motivation Metaphors)

Healthy livin’. It’s something I’m meant to be all about. And I am, most of the time – or rather, I was, until, say, early December – back when I had my knee operated on for the 4th (and hopefully final) time; when I had […]

Limits, and When to Ditch Them

Limits, and When to Ditch Them

You may remember, a month ago, I said this: It’s easy to change a bit, adapt, and then stay put. That’s why we plateau, both in terms of weight loss and in a wider sense. You’ve got to stay focused on improving yourself and your life […]

Escape Your Comfort Zone (Even If It Gives You Freshers’ Flu)

Escape Your Comfort Zone (Even If It Gives You Freshers’ Flu)

I just had something of a revelation. After a week of feeling like death warmed up, I’ve realised… I’ve got Freshers’ Flu. You’ve gotta laugh at times like this. Here I am, with my grown-up job, in my grown-up flatshare, with my grown-up clothes and […]

Patience, Perfection, and That Time I Pretended I Was the Subway Guy

Patience, Perfection, and That Time I Pretended I Was the Subway Guy

Perfection is something I’m pretty sure I don’t believe in; it’s right up there with the phrase ‘nothing tastes as good as thin feels’ and the 2013 Cliff Richard calendar in my ‘List of Things I Strongly Oppose.’ But sometimes, for reasons beyond my control […]

What Do You Really Want?

What Do You Really Want?

Simple question, really. But I have a theory that this whole health, fitness and wellbeing malarkey pretty much boils down to it. Figuring out what you really want – on a number of levels – is one of the most important things you can do […]

When Fitness Starts to Be… Fun?

When Fitness Starts to Be… Fun?

It’s so funny how times change. A couple of years ago, I’d never, ever have thought I’d be where I am right now. A lot of things are different, in a whole range of crazy ways. I like different foods, for one thing; unless I’m […]

The Programme: Your Questions Answered

The Programme: Your Questions Answered

I’ve been amazed by the fabulous response to the exercise programme we published on Thursday this week – you guys are awesome. I’ve been rather inundated with questions since, so apologies if I haven’t been able to email back right away! The questions that have […]

Get With the Programme!

Get With the Programme!

We’ve finally made it! I can’t even begin to tell you how hard we’ve been working to get this programme finished for you guys, following the amazing, astounding and oh-my-god-I-may-be-welling-up-a-little-bit response to last week’s guest post by Matt, the trainer who designed this programme. This […]