Fitness

This Is An Apology to the Weight Loss Industry

This Is An Apology to the Weight Loss Industry

This is a guest post from Matt Peacock, who designed the programme I follow. I asked him if he’d write something that gave a little bit more insight into who he is and what he does – because obviously ’tis all well and good me […]

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 […]

A Halloween Horror Story; or, What’s Really in a Happy Meal

A Halloween Horror Story; or, What’s Really in a Happy Meal

Even though I’m open to a bit of a cheateroo from time to time, generally, I try to avoid eating processed foods where I can. Don’t get me wrong – I’m nowhere even approaching perfect – but as a rule, most of the stuff I […]

The Battle Pose

The Battle Pose

I like to think I’m pretty confident. Most of the time, I’ve got no issue with meeting new people, and I love a good chinwag – so outwardly, I’d say I’m pretty outgoing. Plus, I did post a series of photos of myself in my […]

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 […]

What 60lbs Looks Like in Mismatched Undies

What 60lbs Looks Like in Mismatched Undies

It’s been an exciting week for me, because I finally hit the 160lbs I’d been aiming for for the last two years. Now I’m here, I realise I’ve still got some work to do, and my target weight has shifted a bit now I’m here […]

Fat Politics: Obesity, Health & Getting a Job

Fat Politics: Obesity, Health & Getting a Job

Yesterday, I read this quote reported to be from Christina Aguilera (it’s since been denied – but bear with me on this), who said she told her record label the following when working on her new album – because apparently, no amount of talent will […]

Mindfulness, and When to Just Stop Thinking

Mindfulness, and When to Just Stop Thinking

I’m a busy woman – and it’s hard to keep everything in balance sometimes. Normally this isn’t an issue – and finding time to hit the gym usually seems like a welcome break from the huge amount of time I spend sitting in front of a […]

Where Do I Start? Part 3 – Nutrition

Where Do I Start? Part 3 – Nutrition

I’ve asked Matt to help me with this post, because he’s a nutritionist (who actually won the Contribution to Physical Activity award at the Worcester Sports Awards the other night for this very programme – woo!), so this is kind of his specialist subject. I can’t […]

How I Healed Myself

How I Healed Myself

I have a very cool, albeit slightly double-edged, thing to tell you guys today. You might already know that I’ve had a lot of knee surgery – three rounds, in fact – to repair them after I had an accident in 2007 that brought on […]

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 […]

Carbs, Glorious Carbs

Carbs, Glorious Carbs

Ahhhh, carbs. Apparently enemy of all things diet, they’re the current thing to ditch. I know this, because I tried it. Not for long, mind – it’s not much fun, it makes you feel pretty terrible, and it’s certainly no way to lose any weight […]

Why Are Bad Habits So Hard to Break?

Why Are Bad Habits So Hard to Break?

Oh, habits. Bad ones are really easy to pick up, and ridiculously hard to quit. And good ones, predictably, are quite the g’damn opposite. Here’s a few examples from my own experience: grabbing a sausage sandwich and a can of full-fat coke as consolation for […]

Why the Scales Really Don’t Matter

Why the Scales Really Don’t Matter

I’ve said before how evil the scales can be. Repeatedly. I swear to God, they are put on this earth just to toy with my emotions, because whenever I feel like I’ve had a really good week, boom! I can guarantee you I will have […]

The Spaghetti Bolognese Ready Meal Challenge

The Spaghetti Bolognese Ready Meal Challenge

I don’t know about you guys, but I love a good spag bol. It’s been a staple of my diet since way back in my heady undergraduate days – although the “mince” we’d buy then was probably a tad suspect, and I’m not sure it […]

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 […]