Fitness

Cardio, Fat Burning, and Getting Stuff Done

Cardio, Fat Burning, and Getting Stuff Done

When I first started out trying to lose weight, I hate hate hated cardio. What can I say? I like to have nice hair, and cardio seems to go out of its way to push against that. Boo hiss. But as you probably already know, one of […]

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 […]

Why Doing a PhD is a Lot Like Losing Weight

Why Doing a PhD is a Lot Like Losing Weight

Over the last couple of weeks, there have been a couple of times where I’ve really had to drag myself all but kicking and screaming to the gym. I know it’s what I ought to do, and I know I won’t regret it once I’m […]

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. […]

What We Talk About When We Talk About Fat

What We Talk About When We Talk About Fat

You guys know when I talk about being fat, I mean it affectionately. But in this post I briefly touched on the connotations of “fat” and I was really surprised by how many people said to me afterwards how much they’ve been affected by the […]

Making Exercise Fit: It’s the Small Stuff…

Making Exercise Fit: It’s the Small Stuff…

Last week, I was forwarded an article that claimed that inactivity now kills as many people as smoking. Apparently: A lack of exercise is now causing as many deaths as smoking across the world, a study suggests. The report, published in the Lancet to coincide […]

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 […]

The Guns: My Favourite Upper-Body Exercises

The Guns: My Favourite Upper-Body Exercises

I love weight training. There’s nothing more satisfying. It’s hard, and it’ll make you pull some interesting faces – and probably break into a sweat sitting down – but it’s pretty empowering to be safe in the knowledge that you’ve got great upper body strength. […]

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 […]

The Psychology of Getting Fit

The Psychology of Getting Fit

If there’s one question I get asked a lot (second only to ‘How did you do it?’) it’s this – ‘do you feel different?’ Usually the people asking that question are referring to the physical side of it – and yes, I feel completely different. […]

How Much Would You Do It For?

How Much Would You Do It For?

Ahhh, celebrity diets. The age-old ‘I lost 50lbs by eating nothing but grapefruit covered in salt water and lizard’s tears’ diet is a staple of trashy magazines (full disclosure: I love trashy magazines). When you’re tucking into your second helping of chicken nuggets, it’s easy […]

A Trip Down Memory Lane…

A Trip Down Memory Lane…

I’m so uncomfortable. Three years of hard work, and I’m stuck here, sweating, trying not to breathe so I don’t bust a shirt button under my graduation robes. This ought to be one of the best days of my life, and I just want to […]

Getting Off Your Ass

Getting Off Your Ass

Oh, some days are HARD. Really hard. Especially when you’re a scary hormonal cowbag, like I was earlier this week. I’m not gonna lie guys – I’ve been wandering around the office, trying my level best to conceal my deranged wrath at nothing in particular, […]

I Need to Eat…More?

I Need to Eat…More?

I have had a super, super-busy week – it’s been my first week back at work after a bit of a break, I’ve been bringing some freelance projects to an end, and…I’ve been on a couple of dates. (Very exciting!) Which is why I’ve been […]

What Do I Eat?

What Do I Eat?

Over the last couple of days, I’ve been asked twice what exactly it is that I eat over the course of a day, a week, a month, etc. Obviously you guys have seen some of the highlights (mostly just because they’re pretty) but it’s not […]

Colourful Cuisine – Making Healthy Sexy

Colourful Cuisine – Making Healthy Sexy

When you spend 24 years numbering pizza and sitting down in your list of Top 10 Favourite Things In The Whole World Ever, switching to a healthy lifestyle seems a bit scary. I mean… There’s no way you’ll learn to love healthy foods. They’re all…green. […]

Why Body Image Matters

Why Body Image Matters

I was very, very interested to read the recommendations from a group of UK MPs the other day suggesting that school children should have body image lessons as part of the curriculum. I’m going to repeat myself again here – for all the ‘fat girl’ […]

Get Happy – Five and a Half Tips to Make Your Life Better

Get Happy – Five and a Half Tips to Make Your Life Better

My last few posts have been a bit serious, I know – so I thought I’d take a minute to write a nice cheery post! I am happy at the moment. Really happy. The sun’s out and I’m only a little bit burnt, which is […]