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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 […]

One Year of Fat Girl, PhD

One Year of Fat Girl, PhD

It’s my birthday! Well, not mine. But it’s a whole year since I found myself sitting in my bedroom, writing my very first post, in my slippers and hat, at 10pm at night. I’d written the post, but I couldn’t think of what to call […]

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 […]

Maybe I’m Not Making Myself Clear About the Scales

Maybe I’m Not Making Myself Clear About the Scales

In the last 48 hours, I’ve had no less than three – three – people tell me that they’ve been upset by the number on the scales at some point this week. Ladies: the hell. The hell? Are you kidding me? Seriously? This state of […]

Quit Planning, and Enjoy the Little Things

Quit Planning, and Enjoy the Little Things

I’ve always thought of myself of something of a planner. I love a good strategy, me. When I’m not blogging, I’m paid to do just that – plan stuff. Strategise things. Day-to-day, I’ve got to be super-organised, thinking ahead days, weeks, and months in advance. […]

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 Red Dress Epiphany

The Red Dress Epiphany

I’m super sorry guys – I’ve been ever so busy this last couple of weeks, what with the PhD, work, various project-type things, the Meal Plan, and some exciting bits and bobs relating to the blog (which I’m hoping you’ll all like, eventually!) However, I’ve […]

On Being Thankful For Your Flaws

On Being Thankful For Your Flaws

America, I am officially gatecrashing your holiday. Because I love turkey, stuffing, and frankly, I think it’s unfair that you guys get two goes at a Christmas-style break – so I’m getting involved. Consider me having pushed my way in there. Because I think Thanksgiving […]

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 […]

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 […]

Where Do You Find Your Inspiration?

Where Do You Find Your Inspiration?

I was so, ridiculously cheerful earlier this week that it was almost embarrassing. Honestly, even pre-coffee, I’m pretty sure I had Disney-style bluebirds flying around, singing happy songs about how beautiful the weather is. Even though it’s been raining. Yes, that cheery. I know. It’s […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Society of Solo Dancers

The Society of Solo Dancers

I was in full-on writer mode earlier. I was tapping away furiously, in total silence, pausing only to sip coffee and after four hours, at last, I was done. So, I cranked up the volume on my speakers, and got DOWN. I live alone. In a tiny […]