Happiness

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 […]

Celebrity Weights Revealed, and Other Things That Make Me Furious

Celebrity Weights Revealed, and Other Things That Make Me Furious

Yesterday, my gorgeous Mum came to visit me in London town, and I had the most wonderful day. We did some lovely touristy things – visiting Buckingham Palace, strolling down Carnaby Street, and wandering through St. James’s Park. It was awesome. I was happy. And […]

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. […]

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 […]

Feel the Cliche and Do It Anyway

Feel the Cliche and Do It Anyway

You’ll notice things have gone a bit quiet around these parts since my last post – because it’s been something of a whirlwind since I upped sticks and moved to the big smoke. Honestly, I have not stopped for long enough to even think, let […]

All Change Please, All Change

All Change Please, All Change

Well, it’s done. I’ve made it to London, and I’m writing this post from my lovely new house in Islington. As it happens, I have something of a fuzzy head after a welcome night out with my new housemates – which was ridiculously fun, but […]

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 […]

The Resolutions You Really Should Be Making

The Resolutions You Really Should Be Making

I don’t know about you, but I am terrible at sticking to my New Year’s Resolutions. Disastrous. Last year, I resolved to go on a diet, and diet I did. For two weeks. As a result, I lost half a stone… And gained 10lbs immediately […]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Hello! This is only a short post, but I wanted to check in and wish you guys a very, very Merry Christmas. Here’s me and my gorgeous, wonderful, super-intelligent (and a bit of a pop star) sister this morning – we thought we’d dress up […]

Screw You and Your Platitudes; or, The Fat Paradox

Screw You and Your Platitudes; or, The Fat Paradox

It’s Katie-rant time. On body image. Again. Ready? Firstly, I’m tiring of the word ‘curvy.’ I completely agree with the author of this article that it’s a word that’s become so overused as to lose all meaning – which is a shame, because it’s a word […]

Adventures in Knee Surgery; or, Why It’s Never Hopeless

Adventures in Knee Surgery; or, Why It’s Never Hopeless

As you probably know, yesterday was a big day for me, because I was getting a whole hunk of nasty metal removed from my knee. I needed it, back in the days when I was 290lbs – that stuff was the structure that was holding […]

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 […]