Illness

An Open Letter to Minnie Mouse

An Open Letter to Minnie Mouse

Dear Minnie, I know it’s been a while since we last spent any quality time together. We used to have a great time when we were younger, but then we grew apart. I went to college, moved away, got a job, and I’ll admit – […]

An Honest Post for World Mental Health Day

An Honest Post for World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day – an initiative by the World Health Organisation which is designed to “raise public awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention, promotion and treatment services.” This year, the theme […]

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 […]

Why You Probably Don’t Need Surgery

Why You Probably Don’t Need Surgery

Last week, I was asked to be a talking head on HuffPost Live, during their interview of Lisa Lampanelli – who is ace. She’s known for her amazing (if a tad…uhhh…blue) put-downs – the only one I could find that wasn’t too filthy to put […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

In Praise of Curves, Skinny, & Everything Else

In Praise of Curves, Skinny, & Everything Else

You know what’s boring? Being told what’s hot. That’s boring. I am tired – tired, I tells ye – of talking to people of all shapes and sizes who aren’t happy with how they look, because they don’t live up to the ‘ideal.’  I’m also […]

There’s No Such Thing as a Quick Fix

There’s No Such Thing as a Quick Fix

I was going to write a blog today about the importance of keeping your ‘before’ pictures for later use – but I was browsing the news over my lunch and came across this article about a girl in the UK who has been declared ‘Britain’s […]

Appreciating What You’ve Got

Appreciating What You’ve Got

It’s often all-too-easy to get complacent about what you’ve got, be it friends, family, money, warmth – and your health. I’ve got a cold at the moment, and dammit, I feel sorry for myself. Really sorry for myself. I’ve noticed this more since I’ve been […]