Motivation

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 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 […]

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 […]

Stress, and How to Escape the Slump

Stress, and How to Escape the Slump

I’m not really sure of the reasons behind it, but for the last few days I’ve been feeling a bit… Blue. That happens to everyone from time to time – even fine upstanding wellbeing-ers like myself. I’ve been a tad frazzled – it’s been a […]

The War on Snarking; or, Why You Shouldn’t Give a Damn

The War on Snarking; or, Why You Shouldn’t Give a Damn

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time again – wherein I go on about body image. Yes, again. You might’ve spotted a bit of a furore in the papers lately, because Lady Gaga has gained some weight. She’s apparently gained 25lbs, in a move which has […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Self-Esteem, Self-Control, and Stretch Marks

Self-Esteem, Self-Control, and Stretch Marks

I seem to talk about body image a lot. I know that. But here I am, back on it again, like a broken record. Sorry ’bout that. This time, though, it’s because a friend of mine sent me this fabulous article and it gave me […]