Motivation

Getting and Staying Motivated

Getting and Staying Motivated

I’ve been asked a lot over the last few days – “how do you stay motivated?” Seems a lot of us – myself included – are in the habit of starting a diet with the best of intentions, and with all the motivation in the […]

What Do You Want From The Meal Plan?

What Do You Want From The Meal Plan?

Wow. Just wow. I am completely, unspeakably overwhelmed to the huge response I’ve had to the article published yesterday on the Huffington Post about my weight loss story. If you haven’t read it, you can find it here – and I’d just like to take […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]