The Gym

The Year of Trying New Things

The Year of Trying New Things

It’s been over a year since I made my big move to the big smoke – and what a year it’s been. I’ve been really lucky to have landed on my feet – ending up with a job I love, a house that I’m glad […]

Join Me for 30 Days of Good Stuff!

Join Me for 30 Days of Good Stuff!

As you might know, once a year I go a’ravin’ with my little sister, to Global Gathering – a huge UK dance festival. The other 362 days of the year, I’m a real grown-up with a very civilized lifestyle – but for those three days, […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Why You’re Not Losing Any Weight – and Why You Should Carry On Anyway

Why You’re Not Losing Any Weight – and Why You Should Carry On Anyway

I have a confession to make. I haven’t lost a single pound in over three weeks. Yes, that’s right – I’m considering myself a blogger about weight loss… But one that isn’t losing any weight. It’d be very, very easy to get disillusioned at this […]

Back to the Future

Back to the Future

A very, very large part of my reason to move to this particular flat was location, location, location. It’s closer to my family, and it’s two doors down from the flat I lived in that day when I made the decision to enter the gym […]

It’s Not Just About Weight Loss

It’s Not Just About Weight Loss

Don’t get me wrong – when I first took those footsteps into the gym, it was all about weight loss. I was never a depressed, shy, or insecure fat girl, and I didn’t want to lose weight because I hated myself, or how I looked. […]

Face Your Fears, Baby!

Face Your Fears, Baby!

I know there are lots of people in the world doing amazing things every day, and the Olympics are coming to town soon – so my miniscule athletic prowess isn’t all that impressive in the grand scheme of things… But today, for the first time […]

Motivation and Maintaining Your Goals

Motivation and Maintaining Your Goals

I think I’m one of those people that does their best to make life difficult for themselves. I think that’s taken as read when you decide to do a PhD – in anything – and on top of a job? Well, that’s just a fool’s […]

Why Am I Writing About Fitness?

Why Am I Writing About Fitness?

My name’s Katie. I’m 24 years old. I’m attempting to do a Literature PhD on top of a full-time job (because let’s face it – a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.) Fortunately it’s a job I love, so I’m very lucky in […]