It's that time of year again. The days are short and the end of the year is nigh. Thoughts turn to the year that's almost behind us. I'm taking a bit of time to reflect on how things have gone before the tide of Christmas … read more.
It's been a while since I last blogged, and I don't know where the time's gone! It's been an interesting few weeks. I've been getting acupuncture for my menopause symptoms and I think finally (fingers crossed) I might be over the worst of it. I … read more.
Grrr! Mrs Grumpy! I've had two weeks of the scales not moving an inch despite me upping the exercise and being on an eating regime that usually means a 1 - 2 pounds a week loss. I'm trying to convince myself it's muscle building up after a … read more.
Hormones. The mere word strikes fear into my over-inflated chest. From the very first blossom of my womanhood to the mature garden of my rather lengthy menopause, hormones have had a massive influence on my life, on my mood, my confidence … read more.
I used to joke that eating like a horse really helped me lose weight. Starting every day with a steaming plate of porridge oats and an apple has worked wonders for me. It transformed my usual breakfast choice from a massive 500 plus calories … read more.
I'm sitting here watching the London Marathon. As always I have a tear in my eye and a lump in my throat as I watch that flowing colourful sea of all that is great about humanity surge and shuffle across the starting line. For many people there, … read more.
Well, I'm now in the last two weeks before the marathon. I've got my fingers well and truly crossed that I'll make it to the starting line, but I got a sore hip after being greeted a bit too boisterously by a large dog. Luckily this happened … read more.
Four weeks to go to the Marathon. One more week of hard running and then it will be three weeks of refuelling and repairing to get my muscles and ligaments ready for the great event. The biggest challenge … read more.
I'm sitting here resisting temptation. I might not remember what day of the week it is or what someone's name is, but I can list every bit of 'naughty' food in the house. At this very moment I know there's a … read more.
I'm a bit of an ostrich, if there's something I really don't like, quite often I'll just try and pretend it's not there. I've had a lot of practice and I've got very good at it. I managed to avoid the truth of my bathroom scales for 20 odd years … read more.
It's three Christmases since I reached my target weight, and I've finally (yes finally) got through the festive season more or less unscathed. YAY! It's taken me a while to get there, but this year I've made it - I've managed to … read more.
Where does the time go! I've been quite good at writing my blog regularly but with one thing and another, it's been a long way down the 'to do' list recently. The big excitement has been the arrival of the new kittens - Dougal and Hamish - … read more.
Sorry folks, but I'm going to have to do it, I'm going to have to mention the 'C' word. Christmas. I know it's weeks away, but those Office Parties have been booked for a while now and I bet most of you have given a fleeting thought to … read more.
We all know about will power. That magical quality that solves all known ills. I've blogged before about motivation - or mojo. Psychologists think it works like a muscle. You can train it and strengthen it, but if pushed too hard and used … read more.
Yesterday I snapped. I'd finally had enough. If I read one more article about miracle foods that you should eat to lose weight and stay healthy I will scream or shove a pack of organic almonds into the next health expert I come across. As … read more.
What does successful weight loss mean? As I reach my second anniversary since hitting target weight, I’ve been pondering success and what it means to me. At first when I started my diet it was easy, I just wanted to lose weight. But now I … read more.
I'm just wiping away another tear having watched Andy Murray win a gold medal in the tennis. What a fighter that man is, how hard he's worked to get that medal. Even when everyone said he was a loser, he kept going. There's something about these … read more.
When I was growing up, I was the second fastest eater in my family - giving my Dad a good run for his money. I much preferred my Dad's approach to food - he enjoyed every mouthful and had a way of eating that made food look … read more.
Yay! I did it, I managed to get into my figure hugging dress for the family wedding. There was a wee bit more of me than there should have been, but who cares. I got the dress on comfortably and I felt great. I can't wait to see the photos! … read more.
Hurray, it's holiday time! I love holidays, but for me, holidays spell trouble for my efforts to stay slim.Since reaching target weight 18 months ago, I do ok most of the year, but on holiday my weight goes up and I really struggle to … read more.
Well folks it's that time of year - Race for Life will be with us soon and maybe you're thinking about whether to get involved.I know some … read more.
We all know that despite every bit of logic, will power and hard work, motivation can suddenly do a disappearing act. One moment you're on a roll and things are going great and then suddenly, out of the blue, that magic Mojo has … read more.
Travelling can be a nightmare if you're trying to control your weight. The heady mixture of heading to new climes and the cornucopia of treats on display can send me over the edge into serious self indulgent binge-ville. Holiday … read more.
I love bread. It's not just that I like bread, I crave it. Bagels, wholemeal, seeded rolls, crusty white, pitta bread, french bread, soda bread, even good old Mother's Pride. I love bread in all its shapes and forms. I love the variety, … read more.
Phew! well, slow and shaky and a bit uncertain, but I seem to be back on track. I managed to lose 1lb last week and am feeling much more positive. I'm also back to doing a little light running. Things are getting back to normal and I'm … read more.
It's simple to get slim and stay slim, and we know all about it, we're fat not stupid! Eat less, move about more, keep an eye on your weight, cut down if you put in a pound or two. It might be simple, but staying slim is certainly not … read more.
Staying Slim is not easy! Losing weight is just the beginning.In my first year of living slim I was getting on really well until my gall bladder op and hormones left me struggling to adjust my weight and keep it manageable. My body just … read more.
Right, hands up. Who's sitting there trying to decide if they can do it, if they can take on a diet and make it work?Are you thinking that maybe, just maybe you might do it this year? Is there just the teeny weeny inkling that you … read more.
As I type this, it's almost exactly two years since I started my weight loss journey. Two years that changed my life completely. I never want to go back to being the fat old me.It was round about this time of year that Ali and I began … read more.
I don't know if it's my age, but there's something about Christmas that starts me panicking - I'm going to run out of food. I'm ratcheted up a notch or two after last year's snow, worrying I won't get enough food in … read more.
As Christmas approaches, I'm thinking about how I can have lots of fun whilst not getting fat and spending New Year on the naughty step with rice cakes and water.Of course it's … read more.
There's lots of things you dream about when you're heading towards a life of being slim. Lovely clothes, tons of confidence, the joy of movement. Getting slim is full of surprises; … read more.
Does exercise make you slim or does it make you hungry? There's a very interesting debate about exercise and weight loss. Look at any running mag or talk to any gym bunny and they'll tell you: exercise and weight loss are issues even for … read more.
What really helped me lose weight was knowing exactly what I ate and what I weighed. Two things I never did before I started to lose weight and two things that are helping me learn to stay on the straight and narrow. … read more.
Losing weight can change your life and take you to places you've never been before. Have a look at the Tesco success stories and you'll see what I mean. For many of us it's about much more than just what the scales say, though that's a massive … read more.
I've a confession. I have strayed off the straight and narrow this week. I've another confession. This is not the first time.I can explain it all, honest. We've been to a wedding in Dorset. It was my first visit there, it's a beautiful … read more.
There's something amazing about reaching your target weight. It's much more than just losing the pounds and inches, it's about feeling great about what you've achieved. Since I reached my target weight last September, I have so much more … read more.