Fat Friday: Week 15

Howdy! How is everyone doing this cold, miserable January evening? I bet you’re all looking forward to the weekend, am I right? I’m sadly in work all weekend, well, not all weekend, but I’m in on early shifts so my weekend is pretty much out of action. I don’t mind, it could be worse, they could be late shifts, but I’ll still pretty much do nothing with my weekend. We’re in the middle of my favourite readathon, Bout of Books, and as I’m quite strapped for cash at the moment, I don’t think I’ll end up doing that much this week.

Fat Friday is a weekly blog post tracking my weight loss and fitness journey, used to keep myself accountable, keep a record of my progress, and share hints & tips that have helped me. To track my progress, or read my previous entries, click here.

Please join me, support me, and help me along my way as I am to improve my life for the better!


I’m not gonna lie, I was quite sad, upset, and disappointed with my lack of progress last week. I was pretty devastated to see the scales tip to +2lbs, I was gutted that some of the progress I had made before Christmas had been undone, and was worried that I had completely careened off track with no clue how to get back on. I think it may have been the push I needed to get back in the game, but it was pretty rubbish and made me feel like absolute crap. I quickly realised that I didn’t want to feel like that again this week.

First things first was to get back exercising. Yes, my foot still hurts and if anything has got worse, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a type of exercise that will help, or at least that won’t hinder. I gave yoga a go, and actually really quite enjoyed doing Yoga at home. I gave Adriene’s 30 Day’s of Yoga – Day 1 workout a go (click here to give it a go yourself) and actually thought it wasn’t too bad. It didn;t hurt my foot, it definitely helped my back, and it was a relatively low key workout to get back with it. I decided not to risk zumba, as that is high impact on your foot, but gambled with the gym. Yes, it hurt, and yes I can tell I’ve lost quite a lot of fitness, but it was good to do a harder workout, and then I went with my Mum to aquacise. I love being in the water, and the class gave me no pain whatsoever. I really should do these classes more often when I get the chance!

Eating has been much harder to improve. I don’t eat that unhealthily on the whole, but I have grown accustomed to eating a little more and eating more unhealthy things over Christmas, which is hard to shake when you have the taste for it. Snacks were starting to creep a little way onto the radar again, and I was craving unhealthy things like chocolate all over again. Having Emma back in the house has certainly encouraged us both to cook and think about our meals again, and I am starting to remember to take lunch to work again, but all in all this is the  struggle I have at the moment. Hopefully, as the exercise gets a little easier and becomes routine again, so will the eating?

I have had an weird week. It’s been Bout of Books, which is one of my favourite readathons, challenges, events that happens each January (and May, and August). I have really got back into reading this week, which is really nice and is stopping me watching quite as much TV as I had been. TV is definitely snackbait.


WEIGHT: This week: -1lb Total: -18lb

EXERCISE: 3 Sessions: 1x Yoga, 1x Gym, 1x Aquacise

MOOD: Optimistic

RECIPE/FOOD/SNACK of the week: Salt and vinegar chickpeas

HINTS/TIPS of the week: 30-day yoga with Adrienne


Any weight loss is victory, even if I really wanted to lose the weight that I put on last week and get back to -19lb. Onwards and upwards.

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Fat Friday: Week 14

Happy New Year! Can you believe we are 5 days into January already? That’s 1.4% of 2018 gone already. I am so sorry if that scares you! At the end of 2017 I was thinking that 2018 was going to be my ear to change, but now as it’s here, new year new me seems a lot more scary and like hard work, sigh. I also think that I am suffering from late Christmas weight gain. I’m not saying I don’t trust my scales, but I was VERY surprised with last week, so I’m wondering if this week’s gain is a delayed reaction!?

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New Year, New Resolutions: Welcome 2018

2017 has been a mixed year overall really. It’s been a year of some really enjoyable highs, and some pretty crappy lows, and just about everything in between. On a global scale, the world is becoming unrecognisable, and uncomfortable; on a personal level, life doesn’t look nearly as rose-y as it did at this time last year.

My resolutions for 2017 proved quite eye-opening, and really showed me what my priorities are. It made me think about things that I find important, and regularly looking back at my resolutions in the form of quarterly check-ins kept my resolutions in the forefront of my mind, and made them more attainable. Emma, my friend/housemate/fellow blogger at The Terror of Knowing has some resolutions that cross over, so I think we can hopefully use each other to keep us accountable.

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New Year’s Resolutions: 2017 Round-Up

Can you believe that we are almost at the end of 2017 already? No, me either! It’s come round so quick. I feel like I say this all the time now, but it’s so true, time just seems to fly by. It’s been a real mixed bag, 2017 has dealt some awesome times, brilliant trips, but also unsettling news, and occasionally devastating blows. But enough of that, what about the resolutions I set at the beginning of the year? How have I done?

Just to recap, my New Years Resolutions can be found here, and have found that regularly checking in has helped me try and be accountable for the resolutions I made all the way back in January. Click here for a peek and a recap for 1st quarter check-in, 2nd quarter check-in, and 3rd quarter check-in.

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Fat Friday: Week 13

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, dogs and cats…you get the idea. How are you? Have you had a good Christmas? We’ve had a quietish one this year. Well, no we haven’t, we’ve done a lot, but Christmas day itself was fairly calm and quiet and pleasant. I’m hopefully going to write a (longish) Christmas post this weekend before New Years Eve, so I won’t go into too much detail.

Fat Friday is a weekly blog post tracking my weight loss and fitness journey, used to keep myself accountable, keep a record of my progress, and share hints & tips that have helped me. To track my progress, or read my previous entries, click here.

Please join me, support me, and help me along my way as I am to improve my life for the better!


So, Christmas eh? A time for sharing, caring, and over indulging on nice food. Don’t get me wrong, they’re all lovely, but the last one is not exactly great news for a diet and fitness regime is it? I’ve really tried to be good(ish) about what I’ve been eating. I haven’t snacked (too) much, and I have tried to think about what I’m eating when it’s not for a main meal or event. I haven’t gone ridiculous and not enjoyed myself or my Christmas, but I have tried to at least think.

That said, we’ve done a lot. Of course there was Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and  Boxing Day to contend with, as well as my Mum’s birthday on the 28th, and our annual walk and dinner with my Aunt and Uncle. All of these are a bit of a blowout in our house. Christmas Eve was celebrated with an Indian Takeaway, which although lovely is never a healthy option. Christmas Day is, well, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day is leftover and ham joints in our house, so that wasn’t the healthiest day either. We went to a lovely fish restaurant in Liverpool for my mum’s birthday where I did order a healthy option, something that helped compensate for the cake at least. And then Bob and Marian’s, well, their spread is always lovely and yummy, with a huge choice for both main and dessert, so holding back is never an option.

When I have eaten unhealthily, and that has been quite often, I’ve tried to include any healthy bits in there with it, and I have really tried to enjoy and savour what I am eating. My Christmas Dinner plate, while very full, had a lot of vegetables (I promise the sweetcorn had peas underneath it too!) and I have been trying to cram as much health in with the crap. My family and friends even helped by reducing the amount of Chocolate and alike that was gifted. I got a really nice amount that left me with enough to enjoy without becoming weight increasing.

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Sadly, I haven’t got out and done any running or working out. I have walked quite a lot, whether it’s around the sales in town, too and from the football, or today on an actual walk to a park, but my foot has started hurting which has put me off doing anything more strenous. My Mum, who is a doctor, has said it is plantar fasciitis, I’m hoping it’s just being stuck on my butt eating too much really. Once Emma is back on the 2nd, I am planning on ramping up the amount I am working out again, and as soon as 2018 is here, I am going back on a strict Diet.

All of this sounds like I am pre-emptively making excuses for an absolutely horrendous weight gain, something that I was apprehensive about yet expecting. Well, it didn’t happen. I didn’t lose weight, obviously, but somehow I survived Christmas with no weight gain???!!!


WEIGHT: This week: 0lb Total: -19lb

EXERCISE: 0 Sessions, but quite a bit of walking

MOOD: Surprised

RECIPE/FOOD/SNACK of the week: Christmas Dinner

HINTS/TIPS of the week: (when looking at anything unhealthy) But It’s Christmas…


I feel like this week has been a loss, even though it hasn’t been. Not gaining weight is as good as a loss any other week of the year anyway. I feel like this was a good place to launch into the New Year. I’ve lost 19lbs since I started, which isn’t a small amount, yet have plateaued of late, which leaves something to work on going into the New Year. I’m 10 months out from Disney, which is when I want to be reaching my target size/weight/fitness level,so getting straight back into it will certainly help. I hope.

The next time we talk will be in 2018, so, I wish you a happy and healthy New Year!

Fat Friday: Week 11

Welcome back folks! This week has been full of ups and downs, pretty much the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, neither of which contribute towards the best of weight loss weeks! I’ve been off since last Friday, a mixture of holidays and well timed rotas, so I’ve tried to make the most of it in London, and preparing at home for Christmas.

Fat Friday is a weekly blog post tracking my weight loss and fitness journey, used to keep myself accountable, keep a record of my progress, and share hints & tips that have helped me. To track my progress, or read my previous entries, click here.

Please join me, support me, and help me along my way as I am to improve my life for the better!

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Couch to 5K

If you’ve been following my blog for a little while, or have been scrolling through some of my recent posts, you’ll notice that a) I read a lot, b) I like travelling, and c) I’m currently on a weightloss and fitness regime that I’ve affectionately dubbed ‘Fat Friday’.

During my Fat Friday ‘journey’ I have dived head first into the world of dieting and the world of exercise. I decided to follow an age old method of weight loss and witness and scrap following fad diets. Simply, this is the Eat Less and Exercise More diet. So far, I’ve lost 20lbs, so I guess it could be labelled a success. The main discovery of the diet has, so far, been all about routine. Routine in eating, work balance, and exercising has been essential in sticking to my goal.

The latest thing I’ve thrown myself into is Couch to 5K. This running programme was created for the NHS Live Well scheme and aims to get you from the couch to running 5K (or 30mins) within 9 weeks. It sounds ambitious, but the myriad of resource and the essential (free) podcasts are a wealth of information and support to put you on a healthy, low cost path towards better fitness. For me, it offered the chance of a flexible, yet structured, work out plan, and helps me on the way to running a charity race and/or triathlon at some point down the line.

As with my Fat Friday posts, I’ve decided to create a place to record my progress, my findings, and my moans, in the hope that it both keeps me interested and engaged, whilst hopefully helping someone else like me!

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