Are you feeling okay?

Over the past few weeks I have been feeling unwell because of a water infection  or UTI as they are officially called.  For something that I thought a quick dose of antibiotics would cure nothing could have been further from the truth.  As soon as I finished the first course thinking I was better, back came the problem only worse.  Absolutely no energy and no appetite.

The result of this has been a loss of half a stone in the space of three weeks, but not a way I would want to lose weight. I am pleased to stay as I come to the end of my second course of a different antibiotic I am hoping I am cured and can get back to my normal energetic self and eating normally.

It is so easy to overdo things when you are unwell and slow down your progress.

We all need to be kind to ourselves and trying to lose weight is no exception!

More next week when hopefully I will be back to full health.


Remember to reward yourself

When you are losing weight it is good to keep yourself focussed on your overall goal but don’t forget to reward yourself on the journey.

If you have a lot of weight to lose setting smaller goals such as every half stone can be a great way to keep yourself motivated

This can be something such as buying a new nail varnish, treating yourself to a trip to the cinema or buying yourself something you have wanted for a time.

One thing that really worked for me was to put a  £ coin into a tin for every pound in weight I lost which meant by the time I had lost the 75lbs I lost to get to my goal enabled me to buy a dress I wanted for a formal night on a cruise



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What stops you losing weight?

Quite often when you set off with determination to lose weight something happens that takes you off track.

This might be something you are going to enjoy such as a night out with friends, attending a wedding or even going on holiday. You eat and drink more than you really need and then probably regret it afterwards

Or it could be something in life that’s not so great. An argument with a partner or friend, a problem a work, or something more extreme such as divorce

Or it maybe that you are facing quite a bit of stress, studying for exams, taking on a new job, facing lots of deadlines to name a few.

Whatever it is- if you turn to food and /or drink you are only human and we’ve all done it.

The main thing is NOT to carry on over eating but get back on track and think about what triggered the overeating and try to look for other solutions to support you.

Planning in advance is great for holidays and trips out

Exercise is great for stress

Treating yourself to something (not food) can also make you feel better

Personally the thing that really works for me if I am feeling stressed is to get to the gym and exercise.  Music helps as well and my favourite for the Treadmill is Basement Jaxx makes me go faster!

Do you support a Charity

If you have been thinking of losing weight but are finding it hard to get started why not get yourself sponsored for your favourite Charity.

  • This can be a very good way of actually committing to lose weight publicly, which makes it real.
  • It can help you, as your friends and supporters of the Charity will  give you more help, as they will have a vested interest in your success.
  • It will make you feel responsible for keeping on track, as you have said you will raise money for a good cause.

So why wait- I am offering a 20% discount on my plans to anyone who signs up to lose weight with sponsorship for a Charity.  You can check this out on my website at  or contact me through this blog.

When I think of the weight I lost myself, I am kicking myself for not getting sponsored for charity.

I lost a total of 75 pounds, which if I had been sponsored £1 per pound by just 10 people it would have raised £750 for one of my favourite Charities which is Cancer Research


How well are you protecting your family?

It has been really worrying to read and hear in the press that there is an increasing problem with childhood obesity. With GPs quoting some alarming figures

  • that 9% of chidren are obese when they start school
  • that 19% of children are obese by the time they leave primary school and
  • that 3 in 10 children aged between 2 and 15 are either overweight or obese

These facts make you think,  as we all know how hard it is to lose weight and how awful we all feel when we are overweight.

So we owe it to our families to eat healthily and move more.

It is so good if you can eat well as a family and cook more fresh food.

If you are looking for help my Weight Away Plans have lots of healthy recipes that can be cooked quickly and not break the bank.