How I’m learning to accept my body, flabby bits and all

Throughout this blog's lifetime I've tried several different diets with a mission to excavate through my belly flab and unearth a long-hidden abdominal muscle or two. Why???? Because I'm vulnerable to the images of beauty that bombard women. As free-thinking, open-minded and decently-read as I like to think I am, I tapped into those insideous…

I’m trying Michael Mosley’s fast 800 diet for Lent

Lent is a test of willpower. Every year, like many people around the world, I renounce things I like for 6 weeks - not because I'm a Catholic (although this is what the official papers say I am) but because I feel like if I don't follow Lent, something bad will happen. In other words,…

One week, one half marathon, no sugar

I've made it a week without any sugar!   I literally had children waving bananas and fistfuls of Jelly Babies in my face on Sunday during the Eastbourne Half Marathon and still I remained true to my promise to shun all sugar for Lent. In all honesty I probably should have just had a Jelly Baby…

Life without sugar is pretty sweet

Day one of my ban on sugar is over. So far, I'm absolutely fine. I'm still alive, still sort of plump. I haven't descended into a shaking, sweating, angry mess yet.  After reading extensively about the effects of giving up sugar I was actually expecting something a bit more interesting than this. People report headaches,…

A Visual Update on My Fat Loss Challenge (Day 5 of 21)

It's day 5 of my 21 day meal replacement challenge and I've lost 3.1kgs (6.8 lbs) in total so far - not bloody bad! Here's what that looks like in chart form: I've gone from 76kg to 72.9kg in less than 5 days. I haven't been this light since before University. The good thing is…

Herbalife Challenge Day Four: I’m Such a Bore

When you're on a fat loss regime, it's hard not to be a massive buzzkill I wrote a post on my old blog called 'People on Diets Piss Other People Off', which is kind of true - it's hard not to be a buzzkill when you're feeling miserable because you're hungry and you can't join…

Food dreams on day two of the Herbalife challenge

As I settled down to sleep after my first day of the 21 day Herbalife shake challenge, I drifted off and dreamed I was at a hotel breakfast buffet. It was so vivid. I was wondering around this huge hall full of food stations piled high with things like chicken wrapped in crispy bacon, deep fried…

Challenge Update: First Day Down

I'm thirteen hours into my 21 day Herbalife shake challenge and my mind seems to have become a Delia Smith recipe book, presenting me with an imaginary slide-show of delicious-looking dishes bathed in golden light rotating slowly to unnervingly sensual M&S advert music I'm trying not to think about the really cheesy pasta bake I had for my 'last…