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Still here

Hello people, I am still here but I have been really busy and I am properly knackered. Back at work now and things are really manic as ever. Lots of changes are happening there which means loads of stress and unnecessary anxiety which makes things a bit more difficult.

I have joined Slimming World and lost 5lbs on my first week which I was pretty pleased about. There is loads that you can eat on this diet which makes things somewhat easier! Last Sunday The Mister and I went for a gym induction and I have been a couple of times since then. This morning I had an appointment there to get my programme sorted. I am concentrating on cardio to help with weight loss. However, I feel absolutely shattered now and really, really stiff. Hope I can keep it up.

Hopefully I will be the incredible shrinking woman soon!


I am truly, truly knackered today.

Work was very busy and it was stuffy, hot and horrid in the office. Then I went to the gym and really struggled through my programme.

Either I am coming down with something or I am just overdoing it.

The life and times of a reticent gym-goer

My younger sister has spent years telling me that exercise is good for you. My mother’s answer to all problems, e.g. “I have a headache”, “I have backache”, “I am tired”, is that you need to get some exercise. Now I am starting to think there may be some truth in their comments. Throughout school I have hated most exercise. I loved walking, gymnastics and trampolining, but things like netball, hockey and running were, in my mind, very unnecessary to my life.

About 5 years ago I started doing Pilates. Initially I started doing it because I had a bad back, but I also found that it helped with my hyper-flexibility, improved muscle-tone and was relaxing. I love Pilates… it has been pretty life-changing for how I feel about myself. Then I started swimming and did that 4 or so times a week and that also helped to improve my fitness, but I started getting bored.

At Christmas I made the decision to start going to the gym. I have always been a passionate anti-gymer, but I decided something had to be done about my weight. So, since January I have been going to the gym at least 4 times a week as well as doing Pilates and I have lost 1st 3lbs. Whilst I can’t say that I love it, I have certainly found it to be mood-altering and on Thursday I was in the foulest of all foul moods (I made Robert Mugabe look reasonable) but an hour in the gym (plus a glass of wine and a chocolate muffin – ooops!!!) seemed to help my mood, and even my bad head-space. The other plus side is that not only have I lost weight, but I have lost about 3 inches off my waist and several inches off other parts of my large body. Who knows, one day I might be wafer thin!!