rich emollient used in the management of eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.


It’s been a while I know. I committed the cardinal blogging sin of not blogging. My excuse is that I’ve been busy doing, to write about doing, if that makes sense?

So, in the fresh crispness of a brand new year, and the sun is shining, I thought it was the ideal time to take stock of last year’s resolutions, and make some new ones.

Question 1: did gluttongirl get fit? The truth is, gluttongirl is definitely fitter than this time last year. ‘Fit’ is another question. What I’ve learnt (part 1) is that fitness is a journey and we’re all at a different stage of it. But yes, I’m probably fitter than I’ve ever been, which is nice.

Question 2: did I lose weight? Yes, I did. 4 stone or 26 kilos, to be precise. My body fat has gone from 54ish% to 27% , which is pretty exciting. Did I get to my weight target, that’s a big fat no. But here’s the thing – I’m making the target secondary. And here’s the biggest thing I’ve learnt this year – focus on what you can do, not some arbitrary number.

Question 3: what did I actually achieve in 2013? The answer to this one is – more than I thought I could. Doing crossfit became not just about losing weight or getting fit. Through doing it, with the incredible coaches and classmates at Crossfit London, I’ve been challenged more than I thought possible. I’ve learnt to do things I’m scared of. I’ve learnt to just keep going, I’ve learnt to not compare myself to other people, but to compare myself to myself yesterday. I’ve learnt that I’ve got a lot to learn and that you never stop learning. I’ve learnt that pushing yourself actually feels pretty fantastic. I’ve learnt that when you want to cry and stop, it’s your classmates that keep you going, and so you need to pay that forward. I’ve learnt that wallballs suck, but not as much as burpees. I’ve learnt to listen to my coaches and they are usually right. I’ve learn to: ‘send my bum back and down,’ ‘dip and drive’, ‘extend the hips’, ‘tighten your abs’ and ‘lock out the arms’.

Also, exciting news, I actually learnt to ride a bike, which has been a resolution for about6 years. So yay me.

Resolutions for 2014? I have crossfit resolutions, and ordinary resolutions. Here are the ordinary ones:

Get body fat down under 20%
Do two organised events, such as runs/obstacle races
Decorate my living room properly
Buy a new oven
Put up photos and pictures
Stop using my smartphone after 9pm
Take my make up off at night at least 5 nights a week
Use more moisturiser (I’m not getting any younger)
Have botox
Drink better quality gin

I’m coming up to my crossfit anniversary, so more about those goals then!

With love



Rachael Parkman

Rachael is a late 30s south Londoner, who’s always been bigger than she wants but thinks she’s found the solution. Lives with her husband and cat, and enjoys cooking, gin and tonic and wearing nice shoes.

One Response to It’s a new year!

  1. What you’ve achieved is totally amazing and so inspirational! Love some of your Resolutons – some of those are mine too! Best phone my personal trainer …..

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