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Monthly Archives: March 2014

‘Why did you let yourself get so fat?’

31Mar

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Whilst this is a valid question to ask someone who reached 43st 5.5lbs, it’s also quite fecking irritating! I have some questions of my own… Why did you let yourself smoke so much that you ended up with lung cancer? … Continue reading

  

Word of Mouth, Issue 17 – March 2014

31Mar

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Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of Word of Mouth. Enjoy the magazine, and we will see you in April. +474   

  

Mummies Day!

30Mar

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What a wonderful day of celebrations galore for mummies out there! I will share with you the message that I decided felt right for Facebook today…’Special ‘wonderful day’ wishes to the mummies, soon to be mummies, those who have been … Continue reading

  

Good weather…good company…thankful!

29Mar

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Today has been as it says on the tin really – a day of good weather, good company, and lots to be thankful for. First up was a bit of thankful. I watched a video of a lady called Joanne … Continue reading

  

Another AGM and buckwheat slaw salad

28Mar

I am preparing for another IBS Network AGM tomorrow, I can’t believe its three years since I attended the first one – we have achieved lots of things since then, the Self Care Plan and now free access to all, … Continue reading

  

Concerned

28Mar

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My first thought this evening was that I don’t really have much to say today…but I bet as I write it will all start to come out! There is one thing that has bothered me this week, and that is … Continue reading

  

Cutting-Edge Drugs To Be Fast-Tracked To Patients

28Mar

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State-of-the-art medicines will be fast-tracked to patients thanks to the Early Access to Medicines Scheme. The scheme will make the UK one of the best countries in the world to capitalise on breakthroughs in medical care. The Government is determined … Continue reading

  

An ode to the FreeFrom Food Awards 2014

28Mar

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Here is a poem that I wrote about the amazing, the incredible, the life changing, the most excellent, FreeFrom Food Awards 2014. I stopped after the winner and four runners up. It would have been about a hundred verses long… … Continue reading

  

The Game That Never Should Have Been Invented

27Mar

During my time in the first psychiatric hospital I was in, I noticed that the cleanliness of the ward left a lot to be desired. For one, I noticed a giant dust bunny beside my bed on the first night … Continue reading

  

British Dental Health Foundation story

27Mar

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As one of the world’s leading oral health charities, for more than 40 years the British Dental Health Foundation has strived to improve people’s lives by reducing the harm caused by oral diseases – many of which are entirely preventable. … Continue reading

  

Authenticity

27Mar

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An article, written by Sarah Abell, in this months ‘Psychologies’ magazine started my mind whirring today. I was sat in the car reading it whilst Mr WLB was having his training session. I was sat in the car not really … Continue reading

  

Just do it!

26Mar

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Or JFDI as a friend of mine says! Just fecking do it… Today’s blog post was inspired by a conversation that Mr WLB and I had after my weigh-in yesterday. He asked me if I was disappointed by the result … Continue reading

  

All hail purple…

26Mar

” I know, I know times are changing. It’s time we reach out for something new. That means to you too, you say you wanna be a leader but you can’t seem to make up your mind. I think you … Continue reading

  

Easy tuna risotto – simple, cheap & nutritious!

25Mar

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This is my quick and easy risotto recipe and tonight’s dinner  – all made in 1 large saucepan. The kids loved it and my 18 month old got stuck in eating with her hands. This easy, cheap (only 75p per … Continue reading

  

Oxygen-Stealer!

25Mar

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Oh how I do love people who look at the positives! I will get on to the Oxygen-Stealer shortly, but first I will cover my weigh-in and group today. It was a good morning. This was the number that the … Continue reading

  

Living arrows 12/52

24Mar

After a couple of weeks of illness and teething, our happy girl is back… +394   

  

Living arrows 12/52

24Mar

After a couple of weeks of illness and teething, our happy girl is back… +420   

  

Any Time of the Month? Sure!

24Mar

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I made a doctor’s appointment the other day. The next morning  in the shower (why does this stuff come to us in the shower?), a memory came sailing back. How fast I had forgotten… For thirty-five years or so, I … Continue reading

  

Who said?

24Mar

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What?, Which?, Who?, When?, Where? These are some of the most important words for me now. Not ‘Why?’ as this can be seen as a challenge and can rile people…I might use ‘why?’ on the odd occasion though…on purpose! I … Continue reading

  

Testing Protopic ointment for eczema – does it work?

23Mar

Finally testing Protopic ointment for eczema

Most people with moderate to severe eczema will have heard of Protopic. If you haven’t yet come across it it’s an appealing treatment because it isn’t a steroid so doesn’t thin the skin like most steroid ointments do. I first … Continue reading

  

Getting emotional!

21Mar

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Last night I briefly mentioned emotional intelligence. It’s quite important stuff really. The definition of emotional intelligence (EI) is, ‘the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.’ So it … Continue reading

  

How to Manage Your Children’s Food Allergies

21Mar

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Mother of two, Stephanie Gatewood, 43, from Virginia, US, knows only too well how stressful food allergies can be. Both of her children suffer with severe peanut allergies. She has a blog called Peanut Free Parenting and has written a … Continue reading

  

Living arrows 11/52 – raising awareness xx

21Mar

So, breaking with the norm a bit here.. A video rather than a picture but it’s World Downs Syndrome awareness week and this sums it up nicely xx http://youtu.be/ssGqVO6BBBM +408   

  

Living arrows 11/52 – raising awareness xx

21Mar

So, breaking with the norm a bit here.. A video rather than a picture but it’s World Downs Syndrome awareness week and this sums it up nicely xx http://youtu.be/ssGqVO6BBBM +461   

  

NHS Charges From April 2014

21Mar

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NHS prescription charge in England will increase by 20 pence from £7.85 to £8.05 for each quantity of a drug or appliance from 1 April 2014. It is also intended that the single charge will increase by 20 pence to … Continue reading

  

Welcome to the food allergy Smug Zone

21Mar

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Oh yes, it is possible to be a smug allergy parent.  Not often, I’ll agree, but possible. Usually eating out for our family is fraught with hours or days of planning, menu scanning and waiter interrogation.  However, there is one … Continue reading

  

The secrets behind how propolis fights cold sores

21Mar

Herstat propolis cold sore care range

What is propolis? Honeybees make propolis using resins they gather from plants. They chew the resins, drawing out beneficial plant extracts and mix them with their saliva, which they then combine with wax produced from glands on their abdomens. This … Continue reading

  

I’ve got a strap on!

20Mar

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Sometimes words come out of my mouth and I wish I could stuff them right back in there again! Today’s little gem was as the title says…”I’ve got a strap on.” This was in response to a question my personal … Continue reading

  

Why I let my son eat cake!

20Mar

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On November 10th 2011 the most amazing thing ever happened to my husband and I. We welcomed into the world our amazing little boy Harry. Now, I know what you are thinking, oh god, here is another rant by a … Continue reading

  

The Things We Give Up For Our Conditions

19Mar

It’s been a long time since I’ve breathed as confidently as I do now. My chronic pain condition seems to be fading away of its own accord and I’m left dumbfounded at the grip it has had on my life … Continue reading

  

Bud turns three

19Mar

As you may remember from last year March is a truly crazy month in our household with all three of our children celebrating birthdays! Rosie turned three this weekend and we celebrated at home with family and friends, all of … Continue reading

  

Never stop moving.

19Mar

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving” -Albert Einstein. So the government recommendations on exercise are as follows for the over 65s (taken from the NHS Choices page for Physical Activity guidelines for … Continue reading

  

Curious

19Mar

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I am curious as to what we think we are missing out on when we choose to eat healthily. I am also curious about my binge-eating…and whether a one-off occasion would put me right back in a place where that … Continue reading

  

Nutrition & Hydration Week 17-23 March

19Mar

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Water  – did you know that it’s the best fuel for a healthy life – and in fact one of the most precious and important commodities in the world? Water makes up 2/3rds of our body and therefore it is … Continue reading

  

Dangerous misconceptions about skin cancer revealed by new research

19Mar

Over half (53 per cent[1]) of people within the UK worry less about skin cancer than other cancers, with nearly one in five (18 per cent) misguidedly thinking it’s easily avoidable, according to new research. Furthermore, 38 per cent of … Continue reading

  

Can you have immunotherapy if you have asthma?

19Mar

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For years I’ve been trying to get a referral for immunotherapy for my hay fever and dust mite allergy but have been told that it’s not available, that I wouldn’t qualify because I have asthma etc. etc. OK… but my … Continue reading

  

Strawberry and Amaretto Trifle

18Mar

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This is my homemade modern twist on a trifle recipe. It was quick (especially if you already have sponge to hand) and easy to make. I made my sponge fresh (as I didn’t have any in the cupboard) but you … Continue reading

  

Spoon feeding…

18Mar

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There may be a tiny rant coming up…but I am going to try and contain myself for now and see what happens or else there will be more naughty marks against my name! It was weigh-in day again…another 2lbs off … Continue reading

  

The Lady Gaga Incident

18Mar

I walk a lot. It’s my ‘me’ time, my thinking time, my blasting tunes and making up dance routines in my head time – it’s also my ‘plan my writing and rehearse in my head what I want to type … Continue reading

  

Lose the label campaign

17Mar

This week is Down’s Syndrome Awareness week – there couldn’t be a more appropriate time for Ella to be featured in the powerful and emotive photo campaign entitled ‘Lose the Label’… It took a long time, but I don’t think … Continue reading

  

Lose the label campaign

17Mar

This week is Down’s Syndrome Awareness week – there couldn’t be a more appropriate time for Ella to be featured in the powerful and emotive photo campaign entitled ‘Lose the Label’… It took a long time, but I don’t think … Continue reading

  

Exciting opportunity!

17Mar

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Well I think it’s quite exciting anyway! I was recently contacted by a couple of lovely guys who have created something that I think is pretty bloody good! A lot of the questions that I get asked surround exercise. As … Continue reading

  

Two things…

16Mar

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There are two things that I am going to share with you today…one is a moral karma kind of thing, and the other is a what pisses me off kind of thing. So first up is the very brief moral … Continue reading

  

The sheep vs the lion. Where does Epilepsy fall in this choice?

16Mar

“It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life”- Sister Elizabeth Kenny. What a strange quote but a one that didn’t half grab my attention. A quote that immediately made me wonder whether I … Continue reading

  

I changed my mind!

15Mar

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It can happen…I can change my mind! Despite what Mr WLB may tell you, I am a reasonable individual! I wrote the other day about the headlines we are subjected to. The headline is designed to provoke a reaction and … Continue reading

  

Really…

14Mar

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Could you really believe that Special K for breakfast with double cream and jam is healthy? Secret Eaters is one of those weight loss shows that I actually quite like. It manages to remove the smoke and mirrors that people … Continue reading

  

Living arrows 10/52 – First of Spring…

14Mar

Lovely afternoons in the garden with my girls this week.  Lets hope this lovely weather continues! +416   

  

Living arrows 10/52 – First of Spring…

14Mar

Lovely afternoons in the garden with my girls this week.  Lets hope this lovely weather continues! +459   

  

Pilates…and ballet

13Mar

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Today was the little Pilates meet up that I had organised! As soon as I wrote about enjoying Pilates I was inundated with messages from people saying that they were either too fat, too uncoordinated, too shy, too scared, etcetera … Continue reading

  

Weight Gain and Medication

12Mar

Two days before I was sectioned for the first time, I needed to buy some new trousers for work. The ones I was wearing were a UK size 10, but despite using a belt, they were far too big. The … Continue reading

  

Help save a life on International Women’s Day

12Mar

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A straight forward conversation with the woman you love about her heart could be enough to save her life, says the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Maureen Talbot, a Senior Cardiac Nurse at the BHF, said: “Too few women realise that … Continue reading

  

Media

12Mar

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Mr WLB likes to be helpful – occasionally. He gets concerned that I will run out of words when it comes to writing this everyday…me, run out of words? How can he not know me after so long?! So he … Continue reading

  

A nice bit of platinum!

11Mar

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Not of the expensive jewellery variety…but of the Slimming World award variety! I have to say that I am thrilled to have this and would choose it over a piece of jewellery any day! For me, this little bit of … Continue reading

  

The Battle Between Head and Body

11Mar

I’ve been thinking a lot over the past week about the connection between your head and your body – or to speak more accurately my head, my body – when it comes to food and eating and who I should … Continue reading

  

Shame

10Mar

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I owe tonight’s blog post to a lovely reader who sent me a link to a TED talk. TED talks are amazing…leaders in their field giving an insight into their learnings…I am a geek for this kind of thing! The … Continue reading

  

A trip to the allergy clinic – what to expect!

10Mar

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I look forward to my trips to the allergy clinic because I learn stuff every time, mainly about my skin and eczema because the specialist I see is a Dermatologist at Oxford Churchill Hospital. I am reminded I am not … Continue reading

  

Bowel Cancer UK launches new diet information pack for people in recovery from bowel cancer

10Mar

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Bowel Cancer UK has produced a new information pack called ‘Your Diet: Living with and beyond bowel cancer’ which will inform and give tips to people recovering from bowel cancer. Every year, over 40,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer … Continue reading

  

What have you lost?

9Mar

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A quickie tonight…I have been out all day having family fun and finished the evening with a coaching client who is doing amazing things…it has been a fabulous day! Earlier on today I got curious. I see these charts occasionally … Continue reading

  

No more drama.

9Mar

“So tired, tired of all this drama, no more, no more. I wanna be free”- Mary J Blige. Both the title and quote may confirm the following, drama is without doubt one the most useless stresses that life has to … Continue reading

  

A night in…

8Mar

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This is becoming a rarity on a Saturday evening now – which still comes as a surprise to me…I never thought I would be out there doing this kind of thing! Well…’this’ kind of thing was supposed to be the … Continue reading

  

Living arrows 9/52 – family

8Mar

So here’s this weeks living arrows. Better late than never, can you tell I’m back at work now?…  Here’s Ella with my two younger brothers at Fountains Abbey last weekend. I love them as my brothers, but love them even … Continue reading

  

Living arrows 9/52 – family

8Mar

So here’s this weeks living arrows. Better late than never, can you tell I’m back at work now?…  Here’s Ella with my two younger brothers at Fountains Abbey last weekend. I love them as my brothers, but love them even … Continue reading

  

Oil pulling for allergies, eczema and psoriasis

8Mar

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This morning I have been trying something a little bit different. I’ve never done this before let alone heard of it. I’ll give you three guesses what I was doing with a jar of coconut oil first thing this morning. … Continue reading

  

Top 10 priorities for acne treatment research

7Mar

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We were very privileged to be invited this week to observe the final stages of agreeing what the TOP TEN priority areas for acne treatment research to address are. Over the course of the past 16 months the James Lind … Continue reading

  

Sugar-coated sensibility

7Mar

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There has been talk, for quite some time now, about introducing a tax on sugar. The chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, has said that sugar tax may have to be introduced to curb obesity rates, unless the government gets … Continue reading

  

In good company

6Mar

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It appears that my swearing is not something that I need to be ashamed of really – I am in good company apparently! If you offend easily and don’t enjoy a bit of profanity, then maybe check back tomorrow night… … Continue reading

  

A bit of fitspiration I found online…

6Mar

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Do what you love. Additionally WHO have updated their physical activity/exercise fact sheet which can be found here The post A bit of fitspiration I found online… appeared first on Whole Life Fitness. +579   

  

How to get a Massage with a Port!

6Mar

Can you get a massage with an accessed portacath?  This is the question I kept asking myself over the past couple months.   I get so stressed with school and being sick, that sometimes I just really need a massage, … Continue reading

  

How to get a Massage with a Port!

6Mar

Can you get a massage with an accessed portacath?  This is the question I kept asking myself over the past couple months.   I get so stressed with school and being sick, that sometimes I just really need a massage, … Continue reading

  

The rest will follow…

5Mar

Ever since Ella was a tiny baby there has been huge emphasis on supporting and helping her development.  Over the last three years she’s had medical and developmental input from physiotherapy, speech therapy, dietitians, paediatrician, specialist nurses, cardiac team, feeding … Continue reading

  

The rest will follow…

5Mar

Ever since Ella was a tiny baby there has been huge emphasis on supporting and helping her development.  Over the last three years she’s had medical and developmental input from physiotherapy, speech therapy, dietitians, paediatrician, specialist nurses, cardiac team, feeding … Continue reading

  

Menopause and Dry Eyes

5Mar

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In the last two weeks I’ve gotten something in my eye twice. One speck was so large I needed the assistance of my husband with the fine fine motor skills to remove it. Then it hit me. I never get … Continue reading

  

Mr WLB…irritations!

5Mar

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I love my Mr WLB, I really do…but sometimes…;-) Those little things that you love at the beginning of a relationship – such as the cute way he used to whistle without realising that he was doing so – begin … Continue reading

  

My journey with Flynn by Rosy

4Mar

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I wanted to write about our experience in the hope that I may be able to help others, to try to communicate to the world how it feels to lose a child and most importantly to keep my little boys … Continue reading

  

Slimming World Greatest Loser 2014

4Mar

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19st 0.5lbs lost…and ‘Greatest Loser’ for my wonderful group. I bloody love Slimming World! It was a great morning – my group are an amazing bunch! I lost 0.5lbs…which is obviously in the right direction, although I do get a … Continue reading

  

What I Learnt During Eating Disorders Awareness Week

4Mar

I’m breathing a little sigh of relief today as it feels great to back in my normal blogging routine. As you may or may not have noticed, my slightly ambitious goal to post 7 days in a row for Eating … Continue reading

  

Pancake Day Ideas

3Mar

Shrove Tuesday aka Pancake Day is here! This is one of our favourite food celebrations as a family. Pancakes are great – a perfect savoury snack, a healthy dessert (depending on your choice of filling or course!) or an alternative … Continue reading

  

To the Bullies

3Mar

To the Bullies, You probably don’t know who you are and what you did to me, but I remember everything. The names, the taunts, the threats. I remember so much. My last three years of school were miserable due to … Continue reading

  

Happy Days!

3Mar

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Happiness – it’s something that I never thought I could claim as an emotion! Since working hard to develop a positive attitude, life has got better – I wouldn’t say that I see it through rose-tinted glasses, as I am … Continue reading

  

Reading Half Marathon 2014

3Mar

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Yesterday I took part in the Mizuno Reading Half Marathon with 16,000 other runners. Around 20 of my running club, Sherfield Park Runners, took part in the event with most running in our club shirt (a handful ran for a … Continue reading

  

Halfway Through Couch to 5K

3Mar

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This week sees the start of Week 6 of the Couch to 5K course I am running for Sherfield Park Runners. Of those who started the course initially we have 17 stalwarts who are working really hard and are dedicated … Continue reading

  

Endometriosis UK’s Awareness Week Campaign – 3rd-9th March, 2014

3Mar

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Women and young girls are waiting an average of two years before consulting their GP about difficult or painful periods.  The Diagnosis Survey by Endometriosis UK found that women and young girls do not realise that what they are suffering … Continue reading

  

Treating scalp eczema in 3 steps

3Mar

Secretly you examine your scalp, with finger tips fine tuned to rooting out that scab or the dried clump of blood coating the hair shaft. It’s like an addiction. The skin hurts but you can’t leave it alone, questing finger … Continue reading

  

Knock Out Panties Night-Tee Review

3Mar

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KnockOut Panties Night-Tee from knockoutpanties.com Okay so lets be real for a second, when you are living with a Chronic Illness, night sweats are just something that you learn to live with.   When I am flaring, I have night … Continue reading

  

Anonymity

2Mar

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You might have met me. You might have seen me at one of the Slimming World talks I have done, or go to my group. You might swim with me. You might have attended one of my little WLB gatherings. … Continue reading

  

Note to one’s self.

2Mar

“If you could write a note to your younger self, what would you say in only two words?”- Anon. After a hectic week running around like a blue arsed fly I decided that it was about time that I put … Continue reading

  

Wet water!

1Mar

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“Well I nearly did fall over tonight following you at the swimming pool – I stepped on some wet water and slipped.” Said Mr WLB last night. “Wet water, really?” I said. Now the scientific amongst you – or cosmetic … Continue reading

  

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