Monthly Archives: June 2014

Oral Health Foundation

30 Jun

Dental phobia still rife throughout the population

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People afraid of the dentist are being reminded that dentistry has significantly changed after an alarming number of Brits say a visit is scarier than 10 of the UK’s most common phobias, a new survey reveals. Oral health charity the …

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talkhealth

30 Jun

Sun safety at Wimbledon

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The sun is shining once again over Wimbledon and St John Ambulance is encouraging spectators to stay safe in the sun by being aware of a few simple steps. The high temperatures are already keeping the 43 volunteer first aiders, …

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WeightLossBitch

30 Jun

Mr WLB…

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Mr WLB is wanting to take over tonight’s blog post! So here he is…filling you in on what’s been happening for him recently… ‘Hey everyone it’s Mr WLB here. I’m very sorry that I haven’t been interfering in WLB’s blog …

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WeightLossBitch

27 Jun

Honesty…

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I have done something today that may make or break a really important friendship. Some years ago, when I was at the beginning of my career – long before I met Mr WLB – I spoke to a chap on …

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talkhealth

27 Jun

Challenge eHealth Innovation Awards

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talkhealth are proud to be supporting the Challenge ‘eHealth innovation Awards’. Please see details below. Expressions of interest are now open for the ‘Challenge eHealth Innovation Awards’.  The event sponsored by the Welsh Government offers SMEs, clinicians, healthcare workers, patients, …

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Gary Turner

27 Jun

How much fat can we lose in a week?

During my research and review of the available literature, the highest reduction I have found in adipose tissue, our fat stores, is 3.5lbs (1.6kg) over the course of a week. This was in a laboratory controlled environment and included nearly …

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Oral Health Foundation

27 Jun

Nation’s eating habits leave oral health charity plenty to chew on

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A NEW SURVEY looking into some of the nation’s dietary habits has left one oral health charity calling for people to think about the impact their diet can have on their oral health. The call comes as the findings showed …

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WeightLossBitch

26 Jun

Crisps

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I haven’t eaten a bag of crisps in over 4 weeks now.This is a pretty major deal for me. Crisps are my weakness…my nemesis…my love…my friend! On a typical day the old me would eat a multipack of McCoys crisps …

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AnnA_R

26 Jun

Natural Ways of Coping With Anxiety and Panic Attacks

We all feel anxious from time to time, but if you are experiencing this with no specific reason, and your everyday life is being affected, then it is time to take action. The usual symptoms can include restlessness, feeling tense …

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Oral Health Foundation

26 Jun

Word of Mouth, Issue 20 – June 2014

Front Cover Word of Mouth 2014 June Issue 20

Hello, and a warm welcome to the June edition of Word of Mouth. National Smile Month – our campaign to dramatically improve oral health in the UK – comes to a close today for yet another year. And what a …

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WeightLossBitch

25 Jun

End of an era!

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Today saw the end of an era – sort of! It was the last day of my coaching work at uni and I felt a little emotional actually – which was unexpected. For me, this course has been a crucial …

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talkhealth

25 Jun

Link between alcohol & risky sexual behaviour during the World Cup

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The Family Planning Association have undertaken a survey of more than 2,000 adults in the UK designed to find out more about drinking and sexual health/behaviour during the World Cup. They have discovered that alcohol plays a part in risky …

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Saz

25 Jun

The comfort barrier.

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”-Neale Donald Walsch. Life is a word that throws up so many scenarios on a daily basis to the point where we can lose sight of our train of thought and can …

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Danielle Stewart

25 Jun

A Thank You Note

Today is a thank you note, a love letter of sorts, an expression of gratitude for my job. For the past 2 and a half years I have worked one of the best jobs I’ve ever had: being a member …

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Danielle Stewart

25 Jun

A Thank You Note

Today is a thank you note, a love letter of sorts, an expression of gratitude for my job. For the past 2 and a half years I have worked one of the best jobs I’ve ever had: being a member …

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talkhealth

25 Jun

Use it or lose it… Beach Boys

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The saying is very true lose it or use it…. we see many examples of people carrying on doing what they love – and age is a complete irrelevance.  Last night was a great show of energy at Hampton Court …

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The Future's Rosie

24 Jun

Little Miss Swiss

I think I’ve just broken my own record for the longest time between posts! During this time Rosie has been unwell with a chest and ear infection (for over two weeks). It’s been a long time since she’s been under …

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Kayleigh Herbertson

24 Jun

Surprising Responses to Chronic Conditions

It never fails to amaze me how people can instantly become Drs and start prescribing you treatments, no matter what the condition. Some people will offer you home remedies, some will tell you about an amazing new treatment they heard …

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Phil Hall

24 Jun

How To Reverse Type 2 Diabetes – The Facts?

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So I’ve been a good boy for a month now and I’m starting to see some results that are making me happy. For starters, my BP is down from 158/90 to 136/85, and that was today in the GP’s surgery! …

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Guest blogger

24 Jun

Care at home

I have recently lost my husband and cared for him at home until he died. The help I had from my GP and the District Nurses was wonderful and could not be faulted, the NHS staff are a credit to …

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Annemarie Aburrow

24 Jun

Sausage Pasta Recipe

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On today’s blog is my famous Sausage Pasta recipe. This is one of our family favourites – what tastier combo than some nice sausages, fresh tomato-based sauce and pasta? It’s another very versatile dish – you can add / swap …

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Oral Health Foundation

24 Jun

Smile…for the end of sugar

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Sugar is in the news again with a US movie released May 14 called “Fed Up” which highlights the damaging effects that sugar has on our health. This month is also national smile month which aims to improve the oral …

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WeightLossBitch

24 Jun

Angry Bird!

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As I was driving Mr WLB to the doctors this morning, I was wondering what changes losing weight has made to my mood. So I asked him, ‘Do you think I am less angry now that I have lost some …

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Rachael Parkman

23 Jun

Feel the fear and do it anyway

I’m generally a cautious kind of person. I’ve written before about how much during crossfit beginners’ I was actually scared. And it occurs to be that I’m generally a fearful person, combining a lack of confidence in my physical ability …

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WeightLossBitch

23 Jun

If I gave you…

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…a gun containing a single bullet and asked you to spin the cylinder before placing the muzzle of that gun to the side of your head and pulling the trigger, would you do it? My guess is that you would …

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Barbara Younger

23 Jun

Just Over Yonder: A Poem for Menopause and Other Times Too

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As I went through The Great Pause, I kept asking older women about it. “Menopause? That was ages ago! I’ve forgotten,” they’d reply cheerfully. Their responses were happy but not helpful. But… Their forgetfulness inspired me to start this blog, so I could …

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Barbara Younger

23 Jun

A Shadow of My Former Self

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Menopause messes with your mind… Whirls and twirls those old brain waves And shoots out changes in attitude, perspective, and personality. Some changes just happen. Some are more deliberate, prompted by an increase in zest, courage, and confidence. A week ago, my friend Judy Brown sent …

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WeightLossBitch

22 Jun

Unexpected ;-)

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Given last nights blog post of goals that I have hit, I imagine that you might have guessed what was coming tonight?! Yes, you are right…some more goals! So first of all let’s get a little bit more ‘scientific’ than …

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Amy Dunn

22 Jun

Learning disability week 2014

To celebrate this years learning disability week, Mencap have chosen ‘firsts’ as their focus topic. Wonderful stories of first days at school, first dates, first homes, jobs and other milestones have been shared by people all week.  It’s made me …

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WeightLossBitch

21 Jun

Review Time!

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Twelve months seems like a long time, but it bloody flies by! This time last year, I wrote a blog post with some goals in it. I wrote, ‘…summer 2014 will be here before we know it, and I want …

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WeightLossBitch

20 Jun

Success

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It’s time for me to talk about something that I am reading again…and, as always, I am constantly likening things to weight loss – which bores even me, so apologies to you for having to put up with me! My …

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Phil Hall

20 Jun

4 Reasons Why You Should Get Tested For Diabetes Type 2

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Hey people, one of the biggest shocks about developing type 2 diabetes for me was the fact that I was blissfully unaware at the time. I had no idea that I had a potentially life threatening condition and this is …

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Amy Dunn

20 Jun

Sleeping lion

When I was little, my parents would often find me asleep on the landing outside their bedroom door when they got up in a morning. I have vague memories of doing this and seem to remember taking my blanket with …

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WeightLossBitch

19 Jun

Smart Works

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I spotted something on Twitter the other day that caught my eye. It was a request from a charity called Smart Works for plus size clothing, and it simply said, @SmartWorksHQ: We are always in particular need of plus sized …

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WeightLossBitch

18 Jun

Coolest Ever Present!

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This has to be the coolest – in more senses than one – birthday present ever! It’s an individual ice-cream maker…and the best thing about it is that you can make the healthiest treats in it. My ‘ice-cream’ tonight was …

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WeightLossBitch

17 Jun

Goodbye…farewell…so long…

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…feck off! I have had the best news today – I am no longer in need of my diabetes medication, as my lifestyle overhaul is doing far more than the drugs ever can…according to my doctor. So I am waving …

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Danielle Stewart

17 Jun

Some Perspective

Sometimes something happens and it creates perspective, however unfortunately it was a sad event that occurred last week that really made me think. A man who was instrumental in creating and producing theatre in Scotland passed away a few days …

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Danielle Stewart

17 Jun

Some Perspective

Sometimes something happens and it creates perspective, however unfortunately it was a sad event that occurred last week that really made me think. A man who was instrumental in creating and producing theatre in Scotland passed away a few days …

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Phil Hall

17 Jun

Me and Linda

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I’m around 2 weeks into my new lifestyle and I have to say that I feel pretty good! I’ve still not joined a new gym, the old one closed down, but that is on the cards this week. But my …

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WeightLossBitch

16 Jun

It’s my party!

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Well – not so much of a party…but it is my birthday today! For thirty-three years I have now roamed this planet – well, as of 8.58pm this evening! – and they have been good times. I have a lot …

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Sarah Brocker

15 Jun

To the World that Hears without Listening

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Words words words.  Everyone wants me to talk about how I am feeling, to share how it feels to be ill. To explain to them why I feel the way that I do, and they want me to use words …

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WeightLossBitch

15 Jun

A quickie!

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‘What motivates you?’ is one of the most-asked questions thrown my way. It is difficult to answer, as what motivated me back when I was 43st 5.5.lbs is very different to what motivates me now at 22st 10.5lbs. Also, motivation …

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WeightLossBitch

14 Jun

Respect and love

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My guilty pleasure is watching ‘Made in Chelsea’ – I have to say that I love the foulness and stupidity of some of the cast members…it has me screaming at the TV! I wrote last year about the fact that …

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WeightLossBitch

14 Jun

Pilates Shoes – Daisy Roots

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I was so excited when the postman delivered these gorgeous Pilates shoes! You see, I have foot issues. I hate bare feet…and the thought of standing bare foot and doing Pilates or Yoga makes me shiver…so I tend to just …

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WeightLossBitch

13 Jun

How do you feel?

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How do you feel? It’s a simple question…which can open a can of worms. The typical British response is to say, ‘Fine, thank you’! People often get a shock when they ask me how I feel now…as I am quite …

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Annemarie Aburrow

13 Jun

Fats Debate – Sorting the Truth from the Myths

In celebration of Dietitians Week, I am writing my second blog of the week. Dietitians Week is all about raising awareness of the work Dietitians do and their unique skills. Dietitians are truly the gold standard when it comes to …

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WeightLossBitch

12 Jun

Balance

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This isn’t about balance in the traditional sense – although I have done some mean moves on a bosu and a foam roller recently! It’s all about balance in the slimming sense. As an ‘all or nothing’ creature, I find …

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Phil Hall

12 Jun

So…one week later, insurance, diabetes on television, and the world cup!

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Where were we? Oh yes, so I started taking the metformin about a week and a half ago and I’m having no issues with it to be honest. This week I have upped the dose to twice daily, next week …

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WeightLossBitch

11 Jun

Dreams…can come true?!

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Goodness me – I had the strangest dream last night! I was walking across the field to see my horses. It was really muddy and the ground was kind of moving up and down…like a wave. Then, the corner of …

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Saz

11 Jun

Silence.. What’s it all about?

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”- Martin Luther King. Before I begin I’ll ask you a quick question. What do you associate silence with? How do you define silence or being silent? …

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WeightLossBitch

10 Jun

Happy Days!

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So the little 100 Happy Days project has reached the end! I am going to carry on with it though! 100 days ago, I wrote about ‘100 Happy Days‘. I wanted to spread some happiness and positivity – as well …

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Annemarie Aburrow

10 Jun

Why I Trust a Dietitian

In celebration of the first ever Dietitians Week, I have written this poem entitled “Why I trust a Dietitian”. It’s a bit of fun, but highights the importance of always checking your nutrition ‘experts” qualifications, as there are lots of …

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WeightLossBitch

9 Jun

On days like this…

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…I should not be allowed on social media, or in fact allowed any form of communication with people! So please take this as a warning – if you are of a sensitive disposition then you should check back tomorrow. I …

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Phil Hall

9 Jun

Diabetes Poster Boy?

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If there could be such a thing, I reckon I must be a prime candidate for that less than savoury role. Diabetes type 2 is a condition that develops when your insulin producing cells kind of say enough is enough’. …

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Charity News

9 Jun

Cervical Screening Awareness Week: What you need to know

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Cervical Screening Awareness Week (CSAW) is a UK-wide initiative led by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. The week aims to highlight the importance of cervical screening (smear) and how attending a screening invitation can help to prevent cervical cancer.   Please …

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WeightLossBitch

8 Jun

Attention!

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Gosh – I have been doing everything today apart from the one thing that I should have been doing! Which was to write my final assignment…based on the use of compassionate approaches in coaching. Instead I decided to: have a …

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Julie

8 Jun

Vegetable Pasta – gluten free, Low FODMAP

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This recipe is a light roasted vegetable pasta sauce for use with gluten-free pasta. It is a great recipe for a warm summers day to eat alfresco. Ingredients 2 tablespoons of light tahini 1 tablespoon of garlic flavoured olive oil …

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WeightLossBitch

7 Jun

Crafts’n’Fun!

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What fun I have had today! First up was a Saturday morning Slimming World group for one of my talks. I don’t usually see Saturday mornings at that time…the roads were so clear! Another great bunch of people all trying …

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WeightLossBitch

6 Jun

Binge Eating

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Bloody hell! Tonight was a sharp reminder that you rarely overcome but instead learn to manage your issues! I have been looking forward to my dinner all day…burgers…I love burgers! So as I plated up and arranged it all to …

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Julie

5 Jun

Low FODMAP fishcakes

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Ingredients 1) Tartar Sauce 50 g Gherkin 2 teaspoons of capers 3 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise 5 g flat leaf parsley 2) 300 g white fish 650 g new potatoes 9 g fresh turmeric 2 teaspoons of cumin 1 tablespoon garlic …

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WeightLossBitch

5 Jun

Coaching…

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Goodness me, talk about opening a can of worms! The lovely email from a coaching client that I shared with you last night has prompted a fair few questions about coaching…and I am going to try and attempt to give …

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Phil Hall

5 Jun

Pipe Dreams or a Realistic Goal?

Okay, my lovely GP also told me that if I changed my lifestyle for the better, it was possible that I could live a normal life and could also do away with the need for Metformin in the future. You …

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WeightLossBitch

4 Jun

Be proud!

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I had to chuckle when reading some of the comments left by people about my weight loss results yesterday. ‘Be proud!’, or, ‘You should be so proud of yourself!’, or, ‘I hope that you are proud!’ The reason I chuckled …

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Danielle Stewart

3 Jun

Another Flashback

Recently I’ve been blogging about some flashbacks to significant parts of my life in regards to my eating and body image and today I’m going to continue that trend. Last week I installed the Timehop app on my phone – …

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Danielle Stewart

3 Jun

Another Flashback

Recently I’ve been blogging about some flashbacks to significant parts of my life in regards to my eating and body image and today I’m going to continue that trend. Last week I installed the Timehop app on my phone – …

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WeightLossBitch

3 Jun

I have lost 20.5st with Slimming World!

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Another title decided upon by Mr WLB! It’s true though…today I lost 5lbs and managed to get into the ’22′ bracket. I am now 22st 12lbs! This means that I have now shifted 20st 7.5lbs – or for my American …

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WeightLossBitch

2 Jun

Makes me sad…

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Despite the fact that this research was commissioned by a fecking ‘fat-freezing’ company – whom I won’t name as this shite needs no promotion – the findings, if they are to be believed, make me sad! I happened to glance …

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Katy Gray

1 Jun

When Intrusive Thoughts turn Problematic

*Trigger Warning* This blog post talks openly about suicidal thoughts and other matters that could be triggering so please don’t read any further if you are likely to be affected. Everybody gets intrusive thoughts. It’s the content and intensity of …

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WeightLossBitch

1 Jun

Looking back…

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After my tough day yesterday, I decided to take a look back in time. There is a ‘thing’ on Twitter at the moment that lets you look back at the first ever ‘tweet’ you sent…I didn’t bother so much with …

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Julie

1 Jun

Hot surf and turf wrap – Gluten and wheat free

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Ingredients 2 Steaks 200 g of large prawns Wheat & Gluten free seeded wrap Gravy browning – a few drops 2 teaspoons cornflour Spray oil for frying 2 carrots Green salad leaves and 5 radishes for the salad bowl Method …

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Julie

1 Jun

Hot surf and turf wrap – Gluten and wheat free

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Ingredients 2 Steaks 200 g of large prawns Wheat & Gluten free seeded wrap Gravy browning – a few drops 2 teaspoons cornflour Spray oil for frying 2 carrots Green salad leaves and 5 radishes for the salad bowl Method …

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