My Running....an update!

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As my regular readers will know I lost over 10 stone in weight without any exercise at all. I got to my weight loss target in June 2015. I continued to eat healthily and not exercise, well until the end of April 2016 when I decided I wanted to run! I set myself a challenge to run the Great North Run, a popular half marathon (13.1 miles) to raise money for the Samaritans charity. This is a charity close to my heart and one I was passionate about helping so there way no way I was going to not complete this challenge I had set myself. So I started running, building up gradually at the end of April. The Great North Run took place on 11th September. You can read more about why I chose to support the Samaritans and the task I had set myself here.


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10 tips to make it a lifestyle change not a diet

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I am often asked for tips from my readers who say that they start losing weight following a weight loss plan such as Slimming World but get bored or find it hard to stick to. I think the reason for this is that so many people see it as a diet, a temporary measure to lose weight. The first thing they think of is that to lose weight you need to diet and by diet you think starve and eat foods you don't like in order to lose the weight so that you can be at the weight you desire. I have been guilty of this in the past too and this is probably why other eating plans and diets I followed did not work and I became morbidly obese. I believe the key to successfully losing weight and keeping it off is to make it a change to your lifestyle. Eating healthily isn't just a measure to lose weight it is a way of staying a healthy weight when you are happy with your size. The way we think about food has to change otherwise we lose weight and then regain it again because our unhealthy habits are still there. I imagine most of my readers have at some point been a yoyo dieter too so you know where I am coming from here!


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My food diary - its not all salad!

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Recently I have been asked many times what I eat on a day to day basis to maintain my target weight, or close to it anyway! I post a lot of the food I eat on Instagram and get messages asking if I really do eat that much and not put on weight. I do have a big appetite I always have had, hence becoming a size 30 morbidly obese woman living off custard cream biscuits, takeaway and unhealthy meals. I have always eaten a lot and I have always been the sort of person that snacks easily between meals and can't go in the kitchen without grabbing a bite to eat at the same time. Before I joined Slimming World I thought nothing of eating a family size 400g pack of custard creams for my breakfast, a whole family size shop bought quiche with oven chips, cheese and beans for lunch, followed by a tea of a 12 inch takeaway Pizza with garlic bread slices and greasy chips. Of course all this food was just my main meals, I snacked on more custard creams, family size bags of chocolate, tubs of ice cream or large share bags of crisps.


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Running...10 tips of where to start!

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It is a daunting idea isn't it starting running! That was how I felt 20 weeks ago when I decided to sign up for the Great North Run and start running! I am sure I am not alone in that until this point my only real experiences of running were primary school sports days and cross country at high school. Both of these always filled me with dread, I was never a runner, I hated any sports at school especially running! A few times during my weight loss journey I attempted to run but each time gave up after a couple of runs, because I hadn't really got a plan and didn't know where to start.


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EventClip Pinless Number Fasteners - A review

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As my regular readers will know recently I took up running and on the 21st August ran in my first race event, Mansfield 10K. Of course I was nervous and had so many things running through my mind. Would I be last? Would I even be able to complete it? What if my tracking chip failed and they didn't record me as having run it? I am a born worrier and worried about all the little details. My partner has run a few races before and used a set of magnets designed for holding his race number on to his top, other people use safety pins, or clips but as a new runner I was a bit unsure what to use. EventClip Pinless Number Fasteners was one thing I kept seeing advertised on Facebook and I liked the idea of it, they looked secure, wouldn't put holes in my running tops, and wouldn't rub, but like anything do you believe the adverts? Rather than ask around I thought I would give them a try. I ran Mansfield 10K with my partner Stuart who used his magnetic number holders and his sister Clare who used Safety pins so I feel I can offer a good comparison of all three of these popular choices.


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