Not going on a diet

Over the past few months, my weight has been bothering me a bit. A few times, I’ve decided it was time to go on a diet, but something always gets in the way. A birthday, a meal with friends or just a nice bottle of cider on a Friday night. And that’s why I’m not going on a diet. I know lots of people do fabulously well with meal replacement or low calorie diets, but they’re really not for me. So, I tried to eat a bit more sensibly – I decided I needed a lifestyle change rather than a…

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The Malvern Spa: Review

I was delighted to be invited to spend a day at the Malvern Spa and receive a treatment for the purpose of this blog post. All views, opinions and images are my own. The Malvern Spa – Location The Malvern Spa is situated in the picturesque town of Malvern in Worcestershire – one of the most beautiful towns in the UK, set at the foot of the rolling Malvern Hills. Where Malvern is concerned, I might be just a little bit biased, but I think you’ll agree, it is rather beautiful.  Arrival The Malvern Spa boasts a large car park with ample…

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TomTom Spark Cardio with music and headphones: Review

The TomTom Spark Cardio music fitness watch with bluetooth headphones is a high-tech, high price point sports watch. Due to the price, I have given a good amount of detail regarding the watch in my review to allow people to decide whether this is the right fitness watch for them. TomTom Spark Cardio Music – Aesthetics I’ve had a sports watch before that clocked my distance and speed and gave me a rough idea of calories burned. But this one is on a whole different level. Having seen pictures of the TomTom Spark Cardio online before I got it, I…

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Beginner’s guide to ballet: Dancewear Central

Just over two years ago, I took a very nervous little girl to a ballet class for the first time. As a toddler, Libby was very shy. She didn’t really associate with other children and whilst she was a chatterbox at home, she barely said a word when there were other people around. We started going together to little swans ballet class at Ballet Malvern. The class is aimed at pre-school aged children and parents join so that each child has the one to one attention of their parent to help them to follow the teacher’s instructions. Libby loved the…

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Why don’t I want to run?

Serious question, and I am hoping someone out there has the answer.  Lately, my exercise levels have gone through the floor. There is a genuine lack of time reason for this, but there is also a genuine bout of laziness.  I’m not trying to make out that this is the first time this has happened to me. I definitely go through stages with exercise. But I recognise my weakness, so at any other time I make sure I enter an event to make me train:  I am reluctantly inclined to agree with my husband about the fact that I’m constantly…

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How lucky we are to have our healthcare

I’m not one to get involved in politics, at all. But occasionally something does make me stop and think about how lucky we are to have our healthcare system in the UK.  This weekend, Lia has been quite poorly. It started of just as conjunctivitis, but she has ended up with a terribly swollen eye, a temperature and a really heavy cold.  Because she is so young, Lia just doesn’t seem to be coping very well with what could be a cold or the flu. She has been really quite lethargic and just hasn’t been herself at all.  On Friday,…

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A living legend

On Easter Sunday, I woke up in our tent. I was quite cold and I hadn’t had much sleep owing to sharing with someone who hadn’t quite got to grips with sleeping in the fresh air.  As I sat around feeling sorry for myself, an email came through on my phone. The email said that Sir Ranulph Fiennes was about to start the Marathon des Sables. This is generally accepted to be the toughest race on earth. Sir Ranulph Fiennes is 71 years old. And I am a total loser for moaning about camping.  I went to listen to Sir…

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