apple sauce

Apple sauce: make or buy?

Last weekend I thought it might be fun to take out a second overdraft and do a shop at Wholefoods. I’m all for raw this and organic that and la-di-dah but sweet Jesus is it pricey. A lot of recipes I’ve been reading recently I’ve had to add to the ‘make later’ list because they […]

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Leg day, dread day

On Monday morning, I hit the gym before work for the first time ever and busted out a gruelling 45 minute leg workout that would mean I was burning extra calories all day long. Now, before I go any further, I should get it out there that I walk ALOT. I’m also training for a […]

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Some things taste way better than skinny feels

I’m stuck in a rut. Having gone home and eaten what I liked whilst doing barely any exercise, I came home to London and basically continued along the same thread. I’ve got no motivation to hit the gym, which is in turn giving me no impetus to eat healthily, so it’s all gone a bit […]

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Brunette or Bust

For as long as I’ve had complete control over the way I look, I’ve been trying to go blonde. When I was 15, a friend and I bleached my hair using dye from a box four times over the course of a weekend, and when my mum got home from her business trip, all sorts […]

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Lunchbox wanker

I’ll be the first to admit it – I’m a lunchbox wanker. In our five floor, 60+ person office, we have two microwaves, which means there is always an impressive (but infuriating) queue to heat up food at lunchtime. This inevitably turns into a mass gathering of amateur food critics, all bustling to find out […]

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gym hair growth

What’s going on hair then?

When I joined the gym, I expected my body to change and mould into something new, the longer and harder I worked out. What I hadn’t anticipated though, was the effect it would have on my hair. Hitting the gym every night after work means that I’m washing my hair every day – something I […]

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strawberry protein cookies

3 ways with porridge (that aren’t porridge) – Protein cookies

In my never-ending quest to figure out which carbs are good and which are bad, I’m forever toying with porridge. These may not be the prettiest biscuits in the world, but they’re tasty and full of protein, so I’ll take that over looks any day.. Strawberry Protein Cookies I actually found this recipe here, but […]

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A short(s) story

Just got back from the gym, where I wore shorts in public for the first time in forever. I’m happy to report that no one was visibly shaken by it, and I wasn’t barred from the gym for life, so I’m counting that as a success. It was quite scary though.

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Being good enough - emma bridgwater

When did ‘good enough’ stop being good enough?

I was watching the Master’s coverage with my boyfriend on sunday night, and Rory McIlroy was currently ‘Even’ on the scoreboard. I know very little about golf, but I’m fairly sure that means that if a round has a par of X, he had so far completed it in X shots. Which you’d think was […]

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Mastering the monkey bars

Mastering the Monkey-Bars

I only had one New Year’s Resolution this year – learn to do the monkey bars. As far as goals go, it was not only very specific, but also a bit bizarre, but it’s something I’ve wanted to be able to do for a long while, and this year is hopefully when I’ll conquer them […]

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What's the point of working out

What’s the point of working out?

“Ugh, what’s the point?!” is something I (a little too regularly, I’ll admit) shout at my boyfriend when I’m in a strop about not losing weight. Unlike him, I’m a slave to the scales, and if they haven’t moved – or have gone up! – my day is ruined. Unlike me, he is logical about […]

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Accidental carb loading

Accidental carb-loading (and why it’s great)

Last week I spent some time with my family, which meant taking a break from daily gym sessions with my boyfriend, and from logging every calorie in MFP (a lack of decent wifi range at my parents’ house in the country meant I could barely access the app..). It also meant taking a break from […]

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New Year, New Start


A large majority of my posts so far have involved some kind of element of self-sabotage, whether that be emotional, financial, romantic or weight-related. And it’s got me thinking. So here’s a list of things I know are bad for me – or don’t agree with me – but I still do them anyway. My […]

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Weightless overdraft - goldman sachs

My Weight-loss Overdraft

Walking into work this morning after checking my bank balance made me realise something – I treat my weight, and my weight loss journey, much the same way as I treat my constant battle to pay off my overdraft. Each month on payday (and at regular intervals, if I have money to spare) I put […]

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Sugar overload - albion, shoreditch

Sugar makes me shit

And by that, I mean in terms of general lethargy and uselessness (as well as, um, y’know..) I have recently made the disappointing discovery that my body just doesn’t do well with sugar. Although being on this health kick generally means that I’m having barely any at all, and then having a colossal extinction burst […]

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Binge eating

Binge Eating: How much weight will I gain?

I’m going to be controversial here and say none. But the kicker is that you also won’t lose weight. Most weekends I go absolutely bonkers with food. As I wrote yesterday, last weekend I had a chinese takeaway (including fried banana fritters and icecream for dessert,) about seven raw brownies – which are hugely calorie […]

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Chocolate cake sweats - monmouth coffee co

The chocolate cake sweats

The other night I went out for the most fantastic catchup dinner with three girls I used to work with. We ate delicious food, laughed til our stomachs hurt, toasted a new baby on the way and generally had a lovely time. The danger of where we went, is that they sell incredible cakes. I […]

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A proud pocket muncher - jellybelly

A proud pocket muncher

As far as pocket munching goes, I’m probably the best in the region for my age. If there was a pocket munching championship they’d be inscribing my name on that trophy year after year. The thing is, I just bloody love snacking. And I love all snacks in equal measure, so if I snaffle biscuit, […]

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At home HIIT circuit

My At-Home HIIT Circuit

30 seconds on, 30 seconds off, three sets. It takes up barely any space, needs hardly any equipment (a yoga mat, 2 dumbells and a kettlebell) and is over in 42 minutes. Bargain! Mountain Climbers Frog Legs High Knees Arm Sprints Burpees Press Ups Bicep Curls Bent Over Rows Shoulder Press Weighted Glute Bridges Ice […]

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Don't half ass anything

“There’s time to complain later..”

For the past two weeks, I’ve added a HIIT circuit into my workout schedule with surprising results. I’d been stuck at the same weight for four weeks until I did, and after just two sessions (on a sunday and a tuesday) by weigh-in day on thursday I was down two pounds. I’ve always been a […]

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MFP - eat back calories

My Fitness Pal – do you eat back your calories?

Every time I go on a diet (sorry, make a lifestyle change..) I rely on My Fitness Pal (MFP) to keep me on course and make sure I’m not going mental with my eating and calorie intake. I do, however, struggle with the preset numbers, goals and percentages, and also never know whether to eat […]

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I hate running - victorias secret

So I signed up to do a 10km..

Last month, in a freak treadmill incident, I ran 5km for the first time. I wanted to do it in under 30 minutes on my first go, but missed it by six seconds when I couldn’t get the treadmill speed dials to work quick enough. Buoyed by that success, I took my distance back down […]

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Strawberry protein pancakes recipe

My favourite breakfasts

Each morning, I roll out of bed at 06:45, trudge to the bathroom for a shower, and then settle down with my breakfast to watch the news. This relaxes me before work, gives me time to think about the upcoming day, and gives my boyfriend all of the duvet for at least an hour a […]

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Running at night

Running at night vs in the morning

Everyday after work, I walk the three miles home, and then immediately run 5km round the block before heading to the gym. It might sound odd to do that all in one go – why not break it up into morning and evening blocks? Here’s why – I’d much rather wake up at 06:45 than […]

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Extinction bursts - lolas cupcakes

Extinction Bursts

So here’s the deal – I love food. I love food as much as I hate running, and if you read my last post, you know how much that is. And I love healthy food. Give me a bowl of quinoa salad any day and I’ll be happy. Every Sunday night I spend an hour making […]

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when to weigh yourself

When to weigh? Pre-or-post wee?

I weigh myself every day. I’m not even embarrassed. I find the whole process quite depressing most days, but if by some fluke miracle I’ve lost a tiny bit of weight (we’re talking grams here, people..) I’m over the moon and ready to kiss that torturous hunk of glass and batteries. But when I do weigh […]

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I hate running - runners need

I’m a runner, but I hate it

Only recently have I made the decision to call myself a runner. I’m not yet a Runner, with a capital R, but I run, so I guess I’m a runner. And since making that choice, I’ve also realised something else. I hate running. But, judging by the responses I’ve had from friends who also run […]

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Happy pills - in case of love intoxication

I love you, but you’re making me fat.

I’ve found that I work on a 2/3 system for success. Weight Money Love. In my experience, only two of those three factors can work at the same time. And it’s been that way for a while. If I’m single, I have the time and money to spend on getting my shit together, and don’t […]

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kate upton

Why Cake Upton?

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of running a blog. I’ve also always been intrigued by the idea of running.. full stop. I toyed with Tumblr when I was younger, but didn’t actually write anything original of my own. I found my Tumblr the other day and it’s literally just reblogged pictures of landscapes […]

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