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How To Join Our Member's Support Facebook Group

Tuesday 30th of June 2015 Our members support forum on Facebook, acts as an unlimited 24hr support system which is completely private and only for those on the...Read More

Ideal Weight's Summer Survival Guide

Monday 29th of June 2015If your weight loss goal is to hit your target weight in time for holiday, it can be easy to forget to look past this point, which is why we’ll often find...Read More

No-cook Chilled Gazpacho

Monday 29th of June 2015Prep: 15 minsServes 6-8 This vegetable-rich soup from Spain’s southern Andalusia is usually served chilled in an attempt to relieve the searing heat of...Read More

Getting Back on Track with Losing Weight

Tuesday 5th of May 2015Was your last attempt to create new healthy habits well before 2015? Perhaps you veered off the path during a recent holiday / the weekend just gone....Read More

Tuna with a provencal-style sauce

Tuesday 5th of May 2015  Serves 4 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing 1 red onion, finely sliced 1-2 garlic cloves, finely sliced 300g vine ripened cherry...Read More


Tuesday 31st of March 2015To help you avoid the Easter eggs and chocolate treats that usually fill our cupboards during this time of year, we’re offering 50% of all Ideal Weight...Read More

5 tips for surviving Easter on a diet

Monday 30th of March 2015 1. Swap your chocolate eggs for... When cooking and creating Easter treats for your friends and family, you don’t necessarily have to pick a feast of...Read More

Manhattan Clam Chowder

Monday 30th of March 2015This gorgeous North American stew is perfect for a springtime supper, packed full of seasonal vegetables. Best of all, you can add and takeaway different...Read More

Chicken and spicy arrabbiata sauce with pasta

Friday 6th of March 2015This recipe is great for those on the 2, 3 and even 4 plan. If you’re on the 4 plan just cut out the pasta and you have an equally tasty chicken in spicy...Read More

Ideal Weight’s top 4 diet and fitness gadgets

Friday 6th of March 2015As springtime weather arrives, there is now no excuse not to get outside and get exercising. We know that it’s often hard to motivate yourself to get...Read More

Ideal Weight’s Healthy Pancakes

Tuesday 17th of February 2015Pancake Day may seem to many of us like a day of indulgence where we eat pancake after pancake topped with lashings of chocolate and other sweet treats....Read More

The 5 people who could be sabotaging your diet

Thursday 5th of February 2015There are many reasons why we can choose to give up on a diet, the persuasion of friends is one of these reasons. Hearing ‘you’re doing so well, one won’t...Read More

Chocolate Brownies (37 calories!)

Monday 2nd of February 2015Serves: 9 Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins   If we hadn’t already caught your attention with this very low calorie chocolate brownie recipe, let’s have a...Read More

How to register with Ideal Weight

Monday 2nd of February 2015Follow these 6 easy steps to create an account on our website so you can buy Ideal Weight products and get them delivered direct to your door. Once...Read More

Supermarket Psychology

Tuesday 27th of January 2015Food shopping when you’re trying to create new healthy eating behaviours can be a real challenge. If you weren’t already aware, it is no coincidence how...Read More

The Truth about Nutrition Packs for Weight Loss

Monday 19th of January 2015Debbie, our Ideal Weight coach from Monmouthshire, guest blogs for us this week sharing the facts of why nutrition packs are safe, healthy and effective...Read More

Which Diet Is Right For You?

Friday 16th of January 2015This week BBC Two aired a three part Horizon special titled ‘Which diet is right for you?’ During January there are plenty of programmes, news stories and...Read More

Why attending a group session is the key to successful...

Wednesday 14th of January 2015What benefits does group coaching have over individual sessions? Although each individual journey is different, coming together with people who share a...Read More

Braised Lamb Shanks With Herbs and Beans

Thursday 8th of January 2015Perfect for a cold winter night, this one-pot recipe is satisfiying and nutritious Serves: 4 Ingredients A little olive oil 2 Onions, sliced 4...Read More

Brand New Coaching Options

Wednesday 7th of January 2015At Ideal Weight, we know that the most effective way to lose weight and keep it off is a combination of nutrition packs with coaching which is why we have...Read More

100 Days Of Mind Food For Weight Managers – by Mark R...

Wednesday 7th of January 2015Laureen Smith, Ideal Weight coach from Edinburgh reviews a fantastic new book: 100 Days Of Mind Food For Weight Managers – by Mark R Hodgson. This book...Read More

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

Friday 19th of December 2014It's that time of year again, where we all start to think about what change we want to make for the New Year. Some may find it tough to think of a New...Read More

Low Calorie Mocktail Recipes

Thursday 18th of December 2014When you're abstaining from alcohol as part of your weight loss plan, the festive season can be hard. It doesn't quite feel the same raising a toast on...Read More

Healthy hangover cures

Wednesday 17th of December 2014Despite many old remedies and tried and tested recipes, unfortunately the only way to get rid of a hangover is to wait it out with the average hangover...Read More

Why December is The Best Time to Detox

Wednesday 17th of December 2014January detoxes are about as notorious as the over indulgence associated with December. The anticipation of a big Christmas dinner and various parties...Read More

Surviving the Festive Party Season

Tuesday 2nd of December 20141. Eat before you go out If you're going somewhere where there is likely to be a buffet or canapés on offer, then we recommend eating beforehand. You'll...Read More

How to avoid the unhealthy ‘desk diet’

Tuesday 4th of November 2014Have you ever heard of 'the office 15'? It's a term founded by nutritionists to represent the 45% of women who gain 15lbs in the first three months of...Read More

Social Media’s Impact on Weight Loss

Wednesday 15th of October 2014 Does social media have a negative effect on self-esteem? It is important to remember that the lives of people you see on Facebook, or on other social...Read More

Talking yourself towards your Ideal Weight

Friday 3rd of October 2014Ideal Weight’s weight management plans are different from any other weight loss plan . This is because we focus on behaviour change and cognitive...Read More

Stoptober - Cut out smoking and lose weight

Wednesday 1st of October 2014It is often thought that after you give up smoking, you end up compensating by eating in the breaks where you would normally go for a cigarette and...Read More

8 Shockingly Sugary Foods

Friday 26th of September 2014Unfortunately, for the many of us who try to avoid high levels of sugar in our diets, sugar can be lurking in the products where you'd least expect to...Read More

Eating is addictive, not food!

Wednesday 17th of September 2014It is a common misconception that we are addicted to food, hence the use of labels such as 'chocoholic' to describe a person who can't resist getting...Read More

Learn to Love Breakfast This September

Tuesday 16th of September 2014  Here at Ideal Weight, we love keeping an eye on all the weird and wonderful awareness days, weeks and months such as 'Chocolate Milkshake...Read More

5 Creative Ideal Weight Chocolate Shake Recipes!

Friday 12th of September 2014 Believe it or not, today has been named as 'National Chocolate Milkshake Day', so we couldn't resist celebrating by sharing this list of fun and tasty...Read More

Emotional Munchies

Friday 29th of August 2014  Emotional eating is a strange term and you would be forgiven into thinking about a plate full of happiness, with a little bit of jealousy, pride...Read More

Counselling For Toads

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 Counselling For Toads: Robert de Board ISBN 9780415174299 This beautifully written and inspiring book is a compelling, but easy read. Humorous,...Read More

Breaking Bad

Wednesday 30th of July 2014 Like many of us, you have probably criticised yourself for having absolutely no willpower; wishing you were strong-minded enough to say no to that...Read More

Get on your bike

Monday 30th of June 2014  July sees the return of the Tour de France to the UK, and with the last 2 winners of the Yellow Jersey coming from Britain, it really is a great...Read More

Top tips to survive your summer holiday

Wednesday 28th of May 2014 With summer around the corner now is the time when we all start to think about the holiday we have been looking forward to all year. Summer holidays are...Read More

Water: 5 reasons to drink up

Friday 25th of April 2014 We're always being told to drink more water and keep hydrated, especially for those dieting. But for many of us it's just not that easy. We forget or we...Read More

Top 10 tips for sticking to your weight loss

Friday 28th of March 2014   Here are our top 10 tips for sticking to your weight loss. When reading these, it's important to remember that everyone is different and...Read More

Easter survival guide

Tuesday 4th of March 2014  Easter, it pretty much means one thing; Chocolate! And it doesn't just stop at one little piece of chocolate, oh no! Its cupboards full of...Read More

Christmas Survival Guide

Friday 6th of December 2013 On average, we will consume around 6,000 / 7,000 calories (kcal) on Christmas day alone (versus the recommended daily amount of 2,000 kcal for women and...Read More

120th entry - 3 top tips for the festive season

Tuesday 26th of November 2013  With Christmas just 4 weeks away, it's that time of year when we all over indulge with food and drink, because that's just what you do at...Read More

119th entry - ideal home show christmas

Saturday 16th of November 2013 I headed to the Ideal Home Show Christmas today with my friends, and it really brought back memories of the time I spent there in March for the Ideal...Read More

118th entry - Keep calm and have a break

Monday 4th of November 2013 The last few weeks have been a real struggle for me, and I couldn't figure out why. I've had a real lack of motivation, and its not because I don't...Read More

Balancing Your Life

Tuesday 22nd of October 2013 Does life ever feel like a fine balancing act? There is often so much going on that it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by it all. With the demands of...Read More

The Value Of A Support Network

Tuesday 22nd of October 2013 At Ideal Weight we understand that taking control of your weight and setting a healthy target to work towards can be a big decision. It involves making...Read More

Eating Occasions – Eating Out, Eating With...

Tuesday 22nd of October 2013 We understand that maintaining a social life is important, with friends forming a core part of our support networks. Unfortunately, it's hard to think...Read More

Food Diary – Emotional Eating

Tuesday 22nd of October 2013 Food can be nostalgic and can evoke happy memories. For example, does eating certain foods make you feel safe and happy? Roast dinners can conjure up...Read More

114th Entry - The morning after the night before!

Saturday 12th of October 2013 Once a month, my friends and I plan a night out together, and last night was our monthly gathering. I had been looking forward to it for ages, and as...Read More

113th entry - Dress Success!

Sunday 6th of October 2013  Getting a dress for this posh do I'm attending has been driving me mad. I've scoured the internet, bought a dress only for it to arrive with half...Read More

112th entry - Exercise really does help you feel...

Friday 4th of October 2013  I was determined not to let this cold ruin my exercise regime this week, so headed off to boxercise with a pocket full of tissues and a bottle of...Read More

111th entry - Happy feet

Monday 30th of September 2013   In a bid to cheer me up and get me out of the house for a few hours, my fiancé took me shopping as I needed a new pair of boots and a winter...Read More

110th entry - Another bloomin’ cold!

Friday 27th of September 2013   I just can't seem to cut a break with this cold, it feels like I've had it for years! Since I had chicken pox last July, I seem to catch a...Read More

109th entry - Light Bulb Moment

Tuesday 24th of September 2013   We had a good old chat in our coaching session today, and although I can't put my finger on one specific point that made a difference, I...Read More

108th entry - not eating and drinking enough!

Saturday 21st of September 2013 I've gone from one extreme to the other today - I've not eaten or drunk nearly as much as I should have. I started the day doing some cleaning before...Read More

107th entry - Boxercise

Thursday 19th of September 2013 Having fallen in love with Zumba, my friend and I decided to sign up for a boxercise class today. Having spent all day in London walking around...Read More

106th entry - dress stress!

Sunday 15th of September 2013 I have an event coming up at the end of October, and when I heard the words 'evening dress', I felt a cold shiver down my spine. Since I've lost...Read More

105th entry -

Tuesday 10th of September 2013   Ideal Weight is celebrating its 1st birthday, so I would like to take this opportunity to say a gigantic HAPPY BIRTHDAY IDEAL WEIGHT! And...Read More

104th entry - Charity fundraiser

Thursday 5th of September 2013 We had a great charity fundraiser at work today for MacMillan Cancer Support and for our good friend and colleague who is currently going through...Read More

103rd entry - Zumba!

Tuesday 3rd of September 2013 I have two left feet and can't dance for toffee, which is why I've always avoided the biggest exercise craze around, but Zumba has always intrigued me,...Read More

102nd entry - My first gym session in 8 years!

Saturday 31st of August 2013   Today I joined the gym. I haven't set foot in this gym, or any other gym for that matter, for about 8 years, so it was a very big step for...Read More

101st entry - Crooked thinking crept up on me

Monday 26th of August 2013 We have always discussed emotional eating in our coaching sessions, and I've been very aware of how much emotional eating I have done in the past, but...Read More

100th entry - The big day arrives!

Saturday 24th of August 2013 After all the months of waiting, the day has finally arrived; my big brothers wedding day! I expected to wake up feeling anxious this morning, seeing...Read More

99th entry - Pre wedding celebrations

Wednesday 21st of August 2013  With 3 days until my brothers wedding, the lovely maid of honour decided it would be nice to go out for a meal, just the bride, bridesmaids, mums...Read More

98th entry - Reunion

Saturday 17th of August 2013  Today was a fantastic day for me, as I was reunited with three of my best friends who sadly I drifted apart from in the past. I was nervous to...Read More

97th Entry - Getting back into the groove

Tuesday 13th of August 2013  Whenever I've had a slip up or gone off the plan, I've always managed to jump back on it straight away with a newfound determination and drive,...Read More

96th entry - Horribly hormonal week!

Friday 9th of August 2013 Urgh, urgh and urgh!! That is the best description I can give for the past few days. Not only have I been psychotically hormonal and way past the point...Read More

95th entry - I am now qualified!

Tuesday 6th of August 2013 I don't think I've mentioned this in previous posts, but a little while ago I decided to take a course in nutrition and weight management. I sat and...Read More

94th entry - the 2 plan

Tuesday 30th of July 2013  Now that I've lost just over 4 stone, and I've majorly upped my exercise levels, I started to think that this would be a good time to move to the...Read More

93rd entry - Banishing the bingo wings!

Friday 26th of July 2013 As you’ve seen from my blogs, I’ve tried a few different ways to exercise, but unfortunately nothing has really stuck. It doesn’t really help that I’ve...Read More

92nd entry - My new health & beauty regime

Saturday 20th of July 2013  I say my 'new' beauty regime because I have never had one before. I don't really think slapping Bio Oil on after a shower can be classed as a...Read More

91st entry - heatwave

Friday 19th of July 2013 Wowser, it’s hot! Not that I’m complaining, after months of moaning how cold and wet it had been, this heatwave is very welcome. Catching a tan is...Read More

90th entry - Another milestone reached

Tuesday 16th of July 2013 Well I have done it, I can’t believe it, but I have actually done it. I have lost a whopping 4 STONE! Actually, 4 stone and 1 pound to be exact! For...Read More

89th entry -

Saturday 13th of July 2013 I've been very lucky and extremely excited to have worked at the Coronation Festival held at Buckingham Palace this week! I never thought I would be...Read More

88th entry - Birthday blues

Tuesday 9th of July 2013 It’s my 29th birthday, and although most people really enjoy their birthdays, unfortunately I don’t. My fiancé thinks I’m mad for feeling so miserable...Read More

87th entry - A trip to the zoo

Friday 5th of July 2013 I had the day off from work and my fiancé had planned to take me out for a pre-birthday day trip. He wouldn’t tell me where we were heading, so when we...Read More

86th Entry - On Your Marks...

Wednesday 3rd of July 2013 The Race for Life came round so quickly that it felt like I’d had no time at all to prepare. I had to dash home from work and get changed, then head...Read More

85th entry - Rubbish weather, rubbish mood

Sunday 23rd of June 2013 Like millions of other people, the weather definitely affects my mood, and seeing the forecast for this weekend, I knew it was going to be a rubbish...Read More

84th entry - So close to another milestone

Tuesday 18th of June 2013 I lost 3lb this week which I was extremely happy with, but now I am just one measly pound away from reaching my 4 stone mark. 4 stone – I almost double...Read More

83rd Entry - Who are you?

Sunday 16th of June 2013 After a lovely Sunday roast with all the family, my Dad and I jumped in the car and headed to the O2 arena for his Fathers day present – to see The Who!...Read More

82nd Entry - Stress eating & damage limitation

Friday 14th of June 2013 After a hideous day at the office, I felt stressed and angry and all I wanted to do was eat! My irrational thoughts were in full swing as I stomped...Read More

81st Entry - Race for LIfe

Monday 10th of June 2013  Life has been pretty hectic for the past few weeks, and although my weight is always at the forefront of my mind, sometimes other things have...Read More

80th Entry - Weigh to go!

Tuesday 4th of June 2013 I knew I had lost weight this week, but I wasn’t prepared to see that amazing -9lb that my coach wrote on my card with a smile on her face! I was...Read More

79th Entry - A fun rollercoaster

Saturday 1st of June 2013 After last week’s rollercoaster ride of eating rubbish and feeling sorry for myself, this weekend was a much more fun rollercoaster….at Chessington...Read More

78th Entry - A rollercoaster week

Tuesday 28th of May 2013  I’ve been very lucky not to have been struck down with any illnesses so far since I started the Ideal Weight. The odd cold here and there, but...Read More

77th Entry - Misery & Joy

Tuesday 21st of May 2013  Today’s coaching session was about Misery & Joy. I have felt both of these emotions today – misery because I have gained 1lb (no surprise...Read More

76th Entry - Feeding a cold

Monday 20th of May 2013  I have spent most of this weekend in bed or curled up in the foetal position on my sofa with a horrible headache and rotten cold. As you’ve...Read More

75th Entry - Eating out is easy!

Thursday 16th of May 2013  It was my fiancé’s cousin’s birthday, so in true family tradition, it was decided a celebratory meal was in order. Thinking we were heading to my...Read More

74th Entry - I've lost a Freddie!

Tuesday 14th of May 2013 I was so chuffed today when my coach smiled and told me that I’d lost 4lb. That means that I have lost a total of 3 and a half stone I am so happy...Read More

73rd Entry - Lazy Sunday

Sunday 12th of May 2013  I’ve never really been one to have a day of doing nothing. I always promise myself that I’m going to sit on the sofa in my pyjamas and watch TV...Read More

72nd Entry - Not just a change in size...

Thursday 9th of May 2013 I’ve noticed a lot of changes in myself since I have started on the Ideal Weight programme, and one of those changes became very obvious last night when...Read More

71st Entry - A happy shopping trip and learning to be...

Tuesday 7th of May 2013  I woke up this morning feeling good about myself, for the first time in a while. I went to North Weald market with my Mum yesterday, and usually I...Read More

70th Entry - Fun filled weekend!

Sunday 5th of May 2013 I’ve had another busy weekend, but this time round I managed to plan ahead and prepare for the events I knew where happening, so it ran smoothly and I...Read More

69th Entry -

Tuesday 30th of April 2013 I wasn’t surprised to see that I had put on 1lb this week, and instead of feeling upset or annoyed with myself, I accepted it and decided to move on and...Read More

68th Entry - Busy busy me!

Friday 26th of April 2013 Well its been all go go go since my MIL’s birthday, I haven’t stopped, and unfortunately I haven’t been very good with my forward planning, so my meals...Read More

67th Entry - Oh Cake!

Wednesday 24th of April 2013 Today is my dear mother-in-laws birthday (I call her MIL for short!) Unlike a lot of MIL’s, I think I’m lucky that mine is more like a best friend than...Read More

66th Entry - Sunshine on a plate

Sunday 21st of April 2013  The sun is out! Hooray!! It amazes me how much a bit of sunshine can drastically change my mood. It literally brightens my day! So with nothing to...Read More

65th Entry - Does it taste as good as you thought?...

Thursday 18th of April 2013  Having a general chat in group this week raised some very interesting points about food that I had been noticing in myself recently. When you...Read More

64th Entry - Old habits die hard

Monday 15th of April 2013 I’ve had a week off work with the aim of sorting through the various hoarded toot in my flat and getting rid of it. My fiancé and I are toot hoarders,...Read More

63rd Entry - Run in the sun!

Sunday 7th of April 2013 Let me start by saying I have never gone for a run in my life. Mainly because it always felt like a lot of effort for someone who was so overweight, and...Read More

62nd Entry - Stress Eating!!

Wednesday 3rd of April 2013  For someone who is usually pretty chilled out and relaxed, coming back into the office this week has been soooooo stressful! I’ve been playing...Read More

61st Entry - Hunting for eggs

Sunday 31st of March 2013 Sunday was a family pilgrimage to the Epping Forest to do an Easter egg hunt with my nephew Charlie. My fiancé had challenged me to a race up the...Read More

60th Entry - Celebrations!

Friday 29th of March 2013 Easter weekend kind of came and went in a whirlwind, and I well and truly got swept up in it! Good Friday was my beautiful cousins wedding, and feeling...Read More

59th Entry - Last day at the Ideal Home Show

Wednesday 27th of March 2013 I cannot believe my last day at the show is here! I’ve had such a great time, its been so much fun, and the thought that hearing about my weight loss...Read More

58th Entry - Strange what you can get used to

Monday 25th of March 2013 Another day at the Ideal Home Show and on the Ideal Weight catwalk, and I must say, it’s strange what you can get used to. As most of you have probably...Read More

57th Entry - It's a family affair

Thursday 21st of March 2013  I was looking forward to today’s catwalk at the Ideal Home Show, but I was a little apprehensive. My mum, eldest brother and his fiancée were...Read More

56th Entry - Dress panic!!!

Sunday 17th of March 2013 As you may remember, I had a moment of madness a few months ago and bought myself a beautiful dress from Coast for my cousins wedding, which was two...Read More

55th Entry - Baby shower celebrations

Saturday 16th of March 2013 I had such a fantastic time at my friend’s baby shower today (if you are reading this my lovely, you are blossoming!), but how I refused such amazing...Read More

54th Entry - Ideal Home Show!!!

Wednesday 13th of March 2013 Wow, what a day! It was only when I was sitting on the train into London that I suddenly thought to myself, what am I doing?!?! I was about to parade...Read More

53rd Entry - A nerve-wracking week

Tuesday 12th of March 2013 Well it was no wonder I hadn’t lost weight this week, but I was extremely happy that I hadn’t put any more on, I had stayed the same. That 4 mile walk...Read More

52nd Entry - Biscuits are not medicine!

Saturday 9th of March 2013 My great start to the week unfortunately didn’t continue, but this was mainly because I have felt really ill for the past few days. No excuses, food is...Read More

51st Entry - A well deserved day for me!

Monday 4th of March 2013 My happiness was pretty obvious when I stepped onto the scales and realized that I had shed another 4lb. I felt amazing and my grin was testament to...Read More

50th Entry - An amazing night out!

Friday 1st of March 2013 Well the 5 and a half hour round trip to Nottingham was so worth it because the Slash concert was the best I have ever seen! I took a bag with me full...Read More

49th Entry - Back in charge, and feeling fab

Monday 25th of February 2013It just goes to show that having the right mental attitude really does have an amazing affect when you are trying to lose weight. After a couple of bad...Read More

43rd Entry - Keeping myself busy to avoid mindless...

Thursday 21st of February 2013 During my time on the Ideal Weight programme it has become very apparent that I snack because I am bored. I was having a conversation with my...Read More

48th Entry – My top 5 tips to succeed with Ideal...

Wednesday 20th of February 2013 I was thinking about this last night while tucking into my salmon salad. If someone asked me what would be my top 5 tips on how to succeed with losing...Read More

47th Entry – Priority reshuffle and a new mantra

Monday 18th of February 2013Had another pretty rubbish week, and unfortunately I put on 1.1lb  I was expecting it because all my forward planning went out of the window this...Read More

46th Entry – Valentines meal planning down the...

Friday 15th of February 2013 Sometimes the best-laid plans never go how they should, and that is exactly what happened last night when going for a meal with my fiancé. I had...Read More

45th Entry – Facing my exercise demons

Thursday 14th of February 2013After a very insightful coaching session about how to recognise and combat stress, and a great one-on-one chat with my coach about my current low mood,...Read More

44th Entry – Dealing with low moods and weight...

Monday 11th of February 2013 Well I knew this day would come at some stage during my journey, and although I sort of expected it, I still feel very sad. I put on just over half...Read More

42nd Entry - Back on track, collecting compliments and...

Monday 4th of February 2013 This week I have definitely felt more in control than I have done since Christmas. I’ve planned my meals better, I’ve ensured a variety of food, so not...Read More

41st Entry - Learning to accept compliments

Tuesday 29th of January 2013My hairdresser came over last night for my six-weekly (or thereabouts) cut and colour, and after a good old natter about our families, work, the flipping...Read More

40th Entry - Amazing support!

Monday 28th of January 2013 Trying to get over my miserable, self-pitying week, I headed to bed early. My fiancé was on night shift this week, so wouldn’t be home until early...Read More

39th Entry - Feeling sorry for myself

Monday 28th of January 2013 We all feel sorry for ourselves from time to time. Although it is a negative thing, sometimes we feel justified to feel this way because of what is...Read More

38th Entry - Rational thinking and over eating

Friday 25th of January 2013 I think I have dealt with a lot of my irrational thoughts and feelings quite well since starting the plan; the coaching has been so valuable in...Read More

37th Entry - Weigh in, coaching and the dreaded...

Tuesday 22nd of January 2013I lost 3.3lb this week, which was a lovely number to see after my last few weeks of just losing a pound. I stuck with the 4 plan for 4 days but ended up...Read More

36th Entry - Snow fun day

Saturday 19th of January 2013 Seeing as any plans I had for the weekend had to be cancelled due to the snow, I was left with not a lot to do today. So, armed with my wellies (that...Read More

35th Entry - Feeling hungry and valuable advice

Thursday 17th of January 2013Day 3 of the 4 plan and I am feeling hungry and grumpy! It seems like everyone around me is talking about food, although I know this is more psychological...Read More

34th Entry - Incentives and refocusing on my goals

Tuesday 15th of January 2013After talking with my coach about the fact that my focus is a bit fuzzy at the moment, I’ve decided to take it back to basics, so I’m going to be...Read More

33rd Entry - Sunday Visit to my parents

Sunday 13th of January 2013I had an interesting conversation with my Mum today. I went to visit my parents (my usual Sunday morning ritual) and while my Dad was cooking a roast...Read More

32nd Entry - Getting used to my weight loss being...

Thursday 10th of January 2013It’s always encouraging when a friend or family member notices you are losing weight, especially when they didn’t know you are on a diet. But when someone...Read More

31st Entry - Weigh in and coaching session – setting...

Tuesday 8th of January 2013I was really happy to have lost a pound this week – not only because this week has been hard to get back into the swing of things, but also because this...Read More

30th Entry - Getting back in the swing of things

Wednesday 2nd of January 2013Getting back into the swing of things hasn’t been as easy as I had anticipated. Not that I am gorging on rubbish, but I have found it hard not to pick at...Read More

29th Entry - New Year’s Resolution

Tuesday 1st of January 2013Happy New Year one and all I think 2013 is going to be a great year, with plenty to look forward to. And my new year’s resolution? To keep up the good...Read More

28th Entry - New Year’s Eve partying

Monday 31st of December 2012We didn’t have any plans for this New Year’s Eve, which meant I had no parties to panic about dressing up for, so we had planned a nice quiet night in, in...Read More

27th Entry - January sales – shopping for smaller...

Friday 28th of December 2012Today threw me a bit of a curve ball. I wanted to buy a few new tops, jeans, jumpers and so on, but didn’t want to spend too much money because I might...Read More

26th Entry - Reaching two stone! And my next pressie...

Thursday 27th of December 2012The day has come finally come! I hopped on the scales today to keep an eye on things, and low behold, I have reached my 2 stone goal! So, this definitely...Read More

25th Entry - Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday 25th of December 2012Merry Christmas all! I hope Father Christmas has bought you all the things you wanted. We have visited all our family today; we have been there, camera...Read More

24th Entry - Making treats for family hampers and...

Monday 24th of December 2012I’ve spent all morning in the kitchen, something very uncommon for me! My fiancé is working today, so I thought it would be nice to make some Christmas...Read More

23rd Entry - 8 weeks on the plan

Tuesday 18th of December 2012My aim was to have lost 2 stone by Christmas, and as I stepped onto the scales I felt my heart stop for a second. I had been monitoring my weight at home,...Read More

22nd Entry - Avoiding the Christmas party

Thursday 13th of December 2012This may sound like a bah humbug moment, but I’m not a huge fan of Christmas (add pantomime boo here), and knowing that Christmas usually revolves around...Read More

21st Entry - Coaching – How to deal with...

Tuesday 11th of December 2012The thought of dealing with Christmas hadn’t entered my mind until we sat down for our coaching session today (Christmas has seemed to spring up on me...Read More

20th Entry - Week 7 lost 0.8lb

Monday 10th of December 2012Well I was surprised to have lost at all, having been a week of mindlessly picking at things. For some reason, my thought process this week seemed to be,...Read More

19th Entry - Stressful craft fair

Friday 7th of December 2012I exhibited some paintings at a local craft fair tonight (I like to make personalized children’s paintings as a hobby), and in the rush to get home, pick...Read More

18th Entry - Week 6

Monday 3rd of December 2012Week 6 and another 2.4lb lost, and I’m inching closer to that 2 stone marker. In the past few days I have started to notice a big difference in my...Read More

17th Entry - Visiting friends

Saturday 1st of December 2012My fiancé and I visited our friends in Ipswich today, and again, forward planning paid off. Although my lovely friend offered to make me a salad for...Read More

16th Entry - Cottage pie with cold water! Whoops!

Friday 30th of November 2012Here’s a tip for anyone following the Ideal Weight plan; read the food packs carefully and follow the instructions, otherwise it might not taste as nice...Read More

15th Entry - Anniversary meal at Prezzo’s

Tuesday 27th of November 2012Firstly, happy 7 year anniversary to my gorgeous fiancé and thanks for being so supportive, you are my rock! Secondly, before I get onto our lovely meal,...Read More

14th Entry - Week 5 - lost 4.6lb

Monday 26th of November 2012Another big number this week, and now I am less than half a stone away from losing 2 stone, my goal before Christmas. I’m grinning like a maniac again....Read More

13th Entry - New nutrition packs

Friday 23rd of November 2012New nutrition packs! YAY!!! I’ve tried the Spaghetti Bolognese and it tastes delicious. It looks a bit like baby food, but you can’t have it all, and I...Read More

12th Entry - Week 4 – lost 1.5lb

Tuesday 20th of November 2012I have had a really stressful few days, and one of those days resulted in me feeling pretty faint when I got home from work, so I had a can of fizzy drink...Read More

11th Entry - Visited the in-laws in Clacton

Sunday 18th of November 2012More forward planning paid off! I went to Clacton for the day to visit my fiancés grandparents and auntie, so we set off fairly early, and I was armed...Read More

10th Entry - 1 Stone down, time to celebrate...but...

Tuesday 13th of November 2012I have now lost over a stone in just 3 weeks and to celebrate I am treating myself to a little present. The bizarre thing is, when I used to do Slimming...Read More

9th Entry - Week 3 lost 4.8lb

Monday 12th of November 2012Right, I’ve got to be honest, this week’s weight loss was a real surprise to me. As I mentioned before, I suffer from PCOS, and one of the main symptoms...Read More

8th Entry - Colds

Tuesday 6th of November 2012Oh how I really hate having a cold! I am the worst person to get ill because it annoys me and usually annoys those around me because I don’t stop moaning...Read More

7th Entry - Week 2 lost 2.6lb

Monday 5th of November 2012Drum role please… Dun, dun, dun, another 2.6lb bites the dust! I cannot believe how awesome I feel right now, the grin on my face is beginning to hurt my...Read More

6th Entry - Experimenting with food – homemade...

Thursday 1st of November 2012I think I’ve already made it quite clear how much I detest cooking, but as I was now having to put together a meal every night as part of my 3 plan, I...Read More

5th Entry - Change of plans

Monday 29th of October 2012I have lost 7.7lb in one week! I am shocked! That is a lot of weight and I am really proud of myself. I got so nervous when I was about to be weighed, and...Read More

4th Entry - Going out

Saturday 27th of October 2012I went out to a matinee performance at the theatre today with my mum for her birthday. We had planned to eat out but when I explained to mum that I was on...Read More

3rd Entry - Tasting session

Friday 26th of October 2012I’ve not been very adventurous with my packs, because I’ve never liked soup and I really cannot stand banana, so that shake is off the list. The chocolate...Read More

2nd Entry - First few days

Thursday 25th of October 2012Well it’s been a few days since I started the 4 plan and I must admit I am feeling a little wobbly which I assume would be due to the lack of sugar and...Read More

1st Entry - Ideal Weight

Tuesday 23rd of October 2012I had heard talk about Ideal Weight but didn’t really pay much attention. It wasn’t as well known to me as other diets, so in my mind, it was always...Read More


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