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The journey begins

So far I have lost 6lbs! I know it doesn't seem like much and I will admit that I haven't been taking this as seriously as I intended to but I'm happy. From the start I didn't want to call this a diet or have it been overly restrictive, I just wanted to try to culture healthier habits. Progress is slow because I have a lifetime of bad habits to break first but clearly I'm doing something right! I already feel a little more energetic which is brilliant, running after a toddler isn't so hard now and I'm apparently starting to snore less so wifey is happy too!
My next steps are going to be introducing more exercise into my routine, I already walk a lot as I don't drive, but more structured exercise. Also starting to cook a lot more as I've become lazy in that department! I love to cook meals from scratch but don't do it often enough. I will be posting some of my favourite recipes here in the future. Please comment if you have anything to say, I…
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A belated Happy New Year!

Sorry for being a little absent... it wasn't how I planned to start the new year but as things have gone I just haven't had the time (or will) to post as much as I wanted. This year is becoming more and more hectic by the day!
I have a lot that I want to achieve this year, not resolutions as such, but goals.
Working on my mental health is a big one, getting to a place where I'm functioning as I feel I should be. I'm not there at the moment and haven't been for a while and it's taken me a long time to admit it actually.
Working on my physical health is one that I've mentioned in previous posts and it will be a big focus of mine this year. Hoping to be able to post an update about that soon! Working on my career. I am sad to say that at 31, I currently don't have a career. I have been a parent since I was 19 and kinda never got around to it. This year I'm determined to change that. I am going to refresh my qualifications and I am going to work towa…

A Little Introduction

I have written a few posts now and have realised that I never really introduced myself to you all so I thought I'd better tell you a little about myself.
My name is Jo. I am a plus sized woman, a wife, a mum to 2 amazing little people, a bipolar, anxiety disorder and fibromyalgia sufferer, a nail tech and makeup artist, a horror and zombie lover, a crafter and painter and lover of fashion and beauty. I would say that my style is a little goth casual, I was a goth teenager and never lost the love for it! You will find me writing about all of these things at some point so if any of it grabs your interest, I really hope you'll stick around! Thanks for reading. Jo xx

The little things I want to achieve on my journey

Starting this weight loss journey, the main goal is health obviously, however, there are many little things that I can't currently do that I'm so looking forward to getting to along the way. Painting my toenails
I can't currently paint my own toenails... I can't reach them well enough to be able to paint them so I have to have my wife do it for me.  Losing my hair
Embarrassing fact: excessive weight can cause hormone imbalances that lead to hair growth in unusual places... I have hair growth where there should be none, including on my chest! It's something in really hoping to see the back of throughout this journey as my hormones level out more. Clear skin
It is also a fact that these hormonal imbalances can lead to acne, which in my case they have. I mainly suffer with it on my neck, chin and jaw line. It really gets me down at times! I'm hoping this will shift as the weight drops off and my health improves. Wearing a towel
I don't fit in a bath towel prop…

How to deal with multiple meds

Having multiple different diagnoses throws up many challenges, one of which is multiple medications. Each condition may need to be treated separately, leaving you feeling like a walking pharmacy! Having been in this situation for many years now, I'd like to share some of the tips I use to cope and make the best out of it. 1. Make sure you really do need each tablet!
I have found myself a couple of times over the years looking at my pill box thinking "I don't even know what half of these do!". If that be the case, don't be afraid to check with your doctor. Sometimes a medication will linger on your repeat long after you have been switched to another or no longer need it. Taking unnecessary tablets increases the risk of side effects and nasty long term affects on the body so make sure your doc can tell you why you need each one. Reviewing your prescription regularly is essential when you have multiple medications. 2. Watch out for contraindications!
Sometimes yo…

Time to lose it

Hi everyone! Hope you are all well! Today I wanna talk about starting my journey into health. I know this can be a bit of a loaded subject but here goes...
I currently stand at 5ft 2 and weight 260lbs. I am a UK size 24. I am happy with who I am, it doesn't make me feel like less of a person because I am a big curvy lady. You may have guessed from the name of my blog, in fact, that I am quite proud of my curves. However... as I have mentioned before, I am an emotional eater which is a terribly bad habit and my curves are getting out of control! I am not healthy. I am lethargic and slow and feel generally quite crappy all the time and so I feel that something needs to be done about it. Not for beauty or because I feel like I have to be skinny, but because I want to chase my son without having palpitations and I personally can't do that right now!
I have no number that I specifically want to reach, I just want to feel better in myself and more able to do the things I want to do…

Light at the end and all that

Hi everyone! Today I want to talk about the subject on everyone's lips at the moment... Mental health. In part I feel I need to talk because if at least one person reads this and feels the same way I do then perhaps they will take some comfort from it, but I also need to talk for purely selfish reasons. I need to talk about it because it has to come out somehow and this is my healthy way. I think that's acceptable, to talk about it just because you need to.
I have suffered with mental health problems since before my teens. It took until my mid twenties, however, to get an actual diagnosis. The years between starting to have symptoms and actually finally being given some sort of treatment were the hardest of my life and I still look back on those years and feel the pain and fear I experienced then. I lost many friends and relationships to my difficult and self destructive behaviour, I missed opportunities and irreparably altered the course of my life. I gave up on jobs, career…