Category Archives: Lifestyle

Sporadic thoughts and views on life, relationships, health and lifestyle!


The last 5 years have been rocky but without these people I wouldn’t have been able to take the Y out of that equation and ROCK!

The biggest lesson I have learned in this time is how important it is to surround yourself with people that inspire you.

So, here goes…

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Talk about setting myself up for a fall! I got to day 2 and then I pretty much crumbled.

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In June 2014 I promised my readers a post for every stone I lost as I bravely marched forward with my plan to lose a whopping 7.5 stone. By December I had lost 2 stone 6lbs and since? Well, I have pretty much maintained that loss but also seem to have lost determination to continue on my mission.

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For those not in the ‘Jen the Red’ loop, I started my weight loss journey in June with an initial target of 3 stone and promised my readers a post for every stone I lose. Well, here I am as promised over 2 stone down and with a big smile across my face!

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As I approach my 34th birthday and, only now, feel that I am building strong foundations for a healthy and happy future – I have been doing a lot of thinking about how I got here.

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I just had to run for the train and as I sprinted in desperation to get there on time I realised… I can run! My belly is no longer rebounding up and down vigorously causing my leggings to fall down. Im knackered and it is still tough but the fact remains. I ran today.

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Having previously lost 2 stone on Slimming World a few years ago and maintained that loss by continuing to cook healthy meals, I have much love for this diet. Actually, scratch that term, Slimming World is a way of life, an education in food and how to still live and lose weight at the same time!

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I have decided to do something very brave and set myself a challenge. Tomorrow I start my weight loss journey but that is not the part that scares me, in fact I am pretty excited! The scary part is that I have decided to share my experience with the world – well with the portion of the world that chooses to read my itty bitty blog. Every time I lose a stone, I am going to write a post about my experience so far. The hope is that you can witness my journey to success and by exposing my intentions to you all this will give me the boost and encouragement I need and, in turn, inspire others like me to take action.

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So the Spring 2012 Equinox is on March 20th at 5:14am precisely marking the official ‘first day of spring’, but why should you drag yourself out of the house to scare the hell out of a bunch of strangers with the sight of you that early in the morning?

Well according to the rock band Death Cab for Cutie in their song Meet Me On The Equinox, it’s when the sun is perched at its highest peak in the middle of the day and apparently a good time to let their bodies intertwine with the lady in their lives. Saucy.

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At one point in our lives we all do it ladies.

When we look in the mirror we pick on the things we don’t like, wear things to cover the bits we don’t want, cover ourselves with make-up and make sure our hair and clothes are so stunning maybe they won’t notice the rest.

There is no denying that men will notice these things, but I bet there is one thing they will notice more – confidence.

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