And so it begins… Tun tun tuuuunnn!!!


Yes that’s right… A second blogpost in one week. It’s a Christmas miracle lol. I thought it would be nice timing though, as I officially start my weight loss journey again today.

Now I’m not going to share any before and after photographs or measurements, as I would like to keep those private. However, I will share with you my starting weight.

This morning the scales read: 77.2 kg (170 lbs)… which is apparently the same as 513 Guadeloupean banana’s!

Picture taken from Weight and Things

All joking aside though, that’s almost 3 kg heavier then when I started this weight loss blog last time. It’s the heaviest I have been in about a decade. Not a proud moment, I have to admit.

How did I gain all that weight you ask? Well let’s just say that lockdown and stress eating are a pretty lethal combination. Since Covid has apparently decided to stick around for a while, I cannot do much about the lockdown part. However, that does not mean that I cannot take better care of my body.

So, time to set a new weight loss goal. For now, I want to focus on getting down to 71kg (156.6 lbs), as this would put in within a healthy BMI range (I’m 169cm). So I have to lose 6 kg (13 lbs) or 40 bananas lol.

Having been here before, I know how important it is to have the right motivation behind weight loss and I thought I’d share with you all my reasons for wanting to lose the weight (again). In the previous post I mentioned wanting to fit into my clothes again. And yes, that’s a really good motivator. However, the most important reason is health related.

As most of you lovely readers will know I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Apart from a lack of energy this chronic illness brings with it a lot of other issues for me, including digestive issues and joint pain. Both are aided by pursuing a healthy lifestyle. Eating only those foods that my body can digest properly and that nourish my body will result in more energy: the less effort my stomach has to put into digesting things, the more energy it can spend on other things. And for the joint pain: more weight equals more strain equals more pain.

Ergo, for me to feel the best I can with my illness I need to take proper care of my body…. I know: shocker! And yet, the past couple of months I have not really been doing that. In part that was because of me just getting complacent and part of it had to do with the stress of finding a new job during a global pandemic. Having found the new job though, there really is no excuse for me to continue stuffing food that I know is not necessarily doing me any favours down my throat… I’m looking at you chocolate digestives…

So that stops now. From today I am back on the weight loss train and my lovely coach Kim has sent me a handy week planner to track my food, water intake and healthy snacks. I will also be tracking my calories and macro’s again using myfitnesspal. It’s easy, it’s cheap: what’s not to like? lol

I have also been considering doing the 1 gallon of water a day challenge that everyone and their grandmother is currently doing. But gosh that is a lot of water. 2 litres? No problem! I do that everyday. But 3.7 litres?! That is a struggle (I may or may not have tried it already lol).

Nothing ventured nothing gained though, so bottoms up and see you in the next blog ;).

Thought I’d throw a cute pic in here of our cute little Biscuit.

Hi there: life update and restarting my weight loss journey

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*Removes some cobwebs, whilst cat runs after a spider* Well hello there! I am sure by now you were wondering if this blog was ever going to see another update. Surprise! I’m back!

Well sort of… I am not going to promise to write every single week, as I know that my CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) does not always allow me to do so – don’t underestimate brain fog. However, I do plan to most more frequently than twice a year haha. And why? Because I now actually have the time, the head space and a reason to do so!

Up until mid-June I was juggling 4.5 days of work with completing a post graduate degree in Digital Curation and trying to do even a little bit of work on my PhD (still working on this…). Add a 5 hour (2,5 to and 2,5 fro) daily commute to that pre-lockdown and you can probably see why I did not exactly have any time or energy to blog.

However, my new job, which I am to start in October, actually has me working from home so that leaves a lot more time and energy to work on different things! Huzzah! Time to dust off this blog, make some progress with that PhD and actually get back into planning.

So…what’s my reason to get back into blogging? I can’t say my life is particularly interesting at the moment as Birmingham is going back into local lockdown as I write this. So don’t expect any outdoorsy adventures, because there are going to be none (I’m high risk: I don’t leave the house unless I 100% have to!).

So why then? Well to be frank: accountability. Like, I need to lose these Covid kilo’s so I can fit back into some of my clothes lol. Yeah… like almost everyone else I have gained weight… And it was not just being stuck in doors that did this… It was also the stress of finding a new job during a global pandemic. I had two job interviews lined-up in March and then lockdown happened, causing them both to be postponed indefinitely. And let me tell you, it’s been one hell of a struggle finding a different one.

I’ve always been someone who handles stress really well, but apparently when it comes to unemployment… well, not so much… I can now honestly say I have a new standard to measure stress against: “I am so stressed it is giving my cat bladder problems”. Poor Pancake has been having a right old time peeing because she picks up on my stress, the poor thing! But don’t worry I am doing all I can to make sure she gets better!

So, basically this means this blog is going back to its roots. I created it in May 2016 for the exact purpose of helping me lose weight, so we are just starting right over again ;).

For now, my weight loss journey will mostly involve adjusting what I eat as finding an appropriate workout has been a struggle… You know that feeling that makes you genuinely feel great when you have done a workout as the adrenaline and endorphins rush through your body? Well turns out that for CFS suffers it doesn’t work that way. Research suggests that our body either doesn’t create endorphins, or does so only in a small amount when we exercise. As a result, if I do anything high intensity I feel absolutely awful and cannot do anything intensive for days on end. So no Chloe Ting 2 week shred for me… >.>

Walking has always been a great way for me to get my exercise in without too much backlash… which is great, but not during lockdown. I have, however, found a series of Youtube videos with “walk 1 mile at home” workouts so I will be doing those. The key will be to build this up and not immediately start doing them every day… Which I have to say sounds depressing. I mean, my brain is like: it’s 15 minutes of walking in place with some sidesteps… Like… seriously? What’s so freaking hard? And my body just goes like: try doing this two days in a row and I will make you SUFFER! <– yeah I made that mistake… Not doing that again.


So healthy food it is! As always, I am being helped in this by my lovely Herbalife coach Kim van der Laan. She introduced me to the Herbalife shake + herbal supplements years ago and they really have made a difference. I take the sake every morning and the fiber supplements 3 times a day. Kim’s coaching has been extremely flexible, and she really adjusts it to my needs. I can reach out if and when I need her, but it’s also okay if I need to take a step back. Honestly, I cannot recommend Kim or Herbalife enough to those who want more energy and to create a healthy lifestyle. If you are interested, let me know and I am happy to answer any questions or bring you in contact with Kim.

In the next blog I will go into more detail about my current and target weight, weight-loss plan etc. so stay tuned for that.

As always thank you for reading <3.