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Lose to win – Week 26

When I said I wanted to lose two stone in a year I was fairly certain I could do it.  Then when I didn’t start for almost half that year I wasn’t so convinced.

In theory I have lost over two stone.  If you add up all the pounds I’ve lost it comes to more than 28 which is two stone.  But of course that’s only because I’ve had weeks where I’ve put weight on.

And of course losing the same pound can’t count twice, except when it comes to donating £1 to the Charlie Cookson Foundation because they do get £1 every time I lose a pound.  But when it comes to calculating my total weight loss I can’t claim to have lost two stone just yet.

Last week I still had 5 pound to go.  And yet again I gave in to temptation this week and had a takeaway – this time a curry – and although it was delicious I know it can’t have helped the weight loss.

So stepping on the scales yesterday morning, knowing I only had 11 days left to go to hit my target was a bit worrying.  And the result is…………………………

12st 2

Another pound off.  Less than I would have liked and certainly not enough for me to rest on my laurels.  So between now and my birthday I will be good.  In fact not only good but extra good.  I’m not going to starve myself because that won’t help shift those last four pounds but I am going to eat healthy and try to get a little bit of exercise.

Oh and my other strategy for the last 11 days is to cross my fingers, say my prayers and hope the scales are kind.  Because this is one challenge I really don’t want to fail.

Those last few pounds really are proving to be the hardest.  So I need all the help and encouragement I can get.  If you spot me about to eat something I shouldn’t please stop me.

Or if you’re impressed with my success and want to encourage me to hit my goal why not sponsor me to lose those last four pounds at or to donate by phone text FIFB50 £1 to 70070

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Lose to Win – Week 25

Chinese, chat-ups and charity

Those three words pretty much describe the last week – well along with Prosecco, Cava and Edinburgh Gin anyway.

I started out pretty well and pretty determined to lose weight last week and stuck to my diet right up until Friday evening when I went to a party held by one of my work colleagues.

I had heard a lot about what is known in our office as the “Wylam Soiree” but this was the first time I had attended and I have to say it was everything I expected it to be and more.

After a few drinks (or more) in the local pub we all headed off to Andrew’s house for the party.  There was a pretty eclectic group of people.  Work colleagues, former work colleagues, friends and even a couple of journalists.

The food, Chinese takeaway, provided by our host was fantastic.  And as by this time I was a little tipsy (to say the least) I couldn’t resist – so the diet went out of the window.

Turns out I wasn’t the only one who was a little drunk as I was ‘chatted up’ by one of the journalists.  I say chatted up though I’m not sure the words “come upstairs with me” which when I said no were followed by “go on just come upstairs with me” – another no obviously – then a “just kiss me then” can actually be called been chatted up.

It’s probably about 30 years since someone asked me to go upstairs with them at a party.  Much more a drunken teenager type of approach than I’m used to these days.  But I did find it quite funny and possibly even slightly flattering but it does give you the idea of just how drunk everyone was.

Which is probably why, after getting a taxi home, I woke up on Saturday morning fully clothed.  And if there’s one thing I need after drinking that much it’s high calorie, high in fat, high in sugar, alcohol absorbing food.  So KFC (including 2 lots of chips) and a large bar of chocolate were the order of the day.

By Sunday I was back on track though and went down to the local park to watch the Proclaimers with my fabulous friend Joanne Weightman.

The Proclaimers

Sunny day in South Shields

And I was hopeful that, although I didn’t walk 500 miles, standing in a queue for an hour and a bit of dancing would help reduce some of the damage done over the two previous days – especially as I’ve only got just over 2 weeks to go.

But if I’m honest when I got on the scales yesterday morning (yes, I know, I’m late posting again) I wasn’t sure what to expect.  And the result is…………….

Only 5lb to go

Only 5lb to go

So surprisingly that’s another 2 pound off and another £2 for the amazing Charlie Cookson Foundation.  Which brings me back to the final word above – Charity.  I’ve been working on my 50th Birthday Charity Fundraiser all week and it’s starting to come together really well.  So watch out for more information in the next couple of days

Help me celebrate getting older

Come and join the fun

Oh and if you’d like to donate a raffle or auction prize please let me know either by dropping me an email, leaving a comment or posting on my Facebook page

If you’re impressed with my success you can add to my £’s for pounds at or to donate by phone text FIFB50 £1 to 70070

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Old enough to know better – young enough to still do it!

As the saying goes “Growing old is mandatory but growing up is optional” and in my case that is so very true.

I’ll be 50 in just a few weeks

I can hardly believe it’s been a year since I started this blog and set my self the task of completing 50 challenges by the time I’m 50.  And while I’ve still got to update a few of these challenges I can tell you now that I haven’t managed to complete them all

I should hang my head in shame.  No – not me.  I’m never one to give up.

Because while I’m a year older but I’m not any no wiser

I’m going to keep going.  Keep going until I complete them all.  And top of the list is still to raise £5,ooo for charity.

So instead of burying my head in the sand and pretending it’s not happening I’m going to embrace turning 50 by celebrating my birthday with a combined birthday party and charity fundraiser in support of the Charlie Cookson Foundation.

Everyone is invited – family, friends, neighbours, Charlie Cookson supporters.

Help me celebrate getting older

Help me celebrate getting older

As well as the usual party essentials like food, drink and entertainment there’ll also be raffles, tombola’s and a charity auction.

So come along and join in the fun because as Pablo Picasso once said

It takes a long time to become young

or in other words

Smile while you still have your own teeth

You can find out more or let me know you’re coming here

If you can’t attend but want to donate you can either go to or text FIFB50 followed by the amount you want to donate to 70070

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