Welcome to my blog!

Hi there! I am a 40 something woman who went vegan for ethical reasons over four years ago, prior to this I was a lifelong vegetarian.  I live in the UK where veganism is increasing in popularity at the moment. Until recently I worked full time as an Accountant in an office based role.  Having just…

That time I ran a half-marathon with no training…

Back in July 2019, I signed up for the Vitality Big Half in London.  Convinced that, by March 2020, I’d be a size 10 and capable of running half-marathons in my sleep.  Of course, when the event did come along, I was the same size as when I signed up and the furthest I’d run/walked…

If not now, when?

In 27 weeks, on the 1st September, my teacher training course starts (When I grow up I want to be …. & Three interviews, three offers…) until then I am in the lucky position of having nothing to do, apart from two half days volunteering in my local primary school. Therefore, I have determined that,…

Three interviews, three offers…

Twelve hours in the car, 3 Open Days, 11 hours of interviews, 4 maths and English tests, 3 mini lessons taught, 1 presentation, 2 group interviews and 1 individual interview….. but it was all worth it as I was offered a place at all of the universities I applied for.  The best possible outcome, giving…

My name is Simone and I’m a Diet Coke addict ….

For at least 10 years I have been drinking a couple of cans of Diet Coke a day, one after lunch and one with my evening meal.  I’ve thought about cutting back a few times but it’s never really happened, I’ve always slipped back to my two can a day habit. On Sunday we found…

Say something nice about yourself …

I’ve been pretty busy since the New Year, working on my masterplan to study for my PGCE in September.  I’ve been volunteering at my local Primary school, getting to grips with KS2 and the differences in the older children, along with the increased complexity of their lessons (if I was ever taught what a ‘relative…

A proper pain in the …..

Whilst I can’t claim to have given up the Christmas cake or the salted peanuts quite yet, I have done rather well at keeping up with my running training over the Christmas period, something I am rather proud about.  Therefore, it is with much wailing and gnashing of teeth that I have to admit that…

You know it’s Christmas when …

…. the person weighing at Slimming World congratulates you on your half a pound gain!  Although I confess this isn’t the full story as I put on 2.5lbs at last week’s weigh in, so a total Christmas/New Year weight gain of 3lbs.  I can live with that as I’ve had a great Christmas, eating and…

Woohoo Weight Watcher’s changes

Many years ago my Mum and Dad had a huge computer which sat in the corner of the dining room.  I used to play Solitaire on this computer when I should have been doing my A-Level homework!  This was so long ago that it wasn’t even a requirement of my courses to submit typed essays,…

The downside of volunteering in a school …

I finished my shift at the school on Thursday afternoon feeling quite pleased with myself.  It was my second visit to the school and for some of the children the novelty (of me) had worn off and instead of trying to get my attention by behaving wonderfully they were more interested in testing my boundaries…