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…

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…

When I grow up I want to be ….

A little over two years ago I chucked in my job of over twenty years for what was meant to be a three month (unpaid) sabbatical before I looked for another Accountancy job.  I stretched this out for a little longer and planned to return to Accountancy early in 2019, however we were dealt a…

Keep on running …..

It’s fair to say that my half marathon training is going a little better than my attempts to lose my holiday weight gain! I’ve reached week 3 of the Couch 2 5k plan and I am now running 3 minutes at a time, interspersed with lots of walking breaks.  In fact, I’ve reached the stage…

Half-marathon training and the dreaded post holiday weigh-in!

Last week on holiday I made some really positive decisions, such as signing up for a half-marathon which I’ll run in the Spring of 2020, but I also made some less positive (negative?!) decisions, such as to mainline wine and chips and mushy peas!  This week has been about the consequences of these decisions, namely…

That time we went to Norfolk

In the five-ish years that I’ve followed a vegan diet and lifestyle I’ve been really rather spoilt, every year/month/day/minute it seems to become more and more mainstream, which means that eating out has become a real pleasure and is really very easy. Growing up as a vegetarian in the 70s/80s and 90s I know that…

From Vegan Junk Food Junkie to Half-Marathoner?

In years gone by I was a bit of a runner.  In fact, between 2009 and 2014 I ran countless 5k’s, eleven 10k’s, nine half-marathons and even a duathlon.  I never quite reached the holy grail of 10 minute miles (which seemed to be what to aim for to be respected by my running chums)…

The half a pound queen

It’s Friday again already, how the heck did that happen?  While most people herald the arrival of the weekend, for me it is a mixed blessing as it also means that once again it’s weigh day …… dum ,dum, dum ….. Like most of the folks in my Slimming World group I leave the class on…

5th weigh-in … a miracle?

Last week my main food group was cake, very closely followed by wine.  It was my husband’s 40th and it really would have been rude not to.  When I weighed on Monday I was 5lbs heavier than when I last went to group and so I thought a gain this week was surely inevitable. However,…

That time we went Narrowboating

I have had a very busy fortnight or so, getting ready for my husband’s ’40th birthday surprise holiday’, going on said surprise holiday and then getting over the holiday! As we’ve ‘owned’ our two lovely whippets for over 12 years now (to be honest I think they own us) we have really got to know…

Due date

Sunday was the due date for the pregnancy that we lost in February.  If you’d have asked me back then if I would have marked the day I would have said no, and in truth, I wish that the date wasn’t ingrained in my mind so that I could just forget it, but as it’s…