I am joining in with Wobbles Wednesday the brilliant linky run on a weekly basis by @AutismMumma, a very lovely lady who helps mums support each other as they try to shed the pounds and stones.

I lost lots of weight last year. Then my husband’s redundancy hit and I started to comfort eat and undid so much of my good work.

It is a New Year so I am making a fresh start.

I have already given up alcohol as part of my attempt to raise money in Cancer Research UK’s Dryathalon.

I am trying to remember all the tricks that helped me stick to healthy eating before. I may well revisit some of my old posts about Wobbles.

Today, I will measure myself as I can’t quite face the scales just yet. It is the thought of seeing those numbers telling me how I failed by giving in to my emotions when challenging times hit. I think I might look for the new Paul McKenna book on emotional eating.

Yesterday, I did a really good day of health eating – cereal, ham sandwich with Weightwatchers bread and a mackerel salad for tea. It reminded me of how much I enjoy healthier options.

I have put things in the house like bananas and Weightwatchers yoghurts for when the munchies strike.

Right now I feel better already.

I am looking for an organisation/brand to sponsor the costs associated with me attending Britmums Live, a major blogging and social media conference run by the UK’s largest parent blogger network with over 30 000 Twitter followers and thousands of registered members. It takes place in June and is attended by hundreds of bloggers and social media influencers. You can find out more about the event here

What are the benefits of sponsoring me?

Imagine having me as your representative at the conference chatting to people about your product or service. I could wear branded clothing or let people have your business card.

Should you become my sponsor, I would promote you with an introductory blog post once the sponsorship is agreed and in place. If you would like me to host a competition or post a review of a product or service, we could look into that too. I would be happy to post an advertorial post too once content is agreed.

Obviously, I would tweet about my sponsor before, during and after the event.

How much would sponsorship cost

I am looking for help with the costs such as travel and accommodation as this is a two day conference in London. I live in Yorkshire. I will provide a detailed breakdown to potential sponsors.

Who am I and what is my blog about?

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I am a 45 year old mother with children aged 8-13 years.

I am an award winning blogger recognised for my Outstanding Contribution in the MAD Blog Awards and for Brilliance in Blogging.

My blog has diverse content including food, travel and parenting. It also has a strong emphasis on supporting other women via initiatives such as Groovy Mums. I have considerable experience of raising awareness of charities too.

My blog is well read and has good levels of engagement. I have thousands of Twitter followers.

I would hope to develop a long-term and positive relationship with my sponsor.

If you are interested in finding out more, please email kateonthinice@gmail.com and we can discuss things further.

I am taking part in the Dryathalon fundraising campaign for Cancer Research UK. This involves giving up alcohol for the month of January.

Whether by nature or nurture, I do like a tipple. My drink on a night in would be bacardi and coke. Sometimes I change this to brandy and coke which was one of my mum’s favourites. I like a glass or two of wine especially on the nights where my nerves feel a little frazzled. Baileys used to be a regular event back in the day but is a rare treat since having the children.

After years of drinking, I am getting a bit fed up with it. I don’t cope with drinking as well as I used to. It can make me feel very down. I also find myself resenting the amount of money it costs. So I decided to give up drink for January and possibly beyond.

Then I heard about Cancer Research UK’s Dryatholon and thought it would help motivate me to stay on track and also be a bit of a tribute to my mum who died from cancer in 2009.

I have completed a full week without a drop of alcohol. To be honest, I am a bit disappointed with the low number of people who have sponsored me but I know lots of folks are doing sponsored events and also times are hard out there for people. The truth is the time to judge how I have done on the challenge and sponsorship wise is at the end of this month. It is also important to remember that there is no correlation between people liking you and people wanting to sponsor you. I like a lot of people who do sponsored events and I am pretty random at who and when I sponsor people. Often I intend to sponsor someone and then forget to do so.

I don’t think I have met any of my donors (except myself). Who knew that strangers would donate? I get very excited as I see my donations increasing towards my target which I set ridiculously high at £150.

So how have I found me first week as a dryathelete?

I have enjoyed the process a lot. I turned down a glass of wine waved under my nose. I found a bottle of wine in a cupboard that was long forgotten and put it right back there. I am getting a bit bored of drinking diet coke but will investigate other non-alcoholic options.

The joy is that I feel so much better in myself. I feel a lot more upbeat and also very motivated to take on challenges. I even beamed on the school run this morning. I seem to be getting more stuff done too.

I have noticed that I seem to be dreaming more and have had a couple of nightmares. I don’t know whether that is related to giving up drink or not but something makes me think it might be.

I have every confidence I will successfully complete this challenge.

Here’s to another booze-free week!

Sponsors welcome and here is my fundraising page

www.justgiving.com/Catherine-Holmes-dryathlete2014

I am always keen to raise awareness of charity services, campaigns and fundraising initiatives.

Where hospices are concerned, the costs are huge and they rely largely on the help of the general public to raise essential funds.

I want to let you know about a charity auction for a 1977 retro Vauxhall Viva will all proceeds going to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. The eBay auction goes live on the 9th of January and ends on the evening on the 19th.

The car will go on a tour to raise vital awareness for the charity while raising money along the way through raffles and games.

Thursday 9th January St Georges Square Huddersfield

Saturday 11th January Rotherham United

Sunday 12th January Fishgate Preston

Wednesday 15th January Mill Gate shopping centre Bury

Thursday 16th January Market Square Aylesbury

Sunday 19th January Tesco Whitstable

Alongside the Viva there are other items to bid on in the auction including an iPad air, Kindle HD Fire, Samsung Galaxy Note, Signed Sterling Moss Steering Wheel, signed Mel C photos, BTTC tickets and official Ferrari Goodies.

Check out hashtag #MILES4SMILES of Facebook and Twitter.

www.perrys.co.uk/miles4smiles

Are you a mum who wants to make changes in your life?

You might know exactly what you want to do.  You might have a few ideas that you would like to investigate further. You may be feeling a bit down and just sense that there must be more to life that what you have currently.

Groovy Mums can help!

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Groovy Mums does not tell you what to wish for.  You are a very special individual (whether you currently feel that way or not).  You are unique with your own hopes, dreams and aspirations even if they appear faint right now.

Groovy Mums is tried and tested – it has helped people before.  There is no reason it can’t help you too.  It is a sign of strength to say that you could actually do with a bit of support and the input of other mums as you move forwards.

So how does it work?

Write a blog post about what your life is like now and more vitally how you would like it to change.  Don’t allow negative self-talk! Dream your wildest dreams.  You never know. What makes you so all-powerful that you just know things won’t work out?

It does not matter what the dream is.  When I started Groovy Mums years ago, going for a walk every day felt impossible as I was so low.  If you had said then that the journey would eventually see me crossing the Atlantic and working for BritMums I would have told you that you were mad.  Incredibly positive things can and do happen every day.  For some people that will be about going out a little bit more.  For others it will be about volunteering, employment, business, study or hobbies..  For all Groovy Mums, it will be about changing their own world.

I have realised that getting groovy is an ongoing journey and that it is important to celebrate every baby step as well as the bigger achievements.

Link up your blog post below or leave a comment telling me where to find it.  I will then promote it via my social networks and we can connect on Twitter using hashtag #groovymums

Don’t stress about getting the post “right” – just write it!

You may well be amazed at the amount of ideas, tips and support coming your way.

We will be holding regular Twitter parties too.  What times are best for that do you think?

Let’s get groovy!