This week I am reflecting on weight loss numbers.

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How many of us focus on the huge numbers?

“I need to lose 84 pounds”

“It will take me 104 weeks to reach my ideal weight!”

“I need to get 25 centimetres off my waist!”

How often does that lead to us despairing and heading for an unhealthy snack or three?

We start our weight loss journeys with high hopes and then the big figures (no pun intended!) get to us and we give up.

We need to have a word with ourselves.

“I need to lose 6 stone. 6 is a small number, not even double figures. I can do this!”

“It will take me 2 years to reach my ideal weight. 2 years ago today seems like yesterday. I will be there before I know it.”

“I need to lose 10 inches off my waist. That is only just into double figures. No big deal!”

Of course when you have lost your weight (and you can do this!) you revert to big numbers and everyone will be doubly impressed with your weight loss and your figure

Go figure.

Welcome to the Blogging to Jogging linky.

The Rules

Blog about healthy living in a way that you see fit. It might be some exercise you did, a healthy food choice, a lifestyle change or a recipe. It is important to link back to this post so that we can all inspire one another as we move forwards positively.

Very simply, please comment on at least two other posts and more if you’d like to and grab the badge for your own post, linking one post per week. Tweet me (@kateonthinice) once you’ve linked and please use the #BloggingToJogging tag so that I can find your posts easily to RT them and you can also use the Twitter hashtag on Instagram if you have any relevant photos.

I am so looking forward to reading your talks of health, fitness and well-being. I promise to comment on each post and to promote via my social media networks.

Please display the #bloggingtojogging badge on your post and it would also be cool if we can start engaging on Twitter and Facebook about our healthy living using #bloggingtojogging.

Get linking!


Is it time to make a fresh start on the healthy living journey?

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It is Blue Monday and apparently many of us are blue because we have not quite managed to live up to our expectations of a fresh start for 2016. Are your resolutions a bit wobbly or broken altogether.

It is never too late to make a fresh start.

I have struggled to be healthy in the last week with a cold and that time of the month which always makes me crave sugar and comfort food.

I almost thought about not posting at all as I am hardly a good example this week. However, I am re-branding that because if I can make a fresh start so can you!

I am getting back to listening to my Slimpod and will be stocking up on loads of healthy food options in my big weekly shop on Wednesday.

I have walked more – there is always a positive if we look hard enough.

How do you want to make a fresh start this week?

You could start with an amazing breakfast!
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The Rules

Blog about healthy living in a way that you see fit. It might be some exercise you did, a healthy food choice, a lifestyle change or a recipe. It is important to link back to this post so that we can all inspire one another as we move forwards positively.

Very simply, please comment on at least two other posts and more if you’d like to and grab the badge for your own post, linking one post per week. Tweet me (@kateonthinice) once you’ve linked and please use the #BloggingToJogging tag so that I can find your posts easily to RT them and you can also use the Twitter hashtag on Instagram if you have any relevant photos.

I am so looking forward to reading your talks of health, fitness and well-being. I promise to comment on each post and to promote via my social media networks.

Please display the #bloggingtojogging badge on your post and it would also be cool if we can start engaging on Twitter and Facebook about our healthy living using #bloggingtojogging.

Get linking!


Blue Monday has arrived with heavy bills, broken resolutions and all that jazz.

Not here – here’s to Happy Mondays!

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1. I am enjoying some quiet time snuggled up with dogs and duvets and watching daytime telly.

2. We had a really quiet weekend. Sometimes boring weekends are the best of all eating what you like, doing what you like and chilling.

3. The compromise on the Christmas tree is that it stays up with lights but no decorations until 1st February. Christmas was great last year so we are keeping the spirit going in a small way.

4. I am immensely proud of my teenage son. He is doing so well at school despite his struggles with handwriting and spelling. The potential grades teachers say he is capable of are astounding. He is nearly two months into his first relationship with a girl and he is managing it so well. Wish I had been as wise and savvy at 15!

5. I love this house. It costs too much but it is worth it because I enjoy it every day.

6. I adore my children. In the mix of everyday life it is all too easy to forget how blessed I am in having these 3 amazing individuals in my life.

7. I am finally having a clear out and stuff will be going on Ebay very soon.

8. I got offered an amazing review opportunity of something that we actually will all benefit from. Expecting a special delivery or two today.

9. Home education remains relaxed playing with words of the day and incorporating famous paintings and their stories into our day.

10. I have decided I need to be a nicer person. That is not putting myself down. I am a lovely person but I can be better and do all in my power to not hurt others.

Blue Monday? Not here!

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Let me state straightaway that I am not a fan of David Bowie.

It was the average Monday morning and we were under pressure to get my son to school and my husband to work on time.

Suddenly we looked at the telly and saw the words “David Bowie has died”

Disbelief is an over-used work. I think it means that when you see something like that your mind can only cope by wondering if it is some sort of sick joke. You wait for the harsh fact to change and it will not budge.

I am not a fan of David Bowie. I have not followed his career closely, put posters of him on my walls and yet ….

I am transported back to a youth club in Birstall. I was approached by a boy for the first time. He was a little quirky and hence intriguing. He talked about Bowie who I knew little about and I went into that actress mode that women use when they will say anything to keep a boy talking to them. It was the Eighties and I remember dancing to Let’s Dance and China Girl.

It’s an individual memory and that is the point – so many of us have personal memories related to Bowie.

I am not a fan of David Bowie and yet ..

I remember watching the film Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence over and over again.

There was a fascination with those mismatched eyes.

I loved Under Pressure with my favourite band Queen.

I heard he chopped up newspapers and put random words together as part of his creative process. I loved that idea!

I am thinking of Boy George who was a huge influence on me who has said how Bowie gave him the freedom to be different.

As the family discussed the news, my husband was back in the Seventies and myself in the Eighties whilst my youngest son said that Bowie had obviously known he was about to die which is why his album was released. As I watched the boys set off, I realised the old lady next door will have her own fond memories of Bowie.

I don’t know much about Bowie and I want to know more. How often do we do that after someone is gone?

Co-incidentally this week in home education we wanted to study a musician beginning with B so I guess we have our answer.

I am not a fan of Bowie so I may get this wrong.

It seems to me here was someone from an ordinary background who did extraordinary things. Whilst doing this he appears to have not given any particular heed to what the babbling voices of critics thought.

We are all blessed with an individuality so perhaps if we celebrate that and work it to the maximum we too can do extraordinary things. Use that intelligence. Be bold and creative. Put your hands over your ears when the critics bang on.

It is so sad when is becomes was but I think where the creative arts are concerned the legacy always keeps a special soul alive.

Blogging to jogging

Are you looking for a weight loss linky?

Blogging To Jogging

I hope you will join in with Blogging to Jogging, the weekly blog hop for folks who are starting their 2016 by tackling those extra pounds (or in my case stones!)

I was delighted to see 10 blog posts linked up to Blogging to Jogging last week all taking very individual approaches to success and sharing challenges too. We all have them and we are stronger together backing each other up on the days where we despair.

This week, my questions for you which you can answer in your blog post or not as you see fit are …

1. Who do you give your power to when it comes to weight loss?

2. What is your quick healthy eating snack idea?

3. What help could other bloggers give you on your weight loss and healthy living journey?

I have had a great start to 2016 healthy eating wise. However, I have also felt a bit wobbly emotionally as although I lost a lot of weight last year, I still have a very long way to go to where I want to be. So this week I need your encouraging words if possible too.

The Rules

Very simply, please comment on at least two other posts and more if you’d like to and grab the badge for your own post, linking one post per week. Tweet me (@kateonthinice) once you’ve linked and please use the #BloggingToJogging tag so that I can find your posts easily to RT them and you can also use the Twitter hashtag on Instagram if you have any relevant photos.

I am so looking forward to reading your talks of health, fitness and well-being. I promise to comment on each post and to promote via my social media networks.

Please display the #bloggingtojogging badge on your post.