Just keep trying…

walk2I’ve been suffering with heel and foot pain since I did the 14.7 mile walk. It’s inevitable that pushing a 274 lb body such long distances, is going to bring with it some injuries. This worries me as the ‘5 weeks to go to the marathon’ passed yesterday and I can’t now walk long distances for fear of making things worse. I’m getting moderate to severe foot and heel pain when I put weight on my foot after resting it which dissipates, after several minutes to a bearable soreness.

What I’ve got is ‘Plantar Faciitis’ which is quite a common injury for those who walk or run long distances and more common the heavier you are. If I’ve any chance of being fit enough to do the Marathon (walking) I’ve got to do the following

a) NOT walk very long distances from now until the Marathon (am going to concentrate on very intense short work outs through the week and a single 5 mile walk at weekends)

b) Wear my ‘Plantar Faciitis’ insoles daily and don’t go around bare foot all day in the house.

c) Do ‘Plantar Faciitis’ exercises 3 times daily and also stretch my calf muscles and achilles heel before exercising.

d) Lose as much weight as possible. ( 10-20 lbs in the next 5 weeks )

Achieving this goal means such a lot to me. It’s been what I’ve been working towards for 3 months now which has involved losing 35 lbs and giving up most of my free time to go to the gym and/or go walking at weekends. The hard work had been paying off…

The cause (Cancer Research UK) is important to us too. Although I’ve been quite private on family and personal matters, my kids lost their father to colon, liver and lung cancer 2 years ago. This shouldn’t happen to a man with half his life ahead of him. I’m passionate about investment in finding a cure…

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14 miles

Today my daughter and I walked 14.7 miles in about 4.5 hours. We are in training to walk the first ever Women’s only Marathon in the UK for Cancer Research. The event takes place on October 4th. We’ve been training VERY hard. It’s been painful, seemed hopeless, seriously doubted my ability to turn things around to give this a shot. Sometimes you just need to have a challenge, a goal. HERE IS OUR PAGE. This is a big one as just 4 months ago my weight had ballooned back up to 310 lbs (22 stone 2 lbs) the crushing lower spine pain had come back and I could only walk 1/4 mile or so without having to sit down on a bench.


I bought some Victory Rolls in Superdrug so had a play. Note I didn’t also dye my hair green, that’s just a filter!

Today I’m back down to 274 lbs (19 stone 8 lbs) and ALL the back pain has gone.

I’ve set a new weight loss goal. 175 lbs (12 stone 7 lbs) and in the more immediate future I’d like to get rid of 20 lbs before the Marathon. Every single pound will help!

Today’s walk was a huge achievement for both of us. It gave us hope that we can actually do this!

During the week my current eating habits are porridge for breakfast, large salad for lunch and a vegetable based dinner in the evening, mostly something like a stew. At the weekends I’m trying to be more adventurous from one of my wartime recipe books. I’m rarely eating puddings right now and I’m sticking to my rations for cheese and using a meat substitute for my meat ration (as I’m veggie).

I WILL be posting some new recipes soon but my current busy life makes regular updates quite challenging right now (I do apologise). My day consists of getting up at 5 am, doing some kettle bell exercises, getting ready for work, eating my porridge and preparing my salad for lunch, leaving at 6:30 am, driving up the motorway to work to start at 8 am. Finish at 4 pm, commute home, pop into a shop to get fresh veggies etc. Get home by 6 pm (if no accidents on motorway). Make dinner, get changed for gym, do an hour on the treadmill, home, shower and in bed to watch something motivational on my tablet and then 7 hours sleep. Monday to Friday is quite the blur…

Thank you for continuing to support my blog by visiting. Really appreciate that. As someone noted the other day, there have now been over 3 MILLION visits to it. Just great that people are finding it interesting.

Take care, speak soon.

C xxx

PS: Cancer Research UK recently sent us our Marathon packs. I had ordered the largest t-shirt they had which was a size 20. As I am still a size 24 (but getting loose!!!) I tried the t-shirt on (which I REALLY REALLY want to wear on the day) but alas it looks like a crop top and displays all my large belly for all the world to see.

I’m posting a photo below to show you what I mean. I think part of the ability to succeed is being brave and being STRONG enough to reveal your hang-ups to the world. My large belly is mine. I wear long tops to disguise it. Maybe when I get into the 100’s the weight will be shifting off this area. I hope so…

Part of being able to succeed is not being afraid to recognise your hang-ups and be strong enough to recognise them. Mine is my belly…


6lbs off this week.

FINALLY the scales move in the right direction :) Am so not going to blow it this time!

After putting all my weight back on and more (was back up to 310 lbs not so long ago – over 22st!) am currently at 292lbs (20st 12lbs). I’ve been working my ass off for weeks doing treadmill at the gym 3/4 times a week and doing long walks.

It’s the eating I’ve been having problems with- I reach for food seemingly for anything, when happy, when stressed, when anxious, when celebrating things, when rewarding myself with a treat.

These past few days I’ve been incorporating 1940s ration book eating back into my life again and you’ve guessed it, pounds have started falling off. Will have to make another large stew tonight! Have a nice large fresh salad for work today! Sorry for the ramble!



An a very sad note- I’ve been working on a tribute page to Marguerite Patten who sadly passed away on June 4th aged 99. It was only reported in the media last weekend. Just thought she would be on planet earth forever, she nearly was! I’ll let you know when the page is live.


One helluva positive week! (although poor Richard is trying to recover from a very nasty episode of shingles)

I’ve reassessed, rebooted, recharged and rid myself of 7lbs after a detoxing week of mainly raw fruit and veg and lots of water! Now I feel sufficiently in control, ready and motivated enough to return to my wartime eating plan…well try and work it around my life.

And as I type, it’s my lunch time at work and I’ve just finished putting up a news article about the ‘Lancaster Bomber’. Our 3D Laser Scanning department at work, had the opportunity to be part of keeping the only two remaining Avro Lancaster Bombers flying. Replacement parts are very thin on the ground and in some cases near impossible to get hold of. By scanning rare, historical parts, they can create a highly accurate CAD file from which new parts can be manufactured. This will keep the Lancaster Bomber flying!



Sorry again

I just want to apologise to anyone who has messaged me or written a comment here and I haven’t responded to anyone.

I’m sure it must be coming across as ignorant but honestly its anything but…

Am just maxxed out and have very little time to keep things updated right now.

Life at the mo is pretty much 5am up- on the road at 6:30, start work at 8am, if not at Richard’s it’s back down to Nottingham and usually after a couple of hours its in bed. And when we are together we kind of do other stuff! (right now we’ve been decorating the front room and now on the kitchen!)

Just had internet installed at Richard’s which is great and of course don’t use internet at work for personal stuff.

And yes I do need my butt kicking- I could kick my butt a lot for putting weight back on. I hate it. But as anyone knows with motivation it grabs you and leaves you just as swiftly and then you feel quite a failure.

Anyway- thank you for still visiting the blog. I do appreciate it and will try and get some more recipes created and photographed.

C xxxxx


I’m struggling…

I’m doing something about it and losing weight slowly and I’m really trying to get back into walking. I do love walking but weight related lower spine pain is making it difficult. Why the HELL have I let myself get heavy enough again so this becomes an issue?


I’ve been inspired by a few people recently, firstly my partner Richard who quite often walks 3 miles to work. He’s pulled out his walking boots and is making a concerted effort to get healthier. Some of my work colleagues have been walking too either on a treadmill or just out and about. That’s where I found out about this wonderful FREE phone app called ‘MAP MY WALK’. Everytime I go out and do some exercise I’ve been switching the app on and it records my walk and estimates the amount of calories burned!

This weekend I had a goal of walking in total, 10 miles in short bursts. At the moment I’m up to 7.5 miles but cold and wet after having come back from Bestwood Country Park with my youngest daughter, Em.  To actually go out again and do another 2.5 miles today will take a huge effort as if I’m honest, all I want to do right now is get into my bed and go asleep!

I know that’s not the attitude to have but….


Oh and I bought my first every pair of proper walking boots, I have to try and break them in first. They are very nice. I also found a great website with lots of walks on ‘The Walking Englishman’.

I’m figuring getting out and about more and walking is VITAL to losing weight and keeping it off.

Thanks so much for coming back and reading the blog. I truly have so little free time these days to keep things so regularly updated but sometimes things in life change.

I’ll try and do a new recipe real soon.

Love C xxxxx


Here’s a pretty standard quick wartime recipe for vegetable soup.

I’m all for making dinners cheaply but sometimes you have to take a short cut now and again, especially if your life is busy. Not strictly in the spirit of the 1940s but it’s still the same food!

In this case, when I was doing shopping in Aldi’s and saw a large packet of fresh chopped mixed veg for soup. At only 99p I thought why not. The veggies inside the pack were fresh leeks, carrots & turnips.

To this I added a couple of fresh chopped potatoes and a couple of tablespoons of dried lentils and cooked the veg in a seasoned vegetable stock.

It made a thin and pleasant soup, enough for 4 large bowls and all I added in addition was some extra salt and pepper.

All this for about 35p a bowl and less than 200 calories!


1 pack of vegetables for soup from Aldi’s (or a chopped turnip, a few chopped carrots, 1/2 large leek chopped)
2 level tablespoons of dried lentils
2 potatoes chopped
1.5 litres of vegetable stock (or any stock)
Salt and pepper to taste


Place chopped vegetables and dried lentils in the stock
Bring to boil and simmer until vegetables/lentils are tender
Add salt and pepper to taste



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