If one day you wake up and that yearning to complete a feat of endurance begins to overwhelm you, don’t ignore it anymore…

Don’t tell yourself you are too FAT…
AND don’t let anyone else tell you, that you can’t do it.

Once you’ve ignored those things just start taking your first steps towards achieving your goal. If you want it that much you REALLY CAN DO IT!

My eldest daughter Jess and I achieved something together we are both very proud of. On Sunday, we BOTH completed a Marathon at the 1st ever ALL WOMEN UK Marathon in aid of Cancer Research.


At 270 lbs I walked non-stop (except for peeing) for 8 hrs and 45 minutes to walk 26.2 miles. I started at 10 in the morning and finished LAST in the dark but I NEVER gave up.

Don’t EVER let anyone tell you that because you are a fat girl you can’t do something athletic. YOU CAN!!!


Just six months ago I could only walk 1/4 of a mile at a slow pace before having to sit down because of crushing back pain and general unfitness. This was because I weight had crept back up to 310 lbs.

One of my goals by the time I got to 50 years old (I’m now 49) was to do a Marathon. On the spur of the moment, without little thought I signed my daughter and myself up as it was not only a huge challenge but it was for Cancer Research, something we are passionate about.

I also signed my daughter and myself up to Pure Gym, we’ve spent more bonding time together which to be honest I’d missed.

As the weight started coming off the back pain got less, I was able to walk for longer on the treadmill.

First it was 10 minutes at 4 kmh, then after a few days 15 minutes then 20. As my muscles began to get stronger and confidence grew and my weight continued to drop my speed went up to 5 kmh then 5.5 kmh and then even 6 for short periods of time! Once I could walk on the treadmill for an hour at 5 kmh we began going for long walks in parks most weekends.

We started using free apps like Runkeeper and MapMyWalk on our phones to track our distance and pace. Walking outside is harder work than the treadmill as you encounter different types of terrain and undulations and it’s fascinating to see afterwards what you’ve achieved…. it’s really encouraging!

Going for one long walk at the weekends in addition to 3 treadmill sessions at the gym per week really helped us build up stamina and also really helped with losing weight (slowly but surely). It’s also a GREAT way to enjoy scenery by doing our walking in the various free parks we have in Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire, and an ideal opportunity to breath in fresh air and get happy and feel the sunshine on our skin!

Just 4 months into our training we managed to do a 15 mile walk in 4.5 hours and it was at that stage we dared to hope that we actually REALLY COULD achieve the Marathon goal..

Part 2 (coming soon) – Big person foot injuries and set backs and the day of the race!

I wore the dress!

It was two sizes too small (size 20) but thank goodness it was stretchy as I plucked up the courage and wore it anyway. It was just LOVELY to get dressed up in 40’s style for the first time to an event and if anything, it’s given me more reason to keep working at losing the weight to do more dressing up next year!

First of all I am being brave and posting the photo that I DON’T want anyone to see. BUT it’s the photo that will remind me that I still have at least 100 lbs to lose…


And here are some other ones..


And here are the photos you REALLY need to see! Some FANTASTIC re-enactors and people just dressing up for the day! The full album of over 80 photos is on my 1940s Experiment Facebook page – CLICK HERE


Kale is the new doughnut…


It feels great to actually be craving a big plate of veggies after coming back from the gym rather than cheese or chocolate (am not eating both right now).

Only a short session tonight which consisted partially of walking at 5.5 – 6 kmh at a 5% incline on the treadmill. It was only 4 months ago that I couldn’t even walk 1/2 mile without having to sit down (because of back pain) and that trying to walk at anything but dead flat on the treadmill made me feel like I was going to die!! LOL! Just shows how you can change things around pretty quick if you just keep persevering!

I’ve a LONG way to go in this weight loss journey to be at a healthy weight, probably another 100 lbs to get into the mid 160 lbs BUT every little lb and every little healthy choice over a processed food makes a difference.


It will ALWAYS be a battle here. It’s like an addiction. My mouth watered at work today as doughnuts were being passed around the office and imagined it felt somewhat like someone with an alcohol problem craving for a drink (and everyone around them is drinking). I sooooo could have eaten one, but then it would have been 2 or 3 or 4 – hell I’ve eaten 14 in one go before!!

It’s hard saying NO but I’m learning to do that more in all aspects of my life and that is a good thing. I am slowly becoming a stronger person.

So it’s 9 pm, I’m tired. Tomorrow I have a health check at my doctors so I have the day off work and I think I’ll start the day with moving another step closer to becoming healthier and head over to the gym again. Oh and my plate of sauted kale, leek and tomatoes, that I just ate now was delicious and I really mean that.

KALE IS THE NEW DOUGHNUT! Well definitely for me anyway… :)


Join Ruth Mott and Harry Dodson as the show us how they managed during WW2. Enjoy the complete series of ‘Wartime Kitchen & Garden’ below!



We (my eldest daughter Jess and I) are raising money for Cancer Research UK by taking part in the first women’s only Marathon on October 4th. We have been training hard for 4 months and overcome some obstacles along the way but we are aiming to complete the 26.2 miles at a brisk walk (and some jogging) in 8 hours to raise money for a cause we are passionate about. Every £ counts so we welcome any donation.


We know the day itself will be so very inspiring…

Thank you so much C xxxx



Today I bought the final touches for my 1940’s outfit. I bought an original 1940’s marcasite brooch for the same price as a modern reproduction (£5), a vintage style pearl necklace and some little pearl earrings.

Tonight my daughter is going to tidy and thin my eyebrows and tomorrow am going to be practising my make-up and hair-do!

I have daring bright red lipstick and nail polish too!

Am laughing quietly at how excited I am getting about getting dressed up (seeing as I live in trousers, baggy tops and trainers) and am NOT going to let that fact of my large size and too tight dress stop this happening.

C xxxx

I’ve just noticed this on YouTube so thought I’d post the link on here. It’s a brilliant TV series, I’m sure you’ve seen it but just incase you haven’t you NEED to!!

C xxx


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