Pounds of belly fat to lose: I am counting calories, carbs, protein and fat!

I am notably fatter than I was, and here is the proof.

This is how I look now:

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And this is how I used to look, not too many years back:

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And this is me today, 1st April, on my aged bathroom scales… 10st 4 lb. I was 10st for the longest time, no matter what I ate, becoming unhappily complacent… until I recently gained another 4 lb. It really is time to get to grips with this, and right now! Read more

They say that money can’t buy happiness… well, I am sorry, but it CAN!

I have, as they say in Liverpool, been on the bones of my arse…  more than once.

In the past, I have been so skint that I owned just one pair of second-hand shoes (which were falling to pieces), and could only afford to feed my young children on fish fingers and baked beans from the cheapest supermarket. I had debtors calling on the phone at all hours and drove cars that others would have scrapped in an instant (one in particular, which cost me £50, had the driver’s seat wedged in place with a tree stump). And yes, this was in what is considered to be a wealthy country, so you can see how much I had messed up in order to reach that point! Read more

7 nuggets of wisdom to help you keep your dating s**t together!

Originally published on: https://leannehalyburton.com/category/dating-and-relationships/

Fancying the pants off someone should be fun! Dating, and becoming a little – or a lot – infatuated, should be an exciting part of a process that eventually leads us to join forces with someone we can imagine ourselves waking up next to every day (and, vice versa, of course) – not the beginning of an intense and insecure drama!

So, how can we make the experience of dating work in our favour? How can we ensure that we don’t fall head first into confusing or increasingly complicated situations that have no chance of developing into anything worthwhile? Well, to start with, here are 7 nuggets of dating-world wisdom that can help you to keep your s**t together! Read more

Dating and romance in our 40’s, 50’s and upward – 5 pros and 5 cons!

When I split from my ex-husband and ventured back out into the world of dating, I had three fears:

1) I wouldn’t really remember how to kiss properly

2) My clicking jaw (a family oddity) would mean that I couldn’t go out for a meal with a love interest.

3) Despite being slim, my jelly-belly (a legacy of having been overweight for around three years, plus three cesarean sections) would ‘disappoint’ any man who got near enough to see it.

Fast forward 15 years and my jaw still clicks, I still have a jelly-belly, and my partner of 12 years and I kiss, but no longer tend to really snog (something I actually hadn’t forgotten how to do, as it happens). Read more

“When will my life get better?” Are you a victim of being a victim? Here’s how you can change it!

No-one wants to admit to thinking and living like a victim. And as victim mentality is one of those super-sensitive subjects that have the capacity to elicit an immediate and highly defensive response, I am aware that I may be treading on very thin ice with this blog.

However, it is something that I feel very passionate about because I have worked with hundreds and hundreds of people who have reduced their own lives (and those of their nearest and dearest) to miserable rubble, as a result of focusing on what they have ‘been through’. I am not, for one second, suggesting that there is no such thing as victimhood; absolutely not, that would be ridiculous. However, it is actually possible to be a victim, without being a victim… if you understand what I mean.

So, what does thinking, feeling and behaving like a victim entail?

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Online business – is it all or nothing? Success or failure, big bucks or pennies?

The internet has created a global market place for anyone at all who wishes to sell any kind of product or service… which in turn has opened up a black hole sized portal to an endless amount of competition, and a tsunami of information, advice, and opinions! In my quest to expand my minuscule business empire, I have repeatedly been overwhelmed and exhausted by all of the free advice I really need to follow, if I am serious about getting onto that first rung of the success ladder… and by the follow up message that actually, what I really need is to buy a fairly pricey course that reveals ‘secrets’ only available to the smart few who have the cash and the foresight (and which also grants them access to sacred inner sanctums… usually located on Facebook). Read more

Make your goals visible and colourful, and engage with them every day!

My positivity board is fixed to the wall in my cozy little office, as a colourful reminder of some of my hopes, dreams, and intentions. When I created it, I was focusing on the main things that were on my mind at that time, but I now feel that I need an additional board, covering two other goals that are highly important to me. I am going to start collecting relevant images, words, and phrases this weekend.

To some, it might all just seem to be a bit of silly stuff… childish, even, especially for someone in her 60’s. Well, all I can say is that the board always gives me a little buzz of pleasure, when I turn slightly in my chair to gaze upon the cheerful images and messages… some of which have actually become a reality in my life. Read more