The Pass South Lodge Hotel Lower Beeding West Sussex

 As a treat for our very special birthdays, my group of friends, known collectively as “the girls”, decided to take out our other halves to enjoy a night of luxury and indulgence with us, dining at The Pass under the supervision of Chef Matt Gillan. Having never experienced fine dining such as this TOH and I decided to make a weekend  of it and to call into Brighton before we descended on our night of luxury.

I would thoroughly recommend Brighton for a weekend away, we only spent a brief amount of time there and enjoyed the seafront and shops. We didn’t have much of a chance to explore the famous Lanes but we will be back! 


Fish and chips at the sea front 

The Pavilion 

You may ask yourself was having the fish and chips a wise move before the tasting menu? As you can see the lunch was too good to miss” Note to self and others this was pre-fasting days, a social occasion and perhaps a contributing factor to the weight gain. 

In the early afternoon we drove to South Lodge, a beautiful hotel nestling in Lower Beeding West Sussex. My March afternoon photo does not give it full justice but it was beautiful


The food was sublime, if ever you get a chance to experience a taster menu it’s a treat not to miss! The attention to detail and service at The Pass is fantastic and one day we hope to return

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Unlocking the secrets of weight loss

If you have read my blog will know I have struggled with weight loss over the years whether it’s a lack of motivation or simply not having the will power to succeed! It’s been a long  and painful journey!

As a child born in the 60s the food I ate at home and school was very different to what is available today, my Mum was a different generation and looking back there was not the nutritional awareness or variety that we have today of food types and diet.  Whilst the food was wholesome, I think back of the staple school dinners of pies, minced beef cobbler, vegetables and sponge puddings with custard I ask myself – was it really that healthy? My generation always ate school dinners and likely Mum cooked dinner in the evening when Dad came home from work. Perhaps by today’s standards of school dinners ours  were better but perhaps not as balanced. The food we had when I was a child was mainly cooked from scratch it wasn’t the over processed and fast food of recent years. Of course school dinners are a whole other issue #jamieoliver  #schooldinners and not a topic for today’s blog 

In my days of school, food and nutrition was not a subject that was widely available. PE or games was doing the activity not Learning about how the body works or responds to exercise and nutrition. Nowadays there is the option to learn more but should more time be spent in bringing these subjects into the general curriculum?

Of course Mum gave us a balanced diet at home but was it as healthy compared to today’s standards and have those bad eating habits developped through childhood lead the way to weight gain?

My Mum often says that she survived her pregnancy on chip butties as she could not tolerate other foods. I now know that did not help me in my body make up and the way I respond to food.

So how are the secrets to weight loss actually unlocked? Interestingly in his book The Obesity Code Jason Fung explores calorie deception, the new model of obesity what is wrong with our diet and the solution (amongst other aspects)

As a failed dieter and someone whose weight has gained after each relapse I can relate totally to his writings. My weight has steadily gained and in the last few years where my work has be come exceptionally stressful I can see the impact that has on my weight. I do now go  to the gym but only 2/3 times a week – This is not ideal but an improvement on not doing anything! No exceed isle is where I’d fallen to 6 months ago when my stress levels meant I could not be bothered to do anything. I don’t overreat, my diet is healthy but I can’t seem to kick start that weight loss. 

On Monday TOH and I decide to break the code with the suggested intermittent fasting. Monday was a total fast day and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I did it, it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be! Tuesday I ate simply and to suggestions in the book and today Wednesday is another fast day. Ideally Friday I should fast too but I have a work BBQ so maybe just an evening meal! My aim is to try to follow the plan for 4 weeks doing the 36 hour fast protocol, i.e. fasting on 3 days a week to reset my homeostasis, my insulin levels and my body! Watch this space, please send your positive energy to my for success and I will report back to you!

Clothes shopping

It’s always a wake up call to go clothes shopping. Are the mirrors designed to make us look terrible and what is that horrible light that shines or us? It make me wonder is that how I really look. I find it amazing that the shops ever sell any clothes! I come back feeling depressed and resolve to lose weight! 

So when my diet is off course I think I need to try on clothes to give me that fright I need! 

Hello again!

I can’t believe how time has flied by since my last blog. My apologies, I have no valid excuses I’ve just not been “there” but hopefully I’m back now! I have a whole year of blogging to catch up on so hold on folks you could be swamped………..just joking!

I’m looking forward to reaching out to you in the next few months hoping for some new followers and some new inspiration, maybe spread some insight and gain new friends!

The main thing I want to do is take stock of my work focus (too stressful) which impacts on my whole life

Today is about me and two of my girls having fun so pray for sunshine and not too much rain!

We’re off soon to the Capital Summer Time Ball

#goodtimes #littlemix #summertimeball #capitalradio #fun