I want to play a part in helping to redefine age and what we think is possible as we get older, which is what keeps me searching for different ways to improve my health, exciting places to travel and alternative ways of living.

I self-published my book and love writing flash fiction stories. In 2018 I started to travel and am looking forward to exploring more. In 2020 I am now looking at a motorhome (RV) to live in and travel. I am firm believer in personal growth and self development.

pen and i publishing

Pen And I Publishing is a new online business I started in January 2020 selling notebooks and journals but rather than just write about notebooks and journals I write about things related to my life. I have been blogging since 2007 and most of my blog posts have been combined and added here.

While working full-time as a Healthcare Assistant (looking after people with Dementia) I am creating and selling notebooks and journals online at Amazon (USA, UK, Europe and Canada) under the name Pen And I Publishing

Weight Loss Journey

In February 2014, while running a workshop called ‘Writing Your Memoirs’ one of the participants took a photo of me. When I saw the photo I couldn’t believe how much weight I had put on. I was having trouble walking and moving at that time and with no mirrors in the house never thought to check on my weight.

By March 2014 I decided I had to start losing weight. This time I wanted to take a different approach. My focus was on changing my mindset about food. After years of losing weight that I put back on (plus extra) I wanted the cycle to end.

I didn’t weigh myself for the first couple of weeks and by the time I did I weighed in at 22 stones 4 lbs (312 lbs – 141 kg). My clothes size was 24 at that time. I had a lot of work to do.

The film ‘Fat Sick and Nearly Dead’ by Joe Cross got me into juicing and I researched FASTING (which has been a great help), plus eating low energy density foods, which means eating loads of fruit and vegetables. I was on my way.

By 2016 I had lost a total of 73 lbs (5 stones 2lbs – 33kgs). It was slow progress, almost 1 or 2 lbs a week. Then I hit a weight loss plateau that lasted for two years. I didn’t regain my weight but I couldn’t lose any. Despite that my dress size continued to drop.

Now in 2019 I am using everything that helped me when I first started and my weight is going down again. As of August 2019 I am 233 lbs (16 stones 9 lbs). A total loss of 84 lbs (6 stones  – 38 kgs).

UPDATE: As of April 2020 I am 202 lbs (14 stones 2lbs). A total loss of 110 lbs,  8 stones or 50 kgs.

Most importantly though I have worked on my mindset. Why I eat when I eat, why I eat when I am not hungry. I have focused on my emotional eating, portion control and the triggers that lead down the path of unhealthy eating.

Trained Teacher

For nearly 20 years I worked freelance, running workshops for local community groups and eventually my own workshops on blogging and writing your memoirs.

In 2017 I decided to go back to employment, working with agencies to enjoy the flexibility. The jobs on offer were either Customer Service or Healthcare Assistant, being paid minimum wage on a zero hour contract.

I have always loved writing. Never really confident enough to think about becoming a writer or studying creative writing. So, I fulfilled my dream by self publishing my own book and being happy with that – I write for the joy of it and I love writing memoir type stories because its my personal history.

When my youngest turned 18 and went off to university in 2017 I decided it was a good time to start my travel dream. Crete in July 2018 was my first trip, followed by Antigua in 2019. For 2020 I want to  travel around the UK, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Canada & Tennessee are also on my list.