I’ve attempted to collate your most frequently asked questions into one handy spot.

  1. Why haven’t you updated in over a year?
    I retired this blog in January 2013. I’m now writing up a storm at ShaunaReid.com. Hope to see you there!
  2. Do you have loose skin after losing your lard?
    I wrote a grand old entry about loose skin after weight loss here that covers the state of my skin and all my experiences and research on the topic.
  3. I want to publish a book too! How did you do it? How can I do it too?
    Here’s a post by author Caitlin Boyle of Healthy Tipping Point in which she shares her publishing experience and interviews some other authors about theirs, including me! I also highly recommend a book called Is There A Book In You? by Alison Baverstock which has some some great advice and information about getting published.
  4. Where can I find the weight tracker spreadsheet that you mention in the Dietgirl book?
    You can find this masterpiece of number crunching on my Resources page. This page contains all of my favourite diet, health and fitness bits and pieces.
  5. Can you suggest a beginners exercise program/ give weight training advice/ recommend a workout DVD?
    I am by no means a fitness professional so I’m really not the best person to advise you! If you’re just starting out and have not exercised in a while, that old cliche of Consulting Your Physician First really holds true. I personally started out with walking as a cheap and easy form of exercise. Since then I’ve tried many kinds of exercise over the years.To get started you might like to check out the huge list of all my favourite exercise DVDs, tools and websites over on my Diet, Health & Fitness Resources page. Many are ideal for beginners!
  6. Could you send me the recipe for the curry you made Gareth in the Dietgirl book?
    My pleasure – here it is! There are lots of other recipes on the blog too – check out the Recipes category page.
  7. You’ve mentioned a List of Dinners from which you plan your weekly shopping. Gimme gimme.
    The list is here, but please bear in mind it is literally just a list of meals to jog my memory.
  8. Do you have any weight loss tips?
    You can read my Top 20 Weight Loss Tips right here!
  9. How do you deal with food cravings? How do you resist goodies in the office?
    One day at a time, baby! I wrote an entry about this recently with a few strategies and ideas – How do you fight cravings?
  10. Why did you blog about your weight loss? How did it help you? How can I start a blog?
    Check out my entry Why Blog? for my take on this.
  11. What’s the name of the company that you did your New York City cycling tour with?
    They are called Bike the Big Apple and they are ace!
  12. I’m going on trip to Edinburgh – where’s good to eat and what’s good to do?
    I’ve not lived in Edinburgh for a long time so sadly I’m out of touch as where’s good to go in the capital. But here are some of my favourites!
  • For the best cakes in town head to Lovecrumbs. The cake wardrobe has to be seen to be believed!
  • Gobsmackingly good bread and cakes at Falko on Bruntsfield Place.
  • My old favourite cheap and cheerful haunts include: ChopChop in Haymarket and Mum’s Comfort Food in Forrest Road.
  • The best burgers and amazing chocolate shakes are at The Cambridge Bar.
  • Superb coffee and lovely Scandi treats at Peter’s Yard.
  • Speaking of coffee, check out the Edinburgh Coffee Lovers blog which includes a free map of the best coffees in town.
  • If you’re shopping around Princes Street and need a place to escape for awhile, give the big coffee chains a miss and go to Fredericks, on Frederick St oddly enough. Relaxed atmosphere and reasonably priced coffee, cake and light lunches.
  • Affordable and delicious food made with fantastic British produce at The Dogs.
  • For a posh treat, try afternoon tea at The Balmoral hotel.
  • Cuckoo does the best cupcakes.
  • I love the Italian food and breakfasts at Centotre.
  • Spice Pavilion has fantastic Indian food and very welcoming service.
  • Places close to Waverley Station for when you’ve just arrived and hank marvin’: Cafe Musa on the Mound is great for lunch and/or cake. The Doric pub does a great burger and I like the Malt Shovel on Cockburn Street mostly because it was the first pub I went to when I arrived in Edinburgh. The Guildford Arms is beautiful pub with nice food and ales a’plenty.
  • Vegetarian food: You can’t go wrong at the salad bar at Hendersons on Hanover Street or David Bann.
  • Mary’s Milk Bar has fantastic gelato and milkshakes.
  • The List is a great guide to finding things to eat, see and do in Edinburgh. I also like Edinburgh Spotlight for local news and reviews.

You want things to do that aren’t just eating? Oh.

  • You can’t go wrong with the Hop On Hop Off bus tour to get you orientated – buses leave from opposite Waverly Station.
  • Mary Kings Close is a fascinating underground adventure
  • a walk up Arthur’s Seat if you need to walk off some cake
  • the Saturday farmers market in Castle Terrace
  • a visit to any of Edinburgh’s fab galleries – all with free admission
  • I’ve still not been to the refurbed Museum of Scotland but apparently it’s fab
  • Also don’t forget the rest of the country – it rules! Undiscovered Scotland is my favourite site for finding places to go and things to see.

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