Shelley Bassett



Health and Wellbeing

Fitbit Alta HR

5 Reasons I Love FitBit

I've owned a FitBit for a while now, and I'm a bit of a fan. Theses are my top 5 reasons to use FitBit products

My weight (and also general health) has been all over the place for a while now. It’s taking some serious commitment to try and bring it back into line, and while I don’t feel like I’m succeeding yet, there is one tool that’s really helping. I’m using a couple of different FitBit products to help monitor, track and motivate me to make a lasting change in my life. (more…)

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x-ray showing badly impacted wisdom teeth

Getting My Wisdom Teeth Removed

You'd think that getting my wisdom teeth removed would be an easy task. For most people it is. Unfortunately, my post-surgery recovery wasn't all sunshine and roses

Early this year I was experiencing immense pain through my jaw and teeth. To the point that I was terribly grumpy and eating was an impossible task. After a very quick trip to the dentist, it seemed that getting my wisdom teeth removed was going to be the solution to this sudden and severe pain. I wasn’t expecting this answer. I thought I’d probably just been neglectful and had a cavity. But the x-ray doesn’t lie. My wisdom teeth were growing at all sorts of weird angles. They had to go. (more…)

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Pumpkin soup with fresh basil and crusty bread

Counting Calories Week 3: How Not to be Sick

I've been really sick this week, and it's had a direct impact on my diet

Like most of the human population, I hate being sick. Unfortunately, it happens fairly regularly due to a combination of shitty immunity and sinuses that don’t drain properly. But this week is the first time I’ve noticed my health having an impact on my diet. And based on this data and my knowledge of myself, I’m going to suggest something similar happens every time I’m ill. (more…)

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Poached eggs with smash avocado on toast drizzled with balsamic

Counting Calories Week 2: Danger Times

Working through the danger times for calorie intake during the week

Last week I started talking about controlling my weight by focusing on diet. And like standing on the scales shocked me about my weight, counting the calories I eat gave me a surprise about my food intake. This week wasn’t great either. But, it was better than last, and that’s all I can hope for. This is going to be a slow journey, but I’m in it for the long haul. (more…)

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Chickpea, sausage and spinach

Counting Calories: Week 1

The very beginning of my calorie counting journey.

Managing my weight has always been a struggle. I can swing from being borderline underweight to incredibly overweight in a matter of months. And while everyone’s advice and concern is nice, it’s never really made a difference. But now I need to actually start paying attention. After the shock that was standing on the scales last weekend, I made a choice to start figuring out why my weight fluctuates so much. The simplest rule I could find was that the energy going into my body should be proportional to the energy I use each day, with a deficit if I plan to lose weight. So with this in mind, I started counting my calories. (more…)

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