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Inspiring ideas…

In this weekly blog our guest contributors share stories from their own weight loss journeys to provide you with the tips, healthy recipes and motivation you need to achieve yours.

  • It can be difficult to keep motivated during isolation to stay active and eat well. Whilst we are all doing the best we can to stay healthy and safe during this difficult t

  • Yoga is a multilayered ancient practice that is about so much more than being able to touch yours toes or do the splits. You don’t need to look a certain way or be a certai

  • Regular eating is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of achieving your weight loss goals, right? But actually, it is one of the most important t

  • There are so many myths about nutrition that it can be hard to know where you stand. Do you need to be eating expensive miracle berries? Should your diet be low in fat? We

  • How can you lower your lifestyle related cancer risk? Almost 9.6 million people die from cancer every year. This means that almost everyone’s lives have been touched by can

  • Taking on running with a buggy. We have created a new ‘Mummy diaries’ series in which our guest writer, Claire, will be speaking about her experience as a singl

  • Staying active in colder months can feel like a near impossible task. You get home from a long day at work, it’s dark and drizzly outside, and there is no part of you

  • The key to consistency… Do either of these scenarios sound familiar to you? You’ve started your health goal and you are full of motivation! “Yes! This is gonna be my

  •   Going to the gym – Our Health Practitioner, Victoria, is back to share her experience of different classes since joining her local gym at the beginning of Janu

  • Linda is back on the blog to fill us in on how she has been getting on with her healthy January! Linda’s Healthy January   I promised I would let you know how th

  • The Power of No – Sticking to your health goals. By Theresa Sarginson,  Health Coach.  Often when we try to change, we come up against obstacles that can make us feel that

  • Eat Real Sea Salt Lentil Chips:  Throughout Team Up for 2020 our Healthy Lifestyle Practitioners will share healthy snack alternatives for when the temptation to back-track

  • Toying with the idea of joining a gym but finding the initial sign up and get started process daunting? Our Health Pracitioner, Victoria, felt exactly the same! Lucky for u

  • Here we go again, building a healthy habit for the new year… January 2020. Oh my. Didn’t I write a similar blog last year? About starting and committing to a change a

  • Is food free festive fun a thing? When we think of Christmas, we think of mince pies, turkey, pigs in blankets, Christmas pudding and of course, drinks! Whilst food is a wo

  • Team Up for 2020! While each and every day is the perfect opportunity to implement change for the better. It is understandable that the beginning of a new year may seem an

  • Competition time! We have a hamper of snacks, drinks, sports gear and a session with a dietitian up for grabs as a part of our 2020 hamper.   Check out what competitio

  • Tips for taking care of your mental and physical health over Christmas   When we think about Christmas we think of fun, laughter, being merry… but Christmas can be a r

  • Rachel Dixon, a member of our healthy lifestyle team, talks about using festive food swaps to avoid the guilt that comes with overindulging during the festive season.  

  • Food on the Go! Let’s talk about eating healthily during shift work or having a job where you are always ‘on the road’. It can be tough. You’ve had a 5am start or you’ve be

  • Is it possible to lose weight while working a desk job? The good news is there are ways around the health challenges that we all risk facing from spending most days sitting

  • Not sure what to expect from Lose Weight With Achieve? Skeptical due to previous weight loss experience? Fiona felt the exact same when she was referred to our service. Now

  • For many people, milk is a staple part of their diet and is consumed every day. There is a whole range of options out there so choosing which one to pick may be a little co

  • This week’s blog is a special one! We have a poem written by a former client, Mary Clifton who recently completed a lose weight with achieve course in Banbury! We are

  •   Halloween obviously means pumpkin carving! But whilst we jab away at our pumpkins, creating all sorts of weird and wonderful designs, we are often left with a large

  • This week’s blog is from one of our health practitioners, Victoria (B.Sc. Human Nutrition and a Registered Associate Nutritionist). Victoria shares some tips on how t

  • Thursday the 10th of October is World Mental Health Day! Here at Achieve our 3 key messages are: Eat Well, Move More and Be Kind. Being kind to yourself and taking care of

  • Bake sales can be a fun and easy way to fundraise for charity, but not always the best for our health journeys! The 10th October 2019 is World Mental Health Day. So, for th

  • N.E.A.T stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. It consists of all of the physical activity that we perform in a day that isn’t counted as exercise.   Let’s br

  • With all the information out there about sugars, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and confused. When is it ok to consume and when is it best avoided? Today we will go throug

  • Getting enough, good quality sleep is so important for many aspects of our health. Unfortunately, our busy lifestyles often take a toll on our sleep, leaving us feeling def

  • Back to school season is in full swing and that means lunch box shopping is looming! September, already!? Summer seems to have flown by in a flash and it’s time to ge

  • This week our Health Practitioner, Frauke, is here with a whole host of ways for you and your family to get moving more over the summer holidays.   With the summer hol

  • Yes, we all love the summer season. Brighter days tend to lighten the mood, plenty of time outdoors, evenings relaxing in the garden and of course: THE BBQ. This week, our

  • This week, our guest blogger, Linda, shares her experience of how a quote her father told her changed her mindset and approach to achieving healthy weight loss . . .  

  • Despite knowing the benefits of losing weight, reducing the risk of disease, having more energy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle – it can be easier said than done.

  • This week, we hear from our guest blogger Linda on what it means to her to be kind to herself and feed on what gives her life. Be kind to ourselves – Linda’s ex

  • It is important we eat a wide variety of fruit and vegetables to reach the recommended five a day. Written by: Mary Wilson The NHS recommends that we aim for at least our f

  • Have you noticed the hashtags we include in our social media posts? At Achieve Oxfordshire we like to promote our three ‘golden rules’: Eat Well, Move More and

  • Earlier this year, we shared a break down of the Eatwell Guide and recommendations for a healthy balanced diet. One of the suggestions from the Eatwell Guide is to “b

  • You asked, we delivered! We recently asked our Facebook group which nutrition topic they would like to see covered in our blog. This week we’re sharing some of the fa

  • This week, we hear from our Health Practitioner, Frauke. Frauke is sharing plenty of practical advice on how we can take small steps to increase levels of physical activity

  • It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me! I’ve been on my healthy weight loss journey for a while now. This week I’m sharing everything I’

  • This week we hear from Jacqueline and Ralph. They have recently completed their first 12 weeks at Slimming World after receiving a FREE voucher from Achieve. By spurring ea

  • This lent, instead of giving up and restricting unhealthy habits, could you think about taking up healthy habits to improve your lifestyle?   Lent is a time when many

  • Where packaged foods are placed in a supermarket can help provide clues as to whether certain foods are a healthier choices or not. However, this is only useful if its plac

  • At our outreach events that we run across Oxfordshire, we’ve noticed how popular our colourful Eatwell Guide resources are. So this week, we thought we’d give y

  • This week we hear from Debbie, who recently completed her first 12 weeks at Slimming World after receiving a FREE voucher from Achieve. What’s more, Debbie Teamed Up

  • This week we hear from Wendy, who recently completed her first 12 weeks at Slimming World after receiving a FREE voucher from Achieve. With the help of her friends and fami

  • Are you looking to TEAM UP for 2019 to lose weight and feel fitter? Not sure where to start? If you’re a man and love playing football, Man V Fat Football could be th

  • Was one of your new year resolutions to move more? If so, we know it can be tricky to find the motivation get up and get active when you’ve got a lot on your plate. 

  • A health scare motivated Jeff  to take up a 12-week Slimming World voucher from Achieve Oxfordshire. Group support helped Jeff to lose 2 stone and boosted his confidence re

  • Christmas has come and gone and everyone is now embracing new year goals or resolutions. After a month of festivity and food, it can be quite daunting to make healthy lifes

  • Christmas is just around the corner! Whilst it is a time for festivity, food and family, the eating can easily run away with us. Today, Frauke is here with some advice on h

  • This week we’re providing you with our Christmas Party Survival Guide. With the festive season approaching, it can seem like we are constantly surrounded by food! Thi

  • It’s finally here – the launch of the Christmas sandwiches. One of the first signs that the festive season is fast approaching.   Christmas sandwiches ofte

  • Are you staying hydrated in winter? The Eatwell Guide recommends drinking 6-8 glasses of fluid each day. This can include water, low fat milk and sugar free drinks. Tea and

  • Today’s blog post is written by Mary from the Achieve Team. Mary recently finished her MSc in Human Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University and is here to provide you

  • This week, Frauke, one of our practitioners at Achieve, is here to unpack the science behind the winter cravings and provide us with tips to stay food smart and active in w

  • Have you been carving out your pumpkins in anticipation of Halloween? If so, you might be wondering what to do with the fleshy insides. Instead of throwing them out, why no

  • Men, this one’s for you! The majority of health, fitness and weight loss advice on the internet targets women, but doesn’t mean that men’s health is any less important. &nb

  • It can be difficult to stay active in winter when it’s dark on waking and by the time you get home. However, physical activity is a crucial component of sustained wei

  • The prospect of turning 60 pushed Alyson to take up a 12-week Slimming World referral from Achieve Oxfordshire. Thirteen months and nearly three stone later, we caught up w

  • When you’re struggling to get out of bed early, the benefits of morning running may not be immediately apparent. The approach of marathon season has brought an increa

  • “I was excited about working for Thrive Tribe again, with the friends I had made in my previous role.” James Boult shares his experiences of going from Locality

  • It was a 12-week voucher for Slimming World that gave Celia the self-belief she needed to start losing weight. Eighteen months later, Celia has lost 3 ½ stone, is the proud

  • Weight loss often tops many a holiday preparation list, and with good reason, as fine weather, fresh food and a positive frame of mind combine to help you lose weight in su

  • Whether you’re looking to lose weight, exercise more or just generally improve your health, being smart about your goal-setting can make a huge difference to your lon

  • The negative impact of free sugars on our teeth and general health has been well-publicised for some time now. However, there also appears to be a great deal of confusion a

  • It’s time to get active! The link between physical inactivity and obesity is well established. What’s also gradually becoming clearer is the link between physical act

  • Lots of parents tell us they struggle with getting their children to eat their 5 a day. There’s also a lot of confusion about what counts as a portion of fruit or veg

  • At Achieve Oxfordshire we believe that a healthy family lifestyle starts in the home. Everyone in the family needs to get involved for positive changes to have a real impac

  • Sign up to our mailing list to grab our free healthy family resource pack: 21 recipes, a week-long family-friendly meal plan, an activity tracker and reward sheet, and a he

  • Is it possible to lose weight while sitting at your desk? The good news is there are ways around the health challenges that we all risk facing from spending most days sitti

  • Focus on brisk walking, rather than just counting steps. That’s the message Achieve Healthy Weight Loss Oxfordshire are encouraging residents to act on over the summe

  • Every month we provide hundreds of clients across Oxfordshire with Slimming World vouchers to get them started on a weight loss programme. Alan started attending in October

  • With the third league of Man v Fat Football kicking off in Bicester this week, we caught up with one of last league’s biggest successes to get his take on the program

  • It’s time to get walking this May! Not only does walking help you maintain a healthy weight and prevent health conditions, but it can also improve your mental well-be

  • In this week’s blog our Healthy Weight Practitioner Frauke shares her top weight loss tips to carry your weight loss journey right through the summer.     You

  • Sign up to our mailing list to grab some healthy eating resources: a pack of 23 recipes, 8 simple food swap ideas, 2 workout sheets and a blank food diary to support you in

  • Frauke, our Healthy Weight Practitioner shares her eating habits in a typical day at work. Check out the video below for more information and a few tips on how to eat healt

  • You are on a mission to create new healthy eating habits that will stop calories creeping up on you once and for all. Not even Mr Bond could beat the determination you feel

  •  Making healthy choices and sticking to the 400-600-600 plan can be hard when food labels seem to be deliberately written to confuse.     Do you look at food labels wh

  • Our 400-600-600 campaign has officially kicked off in Oxfordshire! Keep a look out for us across the county spreading the word about healthy lunchtime choices. Over the nex

  • Every month we provide hundreds of clients across Oxfordshire with Weight Watchers vouchers to get them started on a weight loss programme. Toni started attending back in 2

  • Achieve Healthy Weight Loss Oxfordshire are raising awareness around counting calories using the 400-600-600 guide in the new national ‘One You’ campaign.   In the pas

  • Losing weight, getting active and looking after your health can be a challenge. Sometimes all you need is someone to help you through with love, encouragement or support. &

  • Feeling bored by healthy food this month? We’re on a mission to get everyone out of their healthy eating rut with our series of fun, flavourful and cheap healthy reci

  • This week I am making healthy changes to my diet to boost my weight loss. Although I’m doing well at reducing my portion sizes, I’m worried I’m not eating

  •   If you’re a health professional based in Oxfordshire, you may be wondering if it’s worth coming along to the Achieve Oxfordshire Welcome Event on Monday the 29th of

  • If you’d have told me this time last year that in 2018 I would be going out running three times a week to boost my weight loss, I’d have laughed and said you’d lost your ma

  • In this blog post, our new guest contributor Gemma struggles with staying on track with her healthy weight loss goals while juggling kids and a career   It’s a j

  • In her first weight loss blog post Linda discusses getting started, moving past feeling like a failure and putting herself in the right frame of mind.   So here it goe