Mission statement


As part of a new years resolution, my better half and I have decided to save more money and to lose weight (original, I know). You won’t be surprised to hear that this isn’t the first time we have tried this; unfortunately we are both big fans of food and, although my partner is a religious money-hoarder, I love pubs, bars, restaurants, bicycles, computers, whiskey,…, you get the point.

What sets us apart (we hope) is that between us we have the knowledge to achieve both of our goals. I recently dropped from around 16 st to around 14.5 st by following the 5:2 diet, which I have stuck at for more than a year and a half now. As previously mentioned, my better half has always managed to save money, and we are both perfectly happy to try being more frugal under her expert guidance.

This blog serves three purposes:

  1. A commitment device to encourage us to stick to our resolutions
  2. A method of disseminating anything useful we learn along the way
  3. A method of documenting how well/poorly we are doing

The idea is that the future posts will be a mixture of progress updates, opinions, strategies, and maybe even the recipes that we are following.

Here are the cold hard goals for the year:

  • Both reduce our BMIs to 25 (the top end of “normal”)
  • To save £6000 each

For a bit of context, we are both in out late twenties and both work full time. My BMI started at 26.54 and my partner’s 28.44 – so we are both over weight by definition. Last year I saved about £2500 (good by my standards!) and my partner saved around £3000, which by her standards is a bad year given full-time employment.

Neither of us are healthcare professionals, nor are we financial advisers. Everything on this site is opinion, although we will try to back up what we say with references (sometimes not even from Wikipedia!). If you decide to try anything that we mention, you do so at your own risk.

We hope that you enjoy reading about our journey, we’d love to hear any feedback that you may have!