Me and My Blog

Pretty soon, I will have been writing this blog for six years, so I thought it was high time that I wrote a bit of a biography page.  Why not?

So, my name is Seren.  It's not really but it's the name I blog under.  I was born in Essex, but my family moved up to North Yorkshire when I was 19 and I never quite got round to going back.  I now live in Leeds with my husband, D, and an adorable but capricious cat called Minx (that is her real name.  She has formally waived her right to anonymity).

I have been dieting for about as long as I can remember, as is the way for many of us girls.  I have spent some of my life being very slim, some of it completely normal sized, and some of it rather fat.  I am OK with that latter category.  Being fat does not mean that I am a bad person, or lacking in any particular way.  However, I am now in my mid thirties and I would like to dodge the attendant health issues, such as type 2 diabetes, that are the reality if you carry too much weight.

A lot of my weight gain, especially in more recent times, I put down to having struggled with mental health issues and being on medication for depression and anxiety.  Like many other people in a similar position, I have been guilty of self medicating with food and drink in low periods.  As I write, I am in a very happy place and not taking any anti depressants but I don't kid myself that there won't ever be any more bad patches so I try to stay vigilant.  If the blog goes a bit quiet for a while then I am probably off hiding in bed waiting for the fog to pass.  Touch lots and lots of wood that won't happen any time soon.

I started writing my blog, the W(eight) W(atching) Foodie, because I was sick and tired of reading about celebrities who maintained their figures by living on chicken and steamed veg.  I believed in 2010, and I believe now, that this is not the case.  Food is a pleasure and I want to lose weight while still eating a delicious and varied diet.  Chicken and veg have their place but it is alongside loads of other wonderful things.  Oh, and I am not affiliated with Weight Watchers, but it is the diet plan that I have used the most frequently and the most successfully.  Their philosophy, that everything in moderation is OK, chimes the closest with my own.

I also write this blog as a record of my foodie adventures.  D and I love to eat out and we love to talk about the places that we have visited and the things we ate there.  I also love my adopted county and am always excited to bang the drum for local producers and local venues.

I am grateful to every single person who comes and spends some time on this blog.  I love to write it but I would be kidding myself if I said that I don't care if no one reads it.  Thank you, dear readers, and thank you, little blog for being my own shiny corner of t'Internet.

S, March 2016


  1. Very honest...and touching profile. I will be following your adventures

    1. Thank you very much and welcome! Prepare to be bombarded with far more cat pictures than a really appropriate on a food blog!