Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

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Monday 22 September 2014

Weight loss update more success for The Harcombe Diet


I have lost another 6 lbs in the two weeks since I first posted about my weight loss from following The Harcombe Diet. My weight loss per week has slowed down a bit (which is probably a good thing as otherwise I would have faded away by New Year!) but I am so pleased to have kept on losing weight.

I have gone onto Phase 2 now and have had a few cheats and accidental mixes as I get the hang of this new way of eating, so am not surprised the weight loss has slowed down. I have lost loads of inches though.

On Sunday morning I wanted a waist strap to hang my archery quiver from and so picked up my "bum bag". The waist strap was still set from the last time I wore it, back in mid June. I have actually lost 11 inches from my waist and this is what it looks lik.

Now I am slowly re introducing foodstuffs I have identified I have a real issue with wheat as even organic, wholemeal bread seems to make me gain weight alarmingly overnight due to bloating and I feel very uncomfortable as well.

I  have also found that drinking even small amounts of beer or red/white wine (even organic!) makes me crave carby foodstuffs  whereas drinking my homemade organic cider does not (basically as you know we pick, wash and squash our apples, let the juice ferment due to wild yeasts on the apples, rack off and then bottle it)

So - my cheating tipple of choice is now our home made cider. Shame as I love decent beers and red wine - but I guess that tells me something about my body and my intolerances.

Apart from that I am still feeling ridiculously energetic and bouncy, my hair and skin looks great, my nails are so strong and I now have to cut them frequently as they grow so fast!

I also now have the joy of being able to buy "normal" (in very large sizes, but still!) underwear from mainstream stores rather than having to pay astronomical prices from on line suppliers. Sounds trivial I know but it  made my life miserable not to be able to just pick up a pack of knickers from a shop.

The only downside is, I bought a pack of cotton knickers from Sainsbury's last week and by this morning they were falling down as they were too big.

I can live with that, though.  So - onwards and ever downwards


  1. Wow.. very well done indeed. So pleased that this way of eating is working for you :o)

    1. So am I Julie I fear I was headed for my compost bin if I had not done something ....which spurred me on tbh

  2. That is fantastic, well done! I have a question for you though if you don't mind. You sound to be feeling really well and full of energy, is that so? Because I have been doing the same diet for 6 weeks now and although I have lost a stone in weight, I am absolutely exhausted and most days can barely climb the stairs by lunchtime. I also have M.E. and really need to lose this weight but this exhaustion is having a really bad effect on my life.

    1. I have ups and downs still which are what I expect as I, too have ME and that is not going to go away.
      But I can honestly say I have not felt this well for many years, not just losing the weight but I also fee
      l better than I did when I was this weight but still with ME . If you see what i mean
      Either ask more here or email me if you want more info

  3. Well done! Being more energetic and feeling better helps doesn't it to get the weight off?
    I need to shift some too, might be starting full-time work soon and as a certain supermarket says, 'Every little helps'!


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