If you cannot resist the pull of an ice-cream snack, opt instead for an ice lolly, which will hit the spot without hitting your waist. Photograph: Thinkstock

Summer time and ice-cream may go together but feeling bloated is a side effect you could do without

All set: there will come a time when that American holiday works for you again, but it is not now. Meanwhile the older children might love to go and stay with their American family on their own

If you want to get out of the annual holiday in the US with your husband’s family, you must speak up now

Once the stalemate is broken, it is so much easier to do it again and again until a sexual routine is re-established. Photograph: Thinkstock

Sex is probably the first thing that goes when a couple is busy with young kids and full-time jobs

Run no matter what you are feeling . . . because life is always going to keep coming at us. Photograph: Thinkstock

Think you just can’t run? Try putting one foot in front of the other and just going for a walk for starters

The hardest thing about a marathon is staying motivated throughout your training. Photograph: Thinkstock

Laughing, not whining, will help you through the next six months

Watch your sauce intake: tomato ketchup, BBQ sauce and chilli sauce can be full of sugar. Photograph: Getty Images

If you are running but still need to shift those extra pounds, reduce the amount of saturated fats and sugar you consume

I’d hazard a guess that every single person you meet has at least one terrible secret that would break your heart. Photograph: Getty Images

If your boss is behaving inappropriately and treating you badly, then confront him like a grown up

An early morning run on the beach before dawn breaks (or a sunset run) is hard to beat if you want to stay fit and healthy while on your holidays. Photograph: Getty Images

Running will add immeasurable value to your holiday experience

Your initial weight loss could be down to the natural shedding of excess weight after your pregnancy rather than as a result of your having taken up running. Photograph: Getty Images

When the weight loss comes to a halt, it’s time to make your runs longer, tougher and more regular

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