Tackle a kitchen cupboard shelf.  It’s the first step that must be taken in order to begin any project. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q I’ve been reading “Cut the Crap”, and I’m so motivated to get started. I loved “Run, Fat B!tch, Run” but never made it up off the sofa. I’m feeli(...)

Q Dear Grit Doctor, I have three children. I work full-time, I run regularly and I cycle to work. However, I had a medical mishap recently that has(...)

Leave the sit-ups aside for now and try an alternative back-strengthening exercise. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q To cut a long story short, I suffered from debilitating backache for years until I found out about anti-inflammatory foods – such as the arthritis d(...)

Q Dear Grit Doctor, tell me you are joking that you don’t have a box overflowing with biscuits, bars and crisps at home for the kids. Mine would go(...)

We’ve all consumed a bunch of extra calories over the holidays, which have to go somewhere. Photograph: Thinkstock Images

Q Grit Doctor, I have been reading your book and it is really encouraging. I have been walking at a fast pace for 45 minutes a day and riding the bike(...)

Ruth Field says walk, or make it your mission to find an alternative exercise that meets the minimum exercise requirements. And do it now. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Q I’m turning 40 and feeling terrified about it. I can’t believe I’m so old. I look back on my life and feel as though I’ve got nothing to show for it(...)

Running mates: a time might come when your companion starts to slow you down - or simply annoy you. Photograph: Getty Images/Fuse

Q I have a serious running dilemma. I recently started running with another local mum on the school run. She was inspired by my dropping the kids off (...)

Q I always feel the same every Christmas: I make a huge effort to buy thoughtful gifts for all my family and no one ever does the same for me, and it (...)

The first rule of committed running is to run whatever the weather conditions. Photograph: Getty Images

Dear Grit Doctor, it’s raining pretty much all day every day, and I never seem to have an opportunity to run. The only time it’s not raining is when I(...)

Olfactory blues: what are you to do when something doesn’t smell right in your relationship? Photograph: Thinkstock

Q I love my partner dearly, but he is dirty – and not in a good way. He doesn’t wash or wear clean clothes. He wasn’t always like this, and he definit(...)