Rachel Flaherty: ‘Rewards for reaching goals are now embracing new experiences I would have previously shied away from’

‘I’d felt so alone but I read your article and thought ‘that’s me’ – and at least I’m not alone anymore.” This is one of the most frequent responses (...)

A pilates session at Live and Breathe Pilates in Dublin.

It was not instant love between Pilates and I. I didn’t like the look of it. It looked complicated. I didn’t relate to the celebrities who have report(...)

Rachel Flaherty: It’s been two weeks since I stepped on the scales and decided to cut back on the sugary snacks, reduce portion sizes of my meals and try different types of exercise

I didn’t need any weighing scales to tell me I’d gained weight – 1st (6kg). My belt and clothes had dutifully informed me of that. January (...)

I was surrounded by spectacular scenery and magnificent mountains I’d never seen before, but my mind was elsewhere. Was it my aching legs or loud gasp(...)

Claire Morrissey running the 101km Eiger Ultra Trail in Switzerland last July.

It is many people’s idea of hell – running through treacherous terrain over mountains for days and nights in often hostile weather conditions – but mo(...)

Yes, move more and eat less is the simple answer to losing weight –  but it can be much more complex than that. Focusing on my mindset has been key to me

The one thing I’m certain of since losing more than 23kg (3½st) is there was no one single reason that caused me to gain weight. It was a mix of many(...)

Rachel Flaherty hiking along Lough Tay in the Wicklow Mountains in Co Wicklow.

For more than a year I’ve stubbornly refused to let go of clothes that no longer fit me. I’ve attracted a few sideway glances and eyerolls when I’ve v(...)

Sex and the City stars: Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis. Photograph: Mark Liddell/Reuters/HBO

The ongoing public feud between Sex and the City stars Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker stepped up a notch this week. Responding to Parker’s con(...)

A rainfall radar image from Met Éireann at 1pm on Sunday showing rain clouds sweeping across the country.  Photograph: Met Éireann

The west of Ireland will get between 30mms (more than an inch) and 40mms of rain overnight as the aftermath of Hurricane Gert sweeps over the country.(...)

Eddie Staunton was receiving first aid when a man shot him a number of times.

A hit-and-run victim was receiving first aid on a Dublin street when he was shot, it has emerged. Eddie Staunton was cycling along James Joyce Street(...)

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