Welcome to New Girl in Toon!

I'm Chloe, a 30 something living in Newcastle in the North East of England. 

My story certainly didn't begin here though - I was born and grew up in a small village in Norfolk, a few miles north of Norwich where I had a happy time living in the countryside and enjoying day trips with my friends.

In my 20s I decided I'd had enough of living in the sticks so moved to London where I spent the most amazing 5 years becoming a grownup.

I loved my time in London but it wasn't until I hit 30 that my life really began to change.  

I had been overweight my whole life but after seeing photographs of myself at my 30th Birthday Party I realised that I had to turn my life around.   I weighed 19.7 stone, was a size 20 and morbidly obese.  The next year I worked very hard to get rid of my excess weight until I reached my healthy BMI.

I'm very proud to say that in 2015 I will have been at my goal for 3 years, I'm a healthy weight and size and not a day goes by where I take it for granted.  

I love sharing my weight loss story and if anyone is interested in hearing more I have done a post all about it here.

My 9 stone weight loss was the start of something amazing and just before I reached goal I met my other half Simon.  He lived in the North East and after a year of travelling between London and Newcastle I realised that not only I had fallen in love with a wonderful man but also a fantastic city.

I relocated to Newcastle in 2013 and haven't looked back since.

This is my story of a girl from the South falling in love with a city in the North and I'd love to share my journey with you.


  1. Just stumbled on your blog while thinking about where to go for dinner while I am briefly in the north. 1. WOW well done on the weight loss! 2. Your blog is beautiful. 3. I am so happy to see someone as in love with the toon as me and my friends. My wife's from the Isle of Wight and the toon is her spiritual home, as well as mine (though I'm only from an hour away). We've spent the past year living in Wales and are about to move to the States, but my dream is a house in Whitley Bay, with a cockapoo, and appreciating all the area has to offer. One day! You've got a new fan in me. Amy x

    1. Thank you so much, this comment made my day :) I'm so glad you enjoy the blog! Hope you have a wonderful new life in the States .. I'll be sure to keep you up to date with what's happening in the Toon x

  2. I just came across your blog and I love it! this is actually the kind of thing I'd love to do haha... so can I ask how you got started? My name is Anna by the way and I moved to the toon about 4 months ago from NZ. =)

    1. Hey Anna, thank you for your kind words! Setting up a blog is pretty easy - I use blogger which is free and it's simple to understand. All you really need is a subject you're passionate about and a love for writing, story telling or photography. If you blog consistently and love what you do after time you'll build up a following. Please do e-mail me if you have any more questions, there's a very supportive network of bloggers here in the North East x

  3. Great About page!
    Newcastle is a beautiful city, though I have not visited for years - but I did live there for 4 years for university!
    It's funny to think I knew that city so well but haven't been in so long!
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