My mini hiatus is over…and it’s Friday!

“Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty.

I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be.”

― George Carlin

Life is what you make it, and recently, I’ve been making it a bit rubbish! I’ve mentioned before how I haven’t been all that happy with my work, but I’ve been letting that dissatisfaction creep into other aspects of mu life. My energy levels have been low, my motivation non-existent and my usually positive outlook has been somewhat dampened. And of course, that has all affected my health and well being, as I’ve let bad habits creep back in; sitting at my desk during lunch instead of going to the gym, choosing processed foods where something whole would have been just as convenient.

And whilst it’s actually only been that way for a couple of weeks, it’s amazing how easy we get back into old habits, and hard to break them.

So, taking George’s advice above, I’ve decided that for now, I’m OK with a low level of career satisfaction if it means that the rest of my live can thrive. I’m doing more with friends and family, be that walks around our gorgeous country side, entering a race to challenge myself, booking some me-time, and planning trips! We don’t always have to have it all, so if we accept that the cup is smaller, it will get fuller more quickly! That’s my logic anyway!

So, what have I been up to during my blogging break?

We took a short trip to the Norfolk/Suffolk seaside where we had great weather, played on the beach, swam in the sea and visited SeaLife centre in Great Yarmouth!

Ice creams at the seaside Shark at SeaLife Turtle selfie

We’ve been teaching my little girl how to ride a bike, and Grandad trying to hitch a ride!

learnign to ride a bike

Enjoying the great outdoors near our home. This is Kilnsey Cragg and climbers love tackling the overhang.

Kilnsey Cragg

And, this month I overcame my biggest body hangup (my arms) and wore a sleeveless dress to a friends wedding, excuse the selfie, it was taken after several glasses of wine! And I felt confident, and even a bit sexy!

Arms out!

Next I’ll post an Eats of the Week as I’ve managed to take some pictures too!

Here’s my question for you this week…do you feel like to you have to sacrifice some parts of your life to enjoy it more overall??

Have a great weekend xoxo

The fruits of your labour

Working hard for something can lead to disappointment if we don’t see results quickly, so it is motivational when we start to see the fruit of our labours showing, whether that’s a smaller number on the scale, dropping a dress size or getting a new personal best in fitness.

This week I’ve been sticking to my training plan for the 10km, running 3 x this week with some Zumba and strength training thrown in for good measure. I’ve also been following the 80/20 rule of eating, filling myself with whole foods that will nourish my body and indulging in the odd treat. I’m feeling stronger than I have in a while and more confident every day. And whilst it’s not the be end and all end, I’ve pushed past a weight loss plateau and hit 158lb this morning.Keep calm and go for a run

I’d never advocate dieting or working out for other people, you have to be doing it for yourself, but I can’t deny that it feels good when someone notices that you’ve lost weight (but being a complicated woman, I also don’t think it’s right that people comment on your weight at all). However, the comment did come from a couple of friends who are also getting into running and trying to eat healthier, so I didn’t mind too much:-)

I’m feeling super dedicated at the moment, and even managed a good workout last night when I would have rather enjoyed a few minutes of P&Q (the baby was in bed and the husband was at the football) binge watching Madame Secretary (how good???) , but I picked up those kettlebells instead! And followed it with a fuji apple covered with crunchy PB and a spoonfull of fluff!

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How was your weekend? xoxo

Running Inspiration and a quick training update

 If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon. – Kathrine Switzer

Whilst looking for motivational running quotes I came across the story of Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to enter the Boston Marathon in 1967 who then campaigned to get the Women’s marathon into the Olympic Games.

If you don’t know about her story, there’s a short video on YouTube (embedded below).

I’ve never thought about the struggle for women to officially enter running races before, and having entered several races int he past few years, have never encountered any animosity from men, women or race officials. In the Western World at least, the running community is one of kinmanship, hey, we all must be as crazy as each other if we actually LIKE running!

Kathrine’s story reminds me that it’s important to remember the history and struggle encountered by generations of women to take part in everyday activities that we now consider a right, and don’t think twice about. It’s also encouraged me to research more about how other parts of the world treat female athletes, and barriers women are facing to partake in activities we take for granted.

On a quick training update…

As you know, I’m taking part in the City of Salford 10km in early September and I’m hoping to beat my previous time. I’ve been sticking with my lunchtime runs at the Gym, and last night ran 7km in 40 mins.

Garmin 7km run

Eats of the Week

I’ve been at it again, snapping pictures of some of the meals and snacks I’ve been easting this week…

  1. M&S Mezze – I do love a good Marks and Spencers haul and one night this week I made a little mezze including sweet and smoky chicken, halloumi and courgette parcels, quinoa and edamame salad and then some asparagus and brocolli steamed with some garlic butter, delicious!

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2) My new go-to indulgent snack is a chocolate snack a jack (rice cake), half covered in peanut butter, half covered in fluff and then drizzled with toffee sauce, yummy!

Rice cake with PB and fluff

3) Simple steak – a fillet steak (cooked medium-rare) with asparagus and broccoli steamed with garlic butter and some oven roasted gnocchi.

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Who said healthy eating had to be boring and tasteless, or full of salads?

What’s your favourite healthy recipe?

A new goal…

My last race was the Blackpool promenade 10 Miler and considering that my training plan wasn’t as thorough as I would have liked due to a niggling ankle injury, I still achieved my goal time of sub 1:40 (< 10 min miles).

That race was back at the end of May, and since then, I’ve been trying to decide what my next goal should be. I thought about entering the York half marathon, but life at the moment is fairly full and I can’t dedicate the training hours required to get a good time. So instead, I’ve decided that my next goal will be to beat my 10km record ( 55:51 at the 2014 Blackpool Autumn Breaker).

So…I’ve entered the City of Salford 10km on September 6th. My goal is to crack 55 minutes so there will be interval, speed and hill climbs in my training over the next few weeks.

And finally, I’ve lost 1lb this week, phew! After stalling for the past few weeks at 160lb, it’s nice to be back in the 150s. I thought giving up alcohol would produce a bigger loss, but I may have substituted with peanut butter and I definitely didn’t drink enough water this weekend. But hey, a pound is a pound and it’s in the right direction!

Happy Monday Everyone, do you have any new goals?

Friday Round Up – Do you even squat?

I was doing so well with my squat challenge then ended up missing a few days, but I’m back on it and hoping for some booty gains!

I’ve exercised for 14 out of the past 19 days and now I really feel it when I miss more than 1 day in a row. I’m still loving Zumba (obviously) and I’m back on my lunchtime treadmill workouts but I’m also trying to incorporate some at-home strength training using kettlebells and body-weight. I’ve been scrolling Tumblr for some exercises for home and also use FitSugar workouts.

Here’s an example of some of my lunchtime runs…
4km in 22:22
4.65km in 27:00
4.3km in 25:00
4.5km in 26:08

Here’s a delicious meal for you…
Green vegetables (leek, asparagus,broccoli tips) with smoked bacon, poached egg and spinach leaves.

Just boil the vegetables until tender and cook the bacon however you want (I dry-fry mine as the fat from the meat means you don’t need extra oil). Once the vegetables have been cooked, use a slotted spoon to remove them from the water and then add the eggs to poach.Serve it in a big bowl and enjoy!

green vegetables and bacon

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Happy Friday everyone!


Eats of the Week

Here’s a different kind of post for you…

Just a few snaps of what I’ve been eating lately, you may be able to tell that I’m getting more used to taking pictures of my meals, but sometimes I eat them before I remember to get my camera out!

20150726_184824 20150726_184755Italian pasta with yellow courgette, broccoli tips, peas, smoked bacon and chilli – sooooo good!

A Reese’s peanut butter Krispy Kreme, have I died and gone to doughnut heaven?

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Natural greek-style yoghurt with mango and passion fruit compote with granola from M&S – a filling, tasty and convenient breakfast.

What have you been eating?