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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Water, Water Water : Weekly Fitness Post..

I keep trying to drink more water lately. This one is a hard on for me. Especially in Winter because I find water so boring and cold. 

( Give me a nice warm drink of tea, coffee or hot chocolate any day!!)

I have been aiming for 4 glasses a day to start with. Nearly getting there!! Not bad to say I never really drink plain water 😁

I started back at the gym a few weeks ago and getting back into a nice routine slowly. Only the exercise classes at first, my favourite being spinning!!

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Philips Health Watch Review..

I did not make any New Years Resolutions this year. No point really as I never stick to them. I just made a promise to myself to try and be more active. Get to the gym more, keep up my running and try to avoid the sweets in the cupboard. Sounds perilously close to a resolution then!! This way though I won't feel so guilty if I do not keep my promise!! Crafty...

Most of all; My time management needs work. There never seems to be enough hours in the day. If I can manage my family, dog, house and blog, it should leave me plenty of time to exercise. Right!?

Where's that personal organiser?

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Run Yourself New Week 1..

Can you believe it!? I start trying to get fit and then end up getting a bit of a chill/fever walking to the dentist in the cold!!


This week has been all about trying to get back into exercise and drink more water. Adding lemon into my water to give it a little bit of a taste.


Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Same But Different : The Wednesday Blog Hop..

You know you had too much red wine at Christmas when you .. Go out running in odd trainers!! At least I got the brand right!!


Sunday, 1 January 2017

Run Yourself New : Day 1...

Happy New Year 🎉 Hope you are all well and not caught the colds and flu's that have been going around!?

Anyone nursing a hangover from last night?

I would love to get fit in 2017 and I asked Santa for some new trainers for Christmas. He got me these beauties:


Saturday, 17 December 2016

Shoes Tied Properly!?...

When your putting it  all into Parkrun and realised 5 minutes into the race your shoe lace is untied!! 

I am always telling my children to make sure their laces are tied too!!

My daughter won me by 11 seconds too. If only I had tired my shoe laces properly. 



Sunday, 2 October 2016

One Of Those Days!!

Instead of leaving Mollie the Collie at home yesterday; we though it would be good for her to come with us and walk around the park whilst my youngest son and daughter ran Cross Country.

A nice though turned out to be more stress then I could imagine!

Mollie loves chasing her frisbee; so as soon as we got to the park she wanted to be let of the lead to play. She tugged and pulled to get off but eventually realised she had to stay on the lead. 

Here she is nicely waiting for my sons race to begin. She is OK with seeing running; run by her but when she heard us call my sons name she started going crazy wanting to run with him. She love to run with him at the park after school; so why can't she run with him now, she must have though!?

As soon as my sons race was over, we seen grandma and her partner who was watching the race and offered to take Mollie a walk. Great, she had been pulling me all around all morning.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Schools Cross Country...

Today is the first of the Autumn/Winter schools cross country races. My son has ran them before he really enjoys them and knows what to expect. My daughter is only just beginning to get into running and it will be her first ever cross county race. A mile and a quarter is a long way when you have to run your fastest!!

Over the last few years I have really got out of running. Can you believe I am nervously waiting for news on my London Marathon place then!? Something to well and truly get me back into running.... Methinks!!

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Aldi's Cycling & Pro-Cycling Ranges; Now In Stock..

For anyone that is not aware; every Thursday and Sundays Aldi have a brand new range of Specialbuys products in-store. They cover almost everything ranging from baby and toddler, home and garden to technology. All at great prices and when they are gone, they are gone!

Today's Specialbuys are Cycling & Pro-Cycling ranges. They have a full range of clothing and accessories to keep you warm and safe when out and about on your bikes this Autumn/Winter.

 I am a big fan of getting out on the bike; the only reason I have not been to the gym on my bike lately is that my pump had broken. It is so hard trying to cycle when you tyres are not fully pumped up.

Have you ever tried riding a bike when the tyres need pumping?

 It is like cycling through treacle. Although I have never tried cycling through treacle. I can imagine it is like that! At least if you fell off it would taste good!!

Getting nowwhere fast

I will be down to Aldi over the next few days to check out their high pressure pump that they have coming in store today for only £14.99!

They also have a great range of Winter clothing for wearing on your bike rides, gloves, socks, lights, bike stands, a Garmin edge and a cool fluid turbo trainer for riding your bike indoors on dark night! 

I am loving the range and Aldi kindly sent me some of their clothing to try out.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Parkrun Fun In Gedling..

On Saturday mornings we like to travel around different parts of Nottinghamshire and beyond. Finding somewhere fun for our morning family runs. When my husband has a morning off work that is!

We love to try out different Parkrun courses. We are really lucky to have a variety of Parkrun's that we can go to. This way we never get fed up just going to the same one. Some are flat and fast, some hilly, all challenging!!

On Saturday morning we can all decide if we want to run through the woods, run up hills or try and get a new PB.

A few weeks ago my Husband found us a new one to try out. Gedling Country Park. We all love this one but it is very challenging. Two long hills and one really short steep hill. Wow though, when not gasping for breath, What lovely views.

My Daughter woke up feeling poorly. She wrapped herself up and said she was not doing Parkrun.

Does this look the face of someone poorly or someone who did not want to run up the hills? Lol.

Somehow once the race was done, she felt loads better. Think she wanted to stop with her big Brother who was home from Uni that day. She enjoyed cheering us on instead.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

What!? How!? Why!?When!?

It is no secret that losing weight in your 40's is hard work. It is a big surprise when you find out you have gained weight over the last few month though!

I am not a fan of weighting myself regular; but now I have weighted myself, I dislike it even more!

I run, I bike and I go to the gym but I have still put on 10lb of weight over the last few months.

What!? How!? Why!?When!?

Over the last 10 years I have been lucky with my weight. All was good for me when I started running. Around 12 years ago. It took a while for the weight that I gained having 4 children to drop off. Eventually I lost weight. I was thinner than I was in my early teenage years. Yes lighter than the age of 13.

This made me feel good about my weight and myself. I kept running, I ate whatever I wanted. I stayed the same weight. Easy!

Sunday, 24 April 2016

PB's All Around...

Yesterday my youngest two children both ran Parkrun and both got PB's.

 My son knocked half a minute of his and daughter a whole minute!

They are both doing great with their running. I need to up my game now. My son is already around 8 minutes quicker than me over this distance but my daughter is just behind me. Only a few more weeks and I will be the slowest in our family...

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Fitbit Blaze Review...

Last week Currys/PC World asked me if I would like to review the new Fitbit Blaze. I have always wanted a Fitbit, as my Husband has a Fitbit Charge and loves tracking his steps. (Also boring me with his stats!!) So being offered a newer, fancier model than Hubby has, was brilliant! Thanks..

Unboxing the Fitbit. The first thing you notice is that they have taken a leaf off Apple with premium packaging. Everything from how the box opens, to the little folders for setup guide, charger etc. screams quality. It makes you believe you have a premium product right away.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

20,000 Steps : The Wednesday Blog Hop...

I have had a Fitbit Blaze for a few days now. 

I am tired out, lol..

Do you count your steps in a day?


Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Asics Run Longer Campaign And Keeping Up With The Kids...

A few weeks ago The Running Bug kindly emailed me and asked me if I would like to be part of the Asics and Intersports latest campaign, #RunLonger. 

Yes please!! 

Exciting times as I get to road test their new range of trainers and fitness apparel, also I get to do what I love best, try to run!

I am always honoured to be asked to work with Asics. So far I have really enjoyed working with them on 4 campaigns including #MixupYourRun and  #PoundTheRoad. I have loved every minute being part of their team.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Fitness Friday : Could You Run Everyday?

Could you run everyday? I know I can't. I try every New Year. 1st Resolution, go out on a run everyday. I once lasted until February, but then fell off the wagon. So Fitness Friday today with my running hero. My 12 year old son!

In January he made a New Years Resolution. To run at least one mile every day. We are now nearly in November and he is still going strong.  Even when we have been away on holidays, or days out. Even in the pouring rain and last Winters snow.  As Roy Castle used to say "Dedication's all you need."

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Philips Viva Collection Juicer Review + Recipes..

I have to admit...

 I am not too good at eating my 5 portions of Fruit and Veggies. I normally eat at most two or three.

Not good!!

 I always encourage the Hubby and Kids to eat theirs.

To be fair they always do. I am the naughty one. I start off with the best of intentions Banana smoothie or shake for breakfast. Yet by lunchtime the apple and pear I was going to have with my lunch, gets replaced with biscuits. I sometimes even get the fruit and veg ready. Carrot sticks, Apples cored and peeled. in the end though I cannot be bothered to chew them and up dipping a biscuit in a cup of tea.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Morning Runs, Coffee And Style...

Morning Runs, Coffee And Style...

With lots of different polka dots!!

And Jelly Sandals..


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Sunday Runday : Fitness Catch Up...

I have had a great week for eating more healthy and getting out running.

Trouble is I keep forgetting to log my runs.

I blame summer holidays!!

Some days lately I can not even remember what day it is.

Sunday right!?!

I do love my usual routines and finding time for the gym.

Exercise really does make you feel better in yourself.

Not getting out exercising makes me grumpy!! Haha!!
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