The downside of volunteering in a school …

I finished my shift at the school on Thursday afternoon feeling quite pleased with myself.  It was my second visit to the school and for some of the children the novelty (of me) had worn off and instead of trying to get my attention by behaving wonderfully they were more interested in testing my boundaries…

Keep on running …..

It’s fair to say that my half marathon training is going a little better than my attempts to lose my holiday weight gain! I’ve reached week 3 of the Couch 2 5k plan and I am now running 3 minutes at a time, interspersed with lots of walking breaks.  In fact, I’ve reached the stage…

Half-marathon training and the dreaded post holiday weigh-in!

Last week on holiday I made some really positive decisions, such as signing up for a half-marathon which I’ll run in the Spring of 2020, but I also made some less positive (negative?!) decisions, such as to mainline wine and chips and mushy peas!  This week has been about the consequences of these decisions, namely…

From Vegan Junk Food Junkie to Half-Marathoner?

In years gone by I was a bit of a runner.  In fact, between 2009 and 2014 I ran countless 5k’s, eleven 10k’s, nine half-marathons and even a duathlon.  I never quite reached the holy grail of 10 minute miles (which seemed to be what to aim for to be respected by my running chums)…

That time we went Narrowboating

I have had a very busy fortnight or so, getting ready for my husband’s ’40th birthday surprise holiday’, going on said surprise holiday and then getting over the holiday! As we’ve ‘owned’ our two lovely whippets for over 12 years now (to be honest I think they own us) we have really got to know…

That time we didn’t Ride London

Back in February I was in the throes of the most upsetting period of my life (the miscarriage of my first, and alas only, pregnancy with my husband) when this magazine landed on my doorstep ….. Informing me that I had been ‘lucky’ enough to bag a place in Ride London, a 100 mile cycle…

Small steps, big results?

Since I stopped working I’ve noticed that my daily step count has plummeted.  I used to regularly clock up 12,000 steps a day, now I struggle to do 6,000 (and that includes giving the whippets their daily walk)!  Pretty amazing considering I had a desk job, but I guess all those walks to the coffee…

Re:cycling

If life is full of contrasts then nothing illustrates this more than the amount of exercise I did before the Bank Holiday and that I did after.  As they say, I have gone from “hero to zero”. It all started with an upsetting doctors appointment on Tuesday morning.  Totally out of nowhere (well obviously not…

The Beat Goes On

It’s been 12 weeks since our miscarriage and it’s true what they say, life does ‘go on’ ……. I guess it has to.  I won’t lie and say that the feeling of loss is diminished in any way, because it just isn’t and I honestly don’t think we’ll ever get over losing this pregnancy.  But,…

It’s all history

If you’ve seen my blog from Sunday (Suddenly life wasn’t a bed of roses) you’ll know that life is a bit tough for us at the moment following a miscarriage at the beginning of the month. What you don’t realise when you are pregnant is how much time you spend thinking about the pregnancy, both…