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2017 Goals – How I did

2017 Goals

Health

I’ve done ok with this. I’ve lost just over 2 stone in 2017. My weight has plateaued since November but people are telling me on a regular basis I’m looking trim lately so I guess the exercise is paying off. I’m enjoying running and spin classes. My lunches during the working week could be better. As I said in my last update we get a free lunch at work but it isn’t the healthiest even though it’s supposed to be! Something to improve on in 2018?

parkrun

For my parkrun goal I said It’s time to complete one…and maybe a second if I enjoy it! I love volunteering at parkrun and to date have volunteered 70 times! (71 on New Years Day) Yet I’ve never completed a parkrun. It’s time to change that”

I completed my first parkrun on 13th May in a time of 58:24. I’ve now got that down to 44:40 and I’ve completed 14 runs. When I wrote the post I’d volunteered 70 times. I’m now up to 130. I’m really proud of that number. I’ve also engaged in a bit of tourism!

Read more books

I think I could have done better with this. I’m currently on my 19th book which for some people will be a lot but for others is barely any! This is something I’d like to work on more in 2018.

be me

This is something I’ve done well with. I’ve only accepted invitations to things I really want to go to. I’m going to be honest, it’s mainly food related. I’ve enjoyed spending time at home doing things I enjoy rather than going out and doing things I enjoy less.

It’s time to start thinking about my 2018 goals.

How did you do with your 2017 goals? Keeping myself accountable on my blog has definitely helped!

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My Christmas Wishlist

I love looking at these on other people’s blogs. This isn’t a gift ideas post, this is a list of the items I’ve asked for, for Christmas. It’s mostly centred around running to be honest with just a sprinkle of girly glitter.

parkrun wristband

parkrun wristband

Available from parkrun barcode

Cath Kidston glitter bag

Cath Kidston Glitter Bag

Available from Cath Kidston

eGlove touch screen running gloves

eglove touch screen running gloves

Available from eGlove

Black & Gold Runr Hoodie

Black & Gold Runr hoodie

Available from Runr

Runr Midnight Hoodie

Runr midnight hoodie

Available from Runr

Mermaids don’t have thigh gaps gym tshirt

Mermaids don't have thigh gaps tshirt

Available from OBD Clothing

Nike Running Tights

Nike Running Tights

Available from Very

Nike T-Shirt

Nike t-shirt

Available from Very

Nike Long Sleeved Top

Nike Long Sleeved Top

Available from Very

What’s on your Christmas wishlist?

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November Roundup

Apologies that this post is a little late. I’ve kind of being feeling a little burnt out when it comes to blogging. I’ve had no inspiration or motivation but this post should really write itself so lets see how it goes.

I started off November in Brazil, or more specifically Rio De Janeiro. If you want to read my post about it, it’s here: My Holiday to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Below is a picture I didn’t share on the post, but did on Instagram. This is taken at the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. There was a huge wall covered in this graffiti. I know sometimes graffiti can be menace and look unsightly but when it’s done like this, it’s marvellous.

Graffiti from Sugar Loaf Mountain

When we got back from Brazil my husband and I received our iPhone X’s. My old iPhone 6 plus had been running slower than an old dog so I was glad to be able to upgrade. I’ve enjoyed playing with the portrait feature on the camera. I like how it blurs the background on pictures.

Coffee

I also went to lots of parkruns and still tried (unsuccessfully) to break the 45 minute 5K. Getting closer though!

parkrun time

Staying on the fitness note, I’m still really enjoying the spin classes at the gym. The calorie burn is epic and I come out of the class buzzing. I’ve started going twice a week now.

spin class

A funny moment that occurred at Stokes Bay junior parkrun in November was a lost dog. One of the rules of junior parkrun is that dogs aren’t allowed on the course, unlike the adult parkrun where you can run with a dog. We spotted a dog running loose and at first assumed it was with one of the spectators but we soon realised it wasn’t. Our wonderful team rallied together and caught the dog and hooked him up to a makeshift lead! Luckily he was wearing a collar with his owners phone number on so we made contact. As I was RD I was left holding the dog whilst the rest of our team returned to their volunteer roles. His owner soon arrived and was very thankful. Apparently he’d come quite a way and crossed over a busy road! Thank goodness he wasn’t hurt!

dog

The core team of volunteers at Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun had a team night out in November. We went to a Chinese buffet in Fareham. The only problem was they sat us on a super long table so it was difficult to talk to people more than a couple of seats away from you. They’d seated another large group on a round table which looked a much better way to chat but we couldn’t have got a “down-the-table-selfie” as easily had we of been sat there.

Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun core team

I think that pretty much sums up my November. I managed to get a few blog posts out before I burned out too, in case you missed any, they’re listed below:

November Memories Through The Years

Bonfire Night Memories

My Holiday to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

October Roundup

Disney Mickey Mouse X Cath Kidston

More Christmas Items

Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse

I Am A Broken Runner

Why I Love Winter

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Snow Day!

I hate snow! Now don’t get me wrong if I don’t have to leave the house for a week and a fresh blanket of snow comes down of course it looks lovely. It’s always nice if it’s around Christmas time too. However my memories of snow are mainly of the huge inconvenience it causes. One of the reasons we were excited to move South was that we’d barely see snow again!

January 2015

The above photo was taken a week before we left Sheffield for the South. There’s a car under there somewhere! Note it’s still snowing in the picture and the snow covering the road too. This is at the top of the steep hill I lived at the top of. (January 2015)

As a child of course snow is fun. Sheffield is very hilly and my school was at the top of a mile long hill (No word of a lie) This meant the first hint of snow and school was closed! Perfect! However as an adult when you can’t drive because the roads are impassable and the buses aren’t even running, walking to work all downhill is a slippy and hellish inconvenience but also so is walking home all uphill where you take one step forward and slide two steps back!

December 2010

This is my husband knee deep in snow. We’d just walked back from work after they’d both closed due to the weather. We went and bought emergency supplies on the way home because SNOW MEANS PANIC!!!!! (December 2010)

January 2010

It does make the street look pretty though (January 2010)

Sometimes the snow would remain for well over a week and when they eventually sent ploughs round it’d stay even longer as it was a giant snow boulder/moutain!!

There was also that time we landed back at Manchester Airport to heavy snow. We were the last flight to land before they closed the airport. The journey home should have been around an hour and a half and it took 4 hours! We then had to dig our way in to our car park. Not the best way to end a holiday!

March 2013

Have you experienced bad snow before?

 

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Why I Love Winter

Autumn/Winter are my absolute favourite seasons. I love Autumn for many reasons but I also love Winter. Here’s why:

Christmas
Duh! Christmas is my favourite holiday. I even got married at Christmas so I could have a Christmas wedding. I love the excitement of the build up to Christmas, decorating the house and getting that perfect gift for a loved one that you know they’ll just adore. I love that we get time off work so we can spend time with our loved ones. Also the presents! Who doesn’t love getting presents?!

My Birthday
My Birthday is in Winter too. It’s a couple of weeks after Christmas so even when the big day is over, I still have something to look forward to. Sadly though, it’s a long old wait between my Birthday and Christmas rolling round again!

It’s cold!
I hate hate hate being too hot! I don’t handle heat well at all. I’m fair skinned and I get hot easily. The sun is not my friend but the cold winter days are! I like being able to layer up and go out on winter walks and when I can’t be bothered doing my hair, I can hide it under a hat! Perfect!

Winter Warmers
Winter is the time when my slow cooker is at it’s busiest. I make up big batches of stew, soups, chillies and curries to warm our cockles. We also indulge in hot chocolate. Sometimes we’ll get a hot chocolate from Costa Coffee but I also make a pretty good fake Costa version at home too.

Dark Evenings
As much as I hate dark evenings, I love driving home from work when everyone has their Christmas lights up and it’s all pretty and twinkly!

Do you like Winter? What do you like about winter?

Things I Am Thankful For

As today is Thanksgiving over the pond I thought I’d do a post about the things and people in my life that I am thankful for.

My parkrun Family
parkrun volunteers

This lovely bunch have provided me with friends, a community and amazing support.

 

parkrun in general
parkrun logo

I never thought I’d run again after 2013 but thanks to parkrun I’ve now got back to running and I can now take part in a free timed 5k run every Saturday at 9am pretty much anywhere in the UK

 

Home
I’m such a home person. I love being at home. I have a nice home that I love spending time in. My home contains my bed, my favourite place in the world!

 

Where I Live
I’m lucky to live in such a beautiful part of our country. We have the beach less than a 5 minute walk away. I live in a small town that has nice little shops, coffee shops and quaint gift shops.

sunset at Lee-on-the-Solent

What are you thankful for?

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I Am A Broken Runner

Since getting back from my holiday to Brazil my running was going really well.

At the weekend, before last, I’d run/walked Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun. I started with run 1 minute and walk 1 minute as there was a pacer (my lovely friend Rachel) but as I got to the first turnaround point I was struggling to keep up. It was perhaps a touch too far from the 30 seconds run/1 minute walk. I dropped back to my usual and completed the course that way in a time of 45:47, only 22 seconds off my PB.

On Tuesday I went to Gosport Road Runners and joined my lovely friend Rachel again who was leading the run/walk group. We did 1 minute run and 1 minute walk at a slightly slower pace than parkrun. I kept up and we completed 2.7 miles. I was really pleased and enjoyed the chatty sociable run. I met a couple of people I’d never met before including a chap named Sid who has been a member of Gosport Road Runners for over 30 years. He was a funny guy who had me laughing all the way round and took my mind off the run. Beforehand I had been apprehensive about going as it was after work. I work long hours, I never seem to drink enough and there isn’t the opportunity to have a snack before heading out. Everything that could make a run disastrous. But I did it, and now I know I can do it again!

On Thursday I went to Virtual Spin at the gym with Maria from work. It was a different video to the ones we had done before and there were a couple of sections that were killer! It was good though. I always leave spin feeling like I’ve had a really good workout.

On Saturday I was the Run Director at parkrun. It all went really smoothly with no real incidents so I enjoyed it a lot. That afternoon I did my run. It had been so cold on the seafront and so windy I decided to do 5K on the treadmill. The run went fine. I did 1 minute run and 1 minute walk and it felt fine and at one point I felt really strong and like running was finally clicking in to place. After my run I stretched and then when I removed my trainers I got the dreaded achilles pain I got in August except this time in my right foot instead of my left.

I’m hoping it doesn’t leave me out of action for 4 weeks like last time! I participated in ukrunchat (@ukrunchat on Twitter) on Sunday night and got some sound advice about how to help it so I’ll be doing those exercises and stretches daily to try and help it. I’m gutted to be honest. How am I ever going to make it to ten miles at the Great South Run if I just keep breaking?!

Yesterday was a busy day. We had junior parkrun in the morning then headed straight back to Lee-on-the-Solent to spectate at the Gosport Half Marathon. We had to go such a topsy turvy way due to the road closures, I’m glad Maggie was driving and not me!

The Gosport Half Marathon is always such a good race put on by Gosport Road Runners. I felt like I didn’t know as many people this year, probably because members of GRR aren’t allowed to run the race and that’s where most of my friends are. The beauty of this race is you can manage to spot people 4 times as they do two loops. I saw friends from parkrun, parents from work and Anna.

I came home feeling disheartened. Usually after watching a race I feel motivated and looking forward to my next run but my achilles has just left me feeling low and wondering if this running lark is actually good for you after all!

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Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse

As you know I’m a big Disney fan and today is Mickey Mouse’ Birthday!

I thought I’d celebrate the day by sharing some of my Mickey pictures!

Mickey & Minnie wedding cake topper

We had a Mickey and Minnie Mouse wedding cake topper on our wedding cake. We’d discussed getting married at Disney World but knew it’d be too far for our elderly family members. So we just had a touch of Disney.

Mickey Mouse

Taken on our honeymoon. We were at Walt Disney World December 2008-January 2009. This was one of the parades that comes through Magic Kingdom.

Mickey & Minnie

Another picture from one of our holidays to Florida. This was one of the shows they do in front of Cinderella’s castle at Magic Kingdom.

Disney on Ice

Mickey at Disney on Ice. The performances are so good, especially since the skaters are all in large costumes!

Happy 89th Birthday Mickey Mouse!

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More Christmas Items

This weekend I had a look round The Range to see if I could find anymore Christmas decorations. We’d recently had a catalogue pushed through the letterbox and after a quick flick through I decided it might be worth a visit.

I was a little disappointed when we got there. A lot of the things I’d see in the catalogue simply weren’t there. I don’t know if they just didn’t have them or if they’d sold out. I know a lot of items are out of stock on the website.

As I’ve mentioned before we only have reindeers on our Christmas tree and to be honest there weren’t that many reindeer items there.

However, it wasn’t a complete waste of time as I managed to find these cute tea light holders. I opted for two so I could have one on each side of the fireplace.

reindeer tealight holder

I love how the gold antlers provide a little bit of contrast against all the white. They were an absolute steal at only £1.99 too!

How are your Christmas plans coming along? Is it too early to be thinking about it?

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Disney Mickey Mouse X Cath Kidston

Cath Kidston have announced another collaboration with Disney and they’re bringing out more Mickey and Minnie items with the odd dash of Donald and Daisy! I’m really excited for the new launch but a little disheartened after trying to get things twice before and really struggling. This is definitely something Cath Kidston need to work on. Their system grinds to a halt every time there is a new launch of Disney items.

There is a really large selection of items coming out. So I’ve included the first 30 items which is mainly handbags and purses. Handbags are what started my love of Cath Kidston so it felt apt to include these rather than the crockery etc. However if you’d like to see the full selection they’re here (opens in a new window)

The items go on sale on Thursday 16th November at 7pm. You have to be quick though as the items go quick!

Now let’s have a look at the goodies.

spot buckle backpack

Button Spot Patches Buckle Backpack £65 – I love this but I know the buckle would annoy me. Having to get things out of a backpack can be fiddly enough as it is without throwing a buckle in the mix.

spot suitcase

Button Spot Patches Cabin Wheeled Suitcase £150

overnight bag

Mickey & Minnie Little Patches Foldaway Overnight Bag £55 – I own a couple of Cath Kidston’s foldaway overnight bags. They’re really good and surprisingly roomy!

shoulder tote

Mickey & Friends Shoulder Tote £55

continental wallet

Mickey & Friends Curved Continental Wallet £38

leather backpack

Mickey Stripe Leather Backpack £150 – I love Cath Kidston’s leather collection but I’m just not sure about the picture of Mickey on this.

lozenge bag

Mickey Stripe Leather Lozenge Bag £100

coin slot

Mickey Stripe Leather Folded Purse Coin Slot £45

saddle bag

Mickey Stripe Leather Saddle Bag £150

stripe strap

Mickey Stripe Strap £25 – These can be added to any Cath Kidston bag that has the loops for it. Nice way to change the look of your bags

stripe tote

Breton Stripe Applique Tote £30 – This would make a really cute beach bag if you have a holiday planned!

round bag

Mickey & Minnie Little Patches Round Bag £50

trainers

Mickey & Minnie Little Patches Patch Slip On Trainer £40

keyring

Mickey & Minnie Little Patches Embroided Keyring £15 – Personally I feel £15 is a little pricey for a keyring!

universal case

Mickey & Minnie Little Patches Small Universal Case £24

poly set 1

Mickey & Friends Set of Two Poly Pouches £15

poly set 2

Mickey & Friends Set of Two Poly Pouches £15

sequin pouch 1 sequin pouch 2

Mickey and Minnie Two Way Sequin Pouch £26 – I’m not sure if this is a different picture of each side or if it’s one of those where you run your hand over the sequins and it changes the picture. Either way it’s a cute bag and sparkly so could be good as a little clutch bag on a night out.

spot backpack

Mickey & Friends Button Spot Multi Pocket Backpack £60 – I love this. The original spot design is my favourite

spot saddle bag

Mickey & Friends Button Spot Tab Saddle Bag £45

Foldaway shopper

Mickey & Friends Button Spot Foldaway Shopper £10

bouquet shopper

Mickey & Minnie Bouquet Shopper £45

carryall

Mickey and Guards Open Carryall with Strap £32 – I love this too! I have the original Guards bag and it’s cute that they added Mickey to it

laptop sleeve

Mickey & Minnie Bouquet 13inch Laptop Sleeve £28

foldaway backpack

Mickey & Friends Button Spot Foldaway Backpack £38 – I really like this but find the foldaway backpacks too thin. I’m always scared my things will bust through it!

foldaway tote

Mickey & Friends Button Spot Large Foldaway Tote £25

washbag

Mickey & Friends Button Spot Framed Washbag With Ears £25 – This is very cute! The ears really add to it

makeup bag

Mickey & Minnie Little Patches Zip Makeup Bag £16

cosmetic bag

Mickey & Minnie Little Patches Zip Cosmetic Bag £18

lanyard

Mickey & Minnie Little Patches Lanyard £4.50 – Cath Kidston do a nice selection of lanyards. I’m glad they’ve added a Disney one in to the mix.

Remember these items all go on sale on Thursday 16th November! Be sure to have a look at the website and decide what you want before hand so when it’s time you’re ready to buy!

 

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