Janathon Day 11 – Busy Day!

I have two small people – running around after them must be exercise!?!

Today is my busy day with them – I drop them off at school and nursery, then it’s normally home to study – but today I had to include a quick trip to Morrisons to return the RugDoctor, then back home, did a bit of OU maths study. From there I had to go and collect the Blue One from Nursery, get him home, fed and changed (well he can do that bit himself and insists on doing it) and then back out for his football session.
Return home, then not long after we’re back out to get the Pink One from school – give both her and the Blue One a snack, then it’s out for swimming lessons. Once we’re back home – time to make dinner, then relax with the small people, read books and then take them up to bed… whew…

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The Blue One showing his football skills!

Whilst the kids’ pizzas were cooking I did manage to do 2 minutes of skipping, which along with the above, is my contribution for Janathon Day 11!

Excitingly today, I also used my new spiralizer, which I got for Christmas, for the first time today! It was so cool, easy to use (and clean) and I made zucchini (I know, I know, we call them courgettes, but zucchini sounds so much nicer) noodles, and I did them in a passata sauce with ham – it was yummy! I can’t believe I actually ate a whole courgette – I don’t even like courgettes, but like this you couldn’t tell that they were veg! Hopefully this could be the way forward…
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Cheerio until tomorrow! 🙂 xxx

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Janathon Day 10 – I Skipped this One!

So after getting in from church I did an hour of intense house work – where we’d used th RugDoctor on the carpet – I vacuumed it all, thoroughly! I also vacuumed the porch and the stairs! Cleaned some mirrors as well. Definitely broke a sweat!

We then took a trip to Bluewater – the Pink One and Blue One wanted to buy their own Buffs. But we got to Bluewater to find the Buff store was gone!!! Supposedly it was a pop-up shop for Christmas!? None of us were too happy, it was there only last Sunday – I’d hoped to buy a second one…

All sad as we couldn’t buy any Buffs today

We’ll have to have a look online!

When we got home I helped the hubby move the furniture back into the front room, where we’d moved it to clean the carpet!

Finally I did a minute of skipping and some stretching!

Step count lacking due to not having any pockets – so my phone wasn’t on me all day!

So not an overly strenuous Day 10 – but activities were carried out! I really wanted to go for a run – but know my muscles need the recovery time too!

😊xxx

Janathon Day 9 – Lovely Day

Today was just a really lovely day, despite the rainy weather, for a number of reasons;

It started with taking the Blue One to a taster session of Saturday football that his coach (Coach Alex of AW Football Coaching) invited him to. The Blue One has been doing football sessions since he was about two with Coach Alex, who he adores, starting at a toddlers session at North Cray Children’s Centre – he now attends an improvers session at Falconwood and does another session at Sidcup Youth Centre.

At this session, the Blue One and three or four other ‘little’ boys his age got to see what exciting things they have in store for when they get bigger and they got to play with the ‘big’ boys – who are all of about 4 and 5, but when you’re still only 3 that’s quite a difference!

My Blue One had a fab time and was totally in his element, not nervous or intimidated at all, and he ran around for a full hour! Good going when you’ve only got little legs and it was raining! He chatted to me about it non-stop after he loved it so much, but he now thinks he’s going to be playing football 3 times a week!!! I on the other hand now realise I am a ‘soccer mum’ – oh dear! Must remember not to keep calling out… haha!

What the Blue One loved about football today

The boy and I then popped into the Card Factory after, and if you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram you may already know this, but the nicest thing happened, whilst queuing to pay for our purchases the Blue One was chatting to me about the Spider-Man balloon he liked and maybe he could have it for his birthday, he was then chatting with the lady behind us in the queue. Just as we finished paying the lady asked if we could wait 5 minutes, and then said to the Boy “the lady in the shop has a surprise for you as you’re such a good helper to your mummy, happy new year” and then she was gone and she’d bought him the Spider-Man balloon – I was overwhelmed and speechless! Bought tears to my eyes, such kindness and I don’t even know her name – but Thank You, she made my boys (and my) day! The kindness of a stranger has definitely restored my faith in humanity!!!

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Very pleased with his kind gift!

So on that high we headed home, where the hubby had sorted out the front room as we’ve hired a RugDoctor to clean our carpet, so we did that for the afternoon and then we were all confined to the kitchen and conservatory as the carpet has to dry – which it is doing, slowly!

 

It was at this time I decided to go for my run! So this is my actual Janathon activity for day 9.  I managed a 6km run!
Route and distanceI was pretty chuffed with that, because at the 2km mark I thought I may have to stop and walk home as my ankles were really hurting, but I plodded on and it did ease, it’s annoying as the rest of my legs felt strong and my breathing was good and for once my brain wasn’t telling me I couldn’t do it – so I am proud that I kept going.
TimesMy legs, which were still feeling achy and a bit stiff after my Boxercise class, now actually feel much looser and better after my run which is great – and I made sure I stretched properly after my run, especially my ankles.

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My Pink One demonstrating perfect leg stretches – how straight is that leg!? She also rather likes mummy’s Buff!

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Some sinister after run selfies! 

On a little side note, I also got an email telling me one of my Redbubble images had been sold as a greetings card – I made all of 15p – but someone bought one of my images, it’s so exciting, I am very happy! Here’s a link to the image and a link to my previous post about my Redbubble.

All in all a really lovely day! 🙂 xxx

Janathon Day 8 -Taking it Easy!

After putting a lot of effort into all my activities for Janathon Week 1, I thought it best to have a slight rest day and let my muscles have some respite and after my fab Boxercise class yesterday I was very aware of my muscles, even ones I didn’t know I had!!!

So there was a gentle walk with the hubby to collect the Blue One from nursery, then with the Blue One and hubby we walked to the Oval so I could collect my watches from the repair shop and then a meander back home, all at Blue One pace.
ActivityExcept for the one bit of weight lifting where I had to carry the Blue One – oh how my arm muscles protested!!! haha!!!
WeightliftingBack home I did 5 squats with a Blue One lift and then 5 straight squats.

I also did 10 tricep dips – which we’d covered in the Boxercise class, but I forgot to mention in my post, I really could feel all the muscles I worked yesterday! Ouch! But well worth the pain!

Super cute, my Blue One wanted to try some tricep dips too! Awww!

Finally, there was the Morrisons big shop, which with two kids in tow is definitely a work out in itself! My brain has been worked today too doing some Open University maths work! But I did get to eat some chips – hopefully deserved after the weeks activities!
MorrisonsTired now and could do with a full body massage… 😛 xxx

Janathon Day 7 – Boxercise!

Today was one of those annoyingly frustrating days, for a number of reasons:

  • You realise you forgot that you had a 30 day free trial and it had finished and suddenly you’ve spent £16
  • The part of the module you’re doing, the book you’ve been supplied with has numerous errors and you have to cross check it with the errata list.
  • Your phone bill, for some reason unknown to man, is double what it usually is! (Did managed to get some credit back from Three, so not all bad)
  • You hear a clunking at your front door, so run to see a ‘You weren’t home’ thingy had been posted through, so opened the door and say to the delivery person, who’s walking back to their van ‘did you ring the doorbell?’ to which he replies ‘I tried’ – apparently! He’d thrown my parcel over the gate – ‘It’ll be fine, it’s completely sealed’- but still, it was torrential rain, so not overly impressed! (It’s a Joe Browns parcel, yay! – I have a new top, which I am not trying on until tomorrow, because the day I’ve had, it probably won’t fit!)
  • Plus I was studying all day… Acronyms were doing my head in!
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    Study Evidence

So I was extremely happy my Boxercise class was back on this evening so that I could vent some of this frustration!

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All the details if you’d like to come and join in and you are in the Sidcup/Bexley area!

More information can be found on Foxlee Fitness Facebook page all run by the lovely Michelle Fox! Come on, you know you want to!

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Me and Michelle – after Boxerise!
Tonight’s session was brutal! There was:

  • Glove and pads work – jabs followed by squat jumps – intervals of 5, 10, 15 and 20
    Then hooks followed by jumping jacks – intervals of 5, 10, 15 and 20
    Then medium height uppers followed by jumps into a squat and touch the floor – 20 of each
    Finally for this part lower height uppers followed by squats with a double jump
  • Then we had a set of skipping, squats into a lift with 1kg weights and step ups onto a bench – first time each interval was 30 seconds and then repeated for 1 minute each
  • A new one for this evening, some floor work with a chair, lifting legs above, below and to the side (there’s some rather unflattering videos of me at the end of this post…)
  • Then some additional floor work – push ups, push up position and twist and push up to plank position (I struggled on this one!)
  • Then time to cool down and stretch.
  • All done in the Buff! haha!

That was one intense work out but so what I needed, awesome class and a good end to week one of Janathon!

Week One Round Up
Kilometres Run: 16.48
Kilometres Walked: 26.27
Steps Taken: 71,166
Leg Lifts: 20
Boxercise Class: 1

Seriously very unflattering videos – what I do to myself for Janathon!!! You have been warned!!!

Janathon Day 6 – Ouch!

Today was a walk, but quite a brisk and efficient walk and I’ve managed to cause a blister on the back of my right foot – hence the ouch!

I had an appointment at the hospital so used that as my goal for walking – pretty much the same route as my run yesterday, but just a smidge further! Weather had been quite rainy this morning so prepared myself for all weathers!

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Oh look – is that the Buff again!?!

 

Walk there and home – completing 8km!

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My hubby was still off work this week so I’ve utilised him being here to get quite a few kilometres in – next week might not be so active, but it may see the reintroduction of the Wii!

I think I’ve exhausted myself this week – feel completely drained this evening and rather achy! All this exercise can’t be good for me! haha!

Tomorrow will be a change from running or walking, all being well! 😊xxx

Janathon Day 5 – A Buff in Review

So today I managed to go for a good run, but not exactly the most exciting thing to blog about, so I am going to use it to review my lovely new Buff.  I think I may have mentioned it once or twice… possibly more…

I’ll start with a bit about my actual Janathon exercise, as I said yesterday, I like having a specific goal, so today I needed to go to Morrisons to ask about hiring a RugDoctor – we’re desperate to give our carpet a thorough clean.  Morrisons is about 3km away, so made it a good middle point.  So I set off, with minimal procrastination, as I did do some Open University study this morning as well.

The run there was a little tough as there is a bit of an incline – but this did mean coming home I would have some downhill which was a nice thought! I made it to Morrisons and went in and ask my questions.

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See – it’s Morrisons!

 

The run home was very pleasant, running downhill is much nicer, and the sun was shining brightly, did my usual of wearing one too many layers, but all in all I was pretty comfortable!

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And back home again!

 

A good 6.48km covered!
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Buff Review

***I bought the Buff myself, and all opinions are my own – not a sponsored post***

I may have previously mentioned (in my last two posts) that I am now the proud owner of a Buff!

So what is a Buff?  According to their own site a Buff is;

Multifunctional Headwear

Apparently, it  can be worn in 13 different ways! If you want to learn more about the history of the Buff you can find the information here!

I purchased mine from the Buff store in Bluewater and it cost me £15, but they are available from other distributors such as Amazon.  Going to the store was quite nice when buying my first one as I could see what they were actually like and feel the material etc.

It’s quite amazing what looks like a simple tube of material can be so useful, comfortable, versatile and make someone feel quite so happy!!! I think I’m a bit obsessed!

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My New Buff!

 

I get quite warm when I am running, so generally run in a baseball cap rather than a beanie hat (the peak is useful for keeping the sun and rain out of my eyes without me overheating), but in the winter months I absolutely hate my ears getting cold, when they get too cold it actually makes me feel sick, this is why I bought a Buff (as recommended by my running buddy Helen).

Absolutely hits the spot, I wore it today for my run as it was a little chilly, as a headband going over my ears, and I was still able to wear my beloved baseball cap (bit of a lucky charm) over the top of it.  The Buff was super comfy, didn’t make me feel too hot, but kept my ears nice and cosy and my headphones in!

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Fits beautifully with my baseball cap!

 

I will definitely be purchasing more of them and am also considering them for the kids as they like mine and I think will be easier to wear than a normal scarf, we will see! I personally have my eye on a Star Wars one, but I also like the super colourful ones!

As a laugh I thought I’d attempt the ‘How To Wear’ that’s on the packaging!
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The Cap
The Cap – though it looks like I’m wearing a swimming cap

The Neckerchief
Neckerchief- think this looks quite smart

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Blind Chicken (why?), Wristband and Sahariane

Headband
My personal favourite – Headband

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The Mask

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The one that makes me laugh – The Pirate!

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is also a hairband option – but my hair is too short to demonstrate that!

Scientific bit – the material provides thermal insulation and takes moisture away from the skin.  This Buff has Polygiene Stay Fresh – Permanent Odour Control too!

I would highly recommend them – great just to wear walking as well as running! 🙂 xxx

Janathon Day 4 – Walkies

So my hubby kindly let me have a lie in this morning, after feeling decidedly ropey the day before, the small people don’t start back at school and nursery until tomorrow and he’s taken some holiday so doesn’t have to go back to work until next week!

When I got up (and had eaten breakfast), I got on with some Open University study, as I have thoroughly neglected it over Christmas and the New Year, with the intention of going for a walk later, due to the fact that thankfully I was feeling better than yesterday but still rather tired and didn’t want to over do it. Typically whilst I was studying the skies were blue and the weather was dry, as the morning became afternoon I could hear the tell-tell sounds of raindrops on our conservatory roof! Such joy, this made me feel rather less enthusiastic about venturing out (venting my frustrations on Facebook).

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Networking studies

Eventually I got ready to go, finally getting out of my PJs and into some clothes – and I dressed appropriately for the possible weather, which for the time being had stopped raining, but I took my umbrella and wore my waterproof jacket to ensure I was prepared for the weather to turn again. I also wore my Buff, which kept my ears lovely and warm!
WalkI needed to take my watch to the menders for a new battery, so used that as my reason to get out – I hate being without my watch, and the battery in my spare had also stopped.  So I took a the normal route to the repair shop and then took a longer route home.  A very pleasant walk as the weather was kind to me and it didn’t rain, though I did have to avoid a few puddles here and there – in total I covered 5.55km! Not a bad effort in the end after all my procrastination!
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What to do for Janathon tomorrow? 🙂 xxx

Janathon Day 3 – In the Buff!!!

Don’t get too excited, more precisely I’m in a Buff, but more on that in a moment!

Ok, not a massive amount of exercise today, felt really iffy with a grumpy tummy, but still managed to get up and out, with the hubby, for a 9am showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens! It was awesome! Everything I’d hoped for and so much more – highly recommend it – a good few nods to the originals (4, 5 & 6 that is – we’ll just let 1, 2 & 3 slip from our minds…).
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After the film, I noticed that Bluewater now has a Buff shop, oh the excitement, I was like a kid in a sweet shop, so many beautiful ones to choose from, I really like some of the Star Wars ones, but opted for a fuschia one for my first Buff! I’m sure I’ll be buying more!
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In the Buff
I’m in the Buff!!!!

 

Then we went into the Speedo shop and had a look at their swimsuit sale and managed to get new ones for the kids (the Pink Ones was in the sale, the Blue Ones unfortunately wasn’t) but they’re lovely swim suits and they look so cute! 😊

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Ready for their swimming lesson… tomorrow!

Still feeling lacklustre with a grumpy tum, my exercise contribution today was 10 leg lifts with each of my kids (20 in total) – that was enough for me today!

Proof of exercise!!!
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Pink One Leg Lifts

Hopefully for Janathon day 4 I’ll be feeling better! 🙂 xxx

 

Janathon Day 2 – Loving London!

So today was mainly about the walking for exercise! My hubby and I were lucky enough to have a childfree day (courtesy of the kids having a sleep over at Nanny & Grandad’s) so we had a day roaming around London – even though it drizzled with rain all day it was just lovely to be out together!

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Yay – Childfree – can you tell he isn’t allowed out much!?!

 

We covered about 11km – walking from Blackfriars to the Strand, to Covent Garden (perused the market),called into Forbidden Planet (I really want to start collecting Pop Heads) and then on to Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street – a visit to Primark (this included walking down four flights of stairs) – amazing how we came out with more bits for the kids then ourselves… Though I did see these fab t-shirts – I want the Little Miss Social Media one but they didn’t have my size! 😔

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I want these t-shirts… please!!!

 

Then a stop in a Starbucks for a drink and then started wending our way back to Blackfriars – with a quick pit stop as I could see from my phone that my sister and one of my brothers were near by!

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Shopping and a Drink!

 

Then walked back to the station – saw our train was departing in 3 minutes – so a quick run up the stairs!!! I think a pretty successful Janathon day 2!

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Lovely London at night!

 

My hubby and I are going to relish a couple more hours of peace and quiet – we may head up to bed early and…sleep!!!! We’re off to an early showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens tomorrow before getting the kids back!


Now to think what to do for Janathon day 3!?! 😊xxx