Ok, this actually started as an Instagram post (for the photo I’ve used as my feature image), but I realised I was prattling on for too long for a caption and thought it best to share my thoughts in a short(ish) blog post…
Last night I attended a brilliant event hosted by Action PR, with the lovely Helen – presented by the lovely Performance Nutritionist Tilly Spurr for Future Fit Training, which gave myself and a few others the overview of the importance of Childhood Nutrition.
After a fairly gentle night in for our New Years celebrations (my hubby and I are hard core, comfy clothes on, sat on the sofa watching a film!), I’d agreed to go with Helen to Greenwich Parkrun followed by Bexley Parkrun. All these running ideas always seem great when you’re planning them – but then the morning dawns and you suddenly realise that you have to go through with it!!! 😛
So on the 1st January 2016 I left the house, to have to come back in to grab some bits to defrost my car! Not had to clear frost in ages…
It was really cold, but I collected Helen, and soon it was 9am and we were in Avery Hill Park and after the briefing we were off. It was cold and slippery, I ran the first two laps with numb toes and taking it carefully on the mud, but I was happy to complete my 5km in a time of 00:34:48 – which is faster than my Parkrun on the 1st Jan 2015. Though towards the end my ankles were hurting, which made me think I would probably have to walk my next Parkrun.
Finishing my Greenwich Parkrun – Photos courtesy of Helen
Then we were back in the car (heating on full to warm up) and on to Danson Park for our second Parkrun. We were there a little early, so stayed in the warm of the car and munched a few jelly babies – Helen had the last green one, I was disappointed, I wasn’t…honest… 😛 And I didn’t throw mud at her, well not intentionally!
Then we got out of the car and made our way to the start of the course, as we walked past the lake, I very helpfully told Helen that water is at it’s most dense at 4 degrees Celsius (information from my dad) – if she wins a quiz with that answer you know where she learnt it from!!!
After a quick briefing we were off again. There was a lot of people at this Parkrun (a lot doing the double) and so there was a bit of a bottle neck and it was slow going over the first kilometre, but my ankles felt ok which was a relief.
I kept with Helen most of the way, but there was bit towards the end when she was able to go ahead and I got slowed down by a little girl on her scooter! I was beginning to feel a little disheartened, but then I saw a robin, and there’s just something about a robin, makes me feel someone is watching over me and gave me the ability to go on and get to the end in 00:35:11 – which I was rather chuffed with after already doing one 5km!
So, it was done! 10km! I feel a real sense of accomplishment! Not bad for the first day of the year and the first day of Janathon!
After dropping Helen off, it was home for a very wonderful hot shower there’s nothing more amazing after running – no photos for that, so here’s a screenshot of my step count for the day!!!
Happy New Year to you all!
Not sure rest of Janathon will be as energetic, but we’ll see… until tomorrow! 🙂 x
Just a quick one to say “wow!” – I have had my blog a year! I registered with WordPress a year ago – my hasn’t the time flown!?! Here’s to another exciting year!!! Thank you so much to everyone who reads my blog – I appreciate your support! Keep on reading and I’ll try to make sure they’re interesting posts!!! 😊xxx
It’s just been a bit of pants day for Juneathon Day 25.
It all started with my dieticians appointment at St Guy’s this morning, it’s a follow up appointment as I have been on a low FODMAP (Low Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols) diet since February, as I suffer with ‘virus induced IBS’ (I don’t know about you, but I feel the diagnosis of IBS is a bit of a cop out and really an umbrella term for ‘we don’t know what’s really wrong with you’) and I really should now be re-introducing foods, but I have developed a bit of a phobia of eating these foods now as I don’t want to have stomach cramps and feel ill, not that the low FODMAP diet has completely eliminated my symptoms, it hasn’t! The first follow up appointment I had, turned out it could have been the chips and toast (gluten free bread) I was eating that was still giving me symptoms, as this ‘retards the starches or sugars as they have already been cooked which can makes them more difficult to digest leading to the my symptoms blah blah blah’! Basically I need to make my own chips if that’s what I want to eat! Though subsequently I feel potato doesn’t agree with me anyway – along with so many other things (though technically should be fine on a the low FODMAP diet).
This appointment, when I explained what I had been eating – it turns out it’s my bloody bowls of cornflakes I’ve been eating that are probably making me bloated and have a grumbly tum! Argh!!! If you know me well, you will know that I love my breakfast, it’s my favourite meal of the day, and I have two huge bowls of cereal in the morning (I love cereal) – none of this 30g crap – and in the book it says cornflakes were fine, what I didn’t realise was the portion size!!! It’s fine if you have half a cup – this is an exceptionally measly 15g – so my lovely dietician, bless her, as she didn’t want to tell me to stop eating something else said maybe to mix that with half a cup of rice crispies, because again these would have too much oligosaccharides if you have a larger portion! I just wanted to cry! My one flipping decent meal of the day…
I could buy the gluten free cereals – but they are about £3 for a tiddly box that probably wouldn’t last me three days! It’s just all so costly! The Genius white sandwich loaf I buy is £3 a go – to put it perspective I can buy two loaves of normal bread for a £1 in Morrisons – it’s just ridiculous – and I appreciate higher manufacturing costs etc, but more and more people are going gluten free – so it’d be nice to see the price go down a bit, I make use of my NUS card and buy my bread in the Coop and get 10% off – yay!!!
This whole thing is making me miserable, as I don’t feel I eat enough to do my running anymore, my diet is so limited it’s embarrassing and makes going out for dinner with friends practically impossible – as things like onion and garlic are off the menu! Part of me wishes I’d never gone down this route, and had just given up dairy and gluten (wheat). I wish there was something out there that could truly test what I was intolerant to and not just this constant guessing game, as this brings on my anxiety issues which just exacerbates my symptoms! It’s all very much a vicious circle and rather depressing!!!
Part of me wishes I could just go “Sod it” and start eating normally again – but it just doesn’t work like that, unfortunately! So now I wait for a referral to a gastroenterologist at Guy’s, I have to make an appointment with my own GP if I feel I need some mental help with regards to the phobia I have now developed with food and I can investigate the likes of Symprove and Align – probiotics that are meant to be very good but again are really expensive!!! I, again, am also apprehensive about taking them!
The only good thing was I did lots of walking – which was good for Juneathon Day 25, and I recorded my walk home from the station as a workout!
Then this evening I went for very pleasant walk with the lovely Helen – who kindly let me bend her ear with all the above, poor girl! I was a bit ranty and I got worse as to add insult to injury I went to my MapMyWalk app to record our walk and it’s logged me out and when I have gone to log back in – it tells me it doesn’t recognise my email – I tried signing in using Facebook to no avail – so I have no photo of my step count (which I know was already over 6000 after walking up London) or my work out walk back home from the station – I’m seriously hoping it hasn’t lost my whole account history, will be emailing them presently – hence after today I think I am entitled to feel a bit grumpy!!!
Apologies for such a rambling and moany post – but just needed to get it off my chest!
Tomorrow is a new day – praying that it’s a better one!!!
Has anyone else suffered like this – do you have a happy outcome you can share with me? Or have you used Symrove/Align or the equivalent – can you share your experience with me? Has it improved your quality of life?
My main exercise today…wait for it…it’ll really surprise you…honestly it will…was 30 minutes doing Wii Fit Plus – shocked aren’t you? I can tell!!!
As a mum of two young children you’d think I would be used to repeating myself! Haha!!!
Additionally I did play a game with the kids, whereby they’d sit on my lap and I’d drop them through my legs – which I can assure you is weight lifting!!! They found it hysterical with cries of “Do it again mummy” – to the point I had to tell them no more or I really would drop them!
Finally I have had the parental fun of my five year old finding any excuse to come downstairs and not go to sleep – numerous times going back up and down the stairs – which I am sure counts as at least 10 minutes of exercise!!!
Today was my Hubby’s birthday and he took the day off so after dropping the Pink One at school we walked up to the Oval with the Blue One and I treated the Hubby to a bacon and egg bap – see romance isn’t dead – and note the walk, that was exercise…
We also walked home, at the pace of the Blue One so I’m not sure this can truly be called exercise as the heart rate definitely wasn’t raised, but we were out and moving so I think it counts!
I also had a more relaxed day today as wasn’t 100%, actually felt quite ropey, so hoping to feel better tomorrow and probably have a Wii Fit contribution for Day 27!
Going out this evening so today I’m making all my everyday activities into exercise so we’ve had the walk to school including the book bag dash! This being, we’d been walking for 2 minutes when I asked the Pink One “Where’s your book bag?” and was met with “Oh no, I forgot it!” in a dramatic voice for good measure – fortunately one of the other school mummy’s was walking passed and watched them when I legged it back home in double quick time to collect the book bag!
Next was the Big Shop – which was obviously double exercise as I had the Blue One in tow! This included some weight lifting in the shape of lifting my son into and out of the trolley numerous times and then carrying a bag that had 3x2litre bottles of milk, 2x875ml Persil small and mighty bottles and 1X1.9litre bottle of fabric conditioner!!! Definitely heavy!!! Hardcore shopping!!! Haha!!!
Then there was the walk to collect the Pink One from school, which was a longer walk then usual as I took a slightly different route as I walked with friends whose kids are at a different school!
See – I can make exercise out of anything!!! 😉 Happy Janathon Day 23 everyone!!!
So the plan for Janathon Day 3 exercise was as follows. I had an appointment in Bexleyheath at 10am, so I was going to get my hubby to drop me there and I’d run home after. That would be approximately 5km with a few interesting inclined.
In reality, 8am alarm goes off – I snooze it, 10 minutes goes by, alarm goes off – I snooze it… I do this one or two more times, you get the idea. Finally I’m up and it’s 8:50am – need to be out by 9:45am at the latest – this doesn’t quite pan out as my kids got up later than usual, so I lost my lift, as the kids wouldn’t have been ready in time to go! I was too lazy to get the bus, and had now left it too late and to put it politely, the weather was pants! To quote Peter Kay “it’s that fine rain, soaks you through!” I don’t mind running when it’s cold – but I’m preferable to it being dry!!!
So now what to do for my Janathon contribution, and then I had it. We’ve got a Wii – unfortunately our original Wii had broken and was no longer working, but as luck would have it when we were on our family visit to my brother and his family on Friday we mentioned that our Wii had died and it came about they had just got a Wii U and so had a spare Wii console we could borrow – result!!!
So for Janathon Day 3 – I provide video evidence of me doing Zumba on the Wii! Made harder by my 2 year old Blue One lying on the floor clutching my feet! I did have dance company in the shape of my Pink One.
Who’d have guessed that I would lose my dignity in the name of exercise!?!
So we have a Calypso Warm up and Beginners Salsa!
Enjoy (at my expense)!!! 😊️xxx
I’m sure there’ll be more Wii based exercise over the next few weeks!!!
Mileage: 5.1km/3.2 miles
Star Jumps: 10
Running on the Spot: count of 20
Push ups: 3
Zumba Calypso warm up: 1
Zumba Salsa Beginners
When I am In a good frame of mind, I walk around seeing things and imagining how good a photo they would make, today I got to take some photos of a beautiful and frosty world. As I walked to meet my lovely friend Helen of HelsBels Blog fame. I thought I would share some of my favourite images that I took today, I am just an amateur photographer who likes to take, what I hope are, interesting photos!