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August walking challenge- The results!

So we made it through August and completed our challenge, myself my husband and my best friend challenged each other to walk/run as far as we could during the month. It’s been really fun competing against each other and really trying hard to outdo the other! I’ve enjoyed pushing myself to be outside more and make the most of every spare minute to walk or run. 
Some weeks were better than others and some I completely amazed myself with just how many long walks I could fit in!
I’ve been tired, my legs have ached, and I’ve resented the whole idea of it at times but I’ve carried on knowing this was something I was actually in with a chance of winning if I actually put my mind to it!

We have had family walks, picnics, walks along the beach and in fields, I’ve walked alone, with Scott and I’ve walked a lot with T too. We have been sunburnt, blown away and absolutely soaked. We have laughed, thrown balls, biked, scooted, ran and walked our way through this month and I have to say I’ve really enjoyed it. There is a limit to how far little people can walk but I’ve been so proud of how many miles T has achieved just through wanting to help Mummy win this challenge and I think has enjoyed herself too.

So time for the scores after 1 month;

First place – Me: 81.3 miles
Second place – Scott 70.1 miles
Third place – Emma 37 miles

I have to say I am overwhelmed I have managed so many miles and chuffed to bits that I’ve won! I know Scott got a lot of long runs in and he wanted to win on runs alone so I think running 70 miles is a real achievement.
Emma had a poorly back and then a holiday so only really got into this from the last week or two and got some really nice walks in towards the end of the month, a different month and she could have been a real contender!

Anyone thinking of doing something similar I would say go for it, if you are looking at getting fitter, lacking motivation or just have some spare time on your hands and want to get out and about more I would say do it! Even a mile or two a day adds up and what could be better than a bit of friendly competition between those around you?

As for me, this was a one off, a month I will probably not repeat for a while but September will bring a new focus to get back on the kettle bells!

Here are some photos from a few of my favourite walks/ runs from August. 

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1 weeks diary of the August walking challenge!

So this week I thought I would keep a photo diary of my walking challenge every day to show you how much I’ve been able to fit in and where to. It didn’t always work out as planned so here are my entries! 
Monday- this was my evening walk through the woods near my house. T had a friend over Monday evening so I didn’t get out until about 7.45 and by the time I was heading home it was starting to get dark! I hate that summer is drawing to a close, especially when it feels like we have hardly had any warm weather! With our regular morning walk of a mile before work and holiday club also Monday I walked 2.46 miles.

Tuesday I had a friend over and we ran the same route through the woods and back again. As it’s an evening Scott goes to running club T had to come on her bike and she did great. We last went together about 3 weeks ago and were really pleased to manage 30 seconds quicker on our previous time. It was a really sunny evening but the woods gave us a good amount of shade to not feel too hot when we got home. Tuesday totalled 2.49 miles.

Wedsnesday was Mummy’s night off so this meant I didn’t have to cook dinner and had a catch up with a friend at a local pub for a glass of wine arranged for the evening! I could have took the whole evening off but decided to squeeze in a quick route round the woods before going out. It was a nice peaceful walk until a jack Russell decided to chase Poppy when we were nearly home! Wednesday – 2.11 miles 

Thursday I had to work overtime all day at work and then Scott took me out for dinner as a treat, everyone is allowed a day off right? ūüėč

 Friday- so after those calorie laden desserts I wanted to really push myself Friday. T had a friend round until just after lunch so after I had got all my jobs done I wrote T out each letter of the alphabet on her notepad and told her she had to find something starting with each letter while we were out. (The chances of getting her to walk further are greatly increased if she has a distraction!)
We were having a great time filling in her pad and walking a route she had never been before when suddenly there was thunder and then rain, which got heavier very quickly! We ended up taking refuge under the roof of a thatched cottage waiting for it to stop! It all added to an adventure and T ended chatting away  for the next mile and and a half home! ūüėĄ what a little trooper! We deserved these hot chocolates when we got home! Friday =  3.42 miles

Saturday we woke up to brilliant sunshine and as we had plans to see a friend in the afternoon I thought we would head out early and make the most of the weather. Today I decided to take us round the lake and back, this is a route we walk regularly and T had biked several times before. It started well, I was running and T biking, Poppy just, Well getting in the way really! Things started getting  tough when we hit the open and the wind was head on. Soon after that T stopped peddling and just burst into tears! Her legs were hurting and she was finding it really tough so we went really slowly and a bit further up stopped for a rest. After that we had to walk home as she was just struggling against the wind so much. For this reason there was no picture as even though we managed the route poor T didn’t enjoy herself one bit! Saturday=2.6 miles
Sunday
So today I knew Scott was going for a long one as he really wanted to get some miles under his belt in preparation for his half marathon in 6 weeks time. This meant I had to also go for it in order to try and stay ahead in the challenge! So this afternoon after T had gone out Poppy and I walked 4.2 miles! It was warm out but I’ll be honest my legs felt heavy the whole way round and if it wasn’t for my music I wouldn’t have been able to manage so far. Infact I was so focused on just getting round I forgot to take a picture! So this is Poppy saying ‘please let me in Mum, don’t make me walk any further!’ ūüėā

So as the week draws to a close it’s been a good one for getting the miles in and I’ve accomplished 17.28! BUT Scott really pulled out all the stops today and ran 9 miles so this makes him current leader with 50.7 miles!
I’m a close second with 49.1 miles.
I plan to try and catch him this week and hopefully keep him at bay to stay at the top until the end of the month!

I honestly never win anything and unlike T who has her talents in ballet and horse riding and Scott who is a brilliant windsurfer I don’t have much of a talent in any particular subject either. To be this close to winning something is pretty rare for me, ok it’s a challenge between me and my husband, but if I win it to me it means I can push myself to do something and have a drive inside me I perhaps had forgotten was there.

Hope you all have a great week

Thanks for reading

Lou x

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All good things 

Well it’s been a really fun week off work and I’m so sad it’s had to come to an end. You would think for someone who thrives on routine and order that I would want to get some structure back in my life but it’s actually been so nice just going with the flow each day and taking things as they come. I do feel like healthy eating and exercise definitely suffer when there is no set schedule though. Don’t get me wrong we haven’t stopped eating all things healthy, It’s just we have had more treats and with the poor weather we haven’t been able to get out and walk it off like we thought we would. 

So the August walk/run challenge is still going strong and with my corker of a week last week at 20 miles I knew there was no way I was going to beat that this week! Not that I couldn’t have done it if I wanted to it’s just I find T needs a fair bit of encouragement to walk a good few miles and I just don’t have it in me to put her through that every day ūüėā So my grand total for this week is 16.24 miles! 

Not a patch on last week but still not bad going with the 3 full days of rain we have had this week. This also means I’m still in the lead on the challenge with a total of 31.8 miles. Scott is in 2nd place with a total of 22.8 miles and Emma, Well I think Emma forgot we were doing a challenge as she was going on holiday this week so we will have to excuse her in third place! 

Next week I will have to up my game again as Scott will be back at running club so anything less than 3 miles daily and I might slip to 2nd place! I will keep the updates coming and hope for good weather! 

The end of this week also brought a sleepover for T and her friend, after making cakes, watching a movie, walking the dog and playing games they had snacks and giggled in their beds until they finally fell asleep! It was such a cute evening but when it was over I was pleased I only had one little person to entertain once more!

Today the girls got to see each other again at a surprise birthday meal so they had another lovely few hours together. I honestly think they could spend a week together and not get bored! 

Oh well back to work and holiday club we go tomorrow, I suppose the fun has to stop sometime! 

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My 20 mile week and more summer fun!

So in my last post I mentioned a walking challenge I had signed myself up to with my husband and best friend. Now I knew I had stiff competition as I’m more of a little and often walker/runner whereas those guys just go for it! So every day last week i made it my mission to get about 3 miles in, yes every day! My legs were aching by the time yesterday’s walk came and ordinarily I wouldn’t have made the effort to go but I felt I couldn’t let myself down when Id made so much effort the rest of the week so off Pops and I went in the sunshine racking my total miles for last week to just over 20! I’m so chuffed with this and now just need to keep the momentum going through the rest of the month! 

Other things I’ve been upto this weekend is dinner at my best friends house, secretly trying to fatten me up so I will do worse at the challenge, which was a really nice evening. You can’t beat hanging out with your best friend, daughter and the partners sometimes and it was really good to spend time with them.

Saturday I also picked T’s friend up and took them both to the library to continue their summer reading challenge. They really enjoyed being together and planning their sleepover for next Friday, wish me luck! 


With the good weather I used some time to get a few things done in the garden too, Scott is in the middle of painting our shed a really pretty green so can’t wait for that to be finished and tie in with all my other pretty areas. I’m just waiting for it to be warm enough that we can actually spend a whole evening out there! 

This weekend was new nails day and I don’t normally share my nails but I’m so in love with this pink design I thought I’d show you all.
Yesterday T had a great hack out for her riding lesson and I made lasagne and salad for the in-laws followed by cheesecake which went down a storm! One busy weekend over and our busy week off begins! 

Have a great one everyone!

Lou x

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August Walking Challenge & Summer has begun!

So this month I have set ¬†myself a challenge to walk and run as far as I can do. Not that much different to when I started really enjoying my walking back in March/April time no? Well this month is different because i’m challenging my best friend and Scott to see who can walk and run the furthest in a month! Now we all want to be fitter and healthier than we are and we all have the means to do it, its just which one of us will go that extra mile to finish this challenge on top?

So we started the challenge on the 2nd August and so far the app tells us I’m in the lead with 9.2 ¬†miles! Now although i’m pretty chuffed with this I know it could change at any minute, all Scott needs to do is go for a run and he will top it and the same with Emma. But, for now, i’m on top and feeling good about it! ūüėČ I will keep updates on here as to how we progress through the month!

Tonight me and Poppy walked 3.2 miles and at a really good pace too, i’m so inspired when its warm and sunny.

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Yesterday, now that was a good day! It started off a super windy day, for me this is an instant annoyance for all sorts of reasons one being any attempt I have made to try and look presentable is instantly ripped away as soon as I set foot outside! But with a windsurfing loving husband I have grown accustomed to being second place on a windy day so off he goes to the lake to windsurf with his Dad. I told him I would meet him down there after getting a few things done and surprised him by running down there, around the lake and meeting him on the other side. He was pleased to see me and even more pleased I had ran the whole 2 ¬†miles to meet him, although how he didn’t notice me and Poppy running past him I will never know! It was great to watch him, he was enjoying throwing a few jumps out there to give all the people on the bank a show, I cant help but feel proud when I see him out there, and laugh when he doesn’t land them so well, sorry babe!

 

After spending some time at the lake I jogged home and went to pick T up from her pony day. This is her third one since she started riding nearly 2 years ago and she loved it! Well I cant say she loved it from the start because this time she was the only one there so this meant her pony couldn’t just follow the others and trot round she had to really make him listen which at times was really tough. She ploughed on through though and when I picked her up she had a big smile on her face having had a much better 2nd lesson and a great hack out on a pony she doesn’t normally ride. She also really enjoyed the grooming/feeding and walking the ponies out to the field side of things, all things she doesn’t get to do on a usual lesson. One summer pony day down = 1 happy little girl!

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Today went ate lunch in the sunshine then spent the afternoon at the park playing with friends. Its been a great couple of days and I cant wait for next week and a whole week off with lots of catch ups and activities planned!

Have an awesome weekend everyone!

Thanks for reading

Lou x

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Keeping the rainbow diet going with our lunch today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trip to the Peak District 

So last weekend we spent the weekend in a beautiful part of England when we travelled to the Peak District National Park for our Wedding anniversary. We have visited other National Parks before so were looking forward to lots of beautiful scenery, quaint villages and long walks and the trip did not disappoint!

We stayed at Spring View bed and breakfast in Bradwell, a small village nestled in rolling hills dotted with sheep. The B&B was a perfect base for us to explore and with 3 local pubs all within a 5 minute walking distance as well as a chip shop and local shop it really couldn’t get any better. We picked this as our base due to it being dog friendly so we were able to take Poppy, she was just as welcome as us from the minute we arrived which was great. Everything about this B&B was perfect, from the well cooked breakfast to the communal living area stocked with board games and walking guides and finally the beautiful garden which we were also able to use I really couldn’t recommend it enough.


Our first evening there we decided to try out a local pub, The White Hart. Just a short walk through winding streets and we came upon it, with the building dating back to 1600 it was the essence of a village pub with low beams and small rooms and just a small outside seating area  by the front door. We were greeted by friendly staff who were again happy to have Poppy under our table whilst we ate our freshly cooked meal of lamb shank, delicious!

Saturday we took a trip to Treak cliff cavern in Castleton. There were about 4 different caves in or around Castleton but we chose this one as it was again dog friendly. Being the first tour of the day it was only us two and Poppy which was great. Our guide took us through several different caverns explaining how they were formed and giving us detailed history on the owners and miners of the cavern as well as the Blue John Stone that is found there. It was a really interesting tour and I only managed to almost slip over once and avoided banging my head in the 4ft entrance tunnel!

From there we went on to Mam Tor.
We had planned to visit this area and in particular Mam Tor as we had seen the views and thought the route looked manageable. We started our route after walking from Treak cliff cavern along the broken road and up onto the Tor. The whole route was fairly busy with school trips and groups of people but there was plenty of room on the wide paths. We walked right along to Losehill, be warned some of this is very steep and requires a good amount of fitness to get up and down, I walked 19 miles the previous week but this gradient at times was tough! Once you make it to the summit the views are beautiful even in summer drizzle! The route down and back to the car was along a public footpath which at times took us through ferns almost as tall as me but the signs are all very visible and we were able to complete a good loop of this beautiful area.

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I surprised Scott at the top with a mini bottle of Prosecco and two glasses to celebrate our anniversary, he was very chuffed and it gave us a minute to take a breather and drink in the views, along with the bubbles of course!

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After dropping Poppy back off for a rest at the b and b we went for a trip into Castleton itself. It’s a beautiful little village with the main street full of tea rooms and souvenir shops, quite tourist orientated but in a tasteful way. We stopped for a gift for T and then sampled a Derbyshire cream tea at a lovely little tea room at the back of a shop.

We spent that evening eating a fish and chip supper then drinking Prosecco to celebrate our anniversary while watching the sun go down in the beautiful garden.


It was such a great trip and we only wish we had longer to explore this beautiful area.

Peak District we loved you!

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100 posts down still blogging!!

Wow so I made it to 100 posts! When I started this blog I wasn’t sure I would even have anything to write about but the more I write the more I enjoy sharing my life with you guys. I’ve had so much lovely feedback and support from you all over the few months I’ve been doing this and love keeping you upto date on my braces,  fitness goals, family life and Poppy the cockapoo as she approaches a year old! 

So for my 100th post I can tell you I have reached my walking goal of 60 miles in May! Woohoo I’m so pleased I managed to achieve this! For anyone that doesn’t know I work 3 days a week, am a Mum, wife and puppy owner so am not able to just pick up and go walking any minute I choose, it has to be a carefully planned and scheduled event around all other duties! Plus the great British weather doesn’t always play the game so quite often it’s a washout and walking is cancelled! So now for the good news, I’ve not just reached my target I’ve actually smashed it with a total of 72 miles!!

So how do I feel after walking this much in a month?

– I feel better in myself, fitter, I’m able to walk 3 or 4 miles and not need a nap straight after now! I feel proud I’ve set a goal and stuck to it.

 – I’ve made myself go out and walk on evenings where I would really rather not and I’ve always felt like I’ve achieved something after.

– I feel like I’ve finally started to explore the area I live in more and I’m finding new routes all the time so walking isn’t boring to me.

– Mostly I’ve enjoyed walking Poppy so much, I love being a dog owner, getting out and meeting other dog owners and dogs is so interesting and fun for me and Poppy. She is now learning not to be so scared of other dogs and I’m learnim how to deal with it when she is nervous thanks to puppy classes so walks are now so much more enjoyable.

Tips from walking 72 miles in a month

– Good, comfortable shoes are a must. Yes I sound like my Nan but you can’t walk very far with blisters can you? I remember my first week at walking group being nervous that I would be the only one wearing walking shoes but getting there and seeing everyone was wearing them! I would never have been able to walk so many miles without them, fact.

-If you don’t want to walk on a certain day or at a certain time then don’t! I’ve had days I really didn’t want to go out so I made a promise to myself I would make up the miles another day. This is meant to be fun not a chore!

– Food and hydration are key! If I know I’m going to be out a while I will always make sure I eat and drink enough before I go or take something with me, for me and Poppy, usually if I’m thirsty so is she!

-You can never explore too much. Just when you think you are getting to know your area you can bet there will be another route you will find you never even knew about!

My goals for walking in June

Well I only have 3 weeks to walk in June as we are away for a week so I plan to try and manage at least 16 miles a week. I think before and after our trip this should be easy as before I will be sad I’m leaving Poppy for a week so will take her out lots to compensate and after I will need to walk/run to burn off the holiday pounds I have gained!!

So far I have learned I really love walking, getting out and exploring, seeing the countryside and finding new places to go has been so much fun so here’s to many more miles!!

Thanks for reading!

Lou x

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So I’ve decided to climb a mountain!¬†

So recently I decided I wanted a new focus. Scott has joined a running club which meet twice a week and he is enjoying focusing on that which leaves me at home to get fit. I’ve been using my kettle bell to workout again while he’s out again am feeling better for it but I know in a few weeks it won’t be testing me anymore and will start to feel easy again.

So yesterday I joined a walking group. I looked it up online and went along to the meeting point where I was met with lots of friendly faces. I took Poppy, to break the ice if nothing else, and she certainly did that. We walked a route I had never been before then stopped for a drink halfway and walked a different route back again. There were all ages and abilities there, some had been going years and others only a few months. I spoke to most of the group as we walked and they really were all so nice and pleased I had joined them I felt so welcome.

So the aim of my walking is not just to improve my fitness, to meet new people¬† and give me something else to focus on when I don’t have overtime at work but to build myself up for the challenge I have set myself.

Next year I aim to climb Scafell Pike, the tallest mountain in England.
Scafell Pike is 978m tall and sits in the Lake District. The views from the top are stunning and there are several different routes you can take up and down ranging from 6 to 12 miles. It’s tricky terrain so I will need to prepare myself for this in a big way, walking 5 miles yesterday is a good start I think! Scott will be climbing it with me and we are both really excited to have such a challenge to focus on next year.
The reason we are doing it next year is a few things, firstly fitness; I’m sure i could do it now but I’m nowhere near as fit as I should be and would like to be, secondly cost; we already wanted to visit the Lake District so will be including this climb in a trip to stay on Lake Windermere for a few days and already have a holiday planned for this year and thirdly time; we have a lot planned for this year so just wouldn’t be able to fit it in.

I am so excited to get ready for this challenge with both with my fitness and actually planning for it I can’t wait to get myself a notebook and start planning! We¬†already took a trip to Go Outdoors for something else and spent a few minutes looking at all the outdoor clothing, backpacks and supplies you can buy, we already have walking boots but the rest will be new to us and I think after all the work we are going to do to get fit for this it will be great to treat ourselves to some new clothes to go in!

I don’t think we will climb until about May time but I’m still looking into this, I’ve read some stories of people climbing just a couple of weeks ago and there being a few feet of snow at the top so ice picks and crampons being needed! I’m feeling adventurous but I think that is taking it a little too far! Also it doesn’t look like the right terrain for Poppy with her being so small and how rocky it can be so we will have to leave her behind for this one.

Here are some pictures of the mountain and scenery to give you an idea of why I’m so excited to do this. I plan to keep my blog updated with information about my trip as I go along so hopefully you guys will all get excited with me during the next year!