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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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16 miles, a ballet exam and a happy girl.

So this week was another tough one at the start with lots of short walks due to bad weather but I made up for it as much as I could on my days off racking up 6 miles yesterday! It felt so nice to walk a different route and actually get a tiny bit lost at times. I knew roughly where I was all the time but trying to find the exact way home was a little challenge that I think I needed to push myself to rack up the miles. Throw in a short walk with Tiana and Poppy this afternoon and my weekly total is 16.2 miles! 

I’m so pleased I’m well on my way to my target of 60 miles this month with just over a week to go so if next week is a good one I might even break 60 miles! Still can’t believe how much I’m enjoying walking, It’s not costing me anything, I’m building my fitness and I’m still finding new routes from my house. I feel so lucky to live where I do with so many nice paths to explore all within my reach.

This morning was also very exciting because T had a ballet exam that she had been preparing for a long time. I felt like I should be part of dance moms being up at 7am on a Sunday to plait and clip her hair into the neatest, most hairsprayed ballet bun possible! T is too small to be nervous yet which is great so we just get one excited little girl ready to try her best for the examiner! There was a group of 3 and they all had solo parts also but all in all the whole thing only took about 10 minutes at the most. The best part was when they all came out smiling ear to ear really happy with their performances. Some people would wonder why I would want to give up my Sunday morning to put T through an exam at only 7 years old but that is why  because she loves it! She was so happy after her performance and so pleased with how she had done there was no stress or anxiety and not a single hint of worry. Some people may say that she will never be a ballerina but neither will a lot of the girls that go to her dance school but for me it’s not about that. It’s about a hobby that she enjoys learning and having fun doing and as long as she wants to continue ballet I will continue to give up my Sunday morning lie ins to ready her for exams.

My little ballerina
Ballet bun hairsprayed within an inch of its life!
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An eventful week for Poppy 

Well this week has been a busy one for Poppy our cockapoo. Firstly the week started with awful weather so we had a few long walks in the rain and some short walks in heavier rain! 

I have spent the week teaching Poppy to leave her treats until I give them to her and trying to complete the challenge set by our trainer at puppy class to have a treat on her paw and her not touch it. You can see I got a little carried away with this 😉 It’s not my fault Poppy is such a willing participant.

Poppy has spent plenty of time chilling with T as usual.

Today Poppy finally got groomed again! It has seemed a long 8 weeks and she was looking a bit scruffy so now she is back to a shorter more manageable coat and looking adorable once more! Today Poppy also came into season for the first time! This is our first dog so we are not too sure what to expect from her behaviour or if we won’t even notice a change at all, she is fairly late at 10 months but once we have this over with we will look at getting her booked for her op. 

Today the sun finally came back out so we were able to get a nice 3 mile walk in after her groom, felt good to get out again. 

Hope you are all having a great week, would love to hear what you have been upto!

Thanks for reading 

Lou x

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17.89 miles = new record!

This week I’ve really tried to get some miles in for my aim of maybe walking 60 miles this month. It’s been an average week weather wise but I’m getting used to walking in unwelcoming dreary weather now, I used to be a sunshine and hot day only walker.
I’m so chuffed because today I beat my all time best week of walking and this week have managed to walk 17.89 miles! This is in a week of working and with no walking group as my orthodontist got in the way! So I have a little over 2 weeks left and have walked 32 miles already, I just need to keep this momentum going and my 60 mile target is in my reach! 👍

Here are some pictures from my longest walk of 4.5 miles on Thursday.

This was our route today round both lakes and home in the rain! I found the walking was a good distraction from the pain i’m feeling in my braces today!

I hope you have all had a great week and I’d love to hear what you are getting up to this weekend!

Thanks for reading

Lou x

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Highs, lows and another 14 miles down!

So this weekend has been up and down. By up I mean I had some time to myself on Thursday which meant I could meet a friend for dessert on her birthday, a lovely treat laden with calories but oh well! 

This was followed by taking T back to ballet after the Easter break, we found out her exam date is 21st so are excited for that. Friday I had a message from a friend asking if I wanted to join her and another friend for coffee! I jumped at the chance to get out of the housework if only for a short while and we had a great catch up. Then I met my walking group and we did a 3.5 mile walk through a nature reserve I had never been into before. Here is Poppy on the way back walking with some of the ladies from my group, it really was a beautiful day.

After T went off to her Dad’s for the weekend I had a low point. I’d had such a busy, fun day and then suddenly there was silence. I know we can’t be busy all the time but I honestly just felt really lonely at that time so after my dinner for one I picked myself up and got ready to go to my friends for a makeup party. It was a fun evening and I was pleased I went.

Saturday morning came and Poppy was booked in to the vets as she has a small bald patch on her head. I had a couple of errands to run first but once they were done I really started to worry about what could be causing it. It turns out we have some ear solution as the vet believed her blocked ears could be causing het to scratch there more often.

I was immediately happier after leaving the vets and full of motivation I set about prepping the house for friends to stay over. A homemade curry and a few glasses of prosecco later and Pictonary was a real giggle!

 It’s amazing how just being with the right people can pick you up immediately, I feel very lucky to have the right people in my life at the moment.

So finally my walking total for this week, it’s been another good week for walking so I’ve clocked up 14.23 miles. All good practise for our Peak district trip which is now only 67 days away! 

I hope you’ve all had a good weekend and I would love to hear what you got upto!

Thanks for reading, 

Lou x

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Why is your dog growling at mine?

So we have just got back from a 3 mile walk around the lake. T biked and I walked Poppy, it was windy and the sun was trying to break through the clouds but it felt good to be out and getting my girls some exercise. Once we get across the road and across the little railway bridge into the country park Poppy comes off the lead for lots of reasons; because its safe, there are no more roads, she loves to walk along next to T on her bike and also loves to run between me and T wearing herself out. She will come when I call her, sometimes when she has finished sniffing but if we are too far away for her liking she will run like mad to catch up. She doesn’t have a bad bone in her 10 month old body and is mostly happy to stay away from other dogs and just follow us.

If you haven’t met my cockapoo Poppy here she is:

So as we walk mostly we have a great time, Poppy is brave with some dogs and will sniff and say hello and then run back to us,others she isn’t so brave and will burn past them to stay with T on her bike. (We know she could be braver and hopefully the socialisation classes we are starting next weekend should help with this.) Sometimes Poppy will trot along next to us and other dogs will run up to her, this mostly scares her especially if they are big bounding dogs that look like they would flatten her with one paw! In this situation what usually happens is Poppy starts running which makes other dogs think she wants to play and then the chase follows. They never run away, just usually round and round in circles until me or the other dogs owner manage to get of them distracted enough to go in a different direction!

All this is learning for Poppy, earlier we were approaching a gate and coming towards us were 3 people each with two small dogs on leads. They passed through and Poppy just walked along beside me brave as anything, through the gate and past the dogs who also didn’t bat an eyelid. Amazing.

Other tests along our walk include children, big and small, these are usually ignored as all Poppy wants is to keep up with Tiana, people on bikes, this is mostly fine as long as we see them in advance we can get her to walk alongside us or stop and wait for a treat, buggies, still not a favourite of hers we might have a bark before she runs off in the other direction, swans, ducks and other pond life, she is just really inquisitive and seems to have no fear of these, and finally growling dogs. Now I would say in the last month we have seen at least 4 dogs that have growled at Poppy, with two being today. The dogs that growled were both on leads and at the time Poppy was also on her lead  as we were on the way home. The owners had made no real attempt to move out of my way and Poppy had a brave moment. So how it usually goes is the dogs come to a stand off, Poppy sniffs their nose and is met with a growl/bark/jumping/ a snap. Every single time this has happened the owners simply say “oh come on” to their dog and move along leaving me, T and Poppy stunned at what has just happened. I just don’t understand why if you know your dog doesn’t like other dogs you would let it sniff or be sniffed by my dog, why would you not forewarn me that your dog is grumpy/doesn’t like to say hi/has issues or just walk out of my way?! Not every dog is perfect,some come with history and from terribly neglected backgrounds and they all deserve a chance but should they honestly be walked in a busy public place which is full of other dogs on and off leads and families with children if they aren’t happy to be socialised? My dog is scared of bigger bouncier dogs and runs in the other direction usually and the one time she decides to be brave and say hello to something twice her size your dog growls at her for no good reason at all! This also upsets my daughter who doesn’t enjoy watching her dog get scared by your dog. Dog owners have a responsibility, if they can’t trust their dog not to growl at another dog when it simply gets sniffed on the nose it is my opinion that they should not be walked in a busy public place on a bank holiday while the rest of us are just out for a drama free walk with our friendly/well behaved if a bit shy at times/loveable/happy little dogs!

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15.75 miles a beautiful sunset and our busy weekend 

So my walking got slightly stunted this week when the weather was not on our side and one day I couldn’t walk at all the rain was so bad! I was amazed at how frustrated I felt that I could have walked and felt ready to go but it just honestly wasn’t practical to get me and the dog totally soaked for no reason other than to rack up some miles! That said I’ve still had my second best week ever walking over 15 miles. 

Wednesday was a peaceful walk of nearly 3 miles during the evening when Scott was out and I just decided to head down to the lake with Poppy and walk all the way round and back home again! Half way round I was starting to flag but once I turned that corner I was amazed how my energy returned and I just felt a drive to get home and finish my loop. This was my beautiful view once I had walked round.

Friday I walked with my walking group again and we walked another new route for me through a beautiful wood full of bluebells stopping for a drink at the Fox and Hounds. This is our just over 4 mile route.

This weekend we only managed a few miles as we decided to start a few projects at home and have spent a lot of time with family and friends which has been great. 
In particular the church fete today was a lot of fun and made my friends and I realise that even though our girls are growing up so fast we can’t keep up they still love a fete! 😊

After our fete we had dinner at the in-laws and T got to take home her fairy sign that my father in law had made her. She was really happy with it as she designed it herself and it’s now the perfect addition to our fairy garden. Sometimes I wish I could bottle her innocence and keep it forever. 

I hope you have all had a great weekend and I would love to hear what you got upto! 

Thank you for reading!

Lou x

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17.23 miles in a week of beautiful walks

I would never have believed you if you had told me I could walk over 17 miles in a week and actually enjoy it! It sounds so far but it was helped by the bank holiday meaning we could walk 3.6 miles stopping for a drink on the way and the mornings without T meaning I could do 1 mile before work with Poppy. The lovely sunny evenings have also contributed massively as there is no way we would have walked 2 miles Wednesday evening before going out to our friends house if it was raining! As the sun continued Thursday it meant we could try a new route with Poppy, well i’ll be honest I was attempting a route we took at walking group a few weeks ago but I ended up going slightly wrong and we discovered Bluebell woods!

It really was a beautiful little walk and at 3.5 miles it is definitely somewhere we will go again, although hopefully next time Poppy wont end up so dirty!

Friday I walked with my walking group and with a record 23 of us this week they decided to just do a loop and walk back to our starting point instead of stopping half way for a rest. It was again a walk I hadn’t done before and I ended up chatting to quite a few people I hadn’t spoken to before also which was really nice. Another over 3 miles down.

Today I had my girl back so after a Mother/Daughter shopping trip to spend her hard earned pocket money on some new clothes for summer and stopping for a Costa as a treat we decided to take Poppy out for a little walk. T took her bike which meant I was able to get her much further than if she had walked, we explored our local woods much further than she has ever been before going down steps, up hills and along a river and finally coming out at the next village along Alwalton. We completed our loop home and brought in a 2.8 mile walk!

All this coupled with some little walks with Poppy has taken me over the 17 mile mark, I know this is in a whole week but from walking 2 maybe 3 miles a week with Poppy this is a huge jump and something I feel pretty proud of! Next week school and work return in full so there is no way I will be able to keep this mileage up but I intend to get miles in where I can and carry on upping my fitness ready for our summer trip to the Peak District.

Have a great week everyone! 

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7 mile Sunday and one great weekend

Today has been a beautiful day! The sun is shining and our beautiful blossom tree looks like it has pink marshmallows hanging from its branches. Not that we have had much time to appreciate it today as we decided to take a walk today and make the most of this beautiful weather. 

We walked from our house through Ferry Meadows country park and along the Nene Valley railway line to Orton Mere and finished up walking the length of the rowing lake and stopping for lunch at a lovely pub called the Boathouse. 

After we had time to refuel and get Poppy a drink we walked back a slightly different way which was still just as peaceful as we walked past the golf course and through the Ferry Meadows steam railway station until we finally made it home nearly 7 miles later! It really was so nice to just be out walking and taking in the sunshine, making the most of our Sunday together. 
Yesterday was Scott’s birthday so Friday we travelled to the coast to stay with my Nan. Once we had tired the doggies out we took a trip into town and spent some 2 p’s on the machines on the seafront. T loves winning the teeny toys that eventually fall out and we had great fun walking along the pier and playing games to win her more prizes for her haul! 



Yesterday we went for a Captians breakfast at a cafe we have been visiting for years on the seafront, this was a birthday treat for Scott and I think he enjoyed it, although he did wish he was taking part in the park run we were watching from the cafe! 

After another long walk with the dogs

and surprising Scott with his birthday cake we headed home and got ready for our evening out. It’s rare we get out for dinner together and even rarer that one of us doesn’t have to drive so we really did make the most of our evening with dinner at Prezzo and cocktails after including a cherry bakewell and an espresso martini! It was such a great day and night and I think we certainly made the most of the birthday celebrations. 

Im just impressed we went out for dinner, drinks and dancing and still walked 7 miles the next day! Peak District/ Lake District training is well and truly on 😉