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|December 12, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Christmas|
Hey guys! Hope you had a great weekend! Mine was..eventful! I’m really looking forward to this coming week, because it’s full of friends and carols and running and Christmas!
It’s LESS THAN TWO WEEKS now till the big day!! Can you believe it?! And I need your honest opinion here: is my Christmas outfit too much?
Maybe I should have worn it without the Santa hat…
So a lil’ recap of my weekend for you, in
12 5 Days of Christmas-style…
5 hours of solid Christmas shopping…
I’ve now got almost all my presents, and the rest I’m just ordering online! Win!
4 hours spent busking in a shopping centre to raise money for charity…
£814 raised! Now that kind of generosity is true Christmas spirit
3 soy gingerbread lattes to keep me going…
Most expensive addiction ever!!
2 times I cried whilst watching Elf. And that’s not including the happy tears that were shed when I saw that it was on tv!
Don’t laugh at me, it’s a very emotional film!!
1 amazing pain-free run in my new shoes! It was an early morning one, so I am still sleepy here…
The usual early morning run thang: slept in running clothes, no brushed hair, brain still asleep. Which is why I left dressed like this when it was 5 degrees outside. Smart.
Honestly, I cannot even express how excited I am for Christmas! The best part for me (cliché alert!) truly is family. The whole gang are flying in on Christmas Eve, so I’m praying there’s no snow to hold them up! And not to sound materialistic or anything, but I’m pretty jazzed about how many presents we have under our tree right now…
Uh…yeah! We have a huge family by the way, these aren’t just for a few of us!
What was the best part of your weekend? Probably raising that much money…we usually raise a lot less than that, so it was a great surprise!
Have you done all your Christmas shopping yet? YES I have been organised this year! I usually leave it till the day or so before, but now I’ve got all of them ordered or bought already, which is a first!
Is Christmas a big deal in your family? Some of my friends don’t celebrate it at all (different religions), and some are pretty apathetic to it, but it is the highlight of the year for us!
|August 18, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Running Talk|
HAHA sorry that title made me crack up!! I was going to make it less cheesy but that’s just too funny!! HEY friends, and sorry for the lack of postage yesterday! I got back late in the evening and then my blog was down, so I just went to bed! I hope you’re all having a good week!!
I broke my toe. My poor middle toe. Do you wanna see it? Nah, I wouldn’t do that to you! But you can see how doctor-esque I am…
Yeah, I wrapped it in tissue. I’m sure that helped…! (P.S. That’s a cool sandal tan line stripe right there ha!)
Afternoon snack: protein oats in a not-very-empty PB jar, topped with strawberry preserves! That cheered me up! Food and peanut butter especially fix EVERYTHING
MY FIRST EVER (RUNNING) TEAM PRACTISE!! If you are a newer reader or you have a memory like mine, you can read about me being asked to join the club here. Anyway, my first practise was going to be today! But I don’t mind because now I can just look forward to going next week hopefully eeeee!! I can just build up even MORE excitement, and it will be GREAT!!
I just Googled my toe thing, and apparently I can try taping it to my other toes and then running on it. If there’s no pain, then I can run on it! I’m going to check it with the doctor just in case, but *hopefully* it should be fine! It’s my middle toe, so it’s not as bad!
All workout stuff! Workout top with a PROPER built-in bra (most ones are rubbish), a dri-fit zip hoody thingy, a sports bra (I LOVED this design!!), Clif Shot Blocks, and Nuun hydration tablets (they are AWESOME!!).
I also would LOVE these:
Newton’s just sound SO awesome!! Sadly the £130 price tag is a bit much for me!
Also, there’s nothing endorphins can’t fix!
I look cool I know I spent an hour and a half switching between the bike and the elliptical (it’s a week off weights), doing various things to keep myself entertained, like hills and HIITs, and People Watching. I’m a creep.
And then guess what I had for dinner? Ultimate Comfort Food/Bone Healing food:
Buried under all the chocolate pudding, the vanilla pudding, and peanut butter, is STEEL CUT oatmeal!! I LOVE the texture of it!! I definitely have to work on different ways of making it though, but I seriously loved it!!
Now I’m off to eat my late night snack…
…so I’ll see you guys tomorrow!!
Have you ever broken a bone? Not till today!!
Have you ever been part of a sports team? No actually! I wasn’t a sporty child at all!! Actually I remember being in a hockey club for a bit and being AWFUL at it!!
What is your fave thing to shop for? Food, and then workout clothes! I love Nike too much, and my bank balance hates me for it!
ALMOST the weekend now!! Hope you all have a great end to the week!! *HUGS!*
P.S. I put a new album up on my Facebook page of some photos of my summer if you wanna check it out! More to come!
|July 23, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
HELLO friends!! I was going to do a tour post today, but I’ve got so much to catch you up on since I’ve been back that I thought I’d save my tour shenanigans for another time
Although I’ve just come back, I’m actually leaving again tomorrow! At the painful time of 5.30am I should add. I am going to San Francisco for a few days, and then on to Hawaii! I am SO excited!! I’m not taking a laptop, but I’ll try to post when I can nab a computer somewhere to keep y’all up to date
So the last two days have been crazy, with unpacking, laundry (which is still in the machine aaah!!!!) and packing again! And obviously lots of good food too.
Yesterday’s breakfast: banana oatmeal topped with caramel and chocolate puddings and crunchy PB.
Strawberry oatmeal (I whipped in some ripe strawberries) topped with puddings, White Chocolate Wonderful, and more strawberries
Sweet tater fries, broccoli with nooch, and leftover pasta with courgette.
Borlotti beans cooked in Napolitana-nooch sauce, wholewheat giant couscous (my new fave grain!!) and half a cucumber.
Banana with WCW peanut butter and dark choc chips
There have also been some AMAZING workouts! Yesterday I ran 2 miles before stopping (I had brought my gym shoes and not my running shoes by accident!) and spent 45 mins of ‘tempo’ ellipticalling. Basically, I did a warm-up mile, then 3 miles of around 85% max heart rate, before cooling down. Oh, and I threw in 5 mins of Tabata intervals. If you want a killer workout, try that. It’s 20 secs hard, 10 secs easy, and it is KILLER!! I definitely wouldn’t be able to maintain that for very long!!
Today I did my FIRST SUCCESSFUL SPEED WORKOUT SINCE MY INJURY!!
She’s a bit camera shy Anyway, she was awesome cos I told her that I was only allowed to do 3 miles of speedwork so she stopped me after that even though I wanted to go on. I think she may need to be a permanent gym buddy of mine! After the short run, I did a NROLFW workout:
LOVING how much stronger I am getting!! It is AWESOME!!
Mine was the same, but the glasses were even more wonky! It. Was. Awesome. I will definitely be seeing it again when I get back!
In the meantime, I have to pack. It’s 11pm, and there are about five things in my suitcase right now. I feel like this is the story of my life recently…! And what I want to know friends is what are YOUR recommendations? Anywhere I should go in San Fran, Honolulu or Big Island? AND what are your foodie recommendations? I am definitely looking forward to heading to the Whole Foods Nut Butter Wall!
What has been your fave workout recently? Definitely my speed run! I’m also LOVING my New Rules workouts, because they are so challenging and the results ROCK!!
Are you a Harry Potter fan? Have you seen the latest movie? I’ve been a huge fan ever since I was a kid. I remember pretending I was Hermione
What are your recommendations? What are your favourite foodie items you think I should buy? I think I will need an extra suitcase to bring it all home in!
Sorry I’ve been a terrible blog commenter+replier lately, and I will be for the next 2 weeks! But after that I’ll be back as usual! LOVE YOU ALL have a great day!!
|June 11, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
HEY friends!! N’aww I love you guys so much, y’know that?! Just feeling a bit emotional right now- I guess Aunt Flo must be visiting
ANYWAYS I’m still sick (doctor on Monday!) so basically I had THE most interesting day of watching endless Gilmore Girls, Criminal Minds and Friends…y’know, the usual! Sooo instead of documenting my riveting day which involved far too much toast and NO nut butter (I almost died), I decided to nick Tara’s idea and do a Wish List post! With my birthday coming up (90 DAYS TO GO!! Not that I’ve been counting or anything…) I thought I’d give you some stuff on my Wish List!! Well, Dream List to be more accurate…!
An endless supply of Justin’s Nut Butters!
OBVIOUSLY nut butter was gonna be on the list (especially since I couldn’t have any today and am now hallucinating about an oasis of it) and at least 10 readers have told me that I’d LOVE this stuff, so I can’t wait to try! I’m saving up already for my trip to the States in a month and a bit because obviously I am going to blow my life’s savings on 10,000 jars of nut butter and have to smuggle it all past customs
I’ve tried a sample of this before in WF, but honestly don’t really remember…anyway everyone raves about it!! Not gonna lie though, the bacterial stuff scares me a bit…don’t Google Image it or you will have nightmares! Not even kidding.
A waffle iron
I have never had a waffle in my life, and I think this needs to change.
Tempo shorts in EVERY COLOUR.
Especially in red…
…to match my shoes!
And talking of shoes…Nike Frees!
After reading Born To Run, I wanna try this ‘barefoot’ thing! Plus these just LOOK cool right?!
Much as I love running outside, I can’t pound the roads all the time to save my poor joints. Plus, I can watch TV while I run! Win win
Some leg muscles.
Shall we just compare…
Hmmm…tough choice there!
Baby Emma with chocolate mousse all over her. Nothing has changed. Just be thankful there was no after-shot of this moment:
Some things never change.
What things are on your Wish/Dream List? My Wish List on Amazon is seriously INSANELY long. And yes there is a treadmill on it in the hope that I someday find a thousand pounds on the street or something.
Do you have a ‘secret’ obsession for something? I can’t say nut butter collecting, cos y’all know about that one… Well I have a shameless obsession for going into newsagents and reading all the running magazines off the racks because I can’t afford to spend £5 on each running magazine there is. So I just read it there instead!
Thoughts on barefoot running? Do you have any barefoot/minimalist shoes? I love the theory behind it! I don’t have any but I WANT some badly!! I’m a bad heel-striker too, so hopefully they would help with that! Plus I already have bought 4 pairs of running shoes in the last 9 months so I might as well make it five hehe!
Have a GREAT rest of the weekend friends!! <3
|January 14, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
Haha I’ve just reread the post title, and I realise it may sound a little gross, but trust me, I don’t mean it like that! It’ll all be explained!!
And thanks lovelies for your kind comments and your FAQ requests! I’m writing them up over the weekend, so feel free to keep your questions coming!
Breakfast was some lovely choco-banana oatmeal:
And some unpictured granola for post-brekkie munchies!
My good deed for the day was writing an Operation Beautiful note in the gym! For some unknown reason there is a whiteboard in there, so when no-one was looking, I left a little love for everyone.
It feels so good to do that!
So the post title? Well today I was handed this ominous looking envelope……but it was a cheque! I finally got paid for a quartet job (I’m a musician) I did at the Foreign Office back in September! A little late I know, but I got paid extra because of it! I am not a saver. Well, I do try, but fail quite spectacularly.
So with this money I am probably purchasing these bad boys:
Saucony Fastwitch 4 Performance/Race shoes!! They’re supposed to be awesome!
I think the idea behind these ultra-vivid colours is to blind your race competitors, thereby allowing you to overtake and win. Smart thinking Saucony, but ya can’t fool me!
Honest opinion on the shoes? Do you prefer the orange or green, or do you think they’re both equally vile? I personally quite like the brightness, and am leaning towards the orange… To runners, do you have race/other shoes, or do you just use your normal ones? I know some runners have a thousand different pairs of shoes for different things, but at the mo I just have my beloved Asics that I use for everything!
And are you a saver or a spender? Have you got any saving tips for spendaholics like me? I try and save at least 10% of my earnings, but that usually ends up being spent at Whole Foods on food in general…!
Off now to bake some chocolate chip cookies from this amazing cookbook:
It’s certainly gonna be a wild Friday night for me!
Have a great weekend y’all! And stay tuned for my abs post coming up soon!
|January 2, 2011||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
Hello lovelies! How’s 2011 treating ya?
I woke up behind schedule today after another late night (bad habit!) and was slightly late for church! Whilst throwing on clothes, I threw a slice of bread in the toaster and the ingredients for a breakfast smoothie in the blender. BLEND.
…but my birthday’s only 9 months away…got the subtle hint guys? And yes, I do look like that person on the shirt when eating PB. Foodgasm alert.
Dark choccie x3. Obviously.
Shopping mission today? To get hand weights to help accomplish 2011 goal #7! Mission accomplished. 2 x 2.5kg hand weights which were half price!
Poor handbag. It wasn’t designed for carrying >5kg, and neither was my shoulder! But hopefully I’ll do a weight training post this week, so keep your eyes peeled!
This book is the bomb. Yes, that good. Looking through the recipes, I loved everything!
And with ingredients lists like this…
…and with pictures like this…
…can ya blame me? I can’t wait to bake some stuff from here!
So I’m off to spend an hour all night looking through this book.
Do you get excited over recipe books, or is it just me? Seriously, I could happily spend whole day perusing one! And have any of you started making headway on your New Years Resolutions/Goals? I’ve stuck to doing some yoga everyday so far (well it has only been 2 days to be fair!) and am getting moving on the weight training. Also, I’m planning to go to some new exercise classes over the next few days which is exciting! So numbers 5, 6 and 7 on their way!
Have a great evening! I know I sure will!
|December 29, 2010||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
The heart-rate monitor that comes with the Garmin. It was too big, even on the smallest adjustment, so I tried tucking it in to the band of my sports bra, but that failed too! So a lot of my run was spend hitching it back up until I gave up, stopped, took it off, and ran holding it! I’ve tied a knot in it now, so hopefully it’ll be okay next time!
I bought the white version a while back, and I love it, so when I saw this blue one on sale I snapped it up!
Pre-exercise brekkie was my usual PB on toast, and post-workout breakfast was choco-banana oatmeal:
And then my family hit Bluewater shopping centre…again! Although thankfully we got in and out easily, unlike yesterday! And I got some awesome purchases today!
Nike tempo shorts were half price! They came in tons of different colours (I have a black/green/white pair already) but I ended up going with simple black+white, because it’ll go with anything on top!
Asics Gel Cumulus 2 reduced to £30! After trying on thousands of pairs of running shoes, I fell in love with these! Although I don’t need a new pair quite yet, I’m buying them in advance to save some money. But I don’t know if I’ll be able to resist the temptation of wearing them! They’re much better than my current Asics, and are cheaper than they were too!
After all that bargain-hunting, dinner was consumed at Nando’s restaurant. I had a ‘portobello mushroom and grilled halloumi cheese burger’ without the halloumi and with a mixed leaf salad on the side.
The side salad was huge! It was perfect- I was really craving greens after eating so much junk recently!
So tell me, have you bought any sale bargains? And do you crave certain foods after eating a lot of junk?
Tomorrow I’m going to an early BodyPump class (I haven’t been in a couple of weeks, so it’s going to hurt!), and my post will be a recap of my 2010, which has certainly been a very eventful year!
Hope you’ve had a great day too!
|December 15, 2010||Posted by Sweet Tooth Runner under Uncategorized|
Sorry for the lack of posting yesterday- was getting paid £80 an hour at a last minute quartet job! Also managed to get in a slow (avg 8.40) 4 mile run, but the ankle was feeling a bit tight afterwards, so I’m resting it today. Saying that, I did do aerobics…does that count?
Ooh and breakfast was a good-un! Yesterday I’d used up the can of pumpkin I had been slowly working my way through every morning, so this morning I had something different: choco-banana-coconut oatmeal! And it was made on the stovetop!
Made exactly the same as before, but with shredded coconut stirred in and sprinkled on top. SO delicious!
I also did a bit more shopping (story of my life! ) and found some really cool running hoodies that were on sale! They had slogans like ‘Live to run’, ‘Born to run’, ‘Just been running’,etc and were in a ton of colours. (By the way, rubbish camera-phone photos alert!)
Haha- the attempted pout! Actually it just looks like I’m sucking a lemon, but I’ll work on it!
I also started on my cupcake-making!
They are not yet frosted, so I will share the finished products with you tomorrow! But I highly doubt they are going to look quite as perfect as the picture above from the book…!
I never clear up as I go; I pile it up into a mountain of dirty dishes to wash at the end! Are you organised and clean up as you go along, or are you messy like me?
And I’ll leave you all with the reminder that, as I write this, it is just 10 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS!
Does that make you excited/happy or make you panic? I’m experiencing both right now, as I still have all my family’s presents to get, so a bit panicky! But on the other hand, I know exactly what Santa is bringing me (he let slip by accident! ) and I can’t wait! You’ll see 10 days from now!
Enjoy the rest of your week!