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3 December 2016

Project 366 2016 #48

Week 48 of Project 366 2016 started off on a high - and then the temperatures went low!

Project 366 2016 day 332 - Half Marathon PB // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 333 - Morning sun // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 334 - Corsham bike // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 335 - Morning frost // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 336 - Sparkling frost // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 337 - Simple Things magazine // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 338 - New yoga mats // 76sunflowers

Day 332
Half marathon day and I was so happy when I beat my PB by 4 minutes coming in at 1:52:52 - although the knee didn't thank me at mile 11 onwards.
Day 333
I took it easy today as I felt a bit stiff in the thighs and calf muscles. The sun on the walk to school was looking beautiful despite the building site to the left.
Day 334
I spent a lovely morning with a work friend today wandering around Corsham, where I stocked up on tea and a few vegan goodies in the health food shop, followed by a warming peppermint tea in the town hotel bar. This lovely bike on the street outside caught my eye.
Day 335
A disrupted start to the working week for me this morning when I couldn't get my car door to shut. 90 minutes later it latched again so hoping it was just a temperature issue. Luckily I don't officially need to be in work until late morning. I had some time to kill so stepped out onto the freezing patio for a morning snap.
Day 336
I avoided using the aforementioned car door this morning but had to pop back into the house before leaving to defrost my fingers after defrosting the car - the frost on the wall outside was so pretty though sparkling underneath the streetlights.
Day 337
Opened up December's Simple Things magazine a day late for some late night bedtime reading.
Day 338
I spent my Saturday on a paediatric first aid training course in readiness for my new yoga venture. Luckily it was a well run course and we were so involved the time flew by. Back home I discovered an exciting delivery of new yoga mats for my little yogis!

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26 November 2016

Project 366 2016 #47

Week 47 of Project 366 2016 started with excitement and ended with nerves!

Project 366 2016 day 325 - Children's Yoga Teacher Training // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 326 - Wet Monday morning run // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 327 - High River Avon // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 328 - Early night with Emily Barr // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 329 - Yoga night // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 330 - Carb loading // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 331 - Library books // 76sunflowers

Day 325
A rather soggy day 2 up north for my Children's Yoga Teacher Training but I finished the weekend full of excitement and enthusiasm to get my new venture going in the new year.
Day 326
Back to normality today and the wet theme continues for my Monday morning run. I am tapering off the miles this week in readiness for Sunday's half marathon so just the 4 miles around town today splashing through puddles - some which were ankle deep.
Day 327
The rain continued today and I went out on my final run before the half. 5 miles took me over the slightly high River Avon in town.
Day 328
Back to work Wednesday with a full on day that led to a cosy evening tucked up with my latest Emily Barr book.
Day 329
I missed yoga last Thursday due to packing and planning for my weekend away so I was so glad to go tonight for another lovely session - lots of balancing focus tonight and I found my 'public' tree was a little stronger! (Not sure why but I find tree pose really hard to balance in class whereas at home I can hold it and concentrate for ages!?)
Day 330
Another food pic today! The carb loading has begun for Sunday; pasta, vegan mince bolognese, mixed grains, root veg and Violife 'cheese'. Any excuse to stuff my face.
Day 331
A lazy Saturday, no running obviously, so we popped into town to pick up a few things and visit the library. I picked up a couple of children's yoga books, some Christmas fiction, a vegan cookbook and a book, The Shock of the Fall, that flashed up on my kindle app earlier which I was happy to find in the library - always prefer the real thing. I'm now trying to fight my nerves for tomorrow as I'm running without my training buddy, who has a horrible virus, and am panicking about the hills!

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20 November 2016

Project 366 2016 #46

Week 46 of Project 366 saw the start of a new adventure!

Project 366 2016 day 318 - Vegan treats // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 319 - Too warm for running tights // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 320 - 12 mile run // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 321 - Morning cuppa // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 322 - Smokey bean chilli and stuffed jacket potato // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 323 - Sunrise // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 324 - Ecclesall Woods // 76sunflowers

Day 318
I went to a local small vegan fair today to look out for some treats and get some food ideas; I found some rather delicious chocolate then headed to the supermarket to stock up on some other 'essentials'.
Day 319
It was far too warm for running tights today but I did a gentle 4 miles before tomorrow's long run.
Day 320
I took myself out for a long 12 miles today to prove that I have the distance in my legs ahead of my upcoming half; it was a positive run although I didn't enjoy the muddy, and slippy, couple of miles off road.
Day 321
A relaxing cuppa with empowering words at work this morning.
Day 322
A busy day at work meant no time for a photo until tonight so my tea will have to do - smokey bean chilli and vegan 'Wensleydale' and cranberries stuffed jacket potato with sweetcorn.
Day 323
A lovely sunrise to start off Friday as I packed the car with my weekend yoga kit ready to head up north after work.
Day 324
A beautiful setting at Ecclesall Woods for the start of my training for my new yoga adventure - I am so excited!

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12 November 2016

Project 366 2016 #45

I continued a personal food challenge for week 45 of Project 366 2016 and it's all going well.

Project 366 2016 day 311 - Railway line walk // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 312 - Vegan warm root vegetables and grain salad // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 313 - Cold and frosty morning // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 314 - Choco Yogi Tea // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 315 - Sweet potato and bean chilli // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 316 - Vapour trails // 76sunflowers
Project 366 2016 day 317 - Oat milk // 76sunflowers

Day 311
A lazier Sunday this week with the husband at work and me at home with the children. To break up the day we went for a walk around our local fields which involved, safely, crossing the railway line.
Day 312
A productive day in the kitchen today making some new vegan dishes. This warm root vegetable and grain salad was delicious packed full of my favourite parsnip.
Day 313
A cold and frosty start to the day which saw me meet a friend for a long 10 mile run in preparation for our half marathon in just under three weeks.
Day 314
I headed into the town near work this morning to pick up a few bits including this rather delicious choco tea from Yogi Teas - I don't know how I have missed this brand up until now?
Day 315
Work and weather made picture taking tricky today so here's my tea - sweet potato jacket with a scrummy bean chilli that even my boy approved of.
Day 316
Another cold start to the the day and as I went out to my car I looked up and saw a sky full of vapour trails.
Day 317
Lazy Saturday today as the husband is away and I have a cold - perfect timing. I made my first batch of oat milk this morning to save a few pennies on the soya, almond and cashew milks I keep purchasing. It was simple to make and, with a dash of agave syrup, delicious on my muesli.

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