24 June 2017

Project 365 2017 #25

Week 25 of Project 365 2017 and almost halfway through the year - but a bit closer to the summer holiday!

Project 365 2017 day 169 - Father's Day all day breakfast // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 170 - Yoga pipe cleaner people // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 171 - Olympic Gold medal // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 172 - Yoga in the sun // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 173 - 4 mile run // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 174 - Jillian Michaels' workout // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 175 - Cottage dreaming // 76sunflowers

Day 169
Father's Day and bit of an odd one. I ended the day off making the husband a cooked breakfast type mish mash for dinner - all vegan and it was enjoyed!
Day 170
Yoga teaching day and it was a hot one! We chilled out for a bit in the home ed group making little yoga people from pipe cleaners.
Day 171
The hot weather continued and today was my first of two days teaching yoga to a total of about 450 children. I also met the amazing Stephanie Millward and got my hands on one of her Olympic Gold medals!
Day 172
The second day of yoga teaching and we were absolutely melting outside under the sun - it was a great two days though.
Day 173
I got home from work early for a Thursday today and the in laws stayed on with the kiddos so I could whizz out for a 4 mile run to the village and back.
Day 174
I'm trying to keep up the fitness levels, and shed a few sneaky pounds that have crept on despite all the miles I'm running - must be the extra chocolate and carbs! - so I did a session with Jillian Michaels. I think I would rather run!
Day 175
A busy day of yoga teaching, a 7 mile run and a trip into Bath with the girl. My run took me into a field and past a lovely situated cottage - I dream of being in a cottage one day.

x x x
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17 June 2017

Project 365 2017 #24

Week 24 of Project 365 2017 and I'm starting to count the days, and the hours in the days, until the end of term. I'm hoping the sunshine isn't all getting used up now before we break up at the end of July!

Project 365 2017 day 162 Plod // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 163 - Yoga pompoms // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 164 - 14 mile run // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 165 - Patio flowers // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 166 - Yoga sky // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 167 - 5 mile run // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 168 - Yoga magic // 76sunflowers

Day 162
A lazy Sunday morning, as per usual, then a 3.5 mile plod this afternoon which saw my run broken up into three parts; a warm up mile with the boy before running him back to the front door, a mile and a bit around the village - where I bumped into someone I haven't seen for ages who has recently lost his wife so stopped for a hug and a chat and a few tears, then a faster, grateful to be alive, mile and a bit on the slight downhill back home.
Day 163
Yoga teaching Monday included some more bear hunting and mindfulness pompoms.
Day 164
Long run Tuesday and I'm happy to say I ran the furthest I have ever run with a lovely 14 miles with my buddy along pavements and off-road paths. We stopped to say hello to the cows en route.
Day 165
Wednesday was a bit of a 'back to work black cloud over my head' day so I took a picture of the husband's patio flowers to try and cheer myself up.
Day 166
Yoga class tonight, and a better day at work, helped to lift the blues. The yoga sky was looking beautiful again.
Day 167
It was a hot day but I needed to run so I waited until the husband was home, and waited a little bit more for the temperature to drop, and set off on a pleasantly paced 5 miles round the villages.
Day 168
Yoga teaching this morning and some of the children went on a magical adventure with a glittery savasana to finish off.

xxx
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10 June 2017

Project 365 2017 #23

Week 23 of Project 365 2017 and it was back to routine and the tiredness of work and school.

Project 365 2017 day 155 - Weeding the veggie plot // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 156 - Coleslaw and nutritional yeast // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 157 - 10 mile run // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 158 - Vegan menu // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 159 - Polling station // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 160 - 4 mile run // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 161 - Children's yoga // 76sunflowers

Day 155
Instead of Sunday being a lazy day I turned it into a productive day and tackled the veggie plot at the end of the garden that needed a serious weeding job - a few hours later and it was looking better.
Day 156
No school for the kiddos today so we turned Monday into our lazy day! We watched Maleficient, ate popcorn and the only picture I took was of my tea - pasta and homemade coleslaw with a huge sprinkling of nutritonal yeast.
Day 157
The kiddos were back to school today and it was time to concentrate on some longer runs today. I was so glad my running buddy was with me today on a sunny and annoyingly windy 10 miler - if I was on my own I probably would have cut it short! The leg wasn't perfect but I made it back to double figures.
Day 158
Back to work was a bit of a shock to the system and straight into a long week of meetings, moderation and obviously teaching. This evening, to break up the long day and evening, I grabbed some dinner in town with my colleagues and was very happy to find a great vegan menu.
Day 159
I didn't sleep much last night due to worrying about work so was super tired by the time I dragged myself to the polling station. Unfortunately it made no difference as our MP remains the same.
Day 160
I had to talk myself into a run tonight and dragged myself around the villages for 4 miles.
Day 161
Back to yoga teaching this morning and it was so lovely to welcome back my young yogis to some lovely classes filled with bear hunting and laughing. No bears were harmed - just cuddled tightly.

x x x
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3 June 2017

Project 365 2017 #22

Week 22 of Project 365 2017 and the weather couldn't make its mind up from wet to sun to wet to sun again.

Project 365 2017 day 148 - Sunday 10k // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 149 - Wet Bank Holiday Monday // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 150 - Fields // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 151 - Glastonbury Graffiti // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 152 - Yoga sky // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 153 - Happy run // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 154 - Corsham // 76sunflowers

Day 148
I dragged myself out on a 10k before the husband went to work. Butt and hamstring issue made my left leg feel like concrete so have decided to book myself a sports massage.
Day 149
Bank Holiday Monday so obviously it poured with rain. I was actually glad as it meant I could get on with writing school reports without feeling I've wasted a lovely day. I had to get up after every third one and have a walk around and stretch as sitting is really hurting my butt and leg! I don't know how people cope with sedentary office jobs.
Day 150
The girl had a friend come over to play and mum stayed so the grown ups could have a catch up. It also meant I could nip out for a sports massage. I have a gnarly bit in my piriformis so lots of stretching, ball rolling, foam rolling, squats and yoga but no long distances - I'm meant to be doing 11 miles on Thursday. I took the kiddos for a walk across the fields late afternoon whilst our tea cooked as I needed to stretch my legs as I was told not to run my planned 5k tonight - not sure how I'm going to cope with this.
Day 151
A lovely sunny day today and the husband headed off to work early so no sneaky test run for me first thing. I packed a lunch and drove the kiddos down to Glastonbury - driving is not so good for my piriformis and I was not a happy bunny for the first 30 minutes before it eased off. We parked up in town, climbed up the Tor, spotted some new graffiti and had a lovely ramble around the shops where I stocked up on incense and got the husband a birthday pressie. Tonight I went for a 5k and ended up in tears and self doubt as the leg was so heavy I have told myself the marathon is way out of reach.
Day 152
Today was one of those lazy days where I can't actually remember what we did! Tonight was yoga which was immense as everything hit my tight spots just nicely. The yoga sky was looking lush too.
Day 153
I woke up feeling a bit more positive today realising there are more important things to get upset about. We walked into town to pick up a few things, got wet in the rain coming home, had a late lunch and the kiddos occupied themselves with friends and YouTube and I finished the last few reports. The husband came home early so I tentatively laced up my running shoes and it actually felt pretty good; not perfect but ok - I managed 5 miles but the leg was tired at the end.
Day 154
It was no plan Saturday today; no yoga classes and no real desire to do anything. We headed to the local town of Corsham where I popped into the health shop to top up on tea, vegan cheese and nutritional yeast then back home after lunch I spent a few hours making headway on the garden - which is a forever losing battle.

x x x 
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27 May 2017

Project 365 2017 #21

The temperatures got hot for week 21 of Project 365 2017. I'm also thinking I need to start recording the words for my daily photo each day as, at the end of the week, I look back and, even with a photo, forget what I did each day - is that normal?!

Project 365 2017 day 141 - Garden // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 142 - Residential girl // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 143 - Vegan wrap // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 144 - Yoga sky // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 145 - Silhouettes // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 146 - Love Hearts running vest // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 147 - Incense // 76sunflowers

Day 141
I'm sure it was a usual lazy stay at home Sunday whilst the husband went to work. We definitely packed for the girl's trip to Cornwall tomorrow and I spent some time in the garden admiring my flower bed.
Day 142
We waved goodbye to the girl today as she went off to Cornwall on her school residential - I may have sniffed a little to see her go.
Day 143
An extra morning of yoga teaching today meant my usual Tuesday morning run became a lunchtime one; 7 miles later I was very hungry. This vegan shredded 'duck' wrap hit the spot.
Day 144
A change to routine with yoga class tonight instead of tomorrow. The hotter weather, and lighter nights, saw me walk there and back for the first time this year which meant I could pause and admire the yoga sky.
Day 145
A funny old day at work so I hit the mat at home to chill out. Looking up at the end I saw my sausage dog and mouse in silhouette form on the window sill.
Day 146
It was a hot one today but I had 3 miles to run on the marathon training plan. I hate running in the sun let alone 25c heat so I was obviously a hot sweaty mess at the end. I had to dig out my Love Hearts running vest to try and keep cool.
Day 147
A cloudy morning of yoga teaching then the sun broke out this afternoon. I dragged my old mat out into the garden, lit up some incense, chilled out and focused on some asana practice. It was all lovely - until the neighbour did his usual weekend thing of firing up his garden power tools!

x x x
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22 May 2017

Soul Circus Yoga & Wellness Festival 2017 {Ticket Giveaway}

The sun is shining and it really feels like Summer is on the way and for me that means only one thing...festival time! The warm weather has put me, and my friends over at Soul Circus HQ, in a fantastic mood and because of that I am hosting a giveaway for 2 general admission tickets, valued at £200 apiece, to Soul Circus 2017!

To be in with a chance of winning just read the following and then enter via Rafflecopter below...

Soul Circus returns for a second year to Elmore, Gloucestershire for a weekend of yoga, wellness, good food and drink, camping, relaxing and an all round feeling of chillness and bliss. The line up is crammed full of talented yoga teachers to guide you through a huge range of yoga sessions whether you are a seasoned yogi or just dipping your toe. Here is just a taster of Soul Circus 2017...
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20 May 2017

Project 365 2017 #20

Week 20 of Project 365 2017 turned me into a sniffing, coughing, self-pitying mess!

Project 365 2017 day 134 - Gavin & Stacey // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 135 - Singing Bowls // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 136 - Popcorn 'Chicken' // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 137 - Peonies // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 138 - Bubble bath // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 139 - Dandelions // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 140 - Failed slime// 76sunflowers

Day 134
A lazy Sunday again - I say lazy, it was actually a day full of household chores and prepping for the week ahead. I dream of a lazy Sunday. Tonight we vegged out watching Gavin & Stacey - which is now 10 years old!
Day 135
My cold came out today but I had three yoga sessions to get through; after each one I felt a little bit worse then after the final session, with the lovely toddlers, my body just let it all out! Earlier in the day I just wanted to sit and play my yoga teacher's singing bowls - I must get one of my own soon.
Day 136
I had a full day of teaching yoga in a local school today which was lovely - although tiring with my cold which had shifted overnight to my chest and developed into a cough. I made it through and had a simple dinner of popcorn chicken from Asda - no chicken involved at all as it is vegan! Not sure why they call it chicken though?!
Day 137
Felt a bit better so pushed myself out for a run tonight - panicking a bit as way off marathon training plan already due to illness. I managed a good 5 miles. The peonies are in my front garden and really brighten up the space.
Day 138
A long Thursday and then I felt rubbish again tonight - all bunged up in the head and my stomach decided to balloon again with pain leaving me looking 5 months pregnant for the evening, There seems to be no clear link to a particular food so just going to track it some more. Instead of going to yoga I sadly sunk into a hot bubble bath.
Day 139
Home early from work tonight so pushed myself out for a run. My head was all over the place and the 4 miles were filled with negative thoughts questioning my ability at training for a marathon, teaching yoga and generally being self-pitying. I sat in the garden for a bit with the dandelion weeds and sulked and had a sniff before shaking myself out of it. Looking at my splits on Strava later it was a really good run!
Day 140
A lovely morning of yoga today with three busy classes of children and parents. This afternoon the girl wanted to make slime so we headed off out to buy the ingredients. It wasn't quite successful and she ended up with a big bowl of foamy mess - but she spent two hours playing with it which kept her off YouTube, so all good!

x x x 
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13 May 2017

Project 365 2017 #19

Week 19 of Project 365 2017 saw me hanging around car parks, running and doing yoga - and squeezing some work days in too!

Project 365 2017 day 127 - Birthday number 9 // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 128 - Car park cycling // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 129 - Poppies // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 130 - Car park 5k // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 131 - Avacado toast // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 132 - Railway tunnel // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 133 - 9 mile run // 76sunflowers

Day 127
My boy is 9 today! I'm still trying to come to grips with that. The day started off with cake - I made it vegan so I could have a slice or two.
Day 128
My girl is flying with her cycling now and tonight we headed over to the local car park for her to ride around in a few circles.
Day 129
Marathon training officially started today with 8 miles round the town - walking back I spotted the poppies on the railway bridge.
Day 130
Back to the car park, with my girl and her bike, and tonight I wore my trainers and ran up and down and round and round quite a few times to clock up 5k.
Day 131
A light avacado on toast tea tonight before yoga class.
Day 132
I was allowed out from work today to visit some other settings - the walk took me under the railway through a tunnel.
Day 133
Back on the marathon plan tonight, which I have already had to adapt due to work next week, so it was 9 miles out on my own today across the fields and round the local villages.

x x x
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6 May 2017

Project 365 2017 #18

Week 18 of Project 365 2017 and a running niggle threw me off stride a bit but isn't putting me off a new challenge!

Project 365 2017 day 120 - Running with my boy // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 121 - 10k village run // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 122 - Lacock run // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 123 - Town church // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 124 - Cycling // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 125 - Marathon plan // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2017 day 126 - New Nikes // 76sunflowers

Day 120
The boy joined me today for a run around the block - I'm hoping he'll love running as much as I do.
Day 121
Bank Holiday Monday got off to a running start with a solo run for me on my usual 10k round the villages then on returning home the boy and girl came out with me for a run around the block.
Day 122
Back to school for the children again and back to Tuesday running buddy day; today we met up at Lacock for a gentle 5 mile plod - mainly due to a niggling piriformis issue with me. I need to strengthen my glutes again!
Day 123
It's that time of year where we're starting to meet the new intake for school next year so today I was let out to go into town to visit a small nursery. Nearby was the town church.
Day 124
After work I took my girl out for a practice ride on her borrowed bike; she has a 10 mile bike ride coming up on a school trip and has never really got to grips with cycling so we're having some last minute lessons in the local car park. Luckily she has taken to it like a duck to water - so one less thing to stress about!
Day 125
Tired Friday and, snuggled up in bed, I looked over a possible marathon plan. 18 weeks of running commitment is a big ask but it's on my unofficial bucket list.
Day 126
A lovely morning of yoga teaching this morning was followed by a gentle 5 miles; the leg felt better but not 100% so must keep up the extra stretching and strength exercises. It was also the second run out for my new Nikes - I'm hoping new shoes will help!

x x x
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