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Thursday, July 24, 2014      4 comments

My husband planned a surprise holiday for us - a long weekend in Paris! Oo-la-la!! I love Paris and have not been there since I was 19, so to be back as an adult was just fabulous. It's a city that to me is simply a place of dreams. I love ... Read more
Stress and cookies
Thursday, July 17, 2014      6 comments

Things didn't go well, yesterday. I sat in front of a computer screen for hours trying to get the words and the thoughts to flow, and they just didn't. Every so often I'd pop down to the kitchen for a cookie. By the end of the day I'd lost count... Read more
Knowing what to do, having the will power to do it
Saturday, July 05, 2014      3 comments

The title is borrowed from a comment made by PMRUNNER on one of my previous blogs, where I was talking about needing to start tracking calories properly again. I've been thinking about this a lot over the last week as I've been getting back into... Read more
Ards Half Marathon - first sub 2hour time!
Saturday, June 28, 2014      7 comments

After all the drama with my foot a few days before the race, I ended up doing really well. 1hr58.46 was my finishing time and 1hr58.25 my chip time. I decided to stick right next to the pacers for this race, which was probably the bes... Read more
Playing with the numbers
Tuesday, June 24, 2014      5 comments

I'm a kilogram heavier. There's no denying it now, especially as the Maintenance Challenge has my average quite firmly set there. I'm still within my weight range, but, I think it is now time for the reality check. I say this because last ... Read more
Tougher than I think!
Tuesday, June 03, 2014      3 comments

Yesterday I had my first running wipe out. I was fifteen minutes away from the end of my run and then suddenly "Splat!" I found myself falling instead of running. Who knows what it was, just a miscalculation of my footing. What I found remark... Read more
I did it! The Castleward Half Marathon
Saturday, April 12, 2014      13 comments

My time was 2.05.09, which I'm incredibly happy with as it was an off-road course which meant that if you weren't going up a hill you were going down one! So, not a cour... Read more
Last training run before my half marathon
Wednesday, April 09, 2014      7 comments

I look forward to the week before my races. It's a little like rehearsal week before a performance. The hard training is done, and now it's all about being strong for the race. I know everyone does it a little differently; I do two slow runs of ... Read more
Of course it's hard!!
Tuesday, March 18, 2014      7 comments

I've been going through my blogs over the last few months and there seems to be a running theme: I'm finding it hard to stay on track. I've taken a moment to think about it and realised that I need to be a bit more honest with myself and a... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Sometimes saying "no" can be a good thing
Thursday, January 02, 2014      37 comments

Thanks to a link in the "At goal and maintaining" team, I came across the Refuse to Regain blog ( ) last night, and something that struck me quite strongly was how the author was encouraging me to say "no". "Refuse... Read more
Two Years since reaching my goal weight!
Monday, December 16, 2013      12 comments

emoticon Because, really, I am absolutely thrilled that I've managed another year in maintenance and that by reaching the two year mark there ... Read more
The joy of food!
Monday, December 02, 2013      9 comments

Today, as an evening treat, I ordered a hot chocolate with marshmallows. I knew it was decadent, but I also knew I had that I would still be within my calorie range, even with this little indulgence. I hadn't had real hot chocolate for ages, and... Read more
3 months since moving and still in goal range - Phew!
Friday, November 08, 2013      7 comments

In fact, I came third in the last maintenance challenge, so go me!! emoticon This week has not been a good week. I came down with a cold t... Read more
Adapting to change
Saturday, October 12, 2013      9 comments

This last week has been a tough one for me. This was the week when the University set down their expectations for Phd students and I spent a lot of time getting to know my (much younger) fellow students and getting to grips with what achieving a... Read more
My First Half Marathon!
Sunday, September 22, 2013      19 comments

There we are. My ever supportive DH and me. He has seen me progress from my first 5km in 2009 (at 148 pounds) to my first half marathon (at 120 pounds). At the end of the ... Read more

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