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YAAAWW you GUYS! You’re all so freaking awesome! After my last plea-post for someone to give me some peanut flour in return for some British goodies, I had lots of offers! Soo what I’m gonna do, is quite literally put all of yo’ names in a hat, draw one out, and then I’ll email that person and we can do some swappeh-swappeh action. Sounds good right? Sorted.

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I thiiiink it’s been a while since I showed you what my life was like. So without further adieu, what have I been up to? (rhyme? yes?)

Decisions!

Such as….

How far to run? Last week, I ran an almighty 34miles, including a 10miler on Saturday (the most mileage in a week AND the longest run since my Halloween marathon). This week, I’m on target to run about 36miles.…that’s if I do decide to do another 10miler on Saturday. I might do 9, I might do 11 – decisions, decisions!

To keep myself entertained running (my iPod broke in October, so I have been running sans-music since then) I think about life, people, horses (ok, Chika) and food. What to have for breakfast – oatmeal or an Epic Green Monster? Ay, yet more decisions. However, the answer is always the same; EGMs!

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I love how xanthan gum TRANSFORMS a bowl into fluffy puffy goodness ๐Ÿ™‚

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Good old traditional ones – made with pumpkin, or pear, and ALWAYS banana. Frozen cranberries as a topping are Da BOMB too!

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They are amaze ๐Ÿ™‚

For some reason though, the oatmeal always seems 10x more appealing at lunch – in fact, i’ve had steel cut oats FIVE lunches running! Sheesh. That’s why I don’t do daily eats anymore! But hey, I’m not complaining – if that’s what my body is craving, that’s blates what it needs ๐Ÿ™‚

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I have this thing about hot oats, with cold milk poured over…..b l i s s. Veggie stews often accompany my oats –

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Sometimes, i just can’t decide between pictures :/

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One must have one’s vegetables ๐Ÿ™‚ (though today, the veggies were delayed; I made the decision to crazy-woman dance to the Chicago soundtrack round my kitchen, as opposed to sitting down and eating and being sensible. A girl needs her fun :))

Some other decisions? What to bake:

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hehe, they’re like little soldiers ๐Ÿ˜€
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Cookie dough balls, that’s what to bake ๐Ÿ™‚ They were sent off with my mum to her place o’ work today. They shooooould all be finished by now, but she ain’t home yet ๐Ÿ˜ฅ I can’t wait to find out how they’ve gone down! It’ll probably be the highlight of my day; I’m quite the loser really.

What decisions to losers have to make, I hear you say? Namely, whether to have an out-of-date Odwalla bar with my oats, or a Raw Organic bar (use by date – 13th jan! It’s close…..)

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The Odwalla bar won that ceeeerrAZY round.

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Impressive! Very chocolatey, I approved. It’s a shame there was only 4g of protein though ๐Ÿ˜ฆ with calorifically dense foods, I like them to have a good kick of protein…which it didn’t. Alas, you win some you lose some!

The biggest decision of late though, has been about My Life. Yeah…you all know I’ve posted about many a mid-life-crisis over the past year, but I think (think think THINK) I might have solved it! Here goes:

culinary school!

I love food. I love cooking and baking. I know very little about either. At some point, I want to be some kind of nutritional therapist. I love America.

America, wh-? Weellll. The culinary school I’m thinking of applying to is in Charlotte, North Carolina! In fact, it’s the very same one Emily went to! They have an amazing programme there which really, really appeals to me. It’s one (lonnnnng) year long, but it sounds incred. Obvs at the end, you don’t HAVE to be a chef (though that wouldn’t be a bad thing; I’d specialise in vegan fare!), there are a ton of foodie things grads go on to do (the site gives a list). After some emailing back and forth with Emily (who is lovely- I met her at the HLS and we were planning on running my marathon together, til she got hit by a car and had to pull out…), and reading this post by Megan, I think I’m gonna do it. I wouldn’t plan on going til 2012, so I’d finish uni (ohmygod I hate uni and can’t wait to leave….it’s killing me!), then spend a year saving/working, then go Sept 2012. Here’s how my thoughts have been cranking away:

Pros:

  • I love love love food and cooking – maybe it’s finally time to say ‘yes. That IS my passion, I should follow it!’
  • I want to do something food-related with a career, and ultimately, probably end up being a nutritional therapist. However I’m a firm believer that one needs life experience before going into anything therapy related; IMHO, if I were a 40yr old married mother unable to cope, I wouldn’t reaaaally want to go and see a childless, care-free 25yr old for help!
  • I love America, and want to live there (yeah, I make NO secret of that!). Originally, I was thinking about going down the school psychology route – however, the past year has shown me that the amount of academic work required would NOT suit me. Nor would the approaching-6-figure-debt at the end of it…..
  • I have a dream, and I need to follow it. Food & America are my PASSIONS, the things I think about all the time. Sometimes, you just have to do it.
  • You never know, maybe I’d meet a bloke, we’d have a whirlwind romance and get married in Vegas, and before you know it- BOOM, Visa, I live there. I kid, I kid….

Cons:

  • Money (obvs). it’d cost a bomb, BUT it is only one year, and I’ve been emailing the uni (and Emily told me this too), and there does appear to be a lorra financial assistance available for funky foreigners like me, with no income ๐Ÿ˜€ Hooray!
  • I’d be away from home & family & would miss them. But in all honesty – I WANT to get away. England has been tough for me and I’m not happy, and I desperately need to get away and maybe just start over. And you know, three times in my life stick out as being the happiest EVER for me – Washington DC, August 2007 (I met up with a friend there). Chicago, August 2010 (I went alone, to the Healthy Living Summit). Washington DC, October 2010 (I went with my mum, to run a marathon). Theme…..!!?
  • It would be one giant risk. But the worst that could happen? I come home again.

I will leave y’all with a fun fact – my main main Arnold, who( (whom?) I idolise:

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had two dreams when he was a nipper. Actually, he had more than 2, but these are the 2 I’m using as illustrative points ๐Ÿ™‚

1) Move to America

2) Marry a Kennedy.  

Did he achieve them both? you bet yo ASS he did! (Maria Shriver the wifey is of Kennedy blood, as in Pres. Kennedy) When he became an American citizen, he hugged the US flag around his shoulders and cried- true story! You never know, maybe in 30years, I”LL be governor of California.

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Thoughts? Have you ever thrown caution to the wind and just followed a dream? Taken a big risk?

100% of shots you don’t take, you miss.

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Herro.

Ay, it’s THAT time of year again. You know the one I mean – where everybody under the sun starts to make new year’s resolutions. I doubt I’ll surprise you all by saying mine aren’t the usual go on the cabbage soup diet/do some big cleanse of real food/join a gym&go every day for 2hours/find world peace. Ooooh Noooo!

Although it’d be nice to find world peace, it’s not on my To-Do list for 2011. Maybe 2012? We’ll see how it goes. But yeah, my 2011 resolution-type-things:

1) Learn how to use my camera properly! Gah, I sooo want to be able to take proper fancy photos, and I am sitting on the equipment; I just haven’t learnt how to use it to my advantage yet :/ See, ze preblemo iz – Ah ‘aaate learneen zee technishizzle! ISO, shutter speeds, P, A, etc etc. It’s so darn confuzzling! I tend to just stick to my pre-programmed automatic settings – But this year, this year it ALL changes. I will learn how to take good photos!!! First step – buy a cheapo second hand camera-workings-for-fools book ๐Ÿ˜€

2) Graduate. Just one…more…6monthperiod…to..get…through…then I’m DONE! I can go from being a jobless, penniless student, to being a jobless, penniless bum. It’ll be great! At least for the 5days or so I have to spare, then I’ll be off to summer camp to work, but whateverz.

3) Cook properly more. I cook and stuff – but I’m very rarely imaginative, or use recipes, or venture out of my comfort zones. 2011 will be the year where it all changes! I want to make use of all my tons and tons of recipe books and bookmarked tabs and wonderful blogs, and go mad. My kitchen won’t know what hit it ๐Ÿ˜€

4) Watch Grey’s Anatomy Season 5. That’s a deep resolution isn’t it?? Well not really – I love GA, I just have yet to get round to watching that season, which is dumb, cos a) I love it, b) I miss it and c) I said so.

Oh gosh – only 4 down, and I’m stuck! I’d love to write goals like run another half marathon in xyz time, but I can’t commit to one – I’ll be flying off to the States in June, and from March onwards, I know I won’t want any extra stressors (exams do enough for the both of us…if that makes sense :/). So that really only gives me 3months to train and run one from now…and I’m not sure (right now) how much I want to do one. Ha. This time next week I’ll probz be blogging about having entered one – bah!

(2days later)

I have some more!

5) Be more patient. I’ve seen this on a number of blogs, and I really think I need to jump on the bandwagon. i have a tendency to lose my temper, snap at people, and get irritated by the smallest things. Maybe 2011 is the year to say ‘deep breath, count to 10……..’ and deal!

6) Run a fast(er) 5k. Now, I’m not really setting an official time, like sub10minutes or whatever, cos I don’t want the pressure. BUT I do want to do a fast one! I’ve never done one sub-25minutes, so I’m guessing under that as a 1st goal, and then we’ll see ๐Ÿ˜›

7) Find a new hobby. You know I was reading a Jodie Picoult book today, and it was banging on about an American Indian bloke and his heritage. It sounded very, very fascinating…all their little tales and stories that explain their world – i liked it! Maybe learning more about that?

At the moment, that’s where I’m at – but no doubt I’ll come up with more soon enough ๐Ÿ˜€

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In the spirit of ‘that time of year again’-ness, I was gonna do a big ol’ recap of the year post. However, I’m crap at organisation on this blog. I spent about an hour late one evening going through my posts this year, got to February, realised I’d a) spent AGES doing it, and was only 1/6th of the way through, b) had linked to about 20 different pages already and c) … there is no c). It just sounds better ๐Ÿ™‚ SO – I don’t have a summary! But briefly, the highlights:

– I did 3 half marathons (go to my running page for links)

– I survived my 2nd year uni exams (a miracle in itself, especially the week that went like this – Mon: exam. Tues: exam. Weds: exam. Thurs: Turn 20. Fri: exam. Yeah.)

– I flew to Chicago and attended the Healthy Living Summit, resulting in the best weekend of my entire life

– I flew to Washington DC and ran my first marathon

– and plenty of other stuff ๐Ÿ˜€

Short and sweet ๐Ÿ™‚

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Now back to the regular bloggy bloggerness!

Good food?

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Tempeh.

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Yay!

I can’t remember what it was marinated in, but I know it involved balsamic vinegar and Italian-y herbs, and I know it was darn awesome ๐Ÿ˜€

Other good food? A meal out at a brand spanking new Vegetarian restaurant just a 20minute car ride away:

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That would be grilled fig, with hallou…cheese and leaves (I shared with my mum – I didn’t have the chez)

For main –

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Parsnip, chestnut and cranberry terrine!!! OOOHHH my days. With parsnip crisps on top! And a whole parsnip! To. Die. For.

Slightly less fancy – but equally delicious – regular eats:

Pumpkin oats (steel cut baby!):

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Bathed in extra soya milk ๐Ÿ˜€

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Trader Joe’s peanut flour steel cut oats:

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Vegetable stew (quite possibly my favourite eat…):

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And this rather peculiar bar, that I picked up at the airport in Washington:

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It was….odd. 9g of protein (win), but somewhat synthetic tasting, despite having an ok-looking ingredients list. The jury is out on these bars :/ *strokes beard*

Now for my PLEA!

Look what happened today:

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Yes – that’s an EMPTY Trader Joe’s peanut flour bag!! Why do I care so much?

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Hello, a heck of a lot of vegan protein that isn’t soy and tastes like peanut butter ๐Ÿ˜€ Need I say more?

I knew this day was coming, and I’d been dreading it. Thankfully, Freya-shopping-in-Washington-in-October also knew this would happen, and bought two bags to be prepared, so I still have one :p But still – my plea is to American readers who live within shooting distance of a Trader Joe’s that sells peanut flour (I’m specific) – How about a foodie swap!? You give me peanut flour, I give you whatever you want ๐Ÿ˜€ (but within reason please – I’m not giving you the Queen, or gold leaf encrusted truffles)

How about it!!??

My email address IS on the About page, or you can leave me a comment. I am BEGGING someone out there to help me!!

And that is all.

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Hooray hurrah huzzah huzzah! I did my last exam yesterday!! Well, I still have ALL my exams in the summer, the 3 I just had were silly ones instead of coursework for those particular 3 modules…but still! I have no more til May, so I’m happy ๐Ÿ˜€ To celebrate, I had a complete day off from aaaall forms of work or reading or revision. And it was good ๐Ÿ™‚ I even had time for PlayTime with my Chika – but more on that later. First – The Good:

1) No more exams for 6months. Do I even need to explain why that is good? Yeshyesyeys, I still have a dissertation project to do, 60 children to do an experiment on, a Visa to sort out (yes, a VISA! Keep readin’), 3 more modules to learn, and then all my end of year exams that will – hopefully – give me a degree in psychology….but small steps.

2) I tried a faboosh new Luna bar flavour pre-run t’other day:

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Er, SCRUMMY. That would be chocolate raspberry flavah, for those of you that don’t have x-ray vision and can’t see the writing behind the bar ๐Ÿ˜› I don’t know if it was quite my favourite, but it was right up there ๐Ÿ™‚ Though, ha, I did have to inspect it somewhat thoroughly after reading posts by this lady – she found a dead bug-worm thing in one of her Luna bars! Or maybe it was a Larabar..I forget now. But either way, I now have to inspect food before I munch it! Talking of animals in food, i read about a lady who found a frozen dead mouse in her oven chip bag…another one who found a dead mouse cooked into her loaf of sliced bread (after she’d eaten half the load)…the list goes on. ANYWAY!

3) Epic Green Monsters:

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Always, always a good thing. And before y’all ask:

1 cup cereal, 1/2 c. milk, 1 banana, spinach and/or kale (I’ve been going for kale recently, 2 big handfuls), approx. 1 small tsp xanthan gum, 1 tsp maca powder. Depending on what I fancy, I might add in vanilla extract or almond extract, a pinch of salt, a tsp of coffee – go mad!

4) Christmas plates!! (note: we still don’t have a tree. I NEED this Christmas cheer!)

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I’m not sure if this should go in the Good section, or the Ugly section – I think my mamma would choose the latter :p

5) Delicious lunches, served on said christmas plate:

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That’s aubergine mash, in case you were curious ๐Ÿ™‚
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6) Puff cereal!!

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I’ve always been a firm hater of puffy type cereal – but since I discovered that it’s darn tasty with a splash of soya milk – I’m sold.

7) Chika (and Carter):

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I wanted her to run about the school after I’d worked her, so i could take cute pictures – instead, she thought she’d just stand there and gawk at me (no doubt wondering why I was making silly noises and running about in circles round her :p)

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‘What are you doing Mum?? I want my hay and warm stable!’
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8) Next summer!!! Here’s the thing – I’ve applied to go to a summer camp in the USA, and – provided I don’t become an alcoholic/drug addict/[insert bad thing here] – I’m definitely going!!! Crazy! I’ll be there June-September (hence the need for a Visa), and then after, I might go travelling round the States for a bit (and hopefully meet some of you readers :p). At the moment I don’t know what sort of camp I’ll go on – it could be a fitness camp, a horsey camp, or anything in between. But one thing is for sure, it’ll be active and fun and amazing! ๐Ÿ˜€

Now onto The Bad:

1) Tuition fees in England…now you can only go to uni if you pay ยฃ9000 a year?? No thank you! There’s going to be a big class divide in England now (in my opinion) – the rich will go to uni, the poor won’t. I know I sure wouldn’t have gone to uni if that’s how much I was going to pay. Heck, I’m leaving uni with ยฃ25,000 of debt – and that’s with tuition fees of ยฃ3,000. Awful.

2) Chika (I swear she’s smiling in that pic!)

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Yep, this sucks. Every single year since I was 15, when it’s come to my final exams of the year, i stop riding. I normally stop around April time, and pick it up again in June when they’re over. It’s purely cos I get mega stressed, and I don’t want to take it out on Chika, or not do her justice. Plus, she gets a little holiday, so it works well. But – next year, I’ll be stopping in April…then going to the USA. And after camp, i don’t know what will happen. I might travel, I might get a job and leave home, there’s just no telling. On top of that, Chika is not a horse that likes to sit in a field and not do anything. She puts on weight over summer (which is potentially lethal in horses – so many nasty killer diseases happen to fat horses on lush grass) and no-one will be able to work her, and she’ll be bored.

So I’ve made a decision – in March/April time, I’m going to loan her out. It is heartbreaking, like I’ll be losing a part of me. But I just can’t leave her sitting about – she’s only 12yrs old, and she’s a lovely super mare, and will make someone happy. Luckily, I’m not going to SELL her – she means too much to me, she’s priceless, and she’s helped me SO much in my recovery. She IS my family! If she’s loaned, it means if it goes wrong, she can come back (as opposed to being sold on and on and on…like in Black Beauty. I don’t want to see her skinny and sad at a horse sale in 15rs!), and it means I can take her back at any time. But it’s the most sad thing I’ve ever had to decide ๐Ÿ˜ฆ every time I think about it, I get a lump in my throat ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Annnd The Ugly:

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Roast aubergine – such a gooey, gross veggie!

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At least the taste makes up for it ๐Ÿ™‚

Question: Tell me, what have been your Goods, Bads, and Uglys recently!?

(Ps – I do still have my important post to come, but I wanted to say all this first :))

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PHEW what a busy day! In this order:

Eat, run, eat, pack, ride, burn, eat, iron, muck out, wash hair, pack, eat, blog. I haven’t stopped!! Starting from the top:

1) Pre-run fuel:

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2) Run! 8miles, my third from last run before the marathon….crazy! Despite being blustery and proper cold, the sun was shining and I had one of my best ever runs ๐Ÿ™‚ An even 9.26 min/mile pace, done in 1hr15 (and not a single step of walk :p). Enjoyable ๐Ÿ™‚

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(Dirty hair, no make-up, freezing cold, just ran 8miles. That picture took some bravery to put up!! :p)

3) Breakfast! An EGM:

  • kale
  • melon
  • banana
  • cereal
  • soya milk
  • xanthan gum
  • Vega chocolate smoothie mix
  • maca powder
  • almonds and dates

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Oh, I have missed them so! It’s been probably well over a week since my last one…it went down a treat ๐Ÿ™‚

4) I packed, no pictures :p

5) Ride – my mum gave me a lovely lunge lesson on Chika, who – of course – was an angel. I’m going to miss her ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

6) BURN! I was baking some munchkins in the oven, took them out with the oven glove on one hand, then thought ‘ah I’ll put them in the other hand….’. OUCH. I squeaked! The pain was intense!! After a thorough run under the cold tap, my mum bandaged a leaf of aloe vera plant onto it:

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The goo in the leaves of aloe vera plants is the BEST stuff ever – totally natural, but amazing healing properties. The relief of it touching my burn was instant ๐Ÿ™‚

7) Lunch – Operation Clean the Fridge Out of Veg Before We Leave! In honour of the operation, I had a small bowl of ketchup/bbq roasted veggies:

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Aubergine, parsnip, acorn squash (hate it), brussels sprouts

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As well as a baked munchkin for oats:

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I scraped out the insides of the smaller one, and added it to a 1/3 cup oats, along with nutmeg, cinnamon and maple syrup:

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It then got all cooked up, and put in a JAR!

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I’ve been saving that jar for AGES, and today was the perfect day for it….

Before the unveiling….
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Ta da!

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My mum loves the crunchy peanut butter in sandwiches ๐Ÿ™‚
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….bliss. I also had an unpicturerd carby energy bar thing, that was foul ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

8) No pictures of me washing my hair, shockingly.

9) Nor of me mucking out. No-one wants to see horse poop.

10) Nor of my packing…

11)…and nor of my eats (my camera is charging :D) – but they consisted of an apple, cereal and yogurt. No surprises there! To make up for it, here’s a pretty picture of a pumpkin yogurt cereal swirl mess from yesterday ๐Ÿ˜€

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LOVE. PUMPKIN.

And now for the second part of my post, which I wrote yesterday ๐Ÿ™‚

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Here’s something crazy – I fly to Washington DC to run to my first ever marathon on TUESDAY! I don’t have time to blog on Monday (though whilst I’m gone, I may well be tweeting from the iPod Touch – BritChickRuns is my name :)) , so I thought I’d do a kinda recap post today.

I did my final long-ish run today – 8miles. Just a 4miles and a 2miles left to go, 3 days off, then MARATHON! Training has been tough, and there’s been a lot of runs:

Early 8milers back in June here

11milers...

13 milers...that went really, really well!

And 13milers that didn’t go quite to plan….

I tried new methods of running here

And ran 15milers here! (ps – the stripy-ish crazy squash in that pic? Still haven’t eaten it :p it’s getting riper by the day!)

There has been really tough 16 mile runs…

That have skewed my view of what a ‘long’ run is!

I’ve also run 18miles in training, which were brilliant!!

And 14milers which were awful.

But, my final LONG training run – 20miles – was one of the best runs ever. It’s good to finish on a positive note!

Training was nothing like I thought it’d be – I thought it would take up much more time mid-week than it did, but I also thought I’d find those long runs easier than I did. Yep, some of them were fab, but some were crap too. I didn’t anticipate my reaction to the heat (praise be for my CamelBak, or I may not even be writing this post :p), or the effect loooong runs would have on my speed! In fact, when I started my training, I wanted to do the marathon in about 4hrs. That soon changed to 4hr15 as training progressed, then to 4hrs30. My current goal? 1) Finish! 2) Finish in sub 5hrs 3) Finish in 4hrs30. Goal 1 first, then we see how it goes ๐Ÿ˜€

Also – I don’t know if – at this moment in time – I’d ever want to do another marathon. If Marine Corps goes well, and I do finish, I doubt I’ll do another one, at least not for a few years! Though knowing me, if I’m not happy with my time, or I can’t finish it, you can be sure I’ll be signing up for another one!! Post-marathon though, my plan is to just stick to 3 and 4mile distances for a while. I want 6miles to be a LONG run, not a short training one!! I want 3miles to be a good workout, instead of finishing it and thinking ‘where’s the next 4miles?’. I also want to do a bunch more half marathons. Going by my training runs, I think that 13mile distance is my favourite. Of course, nothing compares to the AMAZING feeling of completing a 20miles..but a half marathon is pretty cool too :p

But anyway – I’ll stop looking back, and look FORWARD! For the next week, my life is about 2 things, and 2 things only:

  • thinking positively (I WILL kick ass in this Mary!)
  • eating carbs! This week is going to be carb loading week. Lots of oats ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, what an effort :p

It’s also about rest…and packing…and working…so with that in mind, I need to get on with it all!!

WISH ME LUCK!!!!

(PS – I doubt I’ll be blogging in DC – bar Twitter – but I’ll take lots of photos, and hopefully do a fab post – or 10 – when I get back, on November 3rd.)

(PPS – I have to say, thank you all SO much for your support. I’ve had some tough runs, but you guys have always had the best and most encouraging things to say. I appreciate it!! xo)

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P-p-p-um……

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OH.

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EM.

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GEE.

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Canned pumpkin has arrived in the UK!

Life as I know it is about to get very interesting. Very interesting indeed….

As interesting as some of the food I’ve eaten the past few days?

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Maybe not. But still!

Ps – woah, I had the best run today! It was just like old times:

mile 1 – 8.31

mile 2 – 8.32

mile 3 – 8.28

mile 4 – 8.04

Fast AND effortless! Believe me, there was a BIG smile on my face after I finished it!!

Question: What’s made you excited recently? For me – pumpkin and CHRISTMAS CARDS and cold weather!!

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Looking Back

Hey guys! This is a post from beyond the graveโ€ฆ.well, kind of. Iโ€™m not dead, Iโ€™m actually in London at the moment, buying new running shoes, hopefully seeing my sister if thereโ€™s time, and visiting Whole Foods for a last trip before uni starts (alas). Sooo this is a slightly different post!

 

The past few days, Iโ€™ve been reading back through all my past posts, right from the very beginning โ€“ meaning back when I blogged as Food Fitness and Freya. It made me realise just how much Iโ€™ve changed in the past 9months! Hereโ€™s what I was like at the start of my blog:

– I ran every. single. day. Without fail. Through pain. If I did an 8.20min mile, it was slow. Heck, I even did a 7.03 mile! And I ran whatever the weather โ€“ snow, wind, rain, iceโ€ฆ

– I ate oatmeal for breakfast!! (This will actually commence again soon โ€“ Iโ€™m just waiting for the sehr kalt weather :p)

– I didnโ€™t eat enough! (Smaller portions of carbs most notably)

– I blogged twice a day.

– Iโ€™m now vegan, and have never looked or felt better.

– Far less photos, and the ones that were there were fuzztastic!

– The kittens were but tiny balls of fluff! (Ok, thatโ€™s not me changing, but still)

Basically โ€“ I would say when I started this blog, I was still feeling some ED constraints. One early post talks about how much I badly wanted a day off from running as I hadnโ€™t had one in weeks and weeks. The day I did was A Big Deal. Now, I wouldnโ€™t even think of running 7 days a week!! 4 is adequate thank you very much!!

I also think in general, my attitude towards food is different โ€“ Above all, Iโ€™m more relaxed around the stuff, meals and meal times. But also, seeing each picture reminded me of each meal and of the feelings that went with each one, and I know I have come a long way since then. Iโ€™d say itโ€™s really only the past 3 or 4 months when I have truly felt free from ana shackles, and itโ€™s a great feeling! Though I wonder if in 6months, Iโ€™ll look back on me now, and have a different opinion?

Weirdly, my mum said to me the other night that she thinks Iโ€™ve changed recently too โ€“ Iโ€™ve become more independent and confident. Reaching my goal weight helped enormously โ€“ I no longer HAVE to snack at a certain time, or HAVE to have my meals at certain times. I can listen to hunger cues! The Healthy Living Summit also had an incredible effect on me, which I talk about here.

Itโ€™s exciting to think how much Iโ€™ve changed as a person in such a short period of time! I really do wonder who Iโ€™ll be this time next yearโ€ฆ.

 

One particular post I came across was interesting though! I made a list on the 10th January of 10 things I wanted to do in 2010:

1) To run a half marathon (in under 2hours? That bit is optional..). This goal should be ticked off my the end of March!! Make that THREE half marathons, all in under 2hrs!

2) Put on 14 pounds, and continue to get healthier, have a healthier attitude, enjoy food, cookโ€ฆcontinue as I am and MORE!I donโ€™t discuss my weight (anymore!), but IMHO, Iโ€™ve achieved this goal ๐Ÿ™‚

3) Do well in my exams in the summer. I HOPE!! I got a first ๐Ÿ˜€

5) Get a part time job over the summer โ€“ I already know where I want to work Although I didnโ€™t end up working where I planned to, I did get a part time job.

6) Enter/make proper plans for a full marathon (Iโ€™m so inspired! This post (http://graduatemeghann.com/2010/01/10/its-race-day/) really made me so much more keen. I love this girl and her attitude!). But this will not happen til Iโ€™ve achieved goal 2 โ€“ I canโ€™t run 26miles without reserves, so this is brill motivation for it. Hello, Marine Corps, Oct 31st 2010, Washington DCโ€ฆ.!!

7) Do something unexpected โ€“ ie something Iโ€™ve never done before. My mum did a parachute jump once, she started pole dancing last yearโ€ฆI want to try something different! I reckon going to the Chicago Healthy Living Summit was quite unexpected!

8 ) Make more effort to meet up with my best friends. Itโ€™s so hard when everyone is opposite ends of the country with uni!! I was hoping to see them all so much more over Christmas..and then SNOW happened!! grr. Iโ€™ve seen more of my friends over the summer than I did over that particular Christmas I was referring to ๐Ÿ™‚

9) Do some endurance rides with Chika โ€“ with my first proper horse, I did loads of endurance/long distance riding (over 650 miles competitvely in 2 seasons! We even got placed nationally in the Junior rankings  ) before switching to dressage, but itโ€™d be nice to do some more. Nothing major, just for fun โ€“ but I know Chika would love it. I havenโ€™t done any endurance rides on her..I doubt Iโ€™ll get the chance before the year is up. They always fall on weekends, which is when my mum works, I have long runs, and Hannah competes! I can roll this goal over to next year instead!

10) Not fight with my sister so much! It seems minor..but over Christmas, we made a big effort to not fight, and it worked! It was actually lovely to just enjoy having a sister, we were behaving like really good friends โ€“ so refreshing! It would be amazebugs to keep that up  Plus, sheโ€™s off on her gap year the end of this year, so I suppose I want to make the most of her before she goes. Weโ€™ve fought much less! I *think* we like each other more now ๐Ÿ™‚

So there you have it! Iโ€™m pretty pleased with how much Iโ€™ve accomplished ๐Ÿ˜€ I canโ€™t wait to write another of these lists in the next new year ๐Ÿ˜€

Oh, and plus โ€“ I think this proves that old saying โ€“ if you write a dream down, itโ€™s more likely to come true. My list is proof! So with that set in mind, Iโ€™m going to make a Vision Board a la Angela, all about America โ€“ tickets and photos from the HLS, a few dollar bills..that kinda thing ๐Ÿ™‚

I want my American dream to come true!

Question โ€“ Do you think youโ€™ve changed in the past year or so? How?

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Vintage Food, Fitness and Freya photos ๐Ÿ˜› And โ€“ my very first post!

(I remember the above meal โ€“ 25g of cereal as my lunch carb portion? Not enough!!)

Kovacโ€ฆheโ€™s grown into such a beautiful boy ๐Ÿ™‚

Stuffed pasta!!!!! My oldest and wisest readers will remember my slight obsession with the stuff :p

My first โ€˜prettyโ€™ bowl of oats :p

HOT BANANA!!!!

2% Greek yogurt..probably the only thing I miss being vegan.

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