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Yawwwww, you guys are the bestest!! Thank you all SO much for every single comment left on my last post. Seriously! I’m sorry I haven’t been able to reply to them all, but I did (and always do) read every single one. It was really interesting to read everyones’ opinions on the matter, and it has helped me make a decision – I’ll post about it another day though, cos I want to show y’all some tasty food eats from the past few days 😀

I really love just posting pictures of my food – it is SO useful to look back on when I’m having inner turmoil and confusion over what to eat for dinner or lunch or breakfast :p There’s still a definite theme going on though….

oats [in a jar x 2, + multiple times randomly for dinner. I don’t do oats for breakfast anymore, it’s ALL about the dinner]:

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Oats (Irish steel cut, cooked with salt and Nooch) with pumpkin chickpeas, and roast puff parsnips:

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Snow! Snow! Snow! In the background! Crikey, it was like, -a billion degrees today. SO COLD.

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Served with a side of soy sauce stir fried cabbage and brussels, sprinkled with Nooch:

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Bro, yo, it was sik.

Green Monsters that are super duper thick:

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With or without the green 🙂

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That grape-one one was made with cereal, soya milk, banana, pumpkin, (ohemgee my favourite J.Lo/ LL Cool J song just came on the radio!! Ha), cinnamon, vanilla and it was freakin GROOVY.

I’ve also been making lots of roast veggies, OBVS:

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The day I do a food post without roasted veg featuring is the day that Brad and Jen get back together/Arnold circa 1990 comes and marries me.

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Check out this Brussels sprout:

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That’s a whole one! How adorable!! I just couldn’t resist taking a picture, which I now realise probs make me a liiiiittle bit of a loser…but oh well.

The other day though, wowzer, I did this really cool mix – roast aubergine (roasted til it turns to that gross mushy goo), scraped out of the skin [note: I did still eat the skin; I LOVE roast aubergine skin!!]

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Then mashed with maple syrup, cinnamon and PUMPKIN, then spread on a toasted English muffin:

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Ohhhhh yeah. That’s where it’s at my lovestuds!!

Talking of amazingly delicious foods – try coating roast veg in a mix of sweetener (honey, agave, maple, whatever you like), with dried thyme, a tsp+ of wholegrain mustard, and a tiny tiny tiny bit of stock, like so:

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Then bake it all in the oven – I normally do 10mins in the super hot bit of the aga, then another 10 in the slightly-less-hot bit of the aga (I realise that is SUPER unhelpful). It gives the veg a lovely puffy sweet inside, with a slightly crispy inside, epsec parsnips. Best thing ever!

In other tasty news – I broke out the soya mince t’other lunchtime. I know it’s pretty naughty stuff, but once in a blue moon, I like it 🙂 To jazz it up, I fried a mini onion with a tomato and balsamic and dried thyme, with a splash of stock, then mixed it all with the soya mince. Served on a slice of toast (which went mushy, and I loooooved the mushy toast the moast <-see what I did? A typo that I decided to keep 😛)

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It was rather yummy, and verrrry comforting for a hungry cold ladyface 🙂

More tasty news – I mastered the art of a delicious pumpkin cappuccino:

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1/2 cup soya milk, 1/2 c. hot water, 1 tsp coffee, a tiny tiny tiny BABY size pinch of sugar, a shake of cinnamon, approx. 2tbsp pumpkin, blend blend blend.

Thick, creamy and deeeeeelicious!

OH! More news – I joined a running club!! I went to my first run Tuesday last, and although it took them HALF AN HOUR to get started (I got v cold, it was pitch black and 7pm) it was good 🙂 No-one my age…I ran with a middle aged woman (x3) and a retired GP – but still fun! When I got home, I made the tastiest chickpea red lentil pumpkin curry:

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So warming after such a cold evening 🙂 (YES Matt (above) won X Factor!!!! I voted abooout 13 times. It makes up for the fact that Rhydian didn’t win, nor Olly, in previous years)

But here’s the biggest news – ever since I saw my step brother eat a bowl of milk, with floaty bits of cereal, when I was about 8years old, I have hated cereal and milk. The idea, the look, the smell, the texture: it made me gag. A few months ago though, after realising that I LIKED soy milk as is, I tried a splash of it on my cereal. It was ok….since That Day, I have repeated the process. Today, I went one step further – I had a proper bowl of cereal, with a sliced banana, cinnamon, and a full up 1/2 cup soya milk!!!

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Oh. My. Days. It was actually tasty! I LIKED the taste. The cereal went soggy, and I LIKED it. It was AMAZING. A momentous day, a day I will think back on with fond memories. And you know what? This happened:

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And it was the BEST BIT! I’m a changed woman! What’s become of me!!??

Tell me – do you like soggy cereal? (I do) Mushy food? (I do)

Are you a member of any clubs?

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Totally random – but my mum went to her work Christmas do today – look how lovely she looked!!

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Isn’t she beautiful!? I hope I look that good when I turn 26 🙂

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Ohh gosh, I’ve had some of the best dreams over the past few days! I know I bang on about dreams a lot, but sometimes they’re just so cool! Take Friday night, for example. I remembered not one, not two, but THREE dreams!!

1) I had a huge argument with a store worker about the price of kabocha squash and pumpkins. He said one thing, I said another, the label said something else. It was quite the heated argument!

2) I saw a boy riding a pony really REALLY badly – the boy’s mumma then came up to mine, and offered her £1million per year, to be a live-in instructor to him to teach him how to ride. It was most definitely a dream…

3) The best one – Justin Timberlake was my best friend. We hung out together all day, and I kept introducing him to everyone, and they were all super jealous :p He also – quite randomly – played hide-and-seek with Kovac in my cupboard. As you do.

4) This was actually a Thursday night dream – but, to set the scene, I have a major crush on this radio presenter in England called Greg James. He’s young, tall, hot and funny <- I love him! He’s also dating the singer Ellie Goulding…but in MY dream, we met up and he suddenly realised that i was The One, not stupid E.G., and we fell madly in love..we then went Christmas shopping (for giant toys) in a big warehouse-esque department store. It was great! So great in fact, that I promptly burst into tears when I woke up, because it wasn’t true, and I realised that I don’t have – and never have had – that amazing i-love-you-can’t-live-without-you closeness with any guys 😦 Something I want more than anything in the world. Alas!

You’re proooobably wondering where all this is leading right? Well! One of my other non-night time-dreams is to RUN A MARATHON! Which, provided I don’t catch malaria (a la Cheryl Cole), get hit by a car (a la Emily – thankfully she’s OK!!) or get trapped in a mine (a la 33 Chile miners) – I will be doing TWO weeks today! I can’t believe how quickly its come about…total madness!! I’m swaying between being really excited and really, really nervous. It comes in waves! But one thing is for sure – I’m fed up of training now, and I want to get this marathon started. I tell you, after it’s over, I plan on spending 6months running no further than 3miles. BLISS>

Anyway – here’s how I’ve been fueling for training the past few days….

Peanut butter coated/baked parsnip chunks with aubergine – quite possibly one of the best things IN THE WORLD!

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Lots n lots of EGMs with handpicked blackberries <- I’m still finding them! They’ve yet to go out of season completely, thank goodness:

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Hummus, roast veggies, delicious olives….

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My first taste of a Chocolate Peppermint Stick Luna bar!

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I love those things – if ONLY they were sold in England. Bah.

OKRA! I haven’t had okra in aaaggggess, and last time I did have it, I was most certainly UNimpressed. I saw some in the reduced-to-clear bin the other day though, so I nabbed some and roasted them up with some brussel sprouts and parsnip. I like!
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Ketchup coated crispy baked kale. Bliss.

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Savoury oats – oatmeal cooked with pressed coconut milk and a LOT of nooch, as well as smoked paprika, salt, pepper, onion powder and smoked garlic:

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Oh, and lots of gran-grown butternut squash :p

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Cereal/yogurt messes….most days!

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Lots of molasses/cocoa-y food:

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And – On Saturday, I found time to do some PROPER cooking, amazingly! Loosely based on this recipe, but with lentils and split peas instead of chickpeas:

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Voila!

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There’s also been yet more ketchup roasted veggies…

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AND yet more squashed up cocoa oats!

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I also have to show you some raspberries:

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Why? Cos 3yrs after it was planted, our raspberry bush has FINALLY produced some! (Note: ‘some’ = about 6. But still! At least it’s trying :p)

ANyway.

Today of course, was my final double digit run before the actual marathon. I really, really needed it to go well, seeing as Friday’s 8miler was awwwful (bad head space again. D’oh!). I also wanted it to go fast, cos I went to the airport with Hannah and my mum afterwards – Hannah is off on her 3month gap year now! (she went to LA last week, came back Thursday, and left for good today).

I ate a chocolate brownie Clif bar and a date before I left, then I was off (into the extreme cold mind you :p).

It was fabulous!!! 12miles, 1hr53, 9.29pace – which included a sprint finish (well I say sprint..my pace went down to about 6.30 min/mile for a 1/5th mile or so), with my mum behind me on the bike yelling ‘RUN FASTER!!!!!’ Gotta love her! All in all, a super run, perfect for confidence building.

When it came to breakfast, I was pretty hungry – all I’d had was Lucozade Sport during the 12, so I sure was ready for food! I did my usual EGM:

  • cereal
  • coconut milk
  • maca powder
  • xanthan gum
  • banana
  • melon
  • spinach
  • Vega smoothie mix
  • almonds and dates

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I had to scarf it down pretty quick – not long after I’d finished it, I went with my mum and sister to Heathrow-

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– Hannah left for her 3month gap year today! She was in LA last week, got back Thursday, and then today left – til Christmas Eve! As I type, she’s flying to Africa…mad!

Here’s a lil tribute to the girl herself :p

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Running to say bye to Tig!

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It was sad to see her go! She’ll have an amazing time though 🙂

Annnnnyway – I gotta run, reading calls. Sorry (still) for my lack of emailing replying…I WILL WILL WILL get back to you all!!

Have a good few days 🙂

Question: Have you accomplished any of your dreams yet?

(PS – check out my yummy sandwich for dinner:

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Smoked almond/sesame tofu, with hummus and spinach…so good!)

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Hello! Just thought I’d check in – it’s been a while 🙂

So I totally thought I was gonna have to tell y’all some sad news today, about the passing on of two good friends. The friends in question have known me since I was born – 20 years – and have stuck with me through every major life change. BUT! There was no need! Toenail 2 Left Foot and Toenail 2 Right Foot survived Sunday’s 20miler! They were quite purple on Monday & Tuesday, and on my 5miler today, I was quite sure they’d gone to the next life (so much so I stopped at 2.5miles to check!). But they’re clinging on 🙂 phew! i’m sure you all reaaally wanted to know that…mm.

ANNNNYways, what else has been happening? Replying to emails – apparently not. I am so sorry for not replying yet! Literally every spare second this week has been filled, and by the time I do get time to do things like email replying and blog reading, I’m ready to pass out in bed…Hopefully I’ll catch up by the end of the week though 🙂

Talking of busyness – oh my, is uni mental at the moment! Early starts, hours and hours and HOURS of commuting (and a fair bit of rush hour traffic), lectures, reading, reading, reading..did I mention reading? Oh, and meetings and reading and riding and reading and eating and reading and running and reading. It’s been a busy few days, to say the least…some foodie highlights? Here’s what I’ve been lovin:

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Cereal in an almost empty yogurt pot, eaten for breakfast in my car. STYLE!

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A baked munchkin, surrounded by baked beans <- that was AMAZE!

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A cashew cookie Nakd bar <- it’s been far too long!

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An amazing hummus/salad/tomato puree/seitan sandwich, with ketchup roasted parsnip and fancy olives…

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MORE ketchup veggies!

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Kabocha squash, roasted and mashed, then cooked with oats/spelt flakes, soya milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup and pea protein powder, then put in the keep-warm oven for 20mins to harden over….

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The same again, but with cocoa powder…holy. yum. If you’ve never had that combination before (squash and oats), you’re a fool, and are missing out! Gone are the days of runny, banana oats…it’s ALL about the stick-to-your-ribs, could-cut-wth-a-kinife oats now!

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Banana and oats still have a place in my heart though 🙂

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As do Vega Vanilla Almond oats!

And who could forget hummus…especially when it’s mixed with nooch and lemon juice and water, and ‘baked’ with parsnip:

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It’s actually quite ridiculous how much I’ve enjoyed my food the past few days 😀 Even though oats/spelt flakes to seem to be the recurring theme….but hey – if my body wants oats, I shall give it oats! After the fabulous 20miles on Sunday, I have a newfound love of it, so it can have whatever the heck it likes 😀

Things I’ve been hating this week? The divorce of two of my favourite celeb couples – Christina Aguilera and Jordan Batman or whatever he’s called, and Courtney Cox and David Arquette! I thought both were in it for the long haul…they literally used to bang on about how much they loved each other, right up until the press release announcing their respective splits. C’est ridiculous! Hollywood is all LIES, it really does make you lose faith in love/celebs saying they tell the truth. Hurrumph.

Right, I’m off to…yep, read. All about emotion this time (FYI – I love my emotion lecturer! She is OBSESSED with Lord of the Rings, so pictures of Frodo and his cronies keep popping up all over the shop. It’s so funny!)

Question: What have you been loving and hating this week?

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I DID IT!!!!!

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Herro!

Wow, just 2 days without a proper post and it feels like it’s been forever! I’ve been keeping busy though –

On Friday, I ran 5miles – my last one before the big Two-O – 46minutes, 9.12 min/mile pace. Not fast, but not slow either. I also had a ton of good eats 😀

Giant apples…
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A thickie – cereal, yogurt, banana, maca, Vega vanillia-almond, xanthan gum, banana, strawberries, spinach:

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Kovac caught and ate a squirrel…

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I know a squirrel is just a rat with a furry tail, but it still seemed so wrong! Squirrels don’t steal horse feed, they eat acorns and they live up trees..they’re adorable!

Lunch highlights – the most scrummiest sweet potato ever! I cut up and cubed a very large sweet p., and coated it with:

  • maple syrup
  • molasses
  • ketchup
  • vegan worcestershire sauce
  • balsamic vinegar
  • salt

Baked it for a half hour or so, and served it with celeriac and gran-grown squash fries, and some courgette, and a Mojo bar for added carbs + protein:

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The Mojo bar was sent to me a while back by America’s Nutrition to review.

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It was very sticky, but completely delicious! I loved the little nutty chunks in it, plus it was a super source of protein – 9g per bar – and carbs – about 21g. Seeing as I was having a late lunch and needed to carb load AND needed some more protein with my meal, it was perfect 🙂 Plus, it tasted like a dessert or something :p It’s love.

Later on, I managed to make myself a vanilla cappuccino:

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I use the term ‘vanilla’ loosely. :/ Couldn’t taste it at all! I’ve tried instant vanilla coffees many a time, and I never, ever taste their flavour. Maybe my taste buds are dead?

Other delicious food in the day – a load of roasted veggies- brussels and kabocha – with peanut butter/soy sauce coated parsnip fries, and a side of seitan:

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As well as an biiig bowl of oatmeal, made with 1c. milk, 50g oats, roasted and mashed squash, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg and salt. Bliss.

Saturday brought another busy day, and another trip to uni, and a failed attempt at sleeping in!

I’d hoped to sleep til about 8.30 to reserve valuable energy stores for Sunday, but alas! twas not meant to be. My body decided that 6hrs of sleep was perfectly fine, so when I woke up at 7.24, that was that – I couldn’t get back to sleep! 😦

Breakfast – another amazing thickie blend:

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Then it was a ssuuuuuper lesson on Chika with my mum helping <- they’re both stars!

I packed up a quick lunch to take with me to uni (Fresher’s Fair was 12-4pm) – an extra big serving of lentils:

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Along with a load of roasted veggies:

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I also had a Nakd bar for some added carb 🙂

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Fresher’s Fair itself was pretty good (despite the 2hr commute) – i’ve found lots of different project things I want to get involved in, which should keep me busy! On the way home, I stopped at Waitrose for the weekly shop and got some great stuff 😀

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Hooray!

Dinner – oatmeal!!! Except this time I did 1c. dry oats (about 95g)! If that isn’t carb loading, I don’t know what is. I cooked it with the same mix as yesterday and (like yesterday) left it in the oven for 10mins to harden up:

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Amaze. On the side, i had a tiny but of roast aubergine and parsnip with garam masala:

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All eaten whilst watching X Factor! [Louis’ old folk – AWFUL! Nicolo – very disappointed. Aiden/Matt/Rebecca/Paige/Treyc (or however she spells it)/Mary – LOVE! Cher/Katie/all the bands – HATE!

Sunday

MEEP! I got up extra early today to allow a good 2hrs to digest 😀 and digest I did! 50g oats/spelt flakes soaked overnight in 1/2 c. milk, 2 tsps wheat germ, vanilla, salt and a mashed banana:

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As well as some raspberries nuked with agave, then mixed with 2tbsp Grape Nuts:

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And a tiny apple (which I ate in a nervous haze!). To kill time, I watched 25mins of Ugly Betty and took some gorgeous early morning ChikaTig photos 😀 I might put them up later in the week 🙂

Just before I left, I ate a date, then I was gaaaaawn.

I set off with a grin on my face; I decided this run was going to be AWESOME and I was going to kICK BUTT.

Which I did!

I kept a steady 9.30-9.50 pace for the first 7miles, and didn’t walk once. I was feeling great! At 7miles, i met my mum, so I could top up on water/Lucozade. I deserved a medal for bravery for the next 3miles – I was feeling so ace that I found a 1.5mile long steep hill, and ran all the way up it!! The best bit was coming back down 😀

At mile 11, I’d started to walk 1minute out of every mile, which was a great help, although my pace slowed a bit. No worries! i was hardly caring about pace anyway 🙂

At mile 13, I felt sick – I’d eaten a Powerbar too fast and in basically one chomp…lesson learnt! Luckily, that mile was when I saw my mum again, so I stood about for a few mins, the sickness passed, and I continued on my merry way.

I got back home at mile17, where my mum was waiting. I ran 1more mile alone, and then for the last 2miles, she came with me on the bike and sang crap songs to me 🙂 It was the best 2miles ever!

During the run, I had about two bottles of Lucozade Sport, a Powerbar and some Powershots. It worked perfectly 🙂 Mile Totals: 20miles in 3hr20 (my goal time had been 3hr22, so, er, BOO YEAH). Average pace – 10.01min/mile. I’m so super pleased with it!

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In fact, I’m over the moon. I so badly needed this run to go well, and with the power of positive thought (plus a lot of carbs and many, many wonderful comments on my last post), it did. I’m living proof – If you put your mind to it, if you want something enough, you can do it. Last week, I struggled and cried my way through 14miles. This week, I smiled my way through 20. YOU CAN DO IT!!

As soon as we finished, I grabbed a banana from the house, and took some celebratory photos 😀

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BIG thanks go to my mum!

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We went for a 10minute walk round the fields afterwards to stretch out and say howdey to the horses:

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Take note of the Chika fluff: in about 2hours, it’s going to be clipped off 😛

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Lunch wise – I just had one big bowl of nutrients [which tasted bang on like marzipan]!

  • soya yogurt
  • cereal
  • spinach
  • melon
  • 1.5banans
  • maca powder
  • xanthan gum
  • Vega smoothie mix
  • dates, almonds, blackberries, and a scuffin on the side

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My mum had the other scuffin – twas the least I could do!
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Perfect meal to celebrate a perfect run.

I am going to ROCK this marathon!

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Ok, so here’s my announcement, which I feel bad about mentioning cos a) lots of you said you couldn’t wait for it(!) and b) it’s not so big anymore… basically – I’m not sure if I can keep my blog going…

My final year of uni starts tomorrow (Monday), and I’m going to be super busy this year – lectures, my final dissertation (which involves having to collect a boatload of data, as it’s a psychology experiment), and a long commute there and back each day. On top of that, I really want to keep up with riding Chika, which obviously takes up a lot of time, as well as get involved with some more volunteering and clubs at uni (this Tuesday, I have to be in uni from 9.30am – 8pm…). The few weeks after my marathon are going to be manic too, as I’ll have all my lectures and work to catch up on. So basically, I’m unsure as to how to fit everything in. I think I’m going to keep blogging as much as possible, but probably in a different style, and not as regularly.

But – regardless of whether I resume a regular blogging or not, I will still keep reading everyone’s blogs (cos I genuinely think of a lot of you guys as friends :D), and I’ll be back with a big old marathon recap (or 10!).I just don’t want to lose touch with the blogosphere – I love it too much! You all have helped me so much, with your positive comments, good luck wishes, funny stories..You’re all the best 😀

Anyway, enough talk from me – this is a looooong post. Have a good afternoon!

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The Big Vegan Question

Woooahh, all that crazy spider talk yesterday! Darn I hate the things! But a reader comment by this lovely lady made me want to tell y’all a quick tale 😛 She mentioned she’d hate it if a spider crawled across her face…well, I used to have 2 pet rats when I was a wee nipper (Daisy and Dynamite, the latter named after singing sensation Ms Dynamite, no less…yeh…UK readers will know who I mean :p).

One night, I was woken in the darkness by something furry, small, full of tail and 4-legged, crawling across my face, on my pillow and so on. In my sleepy daze, I thought Oh how sweet, Daisy and Dynamite have come to say hello…..and promptly fell back unconscious. The next morning, I looked in the rat cage – D & D were safely asleep. All doors and windows and possible exits from their cage were safely secured….in other words, D & D had NOT been crawling across my face in the night – some other wild rodent had! Oh how it creeped me out when I realised 😛

ANYWAY!

The morning started like all my mornings do nowadays, with wheatgerm, 2 rice cakes, an apple and a run! Story. Of. My. Life.

5miles:

*insert splits here – apparently, when my laptop died this morning, it ate all my Garmin results. Hurrrrrumph.*

It was an ok run, but you know what? I SERIOUSLY HATE WIND. I’m so fed up of running in it!!! I can cope with a bit of rain, ice, heck even snow – but my gosh…strong wind is the way to go, Mr Weatherman, if you want to reaaaaaally grind my gears!

Happier things now 🙂 Breakfast!

No leafy greens (still), but the little ripe pear did a stellar job as a spinach replacement:

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Wunderbar!

I had a bit of a fright during the morning! If you don’t care for horse talk, you can probably skip this bit :p but for everyone else- I decided to jump Chika again in the field. Just like yesterday, she was being a super duper pony. Calm and happy, my only criticism being that she seemed a bit lazy and a bit reluctant to stay in a strong canter. Anyway, after 20mins or so, I hopped off to put the jump up a few holes. When I got off though, she was quivering!! She had a calm head and expression, she was behaving calm, and we were having a calm (and great!) session <- why was she shaking!!?? I have never, EVER seen Chika quiver in the 5.5yrs I’ve had her. Not after stressful schooling sessions, competitions, jumping, hacking, no Tig, no Lily, not once. Obviously I was worried! I got back on and did a bit more with her, and then got off again – still shaking! I just walked her around the field in hand for a bit then put her back in her stable. The quivering was a bit less, but it was still there 😦

Needless to say, I phoned my mum (who has over 50yrs horsey experience) to see what she thought. She guessed she had a touch of colic (like, stomach ache for horses, that can range from slight discomfort, to full blown twisted gut and death), especially seeing as she hadn’t dunged at all that morning. Sooo I gave her some hay and some TLC, and by the time the afternoon came round, she was ok again! 3 ‘presents’ waiting for me in just a few hours, hay gone, happy non-quivering horse. I was so relieved!!! I’m assuming she maybe ate something dodgy in the field, but I’ll never know……

Ok, horse talk over :p

Lunch! Look what I picked up in Whole Foods last week:

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STEEL CUT OATS!! After seeing them all over Ashley’s blog, I’d been dying to try some! I cooked a serving with edamame beans, red kidney beans, paprika, salt and pepper, garam masala and cinnamon:

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On the side, I had roasted mushroom, aunt-grown butternut squash, parsnip and carrot:

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The veggies took over my bowl and hid the oatmeal! Evil. EVIL!

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The oatmeal was delicious 😀 Texture wise anyway – I didn’t like the flavours as much (Nooch flavour = good, spices = bad), but all in all, it was goooooooood.

Afternoon eats included an apple, and some cereal in the late afternoon too – I wasn’t hungry per se, but, as Jess mentioned yesterday, hunger isn’t always about a grumbling stomach – there are other feelings involved too. In my case, I was feeling irritable and restless, which often comes with low blood sugar; solved by food! (Besides, I’m not one to refuse a chance to eat cereal :p)

Dinner last night was a repeat of Wednesday’s – basil tofu, buckwheat/lentil mix (cooked with tomato puree, balsamic vinegar, mixed herbs and stock), carrot, kabocha and parsnip:

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Once again, it was a truly delicious meal 😀 I also had some dessert later on – yogurt and 2 squares of super dark Lindt 😀 Perfect way to finish the day!

Question – Have you ever had a pet give you a fright like Chika did for me?

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Vegan Questions Answered! As per request, here are some answers for you demanding people 😛

1) Do you plan all your meals to be nutritionally balanced and complete? You tend to have the same type of meals, is this to ensure you’ve covered all the nutritional grounds on a regular basis?

I only plan as much as that each meal needs carbs, protein and fruit/veggies. I tend to get my good fats in at breakfast (hemp/flaxseed, peanut butter, brazil nuts pre run, wheat germ etc). My meals do often look the same, it’s true..especially dinner! My only excuse is that my favourite foods are – without a doubt – kabocha and parsnip, and I like to finish the day with my favourites 😀

2) What kind of reactions do you get when people find out your vegan?

My mum was supportive, but very very unsure at first – she’s now totally accepted the idea, after seeing how I’ve thrived on a vegan diet! My friends weren’t at all bothered, with the exception of my Ben & Jerry’s obsessed friend – we used to have a tradition of eating out weight in B & J’s at the cinema 😛 My gran and aunt were pretty sceptical though…I think my gran thought I was going to wither away and die!

3) Is it more expensive to be vegan, compared to a regular diet?

I don’t think so (at least not in my area). Where I live, a pack of two chicken breasts would cost £2.50+. A pack of tempeh costs £2.20, and tofu even less (I see chicken and tofu/tempeh as the ‘meat’ staples in my diet). The other things I eat a lot of are legumes and veggies, all of which are cheap. So in general, no I don’t think it’s more expensive 🙂 In fact, the most costly items are things like spinach, which i’d eat anyway, vegan or not!

4) How do you manage eating round other people’s places?

Well so far, I haven’t really had a problem, as the opportunity doesn’t arise often! My family and friends rarely have dinner parties in a house, we tend to go out to eat.

5) What do you think of the Veganomicon cookbook? I’m wary of American cookbooks as they often have ingredients you can’t get hold of in the UK.

It’s a super book (and I sure know of at least one blogger who would agree with me here….!)! There are hundreds and hundreds of dishes in there. Some ingredients are hard to get hold of over here, but 99% of it I’d say is fine. It’s not hard to just sub in other ingredients too – I hardly ever use the same vegetables in a recipe if I do one, I just choose what I like. All in all, I’d say it’s well worth the money 🙂

6) What happened to your weight when you became vegan – did you lose weight, or find it hard to maintain?

Well, I was trying to gain weight when I became vegan – I reached my goal weight pretty quickly after becoming vegan, and have since held it really well 🙂 A vegan diet can be great for weight loss and weight gain – if you want to gain weight, there are plenty of delicious nut butters out there!! If you’re worried about losing weight, just make sure to include lots of good fats and carbs. There is no need to be anything other than your ideal weight on a vegan diet. You might go up or down a few pounds at first while you get used to it and work out what you need, but it’ll settle 🙂

 

Any other questions? Feel free to ask!

(ps – I have a 12miler on Sunday, wish me luck!)

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Okkkaaay folks, you asked for it – here’s my wheatgerm post! All the info will come at the end 🙂

So I swear today has been the best day ever! Let me do a recap 😀

Woke up, ate 2 tsps wheatgerm and an apple, and took Poppy out for an hour of power walking (minus the serious face and silly arm movements). Today was a running rest day, so I had the time 🙂 Got back, and made a beauuuutiful cereal/yogurt mess! I made myself banana peanut butter yogurt…

Melt a frozen banana with a blob of PB, 1tsp maple syrup and some cinnamon…

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..and mash it all up good:

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Then mix it in with the yogurt:

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Get yo’ ass some cereal:

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And mix both together! VOILA:

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A scrummy, SCRUMMY bowl of healthy yogurt banana peanut butter mess 😀

And good FUEL. 😀

I then did 10mins abs work, and got together a lovely lunch for myself – a two parter today! Part 1 –

Roast aubergine, butternut squash, turnip, aunt-grown beets, all covered in mixed spice:

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And mixed with 1/2 a can of chickpeas:

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YUM-ness number 1 🙂

Part 2 –

A multi seed pitta bread, stuffed with this:

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And some spinach:

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YUM-ness number 2 🙂

The rest of my day was spent at work. The time FLEW by today! My boss gave me loads more stuff to do today, so I was manning the till and doing a ton of other things. I LOVE BEING BUSY!! Anyone else hate just sitting about, counting sheep and tapping their thumbs!?

I actually got let out of work 20mins early today, which was both good and bad…Good = Hooray, I’ve finished work early (it holds a novelty factor!). Bad = Hooray, I get to go shopping! (My bank balance does not appreciate this so much…). The shopping wasn’t too bad though, ££ wise, and contributed to why I’ve had the Best Day Ever (I do use the term loosly). I snaffled…..

1) Heat/The Sun:

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2) Four charity shop books for £4:

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I love Sophie Kinsella – but I’ve never read her as Madeleine Wickham, so I have NO idea what to expect! I barely even read the blurb of this book :p

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YES PLEASE!

3) Reduced price strawberries and plums:

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YES PLEASE x2!

4) FREE silken tofu (x3) from the nice lady at the health food store:

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It was passed the sell by date – but experience has told me that doesn’t make a squat of difference 😀

Not bad right? All that junk just made for A Good Day, not The Best Day. So what made it that bit better, I hear you ask?

Well, the photos I ordered from Chika and I’s last regional dressage finals came:

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L<3ve!

AND…the best, most BRILLIANT thing….

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MY VITAMIX ARRIVED!!!!!!

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OH. MY. GOSH.

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I am SO excited! I’m also extremely, extremely short on life savings, but hey – it’s worth it! I can’t wait to unpack it and learn and experiment and just…BE with it….*sigh.

Anyway, enough excitement. Settle down.

When I got home, I had 1/2 a cup of yogurt for a snack…

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…and before long, it was dinner time. I believe oats and seitan and nooch were calling my name…who am I to ignore such a call? I accompanied them with my favourite veggie-tables, as well as 1/2 cup milk, and spices such as cumin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The result was a mess:

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But a jolly delicious mess 🙂

Now, as I write this, I have two choices for dessert….choice 1 involves unpacking the vitamix, learning how to use it, blending a tofu pear pudding dessert, AND letting it chill and set, all before I need to eat it….or having some yogurt with one of those beautiful pretty black bean brownies I made yesterday. Decisions, decisions!

Question: What’s your favourite dessert? I’ve always been a sucker for ice cream, though I LOVE muffins, and I once had this hot-date-stuffed with apricot-thing…that blew my mind!

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Wheatgerm:

I quote: ‘Wheat germ is one of the most nutritional products available. In fact, wheat germ contains 23 nutrients, and has more nutrients per ounce than any other vegetable or grain’.

Wheatgerm has around 28% protein, as well as more iron and potassium than any other food (both highly important for runners/people who exercise!). It also has a whole bunch of other important things like calcium, vits B1 and B3 (good for energy levels). zinc……It’s also chocca with vit E, which has anti aging qualities 🙂 (seriously, with every tsp I eat of the stuff, I feel a frown line just disappear……).

Apparently, I’m not the only runner who uses it either – ‘It is used by athletes in their diet to improve cardiovascular function and improve endurance levels.’

Here are some more random wheat germ facts:

…..what makes it remarkable is its richness in the variant B vitamin forms. It has mind boggling contents of thiamine or vitamin B1 (126%), riboflavin (55%), pyridoxine or vitamin B6 (55%), niacin (32%), folates and pantothenic acid (16%).

  • Wheat germ is a storehouse of minerals. It has handsome contents of phosphorus (129%), zinc (126%), magnesium (90%), iron (57%), copper (35%), 1070 mg of potassium (31%), calcium (5%) and some 5 mg of sodium.
  • Even selenium which battles the risk of cancer thrown up by potent carcinogens consumed by the body is also found in wheat germ food items.Wheat germ is one of the best sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids which cannot be generated by the body itself and thus has to be provided to the body from outside sources. These alpha-linolenic acids are very essential for blood pressure regulation, sharpened brain function and good heart health.

    This article also makes some super points, including:

    ‘It contains a first-class protein and much oil. More important, however, are the phosphates, which play a vital role in keeping our nervous system healthy. Still more important than phosphates is the high content of vitamin E in wheat germ.’

    It even goes as far as saying ‘

    Wheat germ as a concentrated food is an absolute necessity in our modern world…’ (the article I just linked to is really good, if you’re interested :))

    Soooo as you can see, wheatgerm is pretty darn cool! And, it tastes nice 😀

    Add a few tsps to you oats, to your cereal, in pancakes, or a smoothie…or do as I do, and just have it neat off the spoon 😀 It’s worth it!

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    I didn’t run today. I didn’t DVD it today. Nope, I went SWIMMING today 🙂 After last week’s shenanigans, I feel like I’ve re-discovered my inner-Merman (Merman sounds much more hardcore than Mermaid…I think so at least :p), so I decided to embrace it while I could. It was a rushed swim though – originally I thought Hannah was coming too, and we would leave at 9.30am. However somewhere along the way we got confused, and Hannah wasn’t coming and never had planned to – which is why she was up much later than me, thus meaning I didn’t leave at 9.30, I left at 10 cos I’d been waiting for her…er, long irrelevant ramble there, sorry! To cut a medium length story short, she needed the car at midday, I needed the car for my swim, and to buy some cake ingredients for my gran’s birthday, but cos I’d left late there was a big rush….AGAIN, why am I digressing so much!? I’m going to start again :/

    I went swimming today! I did exactly 1hour, cos that was all the time I had – though I had to BATTLE my way into the pool. It was ‘public swimming’ 12 til 3, old-folk-swimming before that. I arrived at 11.50, and the guy basically told me off for being early and got his knickers in a twist about letting me in…now, it said public SWIMMING at 12..to me that means I am IN the pool AT 12. He obviously didn’t think so! But I did manage to make it at 12 🙂 In the 1hour I had, I did 90 lengths, bang on! I don’t know how far that is…2,250m maybe? Any mathematicians out there? It was a 25m pool 😀 regardless of how far I went though, it was a good swim. Though the weird part came when I was at the lockers – a lady came over to me and asked if I ran through Village X. I said yes (Village X being my village), and it turns out she lives down my road (weird cos there is 5 houses or so on my entire 2mile+ road) and sees me running all the time! The odd part though – she was letting it all hang out whilst talking to me..I mean, she was STARKERS! Boobs, belly, bum – she didn’t care! I was in awe! I’m the kind of person that hides in the cubicle and has a tiny nervy spaz walking from the changing room to the pool…she was so confident! I really admired that 🙂 It was just…a tad random!

    Oof. I wrote a lot there, sorrrrreeeee! I’ll get on with the rest of it now 🙂

    Breakfast was 2 tsps wheatgerm and a big EGM:

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    The EGM held me over for soooooo long, all the way through the errands I ran in town and the swim session and yet more time at home! Crazy. In fact, when I sat down to lunch at 2.30, I still wasn’t hungry! But it was a pretty cool/colourful lunch 😀

    SAVOURY OATS/BARLEY!

    • 1/2 cup oats/barley flakes
    • 1/2 cup + a bit of coconut milk
    • 1/2 cup water, and some juice from the beetroot
    • salt + pepper
    • cooked beetroot, parsnip, turnip and carrot

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    PINK!!

    Before the addition of my curry hummus from yesterday:

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    After my curry hummus (and some nuts):

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    Pink oats, orange (amazing tasting) hummus, fabby vegetables..it was a lunch to beat all lunches! Truly delish! I loved every bite 😀

    Dessert was these paprika scented bad boys:

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    I think I’m a bit addicted 😛

    After lunch, I got to work on my Gran’s birthday present – she’d requested a Black Forest Cake, so that was what I did 🙂 However it took FOREVER to cook, way longer than it needed, and it didn’t rise as much as I though it would 😦 Before I go into another long ramble, I’ll just say it made me feel a bit woeful 😥

    What solves woefulness? A Heat-reading walk in the sun, that’s what! The new Heat magazine was out, the sun was out, I needed both 🙂 I came back feeling a bit refreshed, so it obviously did the trick.

    Snack wise, I had the same as yesterday, coz it was fantabalous – a pureed pear with nutmeg and xanthan gum, mixed with 1/2 cup Quinoa O’s and other cereal:

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    *Sigh* at the delight.

    Dinner was all about the seitan and coconut milk again 🙂 This time, I made the coconut milk into a sauce. Very simple – I just heated it up with some garlic and cinnamon, and then added in some cornflour to thicken. I served it over the seitan, with sweet tater discs, kabocha and parsnip:

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    I sure had love in my tummy after that meal!!

    Riiight – I need to wash my hair and eat dessert and other crazy things now. Laterz dudes 🙂

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    Questions:

    Where do you stand on the whole ‘letting it all hang out’ in the changing room thing? Would you be happy to walk around sans-towel, or are you a hider, like me?!

    Which Disney character do you have the hots for!? Random question maybe..but the talk of Mer-folk at the start of the post reminded me of Derek from The Little Mermaid. BOY did I fancy him as a nipper! Him, and Aladdin, AND Simba (grown up)….aaah.

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