So spring is finally here! Yesterday Libby and I were determined to make the most of a glimpse of the sunshine. First we took the dogs for a walk around the fields. This is the first time I’ve taken Libby out without about 11 layers on since she was a few weeks old. She was delighted to be able to point to things that she saw on the walk without the restriction of her mittens! Next, we went to our local pool for a swim. She has recently learned to launch herself into the swimming pool and took great pride…

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I love blogging. I started to love it even more when I learnt that I’d been selected to write a blog post about the Boots Feel Good Forum health and beauty radio shows. Excitingly, the first show was about anti-aging and the second was about hair care and skin care. These are all things that I would love to have the time to pay a bit more attention to, so I would have enjoyed listening to the shows anyway. As it is, the fabulous people at Boots are sending me a hamper of goodies for my trouble. Life is good!…

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As my runkeeper on my phone keeps kindly reminding me, this time last week I was running 6  miles in the best time I’ve done in ages. I was feeling quite positive about the half marathon I’m doing in June and was convinced I must be losing weight. Sadly, this week it has all gone wrong. Work has been really busy, Libby has been poorly, the weather has been cold and rubbish and, quite frankly, I couldn’t be bothered.  To add to my sedentary lifestyle, I managed to drag myself out once this week to exercise. This involved a two hour…

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A few months ago, a friend of ours who is a doctor mentioned that Libby’s eyes didn’t look like they were focusing properly and that they should have been by then. The main impact of this is that she often looks quite cross-eyed. He recommended that we take her to the GP so that they could refer us to an eye specialist. Since then, we have had a few trips to a couple of hospitals, various eye tests, a few nasty eye drops and some talk of surgery. We settled on her having surgery when she turns two, which is…

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For the last few weeks I’ve been putting a bit more effort into motivating myself to go out running. I’ve been trying to go a bit further or a bit faster each time I run. The last few times I’ve been, I’ve taken the same route. It’s just over 4 miles and each time I’ve done it, I’ve managed to go nearly a minute quicker than the last time. Inspired by that, last night I decided to try to go a little bit further. I had a route in mind that incorporated an absolute killer of a hill. The hill was…

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