Rebelling against the training plan

Since being able to run again after having Lia, I have been struggling to reconcile finding the time to run, not putting the rest of the family out and still managing to run further and faster. I’m not someone who can just run for the health benefits and to run the odd race slowly without improving. I certainly won’t be entering races to come last. As I want to get faster and train for specific events, the most natural solution is to follow a training plan. So in complete contradiction to anything I’ve learnt about training and improving, here are…

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Healthy alternatives

I’ve never been very good at diets, particularly because I suffer terribly from food envy. I hate the feeling that I’m missing out if someone else has something good to eat and I’m on a diet. As a consequence, I have to look for alternatives to dieting. These days, there is the added issue that I can’t do a fad diet because I don’t want Libby to see me eating like that, I would hate to give her body confidence issues just because she’s seen me trying to lose a bit of baby weight.  So as well as getting back…

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Getting fit… again!

The problem with having children (well, one of many…) is that after having each baby, I have found myself virtually back to square one with my fitness. It’s also really difficult to get fit again when you have a baby that is breastfed, making it difficult to find time to go out and exercise.  That’s where running comes into its own. I have always loved swimming and even now I’m managing to go once a week, but running is just so much easier to fit in. I can be changed and out of the door for a 20 minute run…

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A healthy lifestyle

We have always tried to lead a relatively healthy lifestyle, but for me this has gone out of the window somewhat since having Lia. I still manage to exercise every now and then, but she’s not at a point where I can get out regularly for a run at the moment. That’s why I jumped at the chance to try out a nice, simple blood pressure monitor, the Ozeri Cardio Tech Pro Series BP5K Digital Blood Pressure Monitor with Voice-Guided Operation & Intelligent Hypertension Indicator. When I was pregnant, I had my blood pressure taken regularly, but I haven’t had it…

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Monkey has an operation

Things are really busy around here at the moment and next week they are set to get even busier. On Tuesday, we have an appointment at the eye hospital for Libby for a pre-operation check-up. Wednesday is her second birthday and the following week, she is provisionally booked in to have an operation on her eyes to correct her squint.  Because the eyes operate separately from each other, she often appears cross-eyed. This means that she will never be able to see in three dimensions (it is too late to correct that), but the operation will aim to stop her…

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