Mr and Mrs – Wedding #1/7

So last night we braved the heavy snow to head to Cambridge for the first wedding of the seven we have invitations for over the next two years!

This couple actually got married in New York secretly, came back and announced it, so this was the reception part back in England.  Helen is a friend from school.

I wasn’t sure what the food would be like, so grabbed a quick snack a couple of hours before we left…  A tasty graze honeycomb flapjack.  This was a little sweeter than I thought, but it kept my belly happy until we arrived at the wedding.

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The stupid satnav, sent us the wrong way, so it took us about 90 mins to travel the 45 min journey.  I was not impressed!

Food was served pretty much as soon as we arrived.  There was nothing fruity at all.  At our wedding, I am going to make sure there are lots of healthy options!  This is my plate…

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I had a slice of ham, two small slices of bread, a chicken satay stick, a vegetable samosas, vegetable spring roll, onion baji and a cracker with brie and pepper on.  I also had a glass of champagne on arrival and a friend’s husband brought us each over a cupcake when they were reserved for dessert, but I forgot to photograph these.  I probably burnt all of this food off by dancing as they had an awesome band!  It was also crazily hot in the hall where the reception was held.  I am always cold, but the sweat was pouring off us all last night!

We left about 10pm and were diverted off the A1 as it was shut for maintenance.  Not the best plan Cambridgeshire County Council have had as it then took us nearly two hours to get home due to how slippery the back roads were by this point and we passed three accidents on the way back!  There was a car facing the wrong way on a sliproad that had spun, an abandoned car teetering on the edge of a ditch and another accident that we passed just after it had happened where the car had skidded into a road sign.  I stayed in second gear most of the way home and only slipped on the road a couple of times, but nothing major.

Ignore the horrific face I am pulling, but I bought a new coat yesterday.  I didn’t need it, but I love it!

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This week I haven’t been so hot on keeping up with my 30 Day Shred plan.  Tuesday I was too tired after club, so planned to get up early and complete an extra shred before leaving for my course.  This didn’t happen as the school server kept going down and it took ages for my cover lessons to send through.  On Thursday I was again, exhausted after club, so missed it and on Friday we returned freezing from the circus and with over 100 reports to finalise. This meant that I was three days behind.  Yesterday I decided that I would complete the last Level 1 shred and go straight into Level 2 to make up one of the days.  I found Level one reasonably easy and could keep up with the harder versions of the moves throughout.  Level two and I’m modifying the moves.  This got hard!  I woke up this morning and I can feel my back has had a workout!  This is good though.  Whenever I put on weight, it always seems to head to my back and leave me with flabby bits around my bra line.  Fingers crossed it leaves me more defined in 20 days time!

Now about to do a little bit of schoolwork before lighting the fire and heading out to go meet Maria for our 20 mile trail run.  It is still snowing here and our back garden is about four inches deep now…we shall see how I get on…!

New plan for 20 miles

This morning I had promised Dan pancakes for breakfast.  The aim was to make American style pancakes, but our frying pan is pretty large so they still ended up being quite thin and English style.

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Dan had treacle on his and I used some frozen blueberries that have been sat in the freezer for months and I’ve just been too lazy to use in my cooking.  They had been in so long that was a big block of ice on top of them.  Oops!

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So, Bedford Harriers have cancelled the race for tomorrow now due to the weather…

oakleyI have new plans though to run 20 miles close to Pitsford with another club runner who was planning on running Oakley tomorrow.  She’s in a group below me so I’m hoping that it will help me keep me pace steady and I can run the 20 miles without walk breaks.  Not long till the marathon now!  Just 6 weeks to go!

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We picked up a Subway for lunch earlier in town this morning.  It always has to be the meatball marinara with lettuce, tomato, sweetcorn and peppers for me!  Dan forgot I don’t have cheese so I had to pick this off when I got it, but it was just what I needed in the snow this morning!  I treated myself to some Davina workout weights as well.

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My 30 Day Shred workouts have seen me use Pasta sauce pots for the last two weeks so I’m hoping actual weights will be easier (and there’s less fear of me smashing them and covering myself in tasty tomato sauce!)

A CRAZY course!

The course I was sent on today for the new GCSE course we’re offering students this year was literally the CRAZIEST course I have been on!  There started off being 24 of us at 10am.  By lunchtime we had dropped to 12 and when I left at 3pm I was one of 6 remaining people!

Anyway, up at 5:15 AGAIN to finish uploading cover lessons for today.  I’m pretty sure it takes longer to plan and write up cover than it does to teach the lesson!  I had a bowl of half mandarins and half pears with a couple of spoonfuls of vanilla yoghurt again this morning.  It looks like loads more than the other day but that’s because I tipped all the juice in this time too.  I was getting quite stressed by the school computer network system being up/down and keeping having to reupload my work and losing it in the process so stress snacked on a cake pop from the batch I made at the weekend.

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I hardly ever bother doing my hair or makeup or making a big effort with my clothes for school so wanted to make more of an effort today…however, this massive pile of clothes was the result of not being able to find my leggings this morning!  I ended up wearing a dress with tights and flats instead.

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Not only could I not find my leggings but I also could not find my essentials from my makeup bag (brown eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara)…quick pit stop was then made on the way to Birmingham to purchase new ones and makeup done in rear view mirror whilst sat in car park of hotel!

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This course was the first I’ve been on where they’ve not supplied lunch!  Although good at the moment whilst I am trying to be more conscious of my food choices.  I snacked on a mini wholemeal pitta with tofu, mushrooms and grapes inside for lunch, followed by two Graze pots – Marvelous Macaroon – love this pot, amaretti biscuits, coconut, almond and white chocolate drops, and Salsa Fresca – always makes you feel good about yourself as it only has 51 calories! I passed on hot chocolates and biscuits all morning.  In the afternoon the hotel did bring out some scones with cream and jam though and I did help myself to one of these!  I’ve only had this once, whilst watching Wimbledon with Vicki about four years ago!

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So anyway, the course was filled with several argumentative men who jumped straight into demands for why the specification for the course had changed and threw loads of demanding questions at the course presenter without giving her a chance to breath or barely introduce herself!  Luckily, my table were quite placid and I saw a few rolled eyes!  Whilst the worst of the arguing was going on I quietly sat and used my free notepaper to work out speeds for some new PBs this Summer and waited for it all to blow over!  The course was actually really helpful and I took a tonne of stuff away with me afterwards.  Worth going to.

I had arranged to have dinner with my friend Amy, who lives in Birmingham and is getting married in two weeks time.  She’d had a pretty rough week at work and we both needed some wine (2 glasses, not pictured!) and dinner and a venting catchup!  I chose Zizzis and we had a pesto and tomato flatbread to share.  I sensibly picked the Primavera Skinny Rustica pizza – a pizza that came with less than 550 calories and had slices of aubergine, artichoke, peppers, olives, tomato sauce, mozzarella and goats cheese on.  I’d never had artichoke before.  Have now!

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Just home and completed my 30 Day Shred vid.  Tired now.  V.v.v.v.v.tired.  Two working days to go…!  And Dan has promised me a trip to the circus on Friday night!  :)

Enchilada experiment

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So, breakfast was supposed to be fruit this morning but I really fancied a bowl of cereal (it does have raspberries in it!) with some semi-skimmed milk.

I stopped with just this though.  I didn’t go back for another handful and I didn’t raid the cupboards to put off going to work that little bit longer either!

I was pretty hungry by breaktime so had both my morning and afternoon snack of a Granny Smiths apple and a plum.  Nice and juicy.  This apple has rejuvenated my love for apples once more!

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Lunch was supposed to be a tofu salad.  I added this to my shopping list especially this weekend.  I’m not a massive fan of meat and I keep seeing tofu being used as a substitute for us non-meat-lovers to pack in some extra protein!  However, I was too LAZY this morning to cook any so ended up with a block of cheddar cheese in my lunchbox instead.  But, this was definitely the BEST salad I have had in a long while!  It had some lettuce leaves, cherry tomatoes, grapes, sugar snap peas, mini corns, a block of cheese and two mini pitta breads.  I had some honey and mustard sauce but it didn’t really need anything.  I love whacking as many different salad items as possible into one big salad to keep things interesting!  I found my bag of two remaining satsumas under my desk so tucked into one of those after school before starting to write year 7 reports  (grrrrrrrr…why do I have four classes of year 7s?!)  The IT technician suggested to me the other day (after my massive FAIL at peeling a satsuma without covering myself and everyone around me in juice!) that I roll the satsuma under the ball of my foot for two minutes before peeling.  This worked amazingly well.  If you too are having satsuma troubles, this is a great solution!

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Dan’s Mum made me a lunchbox carrier over the weekend.  (This is a rubbish picture of it I’m afraid.)  It holds my lunchbox perfectly and looks very cute in the process!  She’s hoping to make a few to sell at a few craft fairs this Summer.  She’s forever making crafty bits with hardly any effort at all!  This would have taken me a month!!!

I decided to attempt to make some enchiladas for tea.  I have never made, or eaten enchiladas before in my life and I always burn/drop/soggify my rice so this was rather ambitious…(I know this is meant to be pretty easy to make for most!  Haha!)

Dan taught me a trick with my rice today…rinse it through 3 or 4 times before cooking it to get the starch off of the rice before boiling.  I also put in about 3 times as much water as I normally do.  Result?  Nice fluffy rice (although way too much but I couldn’t get everything right!)

Inside each of the four enchiladas I put half a sweet potato (STILL loving these even after eating them almost every day for the past week!), some of yesterday’s left over chicken and some tomato sauce before pouring the rest of the tomato sauce over the top with some sprinkled cheese (again, probably too much.  Oops!)  It looked and tasted good though.  Dan rated it 8.5-9/10 on my list of cooking meals!

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I was tempted by a small run when I got home tonight but still wasn’t feeling 100% and today was a scheduled rest day.  I shall be at club tomorrow night though for a speed session.  I’m really excited about improving my times this Summer after reading about everybodys brand new PBs over the weekend!

I’m now about to catch up on a few blogs and get day 8 of 30 ticked off of the 30 day shred…I’m slowly getting there.  My arms don’t ache at all anymore…bring it on…!