365 Days of Fitness – Week 12

Day 77 Sun 1st May – I should run. I have been avoiding it. My spark of motivation is low. I am still losing weight from all the power walking. Salad every day for lunch also helps and avoiding snacking on crap snacks.

I am so tired. Lately every time I go to sleep I open my eyes again and its morning. I can’t stand it. These are the times depression sinks its claws in. I am easily swayed by it because I am so tired.

I end up snapping at Alex and crying. I want a break. We argue but then it seems to dawn on him what’s wrong. He hugs me and becomes all understanding.

He gives me the time I need to breathe. The time to re-collect myself again.

I go dye my hair red again as its been needing doing for weeks. This helps. A little care towards myself and it makes me feel better.


Day 78 Mon 2nd May – Pouring rain so no running. Something interesting to read though.


Day 79 Tue 3rd May -Another walk and writers block.


Day 80 Wed 4th May – Tortellini spinach and ricotta for dinner one of my favs.


Day 81 Thur 5th May -It’s ponies and the rave music tonight…Miss Peanut’s choice.


Day 82 Fri 6th May – I really need to start running again with our friday evenings out.


Day 83 Sat 7th May – My bestie Jess has got me doing the zombies run app again. Day 1 completed.


I haven’t felt like adding stuff day by day to this. It gets a little monotonous. It a good week. I eat to much and i am neglecting my salads. Miss Peanut is still loving school and is so excited to go. She’s going for 3 hours now 5 days a week. It’s the time I need apart.

I spend the time writing or just resting. I speak to friends over facebook chat. Sometimes I go for a walk or to them market to look at the second hand clothes. Other times I will sit in silence and drink tea.

You honestly don’t realise how much you miss the quietness until you don’t have it anymore. Just time to sit without a worry or a care and reflect.

It had improved my mood. Alex has noticed a change in me this week. He can see I am happier. I think it’s been good for all of us in different ways.

I don’t feel like I’m drowning anymore. I can breathe easily for a few hours a day.

I can also use my imagination much more widely when I am alone. There are no interruptions every five minutes. No cartoons on or me with my ear listening for what the kids up to.

I honestly think sending her to nursery has saved my sanity.

And she’s growing and expanding at an astounding rate now from the new stimulus. So many more words she is now saying in both Italian and English. She also doing things she hasn’t done before which I suspect she’s copying from the other kids. Her smiling face when I pick her up makes it worth it.

My friend Jess has also talked me into doing the zombies run app again. I am really lacking in motivation with my running. It’s blinking on zero at the moment. At least I am keeping up with the walking.

I do the first day of zombies run. I think it will keep me motivated.

I am pushing to do my own things now to. Things that make me happy and feel rewarding. It’s what I need and so far it’s going well.

Friends Forever 5km

National friendship day was on the 2nd August and i took part in the Friends Forever virtual 5km run that day with my friend Jess who lives in France.

She had found the run and showing me we decided to sign up online and take part as it sounded like fun.

It was being run by Virtual Run Events for charity. The race fee’s were going to I RUN 4 which is an organization which matches runners with buddies with physical or developmental reasons that keep them from running.

We had to run at roughly at the same time on that day even though we are in different countries.

We decided to run in the evening as it was cooler in both countries then for us and made running easier.

Im still getting used to running 5km again although I am building it up slowly and have been running that distance a few times although very slow.

With the heat in the 30c’s and above I find it better to run really slowly as it helps me run for longer.

The run was actually really good I did my first mile in 11.19 minutes which is pretty fast for me at the moment. The rest of the run i slowed right down and my legs felt pretty good and didn’t get tired.

I was pretty happy with myself and the run and once finished sent my selfies off to Jess so she could make a collage for the Forever 5KM run group to prove me had completed the run.


The medal for completing the run is really pretty its two medals which make up one heart! My half is going to look lovely on my medal rack and I will always know the other half belongs to my Bestie 🙂


31 Day Selfie Run Challenge – Day 27 to 31

Last five days round up of the seflie run challenge from last week 🙂

Day 27 – 29c evening run 2 miles run and its sweaty hug selfie and I got two!! 😉


Day 28 – 30c evening 1 mile done and it’s stretch selfie which was photo bombed by Miss Peanut!


Day 29 – I missed this next run as I did not have time that day to go 😦

Day 30 – 26c tonight for my 5km run with the challenge bib on and here’s the selfie


Day 31 – 31c 1 mile done and it’s the last day of the challenge my medal is stuck in customs at the moment so no pic yet but here’s my favourite selfie of the challenge 🙂 & I had a lovely burger to make up for waiting for my medal


I really enjoyed this challenge and it was quite funny doing the selfie’s for a Whole month and seeing everyone elses in the Group. It got me running almost everyday and has made me confident again in my running.

I really hope they do this challenge or something like it again at some point as i really did enjoy it.

Also its fun that people made friends in the challenge Group and are still posting fun selfies even though the challenge has finished 🙂

My medal did finally turn up today (3rd August)  and here’s it is! Its huge and really well made and I just love it!


It will be going pride of place on my medal rack this afternoon 🙂

31 Day Selfie Run Challenge – Day 20 to 26

Here are last week’s photo’s from the selfie run challenge i am doing with Run the Edge.

My medal has been sent out although its still in California at the last track so i don’t think its going to reach me for the last day of the challenge 😦


Day 20 – 34c 3 miles run and its before and after selfie today it was a jungle out there!


Day 21 – 35c 1 mile done and it’s crazy hair day although this is quite normal after I have wrestled myself away from my toddler Miss Peanut to go run!


Day 22 – 35c evening run 2 miles and its make up your own selfie day so i did a before and after photo of me needing water after my run.


Day 23 – A thundery 23c 1 mile done and it’s where your from selfie today so it’s London and Rome for me 🙂


Day 24 – 29c evening run 1 mile done and it’s funny hat day I borrowed my daughter’s


Day 25 – 30c evening 1 mile done and it’s run with a friend selfie here’s mine from my first race quite a few years ago with my Bestie! A lot of people were posting old selfies 🙂


Day 26 – 30c evening 2 miles run and its alternative shoes selfie I couldn’t decide and it took me many many hours to decide but I settled on my leopard slippers that I then had to run in a little bit!


Just 5 days left to go!!

31 Day Selfie Run Challenge – Days 6 to12

So here’s my round up of last weeks runs for the July Selfie run challenge 🙂

Day 6 – 33c evening run 2 and half miles done and here’s my daughters favorite friend her toy dog as the selfie was with a dog today 😉


Day 7 – 32c evening run 1 and half miles done and a hot and sweaty selfie done in the playground!



Day 8 – 31c evening run 1 mile and heres some of my racing bling selfie!



Day 9 – 29c 1 mile done and im flexing my guns selfie



Day 10 – 32c 1 mile done and my running twin was the selfie for this day and a lot of people were using already existing photos and so i decided to use the photo of me and my friend at the end of a race back in April. Me and her son are twins in our running tops 🙂


Day 11 – 32c evening run 1 mile done and post run snack selfie is my dinner mozzarella, prosciutto and focaccia! Yum!


day 12 – 30c evening run 3 miles done and its selfie with a sign today and mine says it all!!



Im still really enjoying the running every day although sometimes its a little harder than others especially with the temp! But im still going strong.

Its also fun seeing everyone else’s photos in the facebook Group for this event as some people have some really fun ideas for their selfies 🙂

Just 3 weeks left to go now!


31 day selfie run challenge – Day 1 to 5

Last Wednesday i started the 31 day selfie run challenge which was being run by Run the Edge. A calender had been posted the day before saying what needed to be included in each post run photo!

Here’s my first 5 days:

Day 1 – 29c evening 2 miles run and it was post run with some kind of drink 🙂 i was thankful for the water!


Day 2 – 30c evening run of 2 miles i was hot and sweaty in my PJ’s for the post run photo



Day 3 – 29c a mile and half evening run and the post photo with my stinky running trainers!


Day 4 – 35c 2 miles evening run and it was red White and blue! So red face, blue trainer and White top! 😛


Day 5 – 33c 1 mile evening run and it was a post run secret selfie taken with unsuspecting walkers! I was stalking Italians in the park  😉


I’m still trying to get used to post run photos when im shaking and hot from my run which can make some a little bleary! Im also getting alot faster now especially with my first mile which is a good thing.

It’s been kind of exciting with the post selfie photos and also makes it alot of fun! 🙂 Just another 26 days to go!


365 Days of Happy – Days 331 to 365! Challenge complete!

Last of my 365 days of Happy photos!

Day 331 reading a very good book! (i also went on to read the next two in the series to)


Day 332 starting to feel better after having a nasty virus hate being ill 😦


Day 333 another new book for my collection! (love all the second hand books i can find here in the UK)


Day 334 added to my new lipstick collection 😉


Day 335 new dress for Miss Peanut and its so cute!!


Day 336 a trip to the ruined castle at castle acre


Day 337 lovely day spent in the playground


Day 338 last bacon sandwich before we head back to Italy Tomorrow!!! eekk!


Day 339 Peppa pig crayons bought at Stansted airport & kept Miss Peanut quiet


Day 340 Miss Peanut happy to be in the supermarket with Daddy and me 🙂


Day 341 Miss Peanut happy to be back in her park


Day 342 back to healthy eating!


Day 343 Miss Peanut enjoying an evening in the park something we do now it’s summer & hot in the day but cooler in the evenings


Day 344 Pizza for dinner after my run


Day 345 signed up for a virtual selfie running challenge for july!


Day 346 couldn’t help but get one of these today they remind me of our trips to the mountains


Day 347 i love my new running top!


Day 348 finally got some time to play with the mini laptop i bought second hand on our UK trip


Day 349 We loved this cartoon in the UK and as they don’t have it on any of the Italy channels i bought them on dvd and arrvied today


Day 350 Miss Peanut ready to shop with her trolley which arrived today


Day 351 not the best photo but happy with my increased milage today


Day 352 Always love it when Hubby brings home an after dinner treat!


Day 353 having a go at writing my own fantasy story


Day 354 fun in the park! love how parents leave out old toys for the kids to play with in the playground


Day 355 my first 5km run in a loooong time! it felt good 😀


Day 356 new takeaway mexcian place just opened cannot wait to try this


Day 357 new top 🙂


Day 358 started writing a new story


Day 359 so happy for nap time today!!


Day 360 new at the supermarket and i just had to try them!!!!


Day 361 a morning walking around Villa Torlonia


Day 362 finally back in my size 12/10 shorts!! woohoo!


Day 363 Found this at the second hand toy shop not bad for 9 euros and she loves it 🙂


Day 364 my first photo of the july 30 day running selfie challenge and had to be with a drink 🙂


Day 365 Last photo of this year long challenge and its me and Peanut in the park and the best photo of all 😀


My one year challenge of taking a photo of something that makes me happy once a day is finally complete! I cannot actually believe i have made it through all 365 days!!

And along for the ride have been some lovely friends and twitter ladies who have also completed this year long challenge 🙂 @cilentoangel  and @welshieinitaly

Im really quite proud of all of us that we reached the end of this journey togeather!

Well done ladies! 😀


The July 31 Day selfie running challenge!

My friend Jess mentioned she was going to do the 31 Day selfie running challenge in July which was being run by a website called Run the Edge.

She had done a few of their challenges before and gotten medals and told me that they could be alot of fun.

My interest and curiosity was peeked more when she told me you had to have a different thing or object in each daily selfie.

So for an example the post run selfie with a donut!

This sounded quite fun and because i love things a bit different i decided why not give it a go?!

So i signed myself up and ordered the post race medal for when i finish which looks cute and is also a mini photo frame for a selfie 🙂


It was 37 dollars to sign up which includes the postage and packing from the USA to Italy which wasn’t bad.

Reading the email i recieved once i paid it said as long as you complete 20 days out of the 31 days you can be in the 3 competitions they are running to win some running stuff.

I know in my heart i will be aiming for all 31 days! Everyday running different distances as thats my choice 🙂 (I have been running 4 days a week since getting back from the UK)

Then all i have to do is post my selfie and distance on the Group facebook page which you join once you have paid.

We will also be emailed the calender of things we need for the daily post run selfies on the 30th June!

I really can’t wait to get started and i think it will be alot of fun and motivation for July when its really hot here in Rome.

Im going to blog every 10 days about how im doing and post my post run selfie photos! Which will also be going daily on my instagram!

If you like the sound of the challenge and want to join in then the link for it is below!




365 Days of Happy – Days 301 to 330

Im almost at the end of the 365 days of happy challenge and im stil going strong!

Day 301 laughing so much at Miss Peanut’s crazy crisp eating skills!


Day 302 thank goodness for this today as shes teething badly.


Day 303 last cuddles tonight before we head off to the UK for 4 weeks without Daddy


Day 304 first evening back in the UK & its chinese takeaway for dinner yum!!


Day 305 nap time!


Day 306 one of my running partners and he’s ready to go!


Day 307 bought some new second hand books to read 🙂 i love a good romance!


Day 308 a trip to Cromer for the day we loved the beach and shops there 🙂


Day 309 loving my new hat!


Day 310 OMG i love this new chocolate! (i sneaked 3 bars back in my case lol)


Day 311 all you can eat chinese buffet in Bury St Edmunds with the Whole family 🙂


Day 312 sunday morning carboot sale is Always fun.


Day 313 running in my new running trainers for the first time


Day 314 cute new necklace in the style of a Russian doll with a smaller one inside!


Day 315 feeding the swans and ducks with Miss Peanut & Grandma.


Day 316 an afternoon in Diss shopping.


Day 317 got some good offers on number 7 in boots today and even had a mini makeover from the lady on the counter 🙂


Day 318 new hat and I love it!


Day 319 Miss Peanut’s first race! Race for life Norwich 5km!!


Day 320 hot cross bun!


Day 321 found Miss Peanut a Peppa pig onsie in a charity shop!


Day 322 behind the scenes of Miss Peanut’s photo shoot with my Sister 🙂


Day 323 fell in love with this cat mask in Norwich today while shopping will be good for Halloween!


Day 324 saw a little white heron on our walk today!


Day 325 new top for the summer 🙂


Day 326 roast pork for dinner! yum!! ( i miss roast dinners alot in Italy)


Day 327 first season of Penny Dreadful now all mine! Mawwhhaa!


Day 328 Miss Peanut’s first time on the whirling tea cup ride in Great Yarmouth! She loved it! We were both very dizzy when we got off.


Day 329 Miss Peanut meets the cold north sea! And tries to go for a swim! (she kept walking in and wouldn’t stop lol)


Day 330 Grandad’s special as he calls it! Toast, bacon, poached eggs lunch 🙂 it was soo good!


35 days left to go and my quest for taking happy photos once a day will be at an end! 🙂

365 Days of Happy – Day 211 to 240

More from 365 of Happy and heres days 211 to 240! 😀

Day 211 pizza night!


Day 212 second attempt at mug cake worked yum!!


Day 213 reading a graphic novel on my kindle


Day 214 managed to get some biscuits before Hubby ate them all


Day 215 early birthday cards arrived i love the stamps!


Day 216 the heating is fixed after not having it over the weekend 🙂


Day 217 funky chunky new headphones for my Kindle


Day 218 another kettle bell workout done & im in love with them


Day 219 friday night cuddles we love them!


Day 220 out for the evening with a friend Macdonalds then some Mischief round Rome!


Day 221 Hubby’s Birthday, present and cake it was a great day!


Day 222 it was one of those days when an extra huge cup of tea would only do!


Day 223 i have lost some weight yay!


Day 224 first time to the park with no stroller she held my hand walking all the way  🙂


Day 225 peace and quiet for an hour at naptime in the afternoon 🙂


Day 226 first taste of protein pancakes yum!!


Day 227 birthday card from my family 🙂


Day 228 wearing the new trainers Alex bought me for my birthday.


Day 229 new hair colour going on


Day 230 loving Miss Peanut’s new shoes there so grown up!


Day 231 tuna mayo wrap for lunch yum!


Day 232 Miss Peanut kissing herself in the mirror for a good 10 minutes had me laughing so much!


Day 233 progress from my working out 🙂


Day 234 carnival treat yum! its a type of biscuit 🙂


Day 235 another good book on my kindle im finding so many!


Day 236 bedtime cartoons are Always fun especial mice builders


Day 237 all signed up for the Euroma2 5km run


Day 238 wearing the shoes i bought in october in the UK for the first time


Day 239 skyping with my Mum who’s still getting used to using her new tablet 🙂


Day 240 lovely Sunshine and so warm for the end of february it feels like spring already.


Only 125 days to go until i completely my challenge now 😀


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