Donnas Scrumptious Cakes

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Training Two Weeks In. March 5, 2014

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Although I have been keeping fit since the new year, it is only the second week of what I call real training, and it has most certainly had its hiccups. In 14 weeks I shall be taking part in London to Brighton Bike Ride and in 28 weeks I shall be completing my first ever half marathon, which I know is more then enough time to train, but I don’t want to just complete them, I want to get over the finish line in both events in the best possible time I can. I know my fitness levels have dropped a great deal so I am really having to push through at the moment.

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Last week saw the return of the gym along with many other fitness based exercises as can be seen in a previous blog, this week was sort of the same. We went back to our gym in the first time in seven months! It doesn’t seem that long, but a lot has changed there, I did burst training on every cardio piece of equipment that the gym has to offer along with working on inclines as I need to get my legs strong, after a tiring cardio session we went for some weighted squats, I love these with a passion along with other weight work.

Yesterday I was really feeling the effects of all that work, but still managed a five mile run, although some sections were walking, and I even managed to jog up the famous 103 steps. Which I like to call the Rocky Challenge, we managed nearly all of them last week and this week I got up each and everyone in less then 50 seconds, although this time can be worked on as the weeks progress. at various points of the run I was sure I was going to be sick or pass out, but all good signs that I am pushing my body to my limit, but at the same time I wish I hadn’t pushed myself at the gym quiet as much, but I am one of these people who will never learn, if I don’t push myself enough I don’t see the point in starting it.

Today should mark a 20 odd bike ride but it has turned into a rest day, although I have been planning next week, and doing a lot of reading on training and food! The book I have is for a full Marathon, but I am doing the same for my half marathon as in all honesty the training programme seems do-able, although it is based on 16 week training programme week, so we shall be doing a few weeks twice! Tomorrow holds my first ever spin class, and Friday will be a bike ride, Saturday and Sunday I plan on sleeping through before starting all again on Monday!

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Pancake Party March 4, 2014

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I love pancake day, I love pancakes and I love what pancake day is in our house. A time to get together with family and create these yummy creations.

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This year I mixed things up a bit, we had the usual plain pancakes, but I also made healthier versions for myself, although I am fully aware that no pancake will truly be healthy, but I try! Along with chocolate ones and red and green pancakes as well.

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We really did indulge. Well when I say we I mean my kids, I was good after having just one, my son on the other ate far to many and wondered why after eating a mix of honey, nutella, sugar and lemon he felt a tad sick.

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First week of training February 27, 2014

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In 15 weeks I am taking part in the British heart foundation London to Brighton bike ride, and in September my first half marathon this week the first official week of training after 8 weeks of hit and miss.

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I’m not going to lie it has hurt, still one day to go and not even trying the best we could right now. What has hurt more is today the first day of going back (and hopefully sticking to) a healthy well balanced diet, in all honesty I am more than likely addicted to sugar I love it. Evenings I want nothing more then eating ridiculous amount of chocolate sweets and drinking fizzy pop. I haven’t always been like it but the last six months I have struggled more than likely boredom has a role.

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Tuesday marked our first run, we are not at a point yet were we can jog the whole route we are currently doing, but slowly we are getting there and hopefully next week when we work on pace and strides it should get easier for a while at least. We did 6.2k in 57.05 really not a great time we have done so much better then that before, but considering the wind and rain and running the dreaded steps, it gives us a time we can easily improve on.

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Wednesday saw a very hilly boggy route of 20.6k in 2.06.11 although this included breaks as I forgot about the app running in my bag! 317m elevation gain and 298 elevation loss Again easily able to improve on this. May need to stop doing my favourite downhill, off road section of route 17 and concentrate more on roads, but they are just not as fun, I like mud! And I love this route it’s fast it’s bumpy and its exciting.

Today marked our first day back at the gym, to be greeted with sorry we are closed. But we knew we had to get back into gym routines even if we just did some cardio anything is better then nothing. We headed for the nearest leisure centre and luckily you can get day passes. Now I know how to use every bit of equipment at my gym not at this one, and it was harder to keep a good record of what we did. I did two 25 minute treadmill sessions half of each session was spent on trying to get a better pace and get the heart pumping the second half was high elevation gains at lower speed. 2 sessions of 15 minutes on the cross trainer on a highish setting, I love the cross trainer and the last time I had my personal trainer session he informed me that my normal pace on this machine is that of a sprint which Is nice to know, as I know I’ve got the potential just need to build on endurance. 30 minutes on the bike low setting normal steady pace, and then weight training.

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Again all can be monitored better and improved on when I go to my normal gym on Monday.

I have a 10 mileish flat route planned for the bike tomorrow depending on weather and then other then a few squats it will be 2 days off to recover before next week’s harder training plan. Which I have got to stick to.

 

Wandering around Wingham, February 26, 2014

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As part of my penguin experience I was able to explore the rest of the park. It has changed so much since the last time I went, 6 years ago! there was only some otters and a handful of snakes, spiders and other creatures I don’t like all that much. Now its full of a great selection, ranging from butterflies to lions, tigers and of course penguins. A lot of these animals have been rescued and some of there stories are hard to read, I actually got emotional reading about the lions.

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We all had our favourite bits, my monkey mad son loved the monkeys especially when one scared us on purpose and was sitting behind the glass laughing it’s head off. My daughter liked a few and for a hard to please 11 year old I was in shock. As I was expecting her to.be far too cool for such place.

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There was all sorts of birds roaming freely including beautiful peacocks

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If you live in Kent and you haven’t been to Wingham wildlife park you really need to. Great value, fantastic staff and a top day out for all the family.

 

Flapping around!

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I am a huge penguin fan, from the moment I learnt about them being little romantic fellas and how they share parenting, just got me hooked!

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For my 30th birthday I was over the moon when I got a penguin experience, and the other week I got to do it. It was simply out of this world! I got to be in their pen, feed them get nibbled by them (not so nice) and even touch one. The keeper was great and provided me with all sorts if information.

At Wingham they tag them so they know who is who. I couldn’t keep track of them all but they were all so adorable and different in there own ways.

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They feel so strange like leather in a way but old leather that has worn and wrinkled slightly.

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This has got to be one of the best experiences I have ever done, and until I win the lottery and get my own pet penguin/s (named Pen and Gwyne)  I have this memory.

 

Valentine’s with a twist

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As people who read my blog will know I am not someone who goes mad for Valentine’s. This year was a little different. I went on a hot date with one of my friends.

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Well actually it was lunch at Waters Edge a local cheap but satisfying eating establishment, Jess even brought me flowers, that is how much I am loved!

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After a lovely time with great company I went home to make Valentine’s special for my children.

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Any excuse for me to make a nice full fat dinner, on the menu was steak with mushrooms in cream sauce, dauphsnoise and green beans.

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Not the most eye catching dinner but oh my it sure was tasty.

For someone who doesn’t like Valentine’s This year’s wasn’t too bad.

So it turns out you can even enjoy days you think you will hate, if you just try!

 

Half Marathon Drama! February 12, 2014

I really can’t believe it, I had planned on running the Great North Run on my birthday weekend for an amazing cause something really close to my heart. It was going to be perfect running my 1st ever half marathon one day after my 31st birthday, but after finding out that I could not run it for my chosen charity only one of the bigger charities, left me with a choice, either run the Great North Run, (something I have always fancied doing) but for a charity that I am not passionate about or not run it at all and find another half marathon event. I chose the later, people have already started to sponsor me, and mentally I am ready for the training programme ahead, so I have decided I don’t need some fancy event at the end of the day it is the same amount of miles to run regardless of where you do it, so Tonbridge here I come, on the 28th of September!

 

 
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