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Emma xxx

Thirty Day Thursday- My March Goals!

Hey friends!! It’s FRIDAY TOMORROW and I can’t WAIT! Friday’s are the BEST! Open-mouthed smile

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Thanks for your lovely (half!) birthday wishes on my post yesterday!! You are the BEST! And guess what happened today?! My AMAZING best friends surprised me with a half-birthday celebration!! They had baked a chocolate birthday cake, peanut butter cookies, dark chocolate and chocolate chip muffins! Seriously, how well do they know me?! I didn’t have my camera with me at the time, but I got to take the leftovers home so took photos then, and trust me they won’t be around for long! Winking smileDSC07279

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They baked it all themselves and it was their first time baking vegan goods and they tasted SO delicious!! I had so many cookies and muffins, chocolate and two slices of cake. Hey, it’s my birthday! Smile with tongue out

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All that sugar actually fuelled me SO well for a speedwork run! Based on Page’s Shreadmill run post today:

1 min at Distance/Long Run Pace (7.50 min/mile)
1 min at Goal Pace- 30 secs faster (7. 20 min/mile)
2 mins at 5k pace- (6.40 min/mile)
1 min at fast/hard pace- (6.10 min/mile)

+5 min warm-up @ 7.55 min/mile and 5 min cooldown @ 7.40 min/mile.

I did a Page and got my last interval down to in the 5 min/mile zone! SmileDSC07287

This was so FUN and it was great to change things up! Repeated the intervals five times and felt GREAT the whole time. Also did 30 mins on the elliptical afterwards. I am going to be fuelling all my future runs with cookies and cake methinks! Smile with tongue out

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So, it’s Thirty Day Thursday!!image21

Day 29- Goals for this month

So I’ve seen a lot of other bloggers post their March goals, and I have a few of my own!

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1. Train well. NOT overtrain of course, but stay focused, stick to my plan (which I’ll be talking about on Saturday) and this way I’ll be able to do well in my 5k race. This includes doing a lot of cross-training and at least one rest day– both my body and my mind need to chillax sometimes!

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2. Keep studying all I can for running! What I have learned so far has helped me SO MUCH so more studying is going to really benefit me I think!DSC07270

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3. Do a yoga session at least once a week. I do a few yoga stretches every day before bed, but since my yoga class got cancelled in January, I haven’t done a full session! I want to do at least a 40 min session once a week– I miss it!!

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4. Rehydrate properly. I am seriously lacking in the rehydrating area. I drink a LOT of water but never replenish my salts, so I get a lot of muscle cramps and headaches as a result. I’m going to try to work on this this month and hopefully see results.

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5. Join a gym. I quit my gym a few months ago because I felt it was getting too expensive for me, and have been using it on a pay-as-you-go basis since then. But I calculated yesterday that I am paying almost DOUBLE what a membership would cost me! So I think it’s time to sort that out!

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6. Perfect my cinnamon-raisin peanut butter recipe. So many of you requested the recipe after I made it on Tuesday, but sadly it was only okaynot raisiny enough and too dry. So I WILL perfect it so we can all bathe in the nutty-cinnamony-raisiny goodness.DSC07227

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7. Help others more. I want to start doing something that will benefit others, because sometimes I feel so self-centred, and I would really love to do something that will make a difference to other people!! I’m thinking of helping out with the youth group at my church or at a care home or something like that.

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8. Wash my hair more often. No elaboration needed.

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Do you have any goals for this month? I could list hundreds to be honest, but I don’t think I’d be able to acheive them all! Smile with tongue out

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Are you a gym member? What is most important to you when looking at gyms? Price, classes, location, facilities, etc…for me, price is a big deal, but location and classes are also pretty important.

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What is your exercise/run fuel of choice? Mine is Clif bars or PB+banana on toast normally, but now it’s cookies and cake!! Winking smile

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ENJOY your Friday lovelies!!

Celebration time!!

Today is a day for CELEBRATION!! Not just because of my exciting news yesterday (tangent: you are all SO amazingly lovely and I felt so much love from your comments that I hugged myself…yes I’m sad…) but because today is…MY HALF BIRTHDAY!!

 

I love birthdays. Always have, always will. (Sept 2nd people, write it down NOW! Smile with tongue out)DSC07272

Half birthdays are *almost* as important as the Big Day for me. Possibly because it’s another excuse to eat cake…but birthdays are just the BEST!

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Birthday breakfasts rock. Obviously, it was going to be my all-time fave: oatmeal!DSC07241

Triple Coconut Chocolate Oatmeal. Made with coconut milk, and cocoa powder, and topped with coconut butter and unsweetened coconut. YUM! Open-mouthed smile

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Birthdays mean doing your favourite things. Like baking.DSC07246DSC07254

I love cookies. Especially giant oatmeal-raisin ones. Can you believe I haven’t had one of these bad boys since I became a vegan?! Well I sure made up for lost time! They were DELISH and many of them were enjoyed…DSC07256

(Recipe from the Happy Herbivore book). I had forgotten how much I LOVE oatmeal-raisin cookies! Never again will I go so long without these in my belly…

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Birthdays are for chillaxing, and having a rest day, whilst watching your fave TV shows:DSC04977

Birthdays are also for working towards your dreams, because no matter how much desire you put into that Birthday Wish, it won’t come true unless you put in some effort too…DSC07270

The Birthday Dinner. Ultimate comfort food.DSC07259

(Excuse the slightly dodgy photo- taken halfway through eating! Smile with tongue out)

My mum’s homemade Chunky Vegetable and Bean soup, with mashed potato and broccoli. Comfort food at it’s best. Smile

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And then the best bit of any birthday. The cake.DSC07269

Not quite as glorious as the one I had when I was 3…DSC07273

…but just as tasty.DSC07264

Katie’s Banana Muffin for One, with chocolate chips. And I wished really hard and blew out that candle. Can’t tell you what I wished for of course, but I’m sure you can guess…! (hint: yesterday’s post!)

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Birthdays are the BEST!! Open-mouthed smile

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Do you make a big deal out of birthdays? I LOVE birthdays!! Presents, cake and everyone you love around you…what’s not to like?!

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Do you have any birthday traditions? My mum always makes me a nice dinner of my choice. Nothing beats your momma’s food, right?

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Where would be your dream place to go on your birthday? New York to see my family, or Hawaii because it’s hot and I’ve always wanted to go!!

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Have a great rest of the week friends!!

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P.S. THANK YOU for the responses I’ve had to the Featured Athlete posts I’ve had so far! I will email you all back on Friday, k? Smile

Exciting news!

HAPPY PB LOVERS DAY friends!! I only found out about this a few hours ago through Julie’s post, otherwise I would’ve celebrated it more, but I DID make a good effort with the little time I had…DSC07226

Exciting news #1: I made cinnamon-raisin peanut butter!DSC07227

I will officially taste-test it tomorrow, and if it passes, then expect the recipe!! And from what I’ve tried so far, it is gooood stuff!!Open-mouthed smile

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For me, it’s Cinnamon-Raisin Lovers Day really. Breakfast was cinnamon-raisin apple oatmeal:DSC07214

1/2 cup oat bran, 1/4 cup applesauce, 1/2 cup coconut milk, 1.25 cups water, a TON of cinnamon and lots of raisins! I added a lot more raisins to stir in and then finished off the packet. I am a dried fruit ADDICT!! It was delish! Smile

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So you may have seen earlier that I Tweeted about some exciting news I have to share! Even more exciting than that peanut butter!! Get excited you guys!!

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Exciting news #2: You may know that I have been doing a LOT of speedwork over the last few months, as I had entered a 5k trial for this Saturday that is competing for the chance to represent my London Borough in a national junior race. I filled in the application form, where you had to write down details such as a predicted race time, current top speeds for the mile, etc., have that checked and confirmed by someone, and then they would invite you to come to the trial.

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BUT today I got a letter saying the trial was cancelled, so they were picking people based on the times in their application…and I GOT IN!! Open-mouthed smileDSC07238

In some ways, it’s a shame, because I sorta did want to prove myself in that trial…but I now get to compete definitely and I am SO darn excited!! This means training HARD…race day is April 17th…I can’t WAIT!! Smile

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Training continued today with kilometre repeats. 1k x 5 @ near race pace (6.58 min/mile) with 1 min breaks inbetween.DSC07219

Was tough, but AWESOME! Followed up with half an hour on the elliptical with Women’s Running mag:DSC07220

And I got my priorities straight as far as fuelling goes!

Chocolate soya milk (15 mins after the workout) and my fave chocolateDSC07222

Yeah the Lindt choccie wasn’t actually part of the fuelling, I just had to get some because I finished my last bar (in 3 days…) and I’m addicted. Priorities people.

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Pre-workout I had my last PB Clif bar…booo! Sad smileDSC07099

They are the bomb. If you haven’t tried one, DO IT NOW!

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Exciting news #3: I’ve known this for about a week or so, and have been waiting for the opportune moment to spring it on you, but I will be running this race in October:royalparkslogo 

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Team Poverty!! I will be a runner for Christian Aid’s Team Poverty! Open-mouthed smileI really felt called to apply join the team, and God answered my prayers! Although fundraising a lot of money won’t be easy, I knew it was something I have to do, and I’m so excited for it!!4103261671_98b10ceb90

I can’t wait to raise money and hopefully run a sub 1.40 (maybe even sub 1.35…?!) half! Ambitious, yes, but I’m sure I can do it with a lot of hard work! Smile

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Have you had any exciting news lately? Or are you hoping any news comes your way? So much exciting stuff is happening, I don’t know where to start!! Tell me some stuff and make me even MORE excited!!  Open-mouthed smile

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Did you know it was PB lovers day? Did you celebrate it? I didn’t know, but hey I celebrate it every day anyway! Winking smile

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Have you ever run a race as part of a charity team? What races have you got coming up? I’ve never run as part of a charity team before, but I did run the Cancer Research Run 10k and raised money through that. And I’m going to be doing a half before that, and a 10k Race For Life with some friends. Exciting times people!!

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Love you friends!! Have a great day!!

Makes me happy

*Edit*: Sorry to anyone who had problems getting to my site (it was down for 10 hours!)!!  Stupid self-hosting switch…I did warn you I would do it wrong!! 😛

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I had a bit of a heart attack when I woke up this morning. Not because of all the chocolate clogging up my arteries, but because I left the house to see THIS:DSC07162

Blue sky?! At 7.30am in London in winter?! Seriously, I haven’t seen blue sky for months, especially not at this time in the morning!! It made me so HAPPY! Open-mouthed smile

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What also made me happy was my Sunday Hills! They always kick my butt, and I felt so GOOD this morning!! Must’ve been all that Vit D from the sunshine! Smile with tongue outDSC07163

First half of the pre-set ‘Hills and Valleys’ hill workout done in 7.47min/mile pace, then upped the pace to 7.30-7.13min/mile for the last half. Then I continued the hill theme on the Summit Trainer, which seriously kicked my butt!DSC07167

KILLER workouts and endorphins make me happy! Open-mouthed smileDSC07179

And no, my hair is not that wet because I sweated THAT much, but because I used the gym showers for the first time! Usually I wait till I get home…gross or normal?

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It was all good until I started washing my hair, and realised I had no shampooFAIL! Smile with tongue outDSC07170

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Happiness is also brought by Sunday Pancakes…DSC07180

Choco-Banana Coconut Pancakes (adapted from Katie’s recipe)

  • 1/3 cup minus 1 tbsp wholegrain spelt flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp (or more) unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 ripe mashed banana
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used coconut)
  • dash salt
  1. Mash banana then add all other ingredients and stir together. Then drop onto a heated pan to make your pancakes.
  2. Add toppings and ENJOY!!

I topped mine with more unsweetened coconut and drizzled with agave. It was DIVINE. I love Pancake Sundays! SmileI did end up eating the last one as I walked ran to church. To be honest, I think my neighbours are used to the sight by now…

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I spent the rest of the day in my battle with self-hosting, reading blogs and recipe books, avoiding all work, and working on my project which will be revealed soon! I also made more balls, because apparently I can’t go more than two days without them in ma belly…

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Katie's Fudge Babies!

Balls make me happy Smile

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And loads of you commented on my chocolate chickpea idea yesterday, and thanks to the lovely Freya, who Tweeted me her recipe, it made a big feature in my dinner!

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Baked sweet potato with vegan cheese, broccoli and chocolate chickpeas

 

It’s SO easy you guys! 1 can of chickpeas, 1 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 tbsp maple syrup (or agave), cinnamon and salt combined, then spread out on a lined baking sheet and bake for 20-25 mins, turning once. And THIS will make YOU happy, trust me! Open-mouthed smile

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And clearly, chocolate makes me happy too! Chocolate for breakfast, snacks, and dinner!!Smile with tongue out

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Another thing that makes me happy is YOU guys! I think of you all as my friends, because I’m cool and not at all sad…

 

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ANYWAYS one thing I LOVE is ‘meeting’ new friends or finding out more about you guys who are already my buds. SO I’ve come up with an idea to let us get to know each other a little better. On Mondays starting from next week, I want to run a little ‘Featured Athlete’ guest post. Here’s how it will work:

  • You email me (sweet_tooth_runner@hotmail.co.uk) and I email you a questionnaire thingy at some point this week and a date that I’ll post it.
  • You fill it out and put pretty pics in or whatever.
  • You send it back to me and I post it!
  • You DON’T have to be an Ironman or anything- just be an active person who loves what they do!!
  • It will enable other bloggers and readers to find out more about you, not to mention me as well, so I can stalk you even more than I probably do already.

Sound good? Please drop me an email if you’re interested! Even if you’re not interested, pretend you are for me and offer to do it anyway, k? It will make me very happy! Smile

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So what has made you happy today? Other than the chance to be a Featured Athlete of course! Winking smile

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Are you a person who showers at the gym, or do you wait till you get home like me? I like using my own shower! I think people might throw things at me if I did my usual shower karaoke in public!

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What are you looking forward to this week? Tell me some exciting things por favor and make me excited for you!!

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Have a great week friends!!

Chickpea love

Hey friends!! Open-mouthed smile

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I started my morning restraining myself from throwing my computer across the room in frustration at all this self-hosted confusingness. It was okay, I took some time out to cool down with some comfort food…

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Chocolate covered banana chips are the BEST thing EVER!!

 

Pure heaven.

…and a planned spin class. Which was again fully booked! This is one popular class!! Fine by me, I just did a gym workout instead. 15 mins weights+45mins sprints on the elliptical, reading of course!DSC07096

I got asked about how I turn my pages 3 times yesterday! Easy peasy you guys! Just pull back the hairband and TURN away! SmileDSC07140

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Now you all understand and so there is no excuse not to join me in my geekiness– you know you want to really! Winking smile

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So I’ve been LOVING the chickpeas recently! In the form of socca…DSC07075

Apple-cinnamon-coconut breakfast socca bake (adapted from Ashley‘s recipe)

  • 1+1/4c gram (chickpea) flour
  • 1/4t salt
  • 1T maple syrup 
  • 1c water
  • 1.5t cinnamon
  • 2T unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3c sultanas
  • 1/4c unsweetened shredded coconut
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/375F and grease a pan well (I used a 9×9 square)
  2. Combine all ingredients and stir well.
  3. Pour into pan and bake for 30-35 mins until lightly golden.
  4. Cut, top with whatever you want, and ENJOY!!

Topped with coconut butter and sultanas…DSC07071

..and with black cherry fruit spread…DSC07079

SO yummy!!

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More chickpea and socca loveage with ANOTHER socca pizza! Yes, that is two days running! Smile with tongue out

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Can’t beat it- too easy to make and too darn yummy!!

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And finally, the hummus I’ve been promising since The Dawn Of Time:

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Basic Hummus recipe (adapted from The Barefoot Contessa)

This is my favourite hummus recipe! I love it and it is so simple to make! If you have the time, or are slightly insane like me, shelling your chickpeas is a worthwhile task! Makes it much creamier, but isn’t necessary. Smile

  • 1 x 16 oz/240g can chickpeas, drained (reserve liquid)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (You can taste the garlic, so for a more subtle version just go for 1 or 2 cloves)
  • 1/3 cup tahini (Note: If you aren’t a big tahini fan, then try using 1.5 tbsp tahini and 2 tbsp olive oil. Some of my testers preferred this taste-wise.)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice (approx 1 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons chickpea liquid or water (use more or less to achieve desired consistency)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or 1 tsp paprika (optional- gives more spice!)
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Season with more salt or spices if desired.
  2. Serve drizzled with olive oil, and ENJOY!!

Chickpeas had to move over come lunchtime though. I move on fast (take note boys!) It was Lentil Time.DSC07144

A Puy Lentil burger (sans mayo+relish) from the Gourmet Burger Kitchen. Went out with the parentals for lunch, and I wolfed down ma burger- very yummy!

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Chocolate, pizza, and a burger? The three main food groups of a healthy diet right there, right? Winking smile

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Tomorrow I’m going to share something quite personal to me- a project I’m working on at the moment… So stay tuned guys!!

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Do you rely on comfort food in times of stress? There’s a reason I keep chocolate on me at all times you know…aside from the fact that I’m addicted, it keeps me stress free and on a constant (sugar) high! Open-mouthed smile

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What is one food you’ve been loving lately? Chickpeas, like every day. Chocolate, always. Do chocolate covered chickpeas exist…?

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Got any good plans for the rest of the weekend? Tackling my Sunday Hills in the morning, Pancake Sunday, church, then gluing myself back to the computer to try and work out my blog issues!!

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Enjoy the rest of the weekend friends!!

Thirty Day Thursday- The Highs and Lows

Hey friends!! Hope you’re having an amazing day!! Today, it’s a Thirty Day Thursday!!

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Day 30- Highs and Lows of this month

Seeing as this is the last Thursday of the month, I thought it’d be a good time to tackle this one!

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High: I discovered my Ultimate Oatmeal Topping Combo on the first day of this month: PB+J. Original? No. The Best? Yes.DSC06212

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Low: That first day my ankle issues also resurfaced. Damn ankle.DSC06235

High: Getting sent The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of by lovely American blog reader Angie!!DSC06438

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Low: Having ‘Aunt Flo’ visit, but not ACTUALLY visit. An oh-so-subtle period reference there! Winking smileSo spending that day feeling bleugh.

High: Spending that sick day doing fun things to cheer myself up, like baking my first ever batch of Super-Charge Me cookies!

My first batch, but definitely not my last…! Open-mouthed smile

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High: Getting a FOOD PROCESSOR! Highlight of the year so far probably!!

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High: Making homemade Dark Chocolate Dreams!!DSC06722

Low: Having a bad run.DSC06749

High: Powering through that bad run thanks to all my inspirations (which includes YOU guys!!) and turning it into a GREAT one.DSC06746

High: Amazing breakfasts, such as Triple Chocolate Oatmeal, Choco-Cocoonut-PB breakfast cake and Dark Chocolate Dreams OIAJ:

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Are you seeing the chocolate theme there too? Smile with tongue out

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High: Discovering balls and babies.

Banana-Coconut Balls:DSC06242

Tropical Balls:DSC06970

Katie’s Hot Cocoa Fudge Babies:DSC06790

...to name just a few! I love balls.

High: The muddiest…DSC06842

…but the most fun ‘race’ of my life:DSC06829

High: Having an AMAZING day in London, hitting Whole Foods, a hummus bar, and having the most delicious vegan dessert I have ever had.DSC06941

Chocolate Raspberry Torte, you WILL be replicated in my kitchen. And SOON.

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High: Going to the BEST talk EVER on Sports Nutrition by a specialist who has WORKED WITH MY HEROINE, PAULA RADCLIFFE! Surprised smileDSC07054

(By the way, Monday’s Reader Request post will be some of the things I learned from the talk, as a LOT of you asked about it, and I can’t wait to share!!)

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High: Tomorrow!! Early morning spin class, then I am going BACK to my beloved Whole Foods Kensington (3rd time this week!!) but this time I am going with my momma!! It’s only right that she gets to see my second home (and by that, I mean pay for all my goodies…! Smile with tongue out) and I’ll also be taking her to the giant bookstore and maybe to the movies too to see Black Swan…we’ll see! Looking forward to it though! Open-mouthed smile

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Going to share some great recipes with you tomorrow too,  which I WOULD have done today, but this post is kinda long enough as it is! So keep a lookout for my Friday Favourites tomorrow!!

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What are YOUR highs and lows of this month so far? I’d love to hear what’s made YOU happy so I can celebrate with you, and what’s made you sad so that I can send you virtual hugs. Smile

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Have you got any good plans for tomorrow or for this weekend? I think my weekend will be more chilled, but I’m so excited about my busy day tomorrow!!

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What was the last movie you saw? Have you seen Black Swan? I saw Tangled last, and The King’s Speech before that, and they were both GREAT! Can’t wait to see Black Swan!!

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Have a great Friday tomorrow lovelies!!

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P.S. Go check out my guest post on Jemma‘s blog! My Top Ten Training Tips 🙂