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And I Would Walk 500 Miles…

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I can hardly believe it, but we’re now in week eleven of 2016…that means there’s only 40 weeks of the year left.

With that in mind (and my previous post) I’ve signed myself up for ViewRanger‘s Walk 500 Miles in 2016 Challenge. If I had the whole year, it’d only be ten miles a week, but at this point I need to do twelve and a half miles a week to stay on target. It’s definitely doable, and I could possibly, maybe, even make it to the 1000 mile mark, but I’m trying to be realistic about what I will actually do. Twenty-five miles a week might be a little high-reaching…

I’ll (hopefully remember to) Tweet my progress!

 

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2016 in Life, Plans

 

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H-App-y Hiking…

 

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We’re lucky enough to live right on the edge of the countryside but, other than taking the dogs around a couple of fields, we never really taken advantage of it. There’s loads of footpaths leading off our usual dog walk and we wanted to go exploring, so I started looking online for maps of local footpaths…and I stumbled across an app called ViewRanger GPS

To start out with we were only using the free maps on ViewRanger to plan our walks (hikes, rambles, slogs through the mud…call them what you will) on public footpaths and bridleways, but there’s a lot more to it than just maps (although I didn’t know this at first).

I wanted to track our route and see how far we were going, so I downloaded Map My Walk (an app I’ve used before to track my walk to and from work) to use alongside the maps…

It tracks you every step of the way and at the end of your “workout” it highlights your route on a map (predictably) and gives you a whole load of information once the “workout” is done…how far we’ve walked…how long it took us…where we went…approximately how many calories we’ve burnt (it doesn’t know we’re lumbering through mud, climbing over stiles, battling dogs and carrying babies on our chests)…how quickly we walked each kilometre…the elevation of the hills we’ve climbed up and down…and I’m sure it has loads of other features that I’m neglecting to use/mention.

It was only recently that I discovered you can do pretty much all that using ViewRanger itself…

It’s not a spectacularly easy app to use, but after taking a bit more time to look around it properly (i.e. when sat on my sofa, rather than being pulled through mud by an overly enthusiastic Cockapoo) I figured out that I can use it to record the route as we’re walking (and later look back at how far we’ve come, the speed we went at, and the hills that we have walked up and down), follow a previously recorded route, and even plot a route for future walking. This last feature is interesting as (with a bit of practice at using it) I’ll be able to properly plan a route and know how far we’ll be walking before we walk it.

You can also follow tracks that other users have recorded (some are free, others cost a nominal fee to access), which might be useful when we’re not so close to home.

Getting out in the fresh air and (sometimes) the sunshine has done wonders for my low mood, and I’ve found that just making this one change has helped me to make changes elsewhere. Not only do I feel like I’m achieving something, but I’m more motivated to do things around the house and I feel fitter, more capable…it’s amazing what some fresh air and beautiful views can do.

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We’ve had some really lovely walks, even when they’ve been hard work…and some have been harder than others! Stiles are hard enough as it is when you’re:

  1. overweight
  2. carrying a baby in a carrier on your chest

…but when you are having to lift a 20 kilo Staffy and an 11 kilo Cockapoo over them too it starts getting a little bit silly. What’s even sillier is when someone (me) says “Don’t worry, they won’t ALL be like this…” and then six stiles later that same someone is apologising profusely to their fellow walkers and the poor confused dogs. I was very glad that my little sister was with us for that particular expedition. We won’t be walking that track again…

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2016 in Days Out, Life

 

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Stretching Out…

So after giving into my self-pity and posting my last blog entry (in which I bewailed my weight gain), I woke up yesterday morning with the beginnings of the dreaded pregnancy affliction…

…STRETCH MARKS…

Waaaaaaaaaahhh!!!!!

I’ve already got a megatonne of them (now all silvery and faded) from rapid weight gain/loss during my teenage years. They’re mostly the long tiger-stripe kind and they live on my hips, tummy, upper arms, thighs, the backs of my knees…everywhere. I’ve grown so used to having them that I don’t even think about them anymore. I know they’re there but I don’t mind them at all, even though some are as thick as my index finger).

These new marks are tiny little dotty type affairs that sit either side of my belly button and will (eventually) give my tummy the look of an over-stretched deflated balloon. Joy of joys.

I’ve been moisturising like mad since the start of my pregnancy (Palmer’s Cocoa Butter for stretch marks) so I felt a bit powerless yesterday when Luke pointed them out to me…what else could I do?! And then he reminded me of the oil he’d bought me MONTHS ago (that I’d since failed to use)…

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It’s called JUST4MUMS, it smells wonderfully of baby powder, and it is incredibly rich feeling on your skin. I applied it after getting out of the bath (with cocoa butter on top for luck) and then again before bed.

When I went to put more on this morning I noticed that it has ALREADY faded my new marks. I am totally gobsmacked.

It’s bloody brilliant! I can’t recommend it enough. I plan to swim in the stuff twice daily…

In other stretchy-type news, I have also discovered a great set of prenatal yoga videos on YouTube. Since my moan the other day I have decided to do *most* of this video every morning…

I can’t do all of it because some of the moves aggravate my Pelvic Girdle Pain, and I can’t always do the full amount of reps because I’m overweight and weaker than I was (very depressing considering I’m an ex-rollergirl who prided herself on the strength of her thighs) but I’m confident that I’ll get stronger (better, faster) with each day that I do it.

I’m feeling a lot more motivated and energised.

Well, mentally anyway…physically (after all those squats) I feel a bit like bambi taking his first steps…

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2015 in Life, Pregnancy, Reviews

 

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