MIMM: The Great Outdoors

For once, I’m pretty pleased it is Monday! I feel lovely and refreshed after a busy, fulfilling weekend and ready to tackle everything this week (which should be a four-day one) throws at me with a loud roar!

I’ve needed this battle attitude in buckets today, everything has been a little manic but I wanted to check in and say a huge thank you for the comments on my last two posts.

The weird thing is, personally I’m not too fussed about the extra bulges. For the first time in years, I have glowing skin, bundles of energy, I’m barely using my asthma inhalers or tissues and I don’t have mad hunger cravings – though there have been a few sessions of emotional eating recently.

Damn that dress! Still, I should be able to squeeze into it with a few adjustments (very heavy duty Spanx) and keeping up my current routine of exercise and eating.

Anyway, enough about the pesky clothing item I’ll be rocking down the aisle in exactly three months today and on to happier thoughts – this weekend!


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Saturday morning started with a walk, papers and pancakes. You can see James’ version looking very pretty above, I had my usual half banana version with a splodge of almond butter. So good!

After breakfast, I headed to my home town to meet my mum and best friend. We ended up having such a good time that we stuck together all morning, then picked my grandpa up from his nursing home.

 It was lovely to have Mum, Pip and I there with him and I felt so lucky to be able to treat them all to lunch at Keiths, an institution for anyone in the Cotswolds who likes coffee.

Pip and I then headed off to the hairdressers for some wedding hair discussions, very exciting but top secret stuff. All I can say is that she looks amazing and tears were shed – ahhh!

Mum and I met up again for a potter round the shops as they closed, then I headed back to Bristol for a big shop and cooking session.

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I know, I’m nothing but predictable (Recipe here)


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It had stopped raining – hurrah! James and I made the most of it with a 4.2 mile run and a walk round the shops – picking up lots of yummy treats and of course the papers. Then it was time for breakfast.

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I had some delicious apple muffins, which totally hit the spot! The weather was still glorious and we had bundles of energy, so showered up and went for a walk at Ashton Court.

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We both rocked our new walking shoes, which we can’t get enough of. My feet and legs love them so much – I feel like I’m walking on air! We walked for around an hour before shopping and heading home for cake.

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My first sugary, delicious cake since oh so long! It tasted beyond incredible, I was so happy to tuck in! I hadn’t realised how much I’d missed the ritual of a weekend slice of cake with the supplements but I couldn’t stop smiling.

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James had this beauty – a slice of cherry bakewell I’d picked up a Keith’s the day before. It looked beyond delicious but I stayed away – I’m steering clear from dairy after tucking into some milk choc on Friday and waking up looking like the Elephant Man on Saturday. Sad but I can’t justify that level of puffiness however yummy it looked!

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Dinner was leftovers and oh so delicious they were too. I’m a little gutted I’m not eating this tonight, it is so blooming tasty.

We watched the new Scandimania program (did anyone else see it?) and I cracked out an old favourite, which I’ve not had for a month or so..

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Dates and almond butter. Match made in heaven. Never again will these leave my life! They’re the best way to end an evening, sweet, satisfying and perfect.

Ok, I take it back. The best way to end an evening is taking selfies of Meeko using the front facing camera on my phone.

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The next one makes me laugh like a crazy person, his eagle eye is hilarious!

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* Do you have any special weekend foods?

* Do you take selfies?

I do sometimes but I think Meeko is a much more photogenic subject!

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I'm a reporter based in Bristol who loves to wear stripes, write in shorthand and attempt to make great strides in running.
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14 Responses to MIMM: The Great Outdoors

  1. O my giddy aunt, bakewell slice. Get to me now!!!

  2. Those apple muffins sound absolutely delicious right about now! I will need to be trying out that recipe soon:)

  3. I eat that cake tasted so good after not having it for so long! The bakewell slice looks amazing too.
    Those photos of Meeko are really cute. What a sweetie. I don’t really take selfies as I feel like an idiot doing it. I get embarrassed enough asking Ben to take photos of me at Parkruns… Also who really wants to see my face on their screen?? Haha.

    • It was pretty amazing Anna! Meeko is a bit of a character! I’m exactly the same, I always get shy asking but it is nice to have them. I’m sure lots of people wouldn’t mind😉

  4. well can I take your monday mood? I so need it. I am dragging this work day and I have no idea why. probably lack of sleep but still. boo!

  5. Pancakes are my weekend food, and any baking that I do for our Sunday tea with Andy’s family:)
    It was so lovely having the dry weather at the weekend- hopefully that will become more frequent in the next few weeks.

  6. I don’t really eat any differently on the weekend to the weekday, although I do like a coyo after a long run! I could never give up dates, especially combined with nut butter!

  7. That cherry bakewell looks delicious! Glad you mentioned about that TV programme I need to record it. I think pancakes are my fave weekend food:-)

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