Sunday, 25 March 2012

Sport Relief Weekend

Hello! Have you all had lovely weekends? The weather has been gorgeous where we are, so we have been making the most of it!

I started the weekend off yesterday with a big bowl of fresh pineapple and strawberry yoghurt.

Sunshine + this bowl + fresh fruit = summer to me! :)

I kept breakfast quite light as we were meeting my Dad and sisters mid-morning for brunch. I had a latte and poached eggs on toast:

This was sooo good. I hadn't been to this little cafe for a while, but they do the best cooked breakfasts! Even something as simple as poached eggs on toast - the toast is thick cut amazingness and the eggs were perfectly cooked with super runny yolks so I didn't even miss having butter! Yum.

After this we headed back home. Toby had a nap and the rest of us headed out into the sunny garden...

Unfortunately seconds after I'd taken this photo, I tripped up on the decking. Because I was still holding the camera, I held that high above my head to protect it, which meant leaving my toes unprotected. I thought I'd just stubbed my toe badly so I went inside to put the camera down, and then noticed I'd got a bit of blood on the carpet. Ooops. Luckily I made it back out to the french doors (the white plastic step bit is easier to clean!) before the blood started pouring out...yuck. I had to get Liam to help me clean me up as I needed to sit down as I was feeling super dizzy! I will spare you photos of my even uglier than normal feet, but I now have three quite big gashes on my big toe which are super painful to walk on :(

I still managed to get outside and enjoy the sunshine once I was all plastered up though (I just ignored my throbbing toe as best I could!) and then once Toby woke up we took a quick trip to Waitrose and then Liam dropped me at my Mum's house (as Colin's daughter, Clare, was staying the night so I went to see them all). Liam fed the children dinner while I was gone, and then when I got back he made me dinner too - thank you Liam!

Just a quick stir fry - peppers, peas, Quorn pieces, noodles and soy sauce - but it was delicious, and even better for not cooking it myself!

This morning we were all meant to be doing a mile walk/run for Sports Relief. As if hurting my toe yesterday wasn't off putting enough, my body decided to give me a night of little sleep by developing a urinary tract infection (UTI). I managed to get one hours sleep, then woke up in pain so spent 3.5 hours in the bath (I hadn't realised it had been quite that long until I got back out!!) and then was so tired that I passed out for another 3.5 hours. 4.5 hours sleep total is not enough, but I was a feeling a little better this morning so decided to still go to the walk and see how I felt.

As I woke up quite late, I had to have a quick breakfast. I didn't know what I fancied, so popped a couple of slices of bread in toaster while I thought, and ended up making this amazing spread - Total 0% Greek yoghurt, a few drops of vanilla stevia and a tsp of cocoa powder. I spread some on the toast and ate the rest with a spoon...amazing, I wish I'd made even more!

After this we headed to the meeting point to meet up with the rest of my family. The reason I'd been keen not to pull out of the walk is that we were doing a "four generation" team - Izzy, me, my Mum and my Grandma:

Colin's daughter, Clare, also took part with little baby Theo:

And Liam also pushed Toby round in the pushchair:

Family outing!

In terms of speed, Izzy was the fastest out of all of us! Well, for the first half anyway, she didn't have the stamina to keep running at that speed for the whole mile, but she and Mum did run ahead and get to the finish line way before the rest of us!

Then looped back to catch us up for a four generation finish...

Luckily my symptoms were a little better this morning than they were in the night, so as I was feeling better than I'd expected we hung around at the finish line to clap everyone else in (well, there were only three children on space hoppers slower than us, but there were also others doing 3 or 6 miles) and took a few more photos...

and then the four of us and Clare and Theo headed to Costa for a well deserved (!!) post walk snack! I've made sure to drink lots and lots of water today to try and flush the infection through my system as quickly as possibly, so I didn't want to hamper that by ordering a coffee. Instead I had a raspberry iced tea and a granola bar:

I hadn't had this granola bar before. I liked it - soft, chewy and sweet but not too sweet. Good for days when I want something with a bit of substance rather than pure sugar. I do love Costa's chocolate brownies too though - best shop/cafe bought brownies I've had recently.

Before we left Costa, the cousins all snuggled up to show off their medals...

Izzy adored spending time with Theo today - she spent the whole time walking to and from Costa holding on to the pushchair to "help" Clare...cute! :)

Because we had a late snack at Costa over lunchtime, I didn't sit down to eat a proper lunch today. Instead I snacked on an avocado with some Munchy seeds (eaten straight from the skin with a teaspoon - perfectly ripe) and *ahem* a couple of Reece's peanut butter cups. Sitting down for meals is definitely more satisfying, and tends to result in me making "better" decisions. Although the avocado was delicious, and peanut butter cups are my "I know I shouldn't love them, but I do" treat so it could have been worse!!
This evening Liam cooked dinner again - there are benefits to being mildly ill/injured!! Mince and tatties using Quorn mince. We hardly ever eat Quorn and yet ate it twice this weekend. I suppose it's easier for Liam to cook as he is more used to cooking traditional meat-based recipes, plus this Quorn mince was reduced to 70p so was quite a bargain.

Could have done with a bit more mashed potato (we always seem to cook too much or too little) but apart from that it was another great meal, thanks Liam!

Now I think I am going to get a much needed early night. Busy day planned tomorrow - shopping with my sister Sarah (and Toby) which needs to be fitted in between school drop-off and pick-up, and then going round to see my Grandparents after school. Sleep first!

Have any of you done anything for Sport Relief this weekend? As well as a lot of races taking place locally, my littlest sister's secondary school did a fancy dress day on Friday. Olivia went in a David Beckham shirt and leggings, but I saw one girl wearing a full on wetsuit. That must have been quite uncomfortable for a full day at school!!


  1. YAY well done team generation x4 doing Sport Relief. I didn't but I did donate at my local TKMAx where there was a lady running from Horsham to Brighton via Worthing ...... I do hope she was sharing the long haul because otherwise that would be a looooong way!

  2. COngratulations on the sport relief mile!
    That yoghurt/coca spread looked delicious I might try that for my breakfast tomorrow!
    Sending you my sympathy for the UTI - I think the majority of us ladies have been there and done that! Keep drinking water and apparently cranberry can help. It is often more painful in the night so be warned! :)

  3. Wow having all 4 generations together is very impressive. The weather looked perfect too, and well done for doing it while having a UTI too. Our school usually does something for it, but I don't know what they did this year.I have been enjoying (well sort of) the shows about it- the one about David Walliams swimming the Thames was impressive, and I saw the John Bishop crazy triathlon thing too.
    Hope you are feeling better.

  4. cant believe hwo good the weather has been in the uk! yay!

    see you're also a fan of total yoghurt with mix ins! you should try it with options white hot chocolate powder stirred in..amazing!

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