Sunday, April 17, 2011

Oh Gosh!


I have got to give myself a big push but I have been exercising, however I can always to more! Primroses used to be a regular feature in Ireland but I rarely see them nowadays. Such a very pretty flower, enjoy them when you spot them!!!

Perhaps I can reward myself for all this exercise and healthy eating with a weekend in Prague. This is a city that I have always wanted to visit after hearing my Grandfather talking about his visit there in the sixties!! http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/travel/2011/0416/1224294771332.html

Asparagus is a good food for breaking down bad cholesterol. Try steaming the asparagus and serving it on toast with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. MMMM! For more recipies check out this website; http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/our-best-asparagus-recipes?xsc=eml_edf_2011_03_29



Monday, March 28, 2011

Willpower and the lack of...

Where is all my resolve and determination gone? I have got to get myself back on track.

I have been walking but not enough. So I promise tomorrow morning I will do the hard, Killiney Hill walk. I always feel envigourated after I do this walk.

The daffodils are so plentiful and so pretty in Dublin at the moment. We are enjoying a lovely sunny spring here this year. The countryside is looking gorgeous. Now that the clocks went forward at the weekend and the evenings are extending we can enjoy it even more. We did not turn the lights on until 8pm tonight and went for a walk after dinner.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Spring is beginning to spring

Is it always the yellow crocuses that bloom first? Yellow first, then purple and lastly the white. For the last couple of weeks we have seen shoots appearing in the woods and parks, crocuses, snowdrops, daffodils, bluebells, tulips... In fact shoots appeared from the bulbs I have in pots before Christmas in the snow.

Last weekend we walked up Ticknock, en famille. It was a gorgeous sunny day, I had even put a load of laundry out on the line to dry. We were so enthusiastic we headed up beyond the masts towards the fairy castle. We had always been too tired to make it up that far before. All of a sudden we were shrouded in clouds and it started to sleat! Needless to say we turned around and came down off the mountain very wet but happy with our adventure. From a bright sunny day it had very quickly turned into a hot chocolate sort of day!

I only walked once this week, bad. bad, bad!! I couldn't help walking with a spring in my step today because it was so lovely on Killiney Hill. The air was fresh and damp with fog, there was still a smell of pine in the air and around me among the trees were clutches of yellow crocuses.

This week during half term we will go to Cabinteely where we can enjoy the great display of crocuses lining both sides of the tree lined path up the hill from the old gates in off the old Bray road. It is always a spectacular display at this time of year.

A great website to look at with the children and see the signs of spring is; http:/www.greenwave.ie


Friday, February 4, 2011

Falling off the Wagon


Gosh I have fallen off the wagon already!!

I have been walking but not the three times a week as I promised myself! More importantly I have not been blogging!!

Well, here we go getting back up again. I have been so busy, car in the shop, birthday parties etc.

This is the usual stuff in a busy Mums life, I know. So there is no for me not to excuse not to excercise and I have to get that into my head.

This afternoon come hell or high water I am going to get my coach out on her new bicycle and have a good walk.

She loves her new bicycle even though it is quite pink and as she is a "tom boy" now she no longer likes this colour. She was nervous at first, thinking it was too big for her. At first I had to hold onto the saddle until she gained momentum but now she is cycling away like a pro! It is a lovely sight. Now I just need to run along beside her.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

3rd week of January


I have been walking most days, some long walks, some short and sometimes twice a day! This is probably because at the beginning of the week I am very motivated so I have walked both in the morning and in the evening. Then as the week goes on, life tends to takes over and I find excuses to skip. How can I feel motivated all the time? Why is it easier to talk oneself into skipping out of a simple healthy walk?!

During my walks I have noticed that Santa delivered a lot of new bicycles and helmets at Christmas. Now for one of my pet peevs!! Please make sure your childs helmet is on correctly!! It makes me cringe when I see them hanging off or sitting on the back of precious little heads. It is easy to teach children how important is it to protect themselves properly.

"The helmet should sit level on the cyclist's head with only a couple of finger-widths between eyebrow and the helmet brim. The strap should sit at the back of the lower jaw, against the throat, and be sufficiently tight that the helmet does not move on the head. It should not be possible to insert more than one finger's thickness between the strap and the throat."

We just bought our daughter a new bicycle for her birthday at the end of the month. She loves to cycle and for the past couple of years has been using the bicycle given to her by her cousins. This bicycle has been very well loved and taken care of by the three girls, one of whom has just turned twenty! My daughter is a great coach and sets a good pace on her bicycle for my walking. Good for us physically and a great time for a chat after school or on weekends. In the past year her road sense has improved and as the weather improves I will be able to cycle alongside her.

We got such a great deal on the new bicycle I must share it. It is a classic style road bike, Apollo Charm Cruiser, that was reduced by over 200euros. http://www.halfords.ie

Anyhow, I am going to be really stearn with myself for the next four weeks. I really feel that I will notice and feel a difference in myself, won't I?! Let's see!