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    Spring additions to my cycling wardrobe

    I love Spring. The daffodils, light evenings and being able to walk out of the house without a wooly hat and scarf.  As I transitioned from my winter coat to trench coat I also transitioned from my cycling long bibs to HELLO shorts. Here’s a look at some additions to my cycling wardrobe for the Spring season and by wardrobe I mean the one drawer I have to squish everything in too because Matt’s cycling gear takes up the rest of the space! Morvelo Flamingo Kit So before I started cycling I just didn’t understand how Matt could part with so much money on one piece of cycling clothing. I just…

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    Blood, sweat and cleats

    So after months of avoiding it, I finally found the courage to try cycling with cleats and well, it ended in blood, sweat but no tears…. I’d been avoiding it since Matt bought me pedal cleats and shoes for Christmas but I knew the longer I left it the more nervous I would become.  After a little pep talk from Matt I reminded myself that this was one of my cycling aims for this year so I just had to get it done! It was a beautiful sunny day – perfect for cycling and the excitement of wearing my new Morvelo kit was a good distraction. Matt suggested we cycle around the block…

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    Health & Fitness Goals : April

    So we might be a few days into April already (oops) but here is a look back at last month’s health & fitness goals and a look at what I want to achieve in April. Last month.. 1. Lunchtime Walks So I set myself the challenge of going for a lunchtime walk at least twice a week mainly to get myself away from the desk . Now it wasn’t always for a walk but I did manage to eat my lunch away from my desk the majority of the month. Work have created a weekly programme of activity over lunchtimes so I also enjoyed staff sing along and visits to Peppa…

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    Health & Fitness Goals : March

      As I mentioned in my blog post last month, after feeling quite demotivated at the beginning of the year I find that setting myself smaller monthly goals helps to keep me inspired for the long term… Update on last month…   1. Press Ups I am getting there! Promise. Just a little further to go but I’m determined. I’ve been concentrating on this in my PT sessions with the help of a resistance band to help with the transition from a knee push up to full body push up. I feel a bit like a puppet but basically I attach the band to the smith machine and loop through each…

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    Health & Fitness Goals : February

    Hello there. Happy February. We are finally out of the coldest and gloomiest month of the year and I couldn’t be happier. For many, January is the time of year for a fresh start and the ‘new year new me’ ideology that goes with it but I very much struggle with this. At the beginning of the year I’m still mourning the loss of time off and over indulgence over Christmas whilst crying at the balance of my bank account. I just need January to get used to being back to normal and well it would have been rude to neglect all the Prosecco and chocolate I got for Christmas right?…

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    Women’s Cycling Accessories Haul

    Christmas and the days of doing nothing but watching Harry Potter films, drinking red wine and eating lots of brie sadly feel like a lifetime ago but I wanted to share with you some presents I got in a cycling themed stocking from Matt. I can still get away with talking about Christmas late January right…? I’m just going to pretend I can!  I didn’t want to go digging around for prices because I thought that was a bit rude when they were Christmas presents so I’ve linked you to a general website for each item or if you google the names and brands I’m sure they’ll come up 🙂  Women’s…

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    January Gym Haul

    I’ve been going to the gym for a few months now which you can read about here.Whilst I had some gym wear already, as I’m going more frequently I was finding I was often stuck if I hadn’t done a load of washing during the week and well –  it’d be rude not to take advantage of some bargains! It’s of course January and with pennies tight I decided to hit the rails of TK Maxx and the Nike Factory Outlet  to see what I could find…. Tops 1. Under Armour Top  So let’s begin with the only colourful item (albeit the trainers) as this is a rare occasion! This bright blue t shirt…

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    Cycling : 2016 Progress & 2017 Goals

    My previous two posts have been reflective celebrating my first year blogging (woohoo) and my changing attitude towards the gym in 2016. So I thought why not make it a hat-rick ey – and look back on my first year of cycling where I have gone from literally screaming on the roads to riding my first 50 miler.  Oh how I’ve changed… Now I think it’s pretty obvious to you all (or at least I hope) that I am no serious cyclist – I mean my blog is called pedal and pout for goodness sake and I still cycle in my trainers (oh hey spot the newbie) but this year…

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    Making friends with the gym

    Hello and Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas 🙂 I spent mine watching all the Harry Potter films, eating too much chocolate and drinking a lot of prosecco. A HUGE contradiction to what I’m about to write but hey it was the festive season & calories don’t count at Christmas – right? Last week I shared with you my thoughts on my first year blogging so in true January motivational spirit I thought I’d reflect on one of my fitness journey’s in 2016 – the gym. I joined my local gym late August and didn’t quite get off to the best start. I had a weight loss induction…