Banana & Pineapple Smoothie

I had this smoothie for my breakfast before my first Moon Walk training session.  It is filling, satisfying and full of the the essential ingredients to get you through a hard slog!

For time, convenience and cost i use frozen fruits where i can in my smoothies, they are available from most supermarkets and are much easier to keep plus quicker to prepare than fresh.  All the goodness is still within them so don’t panic!

1 Banana

50g Frozen Pineapple (about 6 chunks)

50g Alpro Coconut Soya Yogurt

50ml Semi Skimmed Milk

1 tbsp Omega Seeds (i get mine from Tesco)

3 tsp raisins

1/2 tbsp Chia Seeds

Put the ingredients excluding the Chia Seeds into the blender and blitz until smooth, the omega seeds will give the smoothie texture but i quite like this as it still feels like you are getting food and not just drinking!

After blitzing stir in the chia seeds.

Drink and Enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
Servings 1.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 414
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12 g 18 %
Saturated Fat 3 g 13 %
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 194 mg 8 %
Potassium 970 mg 28 %
Total Carbohydrate 64 g 21 %
Dietary Fiber 8 g 33 %
Sugars 43 g
Protein 12 g 24 %
Vitamin A 3 %
Vitamin C 21 %
Calcium 20 %
Iron 6

Moon Walk Training Session 1

9am start for my first training session with my Moon Walk buddy Alex. Heading over to hers snow started hitting my windscreen ‘what are we doing?’ and ‘thank goodness I went back for my coat!!’ Went through my mind. This was not forecast.

Our plan is to walk from Walsall to Sutton via Barr Beacon. Bright eyed and bushy tailed (in our heads!!) off we go.

We need to complete 26.2 miles, the marathon route in May for the Moon Walk. Neither of us are unfit and both already pretty active so we have a solid starting block but 26 miles is kind of a long way.

7 miles down we reach Sutton grab a coffee and head back. About 10 miles in I am really starting to feel the ache. We keep up pace and thankfully the last stretch is all downhill.

Based on our current pace it would take us 7 -8 hours to complete.  After 4 hours and 14 miles we are both done in.

I am beginning to wonder whether I am fit enough to do this, I thought I was but boy, today has made me realise that it is further than I could have imagined.  And will probably be harder than I thought.

It’s going to be 3 months of train, train, train.

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Walk & Run

Getting up at 4.15am to go for my morning run at the moment is near impossibility, so decision made I would walk to work and run back home.  Giving me the training I desperately need for my Moon Walk in May and also getting a much needed run in.

4 miles to work started with dreaded drizzle, thankfully clearing part way there and ended up being a pleasant amble in.  After spending the whole day worrying about the run home the time came to set off, its been 2 weeks since my last run although I have been cycling I have also put weight on.  Stats show that 6lb weight gain leads to 18lb through your joints and boy can you feel it.  With the addition of a badly fitting rucksack it was harder than expected.

1 mile in I wanted to give in and walk the rest, 2 miles in I wanted to cry, my back hurt, my shoulders hurt and the damn rucksack was driving me mad.  3 miles and I figure I only have killer hill to go.  Walsall Road is so much fun on the way down, on the way back up not so and always at the end of a day!!

Enter mantra ‘I can do this, I will do this’  All the way to the top, and I did do it!

Closer to the Edge Failure!!

Well that did not go well. My 44 year old husband and 14 year old son had a ball. I froze on the first section got disco legs suspended in the air on a wire 10ft up. No second round or high wire tries for me!! The guys at were amazing.  There was not a sign of frustration at my backing out and only calm support. I would highly recommend a trip down there so long as you don’t mind heights!

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Closer To the Edge Day

Sunday 21st February and I will be facing my biggest challenge to date. Facing my fear of heights, ropes, ladders, climbing!  At the age of 6 in Junior school gym was my most hated subject the ropes haunted me, I could never and did never make it to the top, in fact I don’t think I ever got my feet off the ground.

For my sons 14th Birthday we are going Closer to the Edge, high wire climbing, zip lining……

I wonder whether I will be checking in later for my second post????

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