Join Me On My 10K Journey – Part 4

Hello Everyone!

Thank you so much for joining me again on my 10k journey. The last couple of weeks have seen a couple of mini milestones. Firstly, I reached my charity place sponsorship target! I’m now over the £100 that I needed to raise. If you sponsored me – thank you from the bottom of my heart. I think about your support and kindness when I’m out training and it really does spur me on.

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My second piece of news is that I’ve begun my 5k to 10k training program. It’s really bloody scary and hard work sometimes, but I can’t believe the leap I’ve made in my fitness levels. Just two months ago, I couldn’t do the 30 seconds of running intervals in the early stages of the 5k training without feeling exhausted. I’m now running solidly for 40 minutes! The one thing I have to contend with now though, is the heat…

It really hit me yesterday, whilst I was out, that this 10k is going to be HOT. It’s in August, in the middle of the city and there will be a lot of other bodies around me. I’ll be honest when I say that this has freaked me out slightly. I’m hoping we get a cool day on race day, but I seriously doubt that will happen.

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I thought I’d also share a recipe for good runner fuel that I’ve been loving this week. I call it a recipe, but really I just dump all of these items onto my plate –

  • A baked sweet potato
  • Chickpeas roasted in chilli powder
  • Poached eggs
  • Rocket salad
  • Sundried ttomatoes
  • Sour cream
  • Green Pesto


Overall, it has been a good couple of weeks. I’ve had to step it up a gear and really challenge myself, but this is what’s needed. I’m still loving it!

Even though I’ve reached my target, your sponsorship is still needed. If you’d like to sponsor me and read my story, visit my Just Giving page here.

Kerry x

The Sugar Free Family Cookbook | Sarah Flower

Delicious, healthy recipes to help you and your children kick the sugar habit

I was sent this fabulous, little cookbook by the publisher – Robinson – and have been enjoying many of the sugar-free recipes inside over the last couple of weeks. Anyone who has tried going sugar-free will know how difficult it can be in a world filled with brightly coloured confectionery and fast food restaurants. This book provides delicious recipes that will make you realise sugar in your home cooking really isn’t needed and really won’t be missed.

 

The book is split into fifteen chapters, which aim to guide you through your sugar free journey with ease. Chapters include –

  • Sugar and its effect on our health
  • Keeping our children healthy
  • The Breakfast Table
  • Main Meals
  • Healthy BBQ
  • Fast Food
  • Jut Desserts
  • The Ice-cream Parlour
  • The Bakery and so many more!

The recipes mostly don’t require hard to acquire ingredients, just things you will find in your local supermarket and maybe even already lurking in your cupboards at home! The recipes are very easy to follow and don’t require crazy equipment. There are hundreds of recipes inside, suitable for all occasions and for everyday ‘sugar hurdles’ such as after-school snacking and birthday parties.

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To buy your own copy of Sarah Flower’s The Sugar Free Family Cookbook, click here. The book is available in both paperback and Kindle formats. I highly recommend it – it will change your life and your eating habits forever! Keep an eye on my Instagram for food pics!

Kerry x

Join Me On My 10K Journey | Part 3

The past two weeks have been brilliant in terms of my progress and excitement for the 10k. Firstly, I completed the Couch to 5k program! I’m so happy and can’t actually believe I managed it.

Now that the training is complete, I have been doing free runs. I was worried these would be hard to do because I don’t have a ‘coach’ shouting encouragement in my ear and telling me what to do next. However, free runs have actually been amazing. I’ve pushed myself harder than I ever have before and have been running non-stop for longer distances. I ran my first two 5k distances in the last couple of days, without stopping to walk once and I couldn’t be prouder! I have never managed to go this far without needing a quick break – even before having Baby J. This really is a big deal to me!

I have still been making the right choices in terms of my diet and I’m seeing the results in my physique. I’m fitting into my pre-pregnancy clothes – with room to spare!

I have decided that the start of June will be the start of my 5k to 10k training program. This will mean I’m more than race ready by August.

Today was an exciting day in terms of the Run Norwich 10k. I was invited by the charity I’m running for – Norwich City Community Sports Foundation – to attend a pre-run meet up at the Norwich City FC ground. I took my husband and Baby J along too (my hubby is a BIG NCFC fan booooo hissss). We were given a goody bag at the door – win!

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Inside were other runners taking part for the charity, it was lovely to see everyone who are running or such a great cause. We had a little talk from one of the charity spokespeople and were also introduced to the special guest – Jessica Jane Applegate, the paralympic swimmer who won medals at Rio 2016 – so exciting!

Overall, I’m feeling good! With just over a month until the Colour Run with my Mum, I’m feeling confident about running the 5k with a half-decent time. Mum and I actually went for a run together on Thursday evening and it went very well. Having her with me made me run further and faster – she’s a brilliant pacer!

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Worst photo of me EVER!

Remember, if you’d like to sponsor my for the Run Norwich 10k, click here. I am over half way to reaching my target. I need to raise £100 by 19th June, so not long to go!

See you again in 2 weeks for another update!

Kerry x
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Join Me On My 10K Journey – Part 2

I have literally just got home from my fourth run in seven days and have therefore completed week 8, day 3 of Couch to 5K! Next week is my final week of training, then it’ll be a few 5ks, then onto my 10k training program! 

I am absolutely obsessed with running at the moment. It’s been a struggle keeping it to just every other day to be honest. On the days I’m not going for runs, I stare longingly out of the window wishing I was out of breath and dying along the pavement (well not really dying, but you know what I mean!). I know that my body needs those rest days though. 

With each run, my pace per kilometre has improved. I had a look back over my statistics on Strava from 2015 when I  was training and getting fit for my wedding and I’m actually faster now than I was then! I’m amazed that I’m actually fitter now than I was before having a baby. Thinking about Baby J does make my runs go better though, I love thinking about all the lovely things we’ve done together during the day – it makes the time go faster! She’s my determination to do well. 

In terms of the Run Norwich 10K, I have now raised £40 for the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation. I need to raise £100 by the 19th June, which I know is achievable as I have some lovely, supportive friends and family. It’s a brilliant charity and I’m so proud to be running for them. They have invited me to a meet up at the football ground, with a free ticket to the charity football match, Jamie’s Game. Really excited for this too! 

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Thanks for joining me for another installment of my 10k training journey. I really appreciate the support I’ve received from some of you. 

Until next time! 

Kerry x

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Join Me On My 10K Journey

I have been running for a while now (with a year’s break whilst I was pregnant and then with a new baby) and I just love how it makes me feel. I love the feeling of euphoria after a run, the bit of ‘me time’ I get and the sense of achievement with every extra metre I run.

I am currently in the process of training for a 5K as I lost my fitness after pregnancy. I’m on Week 6 of the Couch to 5K® program which involves 5 minute walks, followed by 20+ minutes of running. This program has been great for me and I had previously been going out for runs 2 or 3 times a week.

In July, I will be taking part in the Colour 5K with my mum (she’s Superwoman) which I also did two years ago. I have done a few 5K events now and really felt I needed a new challenge, so I signed up for the Run Norwich 10K! Scary!

I’m running this on a charity place for the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation, an amazing charity that helps disadvantaged young people in Norfolk achieve their sporting dreams. You can find out more here. I need to raise a minimum of £100 for the charity and after only two days I’m already a quarter of the way there!

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I will complete the 5k training plan and then progress onto the 10k one. I am also doing four runs a week now – Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. I’m really back in the swing of things!

I also post regular updates on my Instagram story – @sparkle.with.kerry

I am hoping to write these posts bi-weekly so you can keep up-to-date with my progress (if you actually want to!).

If you would like to sponsor me – every penny really does count and means so much to me too – then please do so by clicking the button below.

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Thanks in advance for your support! 😘

Kerry x

Teakruthi – The Finest Loose Leaf Teas Delivered Plantation Fresh to Your Doorstep

Teakruthi were kind enough to let me choose a selection of their gorgeous teas from Sri Lanka and then shipped them out to me to try. Teakruthi teas have been created to inspire a healthier lifestyle – with many flavours to choose from, their goal is to make you enjoy tea again, as if tasting it for the first time. 

I love a cuppa, especially first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening. It calms me and gets me ready for the day in the morning and in the evening it makes all the stresses of the day just melt away. I really enjoy discovering new teas, particularly fruit and herbal teas with cleansing properties. 

I chose a mix of fruit and black teas from Teakruthi. They are authentic Ceylon teas which are hand plucked and ethically sourced from plantations in Sri Lanka. The teas contain nothing artificial and no GMOs. I was also sent this cute little diffuser to make the perfect cup of tea with. 

I can honestly say that these teas are the nicest I’ve ever tasted. They are fragrant and pure. There is something very special about drinking these teas – there’s no bleached tea bag and nothing artificial lurking inside. You know exactly what you’re putting into your body and they have the lovely relaxing effect that I crave from my cuppa. 

There are many teas to choose from and you can discover them here. I personally recommend Cinnamon Chai and Rainforest Indulgence – gorgeous! You can order samples of the different teas, and these contain enough tea for around 5 cups. To purchase teas, visit the website here

 What’s your favourite flavour? 

Kerry x

 

Transforme UK – Biotin For Hair, Skin and Nails 

Before pregnancy my hair was as strong and long as a pony’s mane, my nails were as sharp as daggers and my skin, well that wasn’t too different to the average girl – hormonally challenged, sometimes dry, sometimes oily. Since having Baby J, my hair is weaker and my nails snap at the word ‘Boo’! When I was offered some Biotin supplements to try by Transforme, I couldn’t say no!

These supplements are for the improvement in the condition of your hair, skin and nails and contain coconut oil (as you all know by now – my fave thing ever!). You receive 360 capsules in a bottle (almost a year’s worth!) and you take just one a day.

These little drops of sunshine contain ingredients that not only promote hair growth they also strengthen hair and reduce hair loss! The ingredient Biotin is also known as B7 and has many health and beauty benefits for both men and women.

Some more benefits are explained in this Transforme video below:

Transforme are a UK based, family-run business and trusted brand for over 15 years. They sell first class products that are exceptional quality and excellent value for money – often 80% cheaper than high street retailers. They also sell supplements and minerals, vitamins, natural beauty products and health packs. You can search by your condition on their website and find suitable products for you too. Visit the main Transforme site here.

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I have been taking the Biotin For hair, Skin and Nails supplements for over two weeks now and have been amazed with the results. My skin is really clear, just the odd (normal) imperfections here and there. I have also noticed a massive difference in my nail strength – I’m enjoying wearing nail varnish again without my nails snapping underneath and chipping the paint. My hair is glossy, thick and feeling stronger than ever – if you don’t believe me give these babies a go yourself! They are £13.99 a bottle  – a brilliant price considering you get almost a year’s worth of supplements. You can purchase them here.

Let me know your results!

Kerry x

Los Antojitos – Scotch Bonnet Hot Sauce 

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Chilli is my favourite ingredient to add to most of my dishes. I always like to make my meals spicy, whether that be a bolognaise, lasagne, homemade burger or poached eggs on toast! You can imagine my excitement then when I was asked to write about Los Antojitos Scotch Bonnet hot sauce and salts.

PLEASE NOTE – In my highly professional way, I tried the sauce before I took photos of the bottle (I just couldn’t wait!) therefore there is less product in there – it was full!

Los Antojitos are a vegan Mexican food, pop-up catering company based in Manchester. They specialise mostly in Street Tacos and Multi-bean Chili bowls.

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The company make their own hand pressed tortillas which they then load up with their yummy Mexican recipes.  These include BBQ Sweet Potato and Red Cabbage slaw, Seitan de Barbecoa Estilo Yucatan and Refried Pinto beans. Los Antojitos make sure to use organic ingredients wherever possible and also authentic ingredients, importing them from Mexico itself.

 

The sauces and salsas actually have their own cult following and I can see why. This sauce is addictive! I’ve already finished my bottle and I’m waiting for a re-stock so that I can buy myself some more. I was able to try the Scotch Bonnet hot sauce which was very spicy, but deliciously fruity at the same time. I poured it on everything – avocados, sweet potato chips, toast, mushrooms, vegetable patties – everything! The sauces were initially intended just for use in the pop up kitchens, but customers demanded bottles for use at home. Los Antojitos now has a large range of sauces, salsas and salts available for purchase. Find out the different ways to buy here.

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Los Antojitos Market Stall

The chilli sauces have always been made from scratch because the chefs at Los Antojitos wanted make sure that they knew every ingredient that went into them. Their most popular sauce is this one – the Scotch Bonnet – followed by Arbol and Guajillo. 

I will be writing another Los Antojitos post in the next couple of weeks where you will learn more about the company itself and the brilliant staff who work hard to keep it running smoothly. I will also be sharing the flavoured salts I received – one of which is a lime salt – perfect for Margaritas! Keep your eyes peeled.

Kerry x

 

Join Me On My Journey featuring Sensilab 10 Days Fast Slim

Welcome to another Join me on my Journey post! This one is featuring a natural weight loss product by Sensilab called 10 Days Fast SlimSensilab are a company specialising in nutraceutical products, vitamin dietary supplements and cosmetics. I was lucky enough to be able to try their 10 day slimming plan and this post will fill you in with how I got on. 

I’ve never tried weight loss supplements before as I’ve not always known what ingredients they contain. The 10 Days Fast Slim contains all natural ingredients which have been carefully chosen to help your body speed up the weight loss process, in a safe way. 

In the pack you get – 

  • 20 capsules A (Drainer), 20 capsules B (Glucose balance),  20 capsules C (Metabolism support)
  • A diet and workout guide
  • A pill box
  • E-mail support

As mentioned previously, there are 3 x 20 capsules each aiding weight loss in different ways. You have to take 2 of each capsule at different times of the day. 

Capsule A – Drainer

These are to be taken after breakfast. They contain extracts of black radish, sarsaparilla, java tea and black pepper. 

These ingredients help to – 

  • Detoxify the whole body
  • Excrete excess water
  • Prepare the body for weight loss

Capsule B – Glucose Balance 

These are to be taken after lunch and contain brown sea algae and cinnamon.

These ingredients help to – 

  • Maintain good blood sugar levels 
  • Break down fats after the meal
  • Decrease the absorption of fat
  • Increase the feeling of fullness

 Capsule C – Metabolism Support 

These are to be taken after dinner. They contain extracts of artichokes, papayas, ginger, cayenne and black pepper and choline. 

These ingredients help to – 

  • Regulate your metabolism during the night and daytime
  • Break down fat stores 
  • Digestion 

To make sure you get the best results, it’s important to eat the right foods, as stated in the guide. You also need to do regular exercise. There is an exercise plan included in the guide too. 

How did I get on? 

Well, I followed my usual eating plan – which consists of a lot of vegan/vegetarian foods, clean foods, very low sugar and gluten, etc. I just find that eating like this works well for me and I love eating foods like sweet potatoes and avocados! I had gone off track recently and was following another diet plan which meant I wasn’t really looking at what I was eating and was just eating foods that fit into my ‘points value’. 

In terms of exercise I have been walking with the pram and running in the evenings. I just love running! It’s my bit of ‘me time’ where I can enjoy the fresh air and listen to my favourite (cringey) music. 

What was my total weight loss on the Sensilab 10 Days Fast Slim plan? 

4lbs! Or 1.84kg

I’m very, very pleased with this weight loss. Not only  did I lose a few pounds, I also just feel less sluggish and bloated. It’s nice to know that natural ingredients have played a part in my weight loss too, with no nasties involved. 

To purchase the 10 Days Fast Slim for yourself, click here

Kerry x

Collagen+ Beauty Milk – Nutritious Beauty Milkshake 

Once a day, for the past two weeks I have been having a 200ml bottle of Collagen+ Beauty Milk. These nutrition and protein packed beauty milkshakes are strawberry flavoured and absolutely yummy!

These drinks are perfect at breakfast or as a healthy snack during the day. They are said to nourish you from the inside, out as they contain some pretty amazing ingredients.

What’s inside?

  • 12g essential protein
  • 5000mg skin firming collagen
  • Antioxidant green tea extracts
  • Vitamins & minerals

Collagen is an essential ingredient for the skin in improving elasticity and hydration. Each bottle contains 5000mg of hydrolysed collagen and you will see visible results in your skin, if you drink one of these daily.

Collagen+ Beauty milk also contains 12g of protein – one of the most beneficial nutritional elements. This stuff helps build healthy muscles, bones, skin and hair and is just generally amazing!

Green tea extract is a powerful natural antioxidant which has also been linked to a healthy metabolism. It has been said that green tea can also help with weight loss.

If that wasn’t enough, these milkshakes contain lots of vitamins and minerals to keep your immune system perky.

I have really enjoyed trying out these drinks and have noticed visible results in my skin. It has been much clearer and just feels springy (if that makes sense!) I have found that drinking them has really curbed my hunger and they are lovely to have after exercise or a long walk. I have always had protein drinks after a run, but find these to be a better alternative as they have other beneficial ingredients in them to improve other aspects of my body.

To purchase the Collagen+ Beauty Milks just click here. They are currently better than half price at only £10 for 20 bottles! You can also purchase them from Holland & Barrett, Tesco, Ocado and Superdrug.

Kerry x