About cake

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Cake.

The one thing that will have me leaving every thought of healthy eating behind.  What is it about this food that does it for me?

Before I did the elimination diet and got rid of sugar from my diet, I was much more likely to eat a chocolate bar than cake.  But I managed to cut all types of sugar out of my diet completely, something I never thought I would be able to do.  When I had lost the weight I wanted, I decided that I could allow myself the odd treat and that home made cake and puddings would be the best thing to treat myself with, as opposed to manufactured processed chocolate bars.

So is this where my recent love of cake comes from? I’m really not sure – but nowadays I’ll take a home made victoria sponge over  Cadbury’s Dairy Milk any day. (Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved cake but my obsession seems to be growing!)

I recently had the most delicious Victoria sponge filled with raspberry jam and buttercream at the delightful village shop in Freshford (much that I’d love our village shop to be like this, I’m secretly glad it’s not because I would find every excuse to buy cake!).

I was quite proud of my very own Jubilee offering:Image

Another recent cake highlight that sticks in my mind and I dream about having again is the cupcake I had in New York at Sweet Revenge, where I enjoyed the most delicious cupcake – their signature Peanut Butter Cake, Ganache Center, Peanut Butter Fudge Frosting (sounds sickly but was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS).

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If I know there is cake or pudding on the horizon, I will make an extra special effort to exercise beforehand to ‘earn it’!

What foods get you off the sofa and any favourite cake recipes you’d like to share with me?

Keeping on track

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In my last post on my previous blog I talked about how I wanted to use my blog as a way to make myself stay more on track.

Well, this week has gone pretty well so far.  I feel like I’ve had a really healthy weekend – I managed to run on both Saturday (6 miles) and Sunday (5 miles) which makes my total number of runs for this week 4.  I haven’t managed that many runs since I was in hardcore marathon training.  I needed  to make up for a very unhealthy Jubilee weekend which included far too much Pimms!

My chiropractor told me off last visit for not stretching enough so i’ve been making a real effort to reacquaint myself with the lovely foam roller and dynaband to really stretch properly.  It’s the one thing I find it hard to find time to do after a run. Must try harder.

 source: www.foamroller.org.uk
I’ve also been really trying to eat more healthily and be more aware of what I’m eating.  I don’t really believe in counting calories, but I downloaded this app to try and help me keep tabs on what I’m eating.  I’m rather horrified with the amount of food I have been eating without even thinking about it.  After I did the elimination diet 2 years ago, my eating habits have been fairly  healthy and I haven’t really gone back to eating too many processed foods (with the exception of sugar which has made it’s way right back into my diet since marathon training in the form or biscuits and cakes) and bread.  But even snacking on healthy nuts and oat cakes has an effect if you eat too many and I definitely was.  You have to be in the right frame of mind to stick to something and I definitely am at that place now.

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Welcome to my blog. I ran the NYC marathon in November 2011 with my friend and running buddy Jess and  I’ve been blogging for about 18 months over on http://mumontheruntonewyork.blogspot.co.uk/ where I wrote about our journey to New York, the trials and tribulations training and fundraising for the fabulous charity Breast Cancer Campaign.

But now that journey is over I thought it was time to start a fresh new blog about my on-going quest to stay fit & healthy and balance all of that with a family and running a business. So here goes!