Today: 11 and 12. Keeping Up Appearances!

25 Aug soul

Day 11 was a warming of the soul kind of day. I knew I wanted to go to the gym, so I did.


It was extremely satisfying to decide i wanted to do it, not because I had to or that anything was dependent on it, but because I wanted to.

I can’t stand up properly now, but it’s a good kind of ache :)

Lots of different leg press positions! Wide leg, narrow leg and doing my calf muscles too… that was quite hard! I’m still not confident enough to tackle the free weight section. There are just alot of people there who seem to know what they are doing… and I haven’t s bloody clue!

Day 12 for me is reading up an ebook a friend recommended. By Kayla Itsines, I’m ignoring the fact it says it’s for ‘Bikini body’ as i hate shit like that, but focussing on the ideas in it. Which are good!


I’m quite excited to do a shopping list for it… get on all those healthy ideas :)

Anyway…. short post from me today!

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Have a good day peeps :)

Remember to try something new… at least once!

Today: Day 10, A Fizzing Face

23 Aug face

Day 9! Organising my wardrobe was definitely tougher than I thought it would.

TIP: Do your washing first.

Half of my stuff was in the wash basket/washing machine so that stuff wasn’t taken into consideration at all when i was chucking stuff away.

The hardest thing for me, was SOCKS. I love my socks… so reducing it down to 14 (Excluding work out ones) was really tough, anything with a hole in was thrown, anything that i hardly wore was thrown, then it was my patterned ones and my nice ones… it was tough!

Back to the stuff that was washing/drying, I’m just going through it pile by pile. Checking my list of numbers and how many I have in my drawers. Then being brutally honest, Even if i like wearing it, If i have to place my hands over holes then it has to go :(

I did however discover that I need another pair of jeans.. mine are soon to die!

Now Day 10 I found a face mask idea… two simple ingredients: Water and Baking Soda.



Two ingredients that I actually had! So I went for it…

It was pretty sore at first, but that’s because i didn’t wait for it to stop fizzing… So the chemical reaction continued on my face.

I’ve just come back from washing it off and I think it worked… My face feels smoother for sure! I’ve just slapped some moisturiser on as well, so it should be model like by the morning… hehe!

This pin a day board is coming along nicely. Full of random stuff! But hopefully by the end of it it should be 45 pins of random stuff I’ve tried.

Today: Days 6, 7 and 8

21 Aug my_nails

My nails went perrrfeeeccctttlllyyyy!

I’m very happy with them


I had a pretty quiet day on my day 6 of pinning, I picked a gardening one, which was more a reminder to me to go and water my pot with my tomatinos in!


There are flowers on them already, I’m so chuffed I’ve managed to keep them alive!

Day 7 for me was getting on with my quilt. I’ve pinned so much under my ‘home-maker’ board about it, and I have all the stuff, I just had to get on with it!


I picked two of my fabric colours, and cut out some 4″ x 4″ squares… But man they are small… I’m going to have to rethink how big they will be. I may move to 8″x8″ squares… But im not scared of my cutter any more.

I think I need to use my scissors more though….

Day 8!

This day was a mental relaxation day. I was highly strung with Anxiety so I had to try some breathing exercises at my desk.


It helps immensely actually, I recommend trying it!

Day 9!
declutter my wardrobe/closet/clothes….


This is severely needed. And I nee dto be brutal…

I’ll write tomorrow how this one goes. It’s gona be tough. But If I can at least make a start, I’ll be well on my way!!

I’ve also made a list of everything I *need*…. as this diagram can go around in a circle!

It’s been a tough few days for me. This is actually a really good challenge of doing a pin a day… I just need to try and keep up with telling everyone!!

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Today: Day 5, Doing my Nails

17 Aug nails

Monday today!

Back at work and raring to go, which means I’m limited to my evening today.

I’ve usually always done my nails on a Sunday, taking the day to paint them and style them a bit!

I’m going to use my Monday night to do them with a bit of sparkle…

nailsI’m going to have shorter nails than this, got to buff them down! But I’m sure I can get something similar…

I haven’t had blacknail polish in a while. So I hope my bottle at home is still ok.

I may do my tootsies as well!

I’ll post tomorrow about how they went :)

Today: Day 4, ‘E’ is for English Tea Party

16 Aug IMG_0607

Yesterday’s reading was a welcome change to my usual bed time routine, making me go to bed just a bit earlier to wind down, I think I ended up with a better nights sleep!

Except for the building alarm going off at like 6am…. ugh… You win some you lose some I guess!

Today was date day, every two weeks me and the hubby take it in turns to do a date that has somethign to do with a letter of the alphabet. My turn this week, and I had ‘E’.

I decided to do English Tea Party type theme…. bit hard as the hubs isn’t a fan of tea! But we made scones, and had cream and strawberry Jam!

The full link to the Mary Berry Recipe is here [Ok not the link itself… but the pin!]


Here are our ones:

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Pretty good If I do say so myself!

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Now excuse me as I devour the rest of the clotted cream…. om nom nom…..

Today: Day 3, Mental Care

15 Aug

I’m stark raving bonkers.


SO yesterday I did the body bum work out thing… it hurt and burned a bit! Felt pretty good though. I’m definitely taking those squats and lunges and adding it into a warm up routine!

Today, the hubby and I have been out for lunch with the family, so my day has been taken up socialising in the sunshine and eating lovely food with sweet company. Which means I don’t have much time to ‘do’ anything else.

Obviously I’m sat on my sofa playing some games and talking with friends and watching Saturday night television!! But I wanted to add a pin today that I could still do.

I’ve decided that today should be about mental wellbeing… Nothing drastic like Yoga in 16 awkward positions whilst breathing through your nose and humming, but something simple to get me away from it all!

So here it is:




I’m going to go make a cup of tea now.

I have a book about the perils of running a friend lent me that I really haven’t finished yet that I should really aim to. So tonight I’m going to make a dent in it.

10:30 pm will be my ‘up to bed’ time. I’ve got to make sure I step away, get into my PJs and put some chill music on and read for a bit. Even just one chapter! God I miss reading…

I know It’s silly to say, but I won’t read books that are in the middle of a film or TV series. It’s like I’ve got to stick to one medium?

I’m still reading Lord of the Rings… THAT’S a hard book to get through, very detailed and good, but its very hard to get into properly.

In fact… here’s a list of books:

  • Lord of the Rings – reading, hard to finish
  • Body Book – Cameron Diaz autobiography. Easy reading, could finish in an afternoon
  • The Hunger Games (Trilogy) – Need to wait for the films to finish, then I will be all over these!
  • Sense and Sensibility – TRYING to read this, but the style is strange for me!
  • Pride and Prejudice – Can’t wait to start on this!
  • Little House (all the stories!) – I have to read these again. 
  • Anne of Green Gables – same here, I have to read them again, to take the full story in as I just cant remember it properly
  • A Year of Losing the Dating Game – someone from school has written a book… I feel I should read it as it does sound hilarious!

Anyway… One day when I have a nice big bay window that I can sit in with the tv on and lots of pillows, I can read. Or in my big big garden.. A girl can dream?

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Today: Day 2, Changes Already – A Pin a Day

14 Aug best butt

So yesterday was alright.

I didn’t run as an entire cold front dumped itself on Milton Keynes, and, after a couple of weekends a go when I ran 10k in the pouring rain. It didn’t appeal to me.

This made me realise.. I’m not motivated to run.

At this moment in time I dread every training run. My “go out and see how things are” runs are ok, because i literally just go and see how it is. But training runs with distances and pacing… well they are turning me into a bit of a nervous wreck.

So I’m pulling out of my half marathon at the end of September.

I started running to challenge myself and i ended up enjoying it. Now if i’m not enjoying it I don’t want to do it or finish any distance i’m on, or anything that happens on a run completely phases me, and i’m ruined. Then I feel like a failure.

Why continue to train for something you aren’t looking forward too?

When I was training for Paris, I was really looking forward to it. Yes I was scared, Yes I was nervous, Yes I didn’t think I would make it, but I believed I could, and I enjoyed pushing myself. That’s just not there this time.

I’ll get it back I’m sure! But right now It can’t be on the table.

So, I guess that means I can throw myself in my next annual goal of losing 10lbs (Half the issue with the Half was that it wasn’t really on my ‘plan’.. ).


I really like this idea of “a pin a day” as well, something little to push me through the next few weeks.

My weight on my motivation board got to 186 pounds, which means to reach my goal i need to get to 176.

I just weighed in today and i’m back up to 191 pounds :(

I can’t lose motivation again…

10lbs to go! That’s what I have to focus on… so I guess I have two goals, the realistic 191 – 181, and the ideal of getting it down to 176.

So lets hope my pin a day helps with it!

Today i’ve pinned the best butt workout. I’m gonna lay my mat out on my landing and have a good time of it :)

best butt

Yesterday I managed pretty much everything on my list, except the milkshake… but we ordered cookies so that’s still fun :)

Now today I’ve just gotta hope my knee doesnt die when I start this.

Talk Tomorrow!

Today: A Pin a Day

13 Aug atmosphere

O dear lord

So I have been neglecting this because reently I have become a little (alot) embaressed at any progress I made.

My Q2 Goal was to run a sub 35min 5km.

I smashed it :p Yeah I got a 33:33 at Buckingham Parkrun. It was Glorious!

Then we had waffles.

Im almost at the end of my Q3 goal, though, technically i guess i have until the end of September? Anyway, lose 10lbs.

It’s hard.

I’m trying to find one thing to focus on to improve, and I am really REALLY struggling.

So, I need a new plan for the remaining 6.5 weeks:

  1. I know I have a half marathon to run on September 27th, which is right at the end, so I can incorporate any training for that into this new plan.
  2.  I run my long runs on Sundays, my short runs on Tuesdays, and any ‘technical’ runs (sprints/tempo/hills) on Thursday. So my week kinda goes Tu – 2-3 miles, Th-         4-6 miles, Sun 6 +
  3. (At least I am now at a point where I’m not scared to just hop out and run 6 miles!)
  4. I love Pinterest. Far too much

So my new plan:

6.5 weeks = 6.5*7 = 45.5 days, So for ease, I’ll say 45 days.

I’ll pick 45 pins and i have to do one a day. It can be a workout, or some crafty thing, or weird breathing exercises… basically it has to be an activity.

Today, I’m running 4-6 miles (depending on how hard it is raining), then i have to do something… hmmmm

I’m searching across the ‘Everything’ Category:Everything


I guess I could do a beauty thing or a house cleaning thing?

Ah! Found a simple one, It’s a list of 10 things (last one is pray… i’ve cut it off as that’s not me)

atmosphereSo i could do this!

  • I would declutter the kitchen.
  • Put Music from my phone on
  • Light a scented candle (I still have one I think!)
  • Skip the brownies and make a milkshake
  • I have a beautiful Bouquette of flowers to arrange and find a place for
  • The Hubby’s gonna get a big grin from me!
  • I’ll be motivating myself by running… nothing is more encouraging than: “I’m running home now…”
  • Hugs are a rule whenever someone comes in the house. Snuggling and holding tight!
  • Ahhh Games… That will be played! And the Great Brittish Bakeoff from yesterday. Shouldn’t take more than an hour?
  • I’d shower after this and the run so i can play games and watch TV with a job done.

So that’s my idea. A pin a day and a blog a day… 45 days.

I best set the Commit reminder on my phone to pick a pin to do.

I’ve set a new board up: A Pin a Day, come follow if you like!

Till tomorrow!!


Today: Next Mountain To Climb

18 Mar

Don’t get excited, I’m not actually climbing a MOUNTAIN, just I see my next goal as one.

In January I set myself 4 goals as my new years resolution:

  1. Run the Paris Half Marathon (Jan – March)
  2. Run a sub 35min 5 km (Apr – Jun)
  3. Lose 10lbs (Jul – Sept)
  4. Run a sub 33min 5 km (Oct – Dec)

I decided to split it into little goals instead of the usual “I’m going to be healthy” blah blah you usually do, as I was fed up of giving up.

Goal 1 has been achieved and recorded in Today: I Did That, a truly emotional experience and I’m still thriving from the buzz from it!

Goal two is well underway and it isn’t even April yet, I knew I would PB at the next parkrun after the half marathon as I would still have all my strength and motivation from the 5 days before. And I did, Running Mumma coached me to a PB 5km of 36 mins exactly (even after getting up early for the grand prix). Meaning for my next goal, I have to shave a minute off that!

If you haven’t been to Milton Keynes parkrun before, you’re in for an experience. There is an infamous section known as the zig-zags, which is about 2- 3mins of uphill zig-zagging steep hill at about 2km. It hurts! But I know that’s where I’m going to make my best time gain, I slow right down when I get to the top, I think I could shave about 20 seconds off that hill!

In addition to this goal, I’m also trying to consciously make healthier lifestyle choices. I’m going good with my lunches and I have three bits of fruit on postits with times on when I should be eating them. Slow going, I’m trying not to go hungry, whilst also maintaining some kind of control.

Gym going has also picked up! Two club runs, 2 strength sessions and two alternative cardio’s a week (then parkrun on a Saturday), means I’m a busy bee, but I’m also feeling better for it, a lot calmer and just better rounded. It’s amazing what a bit of endorphin’s can do for you!

I haven’t felt this motivated in a very long time, and I really hope it stays with me.

Today: I Did That

9 Mar

Thats right people, I ran it, I walked it, I cried when I finished it. 13.1 miles smashed and in the bag. Paris has been well and truly stomped on by this British Badass.

You may all be thinking “Finally she will shut up about it” well you’re all wrong.

Why would I shut up about an achievement I’ve worked hard for? Why would I shy away and not tell people how awesome it makes me feel?

I’ve seen a few posts on Facebook recently about how people can go to the gym without sharing it everywhere….. Well yes. That’s true and all, but some people use social media as a motivation, they may be in a group workout plan where sharing is part of their thing. Or they may, like me, just be really fucking fed up of giving up. So to those people who post passive aggressive pictures about sharing fitness acolishments on social media, kindly shut up? Perhaps your are not happy with yourself in some way and that’s making you lash out. I’m sorry my ambition to change has you reaching some shitty part of the Internet to try and put me down. NO MORE PEOPLE.

I smashed a huge goal this past Sunday, on international woman’s day. What did you do? Were you a badass mum showing the world how you created a tiny human? Were you a superwoman type person showing how creative you were? Or were you sat on the sofa pinning shite picture from Pinterest on Facebook because you think that bullying and negative thoughts should be the main focus of your Facebook feed? Hmm?

Stop the bullshit people, work for yourself, you don’t have to go to the gym to be awesome, getting up and outside, finishing a to-do list, sorting out a wardrobe, learning a new skill…. All these things make for a more positive outlook and positive presence on a ever negative online environment.

That’s why I’m FINALLY saying “I Did That” I did what I set out to do and in my mind smashed it. It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t easy and I cried like a little girl when I finished it, but I S M A S H E D it. And I am so proud of myself.10 weeks ago I couldn’t run for an hour, and I just ran for 3. 

I Did That….. I finally did that!!


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