It’s lovely to be back!


It feels so nice to be blogging again! My school placement is now over, and I am very proud to have received an Outstanding grade! This is graded against Ofsted criteria for student teachers, so I am over the moon!

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I have been getting back into the swing of healthy eating again, as eating around school was often a little haphazard! Now that placement is over I am back at uni, writing assignments and getting back into training. I have got 3 assignments due imminently, so no rest for the wicked!!

Here are some of the things I’ve been eating over the last few days.


This was a smoothie made with spinach, raspberries, raspberry ripple protein powder, flaxseeds and water all blended. Along with a liquorice and peppermint tea.

Scrambled egg with ribbons of ham, rocket, spinach and tomatoes.

Coconut flour pancakes with chopped banana and Dark Chocolate Dreams mixed with hot water to make a sauce!


Crabmeat with spinach, rocket, beetroot, olives, gherkins, tomatoes, cucumber.

This soup was delicious! Puy lentil and vine ripened tomato soup. Lush!

Wonderful Nandos! Quarter chicken with macho peas and corn on the cob.


Beef bolognaise served with courgette noodles, spinach, rocket and olives. Same again tonight! Gotta love leftovers!


Pot of dates and walnuts

Baked pears with banana and pistachio protein soft serve. Mmmmmm!

Other snacks have included hardboiled eggs and lots of veggies.

Had a bizzare shopping trip at the weekend, everywhere I went in Tesco people stared at my trolley! I didn’t think it was that odd, but I suppose there was an awful lot of fruit and veg. No more than usual for us though!!

Training has been ok, I’ve kept up a base fitness while on placement and was pleased when I was able to still run for 30 minutes without stopping! Marathon training has started with a vengeance, am up to 6 miles. Not long now!!!

Today has been spent baking these wonderful specimens, long-run cake with black beans, recipe courtesy of Runner’s World. Nomnomnom!

I have also been doing lots of reading for my assignments, it’s hard to jump straight back into assignment-writing mode when I’ve just been in teacher mode for the last 4 months. Need to stay as stress-free as possible, I have a tendency to let it all overwhelm me and then I get in a panic. Hopefully the exercise will help me.

This evening was spent completing a great swim session. 72 lengths in total, not bad!!

Got so much to tell you over the next few posts. I hope you are all really well, look forward to catching up with you all!!


A little late, but here is my Christmas in pictures

How gorgeous!!
More Christmas deccies
Christmas curtains

Me and baby Elliot
Huge selection of food for Swedish Christmas dinner
Part of Swedish Christmas dinner
Lots of desserts 🙂
Traditional dessert from Norway, brought to the celebrations
Table set for the Christmas dinner

Traditional Christmas Dinner

Missing in action!


I have got plenty to say but little time to post on it at the moment. I will update on my Christmas and New Year soon.

I have been working hard on trying to be a successful (student) teacher and so all my time, effort and everything else is taken up with this. I will leave you with 2 quotes which sum up how I’m feeling at the moment. Being a good, or outstanding teacher does not come without hard work and dedication. The second quote is exactly how I have felt, probably on more days than most, but I’ve got to trust myself and my teacher and I will succeed.

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I have got 2 more weeks left on my final placement, scary and altogether exciting. I will have made it! I just have to get through the last few months of uni and assignments. But I will get there!

4 more sleeps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I warn you now, this is going to be a super Christmassy post, so look away now if you are in any way a bah humbug!!

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I am now on school Christmas holidays! Yay! I totally lost my voice though for 5 days, boo 😦 I was so ill last week with a viral cold/flu thing and got a lovely cough, snotty nose and no voice. It is pretty much all gone now and it is almost Christmas so I am happy 🙂

Saturday was amazing, the first day of the hols and I promised myself I would not leave the flat at all, stay in my PJs all day, listen to Christmas songs and watch Christmas movies. I had Christmas tea, Christmas coffee and was blissfully happy!

Rob and I did however TOTALLY blitz the flat. It is now super squeaky clean. Not that it was dirty before, but you know when you want to make it squeaky?! And also to de-germ the place as I have been holed up ill all week.

The tree has been up for a couple of weeks now. It is tradition to decorate it with my Disney figures which we collected as children. Totally adorable. I LOVE Disney! Just look at the figures!!

We also have Christmas mugs 😀

Stockings up on the fireplace 😀 including one for Alan the cat, she even has her own advent calendar!!

Totally gone mad on the candles in the evenings, it’s been bliss.

This is me and Rob on the Santa Dash!!! Totally awesome. He ran with me and we did it in 27 minutes. So pleased as haven’t really run since the half marathon…. oooops! We had so much fun though.

My last day at school was lovely and I got some lovely cards and gifts, bless them!

I have been making gingerbread cookies which are gluten and dairy free! I’ve had some friends round and made some more cookies and some mince pies, using some amazing DARK CHOCOLATE mince pie filling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I now have Christmas slippers. I have several pairs of Christmas pyjamas. I have Christmas socks and Christmas knickers!!!!

We have also had a delicious Christmas dinner because it will be different to what we will have in Sweden. This was truly lush 😀

In short- I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Strictly Come Dancing final- just too much!!! It was just so close between Harry and Chelsee. Both were superb. I am sad that it is over now for another year.

This week I have been to see a dietician after my recent diagnoses of lactose intolerance and non-coeliac gluten sensitivity. It was really interesting and helpful. The main areas that she is concerned about are making sure I get enough calcium in my diet, and enough iron. I am going to be given an appointment in the new year to have a bone scan as well. I had totally forgotten that it was 10 years ago that I was diagnosed with IBS, TEN years ago! And have just been taken seriously now, which is good because lactose intolerance is something I will always have. She is convinced that I have got coeliac disease, but to be honest having a label on it is rather irrelevant as I eat a gluten free diet now. Having said that, some gluten had crept back into the diet- mostly from being lazy and not reading labels properly, and boy have I suffered. I have had incredibly painful sores all down my throat and really itchy eyes. If anything, this little flare-up and seeing the dietician have made me more focused on looking after my health.

Tomorrow we are off to Sweden to spend Christmas there. There are 6 of us going! We are going to spend it with Rob’s brother and his wife, and their new arrival baby Elliot, who is just adorable. We will be back next week!

In the meantime, have a wonderful Christmas and I hope it brings lots of happiness to you.

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