November: Meal Miles Books and Looks

It has been a stressful month as I waited to find out what was happening with my financial future.  Thankfully today I have received some clarity around that but now I'm woefully behind with Christmas planning and the last posting date to family is on Friday eep!


I'm a little light on meal photos this month and I wished I had taken a picture of the delicious pizza that Kane made last week topped with lots of peppery roquette - yum.
1.  Halloumi fajitas
2.  Pfeffernüsse cookies - I'm ashamed to admit that I had 1.5 of these for breakfast, but I regret nothing!
3.  Sardines on toast make a tasty lunch
4.  Cappuccino that I made myself - I've not totally got the hang of the milk steamer so some come out better than others.

Miles: 45.8km

I've just started working with a coach to help me build consistency around training and to prevent me getting injured which is something that happens to me too often.
My new schedule is to run 3 times a week for set distances (3k, 6k and 11k), to do some fun activity 3 times a week, and to build the habit of a 5 minute morning walk every day.
I bike commuted one day last week when it was such a beautiful morning and I think I'll be doing more of that.
//Me on the Grafton Bike Path


I read two books this month one fiction and one non-fiction.
Brooklyn is the story of an Irish girl who emigrates from her small village to New York in the 1950's.  It's an interesting look, not only at life in those two very different places at this time but also at the challenges of growing up.
//Image from Goodreads

This was interesting book about introversion but it mostly applies to American life.

//Image from Goodreads


I got these blue tights from Lululemon last month when I was dressing up as a super hero to run a race.  I love them and I love the colour so I've added them to my yoga outfit rotation but I found myself slightly self conscious walking to the studio in them because they are so eye catching!
// At the studio
It was Scottish night at our Lions club in the middle of the month.  Kane wore his Orkney rugby shirt and I wore my blue dress with tartan tights and Scottish jewellery.

// Janelle, Kane & Me
What was your meals, miles, books and looks of November?

Currently In ... November


Reading: Right now I'm reading Rosemary Conley's Amazing Inch Loss Plan.  I also got an Isaac Asimov book from the library too but I haven't started it yet.

Watching: I watched hockey on the NHL app for my phone whilst on the bus yesterday - I love living in future!  Lately I've watched the first episode of Man in the High Castle and the first few episodes of Super Girl.

Feeling: I've been burning the candle at both ends so I'm feeling tired.  I get a night off tonight and even though there are a million-and-one things I could and should do, I think I just need a quiet night.

Thinking: It's time to try and lose some weight.  I love food and I eat far too much of it.  It's going to be a hard task but it's important.  That's why I've got the Rosemary Conley book, it's a low fat calorie controlled diet and with my family history of cardiovascular disease and gall bladder issues this heart healthy approach should be just what I need.

Anticipating:  The start of the Christmas festive season!  I'll be putting on some festive music and writing out my cards then soon it'll be time to dig out the decorations.

//Santa and Reindeer above Farmers Dept Store

//Doves and Baubles across Vulcan Lane

Listening to: Not a whole lot.  For some reason my podcast app is playing up.  My whole phone is playing up, it's like it knows a new model is out and it's almost Christmas.  It's an Apple conspiracy.

Planning: My black Friday shopping list.  It's not a thing here but I noticed last year how it's much cheaper to buy stuff from the US in the sales and have it shipped to me :)  We don't have Gap here and I love their jeans so that's something that's definitely on the list!

Working: Last week I started with a running/fitness coach who's focus is on helping women get into running and build healthy habits.  Right now we are working on the consistency habit.  I'm also working on redecorating my home office.
//Image from Moxiee Running

Wanting: I read the books and I've seen the other movies in the cinema so I'm keen to go see the last Hunger Games movie: Mockingjay part 2.  Maybe I'll take Kane for a Friday cinema date night.

Needing: My morning routine really needs a shake up.  I've gotten into a bad habit lately of just staying in bed after I wake up checking out social media on my phone and before I know it I've wasted huge amounts of time!  I also need a new phone :(

Loving: I'm loving yoga and my yoga studio.  I managed crow pose for the first time recently so I think I'm getting a tiny bit stronger yay :)  I celebrated by buying a new pair of Wunderunder leggings today.

//Lululemon Britomart
Grateful: for Earl Grey tea.  I drink a ton of this stuff every day and it helps me get some incidental exercise as I walk back and forth the kitchen and - I hope this isn't TMI - also the ladies room.  It's reported to lower cholesterol as well as fight anxiety, depression and stress but I started drinking it because that's what Cpt Jean-Luc Picard drinks in Star Trek:TNG and I really love the taste.

Wishing: If wishes were horses poor men would ride.  I was thinking about this yesterday and imagining what a world overtaken by horses would look like.

//The friendly neighbourhood horses
Are you going to see Mockingjay Part 2?  What is your favourite beverage?

Auckland Traverse 12k


On Sunday 1st November I ran the Auckland Traverse 12k, which was the event that the Run Walk series had been leading to.

Official Stats:

Distance: 12 km
Time: 1:39:30
Pace: 08:17 min/km


The day before was fairly low key and I'd almost forgot it was Hallowe'en.  We don't get many trick-or-treaters where we live and even though I had bought decorations, I totally forgot to decorate and hadn't bought any lollies so it was just as well no kids came around.

We did have a nice pasta dinner of spaghetti and vege sausages in a spicy tomato sauce.

In the morning we were up early to watch the Rugby Wold Cup final between New Zealand and our neighbours Australia.  It was quite exciting lots of stand out moments and an emotional win for NZ as lots of these players are retiring now.

Once the game was finished it was time to head into town.  The race starts and ends at different locations so we parked in town and then our friend Carmy, who was also racing the 12k, drove us to the start area.

We all waited in a nice big grassy area for a while before it was time to put our drop bags in the cages and head down to the start line.  I wished Kane luck and he headed further up the crowd while Carmy and I stayed to the back of the runners but in front of the walkers we had a little while to chat and get our tech sorted out before the gun went off and then it was an easy walk to the start line before we could start running.

On The Course

I already wasn't feeling my best so had devised a race strategy that I would be happy with, which was running for 3 minutes and walking for 2 minutes. 
The first 2km went by really quickly to reach Akoranga bus station which was where the race started last year (when it was the Quarter Marathon, 10.55km) most of the rest of the course was very familiar to me having raced on it last year.
Around the 5km mark was where I reached the bridge.  The bridge is an evil steep hill.  I tried to keep with my run 3 walk 2 but started to struggle with it towards the top of the hill.  I saw Alex Asher of Moxiee Running going in the opposite direction giving encouragement along the way.  There are cut off times for participants in the marathon, half marathon and 12k to make it over the bridge otherwise the sweeper bus, known as the loser cruiser, will have to take you across to the other side and Alex was making sure his clients beat the bus!
I did a couple of run 2 walk 3 on the bridge so I made up for it on the way down by running for 8 minutes.  Then there is another long uphill stretch with a short steep downhill.  I had done around 8km at this point and could tell that I had reached the edge of my training.  It was also really hot and sunny now and there was no shade as we ran by the marina.  I had been sweating lots, drinking a lot of water and had clicked over the hour so I found myself worrying I was going to die of hyponatremia.
The course pleasantly deviated from last years around the Wynyard Quarter and the last 2 km was around this well populated area before heading along the straight towards Victoria Park and the finish line.  I must have gone too easy on myself out there because I had loads left in the tank for a sprint finish, I should have kicked it up a notch a kilometre or two earlier.
Kane got me at the finish line and we headed to meet Kelly, who had been doing the half, at her fund raising tent where we got egg rolls and lollies.

Post Race

Once Carmy arrived we all headed back to my office where some of us showered and changed and then we drove Kelly home and Carmy to her car.  Kane and I headed out for the Scandinavian Christmas Market.
The market was extremely popular and we picked up some goodies. 

I got lots of cute tree ornaments, a little tray and a Yule Goat.  We also got some other grocery items, pepparkakor and a chocolate yule log cake.
We got home about 4.30 where I made us some dinner and then we spent the rest of the evening relaxing.  It was a really great day.
There is a German Christmas market at the end of the month too!  Do you have festive markets near you?

October: Meals, Miles, Books and Looks

October was a good month; we kicked off the NHL hockey season, and the rugby world cup was under way, Kane and I went on a date night to the cinema to see The Martian in 3D, I got in some great hot yoga workouts, went on away for the weekend with my friends to run in a relay race, all good things!


I ate out way too often this month and mostly it was lunches but I'm pleased with the evening meals I made.

1. Baked potato with lentil chili, corn chips and home made guacamole.
2. Baked potato with lemon garlic prawns - It was Hallowe'en so I made the prawns into a 666 on the potato hahaha!
3. Honey & sriracha prawns & vege kebabs.
4.  Corn and capsicum stuffed mushrooms topped with mozzerella cheese.

1.  Pumpkin ravioli with tuna steak and asparagus.
2.  Quorn mince chili with corn chips, salsa and homemade guacamole.
3.  Baked potato with coronation style mushrooms.
4.  Boiled potatoes tossed with butter and oats, fish balls in dill sauce and asparagus.

Miles: 30.3km

I had two races this month, one was 8km and the other 8.27km.  For my other workouts I went to a barre class and I did a couple of hot yoga classes.


I thought I'd try something different and read two graphic novels based on fictional novels by the fictional author Richard Castle who is played by Nathan Fillion on TV's Castle.  I quite enjoyed reading these as they were light entertain and just what I needed this month.
I also read The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag after reading Amber's review and it was certainly a quick and fun read.
//Image from Goodreads


And I have no looks to share with you this month.  I need new clothes!!
Hope you've had a great October, what did you eat and read?