Paprika Potatoes!

Now I am aware I might be late to the party, but I have just made these, and they are so easy and so delicious!

The other day I was making a Spanish Omelette and I wasn’t using chorizo (it’s not free on Slimming World, and I had none anyway!) – so I wanted to add some extra flavour. So I decided to add salt and paprika to the potatoes while cooking. And Wow! I think they are my new obsession! I bought more salad potatoes and cooked them up so they’d be ready for me to make these again (which I already have)!

They are so simple:

Slice the (cooked) salad potatoes
Spray with fry light
Sprinkle on salt and paprika
Spray the frying pan with fry light and heat
Put the potatoes into the pan, with the sprayed and seasoned side facing down
Spray the tops of the potatoes and sprinkle on salt and paprika
After 1-2mins, turn over the potatoes and fry the other side for another 1-2mins
Then you’re ready to go!

They are really simple and really tasty. Usually potatoes need to be fried in butter, or have butter melting in while you’re eating them – but these really add such a flavour that you don’t miss the butter.

A speed bump in my exercise

I was pretty gutted on Saturday night to get out for a walk with my other half, to only get a small way up the road and realise that I couldn’t go on with the pain.

Shin splints.

A few years ago I was “training” for a mini marathon and I got shin splints. I learned at that time that my footwear was extremely important, so since then every time I am exercising I make sure to have good runners. A few months ago I went and got my gait analysed and bought runners that they recommended (even though they were a step down from what I was previously wearing), according to my then exercise amounts. As you may remember from my post Little walks add up to big miles
I had remembered they had told me that the runners would give support to about 10 miles. So last week I went back over and talked to them and bought a new pair of more supportive runners with more cushioning.

On Friday night I tried them out, but couldn’t run and walking even hurt but I thought I would still be fine. Until Saturday night.

So I’ve been doing a lot of research in to shin splints – and basically “active rest” until the pain is gone. Active rest means to still exercise, but to rest the shins, so swim, stationary bike or cross trainer. It makes it a bit more difficult because I can’t do any of them with Baba Z with me, like I can with the walking. I thought an exercise dvd might be ok but the skipping and bouncing was too much impact so I just did the upper body parts.

I’m really going to have to find ways around this and make sure to keep exercising, so that in a few weeks I can start back the walking and running!

Not my story to tell?

This is something I would love to hear feedback from other bloggers on. It is something that comes into my mind a lot when I think of things I would like to write about. It is something I struggle with.

A lot of my life time stories are not just MY stories. There are other people involved. I would come from a relatively private family, my family don’t get involved in gossip or talk about other people (so much so that about two weeks ago I realised that my Dad hadn’t told any of his family about my wedding that he’s known about since last year and is happening in less than three months!) But I am very aware of other people’s feelings, and other people not wanting their lives to be shared.

I am quite an open person. I have been through a lot of experiences in my life, and I know that by sharing them I can help people. I feel that talking about things is very important, and that by talking it lets other people know that things that they are going through are normal. And by knowing that how you are feeling or thinking, or what you are going through, is normal, it often helps. As they say “a problem shared is a problem halved” – and usually it just takes someone to start the ball rolling to make others feel comfortable about opening up.

I am aware that a lot of my experiences are interlinked with other peoples experiences.

I am also aware that family and friends could be seeing my life and views via the blog, and that a throwaway comment on any subject could be misconstrued by anyone and cause hurt or upset.

What are your views on this? As I said at the start, I do struggle with this so would be very interested to hear some opinions!

Little walks add up to big miles!

About two or three months ago, I started using the treadmill and I could feel my shin splints coming on. I went over to a fitness store, where they analyse your gait and check your pronation and they advise which style of runners would be best for you.

When we were looking at options, the store assistant asked me about my exercise habits and from what I told her she advised a particular pair. I asked would they still be suitable if I increased my exercise, she said yes that they would give enough support up about ten miles a week (if I can remember correctly) – and I said well thats grand I won’t reach that anyway!

Last night I logged into my “mapmywalk” ( account on the computer – all my exercise over the past few weeks is logged there. This week I have walked/jogged almost THIRTEEN miles. Already, there’s still three days to go!

I was really suprised. It really goes to show that the one or two miles here and there add up. This week I’ve been adding little walks into my day as well as my scheduled walks/jogs, things like walking up to do the playschool collection or walking to my pilates class.

When I look back over last month, I was averaging about 7 miles a week, so you can really see how the added walking has increased it. It really goes to show that all the little changes you make can add up to a big difference.

I’m very impressed with myself. I’m quite proud to see the numbers!

I am also now thinking I should check back in with the footwear store and see should I be upgrading my runners! 🙂