Get hot, get slim, go RUNNING – with HotPants! – Day 5

Bish bash bosh, real good spaetzle?

I do love a good bank holiday, especially when it’s the day after another bank holiday. Bless you Queeny!

Woke up an hour before my run this morning, so that I could get something to eat before heading out. For my previous runs I’ve been running on empty and wanted to try something new. Armed with my Hotpants, I ended up running sub 10  minute miles, even though I upped the mileage by another half mile to 3.1 miles. Boo-ya-ka-sha! Sub half hour 5k. I also got a pic while running; it just looked like a really pretty shot, so I went for it.

‘A prettyish kind of a little wilderness’ – if you recognise the quote, ten points to you!

I’m getting nods of recognition in the park now,  becoming something of a regular there now!

Felt like something de-lish for luncheon, and I tried the recipe for something I saw on the Hairy Bikers Bakeation cooked by a yodeller in the Alps. After reading around, I found that the dish was called Kasnocken, made using Spaetzle. Spaetzle is small dumpling cooked in boiling water. Then to make kasnocken (from what I can tell), you sautee the dumplings in butter, onions, chives and garlic and then add lashings of cheddar cheese.

Dumpling mix, and some bacon for the sautee stuff; because everyone loves bacon.

Didn’t have any chives, so added a minuscule amount of spinach for greenery.

Really grateful for my extra calorie burning Hotpants today; those lashings of cheese were sooo good! I justify it with the spinach in there. It’s healthy, promise!


Get hot, get slim, go RUNNING – with HotPants! – Day 4

In the summertime…

Had a nice relaxing 1.5 mile recovery jog today, I say recovery but I ended up running a 9:30 minute mile which is faster than any run I’ve done so far. Confused… didn’t break too much of a sweat, except my legs due to my Hotpants of course – toned legs here I come!

Spent the rest of the day so far doing some baking. Found a bag of mixed fruit in the cupboard as well as some oats and bread flour, so I mixed it with some baking powder and a couple of eggs and made some biscotti.


Looks… wonderful?


Needed to test it, make sure it tasted okay…

It didn’t rise that much, so the biscotti isn’t very wide because of the bread flour bit still taste pretty good. I’ll be sure to get some plain flour next time I’m out.


Ah well, you win some you lose some.

Get hot, get slim, go RUNNING – with HotPants! – Day 3

God bless my rest day, and God save the Queen!

While waiting for the Queen to board on the TV I’ve been checking out various races to compete in before the biggie; 5k’s and 10k’s that I can travel to easily. I really like the the look of this one.

Just wondering whether the outfits are provided. Either way, this is one I seriously want to do! It’s called the Liverpool Santa Dash, and goes right through the city centre.

I’ve also decided on Jospice to donate to for this particular race, it’s an excellent cause which runs hospices around Liverpool and St. Helens. I’ll be posting the JustGiving page as soon as I’m entered so please keep checking for updates.

Now, as I think the Queen will agree with me, it’s Gin O’Clock time, and so, on with the show!

Get hot, get slim, go RUNNING – with HotPants! – Day 2

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God save the Queen… and the Queen of Twitter @Queen_UK

My copy of Gin O’Clock finally came today, extracts from the Queens unofficial diaries. Surely the only souvenir one needs for this weekend!

Anyhow, run today was a killer. Aching and dying etc I dragged myself up this morning. Got changed before I checked the weather outside the window, good thing to as if I’d have looked outside before changing, I would have promptly fell back asleep.

Was crazy grateful for my Hotpants this morning; it was windy and cold and my arms were freezing but my legs were perfectly toasty for the whole thing. Not that many people in the park, it was slightly foggy and a little bit rainy, but I would not be deterred in my quest for trim legs!

Did a 2.6 miler today, at the same pace still. Had ‘Drive By’ blasting from my headphones, resulting in some funny looks as I was singing along. Took my Hotpants off afterwards, legs were beautifully smooth and soft, if a bit sweaty, but it’s nice to see the fruits of your labour. I’m looking forward to the rest of the day and my first rest day of my schedule tomorrow. Like everyone, getting my party on for the Jubilee weekend. God save the Queen!

Get hot, get slim, go RUNNING – with HotPants! – Day 1

Out of the fire, and felt like I was in a frying pan.

After dragging myself out of bed, I immediately got changed into my running kit; trusty Hotpants with a nice sleevelss top. I’ve found that when I’m already changed into my workout stuff, I can’t justify getting back into bed as much. Had my playlist pre made too, so that I couldn’t use that as an excuse.

Lovely day for a run anyhow, so after finally getting out of the house (the finding some headphones process took 10 minutes) I was ready to go.

There’s an entrance to a local park not half a mile from my house (makes me feel all the more guilty for only starting today) so I did a loop of the park, occasionally putting a burst of speed on to impress people out walking their dogs. Did a good 2.5 miles, which may not seem very far but I am a bit of a couch potato, at a 10 minute mile pace.

I could practically hear the Hotpants burning off that fat.  There was continual surprise that no one mistook me for a barbeque as I ran around. I myself could hear sizzling.

Was bright red by the time I returned to my humble abode and after scrabbling for a glass of water and leaving my Hotpants on till my temp went down (don’t whip them off immediately, if you’re still sweating, they’re still burning calories) and took a well deserved shower!

Get hot, get slim, go RUNNING – with HotPants!

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life… well not quite, but it certainly is the first two. Today is the day I start training for a half marathon – in my Zaggora Hotpants!

As women we all have our trouble spots. Mine is, and always has been, my legs. When I went to the gym, my legs kept getting bigger! I am one of those unfortunate people whose leg musle explodes when they exercise. My legs were at one point 25 inches thick! I was disproportionate in the extreme, size 8 tops, size 10-12 pants. Okay, size 12 pants ;).

I’ve been looking for solutions since. And no matter what research I do, or how hard I look, there is only one solution to my problem. Running. Running makes you skinny. Absolutely gutted, because it’s neither something I like, nor my forte.

Hotpants make you skinny too. It’s already been scientifically proven. They specifically target the area where I’ve always had trouble; what more could I ask for! So I’ve combined the two, and I’ll see where it takes me.

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Measurements so far – eek!

Waist:   28.5 inches

Hips: 37 inches

Thigh: 24 inches