La rentree (Back to school)


Well, September is here, as are cooler temps, back to school madness, all the Parisians (as well as major traffic), and fall fruits & veggies.

My week was typical of the first week in September, where the kids went back to school. There was nothing particularly special about it, so here are a bunch of very random things I did as we start to get ready for our fall routine…

Home / kids :

  • I spent time on line reading about the Common Application in the US as my daughter would like to apply to one US school. The hardest thing about it is that she needs to write an essay, and the writing styles are different here in France. Ugh.
  • School started Sept. 1st, so I had a  ton of paperwork to fill out
  • I did 7 loads of laundry + ironing
  • I made appointments for my kids & myself (hair cuts, osteopath, podiatrist, dermatologist, aesthetician…)
  • Spent time covering books


  • Restocked my cupboards. I order groceries on line and have them delivered. They sat in the entranceway for 24 hours, but at least we had food.


For work :

  • I had to make a video and spent a lot of time getting the angle just right. I didn’t want the handle of my radiator to appear in the video, so we filmed it 6 or 7 times. Everytime I moved my head you could see the radiator behind me. Ggrrrr. (I didn’t post the video, the topic is not very interesting !) In the picture below, you can not see the radiator, but I had a hard time sitting still while filming.



For myself :

  • I got a haircut & color
  • I exercised 5 days ( 46K of running + weight, ab and upper body work). We had really great running weather on Saturday, and I did 18,5 miles in high sixties, but overcast skies. Perfect. Run was pretty good, except the last 2 miles were TOUGH. Completely blew my average pace.


Still planking !


…..And finally, I haven’t mentioned this yet, but I am doing a 6 week carb cycling program to reset my metabolism and loose some of my belly fat. Yes, preoccupations of being in my mid forties….

I have just completed the third week. I am fully enjoying it but it does take some mental energy to plan and anticipate, and build the work outs in with my marathon training. More on this at at later date, but I can say I am loving it, am learning a lot and have lost fat / gained muscle.

And that’s a wrap.

I am linking up with Holly and Tricia at Hoho runs and Misssippipiddlin for their Weekly Wrap.

Tell me one thing about your week ! Is it still hot in your neck of the woods ? 



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Comments: 19

  1. Karen September 4, 2016 at 8:22 pm Reply

    Sounds busy, busy, busy!
    That is great the 6 week is working for you. Details 🙂 I am awful about plans, but it helps to know it really works for someone so I can get my self to try. It is nice to see results, lately all I have done is gain weight.
    Glad to hear you have nice weather. It is still very humid here most days, but every so often a nice day may pop up in Sept. I hope!
    Overcast is the best for run days!
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 5, 2016 at 7:38 pm Reply

      Hope you have cooler temps soon. Today it was 60. It was great.

  2. Mary Beth Jackson September 5, 2016 at 2:28 am Reply

    busy, busy, busy! I think it is cool you order groceries on-line and have them delivered! I am ordering dinners from Blue Apron and they are delivered and I feel like a big city girl! LOL! I hope you have a great week and get all those forms filled out!
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 5, 2016 at 7:37 pm Reply

      I order on line all the time. Save me hours in the grocery store and its so worth it.

  3. Coco September 5, 2016 at 1:41 pm Reply

    Interesting on the different essay styles for schools. I know the U.S. schools can expect writing that follows a set formula, which is good to learn but not good to have to follow all the time!. LOL at holding your head just right for the video! Good luck with the carb cycling.
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 5, 2016 at 7:36 pm Reply

      Thanks, will let you know how the carb cycling goes. I am learning a lot.

  4. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home September 5, 2016 at 2:13 pm Reply

    Ugh, that whole belly fat thing. I thought I was going to avoid it but it’s sneaking up on me no matter what. I think it might be just part of the whole menopause thing…

    I had no idea that there was a difference between essay styles from here and France. Hopefully the school will realize that…
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 5, 2016 at 7:35 pm Reply

      Yeah, the essay thing is a pain in the butt…

  5. Sonia September 5, 2016 at 7:07 pm Reply

    I’m curious about the carb cycling. I’ve read a little about it. Glad it’s working for you!

    • Karen - Fit in France September 5, 2016 at 7:35 pm Reply

      I will write a review when I am done with the 6 weeks, but it is based on Yuri Elkaim’s book.

  6. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy September 5, 2016 at 9:18 pm Reply

    I’ve tried a sort of serious carb cycling, which seemed too hard for me. So now I just do it loosely — eat lower carb on days I’m not running, higher on days I am. Long distance running isn’t really great for losing weight, unfortunately — spoed work, hill repeats, HIIT — they’re much better (and strength training).

    Unfortunately I really love the challenge of running long! Some days, anyway.

    Taking video of myself — very challenging!
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  7. Darlene September 6, 2016 at 12:12 am Reply

    What school is your daughter applying?

    Never heard of carb cycling… I haven’t done any kind of dieting since I starting running…too much work!!
    Anyway. I think you look great and now I can say that because I’ve met yo u in the flesh.
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  8. Elizabeth September 6, 2016 at 8:17 pm Reply

    I feel like I need a diet restart. Sometimes we get into a rut of going out to eat too often (usually because family is in town or work is too busy) and it’s nice to have a reset and eat fresher foods. I’ve never heard of carb cycling – I’m intrigued!
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  9. Psm September 6, 2016 at 10:32 pm Reply

    I am convinced that no matter how much I weigh, being in y sixties includes belly fat. I’m a tiny woman, but it came after menopause and is something that nothing seems to cure. So I decided to embrace it, oh and cover it up too! I have a question for you outside of this post. Do you have any idea if the area around Disneyland Paris is hilly? We have not seen a course map for our half marathon later this month and are curious what we can expect. Thanks so much. If you want to email that would be wonderful.

  10. Kimberly Hatting September 7, 2016 at 2:05 pm Reply

    Our weather is crazy. We had a bit of a cool-down, but it came back with a vengeance LOL That said, I am not ready for summer to end…I love the warm weather. 😉
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 8, 2016 at 9:03 pm Reply

      We are still having fantastic weather here and it looks like it will continue for another 2 weeks. LOVE it !

  11. Nicola @ Running Happy September 8, 2016 at 10:56 am Reply

    Seeing all those books reminded me of trips to France with my family. I’d always head straight to the stationery sections in shops as French stationery was always much more exciting than English stuff!

    Sounds like you had a busy but productive week.
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    • Karen - Fit in France September 8, 2016 at 9:02 pm Reply

      Yes, it was productive !

  12. HoHo Runs September 9, 2016 at 2:37 am Reply

    You got a lot accomplished! The paperwork we have to fill out on the first day of school is ridiculous. Isn’t it already in a computer somewhere? I covet your 7 loads of laundry, but not the ironing. Mine is closer to 12 loads a week. UGH. We are still in the mid 90s during the day, but thankfully the mornings are just a bit better. Thanks for linking, Karen!

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