Thursday, July 25, 2013
I still can't quite believe that I managed this, but I did. This morning I completed the entire 5 miles on this DVD of Leslie's! In one go! And it included strength training in miles 2 and 4!
Of course, now I'm exhausted! My legs and arms are aching like fun, and I struggled to get to Waitrose and back with a very heavy Wilbur.
But I'm so pleased with myself!
It was worth over 10,000 steps! And it took about 85 minutes! (The workout, not the shopping trip! LOL)
Mind you, I think I'll be a bit less full on tomorrow to balance things out a bit. Can't go full tilt all the time. :-)
I enjoyed myself at Waitrose as well, looking for loads of veggies for my baked potato topping experiments. I figure that the tastier the topping the less need I'll have to slather my potato in butter. Smart, huh? :-)
I bought loads of organic onions and courgettes and mushrooms and broccoli, and some nice Italian cheese, and some salmon bits. I love smoked salmon bits. They are just cheaper offcuts of the expensive slices, and just as delicious, and they will be lovely mixed in with veggies on my spud.
I also bought some lamb mince and cannellini and black eyed beans to make a chilli-style topping, which will also go well with my wholegrain rice. :-) Popping that in the slow cooker tomorrow. Yum!
I hope it won't be too long before I'm eating veggies from my garden. It has been a slow start because I couldn't start planting until mid May. The buds are starting for the courgettes though, and the runner beans and dwarf beans are starting to grow properly. The root veggies - carrots, parsnips, khol rabi, fennel etc - are sprouting nicely. The cauliflowers are teeny, though! The plants should get huge but at the moment they are barely 3 inches tall! The onion and garlic both have good leaf growth, but the spring onions will be autumn ones by the time they arrive! LOL
Here are a few pics of the garden...
Pretty plant whose name I forget:
The veg beds:
The herb planter by the back door. Got the stand at the RSPCA charity shop for two pounds! The top has chives, thyme and parsley, and the bottom is basil, my four most frequently used herbs in the kitchen:
Our hedgehogs - sympathetic magic to keep the slugs away! :-)
Our day lily! This is the third bloom in three days. So pretty!
Bizzy lizzies or something if I remember correctly. I got these because I thought the leaves were pretty. Turns out the flowers are too. :-)
The grapevine. If the bunches of grapes all ripen, we will have to learn how to make wine! There are more than enough to eat!
And finally, the pooch!
She has settled in very well since the garden was completed. She loves it out there, and has her favourite sunning spot and shady spot.
This is Twinks in her sunning spot:
And this is Twinks in her fave shady spot:
Yep, I have to share the swing seat. LOL Pardon my dishevelled appearance as well, please. I'd been gardening and was taking a well earned break when Tara snapped this shot.
We haven't made it official yet, because as far as I know Twinks is still out of the adoption running pending legal proceedings with her previous so-called forever home that kept her brother and slung her out, but once we can she will be adopted by us. She was in such a state when she came to us, and I can't feel justified in moving her on yet again when she is feeling so secure now - well, as long as I'm nearby anyway. She has really attached herself to me. Yes, she sleeps on the bed. :-)
And is in the garden whenever she can be. In fact, this is her "Ok, so I stood still for the photo. Can I PLEASE go and sniff about now?" face!
Hope the day isn't too hot for you. Tis for me! *phew!*
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
I watched the interview with Leslie Sansone and Nicole on my new DVD of Leslie's today.
This link contains the second mile of the DVD:
I've been using the You Tube videos of this DVD (called the Leslie Sansone Walk at Home: 5 Mile Fat Burning Walk) for months now because I couldn't find a UK-compatible DVD, but thankyou Online4DVDs via amazon.co.uk!!! I found it at last!!! I ordered it and another of her DVDs (Leslie Sansone Walk at Home: Walk Slim 5 Really Big Miles) on Monday afternoon, and they both arrived this morning in the post! This makes the total number of Leslie DVDs I own up to SEVEN! One for every day of the week! :-)
The title of this blog is one of the things Nicole said during the interview. :-) I could not agree more! Remember people, we are looking for lifestyle changes, not diets! Not gimmicks, not quick fixes, but things we can do every day that keep us both healthy AND happy!
HEALTHY -- HAPPY
These two words should never be separated! If what you are doing is making you miserable, or you find it boring, you won't keep it up unless you are THE most stubborn mule on the planet! :-) That goes for both food and exercise, so find ways that work for you that you enjoy!
ONE day at a time and ONE change at a time!
If you are just starting out on this path it can be daunting, so make small changes at first that you can sustain! Don't try to do it all at once.
For example, try drinking a glass of water before every meal - while preparing the food is a good time.
Or start weighing the butter you use on your bread and potatoes.
Or have a play with the active games on your kids game console, or find an exercise you like the look off on You Tube, or here at Sparkpeople that will get you moving for a few minutes.
Anyhoo... she says, as she quietly sweats from a combination of hot weather and exercise, it looks like I have to get my nose back to the grindstone. My weight, after hovering in the high 12 stones for months, has suddenly leapt over the barrier into thirteen stone and then some. *pout*
Well, that just won't do, so I am back tracking my food, my water and my exercise. You see, I have discovered that whereas for Meatloaf, Two out of Three Ain't Bad, in this case, Two out of Three Ain't Good Enough!
I've made sure to exercise and I've drunk my water almost every single day, but I have been getting lax with my food. Measuring it, yep, but actually adding up the measurements, not so much!
the cardinal sin...
I've been guessing amounts of the danger foods - you know the ones...
Especially the chocolate. You see, I joined a chocolate tasting club at Hotel Chocolat! Big mistake, because their chocolate is THE BEST chocolate I have EVER tasted. The only thing preventing me from going totally haywire is that it is expensive chocolate!
So, I am reining myself in! I am back tracking on Spark, and I am determined to improve my situation. I know I can get down to at least 12 1/2 stone, because I've been there before, and I know I can do it using moderation in all things foodie!
Breakfast today - 100g raspberries which are amazing this time of the year (and were NOT dipped in chocolate!), and a nutrigrain bar. And I'm about to head for the rice krispies (30g) with a large banana and 200ml semi skimmed milk. That will finish my breakfast portion of the day off very nicely.
Oh, and only three mugs of tea a day from now on:
I have also gone mad exercising this week. I'm back to a good hour or more a day instead of the bare twenty minutes a day I've been doing lately.
This morning, for example, I have completed two miles and a stretch with Leslie, and played my Step to the Beat game on the Wii for 72 mins!
And after breakfast I plan to plunge into a nice cool bath! :-)
One thing I do need to check out, however, is the effect of the menopause on weight gain.
Yes, it is official! I am doing the menopause dance! Don't know whether I'm coming or going, and can't keep a thought in my head for more than two seconds.
Never have shinies been more distracting!
And, how can you tell the difference between hot weather and a hot flush, for instance?
Ah well, I guess I'll figure it out somehow.
Enjoy your day.
Sunday, June 02, 2013
Didn't switch on my computer until about an hour ago. Somehow, basking in the early morning sun, watering the veg beds, followed by exercise, then breakfast outside, cleaning garden furniture, and finally smothering some recent wooden garden acquisitions in clear varnish seemed more appealing. :-) Plus, Twinkle is in seventh heaven when she can be in and out of the garden as she pleases. Nothing like a contented doggy for company. :-)
Hope your Sunday is as delicious as mine has been so far. :-)
Goodie for the first person who gets the references in the bottom lol. :-)
And Senator got the violin reference. Goodie on its way.
What about the chess reference, though. Anyone?
Friday, May 31, 2013
Remember when my garden looked like this?...
Well, we are almost there, and this is what it looks like at the moment:
Joe is making a decent roof for it because the one that came with it was rubbish!
Still needs pointing, and the surround will be transformed with soil and shingle for planting.
Lawn, and the shingle area which will be my herb garden:
Twinkle was allowed on the grass for the first time today. The way she sniffed about, and then rolled around in ecstasy said it all! :-) She loved it!
Butterfly and Dragonfly, plus my acer and new watering can
Plenty of seating for guests (Anne in particular, take note, but any of you are welcome if you are down or up my way). :-)
All in all, looking good! :-)
I hope to get some veggie seeds planted this weekend.
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