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Thunderstorm Stopped Me Blogging!

Sunday, July 28, 2013


Told you it was hot over here...

This blog would have been posted yesterday but I was halfway through writing it when the storm front they promised descended, so I had to switch the computer off for the rest of the evening.

So here we go again (she says checking the weather forecast quickly to see if we are in the clear now)


Friday Evening's meal was scrumptious. I combined two ideas into one pot and it was delicious! Salmon Roulade and Vegetable Tien combine together really well it turns out. :-)

I took a salmon roulade (Waitrose do these all set to put in the oven, so it is hassle-free):

I chopped up some onion and fried it in a little olive oil, and while it was cooking I also gathered and thinly sliced a selection of beefsteak tomato, courgette and potato.

I then grabbed a round pyrex oven dish and spread the onion on the base of the dish. Then I placed the cut veggies into the bowl vertically in a circle around the edge of the bowl on top of the onion. I had a few small bits of courgette left so I laid them flat in the centre as a stand for the salmon roulade.

I popped the veg (without the salmon) in the oven for about 40 mins at Gas 6 until the veg was softening, then I took it out, sprinkled some grated Italian cheese (although cheddar works too) over the veg, placed the salmon roulade in the centre, and popped it back into the oven for another 20 mins.

When it came out I just scooped it all onto a plate and munched my way through.

Dee. licious! :-)

So Friday ended on a very tasty note. :-)

Sadly, however, Saturday did not get off to a good start...

sad news...

Pidge passed this morning. The shock of the attack followed by the cat trying to get to her the next day was too much for her and she couldn't eat. I took her to the vets after a pingpong match between the local wildlife rescue centre and the RSPCA, and the vet looked her over and decided it was kindest to put her to sleep. For this service they were nice enough not to ask for a payment, and when I offered a donation they refused it. That is true pet care and customer service!!!

That kindness was a real relief after the morning I had on the phone. Honestly, I could spit! I know that the RSPCA does some stellar work, but seriously, when you phone their local number on a Saturday morning you would think that someone would actually be there. Animals don't just get sick Monday to Friday, you know!

So what actually happened? As the RSPCA were conspicuous by their absence when I tried to contact them, I rang the vet because it was clear that Pidge still wasn't eating and could not be persuaded to. The veterinary assistant explained that unfortunately they aren't set up for wildlife care, so the best they can do is take a look, and if necessary put Pidge to sleep. However, they did have the phone number of the local wildlife centre, and suggested I try them, and if they were unable to help then I should call the vet back.

So I rang the wildlife centre. The lady I spoke to was very nice, and offered to see if anyone was available to pick Pidge up. She rang back a few minutes later to say that unfortunately they were short staffed and they had no one available for a pick up. However, I could try the you've guessed it RSPCA!

I told her the local RSPCA number wasn't being manned and there was no other information on their message. So she suggested I try their emergency number.

So I rang the emergency number, went through the rigmarole of the automated message option 1 of 4, then option 2 of 6 then press 1 for a lecture on leaving fledglings where you find them unless they are injured. Press 2 for a suggestion to you've guessed it again ring your local wildlife rescue centre!

At no point did the message actually offer practical help, and after the lecture they cut me off!

So I rang the wildlife centre back to ask what to do next and the only option left was beg a lift out to their centre in the middle of nowhere from a neighbour. This is the joy of not having transport. Rescue centres are almost always in the middle of nowhere, and there isn't any way to reach them except by car.

As the only neighbour even vaguely nature-friendly who would have been approachable was out, that wasn't an option, so the only thing left I could do was ring the Vets again.

They told me that they were very busy, a number of emergencies had come in, but if I brought the bird down about noon and was willing to wait one of the vets would take a look, and if necessary put Pidge to sleep.

So, just time for a twenty minute exercise routine, followed by a quick breakfast and then I persuaded Pidge into a box puched full of holes, and walked her down to the vets where, as you already know, they felt it was kindest to put her to sleep.

I was a bit tearful silly I know, but I get attached to critturs so quickly. Still, I choked them back and walked out of the building. And instead of turning left and heading home, I turned right and headed for Castle Park. I figured the walk in the park would be nice, maybe cheer me up, and I could pick up a couple of bits in town and then head home.

It was lovely in the park, and with the trees in full foliage there was a pleasantly shady walk along the side of the river:

By the time I reach the other side of the park I was feeling much better, especially as I spotted my favourite pigeon being fed by a chap who was laid out on the grass enjoying his lunch. This pigeon has a gammy wing, and has been around for a long time. You can easily tell him apart from the others, even without the wing issue, because everyone takes pity on him and feeds him, so he is very fat! I was pleased to see him still with us, and I headed out of the park with a smile on my face and made for the bank, grabbed some cash and bought the bits I needed, then headed for a snack. Sadly I got waylayed by Greggs and ended up with a sausage roll, and after that I decided (without thinking it through) to try a Shakeaway milkshake raspberries, cream, icecream and meringue!

It was delicious! Just two problems...

One: raspberries crunched up in a shake contains loads of seeds (which I'm supposed to avoid with the diverticular issue) cue surrepticiously spitting out seeds after every mouthful into a tissue. LOL

Two: Bit calorific, specially on top of a sausage roll!

And I couldn't change the evening meal plan because the mince would have gone out of date, so yesterday was a bit over my calorie limit, and WAY over my fat limit.

Fortunately, up till that point I'd had a good week, so it balanced out more or less.

And today is the start of a new week. :-)
Let's hope it is a good one for all of us!
Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 7/29/2013 4:02PM

    Love the pictures - my food never looks that pretty, and I would love to walk along the paths and river in the park.

Bummer about pidge. Nice of you to try and save the little one.

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    Somethings are never easy to do. Your walk was lovely and I really enjoyed the pictures.

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CARLA-216 7/29/2013 9:36AM

    Aww, I'm so sorry about little Pidge. :( You did what you could and I'm sure she felt your love in her last days.

The walk looks so lovely and mood lifting for sure. That meal you made looked gorgeous and sounded delicious!

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2ABBYNORMAL 7/28/2013 10:24PM

    I'm so sorry about pidge. You did everything you could do. It's good that pidge isn't here suffering anymore.
I love you photos of your walks. It looks so peaceful.

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_LINDA 7/28/2013 8:30PM

    Sorry for the pidge :( You tried your best!
Artistic meal!
Love your photos! Nothing like a lovely walk to soothe what ails your spirit and body..
Linda xxx

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MNOT2THICK 7/28/2013 6:44PM

    So sorry to hear about pidge. Beautiful pics as usual. emoticon

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SASSYJAY 7/28/2013 2:57PM

    For you "Yank" readers out there:
Lexie's mysterious 'courgette' ingredient turns out to be zucchini.

As an editor, I do frequent Yank-Brit (started out as Yank-Kiwi) translations. Besides, I'm just nosy and also have a Google addiction.

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SENATOR9 7/28/2013 10:59AM

    you tried your best love the picturea

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LOVESLIFE48 7/28/2013 10:37AM

    I'm so sorry about the pidge. At least the poor thing is not suffering anymore. I get very attached to any animal!
Thanks for sharing your walk!! Beautiful pictures!!

Have a great week!! emoticon

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SHAWFAN 7/28/2013 9:14AM

    I'm sorry about Pidge, but there wasn't really much you could do but let him suffer, and I know you wouldn't do that. Love your photos! What a lovely walk. Wishing you a better day. emoticon

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I Created a Challenge on the Messageboards Today

Friday, July 26, 2013

Here's the link to my challenge for those of you who are up for it:


No pressure. :-)

It just seems to me that I often completely ignore what is available right there in front of me on the Sparkpeople login page, and this way I may take more notice, and have a little fun at the same time. We have a terrific resource here to add to the other outside sources we use, and I, for one, need to make more use of them.

So there! emoticon LOL

Plus Nicole is a sweetie! :-)

Mind you, it isn't always Nicole. I've seen Bollywood style workouts, yoga, all sorts of exercise videos flash by each day. Also, if my memory is not deceiving me, there is one video there before you spin the wheel, and another one after you spin and the page changes, so if you don't like the look of the first video, you can always reject it and take a chance that the second one will be more to your taste. :-)

Also, if you right click the first video and tell your computer to open it in a new tab or window you can save the before spin video just in case the second one is no good for you.

If you are really feeling energetic, of course, you can always do both!!! Who's up for that idea?

Anywhoo... today I went back to the 5 Really Big Miles DVD and did the warm up, mile 1, mile 5, and the cool down and stretch. I love that I can just hit the 'next' button on my dvd player and zip through the miles I don't want to do that day within seconds, while walking in place, of course, to keep momentum going. No slacking allowed with Leslie! LOL

Then I thought of the aforementioned challenge while eating breakfast, so I did the video on my log in page. I'd already spun the wheel by then, so missed the first option, but I enjoyed the one I did do very much, fudging the bits my knees wouldn't be able to take. :-)

Then I popped my Wii on and found my rainbow and built a block in the shopping district on Step to the Beat.

Meanwhile Tara had headed into town to get a few bits and pieces for me, and on her way back I headed out to meet her at Pets At Home.

You see, we have an extra guest currently.

Yesterday morning I let Twink out as usual, and seconds later as I was getting my water I heard her barking and could see her in her 'what the heck is that!' stance - back legs splayed, leaning forwards, then barking and leaping back. When heading down the garden to investigate the reason for her alarm I found two attacked pigeon fledglings in the veg area of the garden. One was dead, but the other just had minor injuries and was in shock. Given that it was able to evade my attempt to catch it, I decided to do what they recommend on the RSPB website and leave it where hopefully the parents could find it, namely behind the shed where it had retreated.

There was a good chance of it dying of shock, but at least it was sheltered there, and I put a bowl of water and a bowl of seed within reach. At intervals I went back to check, but there was no sign of the parents.

Anyway, it was still alive last night, but I wasn't sure how it would fare overnight as it didn't seem to be eating or drinking.

This morning, as Twink and I headed down the garden we saw a cat leap over the fence. The pidge had moved into a very narrow area, and was obviously scared, but seemed largely unharmed. However it was clear that the parents had no clue where she was, and we couldn't leave her any longer in case the cat came back, so I got a broom and gently encouraged her close enough to make a grab for her, and set her up in the potting shed with a towel lined box, food and drink, and left the top half of the stable door latched open so that she would get some air. It gets extraordinarily hot in that shed in this weather. I pinned an old pillow case across the doorway so that the sun wouldn't directly shine on her but so she'd get any breeze going by.

I was still a bit concerned about what else, if anything, we should be doing, so in order to be sure I headed down to Pets At Home for some advice. As luck would have it, I bumped into a lovely guy named Martyn, whose family breeds - you've guessed it - elephants!!!

Nah! Not really. His family breeds pigeons. I was just checking that you hadn't nodded off by this time. :-)

Anyway, I bought a pipette in case we have to try and make the pidge eat or drink and he worked out how old she is and that she would be eating birdseed by now, so all we can do really is keep her quiet, soak her seed and hope she recovers. So Twink, who has no idea where she has gone, is on cat patrol, and we'll just wait and see how Pidge does. If we have too much contact she will rely on us and become tame, so I hope we don't have to hand feed her because it will be better for her if she remains wild. I can't see Twink learning to distinguish between a pet pigeon and the wild ones she chases! Doesn't catch, but chases nonetheless. That distinction between friend and perceived foe would be unreasonable for me to expect of her.

Wish her luck, please. This could go either way.

Tara found a copy of The Blues Brothers DVD for 1!!! Yay Cash Converters! Gonna have to watch that later! :-)

Oh, and if you get the chance, try a doughnut peach. Amazing flavour! :-)

Hope the weekend is a good one!
Lex xxx
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DUSTYPRAIRIE 7/28/2013 3:05AM


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THE_SHAKESHAFT 7/27/2013 2:57AM

    Good luck with the challenge!

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2ABBYNORMAL 7/27/2013 12:22AM

    I'm also like Anne at the moment.
Good luck with the pigeon. I hope he/she makes it to adulthood and gets into a pack of pigeons.
We had a juvenile morning dove that was in out patio area in and around the bushes and once in a while walking around the patio. He/she was beautiful. The parents came twice to check up on him/her. The second time he/she flew off. It was so beautiful.

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NEW-CAZ 7/26/2013 4:13PM

    Great challenge Lex, but I'm like Anne at the mo. can't commit to a daily definite.
Good luck!

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ANNEMAC5 7/26/2013 3:15PM

    I often do spark videos before I go to work but tend to do 10mins ones, good idea for a challenge will have to give it a miss as could not commit to it daily but hope others join in.
You have really got motivated and moving recently good for you, and now pidge saver,
Hope it survives but the odds are against it.
Glad Twink is settled with you

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_LINDA 7/26/2013 2:25PM

    Good on you, that is actually an awesome, fun challenge, and you sure got a tough one to start!
My sister actually had a couple of pigeons in our back yard she fed from hand. I think she rescued them from fledgings. They always came back to her and so too, did the next generation. Hope yours survives and thrives!
Great score on the DVD!
Have fabulous weekend!

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CARLA-216 7/26/2013 1:51PM

    What a neat idea for a challenge.

You had me going for a minute. I was scratching my head wondering why in the world would someone who breeds elephants know anything about an injured pigeon. LOL I'm glad you've got some advice on the little bird and hopefully she will be well and fly away.

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LOVESLIFE48 7/26/2013 1:36PM

    Great idea!! Best of luck with the challenge!!

Oh, I'll be praying for the pigeon

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SENATOR9 7/26/2013 1:35PM

    The Blue Brothers is an awesome movie emoticon emoticon emoticon
When they do the church scene you better get up and dance like them

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5 Really BIG Miles, eh? Leslie wasn't kidding!

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!*
Lex xxx
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MOTHEPRO 7/26/2013 11:34AM


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DWSCHUYLER 7/26/2013 7:58AM

    Awesome on the walk! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Your garden looks beautiful! I think the white flower might be a balloon flower? I have a purple version that looks just like it. emoticon emoticon

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ARTJAC 7/25/2013 11:40PM

    emoticon ON THE DVD emoticon PHOTOS emoticon

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2ABBYNORMAL 7/25/2013 5:39PM

    I wish I had the talent for gardening like you do.
Love your pictures.

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RAINBOWCHOC 7/25/2013 4:37PM

    great stuff Lexie, so happy the dog has settled so well.

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_LINDA 7/25/2013 2:39PM

    emoticon on the walking!! That is fantastic!!
You have quite possibly planted ALL my favorite veggies!! I wonder how I could possibly arrange a visit when they are all being harvested ;) So love fresh veggies, would be lovely to walk out your door and grab some when needed. You have done a bang up job of it all -gorgeous garden!!
Twinks is adorable, no way you can part with her now, she is your forever girl, and you couldn't say no to those sad looking eyes!
I hope you are not too sore from your efforts today.
Take care of you!
Linda xxx

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CARLA-216 7/25/2013 1:56PM

    Great job on 5 really big miles!

I was thinking yesterday evening as I brought in some goodies from my garden that I need to ask you how your garden is doing AND how Twinkle is doing. Sounds like the garden is progressing fine and you'll have some goodies before you know it. I love the herb planter and especially love it since it cost nearly nothing! It also sounds like Twinks is doing just dandy, and I'm so glad that you'll be keeping her. She really lucked out with you two.

Oh and the pink flower below the day lily looks like a New Guinea Impatien. Pretty!

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NEW-CAZ 7/25/2013 1:49PM

    emoticon emoticon !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
love your garden too Lex, I might nick a couple of ideas for my new garden in Norfolk!

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LOVESLIFE48 7/25/2013 1:03PM

    Hey Lexie!!

First, way to go on the 4 miles!! Good ole Leslie can do tough!!!
Sounds like you had a nice time finding all those veggies for your spuds!! That's a wonderful idea!! And the meat you bought!! Yum!!!

Second, your garden is beautiful!!! Very jealous!!!

Third, Twinkie is soooooo adorable!! My dog is very spoiled too, sleeps with me and dh!!

Sound to me like you are on the road to success!! You are doing awesome!!

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MAURIZIA 7/25/2013 1:03PM

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Congratulations, Lexie! Incredible! So proud of you for getting that 5 miles done.

Oh, Twinks is just so darn cute!! I love the look on her face...and that is exactly what it looks like she is saying...Glad to see that you will keep her now that she has bonded with you...and I think she belongs on the bed.

Those flowers are so pretty...needed something to brighten my day! So, thank you!

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SENATOR9 7/25/2013 12:55PM

    that was a good walk emoticon emoticon

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Diet is a Four Letter Word!

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!


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.
Lex xxx
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POLSKARENIA 7/30/2013 5:03PM

    I'm back as ftrom today too! Glad to see you're here. Your blogs are always an inspiration!

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    You manage to combine words of wisdom with laughs! emoticon

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2ABBYNORMAL 7/24/2013 9:35PM

    I love the reference of going to the Jim in the morning - perfect!

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SHAWFAN 7/24/2013 5:16PM

    Great blog Lex! You can do it!

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GARDENCHRIS 7/24/2013 12:27PM

    NICE POST! Just went on Amazon to order some, thanks!

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SENATOR9 7/24/2013 11:02AM

    Great blog

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MAURIZIA 7/24/2013 11:01AM

    The best thing, Lexie, is to be able to restart our healthy living plans! I just did that in May...and am facing it in 3 months increments so I don't feel overwhelmed.

Good luck...You CAN do it...

How's the foster pup?

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CARLA-216 7/24/2013 10:13AM

    It's good you're taking steps to reign in your weight before it feels overwhelming. I know you can get back to 12 1/2 stone. You're doing all the right things to make it happen!

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_LINDA 7/24/2013 10:02AM

    So glad you are back with us Lexie, been far too long since I got to enjoy one of your blogs!
I am right there with you. I have fallen off the bandwagon too. Just scarfing down everything in sight, the good, bad and ugly :P I have gained 15 lbs!!
I just spent six days volunteering at our Taste of Saskatchewan (local restaurants feature three items from their menu) where I had every delight I wanted, and in good quantities. Add to that a crazy busy schedule, the death of my uncle and its aftermath -he was a hoarder, never threw anything out, simply chucked it in any place he could find room for, and there were a lot of rooms in his house upstairs and down, met his illegitimate daughter who he kept hidden from us, but was given half his house and the other part went to his brother. But our family is doing clean up so the daughter doesn't make off with everything. Our dad wouldn't give her the key so he could control what she does take. He did give her all the TV's. My uncle was an electronics buff -had to have all the latest, so lots of old electronics around. Dusty, dirty and some things stacked to the ceiling in the basement, underwear and clothing stuffed in every imaginable place. Was thoroughly unpleasant. Let this be a lesson to you, make sure your undies are either clean and in their drawer or in the hamper where they belong ;)
I never stopped exercising, but simply couldn't fit it in like I used to. I am also sore like crazy and spending good money to see a physiotherapist out of desperation. She quickly found my issues -right hip out of alignment and a pinched nerve bundle in my shoulder which she says is the cause of my lack of lateral control in my arm -my hand wavers when I try to cut something or write. I just couldn't stand the thought of waiting months to get into see for free our publically funded ones and they are only allowed to work one problem area at a time, and I have too many!!
I also lost my rain jacket, a very good one, and my second web based e-mail was hacked and sending out messages to all my contacts :(( I just don't get how they got in -my virus protection is McAfee on both the e-mail and my computer, and a deep scan I did showed nothing!!! Very frustrating times right now.
So we are in it together Lexie, lets get this done!!
Linda xxx

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RAINBOWCHOC 7/24/2013 10:01AM

    thanks for sharing this Lexie. it is easy for the scales to start giving us bigger numbers than we'd like, the trick is not to own them and make them comfortable. I do still have stuff to shift but it's been there so long it will take a long time to melt off and "life" keeps happening along the way!

Have you still got the foster dog?

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    emoticon Lex

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LOVESLIFE48 7/24/2013 8:26AM

    I know exactly what you are going through!!! I have to start measuring my food too. I'm up to where I don't like to be, I'm very uncomfortable!!
I used to have that 5 mile walk/run dvd, gave it to a friend, she never uses it, I may ask for it back!! LOL!!

Wishing you much success on your journey!! Together we can not fail!!

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So much easier than doing crunches!

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Well, don't I feel a fool for doing all that strength training!

Lex xxx
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