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Learning From Twinkle (my dog) About Fitness and Nutrition

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Twinkle is a great life coach. :-) She really knows her stuff about Fitness and Nutrition.

When it comes to Fitness, she recommends a good run or a nice brisk walk. She considers my walks with Leslie Sansone in front of the TV to be a little strange, but then, I consider her idea of running along sniffing the ground and other 'things' a little odd too.
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Twinkle also recommends that after brisk exercise you should stretch. She has a particular fondness for yoga and practices the Downward Facing Dog, followed by the Cobra. She also feels it is important to vary your routine, so sometimes she does the Cobra, followed by Downward Facing Dog.
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As for Nutrition, she feels that a well-balanced diet with a good bit of variety is essential for good health and to keep those joints nice and supple. She loves her Bakers Complete, with a little Wainwrights thrown in for extra crunch. She also approves of healthy snacks such as cheesy bites and crunchy raw carrot. As an occasional treat, she will go out to the garden and steal some bird seed, but is a little annoyed that I have put an end to her wholescale munching of said seed by no longer providing the birds with a floor platter. Now she only gets to hoover up a few dropped seeds here and there. But she is the first to admit that a weakness for the wrong kind of snack can lead to health problems down the line, and so is really quite grateful that I am helping her to keep that particular fetish of hers under control.
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As for freggies, she believes in eating a rainbow if at all possible, a tricky thing for her to judge seeing as she only sees things in black and white. However, she can tell by smelling which are her greens and which are her browns, and she get her white in the form of banana, and her orange in the carrot. Oh, and we mustn't forget her occasional red. She has a fondness for the strawberries I grow in the garden. Next year they are going into hanging baskets! We humans aren't getting a look in! For a doggy, that is quite a variety, and probably rainbow enough.
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And, finally, Twinks always makes sure she gets plenty of water through the day to round things off. She knows that if she gets dehydrated she won't be able to enjoy her walks, runs, sniffing or noms, all of which are very important to her. She won't touch fizzy drinks in any form, however, not even fizzy water, mostly because she doesn't like the bubbles getting up her nose!
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So, I reckon that if I follow Twink's example, I will be fit and healthy.

But she can keep the birdseed! YUK!!!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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2ABBYNORMAL 8/26/2013 12:21AM

    I love the Dog Training for Dummies book picture torn up by the dog. So cute.
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IMEMINE1 8/16/2013 5:45AM

    emoticon Our George(who live to 18 years old) was a vegetarian.He loved all veggies and fruits (except Bananas).
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ARTJAC 8/14/2013 5:46AM

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 8/14/2013 2:56AM

    Very happy dog

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 8/14/2013 2:56AM

    I love the innocent face above the shredded book. I have come home to tissues shredded down the hallway and Dusty always looks at me with the same innocent eyes. As far as healthy, I have noticed since he turned 11 he is more cautious with his vigorous exercise but still loves to sniff his way down the street.

Thank you and Twink for the smiles.

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ANNEMAC5 8/13/2013 1:57PM

    Clever blog emoticon animals have such natural instincts we humans can learn a lot from them.

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_LINDA 8/13/2013 11:47AM

    You are one smart doggie, Twinks! Great tips! But bird seed?? That is a little far out there :P
Have a great evening!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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GRANPATTIE 8/13/2013 11:32AM

    Sounds like your dog, Twinkle, is a pretty smart cookie!

Great blog. Way to present the information. I enjoyed it.

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SHAWFAN 8/13/2013 8:22AM

    Thanks for the smile! Give Twinkes a pat from me!

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CARLA-216 8/13/2013 7:36AM

    Dogs are so smart, and such good life companions for us mere humans!

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LOVESLIFE48 8/13/2013 7:31AM

    Love this blog!! Twinks is very smart!! Give her a hug and a kiss for me!!

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MAURIZIA 8/13/2013 7:27AM

    I so enjoyed these lessons. Thank you, Twinks, for sharing your healthy secrets!! I always say my kitties teach me how to relax, sleep and meditate...something I seldom practice because of my work schedule.

Lexie, you started my day with a smile!!
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Yep, the kids are in Brazil!

Monday, August 12, 2013

The view from their balcony is of Christ the redeemer. Granted you probably needed a magnifying glass to spot it, given the size Sparkpeople shrinks photos to. LOL



Anyway, I hope they are having a fabulous time. The hostel is right on the edge of the National Park Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro, which sounds like a slice of Brazilian heaven to me. :-)

I've been having a play with sweet potato today. I had it boiled and mashed a fair few years ago, and was not enamoured, frankly. Having done a little research online recently, however, I decided to give it another try. This time I baked one in its jacket and roasted another one in chunks coated with olive oil, salt and pepper.

The results? Well, I popped a dollop of butter on the baked one and munched it down in about 2 minutes. Gorgeous!

And now I'm munching through the roasted one. Also absolutely delicious! I am actually really surprised because I thought I'd likely wasted my money. But no, I have already put them on my next shopping list.

Yum yum! Mmmmm.....

I'm in love!

And that's lunch taken care of. They are remarkably filling!

Have a great day!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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_LINDA 8/13/2013 11:24AM

    I love sweet potatoes! They come in fry shape too, which when baked up are great too, same way that you roast them, drizzle of oil and herbs. Glad you discovered them a second time, because all that orange (carotene) means great nutrition and good for your eyes!
Your kids are in for a good time in the party capital of the world ;)

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GARDENCHRIS 8/13/2013 7:22AM

    nice photo...... sweet potatoes are good baked with a little brown sugar on them also..

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ARTJAC 8/13/2013 12:18AM

    I LIKE SWEET POTATOE DONE IN THERE JACKETS YUMMY

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2ABBYNORMAL 8/12/2013 10:57PM

    I think the picture is beautiful.
I love sweet potatoes, but my husband does not.
It seems like a pain in the butt to prepare two different kinds of potatoes. That's just me.

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3016DEBRA 8/12/2013 10:42PM

  Glad you are giving them another go! They are so good for you & I absolutely love them! emoticon emoticon

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LOPEYP 8/12/2013 6:39PM

    I give you credit for trying the sweet potatoes and finding a "recipe" that you liked.
They are one of my favorite vegetables.

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SHAWFAN 8/12/2013 6:09PM

    Hope they're having a great time! I love sweet potatoes!Baked is best!

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SENATOR9 8/12/2013 3:10PM

    like Annie's husband i'll stay with the regular one

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ANNEMAC5 8/12/2013 2:57PM

    Lucky kids never got that far when I was young.
I got converted to sweet potatoes a couple of years ago only problem is DH does not like them

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CARLA-216 8/12/2013 2:45PM

    I LOVE sweet potatoes! I like them best baked in their jacket, if I'm going to eat them "on their own" like that. [I also love sweet potato pie and candied sweet potatoes, and neither of those ways are particularly Spark friendly...without modifications from how my mom makes them.]

I hope Bry and Rob (it is Rob, right?) have a great time!

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YJNANA 8/12/2013 2:19PM

    Does the roasted get a bit of crunch?? I think I would like that one :)

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NEW-CAZ 8/12/2013 1:42PM

    emoticon pic Lex a very recognizable land mark!

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MARGARITTM 8/12/2013 1:25PM

    What a wonderful experience for the kids!

Congrats on letting go at the right time and letting live and learn!

I did not eat sweet potatoes as a kid either - now I am a devoted yam fan!

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MAURIZIA 8/12/2013 12:27PM

    Lexie, I recognized the Christ statue...which has fascinated since my elementary school days at a Catholic school.

Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite veggies! So glad you enjoyed them in their new preparation styles.

Enjoy your day!

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LOVESLIFE48 8/12/2013 12:00PM

    Gorgeous picture!!

Your potatoes sound delicious!!

Have a great day!!

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It arrived! That was quick!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Guess what arrived by delivery van today...





You'll never guess...






Even if I give you a clue...






Even if I give you a picture clue...






A picture of the unopened parcel...






What?






Can't guess?






Think a picture of the parcel will help?






Ummm...






Oh, go on then...






Here's a picture clue...












Have you guessed what it is yet?







Yes...







It is the lighter weight, nobble-free...






HULA HOOP!









A lot less painful to use, although I can only keep it round my waist for a few seconds, it's a start. Tara likes it too, so we are both trying to use it. :-)



And in other news, can you guess where DD Bry and her hubby are from this view out of their Hostel Bedroom window?







They are staying hereabouts for the next three weeks. Bry tells me their taxi ride from the airport was of the white knuckle variety, the buses double as roller coasters, and if you ask for fruit juice you get a beef sandwich. I think she needs to get a new phrase book! LOL

Meanwhile...

In the garden, one courgette is ready to be picked. I could have picked it yesterday or even two days ago, but I'm trying to be patient and wait until it is big enough to count as a whole portion of veg. Be still my eager tastebuds! Not long to wait now. :-)

I got to show it, and the rest of the garden off to a family friend today, and have lunch out there, and play a couple of games of The Big Bang Theory Trivia Board Game outside as well. Nice! Lovely, actually. :-)

But...

Twinkle snagged the only ripe strawberry ... again! Little perisher. LOLOL

Happy Happy Weekend!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 8/12/2013 10:05AM

    How exciting, a courgette almost ready to be harvested!

I have no clue where Bry is. I see others have guessed Brazil, and according to what I've heard about how people drive there, I'm going to have to go along with that.

Enjoy hula-ing!



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ARTJAC 8/11/2013 2:52AM

    ENJOY HOOPING NO IDEA WHERE THEY ARE

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LISA579 8/10/2013 7:49PM

    i have no idea where they are...Jerusalem
the hula hoop is so nice. I love the wrapping no waste there.

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RAINBOWCHOC 8/10/2013 4:48PM

    I think it looks like Oberamagau or however they spell the place with the Passion Play.

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_LINDA 8/10/2013 4:37PM

    Enjoy hooping! Love those colors! Mine has two shades of purple, one shiny, one duller and a strip of shiny blue running around it. I had an easy go of it keeping the hoop up as I have both large hips and a convenient pot belly shelf to keep it on
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Love, love, LOVE the funnies, really good ones!
It escapes me, the name of that famous cross, but someone said Brazil first anyway.
Enjoy the visiting!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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SHAWFAN 8/10/2013 3:09PM

    Have fun with that hula hoop. And I would guess they are in Brazil?

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YJNANA 8/10/2013 2:39PM

    Cute Blog
I have a 6# hula hoop
which sorta hurts and burns after a few minutes.
The one a Workout express was 5 lb and that's what I ordered, but mix up se ordered me a 6 lb
The are not cheap, so I won't get rid of it and using in only occasionally
What wt did you get?
It is fun, when its the right size.
Have fun, they say 1/2 hr burns 200 Calories.
My longest at the gym was 10 min.


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MAURIZIA 8/10/2013 2:24PM

    Swing those hips, Lexie! :) I used to love my hula hoop as a child...not sure I could manage it all these years later.

South America is my guess...Brazil, perhaps?

Enjoy your day...

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LOSTLIME 8/10/2013 2:20PM

    Very nice blog! Thanks for sharing! Enjoy the hula hoop!

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Keeping some healthy insanity in your life

Friday, August 09, 2013

One of my blog pals recently posted a list of things to do in your life to keep a healthy level of insanity going (or I may have found it on facebook, I misremember). Anywhoo, there were suggestions like skipping down the road instead of walking, or when the money comes out of the ATM, you scream ''I WON ! I WON !'' Or my personal favourite... Whenever you are eating out, order a diet water!

The reason that I mention this is that I was watching an episode of As Time Goes By today, and spotted a little gem that will also keep your insanity level nice and healthy. :-)

I couldn't find just the footage of the incident, but here is the whole episode. All you need to do is move the search button thingee at the bottom to the time 13.55, and watch the next minute or so:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl0y6KKeTdM

Go on, give yourself a Friday Feeling Giggle to start the weekend off right. You know you want to. :-)

And if you ever try this, I want to know! LOL
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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_LINDA 8/10/2013 11:36AM

    emoticon That is a great show!

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SHAWFAN 8/9/2013 4:48PM

    Love it! !!

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ANNEMAC5 8/9/2013 2:41PM

    I enjoyed that, never grow old x

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MAURIZIA 8/9/2013 1:34PM

    Hahahaha...Love that TV program, by the way! Never get tired of looking at it.

Enjoy your day!

Hugs.

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Pipe Drip Was a False Alarm

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Well, am I relieved! It turned out that the pipe is effectively an overflow for the boiler in case the pressure becomes an issue. Although it looks as though the pipe goes back into the wall, it doesn't. It is just angled towards the wall so that it doesn't spit hot water on anyone.

It was a matter of a minute for the guy to adjust the pressure, explain what was happening, and he said that if the pressure drops again to let them know and they will put a new valve on it.

Of course, it doesn't explain the damp, and at some point that will have to be explored, but that will hopefully just mean injecting some damp proofing into the wall or something. Always assuming it is actually a fairly straightforward job.

So, I'm sitting here digesting a late supper with the first series of As Time Goes By playing in the DVD player. Been very active today, largely thanks to various challenges on SP. Spent an hour or more walking around the house playing Step to the Beat to buy 15 Luxury Houses for one challenge, and walked with Leslie Sansone for two more challenges.

I've really been pushing myself lately, and I have run our of oomph tonight. I'm trying to think of something witty to say, but my brain has deserted me. And now I'm yawning. Time for bed, Zebedee!

Going to have a day of dodging rain and storms in the garden tomorrow, tidying it a bit ready for a visitor on Saturday. I think I'll slot in a nice soak in the bath as well. I went into Lush yesterday to buy something to show my support for their stance against Fracking. I figure that if they are willing to help fund the fight against fracking, the least we can do is pop a bit of cash in their coffers. Anyhoo, I got a Honeybee bath thingee for Tara and a Comforter bath thingee for me. They smell scrumptious!

Hope we never have to face tap water that can catch fire!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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GRACIEC 8/9/2013 12:14PM

    Loved your cartoons!

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CARLA-216 8/9/2013 12:02PM

    I'm glad the pipe wasn't a problem, and I hope the dampness is sorted soon.

Very nice of you to buy from Lush as a thank you for their contribution to no fracking. I'm sure you and Tara will enjoy the goodies you bought there.

I am ashamed to say that I have neglected what is left of my garden. I just have tomatoes left and eggplant. My drive to do things that need to be done went away. I guess I have the stupid blues again. :( I will make myself go out this evening or early tomorrow to see if there are any tomatoes to bring in.

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MAURIZIA 8/9/2013 7:51AM

    Whew! The pipe wasn't a major problem. Hope you get the damp sorted. Congrats on all the moving! WOOHOO!

We are dodging rain & t-storms today...Sorry for the bride & groom at the wedding I'm attending this evening...It was supposed to be an outdoor ceremony. :(

Happy day!! Hugs.

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NEW-CAZ 8/9/2013 2:59AM

    Hope you get that checked and sorted Lex, don't want damp!!

Enjoy your gardening, i got mine done in glorious sun on Wednesday so if is nice over the weekend I can sit and unwind


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_LINDA 8/8/2013 8:13PM

    Great the pipe wasn't a concern, but the damp is not so good..
Good for you getting moving! I pretty much have to get going because its blooming cold here!! You know, it will be lucky if we don't get frost!! Some leaves are already turning. I must have blinked and missed my summer somehow!! Aug 8 and we are getting temperatures meant for late Sept!!
I am sure missing the hot tub soak I used to get in the other fitness facility (whose gym is closed to classes for the summer). There is nothing in this facility I am going to. Have a nice soak!
Have a Fantabulous Friday!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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SHAWFAN 8/8/2013 7:19PM

    I'm glad the pipe was a non-issue for you, and I hope you can figure out the damp and it turns out to be a non-issue also. Love the cartoons! Have a great night! emoticon

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 8/8/2013 6:48PM

    Do you eat all of your Courgettes(zucchini to me) we usually get more than enough during the summer?

I am glad your pipe was a non-problem but the damp is likely something else, and hopefully a small issue.

Have a great Friday

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