Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Well, what do you know? Leslie Sansone has set us a challenge in person, and it sounded like a great way to kickstart back into taking proper care of myself, and get some strength training in (which I have been lax about lately) so I decided I'm in!
Today is Day 1 (Tuesday October 1st)
I weighed in at 13 stone 3 3/4 lbs (which is a bit of luck because I was two pounds worse than that last week!) It will be interesting to see what I weigh by the end of this.
At 9 am this morning I did the Two Mile Walk as per challenge. I used the Walk Away Your Stress 33 min walk from her 7-Day Calorie Blast DVD
I also joined Twitter just so that I could post when I do my exercise each day. But you don't have to be on Twitter. She is also on her website blog and on Facebook, so no walker is left out. :-)
Some of the members of the Spark Leslie Sansone team are doing this as well. Nice to be in company. :-)
After that and breakfast I then went to the pet store (15 min walk each way) and dragged home 13kg of dog food! So some inadvertent strength training there, specially on the hills! Why is it uphill with a full load? *pout* LOL
Then I went to Waitrose and did the same thing again with groceries!
My arms and legs are like jelly now! Good job tomorrow is two separate 1 mile walks and some core strength training. Don't think my legs or arms would be happy otherwise!
I have also managed to log my food and exercise for the last three days, so I am getting back in the swing. I do have a fair few pots of meal noms in the freezer without a detailed idea of the calorie/fat content, but once they are eaten I will be able to be more accurate with my servings moving forward. And they aren't way over the top - I do know that much, so no great harm to be done from eating them which is good.
So, here's to October being a Get Up And Walk Month! :-)
Sunday, September 22, 2013
What should you do when you catch a delivery driver in the act of barking at your dog?
The DPD Driver delivered my replacement choccies yesterday morning, but in doing so posed this interesting question by responding to the sound of Twinkle barking as he approached the front door by barking back. I heard him because I was in the act of unlocking the door at the time, so opened it as he stopped barking.
I had no idea how to respond, but it was clear that he thought I'd heard him, because he was acting all guilty and embarrassed. I couldn't think what to say, so I just acted normally and signed for the parcel, while he wriggled and squirmed. Then, thinking he may have gotten away without me hearing, he turned to leave, at which point it occurred to me that there was really only one thing to say...
As he walked away, I went "woof!"
Luckily we both saw the funny side.
And it was funny!
Friday, September 20, 2013
It has been a week of issues with online purchases.
First one of the net curtains I ordered was shorter than it was supposed to be so I had to photograph it and send them the photo so that they could see the problem and send me a replacement.
Then a garden plant container turned up broken and moudy! So that had to be photographed so that they could see the problem and send a replacement.
And you know what they say about these things coming in threes, right?
So, did I mention that I've fallen in love with Hotel Chocolat?
For someone who could take or leave chocolate, this company is a revelation. They make the most superb chocolates I have ever tasted, bar none!
And for a good few months now we have had a seamless relationship. Quite the love affair in fact. :-)
I would log on to their website, browse the delicious noms, make my selection, pay for them, and within a couple of days a lovely chap called Marcus from Interlink Express would deliver my choccies.
Never a problem with my little guilty pleasure. :-)
Apart from one delivery where the box broke open, showering Marcus and his van with polystyrene peanuts. He was still picking them out of his van the next time I saw him. LOL
However, we hit a bit more of a hiccup this time.
I ordered my choccies as usual and paid for them, and sat back awaiting my delivery notification email. Instead, however, I got a phonecall from one of their lovely staff who had some sad news. One of the items I had ordered was temporarily unavailable so she needed to know what I would like to do. So I asked her to replace it with another item of the same value, and this was agreed to. Problem solved quickly and cleanly...
...so I thought.
Marcus duly arrived this morning, but with two parcels instead of one!
When I opened them up I was surprised to find chocs that I hadn't ordered in with those that I had. They had sent two packs of something I'd asked for one of, and sent one pack of something I'd asked for two of. The little separate package had the replacement item in it, and in the main pack there was an added item that I didn't order and wouldn't have as it wasn't something I would like.
So I rang them.
The lady I spoke to was lovely. I explained about the one item/two items mixup. Her solution. Keep the extra one with their compliments and she would pop the missing item in the post straightaway, also at no extra charge. As for the un-asked-for item, she said they would refund the money for it, and that I was welcome to pass it on to someone else if I wished to.
She said the item she is posting would reach me tomorrow. So next day delivery. Nice.
I got notification of that a short while ago, and that is what prompted this whole post. Because instead of Interlink, the package is being delivered by DPD.
I have hunted and hunted and I cannot find out what DPD stands for. So Tara and I came up with our own name.
My replacement choccies are arriving by Direct Pigeon Delivery!
Now, who can I pass the 50% milk chocolate batons on to I wonder...
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Sorry guys but it is time for a moan.
Here in the UK we are encouraged to spread the Spark just as much as everyone else. In fact, all across the world there are Sparkers, in just about every country you can think of. We all spark, extol the virtues of the website, lead by example, join teams, lead teams, spin our wheels, accumulate points, track our food and our exercise, and blog about how wonderful Spark is.
So, if we are expending all our energy and time on this, why are we constantly shut out from certain aspects on the Spark Experience?
I am talking specifically about competitions, which are STILL only open to American members, in spite of such a large percentage of members living in other parts of the world... and the most recent innovation - the Spark Activity Tracker - which is only being posted out to people in the US and Canada.
You will see that nowhere in the information for the tracker does it tell you this - oh no! You don't find out until you are all excited, want one desperately, and click to buy. THEN, in the delivery section , you find an ominous little message...
"If you are not in the USA or Canada click here", to be told that they can't currently ship outside of the USA and Canada!
Have they never heard of a little international thing called a POSTAL SERVICE? My friends in America and I (in the little ol' UK) have been sending each other books, gifts, even gnomes, for years with no difficulty, so how come Sparkpeople is still living in the age of the Pony Express? I mean, if we were still relying on the pony express I could understand their reluctance to let the pony make that swim.
Or fly, for that matter...
But this is 2013 people!!! I've never heard such rot in my life!
So, yes, this is me, properly annoyed!
Don't be fooled by the cartoons. I am mad as a hornet about this...
Well, I'm off to do some exercise. Nothing like walking your irrits away.
Enjoy your day, wherever in the world you are! :-)
Sunday, September 15, 2013
As the weather goes back to what is considered 'normal' for the UK - cold, drizzly, misty, windy - here are a selection of the weird and the wacky tourist attractions around the UK that you may enjoy whatever the weather - so it says, but I don't think they really thought this one through, looking at some of the ideas.
Who wouldn't enjoy admiring the world's largest colouring pencil, or swinging in the grabber of a giant JCB digger? Who wouldn't love to know the history of lawn mowers, or going Nessie-spotting in Scotland? And for the really hardy types, there is always the only nudist beach in Scotland. *Brrr...*
I think I'll give most of these a miss, thanks all the same. :-)
Milestone reached today:
I arrived at John O'Groats again on my Nintendo DS Active Health game. 912 miles in 259 days (37 weeks). That is an average of 3.52 miles per day. This has been mostly achieved indoors, so weather-safe. Step to the Beat, Leslie Sansone DVDs and all the other fun tools I have to hand have kept me moving, and I also include any steps from shopping etc, and now I have a new target to try and beat. :-) I've been using this game almost as long as I've been on Sparkpeople, and the pedometer goes everywhere with me. Best game ever! :-) If you are talking about value for money, anyway. I think I paid £10 for it at Tesco with some money off vouchers. I've had it about 4 1/2 years now.
Water is still fine. I can't imagine not drinking my water minimum these days. I am a long way from this blog entry back in my early Spark Days:
And freggies are mostly fine too. Bit fed up with beans and chick peas, but aside from that. :-)
I pulled my first beetroots from the garden yesterday, boiled them whole until tender, them peeled and chopped them up and they are in my fridge ready to eat with lunches and dinners. The enjoyment of fresh veg from the garden is sublime. :-) We may not have the biggest harvest this year, but we are really enjoying what we have. A couple of evenings ago I garnished a home made lamb and veg bolognese sauce with 5 whole dwarf beans from one of my plants. :-) It may not have been much, but they were amazingly sweet and tender. So are my runner beans. Instead of leaving them to get to the size in the shops I pick them at about half the size, and that way they aren't stringy and are tender and sweet as well.
Hey, I haven't mentioned the Menopause yet today.
So here is your bit of menopausal wisdom for today.
Menopause symptoms are like buses. You wait ages for one, and then three come along together.
Menopause isn't for sissies! ;-)
Enjoy your day!
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