Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wow! I just checked my step count so far today. 10,430! No wonder my legs are aching!
Today I have done:
5 mins - warm up exercises
10 mins - Walking Plan warm up walk
Active Health Stats:
Pace - 21 min mile
Calories - 47
Steps - 1183
Time - 0:10:59
Distance - 0.53 miles
Bootcamp Workout Challenge - Having a day off before starting Week 3. Back and neck are aching from trying to do the Day 7 video... and talking of that...
I want to thank everyone who has tried to help me find an alternative to the Day 7 video. I'm going to keep an eye out for some of the names suggested, but in the meantime I am going with doing Day 4 twice at the suggestion of the team leader. I would have loved to try your workout Carla, but sadly my computer refused to play the video no matter what I did. :-(
It was good of you to try and help though, so thankyou. :-)
I have also done the Walk to Tesco and back, dragging a full Wilbur home. (Wilbur is my shopping trolley.) Must have been close to 4 miles I think, looking at my step count.
We must have walked up and down every aisle in Tesco looking for healthies I don't normally buy there. It is a huge store. We've come home with some low fat cheese, some healthy-ish snack bars, and walked straight past the cakes! This is the first time I have been to Tesco and not bought Weightwatcher carrot cakes. And it was remarkably painless. :-)
I was slightly irritated that I was finally going to treat myself to one of those jam and cream doughnuts, only to discover that they had sold out. (pout) LOL
Never mind. When I got home I smothered a slice of multigrain bread with crunchy organic peanut butter and sliced a banana on top and munched that instead. Yum!
I now hope to gradually catch up with everyone's blogs and clear my inbox. Well, partially clear it at least. LOL
Hope you are all having a great day!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I did get some exercise in today, but this is the first chance I've had to blog it, so...
Walking Plan Warm Up rest day (Week 3 Day 4)
Week 2 Day 7 Bootcamp Workout Challenge.
It is official . I HATE the day 7 workout! Just this one. The rest I have varying degrees of success with, but this one... I can't do it! It hurts my neck and my back, no matter how hard I try to engage my abs. I have asked for someone to suggest an alternative video for my last two Day 7s. I want to work my core but not while lying down like on this video.
I hope someone comes up with an alternative.
Waitrose Circuit. That and the Co-Op have got me nicely over my 2 miles. :-)
So a plus to end the blog on! Gotta love those. :-)
It truly has been one of those days, and if I thought it would have helped I'd have gone back to bed and slept through it! LOL
Instead, I've had a good eats day. No cakey things at all, and I have a nice home made risotto planned for dinner. If anyone is interested I'm happy to share some of my favourite Risotto recipes. I do one with chicken and asparagus, but this one tonight is using Mattessons Pork Sausage. Tara prefers this version because I save a chunk of the sausage for her to have with pasta next day.
Hope everyone is enjoying their day. :-)
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Not the best start to my day when it comes to the electronical element!
Up I get, all eager to start my day. I grab my water, switch on my computer to navigate to my Bootcamp workout, and my email is dead because Virgin Media have upgraded their email delivery system and it is incompatible with my Thunderbird inbox!!!
I spend more than an hour trying to fix it according to the information the Virgin Media website told me, and all that happened as a result was that I managed to create three more email accounts for my inbox, all identical, and all totally unrecognisable by Thunderbird! This also has the effect of Thunderbird spewing unintelligible warnings at me repeatedly and refusing to let me do anything at all, not even close Thunderbird! Humph!!!
So, I go to my browser thinking that I can at least let my friends know I am inbox-bereft by telling them on my Live Journal account. UH... NO!
I haven't been to LJ for about two weeks so they want my password.... and I can't remember what it is! I click for them to send me an email allowing me to reset my password.... before remembering I can't access my emails!
So, for the second time this week (there was a temporary hiccup on Monday too) I resort to checking my emails on the Virgin Media website, even though it is their so-called upgrades that have caused the friction between them and Thunderbird!
So, I open Virgin Mail, and there isn't a single new email, even though it is quite obvious from my Sparkpage that there should be at least 20. Fine! I grit my teeth, grab my bag and go upstairs to tell Tara that I am popping down to the post office to get on bended knee and beg Aido (my go-to-computer-guy) to pop by after work and fix what Virgin Media have wrecked.
I get back down the stairs, and go to shut down my Pooter, and lo and behold, Virgin Email has spewed about 28 emails into their inbox! Yay! They've arrived! I still toddle down to get the milk anyway, and as it isn't busy I tell Aido what's going on and he tells me that his emails (also Virgin) have been playing up too! We both decide that as we can't actually shoot Thunderbird to put it out of its misery, the best thing to do is uninstall it and see how I get on with Virgin's email delivery service instead. Somewhat relieved I head for home. :-)
So, ignoring Thunderbird for now, I go back to Virgin Email and I manage to navigate to my week 2 day 7 video (more of that separately), deal with that, and then I go back to the Virgin Media inbox to read and respond to my other emails. Ha ha ha!
I get an "Ooops, we seem to have a slight technical hitch" message! This is closely followed by the website closing down for repairs!
It was at this point I would have happily thrown my inbox through the nearest window, if only it wasn't attached to my beautiful Pooter!
Then Sophie starts barking and it is to alert me to the postman. He only delivers one letter today.... and you'll never guess who it is from...
Yup! Virgin Media! They have sent me a new Smart Card for my TV cable box. Apparently, if I don't swap them over I won't be able to get all my programmes in a few weeks when the upgrades go into effect. More upgrades!?!?!
Well, I stood there for a few minutes, new smart card in hand, wondering what fresh hell was this, before finally steeling myself, leaning forward, pulling out the old smartcard and popping the new one in.
It did everything it was meant to do, even giving me all my TV channels back in the half hour they said it would take. Just one slight problem. It won't give me any programme information! I daren't switch the box off and on again in case the whole thing conks out!
I give up! I go to Waitrose for some sanity. I fill my shopping trolley (Wilbur) with tasty and healthy treats and yummy meals and head back home again.
Highlight? I walked right past the cake counter and ignored my arch nemesis, the jam and cream doughnut! Instead of being sat here moaning and munching on something sweet and calorific while typing this out, I have been munching on an individual portion of low fat houmous, using low fat breadsticks. And now I plan to get some delicious organic partially rehydrated prunes! (At least I hope they are delish, I haven't tried this particular brand)
Virgin Media also seem to have fixed their problem, after a fashion anyway, and I can see my emails again though the site is running way slow at the moment, so there may be more interruptions to come.
One thing I did while at Waitrose was buy a couple of tubs of real Greek yogurt from Greece! (Waves to Carla) It turns out that Greek Yogurt and Greek-Style Yogurt aren't the same thing protein-wise after all! Style isn't bad for protein, but Greek is almost double the protein per 100g.
Onken Greek-Style is the best of the 'style' collection at 5.5g protein per 100g
Total Greek Strained Yogurt (2% fat) is 8.4g per 100g
Total Greek Strained Yogurt (fat free) is 9g per 100g
The real Greek Yogurt is also twice the price! 29 pence versus 59 pence for 100g!
So, we are going to taste test the 2% versus the fat free, and see how they fare, and then carry on experimenting with them.
I hope that everyone's days got off to less stressful starts than mine did! :-)
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Well, I'm shattered! Talk about a busy start to the day. :-)
I have completed:
10 minute walk - Week 3 day 3 Warm Up for Walking Plan
Active Health Stats:
Pace - 21 min mile (pleased with this)
Calories - 47
Steps - 1184
Time - 0:11:09
Distance - 0.53 miles
I've been thinking about this, and when you take into account the time over the ten minutes used to get from my DSi to my front gate to start the walk, and the reverse to get back into the house and get my pedometer out of my pocket to record the session, I reckon my actual speed is more likely a 20 min mile. Also, I do about five minutes of warm up exercises before I head out for my walk, which I always forget to add to my count. :-)
Week 2 Day 6 Bootcamp Workout Challenge.
Upper body. Hard work but I do like this one. :-)
Plus the bonus Bootcamp video for the second time. I didn't read the email properly and didn't realise I had to do the bonus video twice in the week. LOL
So, hello again Mr. 15 minute Desk Workout!
Full body, and don't I know it! My poor arms! There is this bit where you do wall push-ups with your thumbs and forefingers touching in order to work the triceps, (I think she said triceps) and zowee! How do you explain the sensation after you have done about three or four of those! Not pain exactly, but it involves huge amounts of arm shakings every two or three reps to shake it off. LOL
I am going to try and keep this video in my repertoire for a while to see if I can improve on it over time. I'm not sure what is in store for weeks three and four of the bootcamp challenge, but I am going to try and fit this video in at least once, maybe twice a week if I can.
Still to do: Short walk to the Co-Op and trampoline/step exercises. Good old Tigger! I don't know where I'd be without him. :-)
On my Land's End to John O'Groats challenge I will reach Truro today (was a mile and a half short yesterday). If I recall correctly, my prize will be a Cornish Pasty recipe! Having been born and raised in Cornwall, and having lived in Truro for many of those years, I have a deep abiding passion for a good Cornish Pasty! Yum!
Well, I have just finished munching on my breakfast - a well-deserved bowl of porridge with cooked apple chunks on top, so I am going to head off to the shop, get the milk, and then see what the rest of my day has in store for me. I see a fair bit of sewing in the cards.... :-)
Hope everyone has a great day!
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