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All behind, like a cow's tail!

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. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx

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PANFRIEDTROUT 8/1/2010 1:34PM

    having a "good eats" day is so important as each success builds on the previous one

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LEXIE63 7/29/2010 6:07PM

    I will write out a couple of my risotto recipes and figure out the nutrition and stuff, then work out how to add them to my spark recipe book for you all to look at and see if you fancy trying them. I'll try and get that done in the next few days.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 7/28/2010 2:53PM

    What a WIN to have good eats after all the technical frustration this morning!

Now I wants me some risotto! Ummm!

xoxo,
Carla

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JHADZHIA 7/28/2010 2:38PM

    Hi Lex!
I don't use Spark videos, so I can't help you with a substitute there, but if you want to invest in a workout DVD that is really great and does core work standing up (I can't do ANYTHING on the floor) Kathy Smith's Power Walk For Weight Loss is a fun tape with funky music, low impact, and has a cool desert background. It does use hand weights, but you don't have to if you don't want to. The thing with most DVD's is you can modify them to what ever you can do, and Smith is great about letting you know an easier alternative to what she is doing. You could probably run a search and find it for sale online. How i got my DVD's is scouring the stores for sales, and looking at garage sales -I actually got a brand new DVD unopened for $1 at a yard sale!! Good stuff can sometimes be found!
Enjoy your Wednesday!!
Hugs
Linda

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TWOTIMESS 7/28/2010 2:34PM

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Electronics Rant Alert! With a grocery-related upswing!

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! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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JHADZHIA 7/28/2010 9:30PM

    Sorry about your e-mails, what a bother!!
I have been having loads of trouble with my internet and when I get a free day will be bending tech helps' ear because I don't think it should be this bad. I am thinking their security suite is bogging down -its doing a great job of protecting me by not letting me get on the net LOL.
Good for your food choices, I would hear that pastry calling for sure.

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TWOTIMESS 7/28/2010 2:12PM

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Hope your problems are all sorted now!

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CARLA-216 7/28/2010 1:51PM

    Yay, I love seeing the shout out!
I just wish the Greek yogurt wasn't so dear... It is pricey here as well.

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xoxo,
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BOVEY63 7/28/2010 12:52PM

    Hope everything works out with your email and cable. It is so darn frustrating when technology poops out on us.
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Congrats on making smart choices when shopping - especially when you were stressed about the email.
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Walking plan warm up, Day 17 etc

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!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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TIGGERIFFIC123 7/27/2010 9:01PM

    Lexi you are doing great. Keep at it and don't forget to log those warm ups!

Rhonda

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CHEVY63 7/27/2010 8:40PM

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What great progress you're making! Sounds like you're doing wonderfully.

I also am inspired to read you talking about Cornwall and other places - I really want to visit the UK!

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THIAGRAM 7/27/2010 10:54AM

  You make me want to get up and exercise! Sounds like a yummy breakfast. I don't know what a Cornish pastry is, but I think it would be very yummy and that's why you have a deep abiding pasion for it! Thanks for sharing!

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JHADZHIA 7/27/2010 7:42AM

    Way to work it Lexie! Yummy breakfast!
Keep up the great work!
Hugs,
Linda

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CARLA-216 7/27/2010 7:31AM

    Look at you go! Most excellent, Lex!

And nom, nom, NOM re the Cornish Pasty! Ummmmmm! I've never had it but it sounds oh so yummy (I've seen recipes for)!

xxoo,
Carla

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Sparkpeople Trivia win!

Monday, July 26, 2010

I tend to forget about Sparkpeople Trivia, and the few times I have done it, I have been awful at it. Today though I was checking my Sparkpoints, clicked to try the trivia, and I got 3 out of 3!

Plus I get three Sparkpoints for playing. Yay! :-)

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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THIAGRAM 7/27/2010 1:32PM

  Trivia sounds like fun! I haven't ever tried it. Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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BKWHITE3 7/27/2010 11:53AM

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PATRISNA 7/27/2010 8:06AM

    Good for you! I don't play trivia everyday. BTW my average is terrible. But it really does feel good when I get 3 out of 3 and earning 3 Spark points is great.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 7/26/2010 9:58PM

    I love the trivia, it is one of those spark tools that teaches us so much. The more you learn the better you do at them...well most days...lol

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 7/26/2010 9:55PM

    Definitely way to go! It's fun and you learn stuff too...

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CARLA-216 7/26/2010 7:15PM

    Hooray! WTG!

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JHADZHIA 7/26/2010 6:46PM

    Way to go!!
I play it every day, and usually do okay, but the occasional really bad day makes my numbers not so good. 88% correct this month, higher than usual. Its kind of fun!
Enjoy!!
Hugs,
Linda

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REYHNE 7/26/2010 6:34PM

    way to go! I love the trivia!

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Mom (or Mum) Sense sung to the William Tell Overture

Monday, July 26, 2010

For every Mom (Mum) out there, whether your kids are three, thirteen or thirty three, you will appreciate this from Anita Renfroe:

Momsense:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYukEAmoMCQ

Enjoy! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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LEXIE63 7/27/2010 12:44PM

    Me too! :-) Makes me laugh whenever I hear it.

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 7/26/2010 1:04PM

    Love it!!!

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