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A Week in Review: 25th-31st July 2010

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Well, this review has certainly perked my icky sick bod right up! :-) I seem to have improvements in most areas this week, and I also have my monthly measurements to check out. They are G.O.O.D!

Nutrition:

Water:
10, 9, 9, 10, 8, 13, 8 = 67/56 - seven glasses up on last week.
(New Record)

Fruit and Veg:
10, 7, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7 = 49/35 - six portions more than last week
(New Record)

The Nutrition basics were a big improvement. I give myself 8 out of 10. All up from last week, even the protein was improved slightly which pleases me greatly:

The number of days I was within the target range were:
Calories - 4/7 (record 4/7)
Carbs - 7/7 (New Record 7/7)
Fat - 5/7 (New Record 5/7)
Protein - 2/7 (record 3/7) BUT on three other days I was within 5 points of the minimum, so that is a big improvement!

I haven't missed my carrot cakes at all, astonishingly. In fact I haven't even opened my emergency jaffa cake bars pack I bought on Wednesday. This doesn't mean I've sworn off cakes forever, but I am pleased to see that for the last four days I haven't eaten any at all. Who knew I could do that without even thinking about it! It has also had a knock-on effect in that I have eaten a lot less crisps too. I would often munch a cake and 1/2 or1 bag of crisps for my elevenses. I'm more likely to make a smoothie or grab a few apricots now, and drink a glass of water. This shocks and delights me! LOL


Fitness:
Mark Fenton's 52 Week Walking Plan (warm up week three)
Managed to do all the walks this week:

Sun - 10 mins
Mon - 15 mins
Tue - 10 mins
Wed - rest
Thur - 10 mins
Fri - 15 mins
Sat - 10 mins

28 Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge:
Completed week two, took a rest day and began week 3. Today will be Week 3 Day 3, if the bladder infection loses its grip on me.

3200 steps per day was met and exceeded, so I have increased to 3300 per day as my minimum daily requirement.

The 14 miles per week was met and exceeded this week again and improved on from last week by over a mile. Another improvement! :-)

This week 19.67 miles/14 miles NEW RECORD! (last week 18.25/14)

I was going to raise my minimum this week, but as I am unwell, I'll leave it at 14 miles for now and see how I go this week.

I did 420 fitness minutes this week and burned 1950 calories

Weight:

186.75 (13 stone 4 3/4 lbs) - down. 0.75 lb! Yay!

The last time I saw a 4 in my number it was when I was 14 stone! LOL

My once a month measurements. This is the first time I have checked them since I started SP in earnest at the end of June, so it has been about 5 weeks since I entered my first measurements:

Waist: Was 37". Now 36". Loss - 1 inch
Hips: Was 44.5". Now 44". Loss - 1/2 inch
Thigh: Was 26". Now 24.5". Loss - 1 1/2 inches!!!
Upper Arm: Was 13". Now 12". Loss - 1 inch

Oh my goodness! They said that the measurements can show improvements even if the scales aren't moving much and they weren't kidding! This explains the addition of a belt on my jeans! I wasn't sure if I was imagining that they were a bit looser. Seems it wasn't my imagination, and the flapping t-shirt arms aren't my imagination either! My batwings are shrinking!

Ecstatic! (would whoop and jump round the room at this point if I didn't feel so poorly)

So, a real improvement across the board! I am really pleased! :-)

It is a big help to look back over the weeks like this and see what goes up and what goes down, and hoping that the stats that go up are the ones that are meant to. LOL

Have a great day everyone!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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DCATNAPPER 8/1/2010 12:27PM

    Congrats on your improving stats!
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    emoticon All your stats are looking great.

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CARLA-216 8/1/2010 8:32AM

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Wow, awesome stuff here! You're doing so great and the weekly summary and your monthly measurements are solid proof!


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Look at all your NEW RECORDS! emoticon
I am sure it feels great! emoticon You are a STAR!!!!

Have another great week. Break more records. Stay healthy and strong! emoticon emoticon

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Wonderful!! The healthy lifestyle is sinking in! You are really getting it done!! Continued success!!

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Walking plan warm up, Day 22 etc

Sunday, August 01, 2010

I got up this morning, quite late, after catching up on some of the sleep I missed out on the night before. I've done my walk this morning, but if I'm honest it was a big struggle, and I am seriously wishing I hadn't bothered. I felt ok when I set out but felt really tired within a minute or so, so I strolled the walk, took my time, and was relieved to get back to the house. I think I'd best not do anything first thing in the morning for a day or two until I am feeling better from this dratted bladder infection. It really has knocked me for six.

so, the 15 minute walk...

Active Health Stats:
Pace - 22 min mile
Calories - 69
Steps - 1730
Time - 0:17:07
Distance - 0.78

I'll edit this blog entry as the day goes on, if I feel up to adding anything else to my day. I may have to forget the Bootcamp for a day or two, but I might feel better once I get some breakfast and wake up a bit more. It is going to be a rough day energy-wise purely because of the delayed reaction to the shock, the continued pain (less but still there), and the sleep loss.

Well, I picked up DVDs of Some Like it Hot, Hitch, Overboard and Twins at Tesco this week in a 2 for 5 deal they were running, so I think I'll sit and sew and watch a couple of those and chill out. Judging by my shaky legs right now, that is probably the best thing I could do for myself. :-)

Some Like it Hot is one of the best comedy films ever made in my humble opinion. Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis are a scream, and the last line of the film is an all-time Classic! LOL

Have a good day everyone, and if anyone has a spoon to spare, can you send it my way please. zzzzzz

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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EDIT: Completed Week 3 Day 3 Bootcamp Workout Challenge. YAY!

It was upper body and mostly seated on a chair, so I felt I could manage that, and the other bits I either did against the wall or on the chair, rather than the floor. I am pleased I've got that done. Couldn't do it as well as I might have but I did some. :-)

Right, going to rest now. I've reached my limits for pushing on today for sure! I may take tomorrow completely off if I still feel this rough then.

  
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CARLA-216 8/1/2010 8:25AM

    I admire the fact that you tried to exercise. But, I think rest would be in your best interest, and your body is telling you that. Please take good care and don't push yourself.
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JHADZHIA 8/1/2010 8:10AM

    If your body is telling you to rest that is what you should be doing! Hope you feel better soon!
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Linda

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A Scary Night, a Better Day, and my Exercise Stats.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

I am relieved and more grateful than you can know to be sitting here at the computer this afternoon, even though I am feeling pretty rough. 18 hours ago I didn't think I'd be at home today.

It all started when a somewhat persistent pain in my lower left side became unbearable and I was forced to wake my neighbours at 1.30am in order to have someone to look after Tara while I went to the hospital.

It is amazing the different ideas that can flash through your mind as to what is causing the pain in the hour and a half you spend trying to sleep and failing as the pain intensifies and gives you less and less options about comfortable positions. The more the pain worsened, the more bizarre my thoughts on the subject became! (gulp)

I am fortunate to have neighbours that can rise to an emergency, even when I've woken them from a deep sleep. This is the first time I've had to really test their friendship and I sincerely hope it will be the last, for all our sakes.

David wouldn't hear of me going to the hospital in an ambulance or a taxi, and got dressed to drive me there himself, while Anne took Tara under her wing to keep her happy and distracted from what Mum might be suffering from.

"She's not got appendicitis" I heard as I staggered to the van with David's help. "She's not allowed to copy me and have appendicitis!" (Anne had her appendix removed when she was in India a year or so ago) "And anyway, whoever heard of two people in the same street having Appendicitis!" Giggles from Tara made me certain that she was getting the better half of this particular deal as David started the van, and dropped some rescue remedy on my tongue to combat the shakes which I had so bad I couldn't find the seatbelt!

A short drive later, through a rabbit warren of new-build roads that I still can't find my way through alone, and we reached the Hospital's A&E (Accident and Emergency) department. Not being able to see where to park, David dropped me off at the bus shelter so I could sit down while he went to park the van. When he returned we went in and registered.

The triage nurse doesn't take blood pressure or temperatures anymore. Instead this musical machine does it all for her. It doesn't half squeeze your arm hard. Geeze! Give me a human being any day! A few questions and some note taking and I am handed a cardboard container and asked to provide a sample, so off I toddle to the loo. I return said sample and go and sit with David to wait our turn.

We were very lucky in that the A&E was having one of its quietest Friday nights in living memory. It was about 2am when we arrived there and there was only one person ahead of us in the queue. It still took about an hour to be seen, because they were very busy behind the scenes. David was great at keeping me distracted as the pain started to spread and intensify even more, to the point where I was seriously thinking I would pass out.

And all of a sudden the pain eased off just a few minutes before it was time see the doctor. Isn't that just typical? LOL. I still felt pretty tender, but the intense pain had really eased! The doctor had a bit of a poke and prod, and told me that I had an elevated temperature, and my sample indicated a bladder infection. We identified that other pains I had experienced in recent days in my lower back were all part of it too, and he gave me antibiotics and sent me home with instructions to take painkillers as needed and to see my own Doctor in five days to check that the antibiotics have worked. If they haven't I'll have to go in for further tests.

It was so nice to be able to walk out of the hospital into the cool crisp night air and walk back to the van without feeling all that pain. We were back at Anne's by 3.30am, to find her and Tara giggling like a couple of schoolgirls under a blanket on the sofa. Anne is my age! LOL. Apparently they had sneaked round to my house after we left and borrowed our copy of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland to keep them awake while they were waiting for news.

We all chatted for a few minutes and then Tara and I went home, so that Anne and David could get some of the sleep I had deprived them of. Thank goodness they had nothing they needed to get up early for!

I made a cuppa, and went upstairs to read for a bit and wind down, and Tara and I put our lights out at about 4.15am! Didn't get a lot of sleep, but I stayed in bed till about 11.30, and have taken it easy today.

I did get out and do my walk today. It was only ten minutes and I took it steady because I wasn't feeling too great. Not ill enough to leave it though. I was determined to do that if nothing else today. :-)

Active Health Stats:
Pace - 22 min mile
Calories - 46
Steps - 1161
Time - 0:11:29
Distance - 0.52 miles

I waited till after breakfast before doing Week3 Day 2 of my Bootcamp Workout Challenge. It was one of the days that I am ok at, so I was able to finish it, and since then I have popped on Tigger for the occasional song to get my minimum step count completed. I hope to get the extra ten mins cardio for today fitted in as well. Two more songs should do it, though I will let that go if necessary. I don't want to lose momentum but at the same time I don't want to make myself worse. Some light cardio activity combined with drinking plenty of water should help get this infection flushed out though, so that is good to know. :-)

Now, if the cold clammys would just ease up, I need to get the dinner on! :-)

So that had been my day (and night).
I hope yours has only been eventful in good ways!

Hugs,
Lex xxx

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TWOTIMESS 8/1/2010 7:25AM

    Oh Lex! I'm so glad you're OK! Look after yourself!
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DCATNAPPER 7/31/2010 8:13PM

    Lex,
It sounds like you had quite a night. You must really be dedicated to the boot camp to get the exercise in despite your long night and not feeling well. Take care and feel better soon!
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ANNIE924 7/31/2010 6:53PM

    Wow, you did have a scary night. I'm so glad it was nothing more serious, even though it was painful.

Be sure to take all the antibiotics, I've stopped them too soon sometimes when I've had a bladder infection and it just comes back.

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JHADZHIA 7/31/2010 5:23PM

    Wow that sounded scary! Glad you were okay.
I have had my appendix out, and the pain was so mild I wasn't even sure there was something there. Meanwhile the Dr.'s were trying to give me morphine I didn't want and other meds I didn't need. I told them the only time it really bothered me was when the sods where poking at it!!! They speculated my arthritis meds kept the pain and inflammation suppressed. The Dr. who operated on me said I was very lucky it hadn't burst!
My Mom has problems with bladder infections. The best way for preventative care is to drink cranberry juice daily. Also, have a shower after any activity that makes you get all sweated up.
Take care, hope you have a speedy recovery!
Hugs,
Linda

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CARLA-216 7/31/2010 4:37PM

    Wow, how scary! I'm so very glad it was nothing more serious than a bladder infection.

Good job getting in your walk and Bootcamp workout even after a rough night.

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Walking plan warm up, Day 20 etc

Friday, July 30, 2010

The last twenty-four hours has included scary mealworms and exploding juice cartons, but more of that later!
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Today I have completed:

15 minute warm-up walk

Active Health Stats:
Pace - 21 min mile
Calories - 71
Steps - 1770
Time - 0:16:58
Distance - 0.79 miles


Week 3 Day 1 Bootcamp Workout Challenge

This week we have to up out cardio game by ten minutes a day, so after doing the usual Day 1 video, which was cardio itself, I did an extra ten minutes on Tigger after I reached my minimum step count for the day (3200). It wasn't easy to do all that cardio after such a lot of mileage yesterday, but I stuck with it, and I am pleased I did, in spite of my aching legs. :-)

I'm going to take it easy the rest of the day, and for the remaining six days of this week I'll designate the extra ten minutes cardio to either Tigger or my much loved but still un-named Aerobic Step. (name suggestions still welcome) This will also boost the 'now give me ten' challenge on the British Comedy Lovers team. Bonus! Yay! Gotta love the 'two birds with one exercise thing'. LOL

So, yes, as you will no doubt have gathered from the above blog, I got to my minimum steps for the day by topping up on Tigger. I gave Lily Allen a run for her money today. In spite of the swearing I love her songs. She can be really funny, but her style and some of the song topics definitely can offend more sensitive souls, hence the age-appropriate warnings on her CDs. When I singalong to her songs I find myself imitating her Cockney accent, dropped 'aitches and all. LOL

"But what about the mealworms and exploding juice cartons?" I hear you ask...

Well, the exploding carton was as a result of me forgetting to rinse out an old juice carton that was still a quarter full of out-of-date juice. It must have been sat on the counter close to the window and the sun for well over a week. I don't know about the science of it, but I imagine there was a gas build up of some kind over the time, resulting in the bottom exploding out, spreading the contents over a considerable area!

It's funny, you know. I never noticed the warning label...
"WARNING! This carton will explode if not emptied and rinsed out within seven days!"
Well I know now! LOL

The mealworms was a case of eye over brain!

I bought a couple of packets of mealworms for my garden birds yesterday, never having bought them before, and when I cut open the first packet and poured them into the seed container, the resultant movement had me leaping backwards and screaming, convinced the dratted things were wriggling about! It took a number of pokes and stirs before I could convince my eyes that they were in fact dead. My brain all the time trying to tell me that "No, not even Tesco would try and sell live mealworms in a sealed plastic bag!" LOL

Them's the jokes folks!
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Have a great day and beware of unexploded juice cartons!

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 7/31/2010 4:42PM

    Ah yes, methinks I would have screamed at the worms, too!

Keep up the good work on your exercise!

xoxox,
Carla

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BOVEY63 7/30/2010 4:01PM

    Mealworms and exploding juice cartons - thanks for sharing. I really needed the laugh.
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Congrats on the awesome job you are doing in your exercise! Love how you name the equipment.
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Walking plan warm up, Day 19 etc

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!
Keep dancing!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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JHADZHIA 7/29/2010 11:53PM

    Well done with your fitness!! Looks like you were not meant to have that donut..
My uncle bought a converter player to play DVD's from Europe in Canada, I would imagine something like that may be availble in UK for the reverse. But there might be exercise DVD's similar to what I suggested. Maybe try your local library, see what titles they have, borrow any interesting ones and review them, that way you can try before you buy.
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Linda

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DCATNAPPER 7/29/2010 9:34PM

    Wow! Keep on stepping! Your peanut butter and banana sandwich sounds like a great substitution for a donut. You are such a great example for all of us!
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THIAGRAM 7/29/2010 1:55PM

  Like the alternative to the doughnuts! You are setting a wonderful example! Bless you!

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BOVEY63 7/29/2010 12:58PM

    Awesome job on the steps so far.
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Your peanut butter and banana sandwich sounds yummy!
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CARLA-216 7/29/2010 12:06PM

    10,430 steps is a lot! Go ahead on, you!

Ah well, I was afraid the vid might not play for you in the UK, but thought I'd try anyway.

A higher power was looking out for you today with all the jam and cream doughnuts being sold out. emoticon LOL Your healthier snack sounds really good to me right now. Ummmmm!

xo,
Carla

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