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Walking Plan Warm-Up. Wk 4, Day 2, and the Doctor's appt.

Monday, August 09, 2010

It was a ten minute scheduled walk this morning.

Active Health stats:

Pace - 22 min mile
Calories - 46
Steps - 1138
Time - 0:11:05
Distance - 0.51 miles

I'm already up to nearly two miles because of the walk to the doctor's for an 8.30am appointment after the short walk, and I still have shopping to do. Going to exceed three miles quite easily today I think.

Weights and Tigger are still shelved though. Things didn't go as well as I'd hoped with the doc. Two doctors examined me, and both agreed that there was something not quite right. Deep in the tissue there is a lot of tenderness, and it made me squeak when they were exploring it thoroughly from a variety of angles. The upshot is I have an appointment at the Breast Clinic on Thursday for further tests, including an ultrasound, mammogram, and if necessary a needle biopsy.

This bunny is not happy! :-(

There are positives in all of this. My older daughter was already planning a visit late this week, so she is driving up a little earlier than planned, arriving late Wed evening, so she can look after Tara and be supportive while I go through this. So at least I don't have to worry about that. :-)

And I can still walk! I will walk to the clinic. The appointment is at 8.50 am, rush hour, so the traffic will be bumper to bumper and it will be quicker to walk into town. It is about a forty-five minute walk door-to-door, and at the moment Bryony is determined to walk in with me and Tara and do some retail therapy with Tara while I get what needs doing done. I think I'll suggest that we leave home about 7.45am, so that we can take the slightly longer but more scenic route through Castle Park. It will be much more pleasant than walking on the pavements beside all those fume-spewing cars!

I'll need to pack a breakfast too. I can't eat first thing at the best of times, and this is not the best of times, but once I've been through all that my appetite will return and I'll be feeling weak and giddy through lack of food.

Sorry, just thinking aloud here, sort of. :-)

Oh well, not the best start to the week. Let's hope things improve from here. :-)
Have a great day everyone!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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JHADZHIA 8/9/2010 3:24PM

    So sorry your appointment didn't go well, but it is best they thoroughly give you a going over as uncomfortable as it is, they have to make sure of everything. Tests are rotten, but better to be safe then sorry. The walk through the park sounds very nice. I hate walking in the city traffic too.
Good luck with everything,
You will be in my thoughts,
Hugs,
Linda

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CARLA-216 8/9/2010 1:59PM

    Lexie, I'm sorry the doc didn't give you the report you wished for today, and that you have to have more tests on your breast. I hope all that turns out well. You are and will be in my best thoughts, that is for sure.

I'm glad Bryony can be there for you and Tara. And hurray for still being able to emoticon!

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Carla

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LOVESLIFE48 8/9/2010 12:28PM

    I'm sending ((((((positive vibes))))) your way!!! Great job with all the walking!! Glad you can get in some sort of exercise!! emoticon Take care of yourself my friend, you are not alone!! emoticon

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CHEVY63 8/9/2010 12:00PM

    Hi Lexie - I'm thinking of you and hope that all will be well with your appointment later this week.

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JANENE413 8/9/2010 10:19AM

    Thinking good thoughts of you!
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Janene

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JANENE413 8/9/2010 10:18AM

    Thinking good thoughts of you!
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TWOTIMESS 8/9/2010 9:52AM

    Lexie-dear, now listen to your aunty Sarah - It's going to be just OK! Could be a milk duct infection, fibrositis - so many things, not necessarily trouble. So... cross that bridge when you get there and Thursday is entirely in God's hands.
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PS - be sure to tell the docs about the exercise you do, especially Tigger. The bouncing could have hurt your boobie. Special sports bra's are called for when exercising. OK?

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ANNIE924 8/9/2010 7:11AM

    Sorry your Dr. appointment did not go as well as you would have liked. emoticon

Good for you for getting your walking in. I'll pray for a good report from the further tests emoticon

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A Week in Review: 1st-7th August 2010

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Not too bad, considering the week I've had. :-)

Nutrition:

Water:
8, 9, 8, 9, 8, 8, 9 = 59/56

Eight glasses down on last week but still over the minimum.

Fruit and Veg:
7, 5, 9, 6, 6, 6, 6, = 45/35

Four portions less than last week but pretty good still.

The Nutrition Basics were pretty good on the whole. The number of days I was within the target range were:

Calories - 3/7 (record 4/7) but less than ten calories over on two other days. We won't talk about the remaining two days. ;-)

Carbs - 6/7 (record 7/7) only missed 7/7 by 2 points!

Fat - 3/7 (record 5/7) It was a bad fat week! Doughnuts and fish and chips will do that! LOL

Protein - 4/7 (New record 4/7) AND I was within 3 points on two other days! Must have been all the fish I ate! LOL I am really pleased with this. I struggle to get the minimum protein each day, so this a great improvement!

I didn't have the best week of food choices. Being ill makes for easy fixes and a little comfort eating, hence the Doughnuts and the Fish and Chips. But I did ok in spite of that, keeping with range more than I expected actually. :-)


So, on to Fitness:

Mark Fenton's 52 Week Walking Plan (warm up week four)

Well that was a bust thanks to the infections. I ended up restarting Week Four this morning.

28 Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge:

I left the bootcamp challenge last Monday. I plan to start that again from scratch in a week or so, if I get the various all-clears from my Doctor. At least I learned a lot from what I've done so far. :-)

3300 steps per day was met 6 out of the 7 days, and comprehensively NOT met yesterday! 354 steps! Sheesh! LOL. So, this week's step target remains at 3300.

The steps were met through making small trips out to shops, doctors etc during the week. Even though some days were pretty slow walking, it was good to have some level of exercise going on, and I felt better for it.

The 14 miles per week was met this week, just!

14.65 miles/14 - A whole five miles down on last week, which is fine, considering. I hadn't given my weekly mileage a thought, but I'm delighted I reached it just the same.

Sticking at the 14 miles a week target again this week, pending test results.

I did 335 fitness minutes this week and burned 1397 calories. Again, down on last week, but ok.

Weight:

185.25 (13 stone 3 1/4 lbs) - down. 1.5 lb! Double Yay! That was totally unexpected. I really didn't think I'd lose weight this week. I'll probably pay for the doughnuts and fish supper next week. LOL

So, a surprise ending! Gotta love those! LOL
Have a great day everyone!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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TIGGERIFFIC123 8/8/2010 10:31PM

    Lexi,

Sounds like a pretty good week for someone who has not been feeling well! Keep up the good work and I am sure when you are well again you will surprise even your self.

Also not sure how you are counting your steps but your steps per day and your mileage seem more than a little off...sounds like a lot more steps. I know when I use my pedometer and walk 5k that is about 4,700 steps which is 3.2 miles. I know stride etc. are different but those numbers seem off even considering that. Just a thought, you might be doing more than you think!!

CONGRATS on the 1.5lb loss!!

Rhonda

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CHEVY63 8/8/2010 2:25PM

    It sounds like you did very well even with a tough situation to deal with, health wise! I am glad that you've had such great results.

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CARLA-216 8/8/2010 9:10AM

    Great job on a successful week even with being under the weather! Love that surprise ending you had!

xx xx fingers crossed for good test results for you, my friend!

xoxo,
Carla

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JHADZHIA 8/8/2010 8:40AM

    Well done Lexie!! I hope you get good test back! Enjoy your Sunday!

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I'm Back! Walking Plan Warm-Up. Wk 4, Day 1

Sunday, August 08, 2010

I haven't blogged for two days, and yesterday I took a complete rest day. Spent the entire day Sparking and catching up on emails. It was wonderful, but the number of steps has to be seen to be believed! You don't want to know how little I moved yesterday. No you don't. You do? Really? Hmmm... OK then... (shuffles feet and scuffs the ground) I did 354 steps! Seriously! Even I couldn't believe it!

So, in sharp contrast, this morning I did:

15 minute walk

Active Health Stats:
Pace - 22 min mile
Calories - 71 (most burned so far)
Steps - 1779 (most steps so far)
Time - 0:17:14
Distance 0.80 miles (best distance so far)

That was lovely! Didn't race it. Just took my normal pace. Kept the pace up during the uphills, and sweated a bit on the return leg. (beaming smile)

Roll on tomorrow morning! Praying for a clean bill of health from the Doc so I can start up the rest of my routine again. I won't immediately restart the bootcamp even if I do get the all clear. I'll give myself a catch-up week first, build it up a bit.

Have a great day everyone!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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EDIT: I just took my aerobic step out of the cupboard and did some (slow) stepping to three songs, so about ten minutes. It. Felt. Good!
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ERMYLIFE 8/8/2010 5:20PM

    Here is for a clean bill of health tomorrow. It is hard to be out of your routine for a while and it does take some rebuilding to get back up to speed. Wishing the best for you!

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TWOTIMESS 8/8/2010 4:36PM

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There's nothing like a day of rest to rejuvenate the body and spirit! Tomorrow will be just fine!

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CARLA-216 8/8/2010 9:13AM

    So glad you're back and feeling better! I believe you are entitled to that complete rest day, Lexie, after the week you had.

And again, xx xx fingers crossed for a clean bill of health from the good doc tomorrow.

Carla
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ANNIE924 8/8/2010 7:27AM

    It sounds like you are really feeling better. Good to hear. Today is my last day for the bootcamp. I don't think I'll do it again, as I said before I have a real problem with the floor exercises.

I have been searching out alternative so that I can get my strength training. I might try the resistance band workout a couple of times this week. That gives a full body workout and I can do pretty well all of it without too much difficulty.

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I'm Walking on Sunshine!

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Well, it makes a change from singing in the rain. LOL

Today I have not had to take painkillers because the pain has been within the bounds of bearable all day. I am even hoping to get to sleep tonight without them, though that does remain to be seen. :-)

I have finished the bladder infection antibiotics, but am still getting a little pain in that area. I couldn't get my urine test done today because the other antibiotics I'm still taking (for boobie) will mess up the results. However the doctor told me that the antibiotics I am still taking will also help my bladder if it still needs it, and that I have to wait for three days after completing the course before I can have the urine test done.

So, current plan is see the doctor on Monday, first thing, to have my boobie checked, and go back on the Thursday for the urine test. This is always assuming I don't get hit by anything else requiring meds in the meantime! I know! I know! But I don't want to tempt fate! LOL

What I have managed to do every day, more by luck than judgement, is keep walking. Not the actual Walking Plan of course, because I couldn't walk at any significant speed for several days, but thanks to trips to the doctor, the supermarkets and the pet store, I have racked up over my minimum steps each day, which is currently 3300.

Today I was able to walk at my normal shopping pace, so if I still continue to improve I plan to restart week 4 of my Warm Up Walking Plan on Sunday. Of course Tigger is still off limits until the Doctor says it is ok to bounce again, but getting the Walking Plan back on track will make me very happy. :-)

I'm so used to bouncing, dancing or stepping to music that the last few days have been quite hard, even though I felt so rough. I hear music and I want to move! I have been extremely good though, only the occasional swaying, and avoiding the faster songs as much as possible. :-)
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Well, I am going to head off to watch one of my favourite comedies - The Big Bang Theory, followed by How I Met Your Mother and Accidentally On Purpose. Yes, it is American Comedy night on TV. :-)

Catch you all later, and if I still haven't gotten back to you yet, I will do soon. I made a big dent in my back emails and blog replies today and hope to finish catching up tomorrow.

Thanks again everyone for being here for me. I'm here for you guys too! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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MEGA_MILES 8/7/2010 2:13PM

    One step at a time and they really add up emoticon

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LEXIE63 8/7/2010 6:49AM

    Thanks everyone! You guys are Terrific!
Hugs all round,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 8/6/2010 9:48AM

    I'm so glad things seem to be improving, and hope the upward trend continues for you!

How nice that you have American Comedy Night, but why oh why can't *we* have British Comedy Night here? emoticon

xoxox,
Carla

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THIAGRAM 8/5/2010 9:54PM

  I think you are recovering very well. What a blessing to be able to keep walking! Bless you!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 8/5/2010 6:52PM

    Lex,

Thanks for sharing the wonderful news that you are doing a little better today. Great to hear you have been pain medication free so far...that is progress. Nobody will be able to keep Tigger down for long so hang in there an you will be bouncing in no time at all. Keep us updated emoticon

Rhonda

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DCATNAPPER 8/5/2010 5:46PM

    I'm glad to hear that you are back on your walking plan, and I hope that next week your doctor will let Tigger out. Take care!
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CHEVY63 8/5/2010 5:29PM

    I'm glad to hear that you're doing better. Congrats on getting in all the walking!

Take care of yourself!
Michele

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JHADZHIA 8/5/2010 4:52PM

    So glad you are on the mend!! Good for you getting some walking in!
I know what you mean with the music. If I ever want to get moving, i just crank up the stereo!! Here is hoping you will back in the swing soon!
Take care!
Hugs,
Linda

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TWOTIMESS 8/5/2010 4:30PM

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I'm so glad you're all better now! Just steer clear of large trucks and trains and things that can run you over, also check for falling meteorites and holes that may swallow you and... Get the idea?

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JANENE413 8/5/2010 4:17PM

    Your cheerful attitude is refreshing. My thing is whistling. I love to whistle to all my favorite tunes, but that doesn't go very well in my neighborhood. One day I'll work up the gumption.

In the meantime, I'm so pleased for you that you're taking good care of yourself.

Keep up the good work!

Janene

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I'm singing in the rain!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Well, earlier today I was. You see...

When I woke up this morning the pain in my boobie was a bit less painful than yesterday, so that was a good start. After breakfast I walked, slowly, down to the Co-Op for some cash and milk, and told a friend down there what had been happening. Then came back to the house to drop off the milk and grab Tara for a slow walk to the petstore for the garden bird seed.

I took my painkillers before we left, and as we were leaving the house the sky was looking a bit threatening, so we grabbed our brollies before closing the front door. It was just as well we did because it started to rain before we reached the end of our road, and by the time we had crossed Ipswich Road it was raining heavily and splashing us, because of the vigour with which it was hitting the ground.

We decided to press on anyway, though Tara was a bit underdressed for the rain, in flipflops and a skirt.

We walked to the petstore, and by the time we reached it the rain was torrential and we were pretty wet, in spite of the brollies. Still, we had made it and we bought the birdseed and a couple of packs of suet pellets, and headed back home. As we were leaving the shopping area we both observed how miserable everyone looked. They were huddled in shop doorways, or under trees or bridges, and there was not a single smile to be seen, except ours. I told Tara that they probably think we're drunk or on drugs, the way we were laughing and joking as we walked along.

Halfway home we paused under a bridge so that I could grab a drink of water, and for the rest of the walk back we stomped in puddles to see who could soak the other the worse. Yes, we had a footsie water fight! LOL It was such good fun and, one might say, 'just what the doctor ordered'. :-)

The thing that made me laugh the loudest was when we reached our gate, and Tara ran down the path to the house, as though it would save her from getting any wetter, when we were already totally drenched from head to foot!

The bathroom hanger is testimony to the fact that we had to change everything we were wearing. Not one item of clothing escaped the soaking! LOL

It was fun though, really good fun! And the best bit was that the Thunder and Lightning waited till we were safely home before starting. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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ROZEEROZ1 8/6/2010 12:01AM

    love that singing in the rain. Glad you are on the mend.

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LINDAGRAVEL 8/5/2010 11:41PM

    Gla to hear you are doing better,take care of yourself my friend.

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CARLA-216 8/5/2010 10:46AM

    Oh how fun! So glad to hear you're feeling well enough to sing in the rain and have a footsie water fight!

Carla xoxoxo

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LOVESLIFE48 8/5/2010 10:41AM

    That sounds like a lot of fun!!! So glad you had a good time!!

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GRACE612 8/5/2010 8:25AM

    Aww that sounds like a great morning!! And glad to hear you're feeling better!! emoticon

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TIGGERIFFIC123 8/4/2010 10:32PM

    A positive attitude will do more for you than anything else! What an example for all of those miserable appearing people that there is no point in letting a little rain get you down. So very glad you had great fun! You are awesome!

Rhonda

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MEGA_MILES 8/4/2010 10:17PM

    Congratulations on your choice to celebrate the rain rather than wine about it. We are faced with challenges every day, it is us that decide how we will respond. emoticon

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JANENE413 8/4/2010 8:40PM

    Singing in the rain, eh? Can't beat that. Glad you had a lovely day and a friend to share it with.
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DAVEINSEOUL 8/4/2010 8:13PM

    The best part of life is learning to enjoy yourself, no matter what the circumstance. Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun!

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JHADZHIA 8/4/2010 7:37PM

    Nice to see you two having lots of fun!
Here is hoping you are on the mend now!
Sweet Dreams!

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ALICIA214 8/4/2010 7:31PM

 

I think it is great fun to splash in puddles, takes you way back to child hood
days, when we had no serious worries.

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DCATNAPPER 8/4/2010 7:28PM

    I'm glad to hear that you are doing better and singing in the rain. We finally got some rain last night. If I hadn't been so sleepy I would have done some singing in the rain too. emoticon emoticon

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TRISHP1961 8/4/2010 7:11PM

    Running in the rain is fun! Good job of making the glass half full today!

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