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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

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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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Thankyou to Everyone!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

You have all done wonders for my mental state this last twenty four hours! I haven't been allowed to wallow, or feel gloomy. Instead I have been showered with get well wishes, lovely sparkpage comments, and inspired SparkGoodies (including knitting supplies to make a boobie warmer?!?!? LOLOLOL)

I may be a little slow getting back to you all individually to thank you in person, but I didn't want to wait to tell you all how grateful I am for all your support.

It has really helped! :-)

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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JHADZHIA 8/3/2010 10:11PM

    Just want you to feel better and heal soon!
Take care,
Hugs,
Linda

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TIGGERIFFIC123 8/3/2010 8:45PM

    Glad to hear you are feeling a little better today! Keep smiling.

Rhonda

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LINDAGRAVEL 8/3/2010 6:45PM

    So glad you are feeling better my friend because we love you and really care

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DCATNAPPER 8/3/2010 6:36PM

    Lexie, I am glad you are feeling better. I hope you are back to yourself soon. Take care of yourself!
Delois

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TWOTIMESS 8/3/2010 5:18PM

    Yeah, Carla said it - cuz we luvs you! So, are you going to knit the boobie warmer? LOL!
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CHRISTURTLE 8/3/2010 5:04PM

    Glad you're feeling a little brighter today, and hoping you continue to improve day by day. Before you know it you'll be back on top of things. Meanwhile, seems to me when you're feeling bored a little knitting or some other craft may just do the trick if its not going to add to the pain.

Hugs,
Chris.

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THIAGRAM 8/3/2010 3:31PM

  Sure hope you are back to your energetic self soon! Thanks for being my Spark friend! Bless you!


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CARLA-216 8/3/2010 2:52PM

    It's cuz we luvs you!

xoxo,
Carla

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I'm trying to find something positive to say, but...

Monday, August 02, 2010

...I have just got back from the doctors' surgery. I kept waking up during the night with pain in my chest, and when I got up this morning I realised that I had a large lump in my right breast that was so sore I couldn't bear to touch it!

The doctor thinks it is an infection in the soft tissue and has given me antibiotics and strong painkillers to try and fix it.

On top of the bladder infection, for which I am still taking antibiotics, this has come as quite a blow! Needless to say I am unable to do any exercise at all for a few days at least, though the doctor said light walking will be fine if I feel well enough. As I feel like I have a bad dose of flu because of the infections, and I'm fighting sleep because of the painkillers, I doubt the pavements will see much of me for a while.

Poor Tigger has to be put away until my chest is better. No weights, no bouncing. Doctor's orders, not that I needed telling. I found my inner Tigger and now he's in the cupboard till further notice! I can't do my Bootcamp or anything.

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So, guess where I wound up after getting my antibiotics from the chemist. Yep! Tesco Express, for two yummy doughnuts. I don't know whether they are a reward to me for all my July efforts, or a consolation prize for being ill. (Probably both!)Whatever they are, I had one with a cuppa when we got home, and will enjoy the other one tomorrow, and then go back to my peanut butter and banana on multigrain bread ensemble.

At least I can still try and keep on top of my nutrition, doughnuts notwithstanding.
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It is just so disappointing to be shelved like this. (growl)

Please, please, please be having a better day than me everyone!
Hugs,
Lex xxx

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ANNIE924 8/3/2010 8:41PM

    Rest and take care of yourself. Sorry to hear you are feeling so poorly. But this will pass and you will be back to exercise when the time is right.
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JANENE413 8/3/2010 8:36PM

    Lexie, I just read about your medical situation. You know we're all in your court! Do continue to take care of yourself!
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THIAGRAM 8/2/2010 7:17PM

  So sorry that you are ill. Deffinately not good to find a lump, but a lump could have certainly been much worse. That may not be much, but it may be something! I hope you are better and back to healthy self soon!

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CHEVY63 8/2/2010 7:08PM

    Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear you're not doing well. Take some time to rest up and get better. You'll be back on the path soon enough.

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KTTAYLOR21 8/2/2010 6:23PM

    Take this time to rest and let your body heal. Don't fight sleep, your body heals itself while your sleeping so sleeping is a good thing. Also if our sleep, you can't eat any of the bad stuff emoticon.

I hope you feel better soon and take care of yourself. You'll be back to your old self in no time!!!

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NJMATTICE 8/2/2010 3:58PM

    You are doing the work. "trying to find something positive" is good work. Great job. Take good care. Nourish yourself with foods that will boost your health. (I don't think donuts qualify, I'm not sure). You can get through this!
Get well soon!
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SHELLB39 8/2/2010 2:54PM

    So sorry to hear of your current circumstances Lexi...sending you positive thoughts across the sea even if it's hard to find them to say right now. Concentrate on your recovery and then think about getting back to bouncing. I do know your frustrations from previous ailments of my own. A friend tells me when I get caught up in negative thinking (and we all do at various times), tell yourself "This too shall pass". So I encourage you during your down time to consider doing more writing or find a good book to appreciate. Deep breathing too...it's good for helping cells work best! Hoping your hopping soon! emoticon emoticon

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LOVESLIFE48 8/2/2010 2:45PM

    Oh Lexi, I'm so sorry!! Don't worry about anything but getting better!!! That's what matters!! At night before bed I have been tasting donuts!! But in the morning I forget all about it!! This has been going on for 3 or 4 nights now!! I guess I should be happy I forget in the morning!! Eat one for me!!! LOL!! Please take care!! I'm here if you need anything at all!! Lyn emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CARLA-216 8/2/2010 1:55PM

    Aww, Lex, I'm so sorry to hear you've another infection going on, and that you don't feel well. Take good care of wonderful you and focus your energies on getting better. My best thoughts for quick healing are headed your way.

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TWOTIMESS 8/2/2010 12:59PM

    Keep it warmly wrapped up and still - it's very sore, I know. Have a mamogram after the infection has cleared - my cancer sat right behind a cyst and went unnoticed - so, go and have it checked out... Ha-ha, you see, I keep a beady eye on you!
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BOVEY63 8/2/2010 12:41PM

    Get some rest and hope you are feeling better real soon.
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TIGGERIFFIC123 8/2/2010 12:02PM

    Lex,

emoticon Sorry to hear you are having such a rough time of it. Even Tigger's need to rest and get well once in a while! Just because you cannot exercise does not mean that you get to lose your spark!

You can still make healthy choices around your diet. Try eating at the low end of your ranges while you are not working out and you will continue to be successful...and that my friend is a true tigger...not just all the bounce and fun stuff...lol

Hang in there! Healing thoughts and energy headed your way...follow Dr's orders and you will be back bouncing with the rest of us in no time at all!

Take Care,
Rhonda

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LINDABENEDICT 8/2/2010 11:33AM

    Warm healing thoughts are speeding your way !!!!!

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