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!
Sunday, August 08, 2010
Not too bad, considering the week I've had. :-)
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.
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!
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!
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!
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. :-)
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! :-)
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. :-)
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