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Walking Plan Warm-Up. Wk 4, Day 3

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Today was a 15 minute scheduled walk. I wasn't sure I felt well enough this morning, so I had a glass of water, and ate some yogurt first. It also gave the rain time to let up. :-)

Deciding I felt up to it then, I did my 5 minutes of warm-up exercises and then went out. I knew my pace was slow, but out there at all is better than not out there, and I still made the centre of the bridge before the beeper went off for me to turn back.

DSi Active Health Stats:
Pace - 23 min mile
Calories - 67
Steps - 1672
Time - 0:17:03
Distance - 0.75

I am really tired today! I got a decent number of hours last night, but the tired is from the night before when I barely got four hours. I don't know why it works like that, but it does.

Well, the weather looks like it is brightening up, so hopefully we can stroll down to the pet store for the bird seed shortly. It will be hard to fit in later in the week, and I don't want to let the garden birds down. They will perch on the washing line pole and glare at me through the kitchen window if I do. LOL.



He must have pinched my apricots!
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When we get back I kinda promised myself I'd clear up the papers and stuff off my kitchen table. I need to be able to do my paperwork and eat with the girls there, but for the last couple of weeks we haven't used it cos half the sitting room contents were piled on the table - catalogues, magazines, sewing stuff, you name it - because of a spider!

Yes, you read that correctly. I am not good about spiders. I can cope with the little ones, but we get the occasional wolf spider here, and I can't stand them. If one turns up it has to go, by fair means or foul, because I can't stay in the room if I know it is there. I have slept on the sitting room couch before now when spotting one in the wee hours that has run behind my wardrobe!

Well, it was about 10.30pm two Sunday evenings ago, when this enormous spider made his presence known in the sitting room. As the chase commenced, with me pulling furniture out when he ran behind chairs and shelves, piles of magazines etc had to be moved to make the chase easier, and pile by pile it gradually filled up the kitchen table. It took quite a while to corner him with the broom (I try and catch them in the soft broom bristles and throw them and the broom outside) but eventually it was done, and it was really late, so apart from putting the furniture back, we left the rest, and what with one thing and another the piles of stuff are still on the table! So today is the day I sort through it, ditch the old stuff, recycle what I can and store away what I'm keeping.

I can summon the energy for this I can! I can! :-)

Oooh! The Sun just came out! Yay!

Have a great day!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SHEENA4S 8/10/2010 6:17PM

    I can't stand it if emoticon come into my house!
Very funny blog, thanks!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/10/2010 5:36PM

    OMG!

And to think I freak out over the occasional lizards getting into the house.

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LINDABENEDICT 8/10/2010 5:18PM

    Woo Hoo ...go Lexie go !!!!

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BOVEY63 8/10/2010 1:17PM

    Way to go on getting out and walking.
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Love the pic.
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JHADZHIA 8/10/2010 11:48AM

    I had a nasty spider bite that took six months to heal so I am not particularly fond of them either, and I didn't even know they bite!!! Mom's place has tons of them and I always call for her to come and get it if I see one. She doesn't want me squishing them into a messy bloody pulp which would be my first reaction.
Cute bird photo LoL.
Enjoy your sunny day!!

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CARLA-216 8/10/2010 10:55AM

    Glad you got your walk in today. Maybe a nap later?

Me no likey spiders either! [shudder]

Beware the apricot stealing birds! emoticon

xoxo
Carla

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LOVESLIFE48 8/10/2010 8:38AM

    Oh towtimes!! LOL!!!

I love to read about your daily walking plans, they inspire me!! I'm sooooo with you when it comes to spiders. My husband and boys will kill them with a paper towel then chase me around the house!! Well, I'm screaming through the house they are laughing having a great time! Small ones I can handle, if I get them on the first go. But big ones I almost have a panic attack!! Have a great day!! emoticon emoticon

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TWOTIMESS 8/10/2010 8:23AM

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Supersonic bird spotted over Lexie's house - BOOM! as it raced through the sound barrier... wait, wait, it wasn't the sound barrier, er, em, he had dried fruit. I wouldn't want to stand under that birdie when he lets rip!

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Last minute snack

Monday, August 09, 2010

Ooops! I've been so distracted today that I didn't keep an eye on my water and fruit and veg intake and found myself short 1 glass of water and 1 helping of fruit or veg. So here I am right before bed munching on a portion of dried apricots and drinking a glass of water, a snack I would have had earlier, had I been paying attention.

I'm glad I don't share a bed with anyone. They would not like me in about half an hour. LOL
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Hugs,
Lex xxx
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TIGGERIFFIC123 8/9/2010 10:37PM

    lol...enjoy your snack!

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GRACE612 8/9/2010 9:08PM

    HAHA!!!

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JHADZHIA 8/9/2010 8:02PM

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Hope you can sleep in spite of it. You ought to try Beano (taken with the first bite of anything you eat that gives you gas), it works wonders and has saved me from a lot of embarrassment at the club, as i eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies.
Sweet dreams!

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LOVESLIFE48 8/9/2010 7:50PM

    You crack me up!!! emoticon emoticon

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CARLA-216 8/9/2010 7:16PM

    You'd be tootin', huh? LOLOL!

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Lean On Me with a twist

Monday, August 09, 2010

Hi everyone,

Someone posted this video on the Slowest Loser team, and I have borrowed it for my blog to thank you all for your continued support while I deal with the health issues recently thrust upon me.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK9Xj7eY0UU&
feature=player_embedded


So, thankyou all my friends! Your support, and that of my girls and my friends outside of Sparkworld is what is keeping me from freaking out with worry right now!

I am a glass half full kind of gal. I just feel like recently it's been the wrong half of the glass!
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Hugs,
Lex xxx
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TIGGERIFFIC123 8/9/2010 10:36PM

    Too cute!

Hang in there and the right half of the glass will be full again emoticon

Rhonda

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SOOKIE 8/9/2010 7:48PM

    cute ... thanks for sharing!

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TWOTIMESS 8/9/2010 5:43PM

    Awww... this was fantastic! Thanks Lex.
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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.

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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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