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My resistance band came yesterday

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

It is only a basic thing from Avon, and it only cost 3, but it all adds to the variety of equipment I can use, which is good. It has 14 pictures of stretch moves actually printed on the band. Now to check out some videos using these things to see what I can do with it.
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The Water thing! I finally did it!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

I finally managed to drink eight glasses of water in one day yesterday (Monday 5th July 2010)! I am stunned! I love my mugs of tea so much I never thought I could do this!

I have never much liked drinking water. Never liked the taste, and when I quit smoking my taste buds became so sensitive that most water tasted absolutely horrible to me. The only one I could drink was Evian, which basically is about the blandest tasting water I could find. Even then, I tended to suck a mint to make it taste better! I tried a brita filter and even that didn't help last time I tried (Jan 2009). I thought I was weird (and so did others who knew me I suspect) until I watched a programme about someone else who could tell the difference between waters, and blind-tasted a selection and was able to say where every sample came from. I am not alone in being a fussy water drinker! Yay! LOL

So, with my return to SP, I was determined to try and fix the water problem. To drink the equivalent amount of water in bought bottles of Evian was going to set me back around 10 a week, depending on any special offers at the supermarket. That is a lot of money to spend just on water when you are on a low income, (and not exactly environmentally friendly either, though I do avidly recycle) so I needed to find an alternative.

Fortunately for me, my Littlewoods catalogue had a special offer on Brita jugs and filters. I got a brand new jug and ten maxtra filters for 50, which sounds a lot until you see that they are selling packs of six filters for 30! Basically, the jug was FREE! I was a little concerned because I didn't like the old taste much before, but the maxtra filters are newer (I had the old cylinder shaped ones last time) so I kept my fingers crossed. (Not easy to type with your fingers crossed ;-))

The jug came. The water does not taste as good as the Evian, but I persevered, and have adjusted to the flavour. I did need to throw the first five filtered jug fulls away rather than just the first two, and it tastes a lot nicer chilled than room temp, but it is ok.

So, how to make sure to make the investment worthwhile: Well, I set up two piles of coins next to the kettle. I have a pile of eight 2-pence pieces which I use to count my glasses of water, and a pile of pennies to count my mugs of tea. I had consistently been drinking about ten mugs of tea a day and only managing 4 glasses of water. At the start of this latest stint on SP last week, I managed to up the ante and drink six glasses of water a day, and I thought that was good, but yesterday.... Oh Boy!

It has been so hot recently that I have been really thirsty when I first wake up. A couple of mornings ago I was so thirsty that I couldn't wait for the kettle to boil, so poured myself a glass of water. You have no idea how strange that is for me to do that! Anyway, I enjoyed the water so much that I did it again the next day, and made a total of six glasses for the day. Then yesterday, I deliberately poured a glass of water in between making cuppas, and with the bottle of carbonated water I drank after my evening meal, I shot to EIGHT GLASSES in one day, and only drank seven mugs of tea! It may even have been six, I lost track a little in the evening. I am SOOO pleased with myself!

Then this morning I woke up from a bad dream and was so distracted I forgot my first glass of water! Shoot! Ah, well, I will try and make up for it as the day goes on.

See if I can make it two days in a row!

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Nice day

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Well, I have 13 groups, and I have at least said hello in each one. Even posted a couple of replies in some. There is some great humour at SP, as some of my groups attest. That is going to be a big help on those days when I discover my weight loss has stalled, or if I think I'll scream if I see another glass of water!

I hope to get to know a few people well enough to mutually friend them. One of the joys of a set-up like this is getting to know people and making new friends.

I even found a Druid group!

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Joined groups

Sunday, July 04, 2010

I found several humour groups while hunting around late yesterday evening, and given that my personal motto (pinched from Reader's Digest many years ago) is "Laughter is the best medicine", I joined a bunch of them. It was too late to say hi to them all but I hope to do that today. I also joined a crochet group, and I have a few groups connected to fitness too. I don't know how many groups are a good number. I guess I shall find out soon enough.
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Back here again

Saturday, July 03, 2010

I'm back! I've been back since Monday, slowly navigating around, filling in my nutrition and my fitness and finally finding my old page and updating it. Maybe I'll even post to a couple of Sparkgroups before too long. I left last time for a number of reasons I won't go into here, but now I'm back and I hope I will get properly stuck in this time.
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