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52-Week Walking Plan Week 3, Day 2 etc. and the Emotional Rollercoaster Ride

Monday, August 30, 2010

It has been a very emotional weekend for reasons that are hard to explain, and it was with some trepidation that I went to bed last night, emotionally exhausted, and physically worn out from the lack of sleep the night before, not to mention some pain that suggested the bladder issue was back. But amazingly, in spite of my mind churning butter, I fell asleep in about two minutes, possibly partly because of the painkillers I took, and I slept for a solid eight - count them - eight hours! :-)

And when I woke up, it was to a realisation of why the last few weeks, and especially the last three or four days have been so difficult for Tara. As soon as this lightbulb switched on it was as though an enormous weight lifted from me, and I was eager to leap out of bed and get my day started. Knowing what is going on is half the battle towards fixing it, right?

So, I got dressed, fed Sophie and the birds, grabbed all my stuff, including the pedometer this time, and headed out for my twenty minute walk, and nailed it! I broke my twenty-minute-mile! I came in at a nineteen minute mile! I am so pleased with myself! What a boost to my somewhat deflated self!

This feeling of elation was boosted further, when, after sitting Tara down and explaining to her what was happening, we had more tears and loads of hugs, and she is really relieved to understand why she has been feeling so out of whack herself. We have finally put two and two together and got the correct answer! And that, believe me, is not easy when you are dealing with a teen who is a high-functioning borderline autistic, and extremely sensitive to everything that happens around her.

So, we are hoping for a much easier day today, and in a few days we should be back to normal, or as normal as life gets in this household. :-) This emotion explosion was not how I envisaged the bank holiday weekend going, but that's life, and we will work through and move forward. Phew! *mops brow*

So my 52-Week Walking Plan
Week 3, Day 2
20 minute walk

Pedometer stats:
Pace: 19 minute mile (New record)
Calories burned: 96
Steps: 2,407
Time: 0:21:00
Distance: 1.08 miles

28-Day Bootcamp Challenge
Week 3, Day 2
Lower Body workout
Liking this workout a lot. :-)

Topped up my steps using Roo and my aerobic step playlist. :-) Plus I am still using him for the occasional song as it comes up as I go through the rest of the day. More proof that the gloom has lifted. :-) In fact my playlists need an overhaul. We have acquired between us quite a few new CDs since I first put the lists together and I have some songs that would work in one or both of my step and bouncing playlists. It's time to test them out. *grin*

Oooh, and although I am getting the odd twinge in the bladder region, the pain, for the moment, has all but gone. I'll still keep an eye obviously, but I am fairly hopeful that it was the tense way I've been holding myself the last few days that caused the bulk of the pain. I must also remember to ring the surgery tomorrow and get the test results I should have got late last week.

So, feeling very relieved and may the feeling last! :-)
Hope you are all having a great day!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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You said it sister! *grin*

  
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TWOTIMESS 8/30/2010 3:20PM

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To both of you!

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LOVESLIFE48 8/30/2010 1:12PM

    emoticon on your new record!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm also very happy about your aha moment. Glad you got a good night sleep and you are doing better!!! Have a great day my friend!! Lyn emoticon

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CARLA-216 8/30/2010 11:26AM

    Awesome job on the new walking pace record!
I'm glad you had an "ah-ha" moment regarding your dear Tara. Most of the time those lightbulb moments are a huge relief!
Good thoughts on your test results, and that the bladder is not becoming infected again.

xoxo,
Carla
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TIGGERIFFIC123 8/30/2010 10:46AM

    Lexie,

I am so glad that after a good nights sleep you were able to figure out what was happening with Tara. It can be such a wild ride at times but you are amazing with her and while it takes its toll on occasions like this she is so worth it!! Hopefully now that both of you understand she will do well with support and moving past this into something more positive. Nice that you see the end is near! ((HUGS)) for the past couple of weeks of high stress and know that you are not alone!

Great job on the 19 minute mile!! You are doing so wonderful, now don't forget to shake up those play lists to keep you happily moving!!

Hugs,
Rhonda

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LINDABENEDICT 8/30/2010 10:09AM

    YAY !!!! You are getting speedier and speedier !!!

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__KELLY__ 8/30/2010 9:51AM

    woo hoo!!! I'm glad when light bulbs come on and things can get worked out! also, congrats on the new walking record!

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Does Music Make You Exercise Harder - article.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Well, this explains what thousands upon thousands of us already knew. Music helps your workout go with a swing. :-) Nice to see science catching up with us. LOL

well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/25/ph
ys-ed-does-music-make-you-exercise-har
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CARLA-216 8/31/2010 11:03AM

    [grumble grumble] But those ear bud thingies won't stay in my ears! LOL


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BUBBLEJ1 8/30/2010 8:21PM

    I listen to music while walking/running. I notice that I go faster if the song is faster!

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DARACOX 8/30/2010 3:56PM

    Music totally helps me exercise harder! Thanks for the link!

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LOVESLIFE48 8/30/2010 3:53PM

    When I walk on the treadmill I always have music on. Actually I have music on all the time!!

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TWOTIMESS 8/30/2010 3:02PM

    Whenever I'm walking and things get a bit tough, I start up a marching band in my head. Good old military marches and they always get me up the hill.

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BOVEY63 8/30/2010 12:41PM

    I always listen to music when exercising - sure makes moving a lot easier. Instead of spending money researching this fact, they could have just asked us for free.

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GODZDESIGN95 8/30/2010 9:39AM

    I always ride my bike while listening to music.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 8/30/2010 8:24AM

    Amazing what they learn via research....if they just talk to people they could save a whole whack of $$...lol

Thanks for the link Lex!

Rhonda

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LINDABENEDICT 8/30/2010 8:11AM

    Thanks for the link ! And I love your cat pics ! I feel that way some times too !

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Rather more walking than planned - again! + 52-Week Walking Plan Week 3, Day 1 etc.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I feel totally flat today. Yesterday ended on a big low when Tara ate way more sugar-laden food than she should have, hit the high, and then came down off it in a big way! She was poorly, and unable to eat her dinner, and tearful - crying at every little thing, and by the end of the evening we were both totally worn out emotionally. We both hardly slept last night, and are really washed out today.

I managed my morning walk, with a slight hiccup.
52-Week Walking Plan week 3, Day 1
15 minute walk

I was pretty tired when I crawled out of bed about 8am, and went through the motions of getting everything ready, walked to the front door, had a brief conversation with Tara, and walked out of the door. Four minutes later my phone rang. Not a common event, my phone ringing that early, so I pulled it out of my bag, blinked wearily at it, and saw I was apparently calling myself! It took my befuddled brain a moment or two to click that it meant someone was ringing me from home, and immediately panicked, thinking something had happened to Tara! I answered the phone, and it was Tara herself. "Are you alright?" I asked her. "Yes, I'm fine Mum, I was just ringing to tell you that you left your pedometer at home." I patted my pocket where I normally keep it... Oh.

I was tempted to go on, but decided to go back and get it or I wouldn't have my steps recorded, so home I went, resetting the walk timer on the phone, picked up the pedometer, set it off counting and headed out for the second time.

This time I made it through. :-)

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 20 min mile
Calories: 70
Steps: 1742
Time: 0:15:58
Distance: 0.78 miles

28-Day Bootcamp Challenge
Week 3, Day 1
Cardio

A little bouncing on Tigger

Walk to Waitrose. To kickstart Tara's eating a bit after the problems of the last three days we walked to Waitrose for a tub of her favourite crisps and some hummus to dip them in. A nice healthy snack/lunch. I'm making chicken in soup for dinner. Let's hope she manages to eat that without incident. :-) The extra walk will count as the extra cardio asked for in week three of the Bootcamp Challenge. :-)

Oh boy, I am so tired, I think I might leave my weekly review until tomorrow. *yawns*

Catch you guys later. Have a great day!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 8/30/2010 8:55AM

    Your day yesterday sounds much like my day was. Heck, I think my day could also be compared to Tara's sugar high/low as well. It was a rough weekend for me!

Even with being flat yesterday you still managed all your planned exercise and that is sticktoitiveness, my friend!

xoxo,
Carla

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WANDAH3 8/30/2010 7:34AM

    Good for you for getting those steps in as well as some extra ones.

Hugs,
Wanda

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JHADZHIA 8/29/2010 9:10PM

    Way to go keeping up your exercise and going back to get your pedometer!
Just a thought, though, how did your daughter get all these sugar laden foods? I should hope Mom isn't bringing unhealthy things into the house for food.. Hopefully, Tara will have learned a lesson there. Binging isn't much fun on the tummy.
Hope you had a good sleep!
Hugs,
Linda

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KNITTABLES 8/29/2010 5:59PM

    I hope you and Tara gets some sleep tonight and that she will eat and feel better. Great job in getting bootcamp and your walking done.

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TWOTIMESS 8/29/2010 3:33PM

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Tomorrow will be a lot better - I also wore my dumb hat this weekend. Ugh! Can't wait to pack that one away!

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NJMATTICE 8/29/2010 2:32PM

    Sounds as though you made it through a rough patch with good spirits. Get your rest. Sounds like you need a good one.
Love,
Nancy

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__KELLY__ 8/29/2010 11:44AM

    I so hear you! I feel like I have the "I left my head somewhere and I can't find it" days often. I'm so excited to hear that you went back and got your pedometer. I've gone through that same contemplation before when I left my phone at home (I have a stopwatch on it) when I walk Teddy or ride my bike and think, ehh, I don't need to time myself! But then I go back and get it. Hugs and wishes to you! Have a wonderful day today!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 8/29/2010 11:38AM

    Lexie,

Sorry to hear you had such a draining day yesterday. You and I share a lot in common with our daughters. I know just how you feel. ((HUGS))

Hope the haze lifts or you can find time for a nap today. CONGRATS on doing all of your planned exercise rather than declaring you are just too tired. You are awesome!!

Rhonda

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And my pressie was....

Saturday, August 28, 2010

....not jam and cream doughnuts! LOL

Oh my sweet daughter bought me a CD I've had my eyes on for a while. Ocean Eyes by Owl City. :-) It has one of my all-time favourite songs on it - Fireflies

www.youtube.com/watch?v=psuRGfAaju4&
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She spent all her pocket money for the week on it, and was so excited, hugging the secret to herself all the way up there, all the way round the shop and back out again, where she made me close my eyes before putting it in my hand! I have such a sweetheart for a daughter. :-)

Hugs, to Tara too,
Lexie (Mum) xxx
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My daughter is...

  
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WANDAH3 8/29/2010 10:16AM

    I can totally relate to how you feel. My girls are just as wonderful. We are a very tight knit family.
You are very blessed.

Hugs,
Wanda

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__KELLY__ 8/29/2010 12:42AM

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JHADZHIA 8/29/2010 12:22AM

    Simply sweet daughter! Lucky you!!

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THIAGRAM 8/28/2010 9:38PM

  What a blessing to have a very wonderful daughter!

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KNITTABLES 8/28/2010 7:44PM

    She sure is, What a sweet thing for her to do. Love the picture.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 8/28/2010 7:09PM

    What a sweetheart!! Give Tara big hugs and tell her your spark friends think she is awesome to show her mum how much she is appreciated!!

Rhonda

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CHRISTURTLE 8/28/2010 6:58PM

    She most certainly is! Guess she learned it from her mother.

Hugs,
Chris. (Just about to go check out the link.)

UPDATE: I just checked it out and I LOVE IT! Its always wonderful when someone mentions a song or an artist/band you've never heard of and when you check it out find you like it just as much as they did.
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TWOTIMESS 8/28/2010 6:19PM

    Awww sweet! emoticon

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CARLA-216 8/28/2010 4:49PM

    Aww, that brings tears to my eyes! What a wonderful, thoughtful daughter you're raising Tara to be!

xoxo,
Carla

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The Doughnut Discussion! + 52-Week Walking Plan Week 2, Day 7 etc.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

This was the first sunny walk I've had all week! It was lovely, and yet I had the nerve to inwardly moan about the sun being in my eyes on the return leg. There's no pleasing some people. LOL No, it was lovely, truly! My first 25 minute walk, and it got me further than I expected. A couple more weeks and I'll reach Tesco Express on the first leg out - jam and cream doughnut country - and it is going to take some serious self-lecturing not to plan my walk through the store and past said articles!

You can just imagine it, can't you...

"Just because you are walking right past their door doesn't mean you have to go in..."

But it only takes 18 minutes to reach the shop. I have two minutes in hand, four if you count the turnaround. Just keep marching in place in the queue and I'll be fine. It won't affect my timing and distance..."

"Yeah, right! And what about all those calories burned that are going to be back on your waistline five minutes after you leave the shop, because you KNOW that you'll have munched one of those doughnuts down before you're out of sight of the place! Just because you have to wait for breakfast until you get home is no excuse..."

"But that snack bar I packed 'just in case' doesn't taste anything like as nice as..."

"And it doesn't have the fat, the calories, or the goo! Remember how much you HATE icky stickie? How you gonna clean you fingers off when you are out and about? Huh? Huh?..."

"But I WANT it! *sulk*..."

"Fine, buy it then, if you must. By the way, where's your purse?..."

"It's in my...oh... my handbag is at home, on my computer chair, where I left it after getting my phone out this morning..."

"Problem solved! Ha!"
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Oh, yes, believe me I already had this conversation with myself this morning, and I was still about five minutes walk from the store! LOL

So, 52-Week Walking Plan:
Week 2 Day 7:

my pedometer stats today, sans doughnuts:
Pace: 20 minute mile
Calories: 116 - about half a doughnut ;-) (best so far)
Steps: 2,907 (best so far)
Time: 0:26:09 (best so far)
Distance: 1.31 miles (best so far)

28-Day Bootcamp Workout
Week 2, Day 7
Video 4

All done, but I'm still not happy with the fudging of the plank and stretches. I'm going to have to work on this some more.

10 Minutes on Tigger and Roo.
Short and sweet cos my legs were moaning like heck by the time I got to them. But I got my total of thirty minutes in, which is the main thing. :-)

We have a community day going on in the field behind us today. The local football team - Colchester United - have organised a five-a-side football competition as part of a day of fun for the kids of this estate. It helps that their caretaker is also the local primary schools caretaker. It's not what you know... :-)

Well, much against my better judgement, Tara has persuaded me to walk up to the Big Tesco with her (they don't usually have the doughnuts. LOL). Apparently she is dying to buy me a treat after all the treats I bought for her and her sister during my recent health scare. I have no idea what she has seen, but she can't wait until Wednesday apparently, and as it is all good exercise, plus she has joined Sparkteens to improve her fitness and eating habits, who am I to burst the bubble of enthusiasm. :-)

I love my girls so much. I couldn't be prouder of them if I tried. :-)
So you can all have a guess as to what she wants to buy me and I'll let you know the answer when we return.

Have a great day everyone!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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I love this pic! Do you know you can buy a calendar for 2011 of goats in trees?

  
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CHEVY63 8/29/2010 4:08PM

    Great self-control. For me, it's the Starbucks that is at the end of my street. Last year, I was going straight into the parking lot instead of turning to get on the highway so I could get some sugary, high calorie drink.

It's hard to by pass the temptation, so congrats on a job well done.

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THIAGRAM 8/28/2010 10:44PM

  I have tried this tactic of leaving my money home so I don't get tempted to eat while I'm on my walk, and it usually works! thanks for sharing! Love the goat picture!



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TWOTIMESS 8/28/2010 6:13PM

    I'm guessing it's a water bottle for your walks, or a smoothie... Hmmm... an exercise video perhaps?

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CARLA-216 8/28/2010 10:01AM

    I've had a very similar conversation with myself dozens and dozens of times. Oh the angst we put ourselves through. LOL

Hmm, maybe this treat Tara wants to get you is something a little healthier than a doughnut. I can't wait to hear!

As for the calendar...there's a calendar with just about anything on it these days. One I'm interested in is the Irish Farm' calendar. LOL http://www.farmercalendar.com/
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Carla

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TIGGERIFFIC123 8/28/2010 10:01AM

    Lexie,

Well I think you have it figured out. When you head out for your walks, no purse, no pocket money just go...then you cannot be tempted no matter where you are!! I have had so many of those conversations with myself...you are so not alone...lol

Great workout, you are doing amazing. Nice that you got to do it in the sunshine today!

Should be interesting to hear what Tara has in store for you...you will have to keep us updated.

Make it a great weekend!
Rhonda

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CARLA-216 8/28/2010 10:01AM

    I've had a very similar conversation with myself dozens and dozens of times. Oh the angst we put ourselves through. LOL

Hmm, maybe this treat Tara wants to get you is something a little healthier than a doughnut. I can't wait to hear!

As for the calendar...there's a calendar with just about anything on it these days. One I'm interested in is the Irish Farm' calendar. LOL http://www.farmercalendar.com/
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Carla

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ANNIE924 8/28/2010 8:58AM

    Hi Lexie:

Loved this blog, your conversation about the donut is similar to my potato chip conversations when I'm leaving work at the end of an evening shift! I just have to tell the car to keep going straight and not listen to my request to turn into the convenience store. emoticon

Good for you, you are doing so great with your walking. I don't know if I'll ever be able to do a plank! But I'm happy with what I can do for now. I think after I lose another 20 lbs my balance will be good enough to get out my exercise ball.

Can't wait to hear what your daughter has planned for your surprise.

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NJMATTICE 8/28/2010 8:34AM

    Hello Lexie!
Congratulations of resisting the dreaded doughnuts and for "besting" some of your previous stats. Keep up the good work. That sunny attitude goes a long way toward your success.
Have a great day.
Love,
Nancy

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