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
Pace: 19 minute mile (New record)
Calories burned: 96
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!
You said it sister! *grin*
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
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. :-)
Pace: 20 min mile
Distance: 0.78 miles
28-Day Bootcamp Challenge
Week 3, Day 1
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!
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!"
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
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!
I love this pic! Do you know you can buy a calendar for 2011 of goats in trees?
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