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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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BR>xoxo,
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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Well, that was not the dinner I planned. Ugh!

Friday, August 27, 2010

I can't bear to see food wasted. Tara occasionally decides she wants something a bit ugh for dinner and I let her have it because she is a very fussy eater (connected to the borderline autism) and a skinny widget to boot, so if she fancies a particular meal she gets it.

On Wed she spotted hot dogs and supernoodles at Tesco and asked for that for a meal. She had eaten them before and liked them, so we bought a tin of eight hotdogs and two packets of supernoodles. I made her four of the hotdogs and the bacon supernoodles with carrots on Wed eve, and after struggling with the meal for nearly an hour she tearfully told me she didn't like the flavour of the noodles. Well, I thought the bacon ones were a no-no the last time we had them some months ago, tasting like smoke but not close to the taste of bacon, but my memory isn't always so accurate these days. So the bulk of the supernoodles went in the bin, but she was eager to eat the other hotdogs with the chicken supernoodles this evening. Or so I thought.

It wasn't until I was actually dishing up the meal this evening for her that she was again in tears, saying that actually she had gone off hotdogs too. Ten out of ten for timing Tara! LOL

As luck would have it I hadn't started preparing my meal, so I ended up eating 4 hotdogs and a whole packet of chicken supernoodles, which Tara reluctantly tasted and declared she was off those too, and a pile of carrots, the only redeeming feature of the meal. And now I have a headache and a very uncomfortable stomach. Yuk!

Well, the good thing to come out of this is that the meal wasn't wasted, and Tara had a meal she loves (fusilli pasta tossed in butter and soy sauce with grated cheese on top). It was also good to know that hot dogs and supernoodles won't be entering our house again any time soon. Horrible things!

Hope everyone else is enjoying a decent meal this evening. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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LINDABENEDICT 8/30/2010 8:15AM

    So, I have a 14 year old son who is a very very very picky eater, and grew about 2 feet this summer, so is super skinny too. When I come over for a walk with you maybe those two can compare notes on foods !

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TIGGERIFFIC123 8/27/2010 9:46PM

    Lex,

Well that was indeed an experiment gone wrong...lol

Tara is like most widgets (we refer to our two little one's as widgets too..LOL) is bad with timing! Meal time here can be a struggle too, so I totally understand.

Hope you drank lots of water tonight to help with the sodium levels in those hot dogs. While it was not your planned meal for today tomorrow is a new day and one meal won't hurt.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Rhonda

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WANDAH3 8/27/2010 8:19PM

    Oh boy, as a vegetarian, I can only sayt...YUCK on the hotdogs! I don't blame Tara or you for not enjoying them. lol
As I have never heard of supernoodles, I can only surmise that they are similiar to Mr. Noodles here and although the bacon ones don't sound very appetizing, the chicken flavored might not be too bad! lol

As Nancy says...tomorrow is a new day and an new opportunity for some thing a mite tastier.
Have an awesome day,
Hugs,
Wanda

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NJMATTICE 8/27/2010 6:51PM

    What? No more Supernoodles? You have just conducted a very important experiment. Whatever they put in hot dogs and supernoodles causes headaches and bellyaches. We don't want to eat them. Not to worry about that nasty dinner. Breakfast will be along before you know it and you have another shot a nutritional satisfaction. Take care and drink plenty of water to flush out the superbad stuff.
Love,
Nancy

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FRECKALYMC 8/27/2010 5:52PM

    Live and learn. You're good to work so hard to accommodate her. Enjoy your weekend.

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KNITTABLES 8/27/2010 5:17PM

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TWOTIMESS 8/27/2010 4:45PM

    There's a can of those nasty hotdogs sitting in the kitchen for the past how many years and I cannot bring myself to open it, oh, also a small can spaghetti in tomato sauce (yuck!) Kids have the strangest food tastes...

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CARLA-216 8/27/2010 4:32PM

    Bless your heart for eating Tara's rejected food! Hope your head and tummy feel better soon.

Wonder how many E numbers were in those hot dogs and supernoodles?

xoxo,
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52-Week Walking Plan Week 2, Day 6 etc.

Friday, August 27, 2010

52-Week Walking Plan
Week 2, Day 6
Rest Day

Reckoned I earned the rest day. :-)

28-Day Bootcamp Challenge
Week 2, Day 6,
Video 6

I like this one. Lots of weights work. Something I'm fairly new to but enjoying.

Bonus Bootcamp video
First two segments of 20 minute Dumbbell video

Hard to do on top of the other video, but I did my best. It is my triceps that really moan. LOL. If I do the bootcamp again I'll pick a different bonus video for week 2 next time.

15 minutes each on Tigger and Roo! Yay! *grin*

I feel quite tired today, and am very busy trying to catch up on all the Sparkpeople stuff I didn't get to yesterday when I didn't receive email notifications for over 24 hours. I don't know what happened, but this morning I got over a hundred emails, so I guess it is fixed, whatever it was. :-)

It is a bank holiday weekend this weekend here in England, so I have wriggled my workhours to give me four days off (Fri-Mon inc.) I plan to make the most of it because I have my tax returns to face next week for the very first time. I have until the end of October but I need to work at it to make sure I have everything I need. I keep putting it off but it is time to face it. I'm not stupid. I'm sure I can figure it all out. It just scares me enough that I will find a hundred things I need to do more urgently than this. This is my frog. I must eat it next week. (Those on British Comedy Lovers team already know of The Frog!) :-)

www.eatthatfrogmovie.com/

Have a great day everyone!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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TWOTIMESS 8/27/2010 5:02PM

    Ugh! I must go visit the taxman soon, too. Nasty stuff...

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CARLA-216 8/27/2010 4:13PM

    Well done on the exercise front, Lex! My triceps moan and curse and whine and gripe, and they are being sooo stubborn about getting smaller.

Enjoy your bank holiday weekend! Hope your frog doesn't bog you down too much. ;)

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P0KERS0PH 8/27/2010 3:59PM

    Way to go!
I quite enjoyed the 20 minute dumbell workout, gets you sweating don't it?!!
I've actually really started to enjoy strength training, suprisingly! I'm feeling yesterdays workout now...feels good!

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend!

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KNITTABLES 8/27/2010 1:27PM

    I know all about having your frogs and eating them too. We have a thread on one of my teams that ask" Have you eaten your " F R O G S today"
Cute picturs.

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