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School Bullies rant cont'd from last post

Friday, September 03, 2010

Thanks everyone for your kind comments about Tara's problems. :-) While it helps to know she has the support of family and friends, it saddens me that there is such a huge bullying problem and that so little is done about it.

No-one should be driven to attempt suicide Delois. I am so sorry to hear that about your daughter.

No one should have to move out of a district to start a new life Chris. I feel for your niece, I really do, and it is something we are considering because Tara still doesn't feel safe to walk outside alone.

No one should be targeted because they have a learning difficulty, or because they are sensitive souls who don't like name-calling. Tara never understood name-calling.

No one should be told that it is all part of growing up and to 'deal with it', as her primary school headteacher told her after a boy 4 years older than her (she was 7) had his friends pin her down so he could go through her pockets and steal her belongings. (he was the same boy who then sexually harrassed her when she started secondary school)

No-one should have to be told that even the policewoman attached to the secondary school cannot guarantee your daughters safety because the boy just walks into her class and harrasses her in front of the teaching staff and drops books on her head from two flights up the stairs!! He even told her sexually explicit jokes IN FRONT OF ME!

We had plenty of support in primary school after the head quit shortly after basically telling my daughter it was her fault she was bullied! The no-nonsense deputy who took over as temporary head made arrangements for Tara to help out in the nursery before school started so she felt safe going in, and then he made the bully write a letter of apology to Tara and to me. Being so much older than her, he left the school at the end of that year, and for the most part Tara did ok after that, and the new head was very quick to squash any nonsense before it got a hold.

Unfortunately we didn't get any support from the school staff at the secondary school when the same kid continued his tormenting and it took a violent and sexual turn! I was so shocked about the lack of concern from everyone from the Principal down, even with all the evidence I had amassed about him by that time, that I pulled her out, and we haven't looked back.

Right. Rant over. It is safe to come out now! :-)
Lex xxx

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TIGGERIFFIC123 9/4/2010 8:38PM

    Sadly Lexie you and Tara are far from alone with this frustration. It is happening all over the world and it doesn't seem to matter where you are from. The police told us to move, they could not keep my family safe either...what a scary situation. I am pleased to hear that someone took it seriously but sorry that it was not enough. Big Hugs for you both and remember you can rant here all you want/need that is what friends are for!


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__KELLY__ 9/4/2010 1:52AM

    wow! rant much deserved.

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/4/2010 12:55AM

    We have a name for boys like that little sod we call them "future axe murderers " The headmaster at that school should be ashamed of himself .Tara should not have been subjected to that kind of abuse ,it is appalling that he has been allowed to carry on bullying all through his school career .I do think you have made the best possible decision if the school is not prepared to have the backbone to protect its students you must protect your child! You have certainly done that by homeschooling her.

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CARLA-216 9/3/2010 8:20PM

    Wow. Apparently it's a widespread problem of adults in charge doing little to nothing to deter/put a stop to bullying! This is maddening!

Big hugs to both you and Tara.

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TEACHLDY4 9/3/2010 7:28PM

  That's horrible..We have an anti-bullying program at my district and such complaints are taken very seriously..Glad your daughter is away from it now.

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JHADZHIA 9/3/2010 5:14PM

    That boy should have been kicked out of that school a long time ago!! I am shocked they did nothing! Makes my blood boil. So sorry for Tara :((( Glad you got her out of there!

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CHEVY63 9/3/2010 4:42PM

    Wow - I am so sorry to hear that your daughter had to deal with this. I'm glad that you're taking matters into your hands to keep her safe and protected!

Have a great weekend -


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52-Week Walking Plan Week 3, Day 5 etc. School Bullies and Bridesmaid Dresses

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Today I did:

52-Week Walking Plan
Week 3, Day 5
20 minute walk

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 20 min mile
Calories: 94
Steps: 2,341
Time: 0:21:06
Distance: 1.05 miles

Some of the schools went back today, so I had some kids and parents to avoid on the pavements. I will have to set my alarm in the mornings to make sure I get up in time to avoid them. It is hard to keep your pace up when you are playing dodgems on the pavements. :-) I'm just getting in the swing of earlier nights, so it is set the alarm or go to bed later. We will try the alarm route for a while and see how it goes.

The mouthy kids don't go back until Monday. These are the kids from the school where Tara was mercilessly bullied and physically abused by her tormentors until I pulled her out and home-schooled her. The school was so bad that it was threatened with closure but as a last ditch attempt to keep a school on the site they have changed it into an 'academy', which means a lot of money will be thrown at it to try and fix it. This does not in any way tempt us into trying the school again, though. You can call it what you like, it still has the same kids with the same problems and the same discipline issues that it did two days ago when it was still the old school. How stupid do they think we are?

But enough of the subject that raises my blood pressure. :-)

28-Day Bootcamp Challenge
Week 3, Day 5
Video 2
Lower body workout

Walked into town, round town and back home - total of 14,733 steps today! That is about 6.7 miles! No wonder my legs are aching! If I keep going at this pace (all the walking I put into my days) I will soon have an average walking distance of three miles per day! In the last 54 days I have walked 153.9 miles!

All the exercise was well worth it though. It took three attempts at three different stores but we found a reliable lady to do the alterations to Tara's bridesmaid dress for 32. Tara's pleased, Bryony is delighted, and all the girls are going to be in the same dresses after all!

This is the dress:

You can even use a close-up tool to see the detail.

We also managed to get the name and phone number of the lady who organises the Youth Theatre Workshops at our local Mercury Theatre. Tara is hoping to join as long as they don't have a huge waiting list.

And we turned 14 of loose change (1p, 2p and 5p coins) into a DVD - Alvin and the Chipmunks The Squeakquel, and a CD - Alphabeat, The Best of. It was all about Tara today! :-)

Her appetite is slowly coming back, which is a relief. It is the whole school thing that has made her ill over the summer, and it is only now that the holidays are over that she is starting to feel better. The physical scars heal quite quickly, but the mental scars go deep and are easily re-opened when a very sensitive kid is constantly bombarded with 'back-to-school' advertising for six weeks. That continuous low level mental nudging reminding her of what she endured back then had her sinking into a low self-esteem level without really understanding why, which is the reason for all the hoo-hah recently, until we realised what was happening. Now we understand we are working through it and she is looking a lot happier.

And because she is a lot happier, I am too! I just want next Tuesday to hurry up and get over with. That is the day I go back to hospital for the follow-up boobie checks to make sure nothing untoward has happened since they last saw me. Please, please let it all be ok so I don't have to have another needle in me boobie! :-)

So, it has been a busy day, reasonably productive, and now I am ready for some shut-eye!

Happy Birthday to our esteemed leader of the British Comedy Lovers Team - Lyn (Ladybud2)
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Hey, Lyn, remember this song?

Have a great day everyone!
Lex xxx
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Here's a picture in honour of the cute squirrel that followed us through Castle park this afternoon!

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/4/2010 12:45AM

    Hugs to you and Tara ,what a lovely bridesmaid dress. I homeschooled my daughter for precisely the same reason and if it makes you feel any better she graduated from the London School of Economics with a Masters in Political Science last year so I obviously didn't do her any lasting harm!!!!

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BOVEY63 9/3/2010 4:55PM

    So sorry Tara has had to endure the bullying. Sure hope this year goes a lot better for her.
Love the dress - especially the flowers on the front. She'll look so great.

Way to go on all the steps.

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CARLA-216 9/3/2010 10:37AM

    Wow, that's a whole lot of steps, Lexie! Great job!

I'm sorry to hear that Tara has been a victim of bullies. It angers and saddens me that other children can be so callous to their peers. It's especially maddening when the adults in charge don't do what they should do to better help contain situations like that. Not saying that's the case with Tara...just reminded of a bad bully situation here in the US that happened a few months ago where the school admins knew what was going on but basically stood by while a student was severely tormented.

Good thoughts for the boobie checkup next week headed your way.

And last but not least: What a beautiful dress! I am glad it can be altered.

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    Love the dress !!! And I loved your blog. Over 14,000 steps in a day ...way to go !!!!!!!!
So sorry to hear about the bullying at school. I guess that is not just an American phenomenon. It got so bad at my kids school they instituted an extensive anti bully program and suggested that about 6 kids find other schools to attend. (They went to a parochial school, so they could actually kick out offenders after a warning). Hope your daughter does well with your home school program !!!
All the best to you, and good luck with your check up !

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TWOTIMESS 9/3/2010 2:55AM

To you and Tara.

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JHADZHIA 9/3/2010 12:37AM

    That is so horrible about the bullying :(( So sorry she had to go through that :(( That happened to me in school as well. For many, many years it made me very self conscious in public. Unfortunately, I even had people bully me on the streets as well. Something about being a gimp or my appearance strikes them the wrong way I guess. Maybe why I am a shut in (I love a lot of activities but being home is best) and don't get close to anyone for fear of betrayal (send off leave me alone vibes).
I hope she can heal and be healthy and well adjusted and put the nightmare behind her.
Such a pretty dress! Glad its a go!!
Way to go with your fitness!! That is awesome!!

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KNITTABLES 9/2/2010 7:39PM

    Great job on the walking and getting up early to do it. Great dress, so pretty and glad you found an alterationist to fix it and so glad your daught is feeling better. All the best and get some rest.

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DCATNAPPER 9/2/2010 6:33PM


I'm glad to see you are still maintaining your walking plan. I need to do something like that, but can't seem to get myself started with the 7:30am class. I have found that if I don't exercise first thing in the morning I usually don't fit the exercise in.

I'm sorry that your daughter is having problems with bullies. My daughter had the similar problems when she was in school. We put her in a private Christian school, and she had one really good year there before the school admitted some girls who had been kicked out of public school. They targeted my daughter, and we went through the worst year. I finally pulled her out and home schooled her for a while. Meeting with the board at the school did not help as they indicated that what my daughter was going through would make her stronger. What she went through almost killed her. (She attempted suicide.) I remember my daughter's melt-downs as time for school to start rolled around every year after that. It was a tough time, so I am thinking about you and your daughter. I hope this year is a good one for both of you.

I love your squirrel!

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CHRISTURTLE 9/2/2010 6:31PM

    Your exercise plan is going amazingly well, so huge congratulations on that! emoticon
The dress is absolutely beautiful, and the detail in the flowers is wonderful. Not only do I love the style of dress, which looks so easy to wear and comfortable, but I love that color, think its really elegant and sets the dress off perfectly.
A friend's 16 year old niece was bullied mercilessly for 18 months, and it reached the stage where she had to move interstate to live with her aunt and grandparents before she could summon the courage to walk through the front door. She has been here for 15 months, and has recently started working, although it is with her aunt for security. She still has really emotional moments, when she is taken out of her comfort zone, but day by day is regaining a little more confidence.
My grandson Kurt (he's in my photos on my page along with Emily, his sister) has Aspergers Syndrome, and he is very sensitive about being called names, as happens occasionally, such as 'monkey boy' as was happening for a few weeks. He is lucky enough to be at a wonderful school with a great program of inclusion and treating everyone with respect, and its passed on to the students. He begins secondary school next year, so we're hoping for full acceptance of his uniqueness there too.
I know just how helpless a parent feels when its their child being bullied, and can see you are going a great job with Tara.
I'll be sending healthy vibes your way, along with a lot of love, and good wishes that you get a great report next Tuesday!
Big hugs,

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TIGGERIFFIC123 9/2/2010 6:25PM

    Waking up earlier to avoid the rush sounds good and if you are able to do so me I would be staying up late and getting up later...my inner tigger only kicks in at decent hours...lol

CONGRATS on all those steps today...you are doing an amazing job with all your walking!

I so understand your blood boiling over the school issues. I too have gone through similar with my kids and it is heartbreaking. At least you had the ability to pull her out and home school. We did something similar..thank goodness for e-learning!

What a beautiful bridesmaid dress! I am sure everyone is thrilled to be having the same dresses. She is going to look just beautiful in it I am sure! Keeping my fingers crossed that Tara gets into the Youth Theater Group. Let us know how that turns out.

Everybody deserves a day to be about them and I hope Tara has enjoyed her day with you. This time next week the back to school jitters will be over and things will be much better. Are you home schooling again this year or is she starting at a new school?

Wishing you a great evening and some much deserved rest!

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ANNIE924 9/2/2010 6:17PM

    Wow you had a very busy day. Great job on the walking. Hope Tara feel better, sounds like she has a lot to get over.

The dress is beautiful, what color is it?

I'll be praying that your boobie check is an all clear.

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Back to School means morning routine juggling big-time! 52-Week Walking Plan Week 3, Day 4 etc.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Today I was woken at 6.30am by, of all things, a fly buzzing insistently around my bedroom window. By the time I'd dealt with the dratted thing I was too awake to get back to bed, so I was out of the door on my walk by 7am. It was cold! LOL. I had a jumper on, but even so I was shivering as I walked up the road in the brilliant morning sunshine.

52-Week Walking Plan
Week 3, Day 4,
10 minute walk

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 21 min mile
Calories: 47
Steps: 1,175
Time: 0:11:00
Distance: 0.53 miles

Because of the Bank Holiday weekend, Dustbin Day is shunted forward twenty-four hours to today, but thanks to the 'fly'-ing start, I missed the trucks entirely! Yay!

It actually (along with a challenge from a few days ago on my Tigger team) got me thinking about how I'm going to work my routine when the kids go back to school. For the last few weeks I've been able to get up when I wake up and get out there without any problems, but from about 7.45am on a school day the pavements are full of kids going to breakfast clubs and school, and the pavements don't calm down again until about 9.15am. Full pavements and mouthy kids (and we have some terrors around here) are not conducive to walking at a steady speed or having a positive experience. I don't like the idea of setting my alarm clock and interrupting my sleep, so I don't know what will happen to my routine in the morning. It is going to take some experimentation to work out what works best for me. Hmmm...

How do my Sparkfriends work round school runs? Enquiring minds want to know. :-)

28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge
Week 3, Day 4
Core while standing. OK except for a couple of the stretches, and the plank, which may never be ok. LOL

Will complete the exercise shortly with a walk to the pet store for the birdseed, and a trip to Waitrose for essentials. We seem to be living in that store these days! :-) I might treat myself to a muffin if they have any left. Yum!

Then it is back to the paperwork! I tried to get a start on it yesterday but didn't get past clearing some space on the table.

I can do this!
I can DO this!
I CAN do this!

Yes, I can! :-)

Have a great day!
Lex xxx
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I thought this was surprising enough

Then I got this through my letterbox yesterday. Honestly, this really got delivered to me in the post...

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BOVEY63 9/2/2010 5:16PM

    I usually start my morning walk about 8:15 a.m. and most kids are already at the school by then. Between kids running, high school drivers and buses, leaving before that make walking pretty darn chaotic.

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KIWINURSE 9/2/2010 4:02PM

    Funny but recently we got something in the mail that had the intentionally blank pages too!
I try to walk in the evenings but that is because I live in Arizona! The evenings are spectacular of where I live and we have a beautiful lake to walk around :) Last year I had a walking group of friends, but they slowly droped out.....now that the warmer weather is coming to an end I am planning on doing it again, even if it is just me and my husband!
Have a great day

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KNITTABLES 9/2/2010 2:33AM

    so glad you got an early start in your day. No idea about Mouthy kids, not too many around here just barking dog and firetrucks.
Good luck with your walking.

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/1/2010 3:56PM

    And I thought I was daft as a brush !I don't post odd things to the neighbours though!!! No idea what to do with the gobby schoolkids the ones in our neighbourhood are fine if they are small(I am the lady with the fairy garden and as such accorded respect !!!) it is the ruddy teenagers who need to be run over and their mouths taped shut with gun tape! They avoid morning though so you are safe walking in the morning !

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TWOTIMESS 9/1/2010 1:34PM

Sorry, you're on your own re. the mouthy kids. I'll probably be up for child bashing charges or something if I had to run the gauntlet of these under 5 foot beasties. Good luck, Lex...

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ZURDTA- 9/1/2010 1:27PM


Sorry no idea how to avoid ths gobby school kids - grin & bear it, find another place to walk or change your time... see, not much help!

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CARLA-216 9/1/2010 10:26AM

    So glad you missed the dust bin lorries today! See? Getting up early has its merits! emoticon

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LOVESLIFE48 9/1/2010 9:19AM

    I had a fly a couple of days ago, very annoying!! I start back to work on Tuesday, I work in a school cafeteria. So that means I'm going to have to get up at 5:30am to exercise. If I don't do it in the morning I won't do it. It takes a couple of weeks to get used to standing 5-6 hours a day on my feet. That's why I have to exercise in the morning. I do workout dvd's. Good luck to you in September!!

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__KELLY__ 9/1/2010 9:15AM

    I can't say I have any advice for how to get around the school kids because I'm usually up and around them long before they get to school. And I agree with you on Day 3 of the 28 day bootcamp challenge, though I have gotten used to doing the plank, finally...hahaha. I was doing the modified version of it before the challenge, but it was for six weeks beforehand. It's a killer!

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CHRISTURTLE 9/1/2010 8:59AM

    Nothing worse than being woken earlier than necessary, other than by something as pesky as a fly!
Your exercise routine is great! I know if you've been able to work your exercise sessions into your day, you will be able to find a way to get round that 'full pavement' problem. Just think of all those other 'impossible' things you imagined would have you beaten, but you've already conquered them.
As regards that flyer, I wonder how long it took before someone's curiosity got the better of them and they just had to check if the hornet was still there and still just as angry.
Was your 'intentionally blank' page a government issued one? I ask that because I have received several of those pages in multi sheet mailings from various government departments.
Why on earth anyone would feel the need to enclose a blank piece of paper is beyond me, but why they then have to then label them as blank is just ridiculous. Only purpose I can think of is to give us all a good laugh, as you've done for anyone who sees them.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 9/1/2010 8:46AM


I love that you got off to a "fly"ing start this morning...lol Thanks for the morning giggle! Not nice that it was so early but amazing what we get accomplished when we are up and at things early in the day!

Good job on your walking and bootcamp...your planks will get there all a matter of time!

As for the change in routine with kids back in school. I only have two suggestions 1) Drive to someplace that kids aren't..and walk from there...lol I used to drive down to the lake and then walk down there. or 2) Leave at 9:15 when the kids are all in school and the walkway's are clear again. OR go about the time you did this morning and get home before the kids hit the street!

I am sure you will figure something out like you said a little experimentation!

Have a great day!

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WANDAH3 9/1/2010 7:37AM

    Too funny! Someone has a very weird sense of humor with the page in your mailbox. I wonder if you will get more over the next little while. A new advertising scheme! lol

Have a great day and good luck with finding a morning schedule that works for your walks.


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52-Week Walking Plan Week 3, Day 3 etc. A frustrating day but a delish dinner

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Today I did:

52-Week Walking Plan
Week 3, Day 3
15 minute walk

28-Day Bootcamp Challenge
Week 3, Day 3
Video 3
Upper Body workout with some weight work

Walked the Waitrose circuit to buy apples and yogurt for Tara's breakfast smoothies and fill in my step count.

All the highs and lows of the weekend resulted in my waking up to a day of zombie-like padding through the motions of most of the day. Most irritating! Silly aches and pains - head, tum, hip, interminable periods on the phone waiting for people to pick up, or listening to piped music while waiting to switch departments. I loathe not getting real people when I use the phone.

The latest bridesmaid dress arrived for Tara to try on. A beautiful dress but too big for her sadly. Bryony loves it though so wants me to take it into town to see if it can be altered, so guess where we are going on Thursday! :-) I wouldn't mind, but Bryony is changing her mind about every aspect of this wedding every five minutes. It would drive me to drink, if I could afford a bottle! LOLOL

It has just been one of those days, one I will be glad to say goodbye to in an hour or two!

On the plus side, I spent a lot of the day catching up on about two weeks of old messages here at SP and elsewhere, as some of you will have noticed. :-) The best news of the day is that Tara ate better today. She is still struggling a bit, but I'll take the small victories where I can find them on a day like this. I also finally remembered to ring a new dentist surgery and get Tara and I put on their books. We didn't like the last one we went to. We are both nervous patients, and this new surgery is supposed to be good with nervy types. We will find out whether this is true in a few weeks. :-) It must have been a bad day for me if a dental appointment being booked is one of the highlights! LOLOLOLOLOLOL

Aha! emoticon I think I've just seen the funny side of this day!!! Oh boy!

Hope your days are going well for you all.
Love you guys!
Lex xxx
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Nearly forgot. Had a fab lasagne with loads of celeriac and cabbage on the side for dinner. Om nom nommy!

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__KELLY__ 9/1/2010 1:24AM

    a dental appointment is a highlight? wow... :) hehe! sounds like it was an intense and packed day, so I guess it can be a hightlight! :)

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JHADZHIA 8/31/2010 9:34PM

    Good for you keeping at it! I so hate these new phone answering systems, press one for such and such and when you do its a whole another press this and that garbage. Trying to get a human and live help once, I ended up going through all these press this and that buttons just to end up at the same place I started from! Its enough to make you go down in person and say give me an appointment now.
Hope the bridesmaid dress is a keeper. Good for Tara eating better!
Feel better tomorrow! Get a good night's rest!

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CHRISTURTLE 8/31/2010 8:36PM

    We all have days like the one you've just experienced, but you managed to find positives in amongst all that blah! feeling. That in itself is a real achievement. Days like that I continually tell myself 'I just have to make it thru this hour'... and somehow I do, lol.

Hoping by tomorrow you will be back on top of things and everyone around you will be feeling the same, so you can all enjoy a stress free day together.

Can't go without telling you just how much I laughed at your poor but heroic kitty picture at the bottom of your blog. emoticon

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CARLA-216 8/31/2010 7:27PM

    I hope the dress can be altered AND that Bryony doesn't change her mind on it! Glad Tara is eating better.
I just had a dental appointment yesterday. No cavities! LOL We have sedation dental practices here for the extra nervy type.

Hope tomorrow = a better day for you!


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TWOTIMESS 8/31/2010 6:27PM

    Oooh - Bryony might also turn into a Bridezilla (see Cheririddell's blogs about her daughter's upcomong wedding, LOL!)

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TIGGERIFFIC123 8/31/2010 6:24PM

    Yes, not exactly a great day if the highlight is dental appointments booked...lol

Glad to hear that Tara is eating a little better! I am sure feeling zombie will be gone when you wake in the morning. Dinner sounds wonderful...baked pasta here tomorrow night for Dakota's birthday. Hopefully the bridesmaid dress can be altered and then Bryony can no longer change her mind about the dress...lol

Have a great nights sleep!

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KNITTABLES 8/31/2010 5:39PM

    Great blog, hang in there, I hope everything workout with the bridemaid dress. Lvoe the picute at the end.

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A Week in Review: 22nd-28th August 2010 + end of month measurements

Monday, August 30, 2010

So, how did I do? Well, let's see....

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6, 5, 8, 6, 7, 5, 5 = 42/35 = 1 portion up on last week. (record is 49)

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8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8 - 56/56 = Lowest score but consistent at least (record is 67)

Nutrition Basics:
Calories in range 5/7 (New record 5/7)
Yay! This was partly thanks to the Finding and Loving Your Inner Tigger team challenges, that had me juggling one of my days to make everything fit, and it boosted my totals for the week. :-)
Carbs in range 7/7 (record 7/7)
Fat in range 4/7 (record 5/7)
Protein in range 3/7 (record 4/7)
Was also close on two other days.

I had two days this week when all four areas were in range at the same time. Quite a feat for me. LOL


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52-Week Walking Plan
Week 2

Sun: 15 mins
Mon: 15 mins
Tue: 15 mins
Wed: 10 mins
Thur: 15 mins
Fri: Rest Day
Sat: 25 mins

All good, and I am still really enjoying it. I may have had a day where I struggled to get started, but I still went, and I know it is best to do that because the feeling of accomplishment really helps set me up for the day. :-)

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28-Day Bootcamp
Week 2

Did all the videos, plus a bonus video, to work my arm muscles more, which I did twice during the week.

Sun. day 1 - Video 1 - Cardio
Mon. day 2 - Video 2 - Lower Body + bonus video
Tue. day 3 - Video 3 - Upper Body
Wed. day 4 - Video 4 - Core
Thur day 5 - Video 2 - Lower Body
Fri. day 6 - Video 6 - Upper Body with weights + bonus video
Sat. day 7 - Video 4 - Core

I'm really enjoying this challenge, and I'm now halfway through. I'm not sure at this stage whether I will want to do this challenge again after I complete it, but some of the exercises are certainly coming on with me afterwards, whatever I decide. :-)

3500 steps met and exceeded every day.
Minimum daily steps increased to 3600.

Sun: 5,078
Mon: 14,774
Tue: 4,205
Wed: 9,953
Thur: 5,356
Fri: 3,906
Sat: 11,582 (The Tara Tesco Surprise day. :-) )

Total steps for the week: 54,854 (A New Record! Yay!)
Average daily steps = 7836. Yes!!! Thrilled with that! :-) I guess I have Tara to thank for that. *daughter hugs*


Sun: 2.31 miles
Mon: 6.72 miles
Tue: 1.91 miles
Wed: 4.52 miles
Thur: 2.43 miles
Fri: 1.78 miles
Sat: 5.26 miles

Total mileage for week: 24.93 miles (A New Record! Double Yay!!!)
I'll up my minimum weekly target to 16 miles this week.

Total fitness minutes this week: 600, which is 86 minutes per day. Wow!!!
Total calories burned: 2687 Wow! Wow!

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Well, this has stalled. Up a 1/4 of a pound from last week, to 13 stone 5 lbs (187 lbs) The scale is having some fun with me. The day before the official weigh in my weight was 13:3! My weight the day after the weigh-in 13:3 and a half. LOLOL Yep, someone is definitely having a joke at my expense. *grin*

My monthly measurements have also stalled, which did surprise me a bit. Every one is the exact same as last month!

Waist: Was 36". Now 36". Loss - 0
Hips: Was 44". Now 44". Loss - 0
Thigh: Was 24.5". Now 24.5". Loss - 0
Upper Arm: Was 12". Now 12". Loss - 0

I am slightly disappointed about that, but it is still early days, and last months measurements were all improvements, so hopefully next month things will shift slightly for the better again.

So, that was the week that was again. Nothing really bad, and some real boosts to morale! :-)

Roll on next week...
Have a good one everyone. :-)
Lex xxx
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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LINDABENEDICT 8/31/2010 9:43AM

    Great job of tracking ! You are sooooo organized !!! And way to keep making progress. You know if the numbers don't change one week, they will the next !!!

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CARLA-216 8/30/2010 1:00PM

    emoticon on a great week!


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CHEVY63 8/30/2010 12:59PM

    You are doing such an incredible job of tracking everything! I hope you feel really good about your hard work.

I know what you mean about the scale having fun with you. I'm at that point too, but I know that if I keep working at it, pretty soon the numbers will start to go down again. It's just aggravating to have to wait for the scale when you're doing everything right.

Have a great day!

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DCATNAPPER 8/30/2010 12:45PM

You are doing a great job at tracking everything! Thanks for commenting on my blogs so often.

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BOVEY63 8/30/2010 12:19PM

    You're doing great - keep up the awesome job you're doing.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 8/30/2010 10:38AM


Congrats on setting so many new personal bests!! What a great way to track how far you have come in a short period of time.

It does indeed sound like the scale is having fun with you. Glad to see you are taking it all in stride and not stressed out about it. Keep making these wonderful improvements to your lifestyle and it will all fall into place!

Congrats on such a great week!


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U2CUSE16 8/30/2010 10:30AM

    wow, so impressed with the way you've gone above and beyond for tracking a variety of things. That's really great! The scale/measurements might not have gone in the direction you would have thought it might, but keep up the AWESOME work! emoticon

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