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! :-)
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Today I did:
52-Week Walking Plan
Week 3, Day 5
20 minute walk
Pace: 20 min mile
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
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)
Hey, Lyn, remember this song?
Have a great day everyone!
Here's a picture in honour of the cute squirrel that followed us through Castle park this afternoon!
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
Pace: 21 min mile
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!
I thought this was surprising enough
Then I got this through my letterbox yesterday. Honestly, this really got delivered to me in the post...
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
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! 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!
Nearly forgot. Had a fab lasagne with loads of celeriac and cabbage on the side for dinner. Om nom nommy!
Monday, August 30, 2010
So, how did I do? Well, let's see....
6, 5, 8, 6, 7, 5, 5 = 42/35 = 1 portion up on last week. (record is 49)
8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8 - 56/56 = Lowest score but consistent at least (record is 67)
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
52-Week Walking Plan
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. :-)
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.
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!
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. :-)
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