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52-Week Walking Plan Week 4, Day 1 etc.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Today I did:

52-Week Walking Plan
Week 4, Day 1
15 minute walk

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 21 min mile (I struggled to get the pace up today for some reason, most likely because Tue is very much on my mind atm)
Calories: 69
Steps: 1,727
Time: 0:16:03
Distance: 0.78 miles

This is the last week that I will have a 10 minute walk to do. From next week I will be walking a minimum of 15 minutes each time. I love how Mark Fenton increases your walking by only 5 or 10 minutes a week, so that you hardly feel the increase. I know I walk a fair bit more than just his walks, but as I do these ones first thing as part of my exercise routine, it is important to me that I enjoy it, and so far I have been getting a real kick out of it. :-)

28-Day Bootcamp Challenge
Week 4, Day 1
The last cardio session of the challenge, thank goodness! I have not enjoyed this video! I have loads of other cardio options available to me, that are much better fun, and therefore more motivating than this. Sorry Nicole, but give me Tigger, Roo and one of my dance DVDs any day over this. :-)

And talking of Tigger and Roo, I have trampolined and stepped my way to around 5000 steps while working through a Steps CD - you know the songs... 5678; Tragedy; Better the Devil You Know! etc. LOL Thanks to Tara's obsession with the group, we have four of their CDs now, mostly picked up for 50p at the local charity shop.

So a good dose of exercising, and now I have the rest of the day to Spark and do a few hours of crocheting. I am woefully short on work hours this week. Would that I could grow an extra pair of arms today! :-)

On to my week in review next, then I will have some fun catching up with you all and seeing how you're doing this weekend.
Have a great day everyone!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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For Star Trek fans:

Who remembers the Tribbles episode of Star Trek? It was my favourite episode of all time! So funny! LOL



and for those of us who are less than tech-ie Trekkies...



And finally, just because I like things in threes...

  
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JHADZHIA 9/5/2010 9:03PM

    Loved the trekkie stuff :)) I am not wanting to say how old I am, but lets just say I saw the Tribbles episode when it premiered on TV for the first time! It was thanks to Big Brother watching Star Trek that I got into it, law of restricted choice as he was four years older and bigger than me, but I fell in love with it right away!
As to exercise, you really have to go with what is fun for you or you won't be motivated to continue! Here is to having FUN working out!
Way to stick with it!!

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CARLA-216 9/5/2010 4:07PM

    There ya go again, making me wish I had bought my neighbor's Tigger. LOL

Great job today, Lex!

xoxo,
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TWOTIMESS 9/5/2010 12:32PM

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If I was fitted with a pedometer, I'm sure my steps this weekend would have topped around the thousands! Add to that a heavy box or bag each trip...

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TIGGERIFFIC123 9/5/2010 12:09PM

    What a great day you have had. Keep it up!

Rhonda

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LOVESLIFE48 9/5/2010 9:40AM

    I really enjoy our blogs!! Have a great day!!

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52-Week Walking Plan Week 3, Day 7 etc.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Today I did:

52-Week Walking Plan
Week 3, Day 7
25 minute walk

I am making the most of the pretty housing estate that I reach when the walk gets to this length. 12.5 minutes gets me into it with about 2.5 minutes to spare, so as there are some lovely cul de sacs and side roads that amble round to rejoin the main road through a little further down, I've decided to follow some of these roads for a change of scenery and to help me stay off the busy road at the other end of the estate for a few weeks longer. Today I made it a good distance into the first road before having to turn round at the halfway stage. Who knows, I may get to meet some nice new people there. :-)

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 20 min mile
Calories: 117 (new record)
Steps: 2,923 (new record)
Time: 0:26:12
Distance: 1.31 miles (Tied with record set last week) That is called consistent. LOL.

My Land's End to John O'Groats walk is going well. I'm halfway between Exeter and Taunton currently. 159.3 miles in 56 days!

28-Day Bootcamp Challenge
Week 3, Day 7
Video 4
Core workout.

I will be keeping a good chunk of this video in the routine I plan to build up after I complete the bootcamp challenge because I am very weak on my core and this does the job while I'm standing up, which is great for me.

I have Bounced on Tigger and Stepped on Roo umpteen times today. I have 19 CDs to fit into my various exercise playlists, and I have worked through 4 and a half of them today! It has got me to well over 8000 steps! Yeehar! I just wish we had the appropriate emoticons. I have requested Trampoline and aerobic step emoticons and my request has been passed on, so you never know. I may be able to decorate my blog with them soon. *pretty please*
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Who remembers Toyah Wilcox? She of the Hair and the great songs like It's a Mystery, Thunder in the Mountains, I want to be Free, Good Morning Universe and Brave New World?

She is one of the artists whose album I've been working through today. Her song It's a Mystery always shoots me back to one particular memory...

I remember my Dad having to assist with supervising a disco at Truro School (he was a languages master and housemaster there). My poor Dad loathed pop music with a passion, and after he had called in every favour he had going to get out of it, and could avoid the horror no longer, he went under protest and armed. I was at the disco that night, a privilege we kids of teachers who lived at the school enjoyed, along with using the swimming pool and tennis courts. I was dancing with friends to Toyah's song when I personally witnessed Dad walk into the disco wearing ear muffs!

Some newer pupils at the school have heard the legend of my somewhat eccentric Dad, and heard this story but don't believe it happened. I swear on everything I hold dear, including my dearest departed Dad, that this really and truly happened! LOLOL

In honour of this memory, here is Toyah singing It's a Mystery:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgee3IGYZsU

See her hair? I had mine cut like that once. My Dad said it looked like I had a dustbin lid stuck on my head! LOLOL

I think one of the reasons I love music so much is that it often transports me back to memories from my past. Not always good ones I grant you, but it is still a great trip when you suddenly find yourself back in your teens, or mis-spent youth as my Dad would have called it. :-)

I hope you are all thinking of favourite songs from your teen years now. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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Another good reason not to rely on mobile internet and satnav! LOL

  
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ZURDTA- 9/5/2010 7:30AM

    A great memory, a great dad emoticon

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DAVEINSEOUL 9/5/2010 2:50AM

    Fortunately, I haven't had that happen on my iPhone yet.

I don't know what I would do if I lost my location service and Google Earth app on my iPhone. I would be lost - and I don't speak Korean either, so that wouldn't help.

iPhones are great - as long as they work.

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__KELLY__ 9/5/2010 1:45AM

    Glad you are keeping up with the 28 day challenge! I'm trying to not become utterly bored with it. Some of the videos I like, others...I just don't get anything out of it.

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ANNIE924 9/4/2010 8:35PM

    You are doing so great on your walking plan.

Your blog reminded me that there were parts of the bootcamp that I wanted to include in my regular exercise rotation. I haven't done that yet. I'll review which ones I want to use tomorrow.

Music is such a great motivator.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 9/4/2010 8:06PM

    You have managed to accumuate some awesome mileage on your walks so far...you will be there in no time at all at this rate!

Amazing the power of music...my husband always says he is able to tell when i am in a funk because the music is gone..and once my mood lifts the music is back. Love where it can take us and the memories that it brings back...the good, the bad and the ugly of course...lol

Rhonda

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/4/2010 8:05PM

    Loved the Toyah Wilcox song !Music is wonderful for transporting us back to the past isn't it?

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KNITTABLES 9/4/2010 7:29PM

    Great job, keep it you doing great.

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CHEVY63 9/4/2010 6:14PM

    You're making great progress!

I also enjoy listening to music from my youth. I was listening to the radio and a song that was very popular while I was in high school came on the radio. Later I was talking to my colleague, and realized that she wasn't even born when that song came out.

Hope you have a great weekend!

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CARLA-216 9/4/2010 4:52PM

    Yeah! Great job on the walk and bootcamp and Tigger, too!

Now I'm kinda kicking myself... Neighbor was having a yard sale today and she had her Tigger out there for sale. I thought about getting it, but got back home with Charlie and it slipped my mind. If I see her out I may ask if she sold it.

xoxo,
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BOVEY63 9/4/2010 1:46PM

    I love it when a song brings me back - whether it's a year ago or 30. Jazz always makes me think of my dad. A couple years before we had to place him in a nursing home (he has Alzheimer's disease) I took him to a jazz concert, and I had more fun watching him get into the music - one of my favorite memories with him.
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Highwoods Country Park - A great place for a walk! (Warning: Blog very picture heavy)

Saturday, September 04, 2010

In the spirit of the team challenges on Finding and Loving your Inner Tigger this is a blog with photos of my local favourite place to walk.

Living in Colchester, just off the Ipswich Road, we are very lucky to have Highwoods Country Park literally a 10 minute walk from our house.
www.visitcolchester.com/thedms.asp?d
ms=13&venue=0654060


To access it we walk through a nearby housing estate and under a railway tunnel:



The paths have recently been revamped to make access easier for bikers and the disabled. They have gone from this:



to this:



While we really enjoyed splashing, and sometimes wading our way through the tunnel and down the paths towards the lake, it is nice that my cycling friends are no longer risking life and limb on the mud and gravel. :-)

After a while the path gives way to fields:



We walk through to the next field:



and make our way to the lake:



before heading past this convenient log, suitable for sitting and watching the lake:



and entering the woods:



This path leads up to the car park and the little cafe and shop that is open during the summer season and at weekends the rest of the year:



After a stroll around the woodland area, we usually come back out to the field above the lake and walk round it, passing the little 'green lake' as we christened it:



and playing hide and seek:



and enjoying the company of my girls (taken the last time I had short hair):



Once we finish circling the lake, we sometimes walk down to Colchester Falls as we have nicknamed the dribble that leaves the lake:



Where the Three Wise Monkeys like to take a little breather before we complete the walk (Third wise monkey is adopted son and computer guru Adrian):



Finally, we head back the way we came, through the fields to the path:



Past some beautiful trees, like this one:



and back to the tunnel, um, Tara, wrong path dear!



"Mum! You know I like walking down these steps!"



And back through the tunnel again:



So that is Highwoods, and now that the summer is over and it will be a bit quieter, I can't wait to start walking up there again. I love autumn, watching the colour changes on the trees and, if it stays dry enough, plenty of leaves to kick and crunch our way through. :-)

Hope you enjoyed the virtual tour! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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TWOTIMESS 9/5/2010 2:35PM

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Beautiful! I feel refreshed just looking at these lovely pics! That tree... love it to bits!

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 9/5/2010 2:22AM

    Love the photos!
It's wonderful for me to see another part of the world...

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LINDABENEDICT 9/4/2010 10:26PM

    OH HOW BEAUTIFUL !!!! That does it ....I'm just going to HAVE to come for that walk !!!!! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 9/4/2010 8:18PM

    Wow!! What a gorgeous place to walk!! So very nice!! thanks for taking the time to load up all these photos!! (I would hate to think how long it would have taken me) Enjoyed very much your virtual tour!!!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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TIGGERIFFIC123 9/4/2010 8:08PM

    Lovely pictures...thanks for sharing!

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/4/2010 7:55PM

    That is absolutely lovely .I wish I could magic myself over for a ramble!!!

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CARLA-216 9/4/2010 2:50PM

    Oh what a glorious place to walk! You're so lucky to have that nearby.
Enjoy the autumn at Highwoods!

xoxo,
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KNITTABLES 9/4/2010 12:58PM

    What a great place to go for a walk, so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this walk with us.

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__KELLY__ 9/4/2010 12:01PM

    I love it!!! Fabulous!

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THIAGRAM 9/4/2010 10:57AM

  Wow! This is wonderful! Thanks for taking me along! emoticon emoticon

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GOHUSKERS2 9/4/2010 10:24AM

    What a nice way to enjoy time with your family! Peachful, beautiful....thanks for sharing!

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LOVESLIFE48 9/4/2010 10:08AM

    That is just beautiful!!! Loved every picture! You have beautiful kids too!! Thanks so much for sharing!! Wish there was a place like that around here!! Have a great weekend!! emoticon

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WANDAH3 9/4/2010 10:01AM

    Lexie...what a beautiful place to walk. Thank you for sharing it with us. It smacks of peacefulness and a great place to just let your worries and cares disappear.

Hugs,
Wanda

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MOTIVATED@LAST 9/4/2010 9:36AM

    What an beautiful place - makes walking a pleasure.

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LBEEKMA 9/4/2010 8:54AM

    What a beautiful, peaceful looking place! I can see why you look forward to walking!

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52-Week Walking Plan Week 3, Day 6 etc.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Today was a rest day for the 52-Week Walking Plan, but I did do the Waitrose Circuit, and a lot of climbing up and down our stairs today, repeatedly checking out some work that was being done for me, so I got my minimum steps in. :-)

28-Day Bootcamp Challenge
Week 3, Day 6
Upper body workout, with plenty of weight work.
This video is my favourite of the seven workouts. :-) I think I may be ready to move up to my next level of dumbbells weight, but I am going to finish this challenge first, then incorporate this particular video into my weekly exercise routine and build on it, along with the 20 minute dumbbell workout. I am enjoying weights far more than I thought I would. :-)

A friend showed me this:

www.sandowplus.co.uk/Competition/Att
ila/db01.htm


I plan to work some of Prof. Attila's routine into my workouts too. :-)
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Well, the new episode of Medium is going to start soon, so I'm going to sit and enjoy the episode with a nice hot cuppa!

Catch you all later! I hope the day is going well for you all. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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TIGGERIFFIC123 9/4/2010 8:39PM

    Lexie,

Glad you are enjoying weights. Thanks for sharing the link...I think I will give it a shot!

Rhonda

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KNITTABLES 9/3/2010 8:43PM

    Thanks for sharing and cute pictures.

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JHADZHIA 9/3/2010 5:16PM

    I would be happier working out with weights when my elbow finally heals and gets fixed, but until then yucky!! Glad you like them though, its an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Women especially need to build bone and muscle mass as we lose it too quickly after the big M.
Enjoy your weekend!!
Hugs,
Linda

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BOVEY63 9/3/2010 4:56PM

    Love the pics you post - keep em' comin'
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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! :-)
Hugs,
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!

Rhonda

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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.

xoxo,
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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 -

Michele

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