Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Today, in between laughing at the antics of the birds in my garden, I did:
52-Week Walking Plan
Week 4, Day 4
10 minute walk
Pace: 20 minute mile
Distance: 0.55 miles
The last ten minute walk of the plan! Yay! I'm making progress! I'm still debating the early morning walks versus after the morning school run walks at the moment. Early mornings are still winning, but as the mornings get darker, and colder, I'm not sure I will manage to keep up with them, and I really, really hate waking up to an alarm! LOL I'm wondering whether it would work to do my strength training first, then have something to eat, and then do the walk. If anyone has any thoughts on this, feel free to offer them. :-)
28-Day Bootcamp Challenge
Week 4, Day 4
Video 4 - Core workout
I did it twice! It was ok actually, though I was flagging a bit towards the end. I really need this core work. I know I have a waist in there somewhere. I just need to dig it out. :-)
To that end I also did 5 minutes on my Twist and Tone. I will gradually build that into my routine too. I have to say that it is one of the most boring pieces of equipment going, but if it helps I can deal with it for 10 mins a couple of times a week. I hope! LOL
To complete my exercise steps I did the Waitrose circuit.
Now, about those birds...
I love Magpies!
I don't often see a Magpie on the bird table, but this morning there was one, strutting around and dipping his beak into the water, possibly to get at whatever was in the bottom of the bowl. You'd be surprised how many earwigs find their way into it during the night. While he was doing this, a very obviously aggravated Wood Pigeon, one of my regulars, was trying to feign disinterest whenever the Magpie was facing him, while taking sly swipes at him whenever his back was turned. The Magpie was either oblivious or didn't consider the Wood Pigeon a threat.
After repeatedly dipping his beak in the bowl, then shaking water everywhere, the Magpie finally flew up to the top of our fir tree, leaving a swaggering Wood Pigeon on the table strutting around as if he had see the Magpie off! It's no good fibbing you daft bird. I saw everything! LOL
Meanwhile, the Magpie was not alone in the tree as he very quickly discovered! A Collar Dove flew at the Magpie, and a very comical chase ensued round and round the top of the tree! Walt Disney himself could not have choreographed a funnier sight! It was so chaotic that at times you couldn't tell who was chasing who! Then a second Collar dove joined in the chase, at which point the Magpie decided to leave and flew off into the field.
I thought that would be it for today's entertainment, but when we got back from Waitrose I could hear a very excited squawking, which was obviously a Magpie's voice, so I went into the garden to investigate. It turned out that the Magpie had come back with reinforcements, namely another Magpie, and they were sitting on the fence having a slanging match with the Collar Doves, who were perched in the tree. Then the Magpies decided to join the Collar Doves in the tree, but the Collar Doves were having none of it, and the chase was on again! This time it spread from our fir tree to the neighbour's trees and back again! Like something out of a old dog fight.
Eventually the Magpies gave up and flew away, and I haven't heard them since. However, they have now been replaced by a large flock of Starlings, and there is a very disgruntled Collar Dove sitting on next door's shed roof, sulking at the spectacle of the acrobatic and noisy cloud that is flying at intervals over our garden, because this time there is nothing he can do! :-)
It is amazing how much noise a flock of Starlings can make. It is deafening! When you look out of the window you can see about half a dozen Starlings for every two feet of available tree branch! No exaggeration, honest!
Well, they have finally all flown off, much to my regulars' delight! The garden is peaceful again, at least until the kids get back from school. :-)
Hope you are all having a great day!
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
I was at the hospital for two hours today to wait my turn for the ultrasound, but it was worth the wait because the consultant gave me the All-Clear! I still have a teeny tiny 2 mm cyst that is so small they just leave it, and I need to check myself regularly in case I get another lump because cysts can recur once you've had one apparently, in which case I'd have to go back and get it checked, but basically that's it! Zippadee Doodah! Zipperdeeay!!! (or however you would spell it!) *big Cheshire Cat grin!*
Some of the patients were getting quite irritated and even angry at the length of time it was taking to be seen. While I could understand the woman whose teenage daughter was obviously not well getting annoyed, she was fuelling other people into a potential rage. Once she left, things calmed down a little, and three of us started chatting and joking about whether or not we are coming back as women or men next time and the pros and cons of our choices. This had the effect of diffusing the only other hothead in the group, and then a nurse came in and explained that there was only one ultrasound technician available, which was why we (the follow-up patients) were being slow to be processed. Now, if someone had only explained at the start about the delays it may have prevented the unpleasant outbursts from a couple of impatient patients.
As it was the remaining five of us became very chatty and friendly, applauding whenever someone's name was called, and cheering and clapping if they came out with good news, and making encouraging noises if things were still iffy for them. I was the last person on the morning list, so I got to wave goodbye to everyone, and the elderly couple who were just before me were standing in the booking line at the Outpatients desk when I came out to wait for the consultant. She was still a bit teary, because she has been having trouble with her chest for eighteen months, and although it is improving they still need to see her again in four months. She was hoping for the all-clear this visit. She gave me a big hug when I told her my news, and her husband insisted on giving me a kiss! :-) Made my day!!!
I took today as a rest day from the 52-Week Walking plan, swapping with Friday, my usual rest day. I have walked a considerable distance today in spite of that - nearly five miles - which is good. Worked up a sweat both ways.
28-Day Bootcamp Challenge
Week 4, Day 3
Upper Body Workout
Did it when I got back from the hospital. Aren't I good! LOL
On the way to the hospital I also popped into Franklins for the rest of my plastic canvas, then walked to the Quickstitch store to pay the money for the alterations to the bridesmaid dress, and nearly had a heart attack in the process.
First my neighbour nearly runs me over outside the store. I could hear a car and some woman yelling, "Get out of the road!" The 'road' is in fact a pedestrianised area with vehicular access, and I was fine walking on it. As I stepped onto the pavement to let the car past I clicked as to who it was. Jackie, for that is her name, was the one who stopped me yesterday to ask how things were going. I don't see her to speak to for four weeks and then I see her twice in two days! LOL
I walked into the store, to pay the alterations money, and the shop is bereft of lights. Once the lady in front of me leaves the seamstress proceeds to tell me that the cafe above the shop had a flood last night, and the water poured through the ceiling into their shop! Then she pulls out the box with the dress in, and I am freaking out, thinking she is going to tell me the dress is ruined!
But no! The only clothing that got wet was two small school summer dresses, which are easily washed and fine, thank goodness. The rail with the bulk of the clothing hanging up was out of reach of the water. The box with Tara's dress in was safely on a shelf under the counter. Phew! *mops brow!* The big problem for the staff was the fact that the water saturated their sewing machines! Until the electrical contractors the cafe hired check the wiring etc, they can't switch the electricity on at all, so today they are just mopping up and waiting. The seamstress told me that she has an industrial machine at home, so they won't get behind with orders, but what a thing to walk into when you open up your shop! I've told her that as the dress isn't needed until December, it can wait until after the other lady gets back from her holiday if necessary. She seems pretty confident that they will manage to stick to their schedule though. Colour me impressed! :-)
A new pasty shop opened up in Colchester recently, so on the way home, I popped in and bought one of their medium traditional pasties. I have to say that it was a real disappointment! I have never tasted such a bland filling, the meat was really chewy and the pastry was mediocre at best. Plus their medium was the same size as the other shop's 'pixie', a small pasty for kids and a good size for the occasional pasty treat. The pixie is nearly a pound cheaper and heaps tastier! Sorry West Cornwall pasty Shop. I shan't be back.
Boy, I am really tired. In spite of my best attempts at telling myself that this follow-up appointment was only a precaution, I still struggled to sleep last night. Tara, being a bit nervous about being home alone while I was at the hospital, struggled to sleep too, so we will both have a reasonably early night tonight. :-) She did so well! She knew my other neighbour, Anne, was home so she could go round there if she didn't like being here alone, but she was fine. She stuck on a PS2 game, and played that, even stopping to make herself a cuppa and to grab one of my homemade rock buns (called that because they resemble rocks to look at, not because they are hard as rocks! Cheeky!). One of the other families on the estate sometimes has plants and stuff for sale outside their house, and today they had bunches of flowers, so I bought one for Tara because she did so well. She took the bouquet from me, looked at it, and then said, "What do you do with it?" LOLOLOL
Well, that was my day so far. I'll have a quiet rest of the day, cook a bit o' dinner, and have a good night's sleep, with a bit of luck! :-)
Hope you are all having good days!
Monday, September 06, 2010
Today I did:
52-Week Walking Plan
Week 4, Day 2
20 minute walk
Got held up for around half a minute by a neighbour enquiring after my health, bless her. :-) I'm keeping everything crossed that by this time tomorrow I'll be blogging that I am in the clear boobie-wise! My appointment is tomorrow morning. Wish me luck! :-)
My Pedometer Stats were good in spite of the temporary hold-up:
Pace: 20 minute mile
Distance: 1.05 miles
28-Day Bootcamp Challenge
Week 4, Day 2,
Did the workout video twice, as per this week's instructions. I will also do Day 4 and Day 6 twice to meet the requirements this week. It works out then that my lower, upper and core all get equal extra attention. :-)
A visit to the local Co-Op, and a five minute bounce completed my basic step count, which is all I want to do today so that I can save my body for the walk all the way to the hospital tomorrow.
I've been on my feet quite a bit today, and my legs are aching from the double exercise whammy! :-) The reason I've been on my feet so much is that I'm in the process of cutting 98 skeins of embroidery floss into metre lengths and attaching them to cards by colour. It is a bore of a job, but well worth it once it is done, because I can then see at a glance the various shades of colour I have to hand. The highlight is when I can unravel a skein without it tying up in knots.
To attempt this, I slip off the two paper tubes, then try and find a way to open up the skein and slip my hand through, so I am wearing it like a bracelet. Then I pull on one end of the cotton, while the skein, hopefully, twirls around on my wrist and unravels. I drape it over my floor-standing sewing frame so that it doesn't tangle, and then proceed to fold it in half, then quarters, and finally eighths, then it is a simple case of snipping through the loops and threading the floss onto the cards I have hole-punched to accommodate them.
You really wanted to know all that, didn't you! *grin*
A funny thing happened to me outside the Co-op today....
I was standing at the cash dispenser, sorting out what I would need for tomorrow, when a couple pulled up and the woman driver got out of the car, while having an argument with her fella. She had parked on the zigzag lines, right in front of the zebra crossing, which is illegal. The row about it had obviously been ongoing as they approached the store becaue I heard the fella from the passenger seat saying, "But it's a £60 fine for parking on the zigzags!" Her response? "Doesn't matter, you're staying in the car!" Then she flounced past me into the shop, and before I could stop myself, the words "Doesn't make it any more legal though!" escaped from my mouth! Ooops! Have you ever thought you said something to yourself, only it wasn't? She didn't hear me, but her fella did, because at the time he was getting out of the passenger side and walking round to sit in the driver's seat. I turned from the machine, putting my purse away, and met the eyes of this kid, as he sat there, obviously worried, waiting for his girlfriend to come back out.
I'm afraid that at this point I was really wicked. I went to cross back over, making sure that he saw me pointedly look at the registration number of the car before I crossed. Then I made a big show of having to strain to see past the car to check for traffic before crossing, and once I had crossed and walked a few metres from the crossing I stopped, took a pen out of my bag and wrote the reg number on my hand in full view of him! I'm a wicked mean woman! The shop security cameras deal with anyone who parks on the zigzags, but I'm guessing the couple don't know that. I just wanted to make a point, and I think I did! *evil grin*
Well, I'm sorry, but they are endangering people by parking like that. I've lost count of the number of idiots who park on those zigzags, forcing people using the crossing to step several feet into the road to see if anything is coming, and a lot of these are little kids! Several of us have had near misses, and it is hard on drivers to suddenly see someone in the act of crossing the road when they are so close to the crossing that to brake suddenly could cause an accident!
Well, I have to keep it brief. We have a storm headed our way, and I don't like having the computer plugged in because of the risk of frying if the power becomes erratic as sometimes happens during storms. Instead, I shall eat my dinner - ratatouille on a bed of tagliatelle sprinkled with a little cheddar, and then do some more floss unravelling. I have such an exciting evening ahead of me. LOL
Hope you are all having a good day!
Still showing my age! Who remembers this show? *grin*
Sunday, September 05, 2010
FRUIT AND VEGGIES:
4, 6, 7, 6, 5, 7, 6 = 41/35 one portion down on last week (record 49)
After a streak of 45 days I dropped the ball this week. :-( It was a very bad day last Sunday emotionally, and yes I'm disappointed, but on the plus side now I have a streak to improve on! :-)
7, 8, 8, 8, 9, 8, 8 = 56/56 Same as last week (record is 67)
Again, I dropped the ball a touch on the Sunday, so I have a 45 day streak to beat! :-)
Calories in range 4/7 (record 5/7)
Carbs in range 6/7 (record 7/7)
Fat in range 3/7 (record 5/7) It was a BAD week for fat. Don't ask! *shakes head* What was I thinking? Putting 2 sausages and a portion of mac 'n' cheese on the same day's menu?
Protein in range 5/7 (New record 5/7) This is good! Unfortunately it came at the expense of my fat intake. Them's the swings and roundabouts. :-P
To be fair I had an upset stomach for a couple of days and that affected me quite badly in the whole food choices and what I could actually face eating. That plus Tara's eating issues needing coaxing back to normal, caused me to make poor choices rather than see food wasted, and we were also on a seriously tight budget, and well, this is the result. I wish I could say lesson learned, but tight budgets are going to be the norm for a while. I have seriously got my work cut out to find a solution to this conundrum. :-)
52-Week Walking Plan
Sun: 15 mins
Mon: 20 mins
Tue: 15 mins
Wed: 10 mins
Thur: 20 mins
Fri: Rest Day
Sat: 25 mins
All good this week, even to the point of managing to get one 19-minute mile in, which shows that I can increase my speed in time. Yay!
28-Day Bootcamp Challenge
Sun. day 1 - Video 1 - Cardio
Mon. day 2 - Video 2 - Lower Body
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
Sat. day 7 - Video 4 - Core
This week we had to up our cardio, which I think I've done ok. We also had to meet our five a day fruit and veggies, which I did averaged over the week, even though I fell slightly short on the Sunday.
3600 steps met and exceeded every day.
Minimum daily steps increased to 3700.
Total steps for the week: 55009 (Another New Record! Yay!)
Average daily steps = 7858. Yes!!!
Sun: 3.11 miles
Mon: 3.16 miles
Tue: 2.46 miles
Wed: 3.75 miles
Thur: 6.72 miles
Fri: 1.72 miles
Sat: 4.10 miles
Total mileage for week: 25.02 miles (Another New Record! Double Yay!!!)
Time to be brave and give myself a push to stay close to this level in future weeks. I'll up my minimum weekly target to 21 miles this week. That is a big jump, I know, but as I am consistently getting over a twenty mile week at the moment, I'd really like to try and stick with it, still keeping my step count minimum as my daily buffer, so that I'm not trying for 3 miles every single day just yet.
Total fitness minutes this week: 550, which is 79 minutes per day. Pleased!!!
Total calories burned: 2452 Nice! Maybe that will sort out the mac 'n'cheese and sausages I was daft enough to eat! LOL
DOWN! By over two pounds! Yeehar! Now watch me put it back on next week! LOLOL
From 13 stone 5 lbs (187 lbs) to 13 stone 2 and 3/4 lbs (184.75 lbs)
My September weight goal is to see the scale drop below 13 stone this month, even if it is only for a day! LOL I'm being realistic here. My weight bounces around more than I do on Tigger! :-)
That was the week that was. :-)
Roll on next week!
I can be quite superstitious sometimes, and is it any wonder! LOL
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