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52-Week Walking Plan Week 4, Day 7 etc.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Today I did:

52-Week Walking Plan
Week 4, Day 7
First 30 minute walk

And it got me within sight of Tesco Express! Oh I do tease myself! It was time for the Doughnut Discussion Part 2 this morning, but this time it was a brief discussion. Doughnut Desirer counted the pennies in my purse to see if I had enough to buy a pack, and Walking Warrior pointed out that if I wanted them that badly I should walk back up there later, rather than mess up my pedometer stats.

Walking Warrior won, and I left without my purse! *grin*

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 20 minute mile
Calories: 142 (new record)
Steps: 3,555 (new record)
Time: 0:31:30 (new record)
Distance: 1.60 miles

My pace was pretty erratic today. Some days the line on the graph in my Active Health is really smooth, because I kept a nice steady pace, but this time it looks like a relief map of the Himalayas! :-)

28-Day Bootcamp Challenge
Week 4, Day 7 (aka Day 28!)
Video 4 - Core body workout

The walk, coupled with my morning warm up exercises and after Bootcamp stretches have got me within 59 steps of my current minimum daily target. Not bad! And, I'm not going back for the doughnuts! :-)

Have a good day everyone!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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GRACIE4ONE 9/12/2010 4:51AM

    Good Job!

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BOVEY63 9/12/2010 12:29AM

    Congrats on reaching new records oh Walking Warrior!
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CHEVY63 9/11/2010 9:25PM

    Great job - both in your workout and in resisting temptation.

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TWEETYKC00 9/11/2010 8:45PM

    glad to see that Walking Warrior won over the donut craving, keep it up!

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KNITTABLES 9/11/2010 2:19PM

    High five for the warrior and I love the kitty picture.

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WANDAH3 9/11/2010 10:31AM

    I love "walking Warrior". Woo Hoo.

Have an awesome day,
Hugs,
Wanda

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TIGGERIFFIC123 9/11/2010 10:18AM

    Walking Warrior is a true Warrior!! Great Job today Lex and the resisting of temptation is an awesome feeling!

Rhonda

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/11/2010 10:07AM

    Bonus points for walking warrior !

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CARLA-216 9/11/2010 9:55AM

    Great job, Walking Warrior!

Love the LOLCAT for today!

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ZURDTA- 9/11/2010 7:42AM

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Hurry for the walking warrior!

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Bootcamp Trophy - I haz one! :-) Now for Life After Bootcamp!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Yay! I have just finished my 28th day video! Then I looked in my inbox, and lo and behold, my trophy was there! I did it!

So, Life after Bootcamp

I wrote this on the Bootcamp Week Four forum a few days ago:

I am three days from completing my first Bootcamp Challenge, and it will also be my last one. I started my first attempt 7 weeks ago, had a health scare halfway through and had to leave while it was sorted out. A week or so later I rejoined determined to complete it this time. Apart from anything else, I have a habit of diving enthusiastically into a project, only to come spluttering to the surface a short while later either bored, disillusioned or finding I bit off more than I could chew. I wanted to prove to myself that I could finish this! :-)

I can't say I loved every bit of every video. Some bits, like some of the floor exercises, I simply couldn't do, so I replaced video 5 with video 2 and video 7 with video 4. This meant I was still working the lower, upper and core on the respective days, but in a way I could actually manage. This week I have doubled up days 2, 4 and 6 for the same reason, to boost all three segments of my body through the week. :-)

I am really pleased that I have seen this through. It has been a great introduction to strength exercises for me. I knew very little about my muscles, where they are, and what moves work them. In fact, my musculature is so weak in places, I wasn't sure I even had any! LOL I've had to start with very light weights, only one and two pound ones, but I am ready to step up to my 3lb ones for some of my exercises now. This is progress and it pleases me! :-)

I am really looking forward to life after bootcamp! I plan to continue to work the way bootcamp is laid out - cardio, lower, upper, core, lower, upper, core.

I will be using some aspects of the bootcamp videos, Videos 2, 3, 4 and 6 will all feature in my future weeks, either all or in part, plus I will be using my Twist and Tone to add work to my core, and working some of the other SP videos and exercises to build up a weekly strength routine.

My cardio is pretty set. I am already two months in to Mark Fenton's 52-Week Walking Plan Book, and heartily recommend it to people wanting to start walking in a structured way but aren't sure where to start. I also have my mini trampoline and aerobic step that get regular use, plus I have a variety of dance DVDs, from eighties disco to modern to play with. I also don't own a car, so we pretty much walk everywhere within a four mile radius!

So, to sum up, I am very pleased with what I have learned from the Bootcamp, and I'm looking forward to building on to it for the future me. :-)

Thanks guys for putting this together for us. It really helps!
Hugs,
Lex xxx

So ladies and gents..... it's time to play!!! *Cheshire Cat grin*

  
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TIGGERIFFIC123 9/11/2010 10:21AM

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Such an inspiration, perhaps I should give them a look. Really need to start doing strength training in a manner much less on and off again don't know where to start way!

Way to go Lexie!!
Rhonda

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CARLA-216 9/11/2010 9:59AM

    Congrats on finishing Bootcamp, Lexie!
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ANNIE924 9/11/2010 7:49AM

    Good going, Lexie. I am also up to using 3 lb weights, and I dug out my 5 pound weights this week, but it will be a few weeks before I can use them.

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ZURDTA- 9/11/2010 7:45AM

    Great progress - you are doing so well! I really should kick my bum into gear...

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52-Week Walking Plan Week 4, Day 6 etc.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Today I did:

28-Day Bootcamp Challenge
Week 4, Day 6
Video 6 - Upper Body with weights

Did this one twice. My last double-up of the week, and there is only one more day to go before the Bootcamp is completed. This is my favourite video of the whole week, probably because I don't have to fiddle any of the moves to complete it. :-)

I posted to the Bootcamp Challenge this week, and I'll add that in a separate blog here as well to jog my memory about my plans for Life After Bootcamp!

52-Week Walking Plan
Week 4, Day 6
15 minute walk

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 20 min mile
Calories: 72
Steps: 1801
Time: 0:16:03
Distance: 0.81 miles

Lands End to John O'Groats:
Reached Taunton in Somerset. Cider country!

Normally I would have today as a rest day from the walk, but because of Tuesday's hospital visit, I swapped the days over.

Also, I have swapped the order in which I record the info today on purpose because this morning I did the strength stuff first and then the walk. I didn't like it. The walk didn't seem as enjoyable, although the bootcamp was fine. Mind you, it could be as a result of the extra lower body work I did yesterday. In fact, thinking about it, I'll bet that is exactly what it is. LOL Sometimes I can be a bit slow on the uptake! *grin*

I'll work my weekend as normal, and then I'll have a proper go at mixing it up next week. I'm looking forward to the experiment. It is going to be an interesting week, trying out new moves, mixing up existing ones, seeing what works and what doesn't. I can't believe how excited I am by this. The new me is an exercise junkie! LOL

To complete my exercises today I'm going to do the Waitrose Circuit.

There was quite a bit of chirping going on a few minutes ago, followed by some very loud Magpie chattering, so I popped to the back door to see what was going on. I couldn't see the Magpie, but there was a large number of Sparrows in the elder right outside the door. They have all but stripped the berries off the bush. There weren't that many to start with. Last year the Elder bushes were bent double with berries and the winter was one of the worst we have had in something like four decades. This year the bushes are very light on berries. I am hoping that this indicates a mild winter to come. I have a feeling that this is one of the indicators Nature gives us. She gives us a greater bounty when we will need it badly, and conserves her energy on the less strenuous years. I hope that is the case anyway. I would like a milder winter this year, specially with a wedding on Dartmoor in December to look forward to. :-)

Well, time to toddle off to my inbox and see who's been busy while I've been asleep, and then I'm off to the shop.

have a great day everybody! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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KNITTABLES 9/10/2010 4:09PM

    Great job in bootcamp, Take care.

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CARLA-216 9/10/2010 2:51PM

    I think I'd have to stay awhile in Taunton if it's Cider Country.
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LINDABENEDICT 9/10/2010 11:19AM

    Good job !!!!! And thanks for the morning shot of humor !

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WANDAH3 9/10/2010 7:13AM

    Oh let's hope that Mother Nature was giving a heads up on a milder winter! Hope that translates to Canada too! lol
Farmers Almanac here says that western Canada will experience lots of snow and very cold this winter, while eastern Canada will have a mild winter....I'd like to know...what did we do wrong???? We've had a summer of rain and cooler than normal temperatures and already I've had to turn the furnace back on and it's only September! Okay...I'm whining, I'll find the positives yet! lol

Have a wonderful day, and congratulations on all the hard work that you have been accomplishing.

Hugs,
Wand
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52-Week Walking Plan Week 4, Day 5 etc.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Phew! I've been having a lower body 'play' today, and I am really feeling it! *grin*

I have done:

52-Week Walking Plan
Week 4, Day 5
25 minute walk

Beat the previous distance to the halfway point by a road junction and two house-widths. :-) The last few seconds before the turnaround was along the length of a lavender hedge, which can smell amazing sometimes! :-)

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 19 minute mile for the second time! Yay!
Calories burned: 120 (new record)
Steps: 2,997 (new record)
Time: 0:26:06
Distance: 1.35 miles

Thanks everyone for the comments and suggestions on my last blog. I will try mixing it up, taking each day according to when I wake up, and sometimes do the strength stuff first and sometimes the walk. It will be interesting as I build up the strength training to see how that goes. I am going to take a leaf out of the Walking Plan book and increase my strength training by a small amount each week.

28-Day Bootcamp Challenge
Week 4, Day 5
Video 2

Apart from nearly falling over my own feet on one of the curtsey lunges, I did fine! My legs are slowly building strength to the point that I managed a decent go at the seated portion of the video this time. This pleases me. :-)

As for the 'play' I decided to add a couple of new exercises to my lower body collection, so I tested out three that use the aerobic step:

Step Ups - which I was able to do completely, two sets of 12 repetitions.

Calf Raises on Step - Blimey! No wonder they warn you to plant your foot completely on the step when doing your exercise routines! After six of these my calves needed some serious shaking out! I was walking around as if I'd peed down my leg! LOL I gave it a couple of minutes of the 'walk and shake', and then did five more reps. That is ENOUGH for me at the moment. I will have to build those up VERY gradually! *grin*

Lunges With Step - I could feel this in the calves I'd just worked, so I only did 2 sets of six reps. They felt good! :-)

I also popped down to the Co-op for some self raising flour to make some more rock buns. Tara devoured the bulk of the last batch, leaving me with no choice but to be good and not pig out on them. LOL Having a skinny widget for a kid has its advantages when she saves you from yourself. *grin* Her appetite is back to normal more or less, and she has just munched her way through half a tub of hummus using Pringles to dip with.

So, I never finished those skeins on Monday. With the hospital visit looming I lost the will to detangle, and spent the evening watching comedy shows on TV instead. Chilling out is a good thing sometimes. :-) The upshot of this, however, is that I still have half the skeins sitting on the kitchen table glaring (or is it laughing) at me! I'm going to finish sorting those out today. That and some baking and it will be a nicely productive day.

Have a very good one everybody! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CHERIRIDDELL 9/10/2010 1:34AM

    SUch devotion I wonder how many calories we burn keeping our daughters fed LOL! Mine is stick thin and can eat for Britain too!

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CHRISTURTLE 9/9/2010 6:15PM

    You are doing so well and showing so much dedication to your fitness routine! Great work, even if you did look for a while like you'd had an 'accident', lol. Just hoping no family or friends were round to see, cos you just know they will bring it up at the worst possible times, don't you? Gotta love 'em when they do that, lol.

I love the great pictures, they gave me my first laugh of the day, so thank you.

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KNITTABLES 9/9/2010 5:44PM

    Great job, rest up and hope the soreness goes away.

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TWOTIMESS 9/9/2010 3:57PM

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LOL, Lex - very descriptive on the Calf Raises on Step. I nearly peed myself reading that! Great stuff as always!

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CARLA-216 9/9/2010 2:12PM

    Great job today, Lex! I agree with JHADZHIA that you're wise to ease into new exercises.

Rock buns sound good. Do you put dried fruit in yours?

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JHADZHIA 9/9/2010 10:43AM

    Well done with your fitness!! You are right to take it easy trying something new when you can start to feel it quickly. Slow steps, gradually building it up is the safe way to exercise and prevent injuries!
Thanks for sharing those photos! Very interesting!!
Hope you have a great day and rest those sore muscles!

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A little Magpie fun + 52-Week Walking Plan Week 4, Day 4 etc.

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

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 20 minute mile
Calories: 49
Steps: 1222
Time: 0:10:44
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!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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TIGGERIFFIC123 9/8/2010 6:31PM

    What a wonderful mornings entertainment! You are very lucky to be able to enjoy the bird show.

Doing a great job on the exercise. I am much like you too early, too dark and too cold. I think doing your strength training first is a great idea.

Wishing you continued success,
Rhonda

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KNITTABLES 9/8/2010 1:33PM

    Great story obout the birds. great work outs too. I agree with BOVEY63 try mixing things up and do strenght training first then your walks. Changing things keeps the body guessing and you will see great results.

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BOVEY63 9/8/2010 1:08PM

    You're doing great on the workouts. How about changing things up - strength training first if it's too cold or dark and walking first when the weather cooperates?
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I loved hearing about the bird antics. They are so much fun to watch. And, your pics were a perfect ending.
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JHADZHIA 9/8/2010 12:56PM

    Nice work out! Wonderful bird story! They do carry on at times. Mom used to have a flock of magpies hanging around. They have big families that tend to stay together and it was something else seeing the young ones wobbling around awkwardly before their tails grew out long. She now has flickers and has always had robins. Lots of small yellow birds. She finally saw a hummingbird. They haven't come in the last two years. Not even over at my sister's farm who used to get a lot. One especially great sport I used to enjoy was seeing the magpies dive bombing the cats in the neighbourhood! It was something to see! No fear! I am not a cat lover and I just love seeing the birds get one up on them for a change! All cats are good for is howling under the windows at night, killing birds and messing in the garden!! Lots of cats roaming in my Mom's area. She keeps her own cat indoors. We also get a huge flock of crows sometimes which is awesome to see but oh so noisy!! Then there are the seagulls, nothing noisier and at all hours of the night too!


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CHERIRIDDELL 9/8/2010 12:38PM

    Oooh I loved the bird story the birds have already started flying south from here .This being the Northernmost Canadian city of any size!We haven't really had much of a summer this year.

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THIAGRAM 9/8/2010 11:37AM

  I enjoyed your bird story! What fun! You are making wonderful progress! I haven't figured out the routine of what to do first or second. I guess I could just say I'm very flexable! Hope you get it all figured out! Keep up the great work!

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CARLA-216 9/8/2010 11:19AM

    Hooray for making progress! Keep it up!

You got a full show with the birds, huh? I don't much like starlings. They make a lot of noise and empty out the feeders fast and chase away all the more desirable birds. emoticon

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WVREDNECKHOTTIE 9/8/2010 10:58AM

    I love the bird story! So much fun. We tried to put out a bird feeder this year. But our beagle (who is born to hunt) chases them off as quickly as they come. I'm not sure he would hurt a bird if he did catch it. But it still just isn't a good idea!

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LINDABENEDICT 9/8/2010 10:49AM

    HAHAHAHA .....a good way to start the day is with a hearty laugh . Thanks a million !!!!

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TWOTIMESS 9/8/2010 10:44AM

    LOL, starlings - remember Hitchcock's The Birds?
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