Sunday, September 19, 2010
Wow! Nearly missed blogging today. Logged on and spun the wheel and disappeared again for most of the day. I am having a lazy/tired day, as opposed to a 'don't wanna' day. I am still struggling to get to sleep at night, and consequently struggling to get out of bed in the morning. It was after 9.30 am again this morning. This has to change. I hate losing half the day before I even get breakfast!
52-Week Walking Plan
Week 6, Day 1
15 minute walk
Pace: 20 minute mile
Distance: 0.80 miles
25 minutes on Tigger. Bounced along to a host of different songs on the TV chart countdown. :-)
That was it. And it was fun! :-)
Today I discovered a website that has free game downloads of some games I lost when my last computer went belly-up. I have downloaded three or four of them and played a bit with each today, then I spent a couple of hours sewing while watching episodes of One Foot in the Grave and Keeping Up Appearances. Then, due to tired eyes, I cut the plastic canvas wrong and mucked up two days work! *sigh*
I finally got on to Spark about an hour ago and have been catching up with friends blogs and team stuff. That was when I clicked that I hadn't blogged yet, so here I am. :-)
Please let this week be a bit better awake-wise than the last one! I can handle most anything as long as I sleep. I know I'm not the only one struggling with lack of sleep at the moment. I sincerely hope all my sleep-deprived friends also have a better week this week.
I will have to do the week in review tomorrow. I'm hoping for an early-ish night tonight.
To bed, perchance to sleep!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
There are days when it is hard to get out of bed, and when the weather starts to get colder, and I've had a couple of difficult days and sleepless nights, it is often enough for the stubborn lazy me to start talking myself out of what is good for me and into a 'Don't Wanna' day!
This was one of those days. The last couple of days have seen various plans get messed about, throwing my routine through a loop, and me into a mizz. As a result this morning I spent an hour and a half in bed, talking myself into taking a break from my exercising for the weekend, and possibly longer!
It was after 9.30am when I finally dragged my butt to attention, and got down the stairs. I opened the back door to let Sophie out, got the water and bird seed, and stepped out into a cool, bright sunny day with a rare cloudless sky. I stood, there for a moment, soaking up the sunshine and listening to the scolding chatter of the birds in the trees and on the roof as they waited for me to snap out of it and feed them. I could feel the 'Don't Wannas' gradually slipping away from me. :-)
By the time I had fed the birds and walked back into the house I was determined to do my walk, to at least complete this week, even if I did then decide to take a day or two off.
I popped the right clothes on, did my warm up exercises, grabbed my water and a chewy bar 'just in case' and hit the pavement.
For a few minutes I felt great, soaking up the sunshine and heading up the road, but just after the bridge I suddenly started to feel a bit light-headed. This can happen occasionally, and is usually either my iron deficiency playing up or an empty stomach. Thankful that I had listened to that inner voice that had told me to pack that chewy bar, I dug it out of my bag and chomped down. BIG MISTAKE! Chewy bar was solid as a rock because it was so cold. I eventually wrestled a chunk into my mouth, and basically squirrelled it into my cheek and sucked to try and soften it up while trying not to choke cos it was a BIG chunk.
The 'Don't Wannas' at this point, sensing a potential triumph, could be heard whispering, "See, told you. Turn around. Go home. Forget it for today. You know you want to!"
Once I had finally managed to chew and swallow I drank some water then took another smaller chunk, even though I was annoyed with it for being so hard and unyielding. Then, ignoring the 'Don't Wannas', I kept walking. By this point I had reached my halfway mark of my walk, the alarm went off, and I turned around to head home. I was biting down on my third chunk of the bar a minute or two later when it suddenly hit me....
I had walked as far as the Tesco Express shop, turned and headed home, and in all the time I had been walking I hadn't once thought of doughnuts! I hadn't even looked at the shop!
This really put a spring in my step, and I was smiling by the time I reached the bridge again, all the 'Don't Wannas' banished. :-)
I got home, thinking that I had probably messed up the stats somewhat, but they were fine, on a par with last Saturday's 30 minute walk.
Pace: 20 minute Mile
Distance: 1.58 miles
This actually boosted me up enough that I grabbed my yogurt, and then planned my core exercises, and did them!
SparkPeople Bootcamp Video (Day 4): Standing portion
SparkPeople Bootcamp Video (Day 4): Mat & Stretching portion
Did these on my bed. I even got extra steps in running up and down the stairs to see what I needed to do next. The total took me over my minimum for the day! LOL
Crunches (my bed version) 2 sets of 6
Stretch After Strength Training - Did stretches as part of exercises this time
Twist and Toned to 5678 by Steps
So. In spite of my 'Don't Wannas' I did what I needed to do. That is a real victory for me. The 'Don't Wannas' normally have a very powerful hold on me. It would seem that SparkPeople has a stronger hold now though. I hope that this stays the case and the 'Don't Wannas' never get a serious grip on me again!
Have a great day everyone! I plan to Spark and sew today. I'm working on a plastic canvas bracelet design.
Catch you later!
Friday, September 17, 2010
Today I have done:
52-week Walking Plan
Week 5, Day 6,
I did, however, walk around to the open space behind our house with Tara, and walk around the outside of the basketball court while she jogged around the inside of it. :-) She did one circuit and decided that was it for her, and we went back home. Well, she had been playing football with the dog before that, and that's enough to tire anyone out. Sophie makes you do most of the running. LOL Well, she is old and loves to play but can't do as much as she used to.
I also walked the Waitrose circuit for a few weekend groceries, you know the sort of thing - milk, apples, yogurt, sausages (for Tara) and some cheese. Out of curiosity I timed the walk. Of course some of the measurements are a nonsense, but it did confirm that it takes ten minutes to get to the store and fifteen to get back doing the circuit. So, ten minutes to the store, 12 minutes in the store, and fifteen minutes to get home, and it said I did a 29-minute mile to cover 1.27 miles! LOL That distance would normally take me 25 mins tops, which is a 20-minute mile.
I really must do that circuit without popping into the store for my next 25 minute walk, and see how big a difference it makes to the stats. It will be nice to have the occasional circuit instead of going halfway and turning round each time. Oooh! I just had a look at my schedule and the next 25 minute walk will be on Monday. Guess I'll be doing Waitrose twice that day, once for the walk and once for the shopping. LOL At the rate things are going I'll be moving into that store. :-)
Hey, at least my pedometer light was green when I got back, so I did the minimum steps today. :-) Plus, my Land's End to John O'Groats walk is nearing Cheddar Gorge now, and I'm hoping for a nice cheese recipe when I get there, which will be Sunday, with any luck. :-)
Upper Body - 20 minutes
Today I did two videos plus stretches:
SparkPeople Bootcamp Video (Day 3): Seated portion
SparkPeople Bootcamp Video (Day 3): Mat & Stretching portion
SparkPeople Bootcamp Video (Day 6): Standing portion
SparkPeople Bootcamp Video (Day 6): Bent-Over & Stretching portion
Stretch After Strength Training - Upper Body Video
Let's just say my shoulders and arms know they've been worked. :-)
In other news...
You know the Seventh Stage of the Cycling Tour of Britain
has reached your town when you are in more danger from bikes than cars, and cyclists in full cycle gear are actually peddling downhill! LOL
I was amazed by how many bikes I saw today, and we aren't even on the route. Colchester is playing host to the finish line of stage seven, and there is a huge bike-fest going on in Castle Park today. It is all so exciting I almost want to buy a bike. :-) The problem is that I haven't sat comfortably on a saddle in a lot of years. The other problem is that I can't afford to buy one, but we'll gloss over that. :-) The amazing thing is that I'm even considering this as an option for exercise, but I tell you, the more you get into the Sparkpeople lifestyle the less impossible things of a physical nature seem to be. The day could come when I actually get on a bike again!
Well, you never know. Mind you, I could be a bit wobbly at first.
But one day I might be proud to say:
Have a great day everyone! :-)
P.S. I accidentally left this one out of my Wizard of Oz fest yesterday:
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Get up and Go reported for duty, for a little while anyway. :-) Better late than never. Part of the problem is that the Tietze's has flared up again, so my chest area is pretty sore today. It was a relief to take the sportsbra off when I'd finished my exercises. On top of TOM and the tiredness, it was just a bit much really. :-(
CARDIO AND LOWER BODY
52-Week Walking Plan
Week 5, Day 5
I raced a postie! Seriously! As I got out to the Ipswich Road, one of our local posties was on his way home after his shift, and he walks fast! He was striding up the road with his work shorts and shirt on, and his reflective jacket, and we were neck and neck for a couple of hundred yards before he pulled ahead. Over the 7 or so minutes we were sharing the pavement he only got a couple of hundred yards ahead of me. So yes, he won, and I was more an also-ran, but it was fun. LOL
Pace: 20 minute mile
Distance: 1.3 miles
To complete my cardio and also fit some lower body in at the same time I did a ten-minute You Tube Step video on Roo. Wow! I hadn't tried that particular video since I got Roo. He truly is a totally different animal from my old step. I was knackered witha capital K after five minutes! I had a real struggle, stopping for water two or three times, and I sweated up a storm but I just about completed it, in a messy kind of way. I am calling that it for today. I am supposed to do Lower Body strength training today, and as far as I'm concerned, I've done it! LOL
I am going to have another go at that video in a day or two. I can do it! I know I can! :-)
As a reward for getting out there in spite of myself, I found a Magpie feather, and it didn't start raining until I got back. Thankyou Universe! :-)
I was so hungry that I ate a slice of multigrain bread with 200g baked beans and a fried egg on it for lunch. I needed the protein. I feel a bit more alert now, and ready to tackle some more paperwork. Go me!
Have a great day everyone.
The Wizard of Oz - Medieval Version:
Meet the Cowardly Lion:
The True Meaning of the Story:
The Wizrd of Oz: Kittie vershun:
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I need to get out there and find it!
App no good. Don't have iphone.
OK, so I was expecting to go into town to pick up the bridesmaid dress today, but when I phoned to confirm it was ready, it wasn't. I don't have a problem with that, given the flood and everything, and I did say that it would be ok to temporarily put the dress on the back burner if it helped.
The problem is that I had planned my day around the dress pick-up, swapping my rest day with tomorrow so I could just do town today and my mind won't let go of the plan. On top of that the last two nights have been low on sleep cos of TOM, so today I feel pretty tired and deflated. I've had breakfast, and now I have to muster the energy from somewhere to do the 25-minute walk I thought I wasn't doing, and I have a lower body workout to fit in too.
But I feel so tired that all I want to do is zzzzz....
C'mon Lexie. You CAN do this! You can go find your get up and go!
OK, I'm off to look for it. Wish me luck!
Final motivational LOL:
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