Tuesday, September 21, 2010
So much for having a quiet day! :-) I didn't feel up to much this morning, and on top of my sinuses my left hip decided to become a pain in the whatsit, so I decided to take a total rest day. I didn't even feel up to a walk to highwoods. :-(
By lunchtime I was feeling a bit better, and as the weather has finally given us a break and been nice for a couple of days I decided to get out in the garden and get some of it under control. Ha ha!
Within a minute my hip was paining me again, but I persevered, by doing two minutes pushing the mower, followed by several minutes sat in the house, until I had mown down the bulk of the lawn. It would be a doddle if, a) the lawn was level and not a mass of lumps and bumps, and b) it wasn't overgrown. As it was, it was a wrestling match, which I won eventually. :-)
Now I am eating my well-earned lunch and having a quiet afternoon.
This evening, for a pleasant change, we are going round to our neighbour Anne's for a meal. We haven't had a chance to do this for ages. She and her fella have been away for the bulk of the summer, cycling in Spain and spending time with friends in Wales, so we have a lot of news and photos to catch up with.
I really hope things buck up wih my health quickly. I got a phonecall from the lady at Quickstitch today, to say that Tara's bridesmaid dress is ready, and we need to go collect it. I'm thinking Friday most likely, though if I feel back on top of things tomorrow, we might go in then. We are very excited to see how it has turned out. :-)
Have a great day everyone! :-)
Monday, September 20, 2010
I logged on to spin the wheel this morning, and discovered that I have an 80-Day streak for wheel-spinning! 80 days, and the best score I've managed is a 10! LOL
So, over the last eighty days, what have I learned?
I have learned that I love Sparking! I must do, or I'd never have logged in for eighty days in a row!
I've learned that the Sparkwheel has an evil sense of humour. The higher the number of points available to me, the lower the amount I actually win! *grin*
I've learned that I do have muscles. 80 Days has also meant eighty days of activity - walking, strength exercises, bouncing and stepping.
I've learned that I like my food. More importantly that a lot of the food I like is actually good for me, and that I love that!
I've learned that no food is off limits. Just off smaller plates! :-)
I've learned to like water! This is an incredible feat for me. Probably my most incredible one of all. 81 days ago I wouldn't drink plain water, except for a small glass of fizzy water with my evening meal, and a token mouthful or two when out and about. Now I am drinking at least 8 glasses a day, virtually every day! In fact, in the last eighty days, I've only fallen short by one glass on one day!
I've learned that there are some incredible people here on Spark, and that a lot of them have been willing to become my Sparkfriends.
I've learned that there are some great teams on SparkPeople. I've met some of my best Sparkfriends on the teams. *waves*
I've learned that I don't need two mugs of tea to wake up in the morning. Most mornings I am up and out for my walk with just a bottle of water for company, though I am always ready for my breakfast when I get back. :-)
I've learned that the Trivia quiz is HARD! But I've learned from it, and have on four occasions managed to get 3 out of 3.
Most of all, though, I have learned that I LOVE the support we all get and give one another on SPARKPEOPLE!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE YOU GUYS! :-)
Monday, September 20, 2010
FRUITS AND VEGGIES
10, 5, 5, 5, 7, 7, 5 = 44/35 (Record 49)
8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 8, 8 = 59/56 (Record 67)
Calories in range 3/7 (record 5/7) close three other days!
Carbs in range 5/7 (record 7/7)
Fat in range 5/7 (record 5/7) This was a surprise! Pleased with that. :-)
Protein in range 3/7 (New record 5/7) 2 short on Thur, 3 short on Fri and 5 short on Sat, so not bad really! Getting to my minimum Protein is a real struggle. :-)
We have been scraping out the freezer this last week, due to rotten finances, and it is practically bare now. I hope to defrost it this coming weekend, ready to start the restock next week. :-)
52-Week Walking Plan
Sun: 15 mins
Mon: 20 mins
Tue: 20 mins
Wed: 15 mins
Thur: 25 mins
Fri: Rest Day
Sat: 30 mins
I spent the week trying out some new moves and sticking to the training plan that the 28-Day Bootcamp started me off on - (Rest, Lower, Upper, Core, Lower, Upper Core) I won't go into further details here. I have a record in my Fitness Tracker, and I go into details each day on my blog.
3800 steps met and exceeded every day.
Minimum daily steps increased to 3900.
Total steps for the week: 39983 A drop again, but never mind. I'm becoming quite consistent. (record = 55009)
Average daily steps = 5712 (record 7858)
Sun: 3.25 miles
Mon: 3.10 miles
Tue: 2.76 miles
Wed: 2.73 miles
Thur: 2.30 miles
Fri: 1.95 miles
Sat: 2.08 miles
Total mileage for week: 18.17 miles (record 25.02 miles) A bit short of my aim of 21 miles for the week. But 18 miles is good. A lot more than I was doing two months ago. :-)
Total fitness minutes this week: 370, which is 53 minutes per day. I had hoped not to drop below 60 mins, but it can't be helped, and it is all good! :-)
Total calories burned: 1621 That is about a day's worth. :-)
After fluctuating crazily thanks to TOM, I settled down at 13 stone 2 1/4 lbs (184.25lbs) - 1/2 a pound heavier than last week. I'm fine with that. It does look like I may not see 12 stone something before the end of the month though. It wasn't vital to my plans, but I am looking forward to getting there eventually, I must admit. It has been a very long time since I weighed 12 something. :-)
I'm not expecting miracles this coming week with a lot of my stats. This cold has knocked me for six! I'm feeling it mostly in my head and legs. :-) I shall take it easy, and see how I go.
Have a great week everyone.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Ok, so now I know what the weekend was about. I was incubating a cold type thing! And I was blaming my bunged sinuses on the cheese on toast I had on Friday! Aah well. :-)
This morning I had a sore throat when I got up, though it went very quickly. I felt ok, so I headed out for my walk, (25 minute Waitrose circuit without the shopping) but had to admit 23 minutes later when I got back to the house that maybe all was not well in LexieWorld.
Pedometer Stats (which were fine in spite of everything)
Pace: 20 minute mile
Distance: 1.14 miles
I don't think I'm going to get my strength exercise in today. It should be lower body, and I don't think my legs plan to co-operate, so that's that.
So, I have decided to be good and not force myself to do anything I'm not feeling up to. I also decided to give in to a food craving, and you will all be surprised to know that it does not involve doughnuts! LOL
No, what I am craving is roasted chicken thighs with mash and ratatouille. So Tara and I went back to Waitrose at lunchtime, and I got the ingredients.
To make my version of Ratatouille, I pour a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a pot, and put it on a lowish heat. Then I chop an onion into smallish chunks, and add it to the pot, and give it a stir. I then slice up a couple of cloves of garlic as finely as I can, and add it to the pot, then stir. Next I dice up a red, orange or yellow pepper, and add that to the pot, giving it a stir. Then I dice up two courgettes, by cutting them lengthways in half and then each half lengthways to make quarters and then dicing them. I throw those in and give the mix another stir. Finally I chunk up a small (about 6-7 inches long) aubergine, and throw that in too, adding another swish of olive oil if necessary cos abergines are thirsty critturs. :-) I keep the mix on a lowish heat for a few more minutes, to allow the veg to soften up, then I throw in a tin of plum tomatoes, and bash them with the stirring implement to get them down to chunks. The final addition is some ripped leaves of fresh basil, though a sprinkling of dried mixed herbs will also do the trick. :-)
Allow the mix to gently simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes, and it is ready to dish up. :-)
I love this dish because it is incredibly versatile, plus giving you a huge injection of veggies towards your five a day. I eat it with rice and chicken, or with fish and new potatoes, or on its own on a bed of spaghetti or tagliatelle with a sprinkle of cheese on top. I also use it as the base of a lasagne. You can even add a bit of chilli powder, some kidney or other beans and a little marmite and voila! Vegetarian chilli! :-)
Tonight I plan to have mashed potato and a roasted chicken thigh to go with it. I'm sure my shaky pins will hold me up long enough to make it. Om nom nommy! *grin*
I really hope I'm feeling better tomorrow. We have planned a walk to Highwoods to take some photos of the colour changes (if there are any), and celebrate the Autumn Equinox, and I would hate to have to put it off.
Oooh! We had an unexpected visitor in the garden yesterday. One of the biggest grey squirrels I've ever seen! Boy the birds were cross. You should have heard them scolding. LOL
Have a lovely day everyone.
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!
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