Thursday, September 23, 2010
I can't believe that I didn't blog yesterday, but I was so tired and sore last night...
So, basically, my entire fitness schedule has been put on hold because I am going through the mill at the moment. I have raging sinusitis, which is bad enough because it plays havoc with my head, concentration etc. Unfortunately, my Tietze's has chosen this week to throw a major flare-up into the works, and this has resulted in a lot of chest wall pain stretching quite literally from shoulder to shoulder both front and back, and impaired breathing on top of the sinus problems. This lot combined has succeeded in triggering random panic attacks just to pop a little icing on the pain cake! :-)
Yes, I am feeling very sorry for myself. *sad face* It is so much to deal with all at once that I actually do not care about my fitness programme right now. Well, no, that isn't strictly true, but it is very low on my priority list right now. I have basically taken the week off, doing what little random exercising I can as my body allows, until things settle back down. But it doesn't mean I have to like it. *grin*
I am very grateful that the full whack of the Tietze's didn't kick into until last night though, because at least it has enabled me to have a couple of good things to report before all hell let loose! :-)
We had a lovely Tuesday evening at our neighbour's. We walked with Anne to Waitrose, thus getting a bit of walking exercise in while having Tara to cling to during the 'dizzies'. On top of the gardening, which my activity meter suggested was the equivalent of about 6000 steps, and the little minutes here and there on Tigger, it gave me a very respectable fitness total for the day in spite of not trying. :-)
The meal, of gluten-free sausages, mash, carrot, swede and fresh peas with onion gravy, was absolutely delicious and within my calories, plus getting me beautifully over the minimum veggies for the day. She also had some glucosamine cream for joint pain, and offered me a dollop for my left hip, which had been paining me all day. Within a couple of minutes, no pain, and touch wood and not wishing to tempt fate, my hip has been twingeless ever since! Gotta get me my own tube of that!
On our way out of the door she offered me a bookshelf she was trying to rehome. It has four shelves and is made of wicker. As I had been moaning a few days before (unknown to her) about the fact that I am short of shelves for all my books, and some are living in boxes in my airing cupboard, this was what you might call a fortuitious circumstance! (Love Mary Poppins. I'm quoting that film a lot today. *g*) If only the pain will let up enough I have big plans for those shelves. :-)
I remember mentioning in my last blog that the Quickstitch lady, Joanne had called to say the bridesmaid dress was ready. Well, on Wednesday morning, as I had dizzies still, but no hip pain, and as a wet two or thee days was forecast from Thur onward, I decided to be brave and go into town to collect the dress, pay a bill, and get some bird seed and a few groceries. Getting there was a struggle. The dizzies were randomly freaking me out, but we made it. Then I got told off for freaking them (Quickstitch) out. :-)
You see, last week when I was on the phone asking about the dress, they got very worried because I kept saying the purple bridesmaid dress, and they didn't have one. It took several minutes before we all clicked that the dress was teal, not purple, and that I had purple stuck in my head because that was the colour of the first dress Bry bought for Tara, before she changed her mind, went with teal instead, and landed us with this other dress that needed altering to fit. The teal dress had been in our possesion for such a short time that I had completely forgotten what colour it was. Ooops!
Well, naturally, I blamed Bridezilla! LOLOL Bryony has changed her mind about so many things so many times that I have hopelessly lost track. *g* I felt terrible about it, because I had scared Joanne and Linda half silly, thinking they had lost a dress, and scared myself half silly thinking the same thing. Fortunately we all had a good laugh about it. They needed a good laugh. Some customers had been really horrible to them about the delays because of the flooding. You would think the fact that nothing got ruined would be a relief, but no, some people were just plain nasty to them about it all.
Anyway, Tara tried the dress on and she looks smashing! I'll get pics as soon as the weather bucks up a bit. It was carefully folded up back into the box, I packed it into Wilbur (my shopping bag on wheels), and off we went, promising that if the Mum of the Bride (moi) needed help with her outfit, I'd be back. :-)
We went to HMV to check a price for Tara. She has a thing for Charmed and wants the box set. :-) Then we went to pay the washing machine rental. After that we walked through Castle Park to get to the pet store.
As you can see, there isn't a lot of colour change in the leaves yet:
Though you can see a bit more here:
If you have good eyesight, here is Super Squirrel:
Faster than a speeding bullet... He was in the shot when I clicked the button, honest!
Aah! Got him! LOL
The walk along the river, looking back into the park:
The river itself:
And an autumn tree! :-)
We got to the petstore a few minutes later, grabbed a bag of seeds, then headed up the road to Waitrose for the shopping. We finally got home about 2.15pm, and I was exhausted. I sat in my armchair for most of the afternoon, alternately dozing and watching TV, cooked a bit of dinner, and headed to bed a short while later, just as the Tietze's was starting to make its presence known.
Got up this morning, feeling ok-ish, but everything just started to pile on again really quickly, and when I went down to the Co-op for a tin of meatballs for Tara, the chest pain started in earnest. So, I have sat here catching up on two days of emails, and sparking, and now I need to go do some dishes and cook a bit of dinner. I hope to do some more sparking and emails later on. My pedometer is going to look wretched today, but it can't be helped, and anyway, it reflects how I am feeling physically today. :-)
I hope everyone's day is shaping up well.
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.
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