Saturday, October 02, 2010
Today I did:
52-Week Walking Plan
Week 6, Day 7
35 minute walk.
I did indeed go Beyond The Doughnut, sailing past the front door of Tesco Express without a thought for the goodies within, because I was much more interested in how far I would get this time, being as it was my first 35 minute distance. :-)
Pace: 20 minute mile
Calories: 158 (new record)
Steps: 3958 (new record)
Time: 0:36:09 (new record)
Distance: 1.78 miles (new record)
Did Day 4 of the Bootcamp videos.
Next week I start building on the basic strength training again. :-)
In between everything else that would normally happen on a Saturday, silliness struck, in the form of my lovely arty neighbour and her day of nothing working for her. Having designated Saturday as the day all my receipts from June to September this year would be in order, it appeared that I was due to be thwarted. First I was called round to help fix one of her fence panels because a couple of the planks fell out during the neighbour's kids tussles with a ball yesterday. David is away on a course, so we women had to deal with the man stuff. LOL I had completed one week of receipts when Anne rang.
Once I got to her house, and we were picking through her nail collection to find ones of suitable length, a neighbour (man) two doors up saw us 'damsels in distress' and insisted on fixing the panels in for us. Anne immediately went into 'helpless swooning female' mode, and I watched with much amusement while holding the pot of nails - which was my entire contribution towards the fixing of the fence panel. *grin*
Then Anne asked if I'd like a cuppa, so I headed with her to the back door, at which point she remembered that she had found two - count them - two dead rats in her back garden! She needed to get rid of them, so we put on some disposable gloves, grabbed a rat each and dealt with it. Good job I don't mind rodents. :-) Mind you, thinking about it, maybe Anne should have done a further swoon and got the chap who fixed the fence to deal with the rats too. She is so good at the act that it would have worked a treat. LOL
So we went in to her home, had a lovely couple of cuppas and a long chat, just the two of us, which is a real rarity, and then I said I should get back because I'd sort of promised myself that I'd get the rest of the receipts straight. As we were saying goodbye on the doorstep I spotted all the cat mess in her gravel at the side of her drive. The local cats treat Anne's gravel as a giant litterbox, and whereas we pet owners are used to dealing with this kind of things even if it hardly thrills us, non pet owners don't exactly relish the chance of getting up close and personal with kitty poop. *grin*
So, I offered to pick it up for her. She muttered and said something about really not being ok about letting me clean the mess up, but I pointed out that it would take me two minutes and save her a lot of aggravation. Then I went to my house to get my scoop bags. I came back out, pulled a bag off the roll and started scooping.
Anne watched squirming with horror for a moment, and then said, "Boy, you must really hate paperwork if you'd rather do this!" I laughed and said, "You'd be amazed what I can find to do rather than facing the paperwork!"
But we both had things to do. She had promised herself to spend some time giving her floors a good clean, and I had that paperwork waiting. So, we went our separate ways. I came in, switched on the computer, did my core exercise video, dashed off a quick email to a friend on Anne's behalf, put on some music and then sat down at the kitchen table. I had completed a week and a half of receipts when the phone rang. It was Anne again. Her hoover had died and could she borrow mine? So I carried it round there for her, had a wee chat about how dead her hoover probably was, and judging by the burnt smell, it seemed pretty dead, then back I came, saying to her that I'd take bets on how many weeks of receipts I'd get through before she brought the hoover back. *grin*
I did a few more weeks, getting into August by the time there was a knock at the door. In she came with the hoover, and we couldn't resist. I put the kettle on and we had another cuppa and a chat for about half an hour before she left to finish off her cleaning spree. By this time it was approaching six pm, and I was determined that unless Anne's cooker blew up I wasn't budging from the table until the last of the receipts had homes to go to! It worked! 7.55pm and I put the last receipt to bed!
A quick cooking of some dinner later, and here I am telling the tale to you guys. :-) I was not really expecting to make it to the computer this evening after all the interruptions, plus Anne lent me a book that I am dying to get stuck into and it is calling me. I might treat myself to an early night tonight so I can have a good read. I promised myself I could start the book if I finished organising the receipts, and I did, so I can! *grin*
So, I'll have a toddle around Spark for a bit, and try and catch up with some of you, and then I'm off.
Hope you are all enjoying the weekend.
No, this isn't the book. *grin*
Friday, October 01, 2010
I wanted to start this blog by thanking everyone for the lovely comments you made on yesterday's blog. The comments about how my blog comes across like I've popped in for a cuppa and a chat, well they meant a lot. :-) What you get in these blogs is the real me. :-) I am chatty. I laugh a lot. I sing a lot too, not always in tune. *grin* I love chatting with friends over a cuppa, and although I can be a bit long-winded sometimes, I try to make sure that I spend time listening to my friends as well, like you guys! :-) I'm really glad you enjoy my blogs, even when I ramble on about nothing much. LOL
So, on to my exercising:
Today was a Walking Plan rest day.
However, thanks to having to pick up my prescription from the surgery and then getting it filled at the chemist, I ended up walking over two miles, which is fine by me. :-) It always makes me laugh, because I have never actually 'rested' on a rest day. *grin*
There was a lady there, also waiting for a prescription, that really worried me. She was shaking, and grey-faced, and she looked like she'd been crying. I managed to catch her eye and ask if she was ok, which she obviously wasn't. She said she was ok, but I wasn't convinced, so I moved to a chair opposite her and leaned in and chatted with her for a few minutes until my scrip was handed to me. I offered to stay with her until her scrip was completed, but she said no, but that she appreciated my concern and consideration. As I got up to leave, I gently put my hand on her shoulder and told her to take care, and as I left the shop I sent up a silent plea to whoever was listening to keep an eye on her. I felt she needed it. I was close to tears myself as I left. Sometimes you can really feel someones pain. :-( I hope she's ok.
Did Day 6 of the Bootcamp videos.
I moved up to the next level of weights for me throughout, meaning that I used the 3lb weights for most of it, and 2lb weights where Nicole recommended a lighter weight. It felt really good to do that. I had been starting to find the upper body videos a bit easy. Now I feel like I am working at them again. :-)
I had hoped to join the October Skipping challenge on the Finding and Loving your Inner Tigger Team, but after an attempt to skip today resulted in a somewhat embarrassing and utterly baffling wee mishap, I've had to pull out. Face it Lex, you are no longer a skipper! :-) However, I do plan to do something else instead:
I have set Roo to his higher setting, which is over 8", and I plan to do sets of five reps on him in place of the skipping. I have never used Roo at that height, so I might get some decent results from doing this over the next month. I did my first set of five reps just before dinner, and just did another set. I wonder how many sets I'll manage by the end of the month. :-)
1 rep =
Lead left foot: Up, up, down down
Lead right foot: Up, up down down
I also managed to fill in my Monthly stats for the September Challenge with the British Comedy Team, and The Slowest Loser.
And talking of the Slowest Loser.... I am not wishing to be negative about that team, or any other large teams, because the teams here on SP are just wonderful! I have to ask whether others have noticed what I have though.
On small teams, people seem chattier on the whole. If there is a daily game or challenge, members will often use replies to chat to team mates and encourage each other along, and this means you get to know people on the team fairly well. :-) The teams I am on where this is the norm - Positive Bloggers, British Comedy Lovers and Finding and Loving your Inner Tigger - are my favourite teams.
On the large teams I have joined since starting SP, and we are talking memberships in the thousands here, I've posted my results so many times during these daily, weekly, or monthly gatherings, but have very rarely received an encouraging reply.
While it can be helpful to have people just add information to lists about, say, finding low cal snacks, or cheap and nutritious meals, or favourite pieces of exercise equipment, which don't really need comment, it doesn't have the same effect when challenges are set. With challenges, it helps to be encouraged along I believe, or at least have your efforts acknowledged at the end of them.
The problem, I think, is that posts just get buried in a landslide of other posts, and no-one can be expected to have the time to work through and acknowledge every effort made by every member when there are so many taking part. I know that in the past I've signed up for a challenge and had a real struggle to find my post to edit it as the challenge progresses. How much harder must it be for the leaders to go through and check people's progress?
Like I said, I'm not singling out any one team. I just wanted to get this out of my head, because it has been bugging me, so I wanted to write it down as a kind of figuring it out process. Do I want to remain in large teams? Am I getting what I need from them? :-) If you read this and you are a leader in a large team, please don't be offended, because none is meant. Honest! :-)
The truth is, I think I am a small team girl at heart. :-)
Have a great rest of the day everyone.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Thanks everyone for the broiling explanations. As the consensus seems to be that my grill is a broiler, it will mean I can try out some of the tasty broiling recipes I've seen, with particular reference to tilapia, which is a very bland (as I recall) but very cheap fish available here, that is begging for some nice herby sauces to broil it with. That's the beauty of bland-flavoured fish. It lends itself beautifully to delicately flavoured sauces. :-)
So, to my exercises...
Today I did:
52-Week Walking Plan
Week 6, Day 5,
Not the best time and distance ever, but close enough. :-) It feels so good to be back out there. The Tietze's has let go for the most part. It is just the sinuses that are still being a literal pain. :-)
Pace: 20 minute mile
Distance: 1.28 Miles
Tomorrow is the designated rest day, and Saturday will be my first 35-min walk. I will be going - Beyond the Doughnut!
Actually - and don't all faint with shock at once - I didn't really enjoy the last two doughnuts I had very much. Even as light and fluffy and non-greasy as the Tesco ones are, they don't seem to be doing it for me anymore. These days a tiny fudge cake bite (60 calories of nom) is enough to satisfy a sweet craving for me. I'm not saying I'll never eat another doughnut, but right now I really don't mind whether I do or not. :-) What a win!!!
We also walked to the pet store, then round to Waitrose, and then home, which added nicely to the step total, which is close to 9000 at the moment.
Day 2 of the bootcamp workouts Video
I left it at that for today. I did raise the weight of the dumbbells I held to 3lb though. I feel that I am ready to increase the weight a little in some of my exercises. I currently have a pair each of 1lb, 2lb, 3lb, and 5lb weights. One day I might find myself buying even heavier ones. Something else I never thought I'd say.
In case you are wondering, I have taken a day off from the paperwork. I had a lot to do today that took me away from the house, so I decided to give the time left to Sparking, and refresh myself a bit. Back to the grindstone tomorrow. :-)
The fact that I had a bad headache from the moment I got up may also have had a hand in the decision-making process. :-) That finally eased off late this afternoon. It coincided with the chopping of onions and leeks for my sausage casserole. Maybe they fixed it. Sent the pain packing! :-) The sausage casserole is more veggie than sausage, but that is how I like it. Just enough sausage for a little protein fix, and loads of chunks of root veggies for the flavour and the goodness. Swede, Carrots, Parsnips, Leeks and Onions. Om nom nommy!
In other food news, I had an apple and blackberry nutrigrain bar this morning, and they are very tasty! I was also thrilled to find that the only fruit juice I ever loved is finally back on the Tesco shelves after more than two years absence. Del Monte must have had trouble getting the goodies for it I suppose, because it vanished everywhere. But it is back, and still as scrumptious as it always was. They only had one carton left yesterday, so we will have to go back and get more next week. I am so happy!
Oh, the flavour? Mango and Papaya. :-)
Hope you are all having a lovely day!
Hugs, and good wishes to those struggling with health issues and family worries. You know who you are...
I managed to find a good British Walking LOL
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