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
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I have a memory like a sieve! I forgot my strength training again today. My core has been neglected. Ooops! It would seem that missing a week of exercising has had a detrimental effect on my brain. Or it could be the sinusitis. Or it could be that the paperwork is draining my brain cells. LOL
Still, at least I got in a 20 minute walk as scheduled, slow but completed, and I also walked to Tesco Extra and back to stock up on some of the once-a-month stuff, like porage oats (gotta be Scott's), and my curry sauce. I have ended up with over 11000 steps today, and I have a fair bit of walking to do tomorrow and Friday too, so steps aren't an issue this week.
Pedometer Stats for the 20 minute walk:
Pace: 22 minutes
Distance: 1.00 miles
Short and sweet tonight. The other thing the paperwork is doing is seriously impinging on my Sparking time. *Pout!* I managed to get the rest of the receipts straight this afternoon, so I have most of the info I need for the tax return now. A few things to double-check with the tax office, some sums, and hopefully it will all be over and I can have my kitchen table back. :-)
So, hopefully I have time to whizz through my inbox and say "Hi!" to a few Sparkfriends before I sign off for the night. I am hoping for a decent amount of time this weekend to properly catch up with everyone. I hate it when I feel I am neglecting my pals here at SP. :-(
Hope you are all having great days!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Today I did:
I ate a Nutrigrain Bar - apple flavour - while doing my warm up before my walk. I've finally found something I can eat first thing that doesn't make me nauseous. :-) I'm not good at eating for the first hour or so after I get up, but as the dizzies can sometimes be related to lack of food, I'm trying to eat a little something before I go out. I took a bar with me on my walk yesterday, but with the sinuses forcing me to breathe through my mouth a lot, I was finding that the crumbs were making me cough. So, it was back to trying to eat before I go out. I had tried to wait until after breakfast to go for my walk, but then found that the rest of my day was affected, as I couldn't seem to get going any quicker, and I still didn't want breakfast until more than an hour after I had got up.
I never liked Nutrigrain bars before now, and they don't have a great deal to recommend them, but they have a little fruit in, aren't high in calories or fat, and are soft to chew on, which makes them minimal effort first thing. Tara is highly amused that Mum is suddenly eating them, after saying so many times how awful they are. *grin* I am now a walking example to her of how our tastes change, and that this is why it is a good idea to try things we used not to like, because we sometimes change our minds, and that is ok. :-)
Sorry Folks... slipped into 'Mummy Mode' there for a moment. Normal service has now been resumed. :-)
52-Week Walking Plan
Week 6, Day 3
15 minute walk
I somehow missed one of the clicks when setting the timer on my mobile for the halfway point. I got as far as the bridge which is my usual turning point, got all the way over, then delved into my bag for my mobile to see how many seconds I had left, and it wasn't running. *oookkkaaayyy* So, I switched it off, locked the phone, and turned back, figuring I had probably done about half the time anyway, and the alarm went off just before I reached the house! Yup... after failing to start it, I then equally failed to switch it off. *grin*
I had my usual breakfast - porridge and cooked apple on top, and then did twenty minutes on Tigger to complete my cardio today. That always puts a smile on my face. :-)
I gave Roo a few minutes attention too, though I am trying to save him for lower body workout days. Now that I have a much bigger step, it is a whole new workout. :-)
I just did the Day 3 Bootcamp Video today. I really felt it afterwards so I didn't want to push my luck after over a week off.
After all that, and a short time Sparking, I had to be good and do some paperwork now that the sinuses have let go of the full-time death grip, and transferred to a part-time death grip. Part-time means that it feels rough first thing, lets go somewhat during daylight hours, and then reasserts itself as the evening draws in. Add to that a runny nose and a sore throat and I may well have a cold going on here. I am pretty suspicious about it anyway, and there are a lot about at the moment.
Anyway, I cooked up a very garlicky and oniony ratatouille for my dinner tonight, and tomorrow I am making a batch of my curry, all being well, to try and kill the germs with the spices and garlic. LOL They are going to run a mile before I've finished with them.... or is that meant to be my nose.... hmmm....
In other news, I made a decent dent in the paperwork. Yesterday I read right through all the Tax Return paperwork, and highlighted the relevant sections in the help booklet for ease of reference when I fill the form in later. I will have to ring the office because there are three or four things I'm not clear about at this point, but apart from that it doesn't look as bad as I feared. Let's hope these aren't famous last words. *grin* Today I got about 5 months of receipts straightened out, and have about four more months to go. I am very grateful that I have a very simple business. This is the first time I have been self-employed and had to fill in a tax return. The joy of learning curves. :-)
Well, I have two hours of TV to look forward to tonight - CSI Miami, followed by Drop Dead Diva. The first show starts in fifteen minutes, so I am going to toddle off and settle in. I think I've earned a comfy seat for the viewing, and maybe a nice crochet hook and some soft wool to play with. We'll see. :-)
Hopefully, I'll be able to pop back later on for a quick run through some friends blogs before I head for bed.
Hope you are all having a great day! :-)
Loving some random LOLs :-)
Monday, September 27, 2010
Today I did:
52-Week Walking Plan
Week 6, Day 2
25 minute walk (incorporating dropping off repeat scrip at the doctor's)
If it wasn't for all the traffic, it would be a pleasant walk. :-) I still had two minutes before my halfway time after dropping in the scrip, so I walked a little further.
I got back in good time, and the walk was a bit slow, but completed. :-)
Pace: 22 minute mile
Distance: 1.17 miles
I also walked the Waitrose Circuit and dragged home a very full and rather heavy Wilbur. So that got a bit of strength training in too, which was just as well, because I completely forgot about my lower body workout today. Never mind. I mustn't do too much while I'm still a bit iffy. :-)
I always love to read the comments you guys make on my blogs and on my Sparkpage. Humour and wisdom, a hug, and a shoulder, you always seem to know just what to say, and I want you to know I really appreciate every word, and every emoticon. :-)
The other day, on my blog explaining about the Tietze's, TIGGERIFFIC123 said: "Remember Stubborn is the negative way of saying that you have tenacity and there is nothing negative about being tenacious! In fact it is a desired quality...all in how you frame it...lol"
Well, I took what she said to heart, and decided to own it, so from now on when I post in the teams and communities, you will see that my signature starts with the words:
I am not Stubborn. I am Tenacious! :-)
Thankyou Rhonda. :-)
It was a lovely day today in spite of the weather. So many smiles from people. It was wonderful! Some days you can meet nothing but averted eyes and grumps. Often, when it is grey and overcast and threatening rain at any moment, like it was today, it can really make people miserable, but today everyone was great! I got to exchange loads of smiles with people as we passed in the street. I got to have a couple of lovely chats in Waitrose with two of my favourite staff, and ask after a third.
On the way back out I even managed to put a smile on the face of the driver of one of those lorries they use for delivering cars by giving him directions to his destination. I love it when someone asks directions and I can actually help. :-)
All these smiles and good feelings have prompted me to share something:
This poem and picture is on my wall by my computer. It was given to us by the secretary of the Psychologist who diagnosed Tara's autism some years ago, because, and I quote:
"You're little girl smiles so much that it makes my day to see her when she visits."
Smiling is infectious. You catch it like the flu.
When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.
I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled, I realised I had passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile, then realised its worth,
A single smile just like mine could travel round the earth.
So, if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected.
LET'S START AN EPIDEMIC QUICK AND GET THE WORLD INFECTED!
Hope I made you smile today.
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