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
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 :-)
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