Sunday, July 11, 2010
I did it! I got up, fed and watered the dog and garden birds, grabbed a bottle of water and my phone and did my first walk this morning! If I can keep this up I'll be stunned, but I'm going to do my best.
The plan is from a book by Mark Fenton with a very long title: The Complete Guide to Walking For Health, Weight Loss and Fitness.
Even though I do walk a fair bit in the course of my week while shopping, and so forth (no car), I want to keep this fitness plan separate to that, and work through it literally from the beginning, so for the next four weeks I am doing the Warm Up Programme on page 3. I have never got up early specifically to exercise before starting my day, so this is about discipline as well as getting fit and having fun exploring my neighbourhood, not to mention seeing how far I can walk in the designated times each day.
He really does start you slow. Today was a ten-minute walk. I set the timer on my mobile for 5 minutes, walked along my road towards Ipswich Road until it beeped then turned around and walked back. I almost reached the end of my road in the five minutes, crossing the final junction a few seconds before the beeper went off.
It is going to be interesting to see the distances I can do and whether they increase as the days go along. I will vary my route too, so I don't get bored.
Now to get on with my strength exercises before it get too hot again. I left them too late yesterday and it was impossible to more than a few minutes.
Have a great day everyone!
Thanks for friending me and listening to my rambling.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
So, what have I tried the Flora Light with so far...
On multigrain bread with a boiled egg. That worked. It was nice!
On multigrain bread with Smoked Salmon Pate. That was ok, though I'll be a little less generous with the Flora next time, and I also tried the smoked salmon/Flora light combo on wholegrain crackers which was also very good.
Last night I cut a courgette into chunks and fried them in a little Flora Light. The smell worried me a bit. It comes out when it is used like this. But above the smell of the Flora I could smell the courgettes and by the time they were cooked and I tasted one, the Flora smell was dissipating somewhat and the courgettes tasted lovely! Then went beautifully with the other veggies, new potatoes (also with a little Flora on which also worked) and two sausages (I know, but they needed using up and it is helpful to see what they look like on my Nutrition pages for future avoidance).
So far the Flora is going well. I'm not saying I'll never eat butter again, and we still have almost a full 500g tub in the fridge which I won't throw out cos I can't abide waste. Tara still prefers butter on her pasta and I'll gradually use it up as we go along, then just keep a small tub of butter for Tara and just stick to the Flora for me.
Next test, making a cake or buns with Flora.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
I guess this time of year is a good time to learn to drink more water and less tea. The hot weather, and it is scorching today, really encourages me to down more water than usual. So much so that I managed eight glasses yesterday for only the second time ever. I am sitting here this morning, already on my third glass, and I've barely finished breakfast! I may exceed eight today if this heat keeps up, though I still love my cuppas, and can't ever see myself giving those up completely. Had eight of those yesterday too, but only one so far today.
Maybe by the end of the summer I'll be so used to drinking lots of water that I'll be able to keep up the pace. That would be amazing when you consider that I barely scraped 2 glasses a day most days until recently, and I have dragged myself kicking and screaming to the Brita jug.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Copied and pasted from BOE4LIFE's blog at his request
The ABC's of me
Saturday 10th July, 2010
A - Age: 46
B - Bed size: double
C - Chore you hate: Clearing cobwebs
D - Dog's name: Sophie
E - Essential start your day item: Morning Cuppa (and the toilet. LOL)
F - Favorite color: orange
G - Gold or Silver: Silver
H - Height: 5'9"
I - Instruments you play: Recorder, Flute
J - Job title: Handcraft artist
K - Kid(s): 2 Girls, aged 25 and 14
L - Living arrangements: me and the 14-yr-old and Sophie, my dog - or am I her human? ;-)
O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: birth of both girls, Laparoscopy op
P - Pet Peeve: Being lied to
Q - Quote from a movie: Always look on the bright side of life (more song line than quote, but it makes me smile.
R - Right or left handed: Right
S - Siblings: 1 brother 1 sister
T - Time you wake up: anywhere from 7.30 - 10am depending on neighbour noise and how late I worked the night before.
U- First word that comes to your mind for "U": umbrella
V - Vegetable you dislike: black olives (I can just about manage green ones)
W - Ways you run late: Currently, getting so engrossed in Sparkpeople I lose track of time. :-)
X - X-rays you've had: hands
Y - Yummy food you make: Cottage Pie and Lasagna
Z - Zoo favorite: Snakes
Now cut this & paste it into your next blog post! I want to read about you!!
Friday, July 09, 2010
How on earth do I keep up with all my Spark commitments? I've already forgotten to log fitness minutes with my teams, and then there's keeping track of posts, replies and so forth. There is a LOT of stuff here.
Oh well, it is early days. I am guessing that as I get to know the spark teams I'll get the hang of checking in regularly.
Is there somewhere to write a 'to do list'?
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