Monday, October 04, 2010
Today I did:
52-Week Walking Plan,
Week 7, Day 2
25 minute Walk
Pace: 21 min mile
Distance: 1.26 miles
Walked the Waitrose Circuit.
Video 2 of the Bootcamp challenge
Two sets of 12 reps of calf raises on the step
I've been spending today sparking and emailing to try and catch up on all the weekend emails I never even got to read this weekend. Not that I'm complaining because I really enjoyed my weekend, catching up with my neighbour on Saturday, and then with a good friend in a very long phonecall on the Sunday. It was a very pleasant weekend all in all, just somewhat erratic in its execution. LOL
I normally don't do these memes and quizzes, but I liked this one, and you guys will get to know a little bit about me. Feel free to snag it and have a go yourself. It is doing the rounds of SP at the moment. :-)
~4 Things In my Life Quiz~
- Four jobs I have had in my life:
2. Tea Lady at a Nursing Home
3. Care Assistant (same nursing home)
4. Caravan Cleaner
- Four movies I have watched more than once:
(only four? Eep!)
1. Some Like It Hot
2. Pete's Dragon
3. Sister Act
4. The Sound of Music
- Four places I have lived:
2. Plymouth (Devon)
4. Colchester (Essex)
- Four Places I have been:
- Four of my favorite foods:
1. Chicken cooked almost any way you can imagine
4. Fish in pretty much any shape or form
- Four TV shows I watch:
1. CSI (any of them, but the original is still my fave)
2. Drop Dead Diva
3. Ghost Whisperer
- Four places I would rather be right now:
(Not 'rather be', but would make a lovely change)
1. Devon (with my younger daughter, my other daughter, and her fiance)
2. Venice (want desperately to visit again)
3. Egypt (never been, really want to go)
4. America (visiting all my friends in the USA and seeing the sights)
- Four things I am looking forward to next year:
1. Being secure in the knowledge that my daughter had a wonderful wedding in December
2. Having a holiday in Devon with my daughters and my Son-in-Law
3. Attending a Ways With Words Festival and meeting some of my favourite authors and celebrities.
4. Finding myself a nice fella would be good. :-)
Have a wonderful day everyone! :-)
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Fruit and Veg
7, 8, 6, 5, 7, 5, 6 = 44/35 (record 49)
8, 10, 10, 8, 8, 9, 8 = 61/56 (record 67)
Calories in range 2/7 (record 5/7)
Carbs in range 5/7 (record 7/7)
Fat in range 2/7 (record 5/7) + 1 day one point over
Protein in range 6/7 (new record 6/7)
I keep saying it, but my protein successes always come at the cost of my calories and fat. I hope to find the opportunity soon to play with beans and pulses a bit more. I knew it was going to be a bad week this week. :-)
3900 steps met and exceeded every day.
Minimum daily steps target rises to 4000.
Total steps for the week: 48082 A slight improvement on last week, which is great! I am a happy bunny! (record = 55009)
Average daily steps = 6869 (record 7858)
Sun: 1.9 miles
Mon: 3.02 miles
Tue: 2.3 miles
Wed: 5.22 miles
Thur: 4.17 miles
Fri: 2.88 miles
Sat: 2.36 miles
Total mileage for week: 21.85 miles (record 25.02 miles) Bang on my aim of 21 miles per week! Again! :-)
Total fitness minutes this week: 460, which is 66 minutes per day.
Total calories burned: 1958
Stayed at 13 stone 2lbs (184lbs)
3/4 inch off my waist - 35.25 inches (total loss in three months = 1.75 in)
1 1/2 inches off my hips - 42.5 inches (total loss in three months = 2 in)
Nothing off my thigh - 24.5 inches (total loss in three months = 1.5 in)
1/4 inch off my arm - 12 inches (total loss in three months = 1 in)
That is pretty good, when you consider that none of the measurements budged a jot last month. :-) This month it has been my weight that has become stagnant. In spite of the odd pound higher or lower as the month progressed, it has still settled at the same spot as it was last month.
I'm not a big fan of goal setting. I tend to get disheartened if I don't meet them because I was too ambitious, so I am very conservative in those that I do set. For October, therefore, my goals are not about losing weight or inches.
Goals for October:
1. To work on incorporating some lower calorie protein into my diet. It is a good time of year for casseroles and soups, so I plan to play with some recipes that include different types of beans. They will also be handy freezer fillers, because I am still in the process of restocking that. :-)
2. To play with squashes. It isn't something we do a lot over here. On the few occasions when I've been involved in scooping flesh out of pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns I've never seen the flesh cooked and eaten. We have acorn, spaghetti and butternut squashes and others too sometimes, available locally, and SP has some great recipes, so I am looking forward to trying some out. Stand by to receive questions about possible substitutions for ingredients we can't get over here. LOL
3. To organise my days/weeks so that I have a better idea of what I am doing and when. Currently my spiritual life is getting lost in the maze of other things I cram into my day. I need to evaluate my priorities and achieve some balance between my family, work, SP, fitness, nutrition, Spirituality, and fun, so that everything gets a fair look in. :-)
4. To build on my strength training routine. I still have the basics from following the bootcamp, but I need to be more consistent in building on that.
5. Kick through as many leaf piles as possible!!! *grin*
Well, that is it folks. My weekly review was good on the whole, and the monthly measurements are heading in the right direction. What I am seeing in the mirror also tells me things are improving. I'm starting to see definition in my arms, and I definitely have something I can loosely call a waist. *grin* And talking of loosely, the jeans I finally managed to do up about six weeks ago are now loose on me, to the extent that I need to pull them up a bit when I'm on Tigger! When I have a bit of spare cash I'm going to have to do a tour of the charity shops for some interim jeans.
The only downer in all of this is my health, which is still a problem. The Tietze's hasn't gone away completely this time. Instead it is sitting there, an intermittent source of low-level pain. My lungs are coping pretty well though, which is better. The sinuses are also improving, but I need to pluck up the courage to go to the hospital so they can take a closer look to see if an operation might help. I also might have a few unpleasant things to face this week, the details of which I can't share at the moment. Just wish me luck please. :-)
May October be a good month for everyone. :-)
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*
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