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The Giraffe Test

Thursday, October 07, 2010

I answered two questions correctly. Anyone out there smarter than me? LOLOL







How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?

Stop and think about it and decide on your answer before you scroll down.



















The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door.

This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.



2 How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?





















Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator?

Wrong Answer.

Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door.

This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.


















3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend ....

Except one. Which animal does not attend?
























Correct Answer : The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. Didn't you just put him in there?

This tests your memory. Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you

still have one more chance to show your true abilities.





4. There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles, and you do not have a boat.

How do you manage to cross it?
























Correct Answer: You jump into the river and swim across. Have you not been listening?

All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting. This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.



According to Anderson Consulting Worldwide, around 90% of the professionals they tested got all questions wrong, but many preschoolers got several correct answers. Anderson Consulting says this conclusively disproves the theory that most professionals have the brains of a four-year-old.


  
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SUZIEGREY 10/12/2010 7:10AM

    I must have the brain of a four year old, though I'm sure it must be because I've done something similar before. Thank you for the laugh.

Sue

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BOVEY63 10/8/2010 9:24PM

    I didn't do so well.
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TIGGERIFFIC123 10/8/2010 7:43PM

    LOL...Thank you for the evening chuckle!

Rhonda

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NJMATTICE 10/8/2010 10:16AM

    Thanks for the mental exercise. It was fun.
Love,
Nancy

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MEDDYPEDDY 10/8/2010 1:18AM

    Hah I answered all four right although maybe I made number one a little comlicated because I folded the giraffe neck first... I have heard the first before so I had a clue there, but the rest I could answer and it makes me happy to see that I have developed as a thinker because twenty years ago I would not have ha a clue...

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/8/2010 1:06AM

    I have the mentality of a preschooler LOL! I got all of them right I am not sure if I should be proud of that or not LOL!!! AT least you can tell people you have a friend so daft she functions on an entirely different level from most adults LOL!...... hugs,Cheri

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JHADZHIA 10/8/2010 12:08AM

    This is why I don't do well on trivia, I am too far gone on sleep deprivation, my brain is mush and those trick questions get me every time LOL.
Thanks for sharing!

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CHRISTURTLE 10/7/2010 8:17PM

    I was going to cross the bridge to get to the other side of the river, lol. Just kinda thought there may be one handy.

Failed on all accounts...what's that make me? Nah, don't tell me, my day's bad enough already, lol.

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LINDABENEDICT 10/7/2010 6:11PM

    hahahahahahahahahahaha. I must be demented !

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JAQUANAH 10/7/2010 5:47PM

    Funny! It looks like I have dementia.

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CITRUSPINE 10/7/2010 5:37PM

    This used to be called the dementia test! Doesn't matter--I still liked it!

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CHEVY63 10/7/2010 5:37PM

    So Cute!!!

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SELF-LOVE 10/7/2010 5:36PM

    LOL. i think i've seen that before AND i still flunked... the funny thing is that next week I have to go take that stupid compass test at the community college - looks like I might start studying! emoticon

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Emotionally wrung out, and it's not over yet. This is why I haven't been around much.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The last couple of days have been dreadful. Basically, my dog isn't well, and has been deteriorating for some time. Yesterday (Tuesday) I tried to book her into the nearest vet's honestly believing that we were at the end for her.

The nearest vet is at the back of our local RSPCA shop, a five minute walk from our house, and seeing as I've supported that shop for the ten years we've lived here, it seemed the right place to take her. I only work part time, and am basically living on tax credits only, because as yet I've made no money and it is a new business, and I get full housing benefit and council tax benefit, so I thought they would see her. WRONG! They refused to see her because I am not claiming Income Support or Job Seeker's Allowance. I was beyond words! What was worse, even though I described her symptoms, they said that I should have rung not just turned up and they wouldn't be able to see her till Thursday even if they could register us with them! The way the receptionist and the manager spoke to me and made assumptions was disgraceful!

First - I wouldn't have dragged her there on the off chance. I walked to the shop to book an appointment, leaving Sophie at home, purely because I didn't have a phone number to use. Secondly, we were registered with them before, via my cat who died a couple of years ago, but I was no longer on their system for some reason, which is not my fault. Thirdly, this is an animal charity that is supposed to put the animal first!!! What is it with these people who take take take, and the one time you need them to give, they turn their back on your pet? Furious? You bet your ass I'm furious!!!

So I went home, and found the phone number for the next nearest vet, Pets At Home - the pet store where I buy my birdseed has a veterinary practice at the back of the store, and is about a fifteen minute walk from our house. I rang the pet store, and they gave me the vets number. I rang them up, registered Sophie, explained the problem, and after asking about her eating, drinking and pooping, they discerned that she would be ok overnight and gave me an appointment for this morning (Wed).

So, I couldn't eat properly this morning, still expecting the very worst. I set off with Sophie, slowly, to the vets. When we arrived the receptionist booked her in, and we only had a few minutes to wait before we were shown into an examination room.

The nurse saw her first and took some more details, then she left and the vet came in. She took the time to let Sophie accept her before she started to examine her, and she was marvellous!

When she finished checking her over she explained her findings, and it was mostly what I thought. Sophie has arthritis, and is struggling particularly with her front joints. She has a good heart, and her lungs aren't bad considering her age, but the worrying thing is the lump in her chest, which is affecting her breathing, and sometimes makes her cough/choke when she over exerts herself. What had started as a small floating lump about the size of a penny now has a discernible mass behind it, and the only way they can diagnose it accurately is by operating to remove it, and sending it off for analysis. Sophie is about 13 years old, and the vet is as reluctant to put her through that as I am to let her. Given her age, it would be very risky for her, and given her nervousness, it wouldn't be fair to put her through all that. Sophie is a rescue dog, and went through hell before we got her, and she has been with us for eight years, with all her neuroses catered for. :-)

The vet said that given everything Sophie is dealing with, the only thing she could suggest was trying her on some anti-inflamatory medication for a couple of weeks, to see if it made her movement any easier, and if it improved her quality of life we could maybe look at keeping her on them for the rest of her life, with regular blood tests to check she's ok. However, this would have no effect on the lump and mass, which although mostly not bothering her as far as pain is concerned, will continue to grow, with no telling how long it would be before she couldn't cope with it.

So, rather than say what I had been dreading I'd have to say, I jumped at the possible lifeline and took the meds for her and brought her home - something I didn't think I'd be doing today. She took her first dose of medicine, swallowed the treats to take the taste away, and has spent the rest of the day being highly pampered. :-)

And now I'm sitting here watching her dreaming and twitching, and listening to her somewhat ropey breathing, and wondering whether I did the right thing, or whether I should have been stronger for her, and whether I have just been selfish because I don't want to say goodbye. I know that the meds are also pain relief for her, so we have a little more time with her, and every day is going to be precious. I just can't shake what I know is coming very soon. :-(

So, I didn't exercise or do any of my challenges today. However, my eating, though bad today, was at least on the low side calorie-wise for a change, and I walked a lot! Plus, my lovely neighbour Anne suggested she come round with her camera and take some photos of us with Sophie for a keepsake. Isn't that just a lovely thing to offer to do? I think we will try and get a nice day weather-wise and take Sophie to Highwoods for a little walk, and take the photos there. :-)

So, we have to take it a day at a time with Sophie, hope she doesn't react badly to the medication, and see how she goes.

Sorry to offload, but I really needed to talk!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CHRISTURTLE 10/9/2010 8:37PM

    I know just how you've been feeling, because my old dog Sam is almost at the end of his life. He has been in pain all night, and none of us have slept. He has severe arthritis, but because of his stomach problems can't take anti inflammatory medications. He is diabetic and epileptic, although his seizures only happen when he is stressed. When Mum was really ill with cancer, his seizures were happening several times a day, and they have left him with brain damage. He is almost blind, is completely deaf, and has skin allergies.

Sam was Mum's baby, she loved him and he loved her. He is our last physical link with her. I know the time is almost here, that tomorrow may well be the day, but the vet thas told me repeatedly even with all his complaints, Sam still enjoys his life. I always said when he no longer wanted to eat, to go for a walk, because the pain was too much for him, I would take him to the vet to have him put to sleep.

Enjoy what time you have with Sophie, and make sure you have lots of wonderful photos taken. You have an amazing friend to suggest such a wonderful thing. You did the right thing in giving Sophie some extra time, I am hoping for the same chance for Sam, although don't hold out much hope.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 10/8/2010 7:49PM

    Lexie,

What an incredibly difficult time you have been having. How is Sophie doing now??

((HUGS))
Rhonda

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MEDDYPEDDY 10/8/2010 1:25AM

    I had my dog put down in june and it is sad but this is the responsibility I accept when I get a dog.
I donīt think you were selfish to take her home. I do think that you will have to put her to rest, but with the medication I think she is okay and you will have some time to be with her before she goes.

Best wishes for you and your dog!

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CHEVY63 10/7/2010 5:36PM

    I'm so sorry you have to deal with this! It is so tough to see our pets suffer. They depend on us for everything, and of course we want to do the best possible for them.

I hope your Sophie is doing better, and I'm glad that you found a vet who understands how much she means to you. Please know that somehow Sophie understands that you love her and you're making the best decisions that you can.

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ZURDTA- 10/7/2010 2:54AM

    First the attitude of that RSPCA place - OMG! I must say that a lot of animal charity places I have contacted have been less than polite to me. I had a whole load of cats in the garden, a couple tried to move in with me and they littered. I called several animal charities about this - and they seemed most put out that I didn't want to keep them all! I kept two and found homes for two sets of kittens... what more did they want from me! I was also on Tax Credits at that point and there was no financial help except for neutering... oh yes and being asthmatic and not really wanting any pets... they viewed me as being Lucifer himelf!

Anyway, so sorry your dog is so ill... you did what you thought was right at the time. I don't think there is a right or wrong. The vet would have said there's no point in meds, if there was no point. It won't cure, but will give you more time together and will improve her quality of life for a while.

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/7/2010 1:52AM

    I don't think you are selfish at all .The first vet clinic needs a bloody whipping.True is 12 years old which is older than normal for a dog of her breed and she also has a growth that started two years ago they have watched it and it hasn't changed she is happy and healthy.You will know when she is suffering I give True glucosamine biscuits and arthritis medication but otherwise she is fine. I am just sorry you had such a painful journey to get help.My vet here is a sweet heart .

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LASARRE 10/7/2010 12:19AM

    OMG, I know how hard it is. I have had animals my whole life. My mother recently had to put her dog down and the vet had to come to the house. My mother bounced the check to her, but she was so nice about it. This is the worst time in a person's life. These people who are supposed to be here for the animals shouldn't care what you can or can't afford; they are here to do what is best by the animal. At least you know you did that. I am so sorry for what you had to go through. I have 2 cats, a dog, and a horse. I have had to put several family members down through the years and it is never easy. Right now, I have to decide whether or not to put down one of our Mares which we bred and raised. I'm not liking that decision, but she has no quality of life anymore. Please know you are not alone. This is so hard.

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BUBBLEJ1 10/7/2010 12:08AM

    I'm so sorry that you are going through this! My nana was in a similar position a few years ago with the family dog JJ. She had hip problems and all the other issues that come with being an old dog.

I think having pictures taken is a lovely idea.
Thinking of you and Sophie!

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JHADZHIA 10/7/2010 12:06AM

    So sorry your precious Sophie is struggling :( I don't understand that first vet's office either, but at least you found this much better alternative.
All you can do is enjoy every single moment you have with her.
That is a great idea getting some photos of you and her in the park.
Unfortunately, your situation is reminding me too much of my Mom's Bendix -13 years old, bad arthritis in his shoulder, so much so, he struggles to get up the stairs and is limping quite badly. He also has a large growth, but its just on his leg, but who knows what else the poor dog has. There are days he has very little appetite and he throws up his food fairly often. Its sad to see how he is now when he used to be such an active dog, running all the time and chasing everything he can. He perks up every time I visit, he is my best buddy!
Just know I understand what you are going through, and that I am here for you..Please keep us posted how Sophie is doing..
Big Hugs,
Linda x

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KNITTABLES 10/6/2010 11:54PM

    I wish you and Sophie lots of love. I pray and hope that the medicine will work woek. We did the same for our budgie Blue berry. Enjoy the time with her.
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BOVEY63 10/6/2010 11:15PM

    We are here for you in both the happy and the sad. I wish I was there to give both you and Sophie a big hug.
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I would have done the same as you and given the medicine a try and then shower Sophie love each and every day. She is lucky to have had someone rescue her and give her a good life.


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WVREDNECKHOTTIE 10/6/2010 9:23PM

    I'm so sorry you and sophie are going through this. It's hard because we love our babies so much and they become such an integral part of our lives. It's so heart breaking when they are sick. I will keep you and sophie in my prayers and no matter what at least know she has had the best mom possible!
*hugs*
Jen

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LINDABENEDICT 10/6/2010 8:19PM

    Oh wow. What a tough situation to be in...poor Sophie, but lucky Sophie, since she has you in her life. And the nerve of the first vet to give you a hard time. Cruel. I have been in very similar situations with my dog Toto a few years ago, and very recently with my cat Jr. I know it is pure torture. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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LIFEISSWEET2 10/6/2010 7:22PM

    Offload anytime, blogging isn't always about the rosy, perfection in life. As a "mom" to furry babies, I completely understand the mixed bag of emotions that you are feeling. Don't feel bad about the decisions that you made today. They are the right ones for today. You will know when you might need to make another choice. Sophie will tell you.
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NUGGAN 10/6/2010 7:14PM

    Oh I came across your blog, and I tell you I am just coming back from a couple days' hiatus due to having to put my 12 year old kitty to sleep.

I know what you are going through, and I'm so glad that you have some more time!

I spent $240 Friday night for the vet to give my kitty some vitamins and tell me to take him home and love him for as long as he had left. His liver was shutting down.

Sunday night I had to spend $130 to put him to sleep. He was as yellow as you can get. My poor Flirpy..My husband and children were devastated.

Enjoy your time with your Sophie!

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DONNARAEJ 10/6/2010 7:08PM

    Bless your heart. Going thru these troubles with a beloved pet is so hard. Sophie is lucky to have someone who cares for her so much. You will make the right decision when it's necessary. Maybe it's just not time yet.

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NJMATTICE 10/6/2010 7:08PM

    Lexie, you may "offload" anytime. And I will feel free to "unload" on you. (the subtleties of the dialects of the English language. I love it.)
I will send up some positive thoughts, prayers or incantations for your dear Sophie and for you. It is very disheartening to be treated poorly by a business that you have supported. That's an ouch to be sure. Take care. We're here for you. And we take you as you are.
Love,
Nancy

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CARLA-216 10/6/2010 6:49PM

    Lex, first of all BIG, WARM HUGS to you! You've been on my mind all day, knowing you had something stressful going on. I'm sorry Sophie's health is deteriorating. It is difficult to watch at best.

I think that no matter what you chose, you would question whether it was the right thing for Sophie. Personally in that situation, I would have done the same thing you did.

xoxo,
Carla
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Haven't been around much today

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Hi all,

I've been away from the computer most of today, and probably won't be round much tomorrow either. Hopefully I'll be able to catch up with everyone properly in a day or two.

I did get my 15 minute walk in today, and some upper body work. I also used Tigger a bit, to at least make my minimum steps. I have a stonking headache this evening though, and am looking forward to my bed very shortly.

To sleep, perchance to dream. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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DCATNAPPER 10/6/2010 6:24PM

    I just wanted to stop by and say hello. I hope a good night of sleep took care of your headache. Has your daughter gotten married yet? I got to thinking that it must be near time for the wedding and wanted you to know that I am thinking about the mother of the bride activities you must be involved in right now. I am busy with grades currently as we are nearing the halfway point in the semester. Take care and enjoy the new season!
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CARLA-216 10/6/2010 9:36AM

    Good to see you pop in, Lex. I missed seeing you around yesterday, and hoped all was okay over there in Colchester. Thinking of you, my friend!

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WVREDNECKHOTTIE 10/6/2010 6:09AM

    Hope everything is ok and you feel better.
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Jen

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JHADZHIA 10/5/2010 10:02PM

    Hope you can sleep with that headache!! I sure need a good one too. But work is getting in the way. That is what happens when I take too much time off in a row, they find me more work LOL.

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KNITTABLES 10/5/2010 7:59PM

    Love the picture, hope your headache goes away soon. nighty night.

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CHEVY63 10/5/2010 7:56PM

    Hope your headache goes away and you sleep well!

Michele

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WANDAH3 10/5/2010 7:34PM

    Thinking of you and sending healing thoughts your way. May you find the rest and comfort you need tonight.

Hugs,
Wanda

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CHRISTURTLE 10/5/2010 6:36PM

    Hope you did have sweeet dreams Lex, and that you wake feeling completely pain free. Sending hugs and some headache-vanquishing vibes your way.
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NJMATTICE 10/5/2010 6:09PM

    Taking good care of yourself. A nice healthy choice. Hope that sleep will cure that headache. Sweet dreams.
Love,
Nancy

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52-Week Walking Plan, week 7, day 2. + Four Things in my Life Quiz

Monday, October 04, 2010

Today I did:

CARDIO
52-Week Walking Plan,
Week 7, Day 2
25 minute Walk

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 21 min mile
Calories: 112
Steps: 2799
Time: 0:26:29
Distance: 1.26 miles

Walked the Waitrose Circuit.

STRENGTH TRAINING
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:

1. Barmaid

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:

1. Cornwall

2. Plymouth (Devon)

3. Newcastle

4. Colchester (Essex)

- Four Places I have been:

1. Venice

2. France

3. Belgium

4. Austria

- Four of my favorite foods:

1. Chicken cooked almost any way you can imagine

2. Tagliatelle

3. Ratatouille

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

4. Medium

- 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! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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NJMATTICE 10/5/2010 9:27AM

    Lexie,
Thanks for the pleasant pastime of the 4 things quiz. Many have joined in and it's a great treat to learn something new about our Spark Friends. I had no idea that our TV programs are widely viewed on the other side of the pond. I watch your programs with the exception of CSI. I think when it first started our CBS channel didn't come in good and I never watched any CBS programs. Thanks for providing the fun. Have a TERRIFIC TUESDAY!
Love,
Nancy

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JHADZHIA 10/5/2010 1:54AM

    Interesting! Now I know where you got those French words in your cooking I had to look up LOL.
Keep up the great work!

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/5/2010 1:54AM

    Oh I loved tonight's blog ,I loved Plymouth and Newcastle you'll laugh but Jimmy Nail comes from Newcastle I always liked Jimmy Nail....We like the same telly .Shame we weren't closer in distance I could find you a nice soldier or two but the bloody commute would be horrendous LOL!!!Even with a plane the flight is long LOL! hugs,Cheri

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TIGGERIFFIC123 10/4/2010 6:36PM

    Always great to learn more about our friends! It is always interesting to find these blogs and realize how much we have in common with our sp friends! Thanks for sharing...borrowed the questions and posted a blog.

Great job on the exercise!

Have a great night!
Rhonda

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CHEVY63 10/4/2010 5:21PM

    Howdy - it sounds like you continue to do great things! I really enjoyed your "4 things" - I might steal that for a blog soon!

Hope you have a great evening!

Michele

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WANDAH3 10/4/2010 4:19PM

    I'm snagging the questions and I'll even answer them in a blog too! lol

Have an awesome day, thanks for the info about you.

Hugs,
Wanda

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CARLA-216 10/4/2010 3:40PM

    Heehee, love the kitteh! Reminds me of Porky Pig cartoons when he stumbles over the "big" words, and then settles for a small word of the same meaning. LOL

xoxo,
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BOE4LIFE 10/4/2010 3:17PM

    Outstanding job way to go

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KNITTABLES 10/4/2010 2:23PM

    What a great picture at the end of another great blog. Great job on the workouts.

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All sounds good - getting yourself a nice fella would be wonderful too...

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A week in Review (26 Sept - 2nd Oct 2010) + Monthly Measurements and October Goals

Sunday, October 03, 2010

NUTRITION
Fruit and Veg
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7, 8, 6, 5, 7, 5, 6 = 44/35 (record 49)

Water
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8, 10, 10, 8, 8, 9, 8 = 61/56 (record 67)

Nutrition Basics
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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. :-)

FITNESS
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STEPS
3900 steps met and exceeded every day.
Minimum daily steps target rises to 4000.

Sun: 4187
Mon: 6650
Tue: 5066
Wed: 11485
Thur: 9170
Fri: 6327
Sat: 5197

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)

MILEAGE

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

WEIGHT
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Stayed at 13 stone 2lbs (184lbs)

Monthly measurements
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. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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LINDABENEDICT 10/4/2010 10:47AM

    Way to go with your goals ! You are soooo disciplined !!!! I am on a dried bean kick right now, and can attest to the tastiness factor....all types are good as long as you season them and let them soak long enough ! SP has some good recipes.
Here's hoping whatever you have to cope with you manage with your usual grace, optimism and determination !

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CARLA-216 10/4/2010 9:25AM

    Fantastic on those inches lost! Color me jealous. :-) Another successful week you had, Lex!

You're always in my best thoughts, and will especially be so this week, with special wishes that any unpleasant things you have to face come out okay.

xoxo,
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WANDAH3 10/4/2010 7:41AM

    Lexie, you are doing fantastic. Love your dedication. Go to the library and check out the book called "The Secret language of your body" by Inna Segal...it just might have some information in it that you can work with.

Hugs,
Wanda

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CHRISTURTLE 10/4/2010 6:14AM

    You are doing an amazing job Lex. You are moving ahead in leaps and bounds, whether or not you can see it yet. Read your blog, just as if its one written by someone else and think of what you'd be feeling about what you were reading. Try it, ok? Just for me, lol.

Wishing you a week filled with good news. Whatever it is you have to face this week, go in there with your head held high knowing you can handle anything. I was told long ago, after receiving some tragic news and saying I just couldn't handle it, that we are never asked to cope with anything unless we already have the strength of character to handle it, and the only problem is realizing that. If the news isn't what you are wanting to hear, know somewhere deep within yourself there is a hidden strength.

Sending love, hugs and good wishes your way,
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YOYONOMORE1 10/3/2010 7:18PM

    Lexie great blog and great job, I love the kitty swallowed up in the leaves, and I like your # 5 goal. I am blessed with a working internet this evening, it doesn't take much to make me happy. We have a frost warning for tonight, I know the furnace kicked on more last night then it had been doing, getting to be that time of year. I have a busy day ahead for me tomorrow, oh well, keeps me out of trouble, lol. Have a great week.

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DAWNDMOORE40 10/3/2010 6:05PM

    emoticonjob on setting your goals for the month of October! It sounds like you have set some realistic expectations for yourself and that is always a plus! I say focus on a couple things at a time instead of everything all at once! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KNITTABLES 10/3/2010 5:58PM

    Great job on the week Lexie. I am sure this month will be a great one too!

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NJMATTICE 10/3/2010 3:17PM

    Nice report and for not being a fan of goals, you spent some time getting those in order. I'm sure you'll have a great month. Squash is one of my favorite vegetable treats. Yesterday I bought squash for my lunch at Whole Foods. "Cinnamon Dusted Butternut Squash" from their "deli" department. Yummy. I brought it home to share with my sweetheart. It was just roasted squash with a little oil and cinnamon and salt. It was a real treat. I look forward to more squash this lovely fall season. Your background color is very squashy. It makes me smile. Have a wonderful Sunday.
Love,
Nancy

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TIGGERIFFIC123 10/3/2010 1:22PM

    Lexie,

Great job on your week and inches lost!!

I love your goals for October they sound like just what you need. Balance is key and I am so pleased for you that you realize that. I am sure you will find a way to keep it all balanced it just takes time as I am learning myself.

I think letting them take a closer look at what is wrong and determining if surgery or other treatment would be of help is a great idea. Sorry to hear you are still struggling with our health. That in and of itself can take a toll on a person. It certainly hasn't touched your wonderful positive attitude...YOU ROCK!!

Whatever unpleasantness you may experience you will manage with dignity, grace and your sunny wonderful attitude. I am sure that everything will turn out just the way it is meant to! Just remember whatever it is it will be good in the end and if it is not good yet, it is NOT the end!

((HUGS))
Rhonda

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/3/2010 12:53PM

    Awesome job on inches lost!I will share with you what the dietician told me (cause I had a close encounter with a lorry I get more medical intervention than your average bear) no pounds lost often means muscle gained which will eventually translate to pounds lost as long as your clothes are fitting better and you are gaining strength all is well!In spite of your medical issues you are consistent and noone can ask for more!Wishes for good luck this week coming your way!hugs,Cheri

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ANNIE924 10/3/2010 12:46PM

    Good job, Lexie. I, like you, keep my goals conservative because I tend to be a perfectionist who gives up if I can't reach a set goal. You are being very consistent, so I know that is why this is working for you. Good going on the loose jeans. emoticon

I'm praying that your health continues to improve. Also that whatever unpleasantness you need to face this week goes well and you come out of it feeling that you did the best you could. emoticon

I love squash. Some of them have very hard skins, but I find if I microwave them for 3-5 minutes (depending on the size) before I try to cut them that they are much easier to handle. Just jab them with a sharp knife several times through the skin and place in the microwave. Let them cool a little bit and then either peel and steam, or my favorite is to cut in half,remove the seeds and gunk, rub canola or olive oil on the cut portions, place sliced side down on a baking pan and bake in the oven until cooked. This could take 30 - 60 minutes depending on the squash. Add a little butter or margarine, salt and pepper when served and it is great. When I have squash I don't need potatoes, rice or any other carbs. I want to try one of the squash soups I've seen on Sparkpeople this week. Stuffed squash is also delicious. emoticon

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BOVEY63 10/3/2010 12:26PM

    I'm going to copy your October goals - they are just what I need to do too.
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You have all the good luck wishes I can send for the upcoming week. Hope everything turns out okay!
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LOVESLIFE48 10/3/2010 12:24PM

    Awesome job on the inches lost!!! Your goals are achievable!!

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