Monday, October 11, 2010
Yes, Sophie took her meds today without escaping from a single drop. This time I put some of her favourite food in her bowl and bided my time until she was sat back on the sofa, licking her chops. Then I sat down beside her, gave her a stroke, gently pulled her head onto my lap, fiddled till I found a convenient gap in her jaw, whipped the syringe round and slowly dribbled it in to her mouth while holding her head against me so she couldn't struggle. :-) Sorry to disappoint those who were expecting a laugh. Stand by though - there's always tomorrow. I doubt this ruse will work for long. I will wear the medication again. LOL
Today I did:
25 minute walk
Waitrose circuit - also 25 minutes
Day 2 Bootcamp video - Lower Body
While on my way to Waitrose today I bumped into one of the Teaching Assistants at what was Tara's first primary school. I had been the Deputy Chair of the Governing Body at that school, and had helped prevent the school's closure, even though the Chair himself was determined to believe the worst of the Local Education Authority, and kept saying the school was closing for sure, even going as far as to claim - quite falsely - that the LEA had already got an offer for the site for housing development.
Sadly, as happens when a school in special measures is re-invented, it comes at the expense of people you care about, and a lot of staff left the school during the shake up.
The emotional upset got to Tara very badly, which was why I had to move her to another primary school. She unfortunately overheard a very angry member of staff say horrible things about me to another staff member, and was convinced because of what she overheard that I would be hurt by someone if I stayed on as a governor. The staff member was reprimanded, which didn't help my situation because the resentment just grew. The sad thing was that the reason she was angry was because she got the wrong impression about what I was trying to do, thanks to the Chairman's lies. It took the acting head and the deputy head to sort out the misunderstanding, by which time the school was safe, and I had left. I resigned from the governing body once I knew that the school was staying open, because it was making Tara ill to have me still there, and nothing could convince her that I wasn't in danger.
Anyway, it was great to catch up with this lady. I hadn't seen her to properly chat to for a while, and she and her sister both work at the school still. They are both such lovely smiley ladies, and a real asset to the school. They really love those kids. I will always be grateful that at least they were able to stick there through the mess and come out the other side as happy to be working there as ever.
On a completely unrelated note, next time I make this sausage casserole I'm munching on, I shall omit the sausages and put beans in instead. The sausages are way too many calories and too much fat for the amount of protein I get from them, and the beans will work well, I'm thinking. :-) Or I could halve the sausages and add beans too, and get the best of both worlds perhaps. Hmmm...
I hope everyone is having a good day. :-)
Sunday, October 10, 2010
...is one of the funniest things I ever read, especially as I had to a certain extent lived it. LOL All this talk about Sophie and your pets and giving meds to them reminded me of it, so I dug it out so you can all enjoy it too.
How to Give a Cat a Pill
1. Pick cat up and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.
2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.
3. Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.
4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.
5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from yard.
6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.
7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.
8. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.
9. Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink one beer to take taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.
10. Retrieve cat from neighbor's shed. Get another pill. Open another beer. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with rubber band.
11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Drink beer. Fetch bottle of Scotch. Pour shot, drink. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Apply whiskey compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back another shot. Throw tee-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.
12. Call fire department to retrieve the cat from tree across the road. Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil-wrap.
13. Tie the cat's front paws to rear paws with twine and bind tightly to leg of dining room table, find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of steak. Hold head vertically and pour two pints of water down throat to wash pill down.
14. Consume remainder of Scotch. Get spouse to drive you to emergency room, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.
15. Arrange for Humane Society to collect the cat and call local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.
How to Give a Dog a Pill 1. Wrap it in bacon.
Sadly, no info on giving a dog liquid medication. LOL
Sunday, October 10, 2010
I am doing well.
I am sticking with the programme.
I am tenacious! :-)
Fruit and Veggies
5, 7, 7, 5, 5, 5, 4 = 38/35 (record 49)
9, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 9 = 58/56 (record 67)
Calories in range 5/7 (record 5/7)
Fat in range 6/7 (new record 6/7) YAY!
Carbs in range 5/7 (record 7/7)
plus only ten over one day and 4 under the other day, so really close to 7/7! :-)
Protein in range 2/7 (record 6/7)
Considering that I paid very little attention to my food choices this week, outside of recording what I ate, I am really pleased with the results. I haven't had a chance to play with my proteins yet, but as long as everything is recorded that's fine. :-) I am struggling on a seriously low income right now, which makes having a play with my food somewhat limited, but I'll get there. :-)
4000 steps met and exceeded every day.
Minimum daily steps target rises to 4100.
Total steps for the week: 39240
Down on last week, but above my minimum every day, which is good! :-)
Average daily steps = 5605 (record 7858)
TOTAL FITNESS MINUTES
(warm-up, cardio, strength and stretches combined)
Total minutes for the week: 465
Average daily minutes = 66 (new record 66) YAY!
Sun: 2.17 miles
Mon: 3.08 miles
Tue: 1.91 miles
Wed: 3.73 miles
Thur: 2.4 miles
Fri: 2.31 miles
Sat: 2.24 miles
Total mileage for week: 17.84 miles (record 25.02 miles)
3 miles short of my aim of 21 miles per week, but it is still over 2 miles a day, which is great. :-)
Stayed at 13 stone 2lbs (184lbs)
My weight graph is starting to look like a pier stuck out over a precipice. LOL I think we can safely call this a plateau now. Mind you, as I am working on the strength training side of things, this could equally be the building of muscle, which is heavier than fat, so I can live with the weight stagnation for a bit longer. :-)
I have realised just how loose my current exercising jeans are. I have to hold them up when on Tigger now, which makes bouncing a little difficult. LOL. So I tried my tighter jeans (size 16 boot cut) on today, and they fit COMFORTABLY! Last month they did up but were a bit tight on the thigh and round the derriere. This month they are most definitely feeling very nice! What a pity they are old scruffy jeans with patches, so don't have much life left in them. What this does mean though, is that I can go on a size 16 jeans hunt at long last! :-)
Here's to a good week to come!
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Oh, this is nice! :-) I was beginning to wonder if I'd get to blog today. All morning I've been locked out, even when I'm logged in. Gotta wonder what's happening at SP sometimes. LOL
Thankyou for all the heart-warming support for Sophie and our predicament. She is doing ok, moving a little easier, so the anti-inflammatory medications and the pain relief seems to be helping her. We are making the most of the time we have left with her, and she is enjoying being even more the centre of attention than usual. :-)
I didn't blog yesterday, and didn't record my exercise from Thursday or Friday on my blog either. At least I remembered to jot down my walking stats.
Wednesday - no walk. Swapped with Friday because of the vet business.
Thursday - 30-minute Walk - slight delay because of bumping into my neighbour briefly but made up the time.
Pace: 21 minute mile
Distance: 1.42 miles
Friday - 20-minute Walk - bumped into my neighbour again, but we were going in the same direction this time so she cycled and kept pace with me while we talked. :-) Did an extra minute cos I lost track a bit. LOL
Pace: 21 minute mile
Distance: 1.03 miles
Saturday - 35-Minute Walk Pretty pleased with this walk, not least because I bumped into someone with an elderly male labrador that I see occasionally, and was able to have a brief chat with him both on my way out and on the way back, joking that we must stop meeting like this, cos the neighbours would talk. LOL His old boy is a little arthritic, but is otherwise in excellent health, and obviously enjoying life.
Pace: 20 minute mile
Calories: 162 (new record)
Steps: 4051 (new record)
Distance: 1.82 miles
Wednesday - no ST, cos of vets and so forth. Couldn't think about anything else.
Thursday - no ST - cos of TOM zapping my energy, and emotional fallout from Wednesday.
Friday - Upper Body - 10 minutes - day 6 bootcamp video
Saturday - Core - Day 4 bootcamp video, 6 minutes on the Twist and Tone, and 2 sets of 12 reps of bed crunches.
Why do I yawn after doing strength training? I find that with most of the videos I get through to the stretching part, and then during the stretches I start yawning. Very strange. Does anyone else find themselves doing that?
It is Silly Saturday with the Positive Bloggers. Time to go find something silly to share. :-)
Have a great weekend everyone!
My Hero! :-)
Some things never change when you go out for the day!
Sophie prefers to dig up a beetroot to play with!
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