Thursday, October 21, 2010
Given my various health issues, I have to get my exercising in as soon as I get up each day. In particular the chronic sinus problems I have, which get worse as the day goes on, are at their best when I first get up. On my best days I have a system I work to. :-)
I get dressed, feed Sophie and the birds, eat a nutrigrain bar and drink a glass of water while doing my warm-up, then head out for my walk, taking more water with me in case I get thirsty.
When I get back from my walk, my plan is flexible, depending on what I still need to do during the rest of the day.
If I have shopping to do I switch on the computer and do at least ten minutes of strength training, and then get my breakfast.
If I'm not going anywhere else that day, I make up my steps to my minimum target by either bouncing on Tigger, or Stepping on Roo. Then I do my ten minutes of strength training, and then I get breakfast.
By getting the main physical efforts completed first thing, I can concentrate on the rest of my day feeling good about what I have achieved, even if my health then takes a nosedive later in the day. I also find that getting my exercise in first thing seems to give me extra energy to play with as I'm going about the rest of my day. :-)
Of course, this routine takes some time each morning. It takes up to 30 minutes to get out of the door for my walk, (walks are currently between 15 and 40 mins) and by the time I've done my strength training and cooked my porridge and apple, two hours may have gone past. If I had a nine-to-five job, I'd find this routine impossible, but working part time from home means I can fiddle my day to suit my issues, and I love that I can do this. :-)
So, yesterday I did a 20 minute walk, (as far as the Highwoods Tunnel, so I did The Hill on the return leg) followed by a 10 minute core strength video. Then after breakfast we walked to the chemist for Tara because she wanted a selection of Chupa Chup lollies and then we went to Waitrose for some groceries.
This morning, I did a 30 minute walk at Highwoods, which took me well along the path through the first field, and most of the second one before the turnaround, followed by 10 minutes of lower body strength training, and I have a ton of housework to do in preparation for Bryony's Hen Posse's arrival tomorrow night, which should take care of the 510 step shortfall today. :-) If I'm still short, one good song on Tigger should fix it. LOL
Looking back along the path I walked at the point where my beeper went off for the halfway turnaround:
A couple of pics of frosted foliage, sheltered by the woodland and the railway line:
A view of the first field as you come out of the tunnel and round the corner:
It was pretty cold this morning, but the sun still has a lot of warmth to it, and the wind had dropped, so it was a beautiful day for a walk. :-)
I am enjoying my first cup of tea now, three hours after getting up. On the days when we have to go out, I'm lucky to get a few mouthfuls of tea before we're heading out of the door, so I am really enjoying the luxury of drinking the whole mug today for a change. :-)
I hope everyone has a lovely day.
A couple of walking LOLs:
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I have one more antibiotic to take and that's that. I'm not sure it has helped if I'm honest, but maybe it has a bit. I'll carry on taking the Sudafed for the rest of the week, and painkillers as needed, and hope for the best. :-)
I got a better night's sleep last night. The night before I tossed and turned all night, having the weirdest vivid dreams that I would wake up from every half an hour, feeling so awake then that it would take a while to drop back off. Not conducive to a good day! :-) Last night was a bit better, in that I only woke a couple of times, and no weird dreams.
I woke fairly quickly once I was up and about this morning, and did my 15 minute walk, then 30 mins alternating between Tigger and Roo to songs from Lady Gaga, before completing my workout with a 10 minute upper body workout (bootcamp day 3).
I kept on feeling pretty good for most of the day, getting a fair few hours of work in, though right now I am feeling pretty rough again. I thought I'd get away with not taking one of my painkiller doses, but the pain kicked in a couple of hours ago, and I am having to put up with it for a bit longer or I can't time the meds for bed properly. Oh joy! :-)
I won't mention that the Tietze's is also being a pain tonight. Shhhh.... ;-)
So, I'm heading to my inbox to see what is happening in the world of Spark for a wee bit, before heading to bed for what I hope will be a decent night's sleep.
Hope everyone is having a great day!
Monday, October 18, 2010
I wasn't going to do a review this week, but decided that it would be a shame not to, because enough has had to slide while I've been battling with my sinuses, so here is my week in review to show that, actually, not as much slid as I might at first think. :-) Always good to know! *grin*
Fruit and Veggies
5, 5, 5, 3, 7, 7, 5 = 37/35 - (record 49) Over the minimum! Yes!
9, 9, 8, 8, 8, 8, 9 = 59/56 (record 67) Over the minimum! Yes!
Calories in range 5/7 (record 5/7)
Fat in range 5/7 (record 6/7)
Carbs in range 7/7 (record 7/7)
Protein in range 3/7 (record 6/7)
It is good that we are gradually filling up the freezer again. It is making tracking meals easier, and although I was a little over-generous with portions the last week or two, it hasn't had too bad an effect, and I can adjust the portions back down a little now that I have realised what I've done. It is amazing how easy it it to increase portion size when you don't pay close enough attention. :-)
4100 steps met and exceeded every day.
Minimum daily steps target rises to 4200.
Total steps for the week: 47365
Well up on last week! :-)
Average daily steps = 6766 (record 7858)
TOTAL FITNESS MINUTES
(warm-up, cardio, strength and stretches combined)
Total minutes for the week: 505 (new record 505) YAY!
Average daily minutes = 72 (new record 72) YAY!
(I have only been keeping records of the minutes for a couple of weeks)
Sun: 2.33 miles
Mon: 3.06 miles
Tue: 2.19 miles
Wed: 3.84 miles
Thur: 3.72 miles
Fri: 4.35 miles
Sat: 2.04 miles
Total mileage for week: 21.53 miles (record 25.02 miles)
Bang on my aim of 21 miles per week, which is great. :-)
Gained 1 pound.
Up to 13 stone 3lbs (185lbs)
I'm glad I took the time tonight to put this review together. I am shaking up my daily blogs a little, not putting the stats in unless they have significance, because I am mixing and matching my walks more, and the stats aren't going to be so useful for comparisons now that I am using Highwoods for some of my walks. The variations in speed won't be so accurate for a start, because I can't resist stopping to take the occasional photo, plus that HILL on the way back is slowing me down just a touch. LOL So I will still record my exercise, just not to quite the depth of detail I was doing. I'll keep the weekly reviews detailed though, so I still have some benchmarks to measure my progress by. :-)
Here's to a week of getting better, and fitting in everything I need to. :-)
Thankyou all for your support. I couldn't do half of what I do without my cheerleaders encouraging me along. :-)
Have a great week everyone!
I was coughing quite badly for a minute there as I finished this blog. I guess that's why these LOLs came to mind. *grin*
Monday, October 18, 2010
There was a little girl,
who had a little curl,
right in the middle of her forehead.
And when she was good,
she was very, very good.
But when she was bad,
she was horrid!
This nursery rhyme could've been written about my neighbour. Not nice arty neighbour Anne, who is always a delight, but my neighbour on the other side.
J is a very difficult person to deal with. When she is in a good mood she laughs and jokes and is very friendly. When she is in a bad mood she takes it out on EVERYONE! This makes having to have contact with her rather difficult because you never know if you are going to meet nice J or nasty J.
We both have Littlewoods catalogues, and she is almost never home when deliveries come, so for most of the 9 years I've lived here I've taken in parcels for her. And then a few months ago she got really mad at me because I moaned about what had been left that time - 8 very large, very heavy boxes that took up my whole entrance hall and hurt my back when I was moving them. She very snappily told me that in future I should just ignore the knock when the van arrived.
A couple of weeks earlier, she had hidden in her house when her ex showed up, instructing her son to hide too. Her ex had forgotten to bring his son's antibiotics back with him when he dropped the lad off, and so he had come by with the bottle, and for some utterly unfathomable reason, J pretended she wasn't in. Dad, not wanting to leave with the meds, knocked on my door and asked me to give the meds to J when I saw her. What else could I do? I took the meds, waited for him to leave, and then went out the back and called J over the fence. I knew she was in you see. She told me off for taking the meds from him. Told me it was none of my business and to butt out in future!
This is what I have to deal with. :-) So, after those two incidents I didn't answer the door unless we were expecting a delivery ourselves. Then a few weeks ago, we were expecting a delivery, and the driver had a couple of packages for J too, and would I take them? Well, what could I do? I took them in, and sat with bated breath wondering which J I would meet later when she got home. She was fine! She moaned at the fact that the stuff she ordered had turned up early, which was why she hadn't been home to take delivery, but she was ok with me, so when the delivery guy knocked today, I opened the door.
BIG mistake! He was only delivering a large, flat-packed computer desk and cupboard! Two huge and hideously heavy packs! Oh the temptation to tell him to stick it! LOL. But he was careful to put them where I could manage to wrangle them back out when J arrived home. Then he told me that she had been texted to let her know the goods were coming today! She should have been home when he called. "I'll kill 'er! I'll b***** kill 'er!" I muttered under my breath. *grin*
I came back in and told Tara what had arrived. Then I said that J had better be grateful I took the damn stuff in. "One wrong word and I'll clout her one!" I threatened jokingly. Tara looked alarmed at this, and I had to reasure her that I was kidding. The joys of Autism + Tara = her not always being able to tell when I'm making a joke. :-)
As luck would have it, I spotted J reversing onto her drive an hour or so later, and I went out to get it over with, and for a wonder she was happy and jokey, and sympathetic about the weight of the stuff, and full of gossip about a friend of mine who is probably moving to America with his wife because she hates living in the UK. She loves a bit of gossip, does J. LOL I think it may be one of the reasons we have never got close. I loathe gossip, and if people talk to me, they know that their secret is safe. This does not sit well with the local gossip-mongers, as you can imagine, although near strangers will often confide in me, and I like to be thought of as a person who can be trusted not to blab. LOL
One friend of mine, some years ago, told me her husband had left her for his secretary. She was crushed and had to talk to someone about it, so came to me. I swore not to tell a soul, and didn't. Six months later, at my hen party, she made a sarky comment about him at the table, and no one but me knew what she was talking about. Her face was a picture when she realised I had been 100% true to my word. :-)
Anyway, between us, J and I battled the desk and cupboard parcels over the fence without breaking said fence or the packages, and that was that! Thank goodness. *grin* Now J has an entertaining evening of creating a 3D item of furniture out of a selection of different sized flat pieces of wood and various screws and pieces of plastic.
Time to change the subject, seeing as I've waffled on and on today. My head is still woolly. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it! ;-)
I had a great walk this morning! 25 minutes today, which got me nicely into the first field at Highwoods. I saw something there today that was a total reward for me getting out of bed, even though I had slept very badly, and had to really talk myself into doing the walk before my sinuses kicked off.
On my way into the path to the tunnel, I saw a collection of goldfinches. I love those birds. They have the most amazing beauty to them, and they have stunning singing voices too. I forgot I was on a timed walk for the moment, and just watched them flitting from tree to tree through several gardens.
Then I reached Highwoods proper, and had the most amazing experience! I saw Woodpeckers! Three of them! I do like to see things in threes. :-) First I saw a Green Woodpecker foraging in the grass meadow, with its red head bobbing up and down. I tried to get a photo, but my phone camera truly sucks at close ups, and when I uploaded the results onto the computer, you couldn't tell there was anything there outside of grass.
Then, as I returned along the same stretch of path I saw the same woodpecker still in the field, and then a Great Spotted Woodpecker flew up into the oak trees at the edge of the field, just as another Green Woodpecker flew down into the field from the same trees. I was ecstatic!!!
Sadly, the joy of seeing such beauty before I had even had breakfast, couldn't distract me from THE HILL. This is the only downside to the whole Highwoods Walk experience. It is a fairly short, but incredibly steep bit of hill, after you come out of the Highwoods entryway and turn left to head home. It is so steep, that even cyclists who tackle hills well tend to get off and push! It is so steep, that the best muscular legs have to really work to get up this stretch. It is so steep that the council are being lobbied to install lifts and a moving staircase! Are you getting how steep this hill is? LOLOL
I staggered up this hill, and even when it slacked off a bit I could still hear my legs swearing at me. What were you thinking woman? Are you nuts? But I got up to the pedestrian crossing in one piece, and made it home just fine. I'm hoping that over time my legs will adjust, and I'll gradually find the hill easier to climb. :-)
Tomorrow I only have a 15 minute walk scheduled, so I won't reach Highwoods or the Hill, but hope to get some Tiggering and strength training in after breakfast, if I feel up to it. I have one more day of antibiotics, and the rest of the week on Sudafed, to hopefully beat my sinuses into submission. :-) Between that, the painkillers, the nasal spray and the steaming, they are getting a ton of attention!
After breakfast, I cajoled Tara into coming shopping with me. I needed to get to a chemist for more Sudafed and painkillers, then do a short shop at Waitrose, and as a side effect of sinusitis is dizziness, I don't feel safe on some of the narrower pavements alone.
Now, the silly thing with Sudafed is that the chemists round here will only sell you one pack of 12 at a time, saying that they aren't allowed to sell you more because they can backfire and make your condition worse if you take them too long. This is fair enough, but it means that, even though my doctor has told me that I can take three a day for a week, I can't buy 21 pills in one go. Also, I can't go back to the same chemist for a second pack three days later, so I had to go to a chemist near town to get another packet! The pavements along the road to this chemist are narrow, so I needed Tara with me. LOL
When we had finished with the shopping and got back home I was very sad.
Tara had a treat - a chupa chup lollie. Sophie had treats - Bakers doggie treats. I didn't have treats though - unless you count the Sudafed and painkillers.
So Tara was further cajoled into helping me make a batch of rock buns. I weighed out the ingredients and she did the mixing, sorting, and we now have a Mummy treat - though I'm sure I will share with Tara and Sophie too. :-)
So, if you are still awake at this point, well done! I have certainly had a major dose of the waffles today! :-)
I hope that Monday has been good to you too.
This is the amount of path I walked before the alarm went off:
The light at the end of the tunnel! :-)
And a TV LOL:
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I managed my 20 minute scheduled walk today, but basically forgot the rest of my exercise plans. I was supposed to spend about 20 minutes on Tigger too, but the day just got away from me. While my brain was awake enough today I really wanted to catch up with some emails that had been sitting in my inbox all week, and I am well on my way with that at least. I may still get some Tiggering in, but I doubt it, as it is getting rather late here.
I have shaken my walks up a bit. Rather than continue using the circuit I have been using, I am now trying the route to Highwoods. To begin with I didn't use that route for a couple of reasons. One was that it takes about ten minutes walk to reach the tunnel at the entrance, and most of the walks were less distance than that in the beginning. Another reason was being concerned about getting stuck at the traffic lights and losing precious steps while waiting for the green man to let me cross. The third reason was that I wanted to use the same route each day so that if something happened, Tara would know where I was.
But now I am a little bored with the old route, and on Saturday, when I finally got to do the full circuit rather than setting my timer to half the minutes, and then turning round, it was just so noisy! Even through the housing estate, which is normally fairly quiet, the traffic was relentless, and by the time I got home I was sick of the noise of cars, lorries, trains, cranes and kids screaming everywhere I walked. *grin*
So today, I set the timer for ten minutes and headed off to Highwoods. Aaah, blessed peace! I even got across the only busy road with only a few seconds wait for the green man. I was right about the distance. I reached the tunnel, and the timer went off just as I was about to emerge from it into the Park. So I snapped a quick pic of the tunnel:
and headed back home. I bumped into the nice smiley Irishman with the old dog on the way back and we each asked after the other dog's health. It was good to be able to say that Sophie was holding her own for now. :-) It was a shame I was heading home, because it would have been nice to have someone to walk with. Ah well, maybe next weekend. :-) His old dog makes me laugh. He is so intent on walking, sniffing the ground and leaving his mark that he completely ignores everyone around him, and he isn't confined to a lead, so we were practically shouting to each other as his owner tried to keep up with him and chat at the same time as his dog put more distance between us. LOL
So, it has been a good day, a serene day today. The pain is still there, masked by the painkillers, and I am rattling with the number of tablets I'm taking, but I can live with that if it is helping. At least the pain tends not to be there much for the first hour or two of the day, allowing me to get my walks in still before taking the first dose of the day. Yay!!!
I hope everyone has been enjoying their weekend.
Sophie's endless patience with Tara shows in her willingness to wear her smaller Rags on her nose long enough to have her photo taken. :-)
A bracelet I made out of plastic canvas and embroidery thread:
And the obligatory LOL:
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