Monday, October 25, 2010
The dentist went.... well, it went. :-)
Tara is doing well on the whole. She has to change her dental routine slightly, trying a mouthwash and dental floss for the first time, and she has the beginning of decay in one tooth that the dentist is going to fix with a procedure that coats the tooth to protect it. Otherwise her mouth is looking good. :-) He gave her a little instruction on the amount of time she spends brushing her teeth and gums - 2 minutes, not 10 seconds he said. LOL
My lump is an infection caused by some kind of tissue growth under my tongue. The dentist has referred me to the hospital for a consultation. Oh good. I get to go to the hospital again. With another lump.
Oh the irony! LOL
Other than that, considering I've had these same dentures for 25 years, my bite is still good, and he said that all they need is a little work to make them sharper for biting. They are pretty worn in places. LOL He can work on that once the hospital has sorted out my lump.
So, the dreaded visit was painless, and the new dentist surgery gets a thumbs up from both of us. Tara didn't cry even though she wasn't exactly thrilled about things, and is actually fine about going back next Thursday to have the procedure done. Of course, the dentist telling her that it is a pain-free procedure probably helped. :-)
Then we went round the corner to a couple of shops and picked up a witch hat for 99p, and a broomstick for �1.49, so Tara's happy. :-)
A few necessaries at Waitrose on the way back, and we are set. :-) Now I have to finish the tax return paperwork. I have until the end of the week to decipher the actual form, fill it in and send it off. Otherwise I'll have to do it *horrors* ON LINE! *eep!* I can do this! I have all the receipts and stuff sorted out, so I can do this. I can do this. I really can!
But this evening I Spark! So there! :-)
Oooh, in all the excitement I nearly forgot! I did a 25 minute walk this morning, and a 10 minute lower body video, and two other exercises. The first was running lunges, which are great fun and so funny. Anyone watching would be in fits of laughter because you kind of fake-run, arms included, like people used to do in those very early black and white films. Think Harold Llloyd or the Keystone Cops. *grin* For sheer entertainment value and feel good smiles, I think they are my new favourite strength exercise. :-)
I also did those calf raises that you have to do while leaning against a wall with your legs wide apart, and squatting in a sitting position. Not so good. Six of those and my legs were all a-quiver! It wasn't easy, but I did my two sets of 12 reps, even if it was more like 4 sets of 6. I was very pleased with myself. :-)
My right hip was aching on the way back from town, but is holding up well in the circumstances. It's all good. :-) So, off to my inbox to see who has been blogging and who's been waving to me.
Catch you all later.
Food LOLs. Well, it fits with the teeth thing. :-)
Want fries with that? :-)
Monday, October 25, 2010
Fruit and Veggies
5, 6, 5, 6, 5, 7, 6 = 40/35 (record 49)
Over the minimum. :-)
8, 8, 9, 8, 9, 8, 8 = 58/56 (record 67)
Over the minimum. :-) It could have been more actually. Some days I lost track, but I knew that I had drunk at least eight glasses on those days. :-)
I have a routine, kind of, with water:
1 glass with the nutrigrain bar during my warm-up. 1 bottle(2 glasses) during walk and strength training. 1 glass after breakfast, before first cuppa. 1 glass before lunch, and 1 glass after lunch, and the same before and after dinner, sometimes two after dinner. I find that if I remember to follow this routine as a minimum, I know that I get at least 8 glasses in each day, without having to keep counting them. :-) Of course, it does mean that I don't always remember how many I had over the eight. LOL I'm laughing because in the UK, 'one over the eight' means being drunk! I wouldn't be able to remember how many drinks I'd had then either. *grin*
Calories in range 3/7 (record 5/7) I was a Baaaad girl. *grin*
Fat in range 5/7 (record 6/7) and yet the fat was pretty good on the whole.
Carbs in range 5/7 (record 7/7)
Protein in range 6/7 (record 6/7) Great protein result this week!
3 out of the seven days all my nutrition basics were in range. That's quite something! :-)
4200 steps met and exceeded every day except Sunday.
Minimum daily steps target stays at 4200 for a second week.
Total steps for the week: 46825
Only very slightly less than last week. :-)
Average daily steps = 6689 (record 7858)
TOTAL FITNESS MINUTES
(warm-up, cardio, strength and stretches combined)
Total minutes for the week: 490 (Record 505)
Average daily minutes = 70 (Record 72)
(I have only been keeping records of the minutes for a couple of weeks)
Sun: 1.21 miles
Mon: 3.98 miles
Tue: 2.78 miles
Wed: 4.27 miles
Thur: 2.12 miles
Fri: 4.44 miles
Sat: 2.50 miles
Total mileage for week: 21.3 miles (record 25.02 miles)
Bang on my aim of 21 miles per week again, which is great. :-)
Lost 2 pounds!
Down to 13 stone 1lbs (183lbs)
Oh yes! :-)
Though I'm still waiting to see 12 stone something for the first time in years. :-)
I really did quite well this week. The only thing I had to let go was the strength training, but as the sinuses have slowly relinquished their hold somewhat in the last few days, I am feeling energised enough to get back in the swing with it this coming week. I can bend forward without pain now, though the nose running or sneezing tends to have taken the pain's place. I love that lower body stretch where you have your legs wide and squat, then collapse forward into the stretch, but sneezing while down there or having your nose running poses problems. LOL
All in all, I can handle the sneezes and runny nose. It is the bunged up and in pain part I can't handle. No pain killers needed yesterday or last Friday, and only one dose Saturday! Yay!
Well, I must dash. We have appointments at the dentist today, for check-ups. I have had a lump under my lower right gums for a while now, so that needs checking out. It wasn't hurting me at first, but it shrunk when I was taking the antibiotics for my sinuses, so it may be an abscess or something, and the last couple of days it's been a little sore that side when I chew too, so best to get it looked at.
I am no fan of going to dentists (bad experience as a child), so wish me luck. :-)
Catch you all later.
Have a great day!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
It is all the fault of that Walking Book of mine. *grin* You see, Mark Fenton, the author, wants us to start adding 20 mins of core exercises twice a week starting this week (week 10) on a Sunday and Wednesday.
Obviously he isn't rigid about this, and advises working up to the full time gradually, and if those days are bad for you, then you can swap them round, etc, etc.
Anyway, I needed a strength training shake-up, because my routine went to pot the last couple of weeks, what with one thing and another, so I reset my fitness plan so that I do core for 20 minutes on Sunday and Wednesday, lower body for twenty mins on Mon and Thur, and Upper for 20 mins on Tue and Fri, which makes Saturday my day off the strength training instead of Sunday. That works too, because it coincides with the day the longest walk of the week is scheduled, so the timing works quite well for me, not trying to strength train after a long walk. :-)
I am still doing various videos from the Bootcamp collection through the week as part of those 20 mins, but have allowed SP to generate exercises to do as well. I did four today, walking round my house doing walking squats was one, plus push ups against the wall, and some strange squat where you stick your legs alternately out to the side. Ministry of Funny Walks eat your heart out! LOL.
I removed one exercise, which I knew I wouldn't be able to do, and that left bicycle crunches. I nearly deleted those too, but then I had a brainwave! I got a pillow and laid it on my mini trampoline to cushion my back. I got into position, and gave it a shot, and it worked! I did two set of 12 reps! OK, so my range of movement wasn't as large as the demo, but the point is.... I did it!!!
So, I am wired! I am a very happy bunny! :-)
Yes, I bounced on Tigger too today! I had a 20 minute walk, twenty mins on Tigger, a few mins on Roo, had breakfast, and then did my strength training, before having a fandabidozi soak in the bath. I've sparked and sparked and now I'm cleaning the kitchen clutter to cook the dinner - sausage and bean casserole for me, and pasta for Tara.
Hope you are all having a great Sunday!
This one's for you DAVEINSEOUL, my newest Sparkfriend! :-)
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Well, the advance wave of Hen Night troops have headed into London, to meet up with the rest of the gang in Covent Garden - destination Cafe Rouge followed by a Comedy Club. One of the dozen hens is a stag, but shhhh, maybe the rest of the hens won't notice.... LOL
It took most of Thursday to clean through the house, and on Friday we walked into town, through Castle Park, to go pay the washing machine rental.
Ducks in the river:
A view of the Roman Wall that bisects the park:
A closer view:
After paying the bill, we headed for Waitrose and picked up the ingredients for the evening meal, and then walked home.
After a quick bite and a cuppa, we headed upstairs and stripped all the beds, then remade them so that the girls would be comfy, and collected up what Bry would need to sleep on the downstairs sofa.
It was a long evening of cooking and dishes, while waiting for the girls to arrive, with a break in the middle to watch the newest episode of The Mentalist. Thanks to a delay on the M25, they didn't get here until about 11.15pm, so they finally sat down to eat about 20 to midnight!
They really enjoyed the food, and then we chatted for a while and played with my DSi, taking daft photos and stuff, and they headed bedwards after 1am, having decided that one of them would sleep on the floor in the bedroom so they could all stay together. So sweet! :-) Bryony carefully went through and deleted all the embarrassing pics of her we had taken to make sure they didn't make it to my brother, who plans to embarrass her at the wedding with his speech cum picture show. LOL As if I would! *grin* By the time everyone was in bed and I'd closed down for the night it was close to 2am, and I had a very disturbed night because Sophie snores, very loudly and often! I lost track of how many times I said "Shhhh" to her. *grin*
So, by 8.15am this morning I was up and at 'em, in order to avoid the inevitable log jam in the bathroom when you have five females in the house and only one bathroom. :-) Although an interest had been expressed in coming on my 40-minute walk to Highwoods the night before, the rain kind of stopped play for them all, so I was a lone walker as usual. :-) It was very pleasant, and pretty wet on and off, but as I had 20 mins before the turnaround today, I got into the woods proper.
This was the only person I saw in the park this morning. Rain has its uses. :-) I love getting the place to myself.
When I got home the girls were still bathing and whatnot, so I made everyone a pot of porage, and we had a nice breakfast before they shot back upstairs to pack up the car and head off, and at 11.20am, they were gone. :-(
Oh, and the reason it has taken till now to get to SP, is that some *insert x-rated expletive here* sent a trojan to my computer and it tried to steal Bryony's credit card details. Kaspersky caught the little sod, and we zapped it, but when I started to run a full scan, it also found some other stuff, so Adrian, my computer guru popped round to make sure I was doing everything right to clean the computer, and I spent over four hours scanning everything to make sure we are in the clear.
It turned out the trojan came from games downloaded from Sandlot Games. They give away a free game every week, and I have downloaded quite a few over the last three or four months. The evil little widgets (more than one it turns out) have sat there, hiding in the games I downloaded, waiting for the right circumstances to swing into action. This is why I won't bank or purchase anything on the web. This stuff scares me to death! If Kaspersky hadn't caught that Trojan, Bry could have had her bank account cleared out. She had purchased an extra ticket for the comedy club for the stag on my computer just before they left for London, and the trojan tried to send the info a few minutes after she closed the webpage.
So now I have to remove all the games from that website, even though it is rather like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. I am mentioning the website by name so that if any of you have used Sandlot Games, you can scan your computers to check for trojans and worms too.
I am not hugely computer literate, so stuff like this just totally freaks me out! I know what I'd like to do to the people responsible for these things, but I can't repeat it cos it is R.U.D.E! :-)
Also, because I was off the computer most of yesterday and today I now have a vary large number of emails to go through. If anyone is waiting to hear from me, I will get to you, I promise. :-)
On the plus side:
The computer is safe again.
Bry's details were saved by Kaspersky.
The girls enjoyed the sleepover.
Kate gave me a potted Peace Lily to thank me for having them all to stay.
I really enjoyed my walk.
Tara actually wants the same meal as me for a change, so that will make things easier this evening.
I have my bed back. LOL
Have a lovely weekend.
Always a funny side! :-)
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I finally took my fears in both hands and rang a local kennel to see about boarding Sophie there for a few days in December while we are away at Bryony's wedding. I say fears because, firstly, in the eight years Sophie has been with us, she has never gone to kennels, and I am worried about what she will think is happening. I am also worried that she won't be with us by then, so don't need that constant reminder. :-(
I had hoped to find someone to live in the house and look after her like we did for Bryony's Graduation, but the only people who could have done that are going to the wedding, and a professional company charges on average upwards of £40 per day to supply someone to live in while you're away!
Anyway, as I was chatting to Liz, the lovely cheese counter lady at Waitrose yesterday, I felt prompted to ask her if she knew of anyone who house and pet sat, and she didn't but she knew of a very nice kennel she boards her dog at when she go away. She told me the name and where they are, and today I looked them up on the internet, rang them, and had a long chat with the owner, explaining all about Sophie's health issues and whatnot, including *gulp* that she might not be with us by December.
The lady was immensely reassuring, and told me that I don't need to book Sophie in until the week before the wedding because it is a very quiet period, that couple of weeks before Christmas, and that they can medicate her if she needs it. She also absolutely insisted that I come out to look around the place and get an idea of the accommodation and everything to reassure myself that Sophie will be comfortable there before I book her in. :-)
I had a chat with Anne, lovely arty neighbour, and she offered to drive me out there next week for a looksee. Interestingly, she has worked at kennels in the past herself, so I'm going with an 'expert'. LOL
*huge sigh of relief* It feels good to have faced my fears. :-) I'm just keeping everything crossed that it all works out.
Apart from all that, I have also whipped the kitchen and bathroom into shape today, and hoovered the whole house, with a little help from Tara. Tomorrow we change all the beds and pray we have enough towels and bedding for everyone in the Hen Party Posse. LOL I feel like I'm running a boarding house. *grin*
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