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*
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!
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