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A week in Review (17th - 23rd Oct 2010) Week 9 of Walking Plan

Monday, October 25, 2010


Fruit and Veggies
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5, 6, 5, 6, 5, 7, 6 = 40/35 (record 49)
Over the minimum. :-)

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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*

Nutrition Basics
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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! :-)

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4200 steps met and exceeded every day except Sunday.
Minimum daily steps target stays at 4200 for a second week.

Sun: 2651
Mon: 8753
Tue: 6110
Wed: 9395
Thur: 4659
Fri: 9768
Sat: 5489

Total steps for the week: 46825
Only very slightly less than last week. :-)

Average daily steps = 6689 (record 7858)

(warm-up, cardio, strength and stretches combined)

Sun: 30
Mon: 85
Tue: 75
Wed: 95
Thur: 60
Fri: 90
Sat: 55

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!
Lex xxx
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CHERIRIDDELL 10/25/2010 10:53PM

    Awesome congrats on losing ,I hope the dentist went well.I have a masters degree in dental cowardice !love and hugs,Cheri

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TIGGERIFFIC123 10/25/2010 4:13PM

    WAY TO GO LEX!! A great week over all and the scale agrees congrats on the weight loss!


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CARLA-216 10/25/2010 2:06PM

    Good week you had there! And GREAT job on sending 2 lb packing! 12 stone something is getting SO close!

Good thoughts for the dentist visit today!

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LINDABENEDICT 10/25/2010 12:18PM

    Way to go !!! Good luck at the dentist !

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JHADZHIA 10/25/2010 11:55AM

    emoticon emoticon losing 2 lbs!
Great job on your nutrition stats and fitness. You do knowthat you are supposed to give yourself a rest and recovery day once a week, right? Sunday is as good as day as any..
Dentist visits are tough, right there with you -good luck! Hope its nothing serious.
Linda xx

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MNOT2THICK 10/25/2010 10:03AM

    Go Lexie, Go Lexie. emoticon emoticon

I'm there with you on the dentist. Positive thoughts. emoticon

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ANNIE924 10/25/2010 9:31AM

    Good going Lexie. Good luck at the Dentist.

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I did bicycle crunches! I never expected to manage that! :-)

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!
Lex xxx

This one's for you DAVEINSEOUL, my newest Sparkfriend! :-)

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/25/2010 10:57PM

    Holy Crepe the Ministry of Silly walks LOL I love your blogs ! hugs Cheri

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CARLA-216 10/25/2010 1:56PM

    What a great day! You have the right idea...if you can't do a move in its original form, modification is good and totally okay to do!

Keep up the good attitude and good work, dear Lex!

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LINDABENEDICT 10/25/2010 12:16PM

    Great modification for those crunches. As usual, you are the energizer bunny !!!
WAY TO GO !!!!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 10/24/2010 9:47PM


I am so glad that you are feeling well enough to be getting back into the groove of things!...YAY to trying and succeeding with new exercises...YOU ROCK!! Sounds like a great new exercise plan..WAY TO GO!!


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CHEVY63 10/24/2010 5:28PM

    You sound so excited - I can tell how thrilled you are with your accomplishments! You help motivate me to keep up when I'm feeling lazy, so thanks!

I hope your Sunday has been a great one overall, and that the week holds all good things for you.


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KNITTABLES 10/24/2010 3:55PM

    I love you pictures, they make me laugh and puts a smile on my face. Great job your doing with your fitness and getting in those crunches in. I do my crunches on my bed and it helps to cushion my back. Have a great week, your new workout plan sounds great and doable. emoticon

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A fun time was had by all, but I am so tired! LOL

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:

The Castle:

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.
Lex xxx
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Always a funny side! :-)

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CARLA-216 10/25/2010 1:50PM

    How nice of Kate to bring you a potted plant as a thank you! So glad the hens had a good time at your home, and that you enjoyed their company.

The pictures of your walk are so pretty! I am so glad you share those pics with us! Looks like such a lovely area to take walks in.

Boo to the trojan! I am with you on doing whatever it is you had in mind to people who do such things. Glad Kapersky saved the day, and Bry's credit card information!

Oh, and how could I forget? The first pic, after explaining that one hen is really a stag, is a hoot!

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WANDAH3 10/24/2010 11:54AM

    Lexie, you are such a delight. I will get a response shortly to your email. I'm not ignoring you, honest. I've been doing some other work on the computer of late and just touching base briefly with everyone.

I belong to Big Fish games and they quarantee their games to be free of viruses. I've belonged to them for over 4 years now and never a problem. If a game isn't working right, I email them and it's fixed very quickly. I have a good anti-virus program too which really helps. But you do need to always be careful with your info on the net. I only use trusted sites, not that that isn't any guarantee against unscrupulous persons.

So glad the sleep over was such a success. I loved the pictures from your walk. How beautiful to be out in nature like that. I especially loved your first picture. That fox is doing a great job of fitting in *grin*

lots of hugs,

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ZURDTA- 10/24/2010 9:19AM

    Love pics... what a beautiful area you have to walk in - despite the rain! Glad the girls had a nice sleepover - brief as it was. Computer viruses are a nightmare! Than goodness for anti-virus, malware, security packages.

Have a great week ahead.

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DAVEINSEOUL 10/24/2010 7:26AM

    My, my, my - just reading about the sleepover wears me out :-).

It sounds like massive amounts of fun, but I'll bet you're also glad its over.

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JHADZHIA 10/24/2010 1:25AM

    Loved your photos of your walk! Wish I was there! I too, like having the trails to myself when I visit Mom and go along the river. Although I don't mind doggie kisses from friendly pups along the way :).
So glad your anit viral program found the nasties. I try to stay away from downloads myself. I only play at MSN games where you don't have to download them onto your computer.
I hope you get a decent sleep now with all the company gone..
Linda x

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CHRISTURTLE 10/23/2010 7:32PM

    Glad you coped with everything so well, even a walk in the rain! Wow! Such dedication, you make me wish I had some back, lol. You sound as though you're feeling much healthier, so hope it keeps up.

Your photos are beautiful, I sat there for at least a minute looking at each one, just imagining how much better it would be in person... not quite an armchair traveller, more computer chair traveller, lol.

Must have been so much fun, even though only for a short time, but sometimes its more fun to squeeze everything into a smaller space of time. I can imagine how you must have felt when you were down to just family again, huge sigh and a good sit down, I'm thinking. Hope Tara enjoyed sharing the same meal as you. Maybe she would be interested in helping cook a meal with you? I know that's how Julie managed to convince eating meat was NOT going to kill him. Admittedly its only chicken he eats now (unless a burger) but at least if he helps cook he is willing to taste the other stuff.

Take care Lex, don't wear yourself out, and give Sophie a hug from me. Ned lay next to me on the couch when I was trying to watch something on TV and he suddenly started snoring. He can snore louder than anyone or anything I have ever heard! Only snored for about 30 minutes, but I turned the volume up twice in that time. Silent nights since and hoping it stays that way.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 10/23/2010 6:19PM

    Sounds like while only there a short time they enjoyed their time with you. Amazing how a little rain can deter most people so you have the streets and parks to enjoy in the quiet.

Glad to hear you got rid of that Trojan before any damage was done.

Enjoy making one dinner tonight...perhaps Tara will join you more and more often..lol

Have a great weekend and get some rest now that the crew has shipped out!


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BOVEY63 10/23/2010 5:47PM

    Sounds like busy and fun times at your house - especially the hen party.
Glad you had someone to take care of the virus before it did damage.

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LINDABENEDICT 10/23/2010 2:39PM

    Whew ! You have been busy ! Sounds like fun (except for the virus part). LOVE the pics of your walks !!!!

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NJMATTICE 10/23/2010 2:01PM

    Sounds like you "hens" had a full and happy time. Sorry about your scary computer happenings. It does give one pause! I am hoping that my computer security program is doing it's thing. Too many young people use this computer and I'm not always sure of what they are downloading. Thanks for the photos of your walk. Very nice. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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KNITTABLES 10/23/2010 1:47PM

    I used to use the game site and I still have one of their games on my computer so I will remove that. Thanks for the heads up. Glad you and the girls had a great time and you enjoyed you walk. Good luck getting thru all those emails and stuff. Enjoy your weekend.

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Had a productive day. :-)

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*

Lex xxx
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BOE4LIFE 10/22/2010 10:57AM

    Hope all goes well with the boarding of Sophie. I am sure things will be fine. Enjoy the wedding.

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JHADZHIA 10/22/2010 1:19AM

    Glad you may have found just the perfect place to board Sophie. Its a good sign they want you to come out and look it over. Ideally, you would take Sophie too so she could give you her opinion too! Keeping fingers crossed!!
Enjoy your party!

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BOVEY63 10/21/2010 8:28PM

    I understand how you feel about having to board Sophie. I would be worried about Ginger too. She is in good health but was in the shelter so long, I would worry that she would feel abandoned again. I'm glad you were able to get a good referral and have someone to check it out with you.

Hugs to you and Sophie.
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TIGGERIFFIC123 10/21/2010 8:22PM


I sure hope that your visit to the kennel is as positive as your phone call. Sounds like a lovely place with a passion for loving the animals who stay with them. Great that there is no hesitation around providing her with medications as needed. It will bring you peace of mind while you are gone for the wedding!! How exciting....it will be here in no time at all now!

I am glad that you are feeling a little better in time for your "Awake Over"...lol Enjoy the girls while they are there.

Hope you are feeling even better tomorrow!


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KNITTABLES 10/21/2010 5:51PM

    LOve the pictures and I hope everything works out for you.

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CARLA-216 10/21/2010 3:19PM

    You sound like I did when we went on vacation last fall. Charlie had only been with us two years at the time and I worried so much that he would think he was being abandoned by us. (He's also a rescue.) I totally understand the anxiety and fear involved with leaving our doggies with strangers. I'm glad you have Anne taking you. She should know if there's something dodgy about the place. It's a good sign that the owner encouraged you to go have a look around!

Enjoy the Hen Party Posse!

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LINDABENEDICT 10/21/2010 2:03PM

    Thanks for the daily chuckles !!!!
I understand completely about your reluctance to board Sophie ...we left our neurotic rescue dog at a Kennel for the first time last November (he's 8 years old)....the good news is he had a great time. I hope 1. Sophie is still with you, God willing, in December and 2. her experience is just as positive !
Have fun with your boarders !!!!

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It's all in the timing!

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.
Lex xxx
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JHADZHIA 10/22/2010 1:23AM

    Beautiful photos!! Frost always looks pretty, up until it kills the plants under it, of course...
I am a morning exerciser too, and with all the extra physiotherapy exercises, I need every minute of my insomnia too lol. For some reason my nose is always clearer in the mornings too.
Keep up the great work!!
Linda x

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ZURDTA- 10/21/2010 3:03PM

    Frosty times... bracing weather... but lovely walking with the sun out... no matter what!

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JESSIELOVE78 10/21/2010 12:04PM

    It looks like you had an awesome walk.

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CARLA-216 10/21/2010 11:19AM

    I love the pics you take on your walks! It looks so pretty there. The frosted foliage is pretty, and reminds me that we are almost a week past our usual first frost date of the year and we've not had one frost yet.

Enjoy a cuppa tea for me! I never really like tea that I make but can drink a whole pot by myself when we've been in Ireland. Maybe it's the water?

Hope the rest of your day is good!

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