Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I'm trying to fill in the previous day's stats and info the day after they happen, so although the date is Tuesday, the blog is about Monday. Confused? Well, I am! LOLOL
Water = 8 glasses
fruit and Veg = 6
Turned out I did have 5 yesterday. I forgot to include my fruit juice. :-)
Calories = over by 49
Carbs = in range
Fat = 1g over
Protein = 13g under
Weight = 186
Walked with Sophie around the perimeters of two of the Highwoods fields. Was also up and down to the post office, returning wedding clothing, all those size 16 jeans, and a pair of shoes to Littlewoods.
Step count = 6558 (as near 3 miles as makes no odds)
A funny thing happened on the way out of the park....
As we came down the last stretch of field we could see a man leading two young Whippets, and he was avoiding a woman with two Labradors, so I wondered if his dogs were friendly or not. As I approached he was forced to turn and see me because his dogs were trying to get to us by whatever means possible. I shouted across to ask if they were friendly and he said they were, just young and boisterous. :-) We went up to them and Sophie put up with being sniffed and so on, but when the poor guy tried to say hello to her she backed away and growled at him.
This meant I had to explain that she was wary of him because it was a man who ill treated her before she was rescued, so it takes her a while to trust people generally, and men in particular. She settles with dogs and kids instantly, but the owners are a different matter. :-) he looked so sad, bless him, and then he asked if offering her a treat would help. No. It won't. She won't take anything from anyone if she is wary of them, and when she is nervous she won't even take a treat from me. So he handed me the treat to give to her later. Wasn't that kind? :-)
So, having been crouched down to try and win her over he stood up and said, "Well, at least she is fine with my dogs."
I said, "She probably senses a kindred spirit. Sophie is part Whippet."
He looked her up and down for a few seconds, and then said in a puzzled voice: "Which part?" LOLOLOL
I explained she is a Boxer/Whippet cross, and more Boxer than Whippet. really. The only whippet in her is her spindly legs, large chest cavity and colouring. The funny thing is that when you put her next to a Boxer you get much the same reaction. *grin*
We started to walk into the tunnel, and I suddenly felt nuzzling at my right hand. I looked down, and one of the Whippets was trying to prize the treat her owner gave me out of my hand! She won too. Well, it wasn't one Sophie would eat anyway, and she was so cute about it, I couldn't resist the little thief! LOLOL
We walked back to the estate with Whippet Man. He lives in a nice old house right on the edge of the estate. I hope we get to meet him again. He was nice and chatty, and the Whippets were the cutest wee things with the most incredible markings. :-)
Tune in tomorrow for our Tuesday Marshland Adventure also known as The Reason Mum Has Now Ordered a Good Pair of Walking Boots! *grin*
A couple of field photos:
Not ANOTHER photo-break! Sheesh!
And one of me, that came about because I wanted to know if I could photograph myself. LOL. Might add this one to my gallery.
Have a great day everyone!
Monday, November 15, 2010
I have decided to make Sunday a total day off. I've ummed and aahed about this for ages, trying to decide what is best, and much as I hate the thought of deliberately not trying to at least make a minimum step count seven days a week, a day off is a good way to recharge my batteries, especially as it would seem that the Tietze's/Costochondritis or whatever is becoming a permanent fixture in varying degrees of ouch. :-) Having a day where I can just relax, chill, and contemplate my navel - do people really do that? What do they ask? How did that fluff get there? *grin* - will be good for me.
So, the Sunday Stats:
Water = 9 glasses
Drenched today I was! LOL
fruit and Veg = 4
Would have been five but I realised too late that I didn't have a tomato to go with my cheese on toast.
Calories = in range
Carbs = in range
Fat = 5g over
Protein = 1g under
Weight = 185.75
No exercise scheduled.
No exercise attempted, unless you count getting in and out of the bath! LOL
Step count = 528
When I rest, I REALLY rest! LOL
Thanks everyone for the comments about the clothes. The trousers arrived today (Monday), and nothing works together at all! LOL I give up! Three lovely pairs of trousers that anyone would love to have, and not one pair looked right with the top or the jacket. I have no eye when it comes to clothes. I know what I am comfy in and I'm a casual kind of girl. Smart casual at best.
The truth? I want to wear a polo neck jumper and a nice pair of trousers, with maybe a simple jacket to the wedding. Does that sound so bad? :-)
Aaah, well, *sigh* Back to the drawing board!
In my fantasies, I look like Shania Twain!
In reality, well, I'm more your Dorothy:
Maybe if I fuse the two.....
No, no, no, no, NO!
Something will fit eventually. It will. I know it will! Next stop simple black trousers.
I live in hope. :-)
Hope you are all having a good day.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Hi everyone! Did you wonder where I got to? It has been a busy, and somewhat stressful, week. The Tietze's is still lingering, and the week off hard exercise hasn't made any difference as far as I can tell. Also, for some inexplicable reason, I also lost interest in tracking my nutrition, weight etc. and didn't even feel up to blogging! I completely slacked off this week. I even found myself eating more than I normally would, and munching too many doughnuts, muffins etc. I did manage to read friend's blogs though, so not all was lost. :-)
Maybe I just needed a little break. Maybe the stress of everything is getting to me. The pain certainly is starting to. :-(
I am pretty fed up with it all, to be honest. I am under increasing stress because of all the problems associated with the upcoming wedding, and much as I love my daughter, I want to be on the other side of it all now! LOL
I don't want my first blog for a week to be a negative moaning minnie kind of blog, so I will push the rest of the problems aside and talk about the good stuff now....
Hmmm... what happened that was good this week?
Let.... me.... think....
Something good must have happened....
OK, well, it has been a week of going to the dogs. *grin*
A very nice man from Purina, the makers of Bakers Complete, rang me on Monday night to congratulate me on winning the year's supply of food and treats for Sophie. He asked me a few questions about her - age, breed, weight, health and preferences flavour-wise. Then he told me that someone would be in touch about deliveries. Apparently they deliver 3 month's worth of food at a time. I wonder what three months in one go will look like? :-)
On Thursday I took Sophie to the vets for vaccinations and a microchip. The microchip was a free extra in with the vaccinations, and it seemed like a good idea, so I accepted it. The visit cost £58, and once she has the top-up shot in two weeks she can go to the kennels for the wedding weekend. I opted out of the kennel cough jab. The kennels don't insist on it, and money is at a premium at the moment. Of course we still have to get her used to getting into a car, and that was supposed to be arranged this week and I've been badly let down, but that is an annoying megative and I don't want to talk about it... *growl* I'll just say that when someone makes plans with you, the least they can do is stick to it, and if they can't they ring and say so, not leave you hanging for TWO WEEKS! *growls again*
The weather was pretty bad this week - wind and rain, with gales through Thursday, and a lot more rain, but my prayers were answered Thursday morning, and the rain eased enough to get Sophie to the vet and back without getting more than damp. She was also very brave, not even whimpering when the vet stuck the needles in. :-) The vet also said that as she seems fine now, she doesn't need the anti-inflammatories all the time, and to just bring her back if she has a flare-up. That was good. :-)
Then he said that she was a bit overweight, and that if she could lose a few pounds it would help her arthritis. So now she is on a diet and exercise plan just like me! Do they have Sparkdogs, do you think? LOL
I told the vet about the prize we'd won, and he said to ring them and ask for the weight-control version of Baker's Complete. I did that as soon as we got back, and the lady I spoke to said she would pass the information along to the distribution centre for me. :-)
The vet's have a free scale in the waiting area that we can pop in any time and use to see how she is doing. Isn't that good? Only problem is that Sophie doesn't like it for some reason. It doesn't make a noise or anything, but she is very suspicious of it. So, I plan to weigh her every week and get her used to it that way. :-) Either she will adjust or I will get a bad back trying to lift her onto the thing and need an adjustment myself! LOL
On Friday morning the weather was better, although still a bit windy, and as Tara was awake when I got up, I suggested we all go for a walk to Highwoods. Sophie seemed up to a decent walk after not being able to walk her for the longest time, and Tara seemed keen, so after a nutrigrain and a cold drink each - me water and Tara milk - we set out. Once we reached Highwoods, I suggested that instead of keeping to the main path we explore a part of the park we haven't been through, so we headed up the field, keeping near the woodland at the side of the railway tracks, and walked through three fields, one after the other:
Sophie was very excited:
She and Tara often ran ahead of me:
At the top of the three fields, we found a muddy lane:
And a little pond:
We came out at the back of ASDA!
That is normally quite a walk from our house, along busy roads, and not a walk I ever relished. Not that I would shop at ASDA anyway, but the main hospital is just up the road from there, so it is a handy route to know about for the future. :-)
So we turned around and headed back into the park, and carried on along what they call the Circular Route until we spotted a lone bench. I took the opportunity for a quick breather while Tara took charge of the camera:
We finally reached the main woodland area, but by then Sophie was starting to flag, so I dribbled water from my bottle for her to lap at, and then we walked home, pausing for a brief time by the river while I tried to persuade her to take a drink. Funny dog. She prefers Mum's bottled water, so she had another slurp of that instead. That time she made contact with the bottle making me have to do without until we got home, so next time she is having her own bottle to drink from. LOL
This morning it was just Sophie and I so we walked the perimeter of the first field, and got home in 40 minutes. Tomorrow we'll probably try two fields, weather permitting. They are threatening more rain again, and those fields are quite slippy in places. :-)
When we got back the confirmation letter was sitting there from Purina, and they said the first delivery of food will be within 28 days. I had hoped it would be quicker, but never mind. As long as they don't try to deliver it during the wedding weekend which is bang on the 28 days! *gulp*
On a different subject, with exactly 4 weeks to go till the wedding, I am at the stage of trying on clothes. I ordered several size 16 jeans to try from Littlewoods, and not one pair was comfy, so I'm not dropping a jeans size for the wedding after all. Still, never mind. As long as what I wear is comfy I'm fine. I ordered a top and a velvet jacket, and am waiting on some trousers for my Mum of the Bride outfit. I just hope I can get away with what I've bought. I have to decide whether the outfit is ok in the next couple of days, and if not send the things back
Honest opinions only please. What do you guys think? Bear in mind that I will be wearing smart trousers with them, not jeans, plus a matching velvet hairband, not the biker scarf. :-)
Can I get away with wearing these?
Well, back to my inbox!
Hope everyone is having a great weekend. :-)
I nearly forgot to LOL! Shock! Horror!
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Yep, I've been whomped by the Tietze's again! Its timing was perfect - 20 minutes before we had to leave the house on Thursday afternoon to take Tara to the dentist for some treatment, I was stabbed from my chest through to my back with a red hot poker that left me gasping for breath!
It eased enough over about ten minutes so that we were able to go into town, albeit walking a mite slower than normal, and we had a lot of fun in Castle Park because the pain was reduced to a dull ache by then and Autumn had finally arrived in all its glory! :-)
I couldn't run at all, or bend much, but I was able to stand for a photo:
Tara had a whale of a time running through the leaves:
She also enjoyed sneaking up behind me with handfuls of leaves and throwing them over my head, but as the target, I couldn't actually get any photos of that! LOLOLOL
We managed to get everything done that was planned in town - new maxtra cartridge for the brita jug, new notebook for me, and the dentist visit, which took all of five minutes and didn't hurt at all, though Tara found the mouth vacuum cleaner peculiar to say the least, specially when the nurse kept getting it stuck to her tongue! LOL
By the time we left the pain was becoming somewhat persistent, and although we had hoped to check out a few charity shops before heading home I had to admit defeat, so we popped into the chippy for a small battered sausage and a few chips, (yes, naughty I know, but we were hungry and it was the only food source close by) and walked home, munching as we went. We were walking past Waitrose, so we popped in for milk and teabags, and it was a good thing we did!
The sun was setting as we reached the store, and the colours were amazing, so I took some photos when we left:
I'm always amazed how well the photos can come out sometimes, considering that this is just a basic camera phone I am using. :-)
The pain gradually developed and spread across my back as the evening went on, until it got to the point that I couldn't do a thing! Seriously! It was the worst attack yet. I couldn't close the back door, lift my handbag, or even a mug of tea! I hobbled upstairs to bed, and did my best to get comfortable. I took some painkillers, but they made no difference at all! I lay there, not even tossing and turning, because it hurt to move. I eventually managed to drop off to sleep, but woke every time my body tried to move in my sleep. To turn over I had to lever myself up to a seated position, turn to face the other way, and then lower myself back down again. Not conducive to a decent sleep. :-(
I rang the surgery as soon as I got up in the morning, because although the pain had lessened a little, it was still pretty bad and my movement was still pretty restricted, and I was at the doctors half an hour later. I was thoroughly examined by a lady I hadn't met before. She said that the costochondritis/Tietze's was causing muscle spasms in my back. She prescribed stronger painkillers and anti-inflammatory meds, and suggested I get a hot water bottle and have lots of warm baths! :-)
Hmmmm.... Can I run my home from the bath do you think? :-)
I got home eventually, after picking up the meds, and buying the smallest hot water bottle I've ever seen. They only had kiddie ones you see. LOL. I then popped next door to see Anne, and down to the local shop for a bag of pasta and some bananas, because I knew that I would be knocked for six once I took the pills and wanted a couple of days of not needing to go anywhere.
Then I took my first dose of pills, and Friday magically disappeared......... :-)
I've got up this morning to find that I still have some pain, but nothing like as bad as it was, so I am taking my anti-inflammatory tablets but trying not to take the painkillers unless I have to. :-) I am grounded though. I'm not walking anywhere or doing any strength exercises this weekend, to give my body as much rest as possible.
Pain has been a pain all round this week as it happens. My lovely neighbour Anne suffers from spasms near her kidneys that can be very debilitating, and she had an attack during my birthday meal, forcing her to cut the evening short sadly. I made chicken and asparagus risotto, and that went down very well, and I also made a rice pudding for dessert because I know Anne and David like it. Unfortunately Anne's pain kicked in just as I was taking the pudding out of the oven. I made her a chamomile tea because that sometimes helps, but it was a really bad attack and she had to leave. I made them take the rice pudding with them though. Tara doesn't eat dessert at night and I was full and I'd made it mostly for them, so David had some that evening, and the two of them polished it off for breakfast next morning. LOL
So, that is basically Wed, Thur and Fri in a large and chatty nutshell - with pics. :-)
I plan to spend some time sparking and some time sewing this weekend, and maybe some reading too, pain and everything else permitting.
Oh, we came under rocket fire last night!
I found this embedded in my lawn this morning. It must have dropped at quite a lick because about an inch of the head was under the soil!
The joys of Bonfire Night! Not!
I don't object to Bonfire Night. A decent firework display is a beautiful thing to behold! I just object to people playing silly buggers with fireworks, and if this reached my garden, someone was playing silly buggers! I also wish they would confine the fireworks to just one night, so we don't spend two weeks or more dealing with this kind of thing on an almost nightly basis.
Mini Moan Over! :-)
Have a great weekend everyone!
Bonfire night take two tonight. Oh goodie! :-)
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