Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday's stats are a WOOHOO!
Fruit and Veg = 8 portions
Water = 9 glasses
Calories = In Range
Carbs = In Range
Fat = In Range
Protein = In Range
Chicken for dinner and Prawns for lunch make a great protein day! :-)
Weight 13 stone 3 1/4 lbs (dropped 3/4lb)
That three pounds I put on during my bad pain week is melting away this week! *phew!*
Walkies - Round the Highwoods Lake, plus a shopping trip to Waitrose
That's about 4 1/4 miles! Yippee!
So, When Sophie Woke Up, she was doing better, almost no limp at all, so I decided that we would set out on the walk, returning home and cutting it short if she showed signs of distress.
We met up with an elderly couple I know just inside the park, and although Sophie let the lady stroke her, and the man get a quick touch in, she then pulled away, tail between her legs, much to the poor man's sorrow. So, out came the explanation again, and I told him that what works best where Sophie is concerned is totally ignoring her. That way she will end up asking him for attention. It may take a few meetings before it works, but it will work. :-)
I always feel for these people. It isn't Sophie's fault she is so wary of them, it is the fault of the man who ill-treated her when she was young. I just don't like to see friendly dog lovers faces drop when she backs away from them like that. :-(
This couple have three little dogs, that are all friendly. One is a Scottie dog, and I have a real thing for Scotties. When I was a young kid living in a little village in Cornwall, we had an elderly lady who lived near us, down a lane, and the kids all believed she was a witch. They used to torment her, annoyingly, but I got to know her through her Scotty Dog, which always came to the gate to say hello when I was passing on my way to my Dad's house. I guess it knew I was ok. :-) If she was a witch, she was a very nice one. She really knew her herbs and she had the most amazing cottage, with a classic cottage garden full of colour, and scents, and it was just picture perfect.
Aaaah, memories. :-)
Anyway, back to the walk. :-) The couple were on their way home, so we said goodbye and continued along the path. I decided to stick to the path and maybe just walk along the bottom of the first two fields and then turn round and go home, if Sophie wasn't ok.
By the time we reached that point she was fine, so rather than turn round or continue on the path up the hill and into the wood, I decided we'd brave the lake and hope the route wasn't too slippery. :-) So we went into the field and down the little path towards the lake area...
I love how the paths undulate across the little hills and dips around here. You get a good workout, and as you top a rise, you get an unexpected treat for the eyes at every turn, like this first view of the lake...
Though Sophie was more interested in the Moorhens on the grass. They are there, honest! :-) ...
We got closer to the lake and looked out across it to watch the birds. At this point there wasn't a soul around. I love it when we get the place to ourselves...
There are platforms like this at intervals around the lake for the registered fishermen to use...
We decided, by dint of Sophie's insistence, to walk around the lake before heading home...
Some of the ducks came over while we were standing on one of the platforms. I wish we'd had some food for them...
We walked through a gap caused by little copses of trees...
Then through another one...
We rounded the end of the lake and gingerly walked down some muddy, slippery steps, wishing my boots had arrived...
Then we got a good view of the length of the lake...
And then we walked the other side of the lake, opposite the main woods...
"Come on Mum! Nearly back to the Moorhens!"...
Once we reached the end of the lake, we could look down to the wooded area the river runs through on its way to the marshland...
We will head down there for a closer look another time. For now, though, it is time to take one last look at the lake...
and then head back through the field, and home...
In other Wednesday news, three pairs of trousers, a waterproof raincoat and a pair of walking boots arrived in the afternoon, and - wonder of wonders - EVERYTHING fit! WOW! Even the skinny trousers, which I only ordered for a laugh because I never expected to get them past my knees! Mind you, they are going back, because although they did look nice with that top, I could feel the back of them slide down when I tried to sit in them, leaving me a trifle exposed, and they are a little too cosy around my btm for comfort. LOL
The black trousers came as a two-pack with a pair of pinstripe ones. I tried both pairs on and fell in love! They are cut to the waist, not the hips, and are bootcut, my favourite style! They sit nicely on my shoes, and the black ones look wonderful with that top! I will take a photo tomorrow probably, when I get the last of the outfit sorted. The camera doesn't do so well in artificial light and the last of the stuff won't arrive until later today.
One thing with those trousers, as I am unlikely to wear the pinstripe ones, I might be looking for a home for them. British size 18, 31 inch leg. I'll keep you posted on that. :-) I'm going to see if they work with any of the tops coming today, for a second outfit, not that I'm greedy or anything, but an outfit change might be useful for the wedding weekend. :-) Are pinstripes slimming she asks hopefully? LOL
The waterproof coat is a beauty! From Cotton Traders. Purple. I actually want it to rain now, so I can christen it. LOL
The boots are amazing! From Hi-Tec, in association with the National Trust, they are about as eco-friendly as you can get in a boot! Apart from it being likely to take a few walks to get my ankles used to them, they are hugely comfy!
Click on the little green buttons around the boot to read about all the eco-friendly parts. :-)
I am absolutely thrilled to bits with them. I've never owned a walking boot before. :-) Tune in tomorrow to see how far I walked with them on their first outing. :-)
In other other news *grin*
This week I have changed the structure of my day a little. My spiritual oomph has been flagging a bit lately, what with one thing and another. Making time for a little prayer time, meditation, maybe an oracle/tarot reading and some study should be a priority for me, as I'm working through my 2nd Degree with the AODA, and assisting people studying for their 1st Degree. But time just keeps running away with me, and by the end of the evening, I am simply too tired to do more than sit in bed and chill. Trying to study read at that time is a waste of energy, because it all just flies right by, and I can't remember what I read by the morning. Not helpful. :-)
So, as it is colder now, I am spending my first hour each day, doing all that stuff! I get up, grab water and a nutrigrain bar as usual, and after feeding Sophie and the birds and popping the heating on, I light a candle, say prayers, do a daily oracle reading, and a little study. Then I get dressed and take Sophie out for our walk.
I was also finding that the morning was gone by the time I got back from the walk, and I was eating breakfast at 1pm or even later! So I am getting up a little earlier (around 9am because I don't put my light out until about 1 am at night), and aiming to get back from the walk and cook my porage, hoping to sit down to eat it before Noon! LOL
So far this week, so good! :-) Plus, instead of playing on my DSi in bed last night, I started reading through some prayer books, looking for some I particularly like to write into my portable prayer and ritual notebook. I read and note the page numbers of the ones I really like, and then write them up next morning as part of my study time. :-) Cool!
So, off to do some work and wait for the delivery now.
Oooh! Nearly forgot! Guess what got delivered while I was out with Sophie this morning (Thur)? Her first three months of Dog food! And there was a slight hiccup! Tara signed for it because I wasn't here, and when I got back and checked it over, there were no weight control foods at all, some of the flavours were not what I asked for, and to top it off, instead of doggy treats we got a box of PUPPY food!!!!!!
So I had to get on the phone to James, and he is going to sort it out. He thinks the puppy food came because someone entered the wrong code, and it turned up instead of the dog treats, because we are down for 48 kilos of dog food per three months, and that was intact. He will also amend the order to make sure Sophie gets chicken flavour weight control in future, and I think he is also going to try and get the other flavours that got delivered replaced with chicken too, though I'm not absolutely sure about that. :-)
I hated having to ring and complain, but really, puppy food? LOLOLOL
So there you go. A great Wednesday, and an interesting start to Thursday. Now to go get some work done, and then I can hopefully catch up with all my sparkfriends later on. :-)
Have a great day everyone. :-)
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Let's see how I did on Tuesday:
Fruit and Veg: 9
Calories: in range
Carbs: 3 over
Fat: in range
Protein: in range
A REALLY good eating day! :-)
Weight: 13 stone 3 pounds
Walkies! I haven't added in strength training this week because of still hurting, but I hope to add that in next week.
We had an interesting hour and a half walk through the boggier parts of Highwoods on Tuesday. :-)
I thought I would let Sophie lead the way and see where we went, and it was fun. I had to take charge eventually or we'd have never got home, but anyway...
When we got through the tunnel...
rather than follow the usual path or walk up the field, we turned right and headed along the edge of the marsh...
The frost still had a good grip where the sun hadn't penetrated and there were a lot of icy puddles to negotiate...
Rather than walk a circuit of the field...
Sophie took me along the bottom of it...
until we reached a gap in the hedge with a muddy path leading to a bridge...
over a tiny stream that fed part of the marsh...
When we crossed the bridge the park opened up into an area of little copses, and a human-sized rabbit warren of paths...
We followed the 'Circular Route' signposts to try and stay vaguely on track, but I very soon realised that the second bridge over the marsh was not in the direction we were headed...
And looking to the left, in the general direction I expected to find the bridge, all I could see was a steep, and thoroughy slippery-looking muddy path that I did not trust myself to stay upright on if we attempted it...
So, not fancying a muddy and numb bum, we continued up the hill, and took the next left turn, which looked a little more promising...
That path reached a boggy field, about 20 yards from the marsh footpath and bridge I had been aiming for. We had slightly overshot the runway...
Figuring that the boggy field might be the lesser of two evils, that steep, muddy, slippery slope being the other option, we opened the gate and made our way across the field...
We slipped, we slid, and we both had very soggy feet, but we made it to the bridge and then we had another problem Euston! You see, Sophie decided she didn't like the look of the bridge and refused to step onto it to cross the river, trying instead to get into the river and climb the opposite bank.
Sadly, this was not possible as the bank there was shored up with more planks, so, somewhat warily, she was eventually persuaded to give the bridge a chance, and we finally found ourselves on the other side of it *phew! mops brow* Thought I'd have to carry her for a moment LOL...
Turning left, we then walked round the corner and reached the bridge and marshland path I had been trying to reach from the other side...
I only planned to stop so Sophie could have a drink, but once again she had other ideas, and I found myself walking across the marsh, and up that steep muddy slippery slope, I'd avoided a short time earlier! *grin*...
Once I had made it to the top we turned right and retraced our steps...
back to the first field via the bridge...
through the field to the edge of the marsh...
and headed down the steps to go through the tunnel and head for home...
Once I had taken off my sodden and filthy trainers (don't worry, no pics of that!), dried myself off and grabbed my breakfast, I sat at the computer and typed Walking Boots into the Littlewoods Search engine, closely followed by Waterproof Coat! LOLOL
If this is going to be a Typical Walk, I am going to need them! *grin*
Sadly, Sophie slipped on the stairs that afternoon and jarred the bad shoulder again, and spent a lot of the evening limping, so Wednesday's walk was not looking too hopeful. Tune in tomorrow to find out what happened when Sophie Woke Up.
In other news, I decided that the jacket I got as potential wedding wear was really not working for me, but that the top had promise, so I parcelled up the last of the wedding wear, except the top, and returned it all to Littlewoods, then came home, and added five pairs of black trousers, a waistcoat, three blouse-type tops and four cardigans to my boots and coat order... Here we go again! Something HAS to work for me eventually! :-)
So, that was Tuesday! LOL
Hope everyone is having as much fun with their days as I am! :-)
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.
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