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.
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!
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