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Walking Plan - Day 2 and artistic neighbours need shoes too

Monday, July 12, 2010

Today I did:

10 minutes walking (WP - day 2)
45 minutes walking just over 2 miles to drop off my repeat prescription at the doctors and complete the St John's circuit rather than just the quick route to and fro.

My neighbour is an artist, specialising in recycling stuff other people throw away and turning it into lovely works of art. She was telling me this morning that one school she is working at is planning a sculpture made of old shoes, but the headmaster wanted the activity to be a surprise so he didn't ask the kids to bring their old shoes in. He tells her this with three days to go! A cuppa and a good rummage later and she left our house with one pair of wellies, one pair of cowboy boots, two pairs of trainers, one pair of shoes, one pair of flipflops and one pair of slippers. It is amazing what you keep that is worn out, huh?
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This is what I love about being her neighbour. You never know what your day is going to bring.
Yesterday, for instance, I opened my bedroom curtains to see a large pig laid on its side in her back garden! It does make you look twice I can tell you! There was a calf in there a few months ago. These are mosaic statues she made that come back for repair occasionally as they are part of an outdoor nature trail, so they get a bit weather-beaten over time.

If you would like to see some of her work, check this out:
There is a link to another page of her work at the bottom of this one:
www.wivenhoe.gov.uk/Arts/annesf.htm

Hope you are having a good day.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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LEXIE63 7/20/2010 9:41AM

    Anne will be so pleased you all liked her work! She is a lovely neighbour to have. One in the true sense of the word.
Hugs,
Lex xxx

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CARLA-216 7/19/2010 3:42PM

    Wow, your neighbor is quite talented. I loved seeing her work!

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SISSYFEB48 7/12/2010 7:45PM

    You've got a great and interesting neighbor. Thanks for sharing the link. Have a great week!
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CHEVY63 7/12/2010 3:36PM

    Sounds like you've had a great day! Your neighbor also sounds very interesting - It's great to have neighbors you like.

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BOE4LIFE 7/12/2010 2:10PM

    Awesome. Umm what is a cuppa? emoticon

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LEXIE63 7/12/2010 1:45PM

    Thankyou! Hope your Monday is Marvelous too.
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JHADZHIA 7/12/2010 8:57AM

    Well done with the walking! Thanks for sharing this lady's work, wonderful for the environment to have people like this and interesting for you to watch her creations come to life!
Have a marvelous Monday!

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I'm Walking in the Rain (with apologies to Gene Kelly)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Well, that was fun. Exercising in the rain is an interesting experience. At least it kept me cool.
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I'm walking in the rain, just walking in the rain,
What a glorious feeling, I'm cooler again.
Just five minutes there,
and five minutes back,
I'm building up the discipline I usually lack

Just one day at a time,
and I'll sure toe the line
Come on with the rain, I can still walk just fine,
I'm laughing at clouds,
My kids are so proud,
I'm walking, just walking in the rain

(whistles and walks off)

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BOVEY63 7/12/2010 1:08PM

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Gene Kelly would be proud.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/12/2010 8:59AM

    Glad the rain didn't deter you. Only bad thing about walking/jogging in the rain is trying to keep the ole ipod dry. emoticon

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Active health - Worked up a sweat!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Some time ago (over a year ago) I treated myself to Active Health, a Nintendo DS game that comes complete with an activity meter that counts the steps you do each day. I have used it every day since, resetting it about three or four times over the year as I changed my mind about what I wanted to track. You know the sort of thing... Do I really want to log EVERYTHING I eat? Hmmm...

I am somewhat picky about accuracy you see, and the game, while accurate on the physical side - steps, mileage, speed, weight, etc, is a bit hit and miss when it comes to calories and nutrients. It doesn't log protein for a start, and often the stored data on a specific food varied wildly from the nutrition info on the packets I was reading. So the last time I set it to include my food I entered everything I ate manually. Then hit a large stumbling block. There is only room to fit 36 favourites! I kid you not! So I had to rely on the wrong info from the game to add some of my food and this did not work for me.

Having now spent a couple of weeks logging my food on SP I am much happier with the accuracy and decided to reset my data on Active Health yet again, to dump the food stats and just keep the exercise stats, otherwise Carol will just keep nagging me! Unfortunately you can only reset the LOT! So I have once again lost all my info on the segment where you are walking from Land's End to John O'Groats.
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It is a shame, because I reckon I must have walked half way there by now if you add all the resets up, but what can you do? At the end of the day it is a 'game' so here I am back at Land's End, starting the 912 mile walk once more.

My exercise today:
10 minute walk (Walking Plan day 1)
15 minutes doing strength exercises (twist crunches and weights)
15 minutes on the Aerobic Step
15 minutes on the mini trampoline.
I have reached 2 miles (approx 4400 steps), which is great for me!

Must remember to log this on my Sparkteams!

So, breakfast. I'm pretty hungry. I can't imagine why.
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LEXIE63 7/12/2010 8:21AM

    I'm guessing you get a protein boost eating that for breakfast. You must like your meat. :-)
I'm a porridge fan with apple or pear chopped up and added to it. That or some kind of eggs because I struggle to get enough protein each day. I find these keep me going for a while before I feel hungry again, but things like rice krispies leave me hungry again in an hour, even with a banana sliced up with it.

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BOE4LIFE 7/11/2010 6:47PM

    Keep it up. I also like the food logs but I do a few things weird. For breakfast I eat 2 pieces of lunch meat wrapped in a tortilla shell. I also keep them for snacks if it is gonna be a long day. Keeps me outta the candy bar drawer.

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9 glasses of water!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Yep, I hit nine glasses of water yesterday. The fact that the house was doing a passable impression of an oven on full blast with the doors open may have had something to do with it of course. I'm no fool! LOL

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EDIT: Oh, too cute! I just popped my nine glasses of water onto my Nutrition page, and the little glass of water icon shows the water spilling over the top of the glass! Sweet!

  
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LEXIE63 7/11/2010 6:56PM

    I used to keep bottles within reach but I think the small glasses are working better for me. Not such a mountain to climb each day when you keep refilling a small glass. It's probably a psychological thing.

I have never liked the taste of water.
Hugs,
Lex xxx

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BOE4LIFE 7/11/2010 6:43PM

    Me too. there are so many other things that taste so much better. That is why I keep a 1 quart water bottle at work. 2 of those plus the glass I drink with my vitamins in the morning and it is 9 BOOYAH!.

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LEXIE63 7/11/2010 5:29PM

    Thanks! emoticon It is a first for me. I can barely manage 3 or 4 glasses usually. Whether I can keep this level up as the weather cools down remains to be seen. I'm really hoping that I will become so used to drinking this much water so that I won't slip back.
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Can I suggest building up your water intake gradually... pick a daily amount you know you can do, stick with it for a week and then increase by one or even half a glass a week if necessary, until you reach the goal you want? I'm happy to be your cheering section for this goal if it would help.
Hugs,
Lex xxx

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GRACE612 7/11/2010 3:25PM

    Congrats on the 9 glasses!!! drinking water is such a weak point for me...I really need to work on that.

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Day 1 - 52-week Walking Plan

Sunday, July 11, 2010

I did it! I got up, fed and watered the dog and garden birds, grabbed a bottle of water and my phone and did my first walk this morning! If I can keep this up I'll be stunned, but I'm going to do my best.

The plan is from a book by Mark Fenton with a very long title: The Complete Guide to Walking For Health, Weight Loss and Fitness.

Even though I do walk a fair bit in the course of my week while shopping, and so forth (no car), I want to keep this fitness plan separate to that, and work through it literally from the beginning, so for the next four weeks I am doing the Warm Up Programme on page 3. I have never got up early specifically to exercise before starting my day, so this is about discipline as well as getting fit and having fun exploring my neighbourhood, not to mention seeing how far I can walk in the designated times each day.

He really does start you slow. Today was a ten-minute walk. I set the timer on my mobile for 5 minutes, walked along my road towards Ipswich Road until it beeped then turned around and walked back. I almost reached the end of my road in the five minutes, crossing the final junction a few seconds before the beeper went off.

It is going to be interesting to see the distances I can do and whether they increase as the days go along. I will vary my route too, so I don't get bored.
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Now to get on with my strength exercises before it get too hot again. I left them too late yesterday and it was impossible to more than a few minutes.
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Have a great day everyone!
Thanks for friending me and listening to my rambling.
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