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.
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.
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.
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.
Have a great day everyone!
Thanks for friending me and listening to my rambling.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
So, what have I tried the Flora Light with so far...
On multigrain bread with a boiled egg. That worked. It was nice!
On multigrain bread with Smoked Salmon Pate. That was ok, though I'll be a little less generous with the Flora next time, and I also tried the smoked salmon/Flora light combo on wholegrain crackers which was also very good.
Last night I cut a courgette into chunks and fried them in a little Flora Light. The smell worried me a bit. It comes out when it is used like this. But above the smell of the Flora I could smell the courgettes and by the time they were cooked and I tasted one, the Flora smell was dissipating somewhat and the courgettes tasted lovely! Then went beautifully with the other veggies, new potatoes (also with a little Flora on which also worked) and two sausages (I know, but they needed using up and it is helpful to see what they look like on my Nutrition pages for future avoidance).
So far the Flora is going well. I'm not saying I'll never eat butter again, and we still have almost a full 500g tub in the fridge which I won't throw out cos I can't abide waste. Tara still prefers butter on her pasta and I'll gradually use it up as we go along, then just keep a small tub of butter for Tara and just stick to the Flora for me.
Next test, making a cake or buns with Flora.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
I guess this time of year is a good time to learn to drink more water and less tea. The hot weather, and it is scorching today, really encourages me to down more water than usual. So much so that I managed eight glasses yesterday for only the second time ever. I am sitting here this morning, already on my third glass, and I've barely finished breakfast! I may exceed eight today if this heat keeps up, though I still love my cuppas, and can't ever see myself giving those up completely. Had eight of those yesterday too, but only one so far today.
Maybe by the end of the summer I'll be so used to drinking lots of water that I'll be able to keep up the pace. That would be amazing when you consider that I barely scraped 2 glasses a day most days until recently, and I have dragged myself kicking and screaming to the Brita jug.
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