Tuesday, January 04, 2011
They seem to have fixed whatever was causing all the go-slows and mis posts we were battling with yesterday. I am quite relieved to be able to Spark with only the very occasional slow page, and seeing all that I've entered into my nutrition tracker is actually there when I close the 'add food' window is good too. :-) I ate lunch twice yesterday, or more accurately, I ate it once and then SP ate it! *grin*
Took my life in my hands this morning and let Sophie choose the route through Highwoods. She took me down to the lake, round it, up to the woods, through said woods, and out towards the fields, where she decided to detour and take us through Boat Field, which until a couple of days ago was full of sheep. And what are sheep full of? And what could I not avoid treading in piles of all the way round the field? And what didn't I photograph because I knew you guys would not want to see it? Aren't I considerate of your sensibilities? LOLOL
How pretty was the sky yesterday when I was walking to Waitrose? This pretty:
Today the only photo I took was of this tree bark, which I thought was quite attractive:
Yes, I know, I am tree-obsessed. LOL
I spent some time this afternoon playing with my Fitness Tracker, going through all the strength exercises for Core, Upper and Lower, and writing down the ones I think I can use. I'm getting bored with the Bootcamp videos and need to shake things up a bit. So I still plan to work the whole lower-upper-core-lower-upper-core-rest week that seems to work for me, but I'm removing the videos from the equation for the time being, and focusing on the strength exercises and getting the form and quantity worked out. I'll do four or five different exercises each day, and see how it goes. I will also do more cardio at home if my walk with Sophie isn't long or fast enough to get my cardio in properly. I think today was good. We were out for an hour and a half. :-)
A question for all my friends who like to play with their food:
Has anyone ever put tinned beans into a curry, and if so, how did it go? I'm thinking of doing it, and am wondering, frankly, if it would be a culinary experiment too far. LOL
Well, I'm off to do some other stuff now. Dishes and cooking the dinner spring to mind. Basic tomato sauce on tagliatelle tonight for dinner. Cheap and cheerful and a couple of veggies worth.
Enjoy your day,
Monday, January 03, 2011
Yes! My little genius raced downstairs this morning all excited, saying that she thought she might have figured out how to fix her laptop! She switched it on and went to System Restore, and reset it to the day before the laptop went poof! We sat there with bated breath for a couple of minutes, and it started updating Kaspersky and signing her in to MSN! She's back, which means I have my baby back to myself. Yay!
We've been pretty good about sharing actually, in between trying to get assistance to fix the laptop and getting nowhere which has been frustrating in the extreme. But somewhere in the myriad of 'not-so-helpful comments and suggestions was a throwaway remark from Bryony that started the little grey cells percolating in Tara's brain, resulting in the lightbulb moment this morning.
Since then Tara has been superglued to her baby, and I'm not going to say a word about doing anything else to her because she deserves to enjoy her triumph. :-)
We are having a designated 'Do-Little-Day' today. It is Bank Holiday Monday so we are going to enjoy it. :-) I've walked Sophie, mulled over my word for the year, popped to Waitrose for a few essentials, and I'm now going to spend the rest of the day on my PC catching up with SP, Livejournal, and trying to get my inbox down to a manageable level - in itself no mean feat if I can do it. LOL
Oooh, and I nearly forgot that I also have my lower body strength training to do. Must go do that now before I totally forget. :-)
Catch you all later!
Sunday, January 02, 2011
The last week has seen me renew my commitment to Sparkpeople and my health after a temporary hiatus for Bryony's wedding (photos finally on their way to me apparently). I'm keeping track of food and exercise properly again after several weeks where I only kept track of my steps on my pedometer and let everything else slide.
Even though we really didn't 'do' Christmas this year, for various reasons, somehow the season still got to me, and I gained a little weight from the only thing in the house that isn't normally here, namely boxes of chocolates. I treated us to a box of mini Toblerone, which we are still working through at the rate of a couple a day each, plus nice neighbour Anne gave us a box of Thorntons, which disappeared down our throats in two days, and Bry gave us each a mini box of Hotel Chocolat chocs, which also got eaten over the same two days as the Thorntons. Ooops! For someone not really 'into' chocolate I surely stuffed myself with it over Christmas. LOL Good choc with soft centres or soft alcoholic centres in them are a weakness of mine, which is probably why the Toblerone are lasting and the others didn't. :-) Hey, at least I didn't add dessert to the mix. *grin*
So I am up to 13 stone 2 1/4 lbs, from 13 stone 1/4lb this time last week. The week before that I had seen 12 stone something for the first time in years and I hope to see it again sometime soon. As I'm always saying, this journey isn't so much about the weight for me, but more about getting fit and eating better. If the weight loss comes along for the ride then all well and good, but I don't stress when it dips and rolls like this.
Since I stepped on the scale back in Jan 2009 and discovered I was at 14 1/2 stone, I've done well to lose around 1 1/2 stone without going to insane lengths to diet and exercise. Hello Lifestyle Change instead of dieting. :-) I am also a firm believer in 'slow and steady wins the race'. :-)
Anyhoo, back to the last week:
This last week I have remembered, by the skin of my teeth and the nagging of Tara, to do at least the Bootcamp videos each day to get my strength training back up and running. My muscles have screamed at me, but that is my fault for letting things slide for a few weeks. Hopefully they will be singing sweet music to me before much longer, once they are back where they should be. :-)
After over a week of being unable to take Sophie for walks at Highwoods because of the thick ice everywhere, we finally got back in the swing on Thursday, only to have that unusual experience with the police manhunt the very next day. However, Highwoods is back to its more peaceful self, and today all we could hear was the wildlife, and boy were the birds singing! They were on top form today, and the only birds in the air were of the feathered variety! *grin*
Everyone, it seems, on SP have been either working on New Year Resolutions, or denouncing them as a waste of space and a guaranteed downer as they almost never work, and all you set yourself up for is failure and a self-esteem nosedive.
I have to say I tend to agree with the latter group. I lost count of the years I made resolutions, only to have failed at least one before the first day was over (that one usually being the one to quit smoking LOL). I have come to the personal conclusion that New Year Resolutions are the result of a temporary mass hysteria brought about by alcohol. Either that, or it is the biggest ploy the marketing community ever come up with. Think about it. If you tell yourself you can't have something, what becomes all you can think about? Then what happens when you finally give in to the craving? You eat/smoke/drink/gamble twice as much as you would have had you carried on as normal!!! Very, very sneaky! LOL
Anyway, my friends on the Positive Bloggers SP Group are doing Word of the Year. Basically, to quote Wanda, "you choose a word that resonates from within and allow the word to be your guidance through out the year. Any word that you wish to incorporate in your life, learn from and grow with is fine. Spend some time meditating if need be to receive your word. It's not difficult, as usually once asked for, the word pops into your mind and just feels right."
I didn't think I was getting a word, but today mine popped right out at me, and it is SPIRIT. I am looking forward to seeing how this word affects my coming year. :-)
If anyone is interested in this concept, check out this website for more details:
And on the subject of my groups, I plan to make some changes there. Some I am pretty much inactive in, and I plan to change that. I need to be sensible about the amount of time I spend on SP, so I have to limit myself, but at the same time I love some of my groups and the friends I've made there with a passion and would not want to leave. So I shall leave a couple of groups I really don't interact with anymore, and make an effort to be more active with those I remain a part of.
Can I just shout out a special mention to Positive Bloggers, British Comedy Lovers and Finding and Loving Your Inner Tigger? These three groups are among the most friendly and supportive groups you could wish to meet on SP. I'm looking forward to interacting more on these teams in particular. :-)
I am also looking forward to spending more time with my friends here on SP. Dare I hope I might meet at least one or two in person this year? That would be wonderful! :-)
Well, that is about it for my review this week. I have a very exciting anniversary coming up in 11 days. Stay tuned on that one. :-)
Have a wonderfully serene Sunday.
In honour of 2011 being the International Year of the Forest:
Friday, December 31, 2010
Them's the headlines folks! *grin*
Yes, you read that correctly. :-) We started off having a lovely walk, even though it is still extremely soggy underfoot. We walked up two fields, across to the woods, along the bottom woodland path, visited Grandfather (an ancient Oak Tree by a pond), and then walked down to the lake.
It was as we were circling the lake that I spotted two policemen on the opposite shore. I thought they were community police at first, though why they would be wandering about Highwoods I don't know. As we got close up I realised they were police proper, so to speak. :-)
I passed them as they headed up the hill and I then got chatting with a lady who happened to be an off-duty policewoman. As we were talking a police helicopter arrived, and it started scanning the woods. She was most intrigued as to what was happening and wandered off after the officers, presumably to find out the situation.
Sophie and I continued our walk, and as we approached a copse a Squirrel broke cover and shot across in front of Sophie, racing into the trees right in front of her. Well, you know Sophie and Squirrels. *grin* She started darting to and fro, trying to get under the trees after the squirrel, and I suddenly realised that the police helicopter was taking quite an interest in what she was up to. Sophie finally admitted defeat, and we walked on, the helicopter still hovering overhead.
As we were leaving the field we bumped into a Police Dog Handler and a high ranking officer. The Officer told me that a man had absconded from A&E during treatment and run into the woods, so they were trying to find him. He would be easy to recognise as he was covered in blood and bandages!!!
I assured the Officer that had I spotted anyone covered in blood I'd have dialled 999, and that I would keep an eye out for him. It wasn't until we were on our way down the path that I clicked that Sophie's antics with that Squirrel probably made the police in the helicopter wonder if she had spotted the missing man! had I clicked I could have tried signalling to them that she was just after a Squirrel, but how do you mime "It's OK. My dog's after a squirrel" at a police helicopter? LOL
All the way home we kept bumping into people who were speculating as to why the police were out in force, and someone said there might have been a bank robbery because all the bridges have been closed, and there were police cars and officers on foot all over the area. I don't know yet what the full story is, but if I find out I'll let you all know. Needless to state, I didn't spot the man anywhere, and I'm rather glad I didn't! :-)
So, there is no snow to speak of left at Highwoods, but despite the thaw the lake is still largely frozen at this point.
Now I plan to post this blog and then get settled into my armchair with my crochet so I can watch one of my all-time favourite films, and here I am showing my age. Rex Harrison as Dr. Doolittle! I love this film so much, and rarely get a chance to see it these days, so as one of the TV channels has kindly decided to show it I don't want to miss out. :-)
I'm working on a Aran Granny Square Blanket at the moment, and there are still a lot of squares to make. :-)
So, have a wonderful New Year's Eve, and I'll catch you all later.
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