Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Yes! I have done Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of the plan so far this week and have done everything I wanted to do. My thighs and hips are shouting at me, and my lower back is a bit twingy, but despite that I feel GREAT!!!
Leslie Sansone's videos are great fun. The latest one I found, the Cardio Slimdown, is a 20 minute walk like the one mile walk, but with some added twists to the moves that I think make it extra crunchy! But a whole heap of fun! LOL That is why I linked to her videos in my previous blog, so anyone who wants to can go straight to them and try them out for themselves. :-)
Today I walked with Sophie for almost an hour and a half! She went leadless from the moment we entered Highwoods until she went temporarily deaf in the woods after spotting a Squirrel! LOL. I knew that could be a problem, which was why I decided to test her out in the woodland area today. Evidently the Universe heard my plan, because I have NEVER seen so many Squirrels in my life!!! I'm not kidding! I lost count! I saw them in groups of three or more at a time. They were everywhere you looked! I saw at least two dozen of them, no exaggeration! Sophie had to go back on the lead until we left the woods, to keep her safe, but we will work on it. Maybe next time we could have a few less Squirrels to tempt her please? LOLOL
Now for a real laugh! :-) Some attempts to get a decent photo of Sophie off the lead. They say that a picture paints a thousand words, so here is my photo essay! LOL:
Saving the best for last:
Sunday, January 09, 2011
I am not much of a Techie. I probably don't even spell Techie correctly, assuming it is even a real word. LOL I have been in a panic about renewing my internet security with Kaspersky because I have a fear of someone swiping my bank details if I pay for anything online. When you spend your life as close to the breadline as I do, and more often than not on the wrong side of it, something like that would be disastrous as I have nothing to fall back on while a mess like that were sorted out!
Normally my computer guru friend, Adrian, renews my Kaspersky for me using his credit card and I just hand him the cash, but he is out of the country and wouldn't be back in time to do it this year. So, with six days to go before my license expired I had to pluck up the courage to sort it out myself. A couple of times over the last few days I've started the process, only to chicken out before putting my card details in. Today though, I gritted my teeth and got as far as the page where the card details had to be, and realised it only gave credit card options, and not debit card ones. Hmmm.... this could be tricky. I don't have a credit card. *pulls face*
Then I had the brainwave of going to the Kaspersky website, and after a little searching I found a UK phone number for customer services. I rang them up, and joy of joys, the lovely lady I spoke to (Meena) said I could do everything over the phone, and not only that, I could upgrade to cover Tara's laptop as well, for a special price of £25 instead of £50!!!
I was expecting a repeat customer discount that meant paying £32 instead of £40 for one computer, so she saved me another 7 pounds over what I expected and covered Tara too!!! This means we might actually have enough money to eat this week. LOL. You may think I'm kidding on the food front, but this is a terrible week money-wise, so if ever there was a week where an unexpected discount would be helpful, this week coming was it! *grin*
So Meena took my details, processed my order, talked me through the install step-by-step, and then was handed over to Tara to get her system set up. Then I got up, walked into my kitchen, and kissed my Money Plant and thanked my new plastic four leaf clover!!! LOL
Yes, I am a tad superstitious, and believe in thanking gods, guardians, faeries and any symbolic luck that comes my way. Numerically, I do well with 3, 6, and 9 as well. Today is the 9th, and there were 6 days left to renew my license, so it seemed like a good day to do this. I had even just had a nice chat with all my house plants last night, while snipping dead bits off and watering them, and that often creates a positive effect from the Money Plant. To complete the collection by finding, of all things, a plastic four-leaf clover on the pavement as we came back from our walk this morning, just sealed my courage nicely. *grin*
Whatever it was that worked, I'm just extremely grateful! :-)
In other news...
It's funny, but although I am still a bit bunged up and croaky I felt really energetic this morning when I woke up. So much so that I got up, dressed, grabbed Sophie and a bottle of water and just headed out rather than spend an hour building up to it. :-) It was well worth it too, because the sun was shining, the clouds were puffy and although it was a bit icy, it was a lovely walk.
My courage took such a shift today that I even let Sophie off the lead in Highwoods for the very first time. We stayed in the first two fields, and she met and played with several dogs without the constant worry of tangled lead issues. :-) She loved it, though it confused her somewhat. She would start running with her pal, and then suddenly stop because she was expecting the extending lead to stop her and it didn't! After a few puzzled looks and some stop/starting, she took off in circles and had a whale of a time! *grin*
I kept testing her by calling her back to me and she was good as gold about either returning to my side, or at least not going any further until I said ok.
On the last part of the walk we spotted our regular friends - Della with her black Lab Bailey, and the elderly couple with their three small rescue dogs. I let Sophie go up to them, and she ran up to say Hi to Bailey, and then went to the adults and said hello to everyone. What an improvement! A month ago she would have avoided the people, and now she wants to say hello to everyone! LOL Everyone was so pleased to see how well she is doing, and I must admit to coming close to tears because it had gone so well, and I am a total softy. LOL
When we got home I made porage, and after breakfast I did the Walk a Mile with Leslie Sansone video before going up for a nice soak in the bath. Today has been lovely so far, and apart from dishes and dinner I hope to have a relaxing evening. Tara is currently soaking in the bath, and I am going to spark and wash dishes and cook and listen to music.
Oh, and in spite of ill health and lack of exercise for two days I lost weight. From 13 stone 2 1/4 lbs I am back to 13 stone and 1/2 lb. one and threequarter pounds lost! Yay!!!
I walked close to 21 miles this week (19.5), and the only thing I didn't do was keep up with the strength stuff, though I played with the SP exercise generator that some of my friends here suggested last week, and like it, so I plan to have that choose my strength exercise for the coming week to see what happens. :-)
I just joined the SP Walking Fit team as well. I'm looking forward to interacting with them this week. I have eight teams currently, so I want one more to make it the magical 9 (3 times 3) *grin*
So, off to the kitchen.
Catch you all through the evening, all being well.
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,
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