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,
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:
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