Sunday, January 30, 2011
Yep. I joined Sparkpeople on the 30th January 2009.
But, as I stayed a week, and then vanished for nearly 18 months, it doesn't seem right to claim more than six months! :-)
So, celebrating from the date of my second blog entry, which was 3rd July 2010, I am approaching seven months of being active almost every day. The only days I failed to log in were the days of the wedding weekend, and the odd day when the internet went poof! Thanks Tara for reminding me! LOL
And talking of Tara, she shared this little titbit for all us chocolate lovers:
If a woman gets flustered trying to open a packet of minstrels, is it called pre minstrel tension?
Next, a link to a song that all we Sparkers can get some encouragement out of:
Version with the lyrics:
I do love that song! :-)
Been a tough week, but in spite of that I managed between 5 and 6 thousand steps each day, using the Leslie Sansone videos and my Colleen Nolan's Let's Get Physical DVD. That was fun! LOL Didn't strength train though, because I really didn't feel up to it.
Weight is back down a pound, at 13 stone and 1/2 a pound, being teased with the possibility of seeing 12 stone something for the second time very soon. :-) I may join one of my Sparkfriends (DARACOX) and not weigh myself during February and just concentrate on input (food) and output (fitness) and how I'm feeling. Haven't quite decided yet. If I do it, you see, my Active Health game will scream at me for not putting any weight data in. Is it worth a month of Carol Vorderman telling me off? Hmmm... Plus, will my curiosity regarding the 12 stone something make me peek before the month is out? *grin*
So, for February, I'm going to stick with my plan as much as possible:
Walk Sophie daily.
Minimum 20 minutes cardio daily.
Minimum 30 minutes Strength training three times a week.
Don't go over my calories, and do my best to make my minimum protein.
Keep to at least five fruit and veg a day, and be more strict about my eight glasses of water a day.
I'm particularly looking forward to playing with more beans. Next plan is to make a dip out of them like houmous but with cannelini beans or somesuch. I gather that adding garlic, a herb of some kind and some olive oil can make a really tasty spread/dip, so I'm looking forward to trying that out. :-)
Most important rule for February? Have fun with it! LOL
Have a great week!
A Sparkgoodie to everyone who spots the punchline mistake with this LOL:
Friday, January 28, 2011
I did it! I completed the online tax return and submitted it! I have loathed the process with a passion, and have been berating myself for not doing the paper version back in October. Doing it online is supposed to be simpler, but when the website starts to swear at you in red ink over something as simple as putting a date in, you know you are on the Road to Hell.
This year (because, let's face it, we only have three months till the end of the current tax year) I am doing the paper version and that is final! The paper doesn't yell at me. I don't do well being yelled at. That is why it took so long for me to fill the damnable thing in. I try. It yells. I leave the site for a week. I try again, get past that obstacle, and it yells for something else. I leave the site for a fortnight. I try again! It yells. AGAIN! I leave for a month, until there are only a few days left to do it, and I HAVE to get it done or get a £100 penalty for returning late. Money is a powerful motivator, specially when during that tax year you didn't make a penny in profit! Getting fined would be adding insult to injury. :-)
Finally I realise I missed a crucial instruction, go back to the beginning, redress the problem, and get through with minimal being yelled at. Finally I can click the 'submit return' button, and I do! Now all I have to do is write up a tidier version of my profits and loss calculations in detail so that I have something legible to show anyone who needs to see it.
*Sigh of relief*
In other news...
Not been a good week healthwise. Sinuses are being an on-going pain in the face, and Tietze's bopped me big time, so I had to take my 'doolally' meds (the really strong ones that make me tired and whoozy). I'm feeling better now for the most part, but it was a bad dose - lots of pain, lots of heart palpitations, lost of pills, lots of feeling sick and dizzy. Still occasional ouches and palps.
So, not lots of exercise. What is it with plans, that as soon as I make them, I have to break them? LOL
Roll on next week and some improvements. Poor Sophie! Was so ick, I couldn't even get as far as Highwoods this week. Mind you, she has had a ton of play in the house and garden, with me when I felt up to it, and with Tara the rest of the time, but I'm sure she is looking forward to getting back to Highwoods walkies as much as I am. :-)
But it wasn't all bad...
We had the Council workmen round on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, replacing the guttering and eave supports on the house. The two guys we had were lovely. Friendly, with just a dash of cheek thrown in. Just the way I like my workmen. :-) Sophie barked like crazy, which did nothing for my sinus and Tietze's pain, but it is par for the course with her so we were as patient as we could be, considering that we were being deafened. LOL
What else? Oh yes! A surprise package in the post. Two DVDs of Bry and Rob's Wedding and the Blessing. They arrived on Tuesday, courtesy of David (Rob's Dad), so we popped them into the computer, sat back and watched and crocheted through both of them. I wish I could share them with you, but I wouldn't know where to start. :-)
I have to say it is really weird to see yourself on DVD. They filmed the entire wedding service, so there I am doing that tablecloth joke and reading the Dr. Seuss poem. I am also immortalised later on, knocking Bryony's champagne down her dress. Ooops! LOL
On the plus side, we have my Brother's monumentally fabulous 'Uncle of the Bride' speech in all its embarrassing glory. Maybe one day that will wind up on You Tube. LOLOL
So, having finally found the time to blog, and I'm sure I've left a ton of stuff out, I now need to go and start work on the final part of the business paperwork, so I can hopefully put it all behind me by the end of the weekend. Wouldn't that be great? *grin*
Catch you all later. May the coming weekend be full of fun, laughter, and love!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
The good stuff? I can do proper crunches at last! All that practising sit-ups on the bed has meant that my abs have enough oomph in them to lift me now, and I can lie on the floor on a yoga mat and crunch. Not a huge number, and probably still needing a little form work, but it is there and I'm doing them! YAY!!! I also tried Crunches with Twist (trickier), and Bicycle Crunches this week. This is the joy of using the exercise generator. I am trying to do everything it offers me on any given day because I figure that if I don't try at intervals I won't know if I'm improving. :-)
I still don't feel particularly comfortable laid on the floor, but it is better, definitely. So, something else I thought I'd never manage is accomplished! How cool is that? :-)
I Iz A Happy Exercise Bunny! :-)
Now onto my irrits for the day...
Who else has seen their words transformed into pop-up ads on their team pages etc here at Spark? Can I just say I hate this intrusion into my posts! It implies that I have something to do with these ads when they are attached to my words. It suggests that I endorse whatever is being advertised, which I absolutely don't, and this is unacceptable! Not only that, but the damn things open if you accidentally hover your mouse over the highlighted word, and then you can't see to read your friend and teammates' comments. It is like having some rude person keep interrupting when you are trying to have a conversation with friends. We won't put up with that in real life, so why should we put up with this rudeness here at SP?
Don't get me wrong. I am fine with the adverts around SP, because they help keep the site free to use, and I get that and have no problem with it generally speaking. This is a step too far however, and I have registered my complaint on the community boards here:
Just in case anyone else wants to add their name to the list. :-) There is a growing number of topics started on the Message Boards by people unhappy with this intrusion on their posts.
OK. Moan over. :-)
Enjoy your weekend! And if my blog contains any ads, please feel free to ignore those that don't involve sending me cash. LOL
This is the kind of advertising I like:
Friday, January 21, 2011
It must be the Full Moon, because people and dogs around here are acting crazy! I feel like howling, and not just at the moon! Seriously! Yesterday's walk at Highwoods was incredibly stressful, which is something I never thought I'd say. Every snappy, snarly, aggressive dog in the area seeemed to converge on Highwoods during the hour we were up there. We were both nervous wrecks by the time we got home, and it took all my courage to go out there again today.
Today, by comparison, was serenity itself, apart from the fact that I thought I was seeing things when we walked into the park and the poo bin was gone! I did a double-take, and a triple one too, blinking, and even checking to see if I had my glasses on! LOL But it definitely wasn't there.
Today I had to stand and stare!
I met a bin that wasn't there,
It wasn't there when I came back,
I think my brain is out of whack!
The man who came to clean the bin,
Well, I was just as stunned as him.
He looked and looked and all in vain,
And so he went away again.
But then his boss went deeper in,
And in the park he found the bin.
Someone had moved it in the night,
My gosh they gave us all a fright.
They parked the bin much further in,
But buried the pedal for opening him,
Now who would move a dog poo bin,
From by the park to further in?
And move some other bins as well,
But not a soul decide to tell?
Today has certainly been weird,
The day the Poo Bin disappeared.
By Me xxx
Enjoy your day everyone!
These are copyrighted, so click the link for some poop-scooping cartoons! LOL
If only... *sigh* LOL
Friday, January 14, 2011
Sorry the photos aren't in a proper order as such, but I had so many to go through it would have taken me all weekend to do them chronologically. These are just a small selection from the total, and there are still more to come apparently. Feel free to skip this blog if wedding photos aren't your thing. For those who have been waiting to see these, I hope they were worth the wait. :-)
My favourite Bride and Groom Photo, which came about because the registrar said that as the guests would spend most of the ceremony staring at their backs, it might be nice if to start with, they turned and faced us all and did whatever they felt was appropriate. :-) So they did. :-)
Listening to readings:
By the Bridge:
Uncle of the Bride (my brother Chris) escorts Bryony to Rob:
Waiting for the Photoshoot on a cold December day. Need inner glow, so Real Ale, obviously! LOL I made the bouquet by the way. :-)
The bride and Groom and their helpers:
I am picking you up. Stop wriggling!
Bride, Groom and bouquet:
The Chef responsible for the fabulous food. The venison casserole with dumplings was beyond magnificent!
The College gang:
The Wedding Cake:
Cutting the cake:
Rob's Mum and Dad:
The complete wedding party:
And Harry, Rob's brother, the guy who took the picture!
The Hen Party, and yes, it did include Adrian as an honorary hen for the evening. Don't ask! LOL
I guess as we were in the country at a Manor House, an air hunting party was inevitable (like air guitar but with guns) LOL
Left to Right:
Harry, Bryony, Robert, Debbie, David (aka Rob's brother, Bry, Rob, Rob's Mum and dad)
Kissing... Well, it is a wedding! LOL
Being a gentleman, Rob insists on carrying Bryony across the wet grass, but he forgot she was ticklish... or did he...
Aah, that's better...
Mother of the bride doing her reading:
Me and my Children :-)
My Family and Other Animals:
My side of the Family - Left to right...
Brian (engaged to Liz my sister), Liz (my sister LOL), Tara (daughter 2), Me, Lydia(step great niece), Bryony (Bride), Rob (Son-in-law and Groom), at Rob's feet is Robbie (little nephew, son of my brother), Chris (my Brother), below him is Dan (slightly bigger nephew), Sas (Sarah, Brother's partner), Steph (Niece, daughter of my sister), and lastly another Rob (hubby of Steph and father of Lydia) Does that make him my nephew-in-law? LOL
In case Bryony forgets her new name:
Alternate method of transport over grass:
Exchanging of Rings:
Signing the register:
The start of the Uncle of the bride speech. If you can see clearly enough, you will see some intersting brides and grooms on the wall. LOLOL
And finally, the most important part of a modern wedding ceremony....
Changing your status on Facebook to 'Married'! Because you aren't married until you do that are you. *grin*
Hope you enjoyed the show!
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