Wednesday, February 02, 2011
I must be mad! We left for the Tesco walk, popping by the Co-op first to get some cash out and post off a parcel to Bryony. Her birthday pressie is only two weeks late, but who's counting... Thank goodness she is a patient girl! :-) Well, actually, I started making her a purple something, and got well into it before suddenly wondering whether she would prefer green, so I texted her the day before her birthday to ask the question... Purple or Green? Guess what she replied! LOL
So I finished the purple ----- to add to the stock, and then started her green -----. Then, and this will tell you just how bad our finances are after the wedding, I couldn't afford to post it off until today! But hopefully she will love it, and the wait will have been worth it, and if you are wondering why I don't say exactly what it is, Bry pops by my blog occasionally to check I'm not embarrassing her, so I can't say exactly until it reaches her. :-)
Anyhoo... once we had dealt with all that, and Tara had used the cash machine for the first time ever (got her sorted out with a bank account a week or two back) to check her balance, we headed, Wilbur in tow, for Tesco Extra. I mentioned that it seemed a shame to walk back past the house and get Sophie's hopes up that we were coming home again, and it occurred to me that the road that leads past my doctor surgery would connect up with the Tesco roundabout, meaning I would be adding another circuit to my collection for walks. Deciding that we both felt adventurous, we headed up the road, away from the direction of the house.
It made a pleasant change from the usual route, and added ten extra minutes to the walk, giving me something to add to one of my team challenges! :-) It's all good!
It was nice to be there, stocking up on storecupboard goodies and treats we haven't had in a while. I only go to Tesco about once a month to buy the stuff we can't get elsewhere. There were a lot of things on special offer today that we actually needed, so we made out like bandits. To me the best bargain is a price cut on an item you needed anyway. :-)
Tara also made out like a bandit in the CD department. She bought Katy Perry's latest album which has Firework on it, so I'm delighted, and she also got Ellie Goulding's album with Starry Eyed on. I always upload Tara's purchases onto my computer. Having a 14 year old who likes her music means I get to hear a lot more up-to-date stuff than I would otherwise. :-) So, while I'm getting my cardiac exercise in tomorrow, I'll be trying out the songs on the albums to see what can be added to my various exercise playlists. Of course, I couldn't resist checking Firework out already. Works a treat with both Tigger and Roo! Sweet!!! :-)
Then home, where I had a nice treat - a Tesco jam and cream doughnut with a nice cup of tea! It has been at least a couple of months since I last ate one of those, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I've come a long way from the woman who, a few months ago, couldn't walk past a Tesco store without buying these on a very regular basis! I'd pat myself on the back, but I can't reach! LOL
Later on I walked a mile with Leslie Sansone to complete my cardio plans for today. Booyah! Or however you are supposed to spell it! I wouldn't know, having only heard it repeatedly on Big Bang Theory. :-) I love Big Bang Theory! I don't know what booyah is meant to mean exactly, but I like the word. :-) For me it says.. I did it!!! Yesss!!! I can do this!!! Take that self doubt!!! *grin* Am I close?
I'm also spot on with my water, fruit and veggies, and my calories today. Try as I might I couldn't quite get the protein up there, unless I went wildly over my calories, but I'm reasonably close, so I'll take it. :-)
Well, I think I've rambled on enough for today. I'm very tired. I'm suffering from a combo of a very late night, and not sleeping well, plus a long, long walk today, which included dragging the shopping home. Gotta love being able to fit in strength and cardio by shopping for groceries! :-) Hoping for a good sleep tonight. Please! :-)
Hope your Wednesday is wonderful!
Let's Dance to get some exercise tomorrow!!!
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
I did it! I did everything I planned to do today. Of course I've spent hours on SP setting up my weight, and measurements, and cardio and strength and nutrition and playing with my Sparkpage, and fighting tooth and nail with SP to upload pics and backgrounds cos it kept refusing to work at intervals, but I DID IT!!!
I'm not taking photos of my body to share with everyone. No one is privy to that kind of view of me and I intend for it to stay that way. Besides, I have no plans to put people off their dinner! LOL However, I did ask Tara to take some shots of me in very tight jeans and tight t-shirts, and a few in my black sports bra for personal reference.
The only ones I'm willing to share are these:
Muscle - sorta...
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not expecting to wear those jeans and breathe particularly easy by the end of the challenge (or bend without splitting 'em LOL), or wear that top and not have a single bulge by the end of the month challenge, and I'm not expecting bulging biceps by then either. :-) I would like to see something for all the effort I plan to put in though, and a little less flab in the arms would be nice, or something. I'd like something! LOL
So. I walked Sophie for 70 minutes today, and did about 40 minutes of strength exercise, 10 minutes of stretches, and 20 minutes cardio using moves from the Leslie Sansone videos in between stints on Tigger and Roo to appropriately fast music. It was great fun to turn my rather small sitting room into a gym for a little while.
After I input all my latest data on SP the nutrition tracker upped my meds (calories *grin*), which was nice because I was so hungry tonight I was able to have a yogurt and three cream crackers with a little butter and marmalade on before bedtime. Om nom nommy! I wanted a slice of bread and butter with a banana sliced onto it, but that would have taken me over my upper calorie limit, so I'll save that for part of breakfast or lunch tomorrow instead. Aren't I good? :-)
I also ate all my veggies AND drank 9 glasses of water. Win all round! Plus a number of team challenges this month tend to cross over a bit with this plan too, so I'm making the results stretch a loooong way! :-)
It also felt good to start the move on my sparkpage from winter to spring, keeping a little snow in the pics in honour of all my friends who are still dealing with blankets of the white stuff. Spring may be attempting a breakthrough, but in parts it still has a mountain to climb! Stay strong friends. We're coming to dig you out! :-)
So, it is really late, heading towards 2am actually, and I need to get to bed. Tomorrow is a lot of cardio - a walk to Tesco for a top up shop, and dragging the resultant load home in Wilbur (my wheeled shopping bag). Yes, I name everything! My food mixer is called Charlotte. Wilbur carts the food home and Charlotte blends it to perfection. :-) It is something like a four mile round trip plus whatever distance in the store, so plenty of exercise, plus at least 20 mins high intensity cardio later in the day. :-)
Right! I really am going to bed now!
Night night everyone!
Alternative use for an aerobic Step:
Don't worry. I liberated it today. I needed it on the lower setting for one thing, and the thought of trying to step up and over Tara was too daunting at this stage in my fitness plan frankly. *grin*
Sometimes a picture paints a thousand words....
Monday, January 31, 2011
I love February the first, even though astrologically Imbolc is something like 4am on the 4th Feb, I always celebrate the cross quarters on the first of the month. It is just easier to remember. (Plus I'm really not good at hauling myself out of bed in the middle of the night for anything less than the fire alarm!) :-) None of the eight holidays on the wheel of the year have to be celebrated on the dot, so to speak. Many people wait till the weekend because of work restraints. Many more only work astrologically.
But tomorrow will be the first day of Spring for me, and that means a wake-up call spiritually and physically. :-) And not just for me. In spite of the cold, signs of spring are there in my garden ... in the teeny tiny buds on the Elder bushes and the leaves poking above the grass that show the Daffodil and Bluebell bulbs have woken up.
So, physically, the world around me has woken up, and I can feel its influence waking me in turn. Not only that, but as I look around my friends' blogs here at SP, I can see that many of my friends are also infected by this budding renewal of life that Spring is all about. It feels good to see us all coming out of hibernation. :-)
That is what January has been all about I believe. We have that season of celebration from Thanksgiving (for some), through Christmas and New Year, and then many of us hibernate through January. Blogs during January were often full of struggles, issues, or even not being written because we were too tired, down, broke, etc to do much in January beyond what had to be done.
Now that is over and we are rejuvenated. That rest was necessary in order for us to rediscover our zest for Exercise and Nutrition, and our continued Good Health. I'm not saying everyone has felt this way, but for those of us who have, it feels good to be on the other side. Good to be waking up. Good to be feeling positive. Good to be back on track! :-)
I weighed and measured myself today. I plan to go ahead with DARACOX and not use the scales throughout February. I've decided that curiosity will not get the better of me. *grin*
So, as of 31st January:
Weight: 182.5 pounds (13 stone 1/2 pound)
Waist: 35 inches
Hips: 42.75 inches
Thigh: 25 inches
Upper Arm: 11.75
I'll measure and weigh in again on the 28th Feb and see what, if anything, has changed. I can do this without peeking. Yes I can! :-)
I shall concentrate on my nutrition and fitness plans for the month, and on how I'm feeling about things, and about me. I shall do my very best not to let my health issues get in the way of my plans, but I won't damage myself in the process. I shall listen to what my body is saying and work with it. I am also looking forward as part of this, to trying out some new stuff via You Tube Fitness Videos. Getting this body of mine out of its comfort zone should be interesting. :-)
To everyone participating in the no-scales month let's have a ball with it! This is going to be a lot of fun. Now, where shall I hide my scales? Hmmm... :-)
OK, I'll give it to the neighbour's cat for the month! ;-)
Golden Rule this coming month at Sparkpeople:
HAVE FUN WITH IT!!!
What do we say to the scale in February?
How do we crank up our exercise in February? How about aerobic steps? *grin*
Or, if the steps are a little daunting... How about we dance?
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!
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