Thursday, February 03, 2011
Of course! Silly me! I should have put two and two together before!
What do people do in January? They make resolutions to get fitter, healthier, exercise. Some people race down to their nearest gym. I've seen people all over Spark either doing that themselves, or commenting on how crowded their gym was during January, and others pointing out that it was the Resolutionists, and that after a month or so it will quieten down again! :-)
So, if it holds true for the gym, what do those who have dogs do? They decide to walk their dogs regularly somewhere where they can both get good exercise, instead of just walking round the block as usual. And where is the best place to get a decent walk round here? Highwoods Country Park!
It has been manic there for several weeks. I've seen dogs and owners galore. So many more than usual. When I started walking Sophie there a few months back it was quiet. We would meet a few people as we walked round, but that was it. There would be the occasional day when I wouldn't see a single soul, or only see one or two in the far distance.
Since Christmas the place has been packed! I think that was part of why it was starting to lose its appeal for a while for me. I don't mind meeting some people, but part of the allure for me is the solitude you can get up there. Just you and your dog roaming the hills and woods. I'd say my prayers aloud while striding across the fields. It felt good. A bit tricky to do that when you are bumping into people round every corner. LOL
It's also a bit tricky to relax when you are meeting so many new dogs, some of which are aggressive! Hmmm... So, your dog doesn't like other dogs huh? So why are you walking where your dog will be in constant contact with them? *Duh*
Anyway, this morning Sophie and I had a good and speedy walk, doing what I call the Boat Field Circuit, and we only met a few regulars. It was awesome!!! I got to say my prayers, smile and say hello to people, and not actually stop much at all, so I got a really good bit of exercise. Specially going uphill in the very large third field. That is some workout, especially as it is a tad squelchy underfoot. I can really feel it in my thighs and calves at the moment. *contented sigh*
Please let this fabulous walk mean that the last of the Resolutionists have gone back to their old routines. :-) I'm happy for some to stay, and their dogs will love them for it, but I can see, looking back with the 20:20 vision of hindsight, that for many their hearts just weren't in it. Grumpy owners plus grumpy dogs equals a stressful walkies!!! We can all do without that, eh? :-)
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:
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