Thursday, February 10, 2011
I am exhausted! I'm having a bad pain day. I knew it was coming because the advanced warning shooting chest pains wopped me yesterday. I am having a visit from TOM as well currently, so I have that to contend with as well as the Tietze's/Costochondoritis. :-( *Feeling sorry for myself pout*
Sometimes I really wonder how to cope with this thing. I'm not the type of person to take to my bed, or sit and do nothing all day while I'm in its grip, so I struggle on in spite of it all and try and achieve what I can. I can't help wondering sometimes whether I'm doing the right thing though.
Today, Tara really wanted us to walk up to the big Tesco to get some meatballs in gravy. Normally the Co-op or Waitrose have them, but both were out, and she was so looking forward to having them. She doesn't ask for much, so what can I do? :-)
I knew it would be raining today, and I also knew the Costo was going to kick in badly at some point today, but as the birds were almost out of seed, and there were a few other things on my list as well, a run needed to be made, so we decided to get everything done in one swoop, and give myself the following three days to relax and take it easy if necessary.
So, we dressed for the weather - boots, raincoats etc - grabbed Wilbur (shopping trolley), and headed for the petstore. Six kilos of birdseed later, all nestling beautifully in the bottom of Wilbur, we walked out of the store and headed towards Tesco.
We had such fun trying out a new route to get there last week that we decided this time to try and find the way to Tesco through Highwoods Country Park. I mean, if you have a chore to do, you might as well make the most of the journey there and back to make it a little less chore-like. :-) A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down after all...
So we walked through the park, me pulling Wilbur to get some strength exercise in. The deal was that I'd do that and Tara would drag him home if my pains started to cause problems, which they did. :-)
Once at Tesco I walked round the store gathering up the groceries we needed, feeling the first real niggles and getting more and more breathless as everything swelled up. Meanwhile Tara browsed the CDs and DVDs to find what she was after. Then we walked home again through the pouring rain, this time along the main road, by which time I was ready to rip myself in half, the pain was so intense!!!
While at Tesco I bought the ingredients for a ratatouille, and also a tin of cannelini beans to try making a dip with. Determined to do both today, whether my body liked it or not, I started work on the dip, only to discover that I was missing an ingredient - lemon juice. Coat and hat and shoes back on and I was heading down to the corner shop for a lemon, but they only had them in bags of 4! Not having an immediate use for three extra lemons, there was only one choice, so I walked to Waitrose, where they have the good sense to sell lemons individually.
I got back half an hour later, completed the dip, made adjustments to the recipe, and decided that it is ok, but it needs work. :-) Right now, I still prefer hummus, but we'll see. :-) This was the recipe:
Now I am sparking, in between washing dishes and preparing dinner, and I'm about to start the ratatouille. It is only the mouthwatering thought of pouring a couple of spoonfuls of it over a Hake fillet that is keeping me going! :-)
*goes to start cooking*
An hour later...
9.30 pm and I'm not going to see my meal for at least another twenty minutes. Everything takes so much longer when you are aching this much! *sigh*
Right, I am going to check the food again and post this blog.
I'll catch you all later. :-)
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Supergran is alive and well and living in Northampton!!! She saw off 6 jewel robbers armed with sledgehammers. She was armed with........
Don't forget to turn your sound on. :-)
Saturday, February 05, 2011
Oh good grief! I have just spent an hour or more trying to juggle protein, fat and calories (the carbs are rarely an issue) to get them all within my ranges.
It all started when Tara decided she fancied one of those little individual Chicken Pies that Birds Eye make. That was Thursday, so I bought a pack of four and put them in the freezer. I also bought two six-packs of Waitrose mini sausage rolls, because Tara likes three of them as a lunch and I thought I might fancy some too.
Today I decided to crack open the Chicken Pies and that we would have one each for dinner tonight, along with a little mash, and a nice selection of veg. In order to make sure that my protein reached my minimum I realised I'd need to eat two eggs, so added those in for lunch, and filled in everything else, being honest about the knob of butter in the mash as well. :-) I'm so good!!! LOL
When I finished, I checked the results and I was a gram short on my minimum protein, and 2 grams short of going over my fat allowance! Drat!!! That means no more snacks. The only thing I could have to top up the protein without going over the fat was a fat free yogurt.
Don't want one! *humph*
I went into a five minute sulk, before suddenly remembering that, actually, I'm not that fond of those pies anyway. It is chicken breast and I prefer leg, plus the pieces are pathetically small, and the whole pie is really just not worth the 460 calories it would cost me.
But I wanted pastry! *pouts*
OK, well, let's see how a chicken leg compares to the chicken pie, and maybe you can have sausage rolls for lunch instead of the eggs. *all smiles again*
So. out with the pie, and in with the chicken leg. Much more like it. A good dose of protein at a much lower calorie count. Then I swap out the scrambled eggs for 3 sausage rolls.
Oh. I still only have 5 grams of fat left to play with. And even the weightwatcher desserts I have are too fatty to fit! *humph*
After some further sulking, I came to the conclusion that today was going to have to be a pastry-free day. So, out went the sausage rolls and back came the eggs.
And that is what I am eating now. Eggs on toast and a glass of fruit juice. And, to be honest, I'd have preferred the sausage rolls. :-)
I'm not usually this strict with myself, but I am trying to really stick to my February plan as far as possible. I'm not short of options. I just wanted the option of pastry today. Ah well. I knew that if I caved I'd end up going over my calories or fat, or both, because that yogurt would not have been enough. Best not to set myself up for a fall, I'm thinking. :-)
So far I'm doing really well. I dropped the protein ball on the 2nd by 7 grams, but apart from that my nutrition has been spot on, with calories, carbs, fat and protein all within range, plus a minimum of 5 fruits and veg each day and at least 8 glasses of water!
On the fitness side I have done at least my minimum plans every day so far, and usually a bit more on top. I am really pleased with myself. Now all I have left to do this week is complete my weekend and stop myself from stepping on that scale tomorrow morning. LOL
Have a great weekend!
Friday, February 04, 2011
That was my day! It was all about walking! First of all, I got up, got dressed, and braved the wind with Sophie to get a morning walk in. Did a figure of eight walk round the first two fields to avoid trees, just in case. The wind was a steady 25-30 miles per hour, but the gusts were something else! LOL I stood at the highest spot in the second field and leaned into one of the gusts. It was almost strong enough to keep me upright. Impressive! :-)
I am more than grateful at this point that I'm not in Scotland, where this weather system was producing hurricane force winds, plus significant rain and snow! It killed the Cairngorm wind speed calculator. It can only measure up to 115 mile per hour winds! Only!!! Oh Boy! *gulp*
Remember this picture from a while ago?
That stone must have been swinging faster than your average jazz dancer all day! LOL!
In other news...
For the rest of the daylight hours I decided to start working on my walking playlists. Having got used to Leslie Sansone's moves now, I can't see the videos appealing for much longer before I get bored, so I am creating playlists to solve that problem.
To get myself started I decided to work through a five-cd collection I have called Running Songs. I bought it ages ago, when I first got Tigger and my original Roo so I'd have some fast songs to workout to. Sadly, some were way too fast for them, but many that were no good then are going to be great for my indoor walking. :-) I have 100 songs in this collection, and today I got through testing over half of them, clocking up more than 5000 steps in the process. I'm hoping to get to the rest over the weekend.
I have three speeds of playlist:
1. Warm Up/Cool Down
These songs are slow enough to warm up my muscles and joints, but enjoyable enough that I'll want to singalong while doing so. They are also ones I like enough to make me look forward to the cool down afterwards. :-)
2. Fast Walk
These are significantly faster than the Warm Up songs, and will be songs I also enjoy singing along to. They will also have a great beat that will make me want to put a bit of a bounce in my step (like any good Tigger would). :-)
Assuming that I discover after ten minutes or so that I can still sing along without running out of puff, I will then upgrade to...
3. Superfast Walk
These are also songs I love, but that I have no real hope of continuing to sing along to because I should need every ounce of air I can muster to keep breathing! LOL If all goes to plan I will be able to manage the odd chorus line, but little else. (From what I understand this indicates that I am at maximum endurance)
Once I have almost run out of puff, I'll drop back to Fast Walk, and then down to the Cool Down Walking songs.
I am considering a fourth category for when I feel superfit: The You Have Got To Be Kidding collection. So fast Superman would struggle to keep up! LOLOL It could be a while before I can do any of those without tripping over my own feet. *grin*
All this effort, plus trying to get some actual work hours in today has meant I got behind at SP again. I'll try and catch up with replying to comments, and reading blogs over the weekend.
Love you guys!
Thursday, February 03, 2011
Yay! This is the Year of the Rabbit... The Yin Metal Rabbit to be exact as I understand it. This is my year. Born in November 1963, so I am very excited wondering what the New Year has in store for me. :-)
The year of my birth makes me a Yin Water Rabbit. :-)
So, what are Rabbit people like?
People born under the sign of the rabbit are traditionally thought to be gentle, sensitive, modest, and merciful and have a strong memory.
They like to communicate with others in a humorous manner.
They cannot bear dull life, so they are good at creating romantic or interesting situations but they lack meditative abilities and often sink money into ideas that may cause failures in their career.
People born in the Year of the Rabbit are articulate, talented, and ambitious.
They are virtuous, reserved, and have excellent taste.
Rabbit people are admired, trusted, and are often financially lucky.
They are fond of gossip but are tactful and generally kind.
Rabbit people seldom lose their temper.
They are clever at business and being conscientious, never back out of a contract.
They would make good gamblers for they have the uncanny gift of choosing the right thing. However, they seldom gamble, as they are conservative and wise.
Oh, that sounds SO like me. Well, the second one, certainly. :-) As for the rest. *Averts eyes modestly* *grin*
The Legend of the Jade Rabbit
In this legend, three fairy sages transformed themselves into pitiful old men and begged for something to eat from a fox, a monkey and a rabbit.
The fox and the monkey both had food to give to the old men, but the rabbit, empty-handed, offered his own flesh instead, jumping into a blazing fire to cook himself.
The sages were so touched by the rabbit's sacrifice that they let him live in the Moon Palace where he became the "Jade Rabbit."
Chinese Bus Company Chooses Innovative Way To Slow Down Their Drivers Chinese bus stabaliser
An omnibus company in China has launched a new "drive safely" campaign, by hanging big bowls of water next to their drivers. The Longxiang Public Bus Company in Changsha, Hunan province, says drivers must drive gently to avoid spilling any water. Bus drivers are expected to ensure the bowls are still full when they finish their shift.
The company warns drivers that CCTV footage will be studied to make sure they do not top up the bowls with water.
We have learned that, 'Passengers often complain that sudden braking and bad driving makes them really uncomfortable on the buses,' from a spokesman of the company. 'So by hanging bowls of water in the driver's cab will discourage them from making any jolting starts, sudden braking or bad turns.'
I'd like to see this idea introduced into the UK. :-)
Happy New Year Everyone!
My own handiwork:
A worker installs lights on a snow sculpture prior to the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province:
A Rabbit LOL:
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