Saturday, February 26, 2011
Here you go:
It is a double bed size.
This is the scallop edging:
Well, I got the blanket finished, which is good. I just wish this damnable cold would join it! :-) Instead of leaving, it has settled into my chest and sinuses. Charming! It even had the cheek to offer a month's rent, but I'm not falling for that, oh no! It has already been here for 8 days, which is more than enough. Time to leave Mr. Cold!!! You hear me? LOL
So, at least I listened to my body. I didn't specifically exercise at all this week, until today. My total general exercise: I walked to the doctor's Monday to drop off a repeat prescription, walked to Waitrose on Tuesday, walked to the Doctor's again on Wednesday, picked up my scrip and took it to the chemist, and on Thursday we went into town to pay a bill and give Tara the chance of some time out and about. Other than that, I've been at home, mostly crocheting, watching DVDs (One Foot in the Grave and Jonathan Creek mostly), and sleeping.
I managed to keep my food at sensible levels, even a tad on the low side at times, which isn't hard when you are trying to use your mouth to eat and breathe at the same time. LOL I did slip on Thursday, and came home with a Cornish Pasty and a Cornish Heavy Cake, but it was the first pasty for about three months, and the first heavy cake for donkey's years! I thoroughly enjoyed both, and they haven't killed my nutrition stats too badly, largely because I didn't eat them both on the same day. :-) In fact, the only bad day I have had this month was the day I ate two small pork pies for lunch. They are so expensive calories and fat-wise for what you get. Shocking!!! And sad, very sad! LOL
So, today I walked a mile with Leslie Sansone, and did the SP 20 Minute Dumbbell video and the ten minute Bootcamp Day 4 (core) video. I hope to have enough oomph to do a little more cardio later. Boy was I sweating at the end of that, and not feeling as good as I usually do, thanks to this dratted cold, but at least I felt up to doing it, which I haven't all week. :-)
I hope to spend a nice bit of my weekend catching up with everyone here. This last week I have signed in, spun the wheel and kept up with tracking my nutrition and steps, and that's all I've done Sparkwise, so my inbox is filled with emails. :-)
Hope everyone is well and I thank everyone for their support, kind words and goodies over the last week. It really helped. :-)
Very nearly at the end of the February No Scales Challenge. :-)
Saturday, February 19, 2011
...So, in honour of the raging headcold I am currently in the grip of, here's a little cold and flu humour. Well, they do say that laughter is the best medicine... next to sudafed and ibuprofen anyway! LOL
I can't wait for the flu season to end. Right now my nose should be in intensive care.
By the way, what does it mean when you blow your nose and your ears squeak?
The difference between a cold and the flu: a cold will cause you to have a mild fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat.... The flu, on the other hand, will cause you to act like Sophia Petrillo for a week.
Okay, ladies, which is worse—having a cold, or hearing your husband whine when he has one?
I think I've got something serious. My tonsils are the exact same shade of red as one of James Brown's jumpsuits.
My nose is so stuffed up it feels like all eight of my sinuses are doing the wave.
One more sneeze like that and it'll take the Mentalist to find my false teeth!
I gotta quit sneezing! it's rattling what's left of my braincells!
"My doctor told me to take something for my cold."
"What did you take?"
The patient went to his doctor because he had flu, and the doctor wrote out a prescription for him in his usual illegible writing. The patient put it in his pocket, but forgot to get the tablets from the pharmacy. Every morning, for two years, he showed it to the conductor as a railroad pass. Twice, it got him into the movies, once into the soccer stadium, and once into the symphony. He got a raise at work by showing it as a note from his boss. One day he mislaid it. His daughter picked it up, played it on the piano and won a scholarship to the conservatory of music.
“Being ill is one of the greatest pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work until one is better.” Samuel Butler
“The trouble with being a hypochondriac these days is that antibiotics have cured all the good diseases.” Caskie Stinnet
Patient : Tell me doctor, is this flu serious?
Doctor : Well I wouldn’t advise you to start watching any serials on TV.
Bombeck’s rule of Medicine: Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
“A doctor is the only man without a guaranteed cure for the cold”. Dominic Cleary
“The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while Nature affects the cure.” Voltaire
“If a doctor treats your cold, it will go away in fourteen days. If you leave it alone, it will go away in two weeks. Gloria Silverstein
A man walks into the pharmacy and asks the pharmacist, ”Do you have any acetylsalicylic acid?”
“Do you mean aspirin?” says the pharmacist.
“That’s it, I can never remember that word.”
“My dear doctor, I’m surprised to hear you say that I am coughing very badly, because I have been practicing all night.” John Philpot Curran
So glad you guys are safe from catching this! :-)
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I have still got no idea what I weigh as I continue down the February No Scales Road, but yesterday I had to tighten my jeans belt another notch, which is definitely progress. :-) I was able to reach that notch - just about - before, but not sit down without the belt digging into me. Now I can sit comfortably with the belt done up four holes in. Yay!!! If this continues, I may be ordering myself some new and smaller jeans to try on at the end of the month. Most of mine are too big now, and those that do fit are wearing out. LOL
Being brief today. Trying to catch up with everyone and get some work done after a quiet couple of not-so-well days.
Sophie has decided that she needs extra exercise on the days I can't walk her. She gets lots of garden play time, and loves that, but has now upped the ante....
After all, if it's good enough for Mum....
First: Mount your trampoline:
Second: Find your trampoline legs. Um, that means you need to stand up Sophie, not lie down:
Third: Having found all four legs doesn't necessarily mean you have to keep all four on the trampoline at the same time. Show off!:
Fourth: Don't let yourself be distracted by the postman!:
Sorry the pic quality is a bit blurry. That'll happen when you are struggling to focus with a rotten headache. LOL
Glad someone was able to use Tigger while I'm having an off day> *grin*
Thanks to everyone who sent me Valentine messages. This is the first year I have received any since I was in College, and that was a joke one from a so-called friend. I wasn't around yesterday much, but I really appreciated the friendship behind them, and I thank you all, and hope all my friends here at SP had positive experiences on Valentine's Day this year. :-)
Love you guys!!!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
After my wee moan about my ickiness, I wanted to move on to something more positive, and this is it! :-)
I love milestones and today, well, tomorrow to be totally exact, I hit a significant one. Some time ago now I started playing a game on my Nintendo DSi called Active health.
It wasn't cheap, but thanks to some Tesco vouchers I got it for half price, and I'll admit I bought it mostly for the pedometer. LOL. I'd just started getting into walking for fitness, having discovered I was 14 1/2 stone, and I was struggling to carry the weight comfortably. So, I started playing it. :-)
In fact, I started playing it three times in total. The first time, I reset it after walking a couple of hundred miles because I stopped putting my info in. The second time, I reset it was because I had started to use the SP website properly back in the summer of 2010, and I decided that the SP Nutrition Tracker was heaps better than the food tracker on the game.
So, third time lucky, just using the game to track my weight and steps/miles, I have been gradually building up my walking since 11th July 2010. I started that week doing a minimum of 2000 steps daily. Every week that I succeeded in keeping to my minimum every day, I'd up my minimum by 100 steps. I had good weeks and bad (my blogs attest to this), but I stuck with the plan, and tomorrow, after my latest weekly review I get to set my minimum daily steps to 5000!!!
WOW!!! 5000 steps!!! This officially gets me out of the 'sedentary lifestyle' category. I didn't think I'd get this far, and yet now I have to set a new target. So happy! *big soppy grin* Next target is 6600, which is approximately three miles using the AH pedometer. :-)
Also, as part of the game I am walking from Land's End to John O'Groats, and I am well into Scotland now, past Paisley, and approaching Luss. According to the stats I have walked 635.6 miles in 217 days, which is awfully close to an average of 3 miles a day, and I only have another 276.4 miles to go to reach John O'Groats. I could reach John O'Groats by mid-May if I keep this up! Possibly even a little earlier!
What fun! Wish I was really walking it. The scenery would be amazing!
Paisley from Sauce Hill:
Luss. I'm approaching Loch Lomond!:
Also pleased to report that today, in spite of everything healthwise, I walked two miles with Leslie Sansone, and did Coach Nicole's 20 minute dumbell workout, plus three extra strength exercises to make sure I got my 30 minutes in. Couldn't do Thursday's strength, but you can't have everything. :-)
As far as food goes...
I went a few points over my fat twice this week, but it was only a few points and I was well within the range of everything the rest of the time, so it balances out over the week. :-)
The combination of a low budget, and a fussy child sometimes means I end up having to eat stuff I might otherwise not have had, rather than bin it. I'm sorry, but I can't afford to waste food, and won't throw something out if I can possibly avoid it. :-) This week I found myself with six sausages to somehow dispose of. They were too spiced up for Tara, and if I'm honest, for me too, but not so hot that I could justify throwing them out, so I ended up giving some to Sophie (she was pleased), and ate the rest myself. Twice I had one sliced up on a slice of bread and marmalade for lunch (don't knock it till you've tried it, LOL), and the remaining two I sliced into an omelette today, along with a portion of petit pois. Grated a little cheese on top for added protein and it was tasty enough to munch through. Feeling comfortably full now, and have no desire to snack on anything else before dinner, which is good.
Realising I had this situation made me really plan ahead foodwise so that I could get through these sausages with the minimum of damage to my nutrition stats. I am pretty pleased that I did so well. :-)
So, that's me for now. Must go do some work. :-)
I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! :-)
On Noes!!! Dere Be Moar Sossges!!!
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. :-)
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