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It has been a very good week. :-)

Sunday, March 06, 2011

First off, I weighed myself first thing this morning, as soon as I'd been to the loo, and guess what......

I lost TWO and a QUARTER pounds!!! Count 'em! One...Two...and a Quarter!!! LOLOL



Of course 1 1/2 of them were gained during the Feb no-scales month experiment, but hey, a victory is a victory. *grin* I am going to weigh myself again before I get in the bath though, because normally I weigh-in after breakfast, and I'm curious to see how much porage weighs. *grin*

Secondly, all those great bargains this week have been a real boost to the morale, specially all those CDs. I'm listening to the Winter Chillout album as I type this, and am hearing songs I haven't heard in years. There are some songs I already have as well, but the majority are new additions to my playlists, so that's nice, and a few are new to me. Tom Jones was live and fun, and so was Tina Turner. Tina will get a lot of plays, cos I am a huge fan of her stuff and a lot are fast enough to exercise to. S Club 7 is also a fun album with some good dance/walk tracks. The only one I'm really not fussed about is the Liberty X album. The only song of theirs I like isn't on it, and the rest are just so so to my taste. Tara is delighted with it, though she is also disappointed the fave song wasn't included. That's the trouble. Sometimes there is one song you know you like, but for the life of you, you can't remember its name or how it goes, so you take a punt. Sometimes it works, but this time it didn't. The rest worked just great though, so I'm not complaining, except possibly about my useless memory! LOL



Oh, and that Joseph CD will get a lot of play from Tara especially. I could hear her singing away upstairs yesterday, reprising her Narrator role. *grin*

And on the subject of Joseph...Has anyone in the UK watched the quiz show called Pointless? For those not in the know, this is a really fun gameshow, where couples compete to get the least number of points. How it works is fairly simple. Members of the public fill in questionaires full of questions like How many James Bond Movies can you name, or characters in CSI, or European countries with the sea on one border or more. That kind of thing. Tara and I love the show and have great fun trying to think of pointless answers (answers which weren't remembered by a single person).

One day, to Tara's great excitement, (and now you see where I'm going with this, if you haven't already clicked *grin*), the question 'colours in Joseph's technicolour dreamcoat' came up. For someone who knows the entire songlist off by heart, this was a doddle! We found all the pointless answers, and there were several! It made Tara's week! Tara said it was a good job she hadn't been asked that question, because there would have been no pointless answers to find! *grin*



Thirdly, I did get to workout a decent amount this week.

I strength trained on Tue and Sat for at least 30 mins full body. I didn't on Thursday, because pre-vamped Wilbur was filled to the gunnels with things like milk, Dr Pepper, and tins of beans and tomatoes, and was a dead weight to drag home, so I felt that was enough of a strain of my muscles for one day. :-) This coming week I have a lot less grocery shopping though, so hope to get three sessions in. For strength training I am using a mix of SP videos and their random exercise generator.

Wonder if they make these for humans....



Walk-wise we went to Tesco Extra, which is quite a trek, and also into town, plus three good walkies in Highwoods with Sophie, and a trip to the pet store, plus two Waitrose trips. On top of that I spent some time with Leslie Sansone yesterday, trying out the three free videos on her website:

www.walkathome.com/try-walk-at-home/

I did a routine of Beginner, Express, Advanced, Express, Beginner in the morning, which added up to a bit over 40 mins, and in the afternoon I did her One Mile Cardio Slimdown from the Exercise.tv website, which added another 20 minutes to my day. I've never done that much fast cardio in one day, so I'm really pleased with myself. :-)



Actually, what I'm working on at the moment is making up playlists of my favourite music to walk to. I have almost every CD we possess uploaded (or is it downloaded) onto my computer, and I already have playlists for Tigger, my mini trampoline, and Roo, my aerobic step, and I started off by creating four lists for walking - warm-up walk, fast pace walk, super-fast, and cool down. The problem is that I couldn't really work out by ear and trying them out as I went, which category some of the songs would fit, and it seems important to get the speed progression as smooth as possible as you get gradually faster then slower.

So, I searched for free exercise music online and found this website:

www.djsteveboy.com/podrunner.html

This was when I clicked about counting beats per minute. Now, a lot of these podcasts start at a pace too fast for a walk warm-up, so I suddenly thought, 'What's to stop me counting beats on Leslie's videos and then comparing that to some of my music and building my own one mile, two mile etc walk playlists instead of the random collections?

So that is what I'm working on this month. Creating fun playlists to keep me excited about walking at home at a good fast pace. Much as I love walking with Sophie at Highwoods, I can't get the pace I want up there due largely to Sophie needing to stop every twenty paces to sniff stuff. LOL. Doing at least one mile a day of walking at home each week day on top of walkies will be good for me. Also, I notice that I drink much more water during the day when I up my cardio exercise. That has to be good for me too, right? :-)

Then at the weekends, I will try and do a minimum of three miles a day cardio walking - two in the morning and one in the afternoon. Sophie and I stay local to the house at weekends because it gets quite busy at Highwoods at weekends, which makes it less fun up there.

Mmmmm..... playing The Lighthouse Family CD now. Bliss........ *drifts off*.......

Um, where am I? Oh yes, playlists.

Sorry about that. The Lighthouse Family songs just makes me sigh with pleasure and I want to sit and close my eyes and fly like a seagull round lighthouses and over cliffs and out to sea.......

*happy sigh*

Finally, food and water. The last week has been pretty good for me with both of those. I've hit my minimum on both water and freggies (love that combo word) on all seven days!

As for the rest:

Calories in range 5/7 and not far out the other two days. Slightly over one day and slightly under the other, so it evens out nicely. :-)

Carbs in range 6/7 and under by only 4 on the seventh day.

Fat in range 4/7 Bit of an oops there because I didn't track in advance this week, but not too bad overall. Could have been a lot worse. over by 6, 9, and 17 grams respectively. I'll try and keep a tighter rein this week.

Protein in range 5/7 Down by 3 grams on one day and 8 grams on the other.

So, I'm off to a good start to this week, with that weight loss, and I did rather more exercise this morning than planned. I started doing the Two Mile Leslie Sansone walk from the Exercise TV website, and got to around 11 minutes in when I remembered that I was supposed to be recording the session on my Active Health and writing down the times of the pace changes to check beats per minute later. So, I stopped, set up my Active Health, grabbed pen and paper and started again. There's dedication for you. LOL. So I ended up doing around 45 mins instead of 32, but never mind. I got the info I needed, and the extra exercise is all good for me. :-)

Of course, my chest wall started moaning partway through, just to freak me out a bit, but that can be par for the course sometimes with this Tietze's and it only twinged, so not the start of a flare-up this time, thank the gods. :-) *she says crossing her fingers*

Well, I'm off to play in the bath now. I do love Sundays because I get the time for a good long soak.



Happy Sundog Everyone!
Hugs,
Lex xxx





  
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SILLYHP1953 3/22/2011 2:31PM

    I have playlists made from years back when I used to teach country line dancing. I figured out the bpm manually by counting and using the second hand. Maybe I couldn't find one on the computer back then, who knows. I need to just pull out my old line dances and start learning them again, they are good exercise and I really miss dancing. It's just more fun with other people!

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CARLA-216 3/6/2011 3:27PM

    What a successful and busy week you had, Lex!

xoxo
Carla

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JHADZHIA 3/6/2011 1:42PM

    Congratulations on the loss, well done!!
I love working out to music which I do on my elliptical at home, but here at Mom's, the telly is on all night and day long, its all Mom does right now.
Enjoy listening to your music!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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TWOTIMESS 3/6/2011 1:33PM

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You've been very busy! Counting the beats... now there's an idea.

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/6/2011 1:10PM

    Lexie you are doing so well,I need you to inspire me the snow is too high and I want to find a good book and vegetate today ! I like that deer one.LOL! True and I both wish we could go walking with you and Sophie in high Woods ! love and hugs,Cheri

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LOVESLIFE48 3/6/2011 9:52AM

    Wow. You are an exercise machine!!! A big emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on your weight loss!!

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BOVEY63 3/6/2011 9:37AM

    It sure does sound like a great week - congrats on the weight loss and the great deals!
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Here's to another great week ahead for you, Tara and Sophie!
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ODDLASS 3/6/2011 9:24AM

    My My, we are a busy bee! You are going very well there Lexie, and sound so full of beans! I will try the links you mentioned, I could do with some more walking music, my trouble is that I like it VERY LOUD! so need headphones, but can't seem to find any that stop in, I must have weird ears.... to match everything else .... and I use it when out walking, so have to take them off at every road. But i MUST have it on loud on the treadmill, music is my generator on that!

And well done on the loss!

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CSDAYS 3/6/2011 8:21AM

    Cute pictures!!


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March Motivational Music Video Thankyou to all my Sparkfriends

Saturday, March 05, 2011

No, it's not me singing. LOL. This is a video of S Club 7 singing Reach, and I've popped the lyrics below so you can sing along. The video quality isn't the best in places, but it does cover the routine they do, so you can dance along and get fit if you want. :-)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tgu56ur7LIw

Really, I just wanted to thank everyone who comments on my blog, sparkpage and generally supports me here through good and bad. *Hugs to you all* I want you to know that, in the words of the song, "When the world leaves you feeling blue, You can count on me, I will be there for you"

One of the biggest keys to this whole weightloss journey we are on is moving more, and music seems to be the best motivator for getting us on our feet and boogying on down for a bit of cardio fun. I hope this encourages you onto your feet for a few minutes at least today while you sing and dance your cares away for a little while. :-) So, lets hold those hairbrushes like we were teenagers again, get in front of our mirrors, and be whichever member of S Club 7 we want to be. (I'll be Rachel) LOL

At Sparkpeople we are here for each other, and this song is to tell you that I am here for you, and I know, and love, that you are also here for me!!!
I love you guys!!!
Hugs,
Lex xxx








"Reach"

When the world, leaves you feeling blue
You can count on me, I will be there for you
When it seems, all your hopes and dreams
Are a million miles away, I will re-assure you

We've got to all stick together
Good friends, there for each other
Never ever forget that
I've got you and you've got me, so

Reach for the stars
Climb every mountain higher
Reach for the stars
Follow your heart's desire
Reach for the stars
And when that rainbow's shining over you
That's when your dreams will all come true

There's a place waiting just for you
It's a special place where your dreams all come true
Fly away, swim the ocean blue
Drive that open road, leave the past behind you
Don't stop, gotta keep moving
Your hopes have gotta keep building
Never ever forget that
I've got you and you've got me, so

Reach for the stars
Climb every mountain higher
Reach for the stars
Follow your heart's desire
Reach for the stars
And when that rainbow's shining over you
That's when your dreams will all come true

Don't believe in all that you've been told
The sky's the limit you can reach your goal
No-one knows just what the future holds
There ain't nothing you can't be
There's a whole world at your feet
I said reach

Climb every mountain (reach)
Reach for the moon (reach)
Follow that rainbow
And your dreams will all come true

Reach for the stars
Climb every mountain higher
Reach for the stars
Follow your heart's desire
Reach for the stars
And when that rainbow's shining over you
That's when your dreams will all come true
Reach for the stars
Climb every mountain higher
Reach for the stars
Follow your heart's desire
Reach for the stars
And when that rainbow's shining over you
That's when your dreams will all come true
Reach for the stars
Climb every mountain higher [fade to finish]

  
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SILLYHP1953 3/22/2011 2:24PM

    I really need to start dancing every day.

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/6/2011 2:09AM

    You never fail to brighten my day ! I feel lucky to have a Spark friend like you .Awesome song ! Thank you for your motivation and your kindness ! love and hugs,Cheri

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LOVESLIFE48 3/5/2011 6:16PM

    Lexie, thank you for being you!! You always brighten my day!! Thank you for being such a great friend!! Have a great evening!!
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CHRISTURTLE 3/5/2011 5:16PM

    Do you know I have never heard that song before? S Club 7 weren't all that popular here in Australia, or maybe I should say with my girls or their friends... I was sitting here watching, doing my own version of chairdancing, at the time, lol.
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CHEVY63 3/5/2011 2:20PM

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Thanks for sharing!

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JHADZHIA 3/5/2011 2:20PM

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Fabulous song for Spark People (Could be their theme song!!)!
Thanks for sharing it with us! Enjoyed it!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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CAROLIAN 3/5/2011 1:13PM

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TWOTIMESS 3/5/2011 1:12PM

    "Do the hussle..." thanks to you, Lex, it will refrain in my head.
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WANDAH3 3/5/2011 10:57AM

    Have a wonderful weekend....thanks for all your support.

Hugs,
Wanda

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A-Z about me, nabbed from New-Caz

Friday, March 04, 2011

A. Age: 47

B. Bed size: Double (I'm currently single. If I had a partner I'd want a Queen or kingsize, cos I like my space *grin*)

C. Chore you dislike: cleaning behind the toilet, and cleaning the oven

D. Dogs: Currently Sophie a Boxer/Whippet cross. :-) Before in reverse order are: Tammy a Springer/Cocker Spaniel cross, Luka a Blue Doberman, Del (Delilah) a Miniature Schnauzer, Judy a Heinz 57, plus our neighbour's Jack Russell, Trixie, who wasn't ours but I was allowed to walk her and help train her. I also had a Golden Spaniel called Amber, but she was my childhood imaginary friend, along with a Horse called Silverstone. LOL

E. Essential start to your day: The toilet. My bladder waits for nothing first thing. *grin*

F. Favourite colour: orange

G. Gold or silver: Silver

H. Height: 5 feet 8 1/2 inches

I. Instruments you play(ed): Recorder, South American Flute, Piano/Keyboards a little, Glockenspiel, Zither, Triangle, Drums also a little.

J. Job title: Needle and Hookcrafts designer (I try, anyway - mostly Cross stitch, Blackwork, Needlepoint and Crochet *grin*)

K. Kids: 2 girls (the apples of my eye!)

L. Live: Colchester, Essex, England. Born in Cornwall, and with ancestry in Yorkshire and Scotland

M. Mom's name: Pat (as in cowpat) Don't ask! :-)

N. Nicknames: Sandy in grammar school because of my love of the film Grease, but it didn't really stick. Most people just shortened my name to Lex.

O. Overnight hospital stays; Births of my two daughters

P. Pet peeves: Loud mobile phone use, loud neighbours, bad manners, badly behaved kids.

Q. Quote from a movie: "Nobody puts Baby in a corner!"

R. Righty or Lefty: Righty, though you can just about read my Lefty too. :-)

S. Siblings: one of each

T. Time you wake up: 9-ish am (not usually in bed 'til around 1 am)

U. Underwear: Without holes as far as possible, but can't always afford to be that fussy! LOLOL

V. Vegetables you don't like: Okra (hard to think of one cos I love my veggies)

W. What makes you run late: Other people. I'm one of those people who always turns up way early for everything, unless someone else like the kids slow me down, and that isn't often because I usually make allowances for their slowness and get them getting ready way before me. :-)

X. X-rays you've had: hands, teeth, pelvic area, mammogram

Y. Yummy food you make: Lasagne, Cottage Pie, Ratatouille, homemade Soups, and my Chicken Roast Dinners are melty mouthy! :-)

Z. Zoo animal favourites: Snakes! And Birds... Raptors especially! Such as the Great Grey Owls, Hawks and Vultures they have at Colchester :-) I love the big cats, and other creatures too, but Snakes and Birds are my faves!

  
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SILLYHP1953 3/22/2011 2:23PM

    That was quite interesting to read...glad to get to know you a little better!

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SCREWIE 3/6/2011 5:41AM

    Nice to get to know you :)

I like snakes and hate okra too!

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CAROLIAN 3/5/2011 4:54AM

    loved your blog ilove snakes spiders most animals except asatian dogs maybe i was bit by one as a kid emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/5/2011 2:55AM

    I loved it all the chicken roast sounds delightful but I am petrified of snakes ,the raptor I'd like ,I love monkeys but snake s yuck !

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TWOTIMESS 3/5/2011 1:34AM

    Let's go to the zoo, Lex! I think they are all really cool, also the other reptiles and amphibians. Your peeves are mine, too. And I'm coming over for your Chicken Roast, yum!
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JHADZHIA 3/4/2011 11:52PM

    Wonderful list! I like the snakes too!
Thanks for sharing!
Hugs
Linda xxx

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BOVEY63 3/4/2011 11:01PM

    Great to learn more about you, but I will not go to the zoo with you - snaked really creep me out.
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Made out Like Bandits Again!

Friday, March 04, 2011

Today is the DS Pokemon Black and White release day here in the UK, and Tara is a big Pokemon fan, so naturally she was really keen to be first in line for the new game. The joy of the shop called Game is that they do trade-ins on old games, or we just couldn't do this with our meagre finances.

So, Tara went through all her old DS games to see what she didn't play anymore, and then persuaded me to part with a couple of games I don't play much either, and we headed into town today, hoping that what we were parting with would mean the most money she would have to pay towards the Pokemon Black game (35) and the legendary Case Kit (15) she also craved would be a fiver, which was all she had in the cash department. So she needed 45 from the trade-ins. Hmmm...

So, on the way in I fooolishly *hee hee* suggested we pop into the RSPCA shop to see if I missed anything in the CD department, and it turned out I missed four things:

S Club 7 and their '7' album
Chillout Winter Collection
Liberty X and their Being Somebody album
Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - The Oliver Northcott as Joseph version (we already have Donny Osmond's version on DVD) Tara played the Narrator in primary school and still loves the show. :-)

We walked the rest of the way into town, pausing to take photos of the latest gadgetry being used by the local council to prevent mindless vandals from stealing the councils car park A-Boards...



Honestly, we are so short of cash in this country, you really would hope they wouldn't have to be spending their meagre reserves padlocking A-boards to lampposts! Damn thieves...

...or......

...could the A-boards themselves be trying to escape? Looks like the struggle to get away was too much for this one...



Anyway, I digress... We then walked through the Friday street market. The Game store was in sight when I was distracted by aubergines - two for a pound - which takes care of the dinner tonight - ratatouille yum! Whether it will be with fish, with chicken, or on its own over pasta, I haven't decided yet. :-)

A few steps nearer to the store and I spotted Wilburs (Shopping bags on wheels - mine is called Wilbur). :-) I bought Wilbur from this guy a couple of years ago, and he is rather the worse for wear, sadly. His frame is still good and strong, but the bag has been patched in a few places with duct tape, due to accidentally scraping him against walls and so forth. You know how it is, fighting for space in supermarkets. It can get quite rough sometimes. LOL

I asked the guy if I could buy just a replacement bag without a frame and he quoted me 6, so I told him I'd be back after a trip to the cash machine, and we walked off, right past the only cash machine in the area because I forgot one was there, and straight into Game. LOL

So, we are finally in the store (thank heavens Tara has more patience than me, LOL) and the place is practically empty! I was expecting long queues, but I guess that will be more likely tomorrow, as we were there during school hours today. The joy of home schooling, hee hee.

Tara went to grab the game and kit she wanted and was really excited when she came back because both were 5 cheaper than advertised! So that meant she only needed 35 out of her trade-ins tops! There was no queue, so we went up to the checkout and Tara tipped the collection of trade-ins onto the counter. The guy checked them all, and them scanned them through the machine. The total amount she was offered...*drumroll please*... 57!!! (we take good care of our games. :-))

So, with 17 spare, I asked her if she wanted to keep one of the games back, seeing as she didn't need to trade all of them, and you know what she said? "No Mum, it's OK, you have the 17 and get yourself a new game."



Well, I wasn't expecting that! :-) So we had a wee mooch around the store and came back with a new DS game - Jewel Quest Mysteries: Curse of the Emerald Tear, and a playstation 2 secondhand game of Tetris. :-) I have two lovely daughters!



Yes, I know I've used this pic before but it is my official happy face for now! LOL

We left Game, and were heading towards the park and home when I remembered about Wilbur, spotted the cash machine, got out a tenner, and went back to the market stall. It turned out that the basic black bag, which was what I had before, when I was a little embarrassed at having to use a wheelie shopping bag and wanted to blend into the background was 6, but the bag I had my eye on - a little bolder and snazzier in design and perfect for someone who is happy to be a wheelie-bagger ;-) - was a pound dearer. Oh well, we won't quibble over that, considering how well we've done this week bandit-wise, so I coughed up my 7, and he undressed the Wilbur (cos the display one was the only one of that design he had) and handed over my new Wilbur bag. :-)

Again, we were heading for the park, excitedly discussing our goodies, when Tara remembered that she still had her 5 pocketmoney intact and could we go to HMV to see what she could get? Well, what can you do? So around we turned, past the veg stall, past the Wilbur stall, past Game, and round the corner to HMV. We walk in, me expecting again to have a long wait while Tara ummed and aahed over her choices, and what happens? She comes face to face with a Duffy album Endlessly for 5 in the HMV sale, literally right inside the door. Shortest trip to HMV EVER!!! LOL

For the third time we headed to the park, adding up what we spent versus what we actually got, and realised we spent 15 between us, and came away with 72 worth of goods!!!

And it still wasn't quite over. The park was beautiful today, with a lot of manic bird activity on the pond. No money changed hands here, but I took lots of photos, like these ones:











We reached the other side of the park and I remembered I needed a notebook, so as The Range was just across the road, we popped in there for a last spend before finally heading home for a well-earned cuppa! I got the notebook I wanted, and Tara spent 17p on a Freddo choc bar using her debit card, much to the amusement of the cashier. LOL Probably one of the smallest card transactions he'll see today. *grin*

So that was our Bandit-raid to town on Pokemon Black and White release day (Or Pokemon Magpie Day as I prefer to call it). :-) It is appropriate to note, as I have a definite connection to the Magpie, that I had something of a black and white day today too. LOL

Pukka pad Black, white and grey with green trim. Well, Magpies do nest in trees, so green is allowed! LOL



And Wilbur's makeover? Well, he has gone from plain black to a more floral black/grey/white motif:

Before Makeover:



After Makeover:



I hope Sophie approves. :-)

Only sad note? I can't take revamped Wilbur shopping cos I'm broke! :-( LOL

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend to look forward to. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SILLYHP1953 3/22/2011 2:20PM

    That was quite a shopping day!! Good job. I used to love playing Tetris, was quite good at it, too.

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CHEVY63 3/5/2011 2:17PM

    What a great trip! I felt like I was right there with you - you are a great writer.

Hope your weekend is going well!

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CHRISTURTLE 3/5/2011 6:31AM

    I don't have a Wilbur, I have a 'Nova' purchased from the Nova (Melbourne radio station) Royal Melbourne Show 3 years ago. My Nova accompanies me on our annual Christmas shopping/bargain hunting at the factory outlets depot pilgrimage to Melbourne each December, and to make a return visit to the Royal Melbourne Show each September. Other than that, poor Nova sits in the back of the wardrobe in my computer room - buried behind boxes of heaven only knows what.
Since I'm now a pedestrian round town, only using the car for local trips when I have more than one carrier bag of groceries, I really appreciated your blog - my Nova is going to emerge from the deep dark recesses of the wardrobe, and will accompany me on shopping trips!
My Nova cost me $15.00AU, and just converted it to English currency... it would have cost me 9.34GBP *Australian keyboards don't have the symbol for monetary pounds, sorry*.
Come to think of it, my Nova may just solve the whole 'carrying two too heavy books, plus folders, notes, assignments, lunch, drinks, etc. to Eventide for my course twice per week - I've had to drive there cos its just too heavy to carry everything. I was thinking of trying a backpack on Thursday next week, but if that isn't a success I will give Nova two days per week out at an aged care facility!
I'll take a photo of Nova when I manage to extract her from her secure location behind all those boxes, so you can see how very similar my Nova is to your Wilbur.

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/5/2011 2:53AM

    What a lovely adventure ! You really did well ,can you and Tara come shopping with me ?

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JHADZHIA 3/4/2011 11:48PM

    Wow!! You guys really go with your shopping!! Well done!
Love the new Wilbur!! Very modern!
Keep up the fabulous work!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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MNOT2THICK 3/4/2011 7:59PM

    Can I take some lessons. You guys did great. emoticon

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CARLA-216 3/4/2011 3:26PM

    Great job making out like bandits again! I love it! I'm liking Wilbur's new spiffy new coat. I wouldn't mind having one of those for my Costco trips, especially if I'm only there to buy food. I despise their giant carts and always bang my shins on the cart because of the way they're designed. Plus, it doesn't help matters that I am a total klutz. ;-)

I also LOVE the park pictures, especially the tree that looks like a willow. Love the way the tiny buds look like lace on the willows.

xoxo
Carla

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CAROLIAN 3/4/2011 1:49PM

    great bargains love wilbur mk2 enjoy the weekend lol carol emoticon

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BOE4LIFE 3/4/2011 1:04PM

    What an awesome day. The saving fairies were with you on that trip. Great deal. I had an pretty awesome day as well. Hope the weekend is the same. Spark On!

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YOYONOMORE1 3/4/2011 12:45PM

    Lexie it sounds like you had a wonderful outing and did make out like bandits, woo hoo. I love the pictures in the park of the green grass, soon I hope that's what it'll look like here in Michigan. I loved reading your blog and wish you and yours a wonderful weekend.

Hugs,
Shirl

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TWOTIMESS 3/4/2011 12:12PM

    Wow, Lexie - you can stretch a pound, and Tara's not doing badly at all! I like Wibur's new coat. And the park! It was under snow not too long ago and just look at the green grass! You've earned your cuppa!
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Feb No-Scales Results and Made Out Like a Bandit

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

First, thanks for all the positive comments and suggestions about my v-log. Mental note to self (thanks JHADZHIA) to make sure that next time the TV and/or music is silent before I start. LOL. I had no idea how well the webcam mike would pick up sound from across the room until I heard the playback, and by then Sophie had had enough of the thigh-slapping ups and gone off to the sofa for a snooze, so no chance of a repeat performance. :-) Oh, and if anyone has Skype and a webcam and wants a video chat (or whatever it's called) sometime, do let me know. I downloaded Skype yesterday. :-)

Thanks everyone also for all your comments on my recent blogs, sparkpage and for my goodies. I'm still trying to catch up with you all individually, but I wanted you to know that your comments and support are always appreciated. :-)

Hey, check this out! These guys spent all day installing these bollards to prevent people from parking right on the pavement in front of the club, and now they're cleaning up, ready to go home. How long do you think it'll take before they realise where they parked their van? LOLOLOL



February No Scales Month didn't go according to plan. I gained a pound and a half, lost an inch around my thigh but gained an inch on my hips!!! Good grief! Waist and upper arm were no change, so all in all not quite the successful month I'd hoped it would be. C'est la vie! :-) Am feeding the tape measure to Sophie!



It didn't help, of course, succumbing to that cold/chest/sinus infection for the last ten days of so of the challenge, because I felt like I was doing quite well until that point. Still, that is all better now, apart from a slight residue of sinus issues, for which I have nasal spray, so I'm back on form for March (please don't let me saying that be a jinx! LOL).

Monthly figures for Feb are:

Strength trained for 30 mins 8 out of 12 times
Walked/Cardio 86.76 miles, and the target was 84 over the month.
Woohoo!!!

Fruit and veg minimum 5 daily - 28/28
Woohoo!!!
Water minimum 8 daily - 20/28
When my sinuses are really bad, cold water can make it worse, so had to cut down for a week, as I can't stand hot water without milk and a teabag in it. LOL
Calories in range 21/28.
Went under a few times while ill, and over twice, due to mini melton mowbray pork pies on one day and due to an attack of the munchies last night. LOL
Carbs in range 26/28
Under on both occasions that I missed the target, and both times were while poorly.
Fat in range 22/28
Went over, but only by teeny amounts most of the time. Went under twice while poorly.
Protein in range 23/28
Failed to make the minimum due to illness on those days.

Now for the Made Out Like A Bandit Retail Therapy... *grin*
In these days of up-to-my-eyes-in-bills, any retail therapy is strictly on-a-budget therapy, but you can still have fun. Today I raided the local RSPCA charity shop and came away with 5 CDs and a DVD for a total of 2.10!!! Yeehar!!! *grin*

Three CDs were 50p each:
Gabrielle's Rise album
Lighthouse Family Greatest Hits special edition
Everly Brothers Hits

The other 2, and the DVD were all newspaper freebies, so you get asked for a donation for those, so I gave 20p each for them:
Tom Jones
Tina Turner
Then film was the old classic Journey to the Centre of the Earth. The one with Treat Williams in it. *sighs with happy*



Exercise is back to normal. Today I walked Sophie, and did a run to Waitrose, then did 30 mins strength training. :-)

Hope you are all having a great start to March!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SILLYHP1953 3/22/2011 2:12PM

    I know what a euro is now!! And after handing over 200 dollars in exchange for 115 euros, I know what a dollar is, too!! Needless to say, I didn't spend a lot while in Italy, except for food, which took plenty of euros! I'm glad you got a deal shopping. And don't feed the tape measure to Sophie! I do have skype on my laptop so I can communicate with my son while he's still over in Italy. He's six hours ahead of me, so you probably are, too. It makes it hard to be online at the same time, I've found.

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JHADZHIA 3/2/2011 9:41AM

    You did pretty well, considering it all! I mean perfect with your fruits and veggies!! Woohoo! And only 2 days missed getting carbs in range is pretty darn good!! (I struggle with that one)
Keep up the great work and don't worry on the scale, you will get that going when you get back to 100 %.
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/2/2011 2:54AM

    Brilliant start to March .I love a bargain ! I'm taking True to the vet tomorrow so I can imagine what that will set me back but anything for my furbaby! I have been worried about her and chanting I will not make toad in the hole and sticky toffe pud I will not so far I am winning the battle . As long as she is fine I will manage ,If I get bad news they'll have to install bollards around me to keep me out of the kitchen !

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LIFEISSWEET2 3/1/2011 9:33PM

    Looks like February was a mixed bag....but you DID make a lot of the goals you set for yourself...all that while being ill. I'd say you had a great February when you do the math emoticon.

Looks like March will be a good month for you, after all, look at those bargains you scored. I'd say that was a good way to start March.

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BOVEY63 3/1/2011 4:52PM

    You did great on your goals - especially when you weren't feeling well.
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I love getting deals at thrift/charity stores too - I'm wearing a shirt I bought at one just last week. You did great!
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Love the pics and cartoons!
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ANNEMAC5 3/1/2011 3:58PM

    You reached some of your goals so good for you. It is tough when you are ill. Glad you are back on the move.

Lots of us lost our spark for a while in Feb so all onward and upward for March. Love your pictures made me smile. Good bargains, have to look harder nowadays. Use to get my books from charity shops but they out priced themselves so I enjoy going to the library now.
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DARACOX 3/1/2011 3:36PM

    My Feb didn't work out as well as I would have liked either, and I didn't even get sick! You still sound like you did really well though! Good luck in March!

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CARLA-216 3/1/2011 2:56PM

    Not too shabby at all considering feeling poorly for almost half of the month.

So glad to read you're feeling better and back to the walkies! Love the bargains you got at the charity shop. Funny you mention Tom Jones because I've had one of his songs in my head the last couple of days. This one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrwO
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xoxo
Carla>
PS: LOL at the daft workers blocking their van in!

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TWOTIMESS 3/1/2011 2:25PM

    Love your blog! You didn't do too badly, considering you were out of action for 2 weeks. I like the bargains you got at the charity shop - I simply adore Tom Jones (showing my age again!)
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ELAOPET 3/1/2011 2:13PM

    hahahahaaa I love the pics!!!!!
Look, WE SURVIVED FEBRUARY! THAT IS SOMETHING!!!! Now spring is comming, and lets be real, we may get spring blues, but soon that will pass and we'll get that beautiful kick in the rear nature gives alll it's creatures, so why would it exclude us? I'm ready for it! YOU? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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