Thursday, March 10, 2011
As I was sorting through my wool last night, trying to decide what to make next, I was struck by the array of colours in the containers. It occurred to me that I have a whole rainbow of colour in my days, so here is my photo blog of my own little rainbow...
If you feel inspired, perhaps you'd like to blog about your rainbow too, and let me know so I can come and see it. :-)
This is what started me thinking:
So, how does it go? Aah, yes...
Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain
The reddest autumn leaves imaginable:
My favourite jumper! I've had this one for years, and I just love the colour. :-) It was warm enough on Monday to take my coat off at Highwoods, and this is the proof! *grin*
The daffodils finally opening up in my garden today:
My own design - cross-stitched bracelet in shades of green:
The incredible sky over Highwoods this morning. Some of the best blue sky and puffy cloud action so far this year:
Didn't know what to add for this so I went googling indigo things and found this montage which has some beautiful things I love - flowers, birds, butterflies, twilight... I love this collection! :-)
Actual Violets! :-) Found these on the way back from Waitrose this afternoon:
So, that is my rainbow today. Something to make me smile, no matter how tired and achy I am. :-)
How does your rainbow look?
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Woke this morning in pain after a very sleepless night. Hmmm... It is twinges with breaks of a few mins to half an hour between, but when they hit... Woah!!! Decided to take the walk with Sophie this morning as the gaps between aren't too bad, and apart from a couple of times when I had to stop for a minute and clutch myself I was fine, but definitely slow and puffing well! Looks like it has found a new method of attack. *sigh*
Not only that, but TOM turned up and is being a real pain in the whatsit too! *growl* The thing with him though, is that often a little exercise can actually help. So here I am, with my body in a dilemma:
Tom says "Let's go for a walk!"
and Costo says, "You have got to be kidding!"
So, we went, but with the understanding that I could turn around and head for home at a moment's notice, which fortunately I didn't have to enforce. :-) I did what I call The Lollipop Walk today. Straight through the first two fields, right round the edge of the third field, and back through the first two. I was a bit slow, and stopped to chat a couple of times, but at least we were out in the fresh air.
So now Sophie and I are home, with aching bits and bobs, but we enjoyed ourselves. For the rest of the day it is playlists and crochet on my mind. I have to take my flare-up meds, but I'm trying to stick to the lower strength painkillers in the hope that I can function to some level for the rest of today at least. :-) I'm already feeling sleepy though, so it's not looking too good. *she says yawning*
Oooh, I managed to juggle my programmes last night. I get to see my two comedies on Sunday Eve, all being well. :-) Is happy viewing bunny! :-)
Have a great day everyone!
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
So weird! Yesterday, early evening, the Costochondritis chest wall pain started in the region of my left breast, spreading within a few minutes to my left arm. Boy was it a nuisance! I could barely raise my left arm, and the slightest twist to my movement caused sharp pain to my chest. It forces you to almost total immobility so quickly when it hits that sometimes it totally disrupts everything. :-(
I was halfway through making a beany bolognese sauce at the time, and couldn't just leave it. Besides, I was starving hungry, and my mouth was watering at the thought of what was to come, plus Tara is still not comfortable using the cooker, so I couldn't leave it to her to finish. So, what's a girl in pain to do? :-) I struggled to complete making my dinner, but managed to, and thoroughly enjoyed the meal too, then I took my killer painkillers and anti-inflamatories and crawled off to bed.
The meds are great for alleviating the pain, but they knock me out. Yet, even though they turn my legs to jelly, they don't let me sleep well. I dozed and tossed and turned for the whole night, finally crawling out of bed this morning about 9 am. I cautiously moved my arms about, then the rest of me, and there was NO pain, and NO breathlessness! I have no idea what happened, but I feel fine! So I'm not complaining. *grin* This is just another example of how truly weird Costochondritis and Tietze's are as illnesses. Completely unpredictable in every way! LOL I guess we call this one a mini-flareup.
So, I'm having a good week so far, in spite of this business. :-)
Sunday I walked three miles in total with Leslie Sansone. Her two mile walk in the morning, and her 1 mile Cardio Slimdown in the evening
Monday I walked for over an hour and for nearly three miles at Highwoods with Sophie, followed by a 1 mile walk with LS in the evening shortly before the pain hit.
So far today I've walked 2 1/2 miles with Sophie at Highwoods, and done 30 mins of a combo of strength training and stretches. That was when I met a bit of pain. Costo affects the muscles, and round my chest and shoulders particularly, they are very tender and achy - obvious during the stretching, but I think the light stretching helped, and I was able to do the upper body exercises without any problems. Of course, if the pain flares again later, I may have to do some rethinking. :-)
Later today I plan to walk another mile with LS. I am aiming for walking at least three miles a day as often as possible now. I feel that it is time to push myself a bit more, and adding extra cardio walking is as good a way as any to make that push with. :-)
I also plan to find some time to start working on those walking playlists either today or tomorrow. :-) But right now, I should be getting off the computer and doing some work. That crochet won't make itself. LOL
I also have a little TV juggling to do. The Universal Channel is running Cold Case on weeknights at 8pm, right from the start of the first series, and I haven't seen most of the first three series, so I want to catch as many as I can, and on Tuesdays it clashes with Cougar Town and Hot in Cleveland on normal time, and clashes with the latest CSI series if I plus one, so I've got to find out which of the shows I can catch later in the week instead. We won't mention the other show I really wanted to see that has also turned up at the same time slot tonight, because that will just send my brain into orbit! LOL
Honestly, I have so few shows I really love to watch, so why are so many scheduled for the exact same time and day? Most days aren't a problem, but Tuesday is a real tangle! LOL
Wish me luck. I think I'm trying to fit a quart of jobs into a pint-sized day today. LOL
Have a good one everybody!
Sunday, March 06, 2011
...apparently, first thing in the morning my brain is still asleep when my body is awake. (no real surprise there, LOL)
Last week, after my breakfast and just before my bath, I weighed in at 13 stone 1 3/4 pounds (183.75lbs)
First thing this morning, before breakfast, I weighed in at 12 stone 12 1/2 pounds (180.5lbs).
That is a loss of THREE and a Quarter pounds, not Two and a quarter like I calculated this morning. *grin*
When I weighed myself again after breakfast, just before my bath, I weighed 12 stone 13 1/2 ounces (181.5lbs)
So, I got my answer... A bowl of porage weighs a pound!!! LOLOL
Either way, I am still under 13 stone, and either way, I'm weighing-in first thing from now on. I'll take that extra before-brekkie pound loss thanks very much. *grin*
Mistakes... We all maeks dem!
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:
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:
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.......
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!
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