Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Hi, I'm back! :-)
1000 Day Fitness challenge first:
Day 8 (Sat):
Zumba Beginner Workout no.1 - 20 mins (plus also did a number of Just Dance songs, and walked the Town Circuit) Beat my previous best step count for the day. New best step count is 15654 steps! Just over 7 miles on my system.
Day 9 (Sun):
Zumba Beginner Workout no.2 - 20 mins, and we also went for a two hour hike around Highwoods, played Swingball with my Son-in-law, plus had a Just dance competition in the evening with Tara, Bryony, and Claire (Bry's best friend)
Day 10 (Mon):
Took it very easy cos I wrenched my shoulder playing all those games on Sunday!!! LOL Don't know why I'm laughing. I could barely raise my right arm to the level of my shoulder yesterday, and it hurt like seven kinds of fun, but never mind. We had a whale of a time and I knew I was pushing my luck, so no one else to blame. I iz sucking it up! *grin*
I did manage to get my step minimum doing two of Leslie Sansone's Miles - the Cardio Slimdown mile in the morning, and the Walk a Mile in the afternoon. I just modified the arm movements to allow for the dished shoulder. :-)
Day 11 (Today)
Right shoulder being a little better I went for my 20 minute Beginner Zumba routine (no.1) and nailed it, aside from a couple of arm moves I felt it prudent to avoid. :-) Plus I have walked to Waitrose and back at a fast pace and done a little stepping to music to make my minimum steps. I may try some Just dance 2 later, if my shoulder is ok with it. :-)
So, we had a wonderful weekend, the hardest thing being the incredible heat. We had a real heatwave over the entire Easter Weekend. We weren't just sweating from exercise! LOL I also made the conscious decision not to track food over the weekend. Firstly I knew I would have the odd beer, and some chocolate and planned to enjoy it all guilt-free, and secondly I knew I really wouldn't have time to fill in all the details and figure out what was in all the dishes on curry night. I wasn't cooking that day, just eating. :-)
The Wii was a big hit, though Rob isn't into dance games. We cajoled but he wouldn't attempt Just dance or Zumba, but he played a fair bit of Mario Kart, and when Adrian came over for Curry Night he brought Lego Star Wars with him (big kid! LOL), and he and Rob played together while we girls chatted in the kitchen and kept an eye on the cooking.
It was Rob's idea that we went into town on the Saturday. He offered to buy a copy of Wii Sports Resort if we could find a pre-owned one. So we walked in and found copies, but they were nearly £30 used!!! He checked online as soon as we left the shop and he said he could get one for a tenner, so he'll order it and bring it up next visit! :-)
Sunday, after the hike around Highwoods, Rob challenged us to Swingball. He hits HARD!!! How hard does he hit? Ask the side of my head! LOL. He got me a beaut right above my left eye! Good job that was his backhand. If it had been his forehand I'd have likely gone into orbit! *grin* Hands up all those who can claim to being whacked by their Son-in-law! LOL
He beat everyone (including Claire and Adrian) at Swingball. Bry beat everyone at Mario Kart, and I beat everyone at Just Dance 2 (apart from one song Bry was impressively adept at). I was still raring to go when the others were puffing and panting on the chairs. What's up with that? LOL
Never known a family visit go with such a swing. Can't wait for the next one. Curry and Wii night was a huge success, and next time it is going to be a Sushi and Wii Sports Resort night. :-)
Bry and Rob left bright and early Monday morning to visit Rob's Mum's Mum on the way home, and I spent most of the day playing jigsaws online (Jigidi.com - best jigsaw site ever!) and trying not to fall asleep. I was shattered!!! Did those two miles with Leslie Sansone out of sheer stubborness! *grin*
But I feel more my old self today after a good night's sleep in my own bed, plus the temps have plummeted back to a more normal level today, thank the gods. :-) Got my steps in, have cleaned the kitchen and now I'm heading for a late lunch followed by some work hours.
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. :-)
What do you get when you put Wii into a LOL search engine?
Friday, April 22, 2011
Day 7/1000 20 minutes Zumba!!! Yay!!!
I am really starting to see the fitness possibilities with this Wii thing. :-)
I leapt out of bed first thing this morning, despite having spent 45 minutes - count them - playing Just dance 2 after midnight last night. LOL Never in the field of my exercising have I been even vaguely interested in moving that fast that late at night!!! It is a phenomenon, that's what it is! Of course it could just be a phase and I'll get bored soon enough, but in the meantime I feel energised! I hope I don't get bored actually. it would be a shame to have finally committed to the expense only to get fed up with it, which has always been what has made me keep my distance from the Wii until now. You have probably noticed by now that I am a 'flitterer'. I get bored easily, so I need plenty of variety to keep me interested. That works in pretty much all aspects of my life I think. :-)
So, yes, this morning I leapt out of bed hungry, which is unusual, and munched down a nutrigrain and filled a bottle with water, then switched on the TV, the Wii, and inserted Zumba Fitness. Put on my trainers, and then my Zumba belt which came with the game (you wrap this around your waist to hold the remote so you are hands free) and I was good to go. It is so quick and easy to get started using the Wii. :-)
I set up my exercise diary on the game last night and decided to try the 20 minute beginner workout again. There are two, so I set them for alternate days. Today was workout 1.
And I actually completed the workout! All twenty minutes! I will admit I was less than technically perfect for the second half, and flagging badly approaching the cool down routine, but for the first half I was lighting up the instructor like a Christmas tree! LOL She goes green if you are moving properly. :-) The workout incorporates a warm-up and a cool down, and you get reminded to drink water after each routine within the workout. Some of the moves are easy to pick up, and some are a little tricky, specially the fancy footwork. LOL Plus some of the really fast moves are beyond me so I do those at half speed. The cool down for this workout was belly dancing, and really did cool me down too, as well as including stretches before you finish.
You can practise specific moves in a separate part of the game, or do individual 4-5 minute routines, but after trying those I decided it was best today just to plunge in to the beginner workouts and just do what I could, and I could do more than I thought! :-)
All in all I am immensely impressed with Zumba Fitness. Best thing? In the twenty minutes I did *drumrollplease* 2935 steps, which translates on my system to 1 1/3 miles! And I wasn't fully up to speed during the second half od the workout! It fair boggle the mind how many more steps I would cover at full pelt! LOL
Hopefully I'll get to play Just Dance later.
I am going to mull over my exercise routine in the next week or two. With Wii Fit Plus joining us in a few days, I'm now thinking that I can use the Wii for my first thing exercise, then have breakfast, and then walk Sophie at a more leisurely pace some days. I know some people use the Wii for all their exercising, and I can certainly see that would work. There are games that are fun first but that also give you a bit of a workout, like Just Dance for instance, but there are also games that are specifically exercise oriented, and I am looking into those options too. I know I am more likely to exercise if I am enjoying it, and I suspect that I'm not the only one who feels like that. Basic strength exercises bore me quite quickly, but give me squats as part of a dance routine and watch me go!!! *grin* And my upper arms have had so much exercise the last couple of days. I am stunned by how effective the Wii is at getting my whole body moving. :-)
Well, I have a full day ahead of me - catching up on Spark a bit and I am off for a nice soak in the bath shortly. Bry and Rob get here this evening. Let the fun begin as I introduce Bryony to Zumba! LOL
Sophie has new balls - she says completely changing the subject at a moment's notice. *grin* I was buying six packs of dog tennis balls from Wilkos but she was chewing them up in a day. When we were in town getting the Wii I popped into a pet store and got a four pack of balls for £2. I was a bit miffed at how much more they cost (as opposed to 6 for £1.50), but here we are on the third day and Sophie hasn't managed to chew any of them up yet! Turns out cheap and cheerful was a false economy. Think I might go back and get one of those grab and throw gizmos they make, then we can take a ball up to Highwoods with us. Sophie will like that! :-)
Can't forget that she needs exercise too. And regular weigh ins. Apparently you can weigh your pets on the balance board! If I can get Sophie to stand on that it will be interesting. She hates the scales at the vets! *grin*
Well, off to do what needs to be done!
Have a lovely Earth Day everyone!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
I am very proud to claim approximately 13 minutes of Zumba as my ten minute minimum today. I had to do it in three shifts, but I did it!
The actual minimum routine to follow on the inbuilt game fitness calendar seems to be 20 minutes at Beginner level, but I tried that yesterday and didn't even get halfway through. So today I tried individual beginner routines, which are around four minutes each, and I did a routine, then washed a few dishes and put the next lot in to soak, then repeated twice. :-) I did try for a fourth one but my legs started to shake about a minute in, and at that point they weren't supposed to be, LOL, so I took it as a sign to call it a day. :-) I checked my step counter afterwards, and those 13 or so minutes amounted to over 2000 steps, or close to a mile!!! I am seriously impressed!!! :-)
It may be a while before I can manage twenty minutes in one sitting. But I don't mind because it is such good fun and I love Latin dance music, so it is a real pleasure to use even if I am sweating like fun within minutes. *grin*
I Zumba'd around tea time, but first thing this morning, before I did anything else, I switched on the Wii, popped in Just Dance 2, and danced to SIX songs!
I did one Sweat which is the easiest catagory, and realised I am actually better than beginner with this game. So I went on to dance to It's Raining Men because it was the first song on the selection, and then let the game randomly choose for me three times. It gave me Sympathy For The Devil, Sway, and Hot Stuff. Finally I attempted The Monster Mash to try and beat yesterday's score, which I got as 'Baby' (we hadn't figured out at that point how to set up a profile). I failed, so Baby still gets the credit. Nobody puts Baby in a corner (or beats her score apparently) *grin*
I then spent 5 1/2 hours working, shopping and making lunch - not necessarily in that order - while Tara played Mario Kart! I kid you not! I finally dragged her away at three to eat lunch and then help me get the house ready for Rob and Bry's arrival tomorrow. Currently she is back playing Mario Kart again! I may have to haul her off in a while to get a last bit of Just Dancing in before bedtime.
I was also about as naughty as could be today. My Littlewoods catalogue debt has considerably shrunk since the wedding - basically everything Wedding related has now been paid off - so I decided to order Wii Fit Plus with the balance board seeing as it was £20 less than usual. I spent days reading reviews, looking through sparkteams for input etc, and I really think that I will get a lot out of it. Not only that but a number of other games are also compatible with the balance board and a few of those are on my wish list too, so all in all I think it will be a great investment.
Even more exciting - I can use Tigger with the Wii Fit Plus for the jogging bit of the game from what I've been reading.
I also ordered a cover for the balance board and the Just Dance game, so we have both JD and JD2 to play with. The original may be a little differently set up from what I gather, but it has loads of songs I like on it, and I really wanted to have both to choose from.
Slight disappointment - I really really want a copy of Walk It Out (known as Step to the Beat in the UK) but I can't find it anywhere! Apparently I have to get the British version because American games won't play in British Wiis and vice versa. I can't even find out if they are still making the game. The only thing we can do, I think, is keep an eye in the pre-owned sections of the shops and hope for the best.
The reason I so want Step to the Beat - apart from the obvious passion I have for walking as exercise - is that it is another game where you can utilise the mini trampoline! And you all know how much I love my Tigger! :-)
If it was meant to be one will turn up somewhere sooner or later. :-) That's what I'm telling myself anyway. :-)
I am woefully behind here at SP again! I am hoping for a rest-ish day tomorrow, a nice soak in the bath and a relaxing time at the computer in sure and certain knowledge that it won't be an option over the rest of the weekend. We have a lot lined up to do while Rob and Bry are here. I'll try and catch up with some of you tomorrow, but there is a good chance it will be at least Tuesday before I get back to sparking properly.
I hope you know that I am with you all in spirit at this time. Honestly, it really is family and friends keeping me away, not my new fixation with the Wii!!! LOL
Hoping the coming weekend will be good to you all. Don't munch too many eggs, but enjoy what you do munch without feeling guilty! Promise? :-)
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
We haz Wii!!!
We don't have the Wii we expected though. It turns out that Game stores change their deals every week, so we couldn't get Just Dance with the console. In fact the secondhand console was still £80 but with nothing thrown in at all, which is crazy seeing as they are selling brand new ones for £100 which include two games (ones we had no interest in sadly or I might have been tempted). So we went to the other store in town - Gamestation - and they sold us a used Console for £70 with one remote included. They also had a new copy of Just Dance 2 on special offer at £19.99, and they threw in a nunchuck for free when I asked them to, so it ended up costing ten quid more than I planned but we are very happy with what we got, and we also get it guaranteed for a year for free too.
We haz already played Mariokart, which is INSANE fun, but not overly active, unless you count madly turning the steering wheels. LOLOL Turns out I'm a Biker Chick! Who knew! *grin* I played as something called Koopa Troopa - a tortoise I think (I'm not familiar with Mario characters). And he has a motorbike that is really good to steer - leans properly and everything, which is a delight compared to the pushchair I had him in at first. Insane, like I say! *grin*
Yes, he IS a tortoise! Look!
I had to drag Tara kicking and screaming off Mariokart after several race challenges so we could try Just Dance 2. Had to promise we'd try it again later though. :-)
We tried three dances on Just Dance 2 - The Shoop Shoop Song, Big Girls You Are Beautiful and Walk Like An Egyptian. I'm claiming those as my ten minutes for day 5/1000 by the way! :-) New default exercise maybe? We'll have to see. LOL
Glory be you don't half move, specially your arms! I felt like an overactive windmill, but it is really good fun! Had to stop there though, to give myself a fighting chance of trying the Zumba Fitness game later - assuming I don't seize up from all the town walking and JD2 first. LOL My only complaint? With two of you dancing at once in the small space we call our sitting room, we hit each other a few times. Also, one of the remotes doesn't seem to be working properly - fine with Mariokart, but doesn't like HP at all - but hopefully we can figure out the problem and if necessary get it exchanged. Would you believe it is the brand new one that is faulty?
Currently, Tara is playing Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and I am hearing loads of "I love this game"s from behind me as I'm typing this. :-) She feels a bit more like she has a wand in her hand. You can imagine that makes her pretty happy! :-) Actually, it looks so interesting that I may be tempted to try it myself.
I hope to get to play a little Zumba later - or at least try to. LOL Tomorrow we need to clean the house and then clean us, ready for Rob and Bry's arrival - on Friday I think. Ade seems to think they are arriving tomorrow, which is news to me! So I've just texted Bry to check.
Right - work hours - focus woman! You haven't done a stitch today! *shakes finger at myself* Think I'll dig out another Norman Wisdom film to crochet to. Watched Man of the Moment yesterday. :-)
Hope Wednesday is being wonderful to you!
Been so hot today we are all panting! :-)
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
It takes fifteen minutes to walk the entire length of my road and back at a decent pace I discovered today. :-) Needs must when the Devil is being a literal pain in the everything! LOL
So, today being a pain of a pain day, I decided to wait till the meds kicked in and then I walked out of my front gate, turned right, and stayed on our side of the road all the way to the last speedbump which is about 20 feet from the end of the road. Then I walked across the speedbump, and walked the length of the road on the other side, until I reached the last speedbump at our end of the road, crossed that speedbump, and walked back up to the house.
Perfect! The minimum 10 minutes achieved! Now I can go to sleep. LOL
Actually, it is surprising how a little walk like that can boost you even when you aren't feeling the best, and right now I have shooting pains all over plus what feels like the start of a headcold, so I am pleased as punch that I didn't just give in and call it a lost day out of the thousand, tempting though the idea was this morning. :-) Time will tell what this ickyness develops into, if anything. I hope it doesn't. What with planning on walking into town to buy the Wii tomorrow and all the family plans for the Easter Weekend, this would be lousy timing - sadly something I am all too good at sometimes. *grin*
Actually, I can't go to sleep. I have work hours to do. Time to drag out my Norman Wisdom Collection and sit through some of his antics while crocheting I think. :-) He always makes me smile.
Don't Laugh at Me Cos I'm a Fool:
Hope he will forgive me if I at least laugh WITH him today! :-)
*Pauses for sneezles*
Have a lovely Tuesday everyone!
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