Sunday, May 22, 2011
I did it! Purely using Wii Fit Plus I got in another hour and 21 minutes of exercise today, with an unusual twist from yesterday I neglected to mention. TMI to come? You decide! :-)
And... I lost a pound and a quarter this week! Maybe the Wii helped? :-)
Of course, just cos I lost it doesn't mean I won't find it again. Most things I lose stay lost, no matter how hard I look for them, but my weight? No such luck! LOL
So, today, from the Wii Fit Plus Routines section I completed testing out the following routines:
Youth – Posture – about 6 minutes
Yoga – Tree
Yoga – Half-Moon
Balance games - Zazen
Youth – Mind and Body – about 7 minutes
Training Plus – Perfect Ten
Balance Games – Table Tilt
Training Plus – Obstacle Course
Youth – Legs and Hips – about 6 minutes
Aerobic Exercises – Step Basics
Yoga – Chair
Muscle Workouts – Rowing Squat
Form – Hips and Behind – about 8 minutes
Muscle Workouts – Single Leg extension
Aerobic Exercises – Step Plus
Yoga – Standing Knee
Form – Arms – about 6 minutes
Training Plus – Rhythm Kung Fu
Muscle Workouts – Tricep Extension
Muscle Workouts – Balance Bridge (for advanced users)
Form – Figure – about 7 minutes
Aerobic Exercises – Super Hula Hoop
Muscle Workouts – Sideways Leg Lift
Yoga - Triangle
Then, to get my steps in because that lot only came to around 1300 steps...
Cycling - the Island View Course - 19 mins and about 2000 steps
Jogging Plus 3 minute short course. 5 attempts! The reason for this? I was trying to unlock the next level and I couldn't figure out why the game wasn't moving forwards.
Also, my first attempt was interrupted by the phone ringing. It was Bryony and we hadn't chatted for ages. So, after a few mad moments of trying to jog and chat at the same time, I remembered that Tara was in the process of running a bath for herself and if I didn't give the phone to her straight away she'd miss the chance to chat with her sister. So I paused the game, ran up the stairs, and handed the phone over, then took the opportunity to empty my bladder before getting back on the trampoline.
I then completed that attempt and did two more before the phone came back.
Then I had a lovely long chat with Bry, during which time I moaned that in spite of my best efforts I hadn't been able to unlock the next level of jogging. I concluded that I couldn't jog fast enough on Tigger and that I'd try on the floor instead.
So, after Bry rang off I got back to the jogging and tried on the floor. I got off to a good start following my cat as usual, and as a second cat passed us I remembered reading somewhere on sparkpeople about passing cats to go on different routes, so I sped up, passed my cat, and lo and behold, the game told me to follow the second cat instead! So I did, and it took me on a different route! I poured my arms and legs into that three minutes, and was I pooped by the end! I was amazed I managed to do that on the floor and so fast! :-)
I liked that a lot, so I had a fifth go, starting on the floor again to start, and this time a different coloured cat overtook us, so I sped up, followed him, then leapt on the trampoline to complete that jog and new route at a more sedate trampoline pace.
At the end of that jog - and the cat took me to some very strange places for a human to jog *grin* - the game moved me on to the 'long' length jog...
So I had to try that once too. :-) 7 minutes
But after that I was pretty worn out, so I called it a day, and I'm having a well-deserved quiet evening watching TV (in between typing this to bore you guys silly, LOL).
One problem that has come to light this weekend is my bladder control. I suffer from a little weakness in that area, so that I have to be careful how I sneeze, for instance. Come on ladies! Some of you know what I'm talking about. :-) Well, yesterday, during the 30 minute jog on Tigger, I had to stop partway through ... because I wet myself! *hides behind hands all embarrassed*
Turns out that ... how to say this delicately ... fast jogging on Tigger makes me ... leak. Seems not all damp patches are sweat-related! *oops* So I guess if I want to carry on jogging I have to do two things. I have to add pelvic floor exercises to my routine to try and strengthen the area ... and I have to be a big brave girl and go peruse the Tena aisle! :-)
Oh boy! *oh no...*
I was about to say, "It never rains, but it pours!" Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear... LOLOLOLOL
So, with the sound of bladder icicles tinkling away - yes I did just say that - I will wish you all a very happy last of the weekend, and hope that Monday is kind and gentle to you all. :-)
(what, no bladder emoticons?) LOL
Saturday, May 21, 2011
I managed to get a lot of exercise done today as part of my experimenting with the Wii Fit Plus. I decided to play with the Wii Fit Plus Routines today, and also to do half an hour of jogging to help get my steps in.
First, though, I did three attempts at the balance game Ski Slalom... ODDLASS's Wii Fit challenge choice. Have to say she and ANANDINI are way better at that than me, but I'll improve now I realised that I wasn't leaning forward enough to get the speed. It is all in the detail. I was so focused on the flag gates that I didn't notice the window to the right showing the area I needed the centre of my gravity to be for optimum performance. It was Tara who told me what I was missing. LOL Ah well, better luck next time. I had three more attempts afterwards and nailed it on the last one! :-)
So in the Wii Fit Plus Routines section, there are 12 categories, with three challenges in each one, so I tried half of them today:
1. Lifestyle - Shoulders and Back - 6 Minutes
Muscle - Torso and Waist Twists
Yoga - Palm Tree
Training Plus - Big Top Juggling
2. Lifestyle - Relax - 7 minutes
Yoga - Deep Breathing
Yoga - Sun Salutation
Training Plus - Rhythm Parade
3. Lifestyle - Warm Up - 6 minutes
Yoga - Warrior
Training Plus - Bird's-Eye Bull's-Eye
Yoga - Downward-Facing Dog
Then took a break, but did Bird's-Eye Bull's Eye again to see whether my score from the last segment was recorded. It was! They don't tell you as you work through the routines, but if you are in the top ten for that exercise it gets recorded, so that is great because I scored 111 and it was the first time I didn't drown or lose my way. LOL
4. Health - Tummy - 5 minutes
Muscle - Jackknife
Muscle - Single leg twist
Training Plus - Snowball Fight
5. Health - Over-Indulged - 9 minutes
Aerobic - Jogging
Aerobic - Rhythm Boxing
Muscle - Lunge
6. Health - Leaner Mii - 8 minutes
Aerobic - Hula Hoop
Training Plus - Cycling
Training Plus - Skateboard Arena
Then after a further break, and only having amassed about 2000 steps at that point, I decided to try the remaining 6 sections tomorrow, and instead do a 30 minute Free Jog on my trampoline to see how far I can jog in that time when I don't keep stopping to transfer music. :-) I did 5.122 KM. Very nearly twice round the island! :-) If the music I was playing had been a touch faster... LOL
At this point I had amassed 1 hour and 21 minutes on Wii Fit Plus, and I deemed that a good day's exercise, so stopped there. Oh, and the piggy bank that holds my minutes and calorie count changed to a glorious copper colour because I have exercised over ten hours in total! :-) He glows, and sparkles. Really attractive! I love these little touches. :-)
Then Tara and I played a few rounds on Mariokart. Daft game, but strangely addictive. :-) I also caught up with Sparkfriends today, so it has been a lovely time.
So that was Saturday. Hope tomorrow is as nice. :-)
Have a great weekend!
Friday, May 20, 2011
Day 34 (Thur 19th May)
Highwoods 40 minute walk
Waitrose and back 30 minute walk
Zumba Challenge, May week 3:
7 routines - approx 28 minutes
Wii Fit Plus:
Perfect 10 - three attempts for a challenge - Drew for first place. :-)
Bird's-Eye Bull's-Eye - flapping your arms like wings and trying to land on targets. What a riot! LOL
Big Top Juggling - standing and balancing on a large ball while trying to catch and juggle other smaller balls. Impossible! :-)
Obstacle Course - finally made it to the second section of this one. I am baaad at this! *grin*
Snowball Fight - 9 hits. A lot of fun I thought.
Tilt City. Tricky as you are tilting three platforms, one with the remote and the other two using the balance board in order to match dropping balls with their same colour baskets. Trying to get your hands to move one board in one direction while simultaneously trying to lean in the opposite direction to tilt the others is conflicting, but fun. :-)
Day 35 (Fri 20th May)
Boy, has today been busy! :-)
Highwoods walk for 50 minutes.
Basic Step - three attempts for today's challenge with my two Sparkfriends. I won! :-)
Then I had a mad moment and went to the online Wii Fit Routine Generator and told it to give me a Hard 60 minute Wii Fit Weight Loss Routine.
I worked through the following list over several hours, taking a number of breaks, including lunch, in between sections:
Sideways Leg Lift (muscle)
King of the Dance (yoga)
Sideways Leg Lift (muscle)
Single Leg Twist (muscle)
Crocodile Twist (yoga)
Sun Salutation (yoga)
Free Jog 20 Minutes (aerobic)
Free Jog 10 Minutes (aerobic)
Skateboard Arena (balance)
Free Jog 30 Minutes (aerobic)
Bird's-Eye Bull's-Eye (training plus)
Jogging 3 minutes (aerobics)
Snowboard Slalom advanced level (balance)
Tricep Extension (muscle)
Single Leg Extension (muscle)
Tricep Extension (muscle)
Palm Tree (yoga)
During both the 10 and 30 minute jogging sections, I combined the jogging with working on my Wii Jogging playlists, so I didn't get the distance or pace in and lost a total of 6 minutes exercise as a result, but the multi-tasking was really helpful, and in spite of that the total time on Wii Fit still came to 1 hour and 30 minutes!
Yes, my legs are complaining! No, I think they'll be fine after a good night's sleep. :-) I hope so, anyway, because I have more experiments planned for tomorrow. :-) It seems there are a couple of ways to put routines together on the Wii so that you can move from one item to the next without stopping to click through from one screen to the next. One combines Yoga and Muscle. You can just do one or the other, or both, and the game will even put a selection together for however many minutes you want to work out in five minute increments up to an hour. The other way seems to have a dozen different 'collections' that can be combined up to three together to create a routine to target areas you particularly want to work on. I really want to work on trying those out over the weekend I think, and maybe even risk another 60 mins hard labour with the random routine generator.
I was dubious about Wii Fit Plus at first, worried that I may have spent a lot of money on something I'd get bored with quickly, but the variety of games and routines and all the challenges and things available are making it an endless source of fun. I am so pleased with it. :-)
Add to that the Zumba Fitness which is a fast paced aerobic workout that is challenging, and yet a total joy to work at, and the Just Dance games, and I am in electronic game heaven! :-)
But I still get out and about too. In spite of a little rain, and it really has been little more than light spitting, I've been up to Highwoods, and it is developing it's latest change of clothing. The greens of the trees are just stunning - verdant - and the grass is high, and filled with Buttercups and large Ox-Eye Daisies. In Boat Field there are thistle plants everywhere you look that should be a riot of purple in a week or two. To put the icing on the cake, the clouds have been quite spectacular lately too, as you will see. :-)
Here's a selection of photos from the last week or so:
In other news...
I managed to avoid Mr. Petrol Head and his flirtacious come-ons yesterday. He was in Boat Field when I was walking on the other side of the hedge. *grin* I have decided to go with the 'I'm flattered' option, in spite of the fact that I have no interest in him whatsoever. As far as I'm concerned, decorating shouldn't come with strings attached, but it is nice to actually have someone flirt - however clumsily - with you. I'd given up on that sort of thing. LOLOL
On the plus side, I've met someone else... A chaming older (than me) man, gentle, chatty, with a lovely old dog that has similar issues to Sophie, and who is a complete sweetheart - both dog and owner are sweethearts actually, if it is allowable to call a man a sweetheart. :-) We've bumped into each other a few times recently, and I really enjoy the chats we have. This is someone I'd like to get to know better. From our discussions, though it hasn't been said in so many words, there doesn't appear to be a Mrs. Sweetheart.
Mr. Sweetheart is one of those people whose whose face lights up when he smiles or laughs, and we've been smiling and laughing a lot. :-)
He is also into Nature, and we chatted today about the devastation of the nearby cobnut tree - something has eaten all the leaves and there is a lot of insect activity around it. We also chatted about the way things have been developing out of whack this year - the early blooming May, and the early blooming Ox Eye Daisies we were standing surrounded by.
And we have Cuckoos up there for the first time in a number of years! Not only are we hearing the male cuckoo's distinctive call in a couple of different parts of Highwoods, but I even saw one! Never in my life happened before, but a few days ago, there he was, as large as life, on the grass in front of me. I didn't click that it was a Cuckoo at first, not till I heard the call a few minutes later and put two and two together, went home and checked the field guide for a picture. :-)
If Mr. Sweetheart hadn't had to head to the doctor's for a scrip refill, we would probably still be stood on the hillside chatting. LOL That was a nice bit of mutual flirting. :-) I'm still smiling thinking about it.
Oooh, to change the subject... Yesterday, a rep from Virgin Mobile rang me about renewing my contract with them. I opted to keep my current phone for a further twelve months, and because I am a good customer - loyal and pays her bills on time so not costing Virgin anything - they have switched me to 200 any network minutes instead of 100, and unlimited (up to 3000) texts for... *drumroll please* £5.21 a month!
Am I pleased? Absolutely delighted! *big grin*
On top of that I got a call from British Gas. Turns out the meter reader made a mistake in Feb and said I'd used more gas than I had, so my current bill has shrunk, plus I have their apologies and an assurance that if I want to switch back to quarterly billing I can do so. :-)
Sadly, my Tax Credits have also shrunk, for reasons I can't fathom. I lost nearly three pounds a week, which doesn't sound like a lot, until you discover it has made you overdrawn so you can't get any money out for the weekend. *sigh* When you live day to day, week to week, and hand to mouth, this can be quite an issue! However, we had enough food in the house, so it could have been worse. :-)
So, as I listen to The Burns Unit on Later with Jules Holland, I'll bid you all goodnight, because we are off to bed in a few minutes. :-) Been a busy day and my legs want their beauty sleep! LOL
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Been quite a fun-filled few days. I've been struggling with tiredness and a lot of aches and pains, but have felt fine otherwise. It isn't easy to get through a day when you are yawning by lunchtime though. LOL I seem to be more awake today, so hopefully whatever was causing it is over. :-)
Day 28 (Friday 13th May)
Just Dance Challenge - Week two - 8 songs
Zumba Challenge - Week two - 2 routines
Highwoods walk - 50 minutes
Waitrose walk - 30 minutes
Day 29 (Sat 14th May)
1hour and 20 minutes on Tigger testing songs to jog to at a decent pace while using Wii Fit Plus Jogging.
Just dance - 1 song
Wii Fit Plus - Cycling Advanced Course - 7.483 km in 18 minutes
Day 30 (Sun 15th May)
More song testing on Tigger for 85 minutes.
Day 31 (Mon 16th May)
Highwoods walk - 1 hour
Waitrose walk and back - 30 mins
Wii Fit Rhythm Boxing - Beginner - three times to get best high score for a new challenge with ODDLASS. Best score was 338 and she convincingly beat me. :-)
Day 32 (Tue 17th May)
Walked to town and back (Dentist for Tara)
Just Dance Challenge, week three - 8 songs
Land's End to John O'Groats mark two: Reached St Ives and a crab cake recipe. 21.4 miles in 6 days. More or less on target. :-)
Day 33 (Wed 18th May)
Highwoods Walk - 60 mins
Waitrose and back - 30 mins
Just Dance 2 Challenge, week three - 11 songs
Wii Fit Plus - Super Hula Hoop for the Sparkpals challenge - 421 + 355 = 776 A third pal has joined the challenge now. Anyone else want to hop aboard? :-)
ODDLASS had the bright idea of photographing the results and posting them in our photos. :-)
So, one of the stranger events of the last few days...
Met a chap walking his dog and he decided to tag along with Sophie and I as we walked back towards the tunnel. Conversation on his part was mostly about his high-end Mercedes with all its bells and whistles designed to prevent you from having an accident while you drive, coupled with casual references to driving at his car's top speed of 158 miles per hour all over the country! He travels around a lot because he is a member of a clay pigeon shooting team and they compete all over the country.
Wow! Was I impressed with him! A young man full of the joys of life who can shoot and drive fast cars and impress ladies with his expert knowledge on both subjects!
Back the car up mister! First off, I am not ever impressed with people who speed, I don't care how high-end your car is. I drove a Jag for a while (five days) until my ex sold it on, so I get nice cars. What I don't get is reckless endangerment!
Second of all, you are not a teenage petrolhead. You are retirement age, and should have grown out of this nonsense years ago!
But what really floored me was his parting shot. As I was putting Sophie's lead on to leave the park, he said, "Ten years since you split from your husband, eh?" (this was mentioned in passing as my ex was into cars and when you say 'ex' people tend to ask how long ago) "Time you replaced him! Husbands can be quite useful for doing the jobs you don't like - decorating the house, changing plugs..."
I stood there for a moment, wondering how to respond. I mean - was it a casual observation from a sexist man, or was he volunteering for the job?
"I guess that's as good a reason for replacing him as any," I replied. "The house could do with redecorating!"
And I smiled sweetly as Sophie and I turned and walked into the tunnel.
So, my ad for the personal column is this:
Wanted! Husband! Must like decorating!
Tara 's dental appointment didn't go so well. She has to have a filling. This will be the first time she has needed actual work done, so we are both a little worried. It is one of those situations where it would be preferable to get it done asap, but we have a two week wait.
Crab Cakes recipe in case anyone fancies trying it:
225g cooked White Potatoes
1/2 small Onion
1 tbsp Fresh Coriander
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
2 Large Eggs
1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
1 pinch Low-Sodium Salt
1 pinch Black Pepper
Step 1. Mash the potatoes and break the crabmeat into flakes with a fork. Grate the onion and place in a bowl with the mashed potatoes, crabmeat, chopped coriander, lemon juice and seasoning. Mix together well.
Step 2. Beat the eggs, add enough beaten egg to bind the mixture, and divide the mixture into 8 balls.
Step 3. Shape each ball into a crab cake. Dip the cakes in the rest of the beaten egg and coat with the breadcrumbs.
Step 4. Fry the crab cakes for 3-4 minutes on each side.
Step 5. Serve with lemon wedges.
If I can afford to I really want to try this recipe out. Time to check the price of crab in Waitrose. :-)
Hope you are having a Wonderful Wednesday!
Thursday, May 12, 2011
I did it! The walk to Tesco Extra and back via Highwoods clinched it! I reached John O'Groats on my Active Health game at lunchtime today!
Carol Vorderman, who voices the game said:
"Amazing! You walked from Land's End to John O'Groats in 306 days. Perhaps you'd like to try it again and see if you could make the journey in fewer days?"
There was a 'restart' button sitting there, so who can resist? I hit it and whomp!
Back in Land's End to try and beat my record. :-)
I walked 912 miles in 306 days. That is so close to three miles a day, which became my target around halfway through the challenge! I ended up managing 2.9803921 miles per day to be absolutely accurate. I can so beat that score this time around. :-) So let's see, what should I aim for? 4 miles a day? Too ambitious? How about shaving a specific number of days off the time? Try to get there in 250 days? That is around 3.648 miles a day. perhaps that would be a good target. Land's End to John O'Groats in 250 days. Hmmm...
Ready, steady, GO!...
In other exercise, I did my Body Test on the Wii Fit Plus, and danced to five songs on Just dance 2 to make 1141 sweatpoints. I decided against a Random Wii Fit Plus routine however because I was feeling it somewhat behind my right knee after the dancing and didn't want to do myself a mischief. It feels fine now, it was just somewhat tight for a while.
In the food department, I'm off porage for breakfast for a while, so playing with cereal and other stuff instead. Crunchy nut cornflakes with banana sliced on top is one. Rice krispies ditto is another. :-) I seem to recall that they don't fill me as thoroughly as porage, but I also have my nutrigrain bars, and I might look at adding in some yogurt too. Can I eat cooked apple with yogurt? Hmmm... another experiment I think. Apple, apricot and sultana compote with Greek style yogurt for breakfast. Sounds worth a try to me. :-)
So, as Mariokart noises assail my ears in the background as Tara enters her umpteenth Grand Prix, I'll head for my inbox and try to pare it down a bit before bedtime. Been so busy this week that it is really stacked up. :-)
Oh, and Tara has discovered the joy of the Free Jogging on the Wii Fit Plus using the trampoline. She did ten minutes again today, and very nearly 2 kilometres according to the game! She was certainly puffed and sweaty enough for it to be true. :-) That was around 350 metres further than my personal best, so the chase is on! LOL
Hope Thursday has been good for you. :-)
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