Sunday, June 12, 2011
Yes, it is official! We have a drought situation in East Anglia and near drought conditions in several other areas of the country.
See this pic...
I took it up at Highwoods a week or two back, and last Wed when we went to Tesco Extra we walked back through other fields and they are all cracked worse than this! There are holes large enough to get your foot in, and some are a foot deep! It is like this on all the hill areas where the grass is very short. Even the low marsh fields are dry as a bone, though not showing signs of cracking up just yet. :-)
The good news is that the water companies are confident that they can ride the weather and apart from selective hosepipe bans and asking consumers to be more careful in their usage, they aren't unduly worried. The people who are worried are farmers. You can imagine the problems this is causing, with thirsty livestock, crops withering because the ground is bone dry, and fish not spawning because fish farmers don't have enough fresh water to run through the systems.
I don't know about anyone else around here, but I'm praying for rain!!! :-)
On a more positive note... You probably know that I have often said that this Spark Journey has first and foremost been about being fitter for me, and eating more healthily, and that weightloss is a bonus, if it happens, but isn't the be all or end all. You remember me saying all this, right? Repeatedly? Well, it is true. I do weigh weekly, but try to ignore my disappointment when the scale doesn't move week after week, month after month, and when it does, and I drop a pound, it comes right back the following week.
Well, the cartwheel I really would have done, if I'd been physically able, this morning when I saw the scales, kind of belies that. I went from 12 stone 12 3/4lbs to 12 stone 10 1/2lbs!
A drop of 2 1/4lbs!!!! *WHOOP!* :-)
Please tell me that this time the loss is permanent! I'd really like to drop a few more pounds as well, just to get to a size 16 would be wonderful, instead of the in between 16/18 size I've been for more months than I care to think about. :-)
I've been working really hard, and eating well, and drinking lots of water. I'd like to see the effort paid off in some downward motion of the scale now. I've earned it! :-)
I've Wii Cycled...
I've lifted weights...
I've Walked and Jogged...
I've even done Yoga...
And I never forget to stretch!
I've eaten my healthy food...
And I've drunk loads and loads of water! I may be personally responsible for the drought, I've drunk so much! ...
So I deserve to not have the scale hide when it sees me coming :-) ...
And talking of all that, I haven't listed the last three days activity...
Day 56 (Fri)
All on the Wii today:
Wii Step Plus Challenge - 15 mins
Several balance games - 21 mins
Jogging Plus - 28 minutes
Zumba Challenge, week 2 - 3 routines - 13 minutes
Day 57 (Sat)
All on the Wii today:
Super Hula Challenge - 8 mins
Rarely Used Challenge - Free Stepping - 10 mins
Zumba Challenge, week 2 - 5 routines - 22 mins
Wii Sports - played all five games - Tennis is my favourite, plus Baseball, Golf, Bowling and Boxing. (explains my aching arms this morning. LOL)
Just Dance - 6 dances - approx 18 mins
Day 58 (today)
Rarely Used Challenge - Tilt City - 12 mins
Cycling - 30 mins
Then - shock, horror - I came off the Wii, and did a 20 minute Cardio Slimdown with Leslie Sansone, followed by 20 minutes stepping on my Reebok Step with Gin Miller.
It was wonderful to do those two things again. :-) The poor step (Roo as I call him) has been sadly neglected lately. And Leslie must have given up on me! LOL
Steps for the week:
Sun - 12015
Mon - 11679
Tue - 3406
Wed - 12695
Thur - 6419
Fri - 7172
Sat - 6412
Average day = 8543 steps = 3.88 miles a day
So, now all that is done and I worked up a great sweat, I'm off for a nice soak in the bath, follwed by a long phone chat with a friend I haven't had the chance to chat with for ages. :-)
Catch you later, and have a Serene Sunday! :-)
Friday, June 10, 2011
Yep, put a bit of a spanner in the works midweek this did. The Costochondritis/Tietze's gave me a lovely break for a few weeks, but they're back - disreputating my tranquality! LOL Also had a rotten tum for the first day of the pain that left me with an aching abdomen for a couple of days after, which was not a lot of fun either. It was so bad that... *shock-horror* I didn't manage to get all my steps in that day!
But still, here are the boring stats - feel free to skip. :-)
Day 50 (Sat)
Co-op and back
Zumba Challenge - 8 routines totalling 30 minutes and 3163 steps
Jut Dance 2 Challenge - 11 dances plus one more for lucky 12 - 3827 steps
Reached Plymouth and Stage 3 of my Land's End to John O'Groats walk, and I'm averaging 3.97 miles per day!
Day 51 (Sun)
Weighed in at 12 stone 12 3/4lbs so the weight is still not going down. But my waist seems to be firming up a bit, suggesting the muscle is replacing fat, so I'll take that. :-)
Wii Fit Plus Jogging in the Aerobics section 1 hour and 26 minutes in total.
I also had my first go at the Driving Range in the Training Plus section. Did ok. :-) Then Tara did it and got a perfect score. *humph!* LOL
Completed my A5 notebook at this point and had to start a new one. I do put other things in the notebook too, but a good 3/4 of it was filled with activity stats! LOL
Day 52 (Mon) and I went on a balloon hunt. :-)
The Wii Fit Plus cycling has a free cycle section where you can ride for up to 30 minutes, and there are 20 balloons dotted around the Island to try and find if you want to. The problem is that, unlike the flags in earlier rounds, these balloons don't show up on the map, and are quite well hidden and very well spaced out. I 'cycled' for a total of 1 hour and 10 mins (and made 7578 steps) and found a total of 17 balloons, but not all in the same 30 mins. LOL. As for the missing three, I have no idea where else to look!
I also did a 43 minutes routine of Yoga and Muscle mixed. I dropped Downward Facing Dog, purely because the pressure on my wrists was uncomfortable. I'll keep that for occasional use rather than part of my regular routine. :-)
Just Dance 2 Bingo started up again, so I had three songs for my card, plus I also danced to the two free downloads twice each because they get missed out of challenges, plus Tara challenged me to That's Not My Name. (I lost) LOL
Just Dance 2 Challenge week 2
Did 4 of the songs on the list.
So, yes, overdid it a bit - totalled 11679 steps, and boy was I aching next morning! LOL
Day 53 (Tue)
The Bad Pain Day
Walked to Waitrose and back (this was when I was just aching from my exertions the day before)
Then the stomach pain hit! I was in tears at times, it hurt so bad, but after an hour or so the stomach eased a little but then the Costo/Tietze's kicked in! *growl* I was quiet and still for a while but I danced (after a fashion) to 4 Just dance 2 songs from the Challenge seeing as Tara was already playing with it. I have to admit my efforts were not my usual exertions because my tummy area was pretty sore if it got jiggled at all. Luckily the songs I chose weren't overly physical, and after that I surrendered and let the attempt to get my steps in slide for the rest of the day. :-)
Day 54 (Wed)
Stomach still achy but behaving itself, and Costo was manageable, so we walked to Tesco Extra with the meagre pittance of money I had and stocked up on a few items we can't get elsewhere, then walked home again. The rain kept off this time. :-)
Snowboard Slalom challenge - a total of 7 attempts, plus three attempts at the advanced version.
Just Dance Bingo and Just Dance 2 bingo catch-up:
total of 6 songs, plus one from the Just Dance Challenge.
Day 55 (Thursday)
Waitrose and back.
43 minute Yoga and Muscle Routine
Just Dance and Just Dance 2 bingo - only two songs on my cards this time
JD2 Challenge - the last three songs for week 2
Just Dance Challenge Week 2 - The remaining 7 songs
Won't mention today's exertions yet as they are still in progress. :-)
So, what else has happened? Not a lot, truth be told. Been a quiet week of trying to get back to normal after all the stresses last week and the week before. I'm pleased to report that Tara's finally eating properly again, the water meter is showing that our bill will hopefull shrink to about half the bill we were paying before, Sophie and I are getting the hang of the ball launcher, and we have an earwig invasion. Ooops, did I forget to mention that?
Yes, we have earwigs! Loads of them ... teeming around outside the back door every night, and crawling all over the elder that is growing there. *shudders!* And they are getting into the door jamb too, so that every morning I have a battle to squish anything from a few to a couple of dozen of the buggers before they get into the house proper and hide! I'm in the process of trying earwig traps to get rid of as many as possible, and discovered that a 1/2 inch deep pool of veg oil in a shallow container is supposed to be good for that, but there weren't many carcasses in the old pie dish this morning, so I'm trying a different container tonight - an old cake tin. I'm hoping that they will find that harder to get out of. This is WAR you pesty little nippy critturs, you hear me? War!!!
Scuse me while I have a scratch! *scratch, scratch, scrubble scrubble* I only have to think about them and I start to itch! LOL
Yay, it's the weekend! Have a good one everybody!
Yep! Really getting the hang of the ball launcher! LOL
Friday, June 10, 2011
Dear Leicester City Council,
Can you please let us know what provisions you have in place in the event of a zombie invasion? Having watched several films it is clear that preparation for such an event is poor and one that councils throughout the kingdom must prepare for.
Please provide any information you may have.
Must admit that Zombie Invasion was not something I had considered a problem, but seeing that Leicester is not prepared for such an emergency, maybe I should write to my local council to check their emergency plans. *gulp*
Friday, June 03, 2011
A good exercise day:
Took Sophie up to Highwoods this morning with our ball thrower, and it was a mistake! First, I had to fetch the ball because Sophie didn't see where it went. Luckily I did though. Then, having adjusted my throw to make the ball run along the path rather than into the long grass, another dog came along and took Sophie's ball and ran off with it! That dog's owner was deaf as a post thanks to her ipod earbuds, and we had to chase after her to get the ball back! LOL
Finally, I managed to get things going better with the thrower and Sophie fetched a couple of times. But by the time we got to the end of the first field, Sophie was breathing very hard and she walked into the shady long grass and laid down for a rest. Realising that the heat was getting to her I put the ball and thrower in my bag and we walked slowly round the field and home, with her gasping every step of the way.
So, no ball thrower unless the weather is cooler and we are only going for a short walk. In fact, I may have to look at getting up really early to walk Sophie before it gets too warm until the end of the summer. She really can't cope with heat at her age. Mind you, it isn't my favourite thing either. :-)
Walked to Waitrose and back to get a few bits for the weekend.
Did my tweaked Yoga and Muscle routine on Wii Fit Plus - 45 minutes and 25 exercises! :-) I'm really enjoying the variety of exercises, and I am aiming for three times a week for that one. Still finding the Tree Pose difficult. Can't get my foot to stay up above my knee. It keeps sliding back down. LOL Anyone know how to stop the slide down? I've tried bare foot on lycra and trainer on jeans and neither is effective, though the trainer on jeans only slides as far as my knee.
Then I did my Just Dance June challenge - week 1 = 8 songs, plus 2 others for fun. :-)
So, not short of exercise today. :-) Well over 10,000 steps managed.
Tara barely touched her meal last night, but today she has done better. She ate a small breakfast - nutrigrain and a glass of milk, three small sausage rolls for lunch, a couple of cakey things, and finally, it took her two hours, but she ate a trout fillet, a small boiled potato and about half a carrot this evening, so things are looking up. *phew!*
Roll on bedtime. We are both pretty tired tonight. :-)
It's the weekend! Yay!
Have a good one!
Thursday, June 02, 2011
That was the ten days that was! :-) I have been incredibly busy, and more than a little stressed. Ever since Tara was told by the dentist that she needed a filling in one of her top front teeth, things have been fraught. With a two week wait for the treatment, Tara started to lose her appetite, until by Monday of this week she was threatening to be sick every time she started to eat.
This is more than a little difficult to deal with when your child has tactile issues with food anyway, and then can barely eat even the things she likes. To be honest, I was at the point of ringing the dentist and cancelling the appointment, just so her appetite would improve.
It also doesn't help that I had a horrendous experience with a dentist as a child which left me seriously dental-phobic myself. I have done my best not to pass my fears on. Bryony isn't scared of dentists, or heights - my other biggie. Tara isn't scared of heights either, but the dental thing looked increasingly problematic.
I was able to convince her this morning that the reason she is so freaked out is that it is a new thing she has to deal with. Therefore she has no idea what to expect, and that is what was bugging her. I promised her that if she really didn't feel she could deal with it, we would leave the surgery with her teeth untouched, but that it would be best if we at least try to get her as far as the dental chair! :-)
So, off to town we went, popping into Hughes to pay a bill and Robert Dyas to pick up a brita water filter and a new dish brush before heading to the dentist. Tara gave the ladies behind the counter a laugh. I turned round to her and asked what equipment I needed to buy for the kitchen in order to encourage her to help with the dishes. Fast as lightning, she replied: "A dishwasher!"
Tara was close to tears when we arrived at the surgery, but by the time we were called in she was calm, and the dentist and his assistant were wonderful! The dentist decided to try drilling and filling without an injection first, and told her to let him know if she felt any pain and he would stop and give her an injection to numb her mouth. He said heíd go really slowly and if anything worried her she just had to say.
I cast up a silent prayer to anyone who was listening to help her through it, and then the dentist started the drill...
Her first comment a few seconds after he started drilling...
Apart from a brief moment of pain part-way through the drilling she was fine, and the dentist finished the drilling and filled the tooth without having to inject her. Yay! *grin* She has to go back in three months for a check-up to make sure she is looking after her teeth properly, because she has a tendency to gum infection so he has given her a regime to follow.
So, I canít tell you how relieved I am that it all went so smoothly. I was expecting a gibbering wreck of a child to be practically carried out of the surgery, and instead, she was smiling broadly, and practically skipping out of the door. *blows kiss to everyone who helped!*
So, Iím two for two! I didnít pass my phobia on to Tara either, thank the gods. *phew! mops brow*
The other biggie this week was getting a water meter fitted yesterday. It was a right palaver, but will be worth the hassle because it will save us a lot of money through the year. Thanks to a heap of confusion between inspectors, phone operators and contractors, they ended up turning my kitchen upside down to fit it under the sink instead of outside, but it will be more secure that way, and it did force me to clean the cupboard out, which was long overdue. LOL
The contractor had to cut part of the cupboard backing away, which they arenít allowed to do apparently, in order to get at the pipes. As it was either that or get the concrete drill out and start making a hole in my garden path he got his stanley knife out and started cutting. I told him I would happily sign something to claim responsibility if necessary, but he didn't take me up on the offer. :-) It isnít like anyone will see the back of the cupboard anyway. I would have chopped it out myself, but I didnít have the tools.
So yes, bit of a stressful time recently, but a decent meal tonight and a good nightís sleep will do wonders for both of us I think. We bought salmon and prawn sarnies on the way home, and Tara wolfed her share down, so thatís a great sign that her appetite is back. Thank the gods for that! A quiet few days would be nice too. :-)
We were so psyched when we left the dentist that we went to the Gamestation store for a mooch and Tara found a game she wanted. It is a real shame that they're closing the store on Saturday. The staff aren't even being absorbed by other branches. Sickening! It also means we have less choices in town for game shops now. Gamestation also stocked games for old consoles that none of the other shops stock, so an even bigger loss. :-(
I really hope the staff will be ok.
Then we popped into the pet store opposite to get a ball grabber. This is a plastic thing that you use to pick up and throw tennis balls for your dog. It was only £2.50, and I'm looking forward to taking Sophie up to Highwoods with it tomorrow to see how far I can throw a ball with it. LOL
So, the 1000 day exercise challenge. Yes, I have exercised on all of the days covered by this blog post. :-) But I won't bore you with a load of detail. Instead, this is the long-story-short version:
Highwoods walk, Waitrose, Games on the Wii Fit Plus
Highwoods, Wii Fit Plus games which included an hour of cycling
Wii Fit plus games, including 35 mins cycling.
Danced to 11 songs on Just Dance 2.
Tennis and Baseball on Wii Sports - LOVED that! I have never played baseball in my life and the nearest thing we Brits have to it - rounders - well, I was hopeless at it as a child! :-) But playing on Wii sports actually made me go and look up the Baseball rules after to see why some hits weren't counted and stuff. Plus, I used to play tennis a lot when I was younger and I got so engrossed in the game on the Wii that at times I forgot I was swinging a remote instead of a tennis racquet. Really enjoyable. :-)
Wii Fit Plus games and a trek to Tesco Extra and back via Highwoods, being chased by rainstorms (and caught too, LOL), plus danced to 12 songs on Just Dance.
Wii Fit Plus games, plus 7 Zumba fitness routines which completed all my Just Dance and Zumba challenges for May. Yay! :-)
Wii Fit Plus:
10 yoga and muscle exercises on Wii Fit Plus - the only ones I hadn't already attempted (and for some of them it was obvious why! Yowser! ouch!)
Jogging - 1 hour and 12 minutes in total!
Wii Fit Plus:
Created a routine of 26 Yoga and Muscle exercises which came to 46 minutes, and did them all. They were all the ones I could do, or do sort of. :-) Needs juggling! :-)
Did 30 mins of cycling too, and more jogging.
Loads and loads of jogging using Tigger on Wii Fit Plus testing out different routes. It was a lot of fun! :-) 1 hour and 19 minutes in total
Wii Fit Plus: tweaked the 26 Yoga and Muscle exercise routine and did them all again - 47 minutes this time
Also did some real gardening - not on the Wii! LOL
Wii Fit Plus:
30 mins cycling
plus walked to Waitrose and back
Day 48 (today)
Town circuit walk via Castle Park
Hoping to get a little Wii-ing in later if possible. Was planning to do the latest tweak of my Yoga and Muscle routine, but that will depend on how tired I am after all the stress. Usually I do a major droop after something like that, and the stress also bought on my Tietze's somewhat - after an extended break from it - which doesn't help. But we'll see. :-)
So there you go - loads of exercise done. Lost weight last week, put about half the loss back on this week, but TOM was in town, so not a surprise. :-) What was a surprise was that I didn't gain more! :-)
I'll finish with some cloud pics from Thursday's race against the rainstorm on the way home from Tesco Extra. We got soaked on the way there, but almost made it back without a second soaking. Just started to rain about a minute from home. As Tara pointed out, if I hadn't kept stopping to take photos we'd have beaten it back! LOL
I have posted them in the order I took them. The brighter shots were facing the direction we were heading, and the dark clouds were behind and to the right of us:
Hope you are all doing well. I'll try and catch up with everyone over the weekend if I can.
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