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Day 61/1000 I have size 16 jeans ... kind of...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Exercise today:
Highwoods, for 60 mins, but it was slow because Sophie was huffing and puffing most of the walk, it was so humid. Poor love. But we had nice chats, bumping into Mr. Sweetheart and his lovely old dog, and a couple of other owners, so it was pleasant enough, and I even had the presence of mind to find out his name, having already learned his dog's name. Funny how you can chat to the people you meet for ages and not even have a clue as to Christian names of owners, but you know every dog you've ever met by name, their foibles, and their treat preferences. LOL

I also walked to Waitrose and back, via Homebase for some strimmer blades. I've really made the last blade work its edge off, but finally I had to give in and buy a new pack. I've given up on my lawnmower. It doesn't like bumpy lawns, so anyone want to give a hover mower a good home? Not kidding! :-)

10 Just Dance songs. Drat you Sparkpeople! SOOO good when you work, and SOOO baad when you don't! *grin* I rely on my emails to notify me of challenges, and I didn't get any notifications for either of my Dancing bingo games, so I'm six days behind, and with 28 songs to catch up with. Twenty Eight!!! *gulp* I also discovered that had I had my emails I would have won a goodie on the 13th, so I did all the songs I had on the card up to that point (namely the ten mentioned) and claimed it, because fortunately no one else has jumped in. In fact, judging by the lack of response, I think I'm not the only one missing emails.

The latest batch of try-ons arrived today. These pics are of my keepers from the last couple of days:

I finally own a tracksuit top. They went through a stage of being pullover instead of zipped for a while, and I hated those, but this is a classic, and I'm thrilled with it.

I've ordered a matching tracksuit bottom to go with the top that are dark grey because they didn't have any black left, but as I doubt they'll be long enough in the leg anyway, it doesn't really matter and I like charcoal grey if by some miracle they do actually fit leg length-wise. :-)

Under the tracksuit top is my fave of the sports tops:

It is Nike, as you can see by the little logo, and I think it is just beautifully designed, from the little cap sleeves to the neckline. Loving it, and already wore it to do my dancing in this evening. It keeps my boobs in check just as successfully as my sportsbras do :-)

I love these two casual tops as well:

And what are those things lurking below the tops? Why, they are my NEW SIZE 16 JEANS!

Yep! Finally found a pair. I'm still waiting for my absolute fave Mason High Rise Bootleg extra long jeans to be restocked so that I can try them on for size, but these ones are almost as good. Mind you, they are tight, don't get me wrong, and not overly comfy to sit in .. YET. :-) But they pulled on and did up reasonably easily, and I went to Waitrose and Homebase in them and it felt so good to know that my btm was looking so much tidier! LOL

So, I need to work on shrinking a bit more so that I can sit in comfort in a size 16, but it is OFFICIAL! I can get into them and do them up without a problem! YAY!!!

All this excitement has prompted me to look in more detail at my Nutrition Tracker to try and assist the shrinkage, and I'm confused. My calories have gone up. I'm now allowed between 1900 and 2250 calories, but I have no idea why. Does anyone know exactly why the changes in the numbers of calories, protein etc change? I gather it is connected to info I provide, but which info exactly? I want to know so that I can adjust it if necessary, as that seems excessive to me.

Given my struggle to keep my fat and calories low, and get my protein high enough for the minimum, I'm stunned to see that today I fell short on calories by 300, and on fat by 9, barely made it to the minimum carbs, but got my minimum protein! LOL Talk about a contrary day! *grin*

I'm comfortably full and see no need to eat another 300 calories. Another day I'll make the 1900 with ease and be so hungry that I'll be going over my fat or calories to stop my tummy from rumbling. 1600 calories is comfortably above the danger zone (starvation mode trigger), so I'll take it as acceptable I think. I didn't log yesterday, but I overdid the butter enough to set my sinuses off (lashings of butter on new potatoes was my downfall), so a very low fat day today will balance that out nicely. :-)

I've been gradually making changes to my diet over the past year or more, the new potato/butter trap notwithstanding. *grin*...

I'm not eating as many crisps as I used to. Plus I found a new variety that I like, but that are less than half the calories of my favourites (French Fries anyone?), so I've been swapping them out on occasion. Less crisps, less cakey things (those Tesco jam and cream doughnuts are a really rare treat these days), no alcohol aside from a few bottles of beer a year.

No Dr Pepper - that was a biggie, so when I kicked that habit over a year ago, that instantly helped, as I drank about 4 litres a week. I drink carbonated water now instead. :-)

I've switched from Countrylife spreadable butter, to Countrylife lighter. It tastes every bit as good, but spreads much more easily, making it much, much easier to keep to a small amount on my bread.

I've upped my water to 10+ glasses per day, so much so that I don't even need to count anymore. It is a natural part of my day now, and I used to hate water! :-) And as a knock-on effect of that, I've cut my mugs of tea consumption down to 4-5 a day instead of about a dozen! Plus I use semi-skimmed milk, and barely a 1/4tsp sugar per mug. I've tried skimmed milk and it is coloured water, and though I'll drink plain water, I draw the line at having it on my cereal and in my tea! LOL I've tried cutting the sugar completely, but my tastebuds aren't ready to give up that last little perk just yet. :-)

I have fruit with my breakfast every day, even if it is just a banana sliced onto my rice krispies. :-) And I drink a portion of fruit juice with lunch. I drink water before and after meals to give my body the best chance of gathering nutrients from what I eat and drink. I discovered that drinking tea with a meal stops the body absorbing iron readily, and as I get anaemic if I'm not careful, this needed to be dealt with.

One thing I never had trouble with was eating veggies. Love 'em! :-) Still do, and no day is complete without a decent selection on my plate of an evening. Still not a fan of salad though. LOL Doubt I ever will be. :-) Mind you, I did discover that I like salad leaves in a ham, mayo and mustard sandwich, and I add spring onions and petit pois to my potato salad. (And occasionally some finely diced cucumber or red pepper) Still use normal Hellmanns Mayo, but I don't lather it on now. I've found that a small amount is just as effective for coating the potato, so that makes me happy. Like the butter, I'd rather shrink the portion than do without. :-)

So there you go. Some of the changes I've made to my nutrition over the last year. Most of it has been a lot easier to do than I expected, mostly, I think, because I made the changes gradually, rather than all at once. Getting used to one or two changes at a time is easier on your rebellious streak for one thing, and stops you getting that "I can't do this!" feeling of being on a restrictive diet!

Oh, and I weigh EVERYTHING that doesn't come in pre-packed portions, especially rice, pasta, potatoes, and cereal, because I have eyes bigger than my stomach! LOL

Sorry. I didn't know this was going to come pouring out when I started to blog tonight. I know food has been on my mind a lot lately, especially since our budget got so bad that I despaired of eating well when living purely on Tax Credits.

It really is hard to eat a good variety of fruit and veg, meat and fish when you have so little to buy food with. I'm now trying to work out ways to get more creative. :-) So that is why all this suddenly decided to pour out, I guess. :-)

But now, it is really late and I should be heading for bed, so I'll say goodnight, and hope that your Wednesday was Wonderful! :-)
Lex xxx
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ANNEMAC5 6/17/2011 12:22PM

    You are looking great, the lilac top is really lovely. Congratulations on been size 16. You will soon be very comfortable in those jeans. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SILLYHP1953 6/17/2011 9:02AM

    Yay for the new jeans!
Your calorie range does sound too high, I think I'd ask the powers that be at sp about what caused it.

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CARLA-216 6/16/2011 3:11PM

    Congrats on the size 16s! You're looking awesome! I love the new tops; so pretty!

And well done on all the changes you've made with your nutrition over the last year. I agree, small steps pay off big time in the long run.

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BOVEY63 6/16/2011 11:58AM

    You're looking great! Congrats of the size 16!
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Love the tops and the jeans!

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SCREWIE 6/16/2011 3:20AM

    Wow, those tops look really good and well done for the jeans!
I'd just suggest waiting a bit to buy more as you'll need a 14 soon :D

The calories increase is probably due to your increased activity. If, say, you initially put in that you wanted to lose 10 kg in a year with a sedentary lifestyle, then you changed the sedentary to active and left the same time and kg goals, the calories would go up.
To keep the calories lower you need to change either the target weight loss or the target date.

Well done also on the small sustainable changes to your diet. Just for information, I also used to say that I'd rather have less of the real thing, rather than go low fat, but now I use fully skimmed milk, lighter spread, low fat yogurt and Hellman's extra light. I actually prefer them now. I think my taste buds have changed and the full fat versions don't taste so nice any more. I could still eat full fat yogurt, except I really love Rachel's Organic low fat ones (not too keen on other low fat versions because they come with added sweeteners which I hate, but Rachel's Organic have nothing added). However, when I have full fat milk now I feel bloated and have to use much less. As I rely on milk and yogurt for my calcium intake (not to mention protein!), I'd rather have the low fat versions so I can have more without feeling bloated.
I use full fat mayo if I have chips in a pub, but I find it's really heavy so I often end up leaving it on the plate and having the chips on their own.
As for sugar, I do use the real thing because I think sweeteners taste vile (can't stand any of the diet drinks either for the same reason), but I haven't had sugar in my coffee or tea for about 15 years now and I really don't like them sweet. It's quite funny when someone makes me a drink and puts sugar in by mistake, 'cos I try to force myself to drink it out of politeness but they usually notice me pulling faces and make me a fresh one.

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_LINDA 6/16/2011 2:22AM

    Looking fantastic!! Well done with the size 16 jeans!!
Food is every bit as important as the exercise! You rarely mention it, so its nice to know what you are chowing down on :) You have made sensible, but not restrictive cut backs, so you won't feel deprived. If you are putting more cardio per week in your fitness tracker that will increase the calories, especially when you are closer to goal weight..
I like doing an hour of cardio every day because that allows me up to 1960 calories a day, so that is a lot of wiggle room to enjoy things.
Keep up the excellent work, you are doing wonderful!!
Linda xxx

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CJANSEN40 6/15/2011 9:41PM

    Yea to the size 16!

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ODDLASS 6/15/2011 9:38PM

    Well done on the jeans, and you are looking so slim in these photos!! Very well done you!!
I am at work now, what is you excuses being up so late? :-)

On a tight budget? tell me about it!!! ... no ... you don't REALLY have to tell me about ... I KNOW!!
I tend to cope by having beans on toast, Jacket spuds, pasta and rice with home made sauces. for carbs
I buy a bulk bag of chicken and have a piece most days, plus a fair bit of milk (coffee made with milk and spoon of sugar for a late night treat) for protein.

I think the increase in your allowance may be from your work out tracking, if you start burning lot more, you need to eat a bit more or starvation mode will kick in. when mine went up, I just aimed for the lower end of the targets.

Anaemia? I am prone to that too. did you know that drinking a little pure orange juice with your meals incenses the amount of iron your body absorbs? I asked to see a professional nutrition lady when my weight wouldn't budge. she only told me two things I didn't already know. one was about the orange juice, the other was that tinned fish is no good for omega3.


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LIBBYFITZ 6/15/2011 9:07PM

    emoticonTo the size 16 jeans! emoticon

sounds like you have made a lot of changes to your eating and drinking in the last year! emoticon

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Day 60/1000 I haven't given up on those size 16 jeans yet.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Exercise - Highwoods for an hour.

EDIT: Added 4 Zumba Routines as hoped = 18 mins

I had more goodies arrive from Littlewoods Catalogue today - tops mostly - 8 of them - and socks. I find that ladies socks are too petite and tight and they seem to cut off my circulation above my ankles, so I ordered a 7 pack of mens socks - all colourful and stripey, and a 7-pack of what they call trainer socks, which barely come over your ankle and I thought that might stop me having circulation difficulties. I usually end up resorting to cutting through the elasticated tops of the socks so I can wear them! LOL

Well, as it turns out the mens' socks are actually very comfy, lightweight, and aren't overly cutting into me, so that's a good start.

The trainer socks ... well ... they don't stay on.

Well, they do ... quite well .. until I put my trainers on. Then they very quickly slide down over my heel and end up somewhere under my instep. My trainers are quite loose to allow for thick socks, and as a result it only takes about a minute for them to rub the skinny trainer socks off my feet! LOLOL

Fortunately, Tara loves them, so they have a home anyway. :-)

The tops - all size 16 were fun to try on. Five have gone back. Two went back because they just looked odd on me. The other three went back because they were too BIG! Result! I kept three. One is khaki with beading around the neck and cap sleeves that looks nice now but will look GREAT when I can find those elusive size 16 jeans so that the scrunched-in belted 18s don't create bulges under the top! The 2nd is a sleeveless with crocheted lacework around the neckline and is a gorgeous greeny/blue colour. Pretty! :-)

The third top is lilac, made by Nike, and is sportswear that is, if anything even tighter than the black top that came yesterday. But though tight as anything, when worn with the capri pants it holds all my lumps and bumps so well that I can wear my ordinary bra underneath instead of my sportsbra! So impressed am I, even though my body bulging everywhere freaks me out. LOLOL

So, all this trying on of tops got me to thinking about the clothes I'd tucked away hoping to fit into again one day. I pulled out my entire wardrobe of tops and overshirts and started trying them on. A few items have gone in a pile for the charity shop because they are HUGE on me or because I had a mental aberation when I bought them and they really don't suit me. Several though are in the laundry basket because they fit me again! Yay!!!

So, buoyed by the success of the tops, I came downstairs determined to try and fix the bottom end as well. I've ordered some more capri pants/leggings for exercising, and two pairs of jeans that I may be lucky enough to find fit me. :-) Keeping everything crossed for some success at last! :-)

Today, because my right shoulder is still a little achy, I decided to make a good walk at Highwoods my main exercise today. Sohie and I roamed the first three fields, then headed briefly into the woods before crossing the big Lake Field, and walking back through Farthing Bottom (the sign to which some bright spark with a toilet humour bent has scratched out the 'h' of. *grin*)

We were rather surprised to find the boardwalk closed off. Turns out that they are replacing the old sleepers, so it is currently a building site across the marsh ...

What is it about the British weather? LOL About an hour after I put up the blog on Sunday about us being in a drought, it started to rain, and it rained solidly for the rest of the day! LOL Contrary weather! The cracks at Highwoods don't look quite as bad as they did. Hopefully we'll get some more rain and they will gradually disappear. Not entirely clear about the process, but I'm guessing that as moisture soaks the soil, it will expand, closing the cracks. It will certainly take a fair few downpours before everything is back to normal.

Oh and the top field is full of these pretty thistle-style plants ...

I think it is knapweed, because the leaves aren't spiky. They are out in profusion, and they are attracting a lot of insects as you can imagine, one of which gave me quite a turn! To me, any insect in the wild that has a bright red bit to them, tends to be flying a warning flag that they are dangerous, so when a hoard of these red flying insects suddenly swarmed out of the knapweed, I panicked! LOL.

It wasn't until I got home and checked my field guide that I realised what I was seeing was lots of cardinal beetles. Yes, they are toxic to birds and such, but as far as we humans are concerned I think they're harmless enough. :-) Well, don't I feel silly for screaming and running away! LOL

(I didn't scream and run really, though a little squeal did escape from me when an unidentified brown thing landed on my arm. LOLOL)

There were more of those beetles than there were bees, though there were a lot of them too. The Big Garden is only a couple of hundred yards away as the bee flies, and they have hives there. :-)

So, that is about it so far today. Might get a little something done with Zumba later if I feel up to it. I want to do strength training, but I think my shoulder needs another day off. :-(

Better safe than sorry! Better safe than sorry! Better safe than sorry! *grin*

Oh, and I saw the cutest little Sparrow chick on the garden fence, hiding in the honeysuckle, with the parents frantically trying to feed it and keep it safe. Truth is, the chick was perfectly capable, but it seemed to prefer to sit there and run its parents ragged. How, um, familiar! LOLOL

Have a Tiggerlicious Tuesday!
Lex xxx
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_LINDA 6/14/2011 10:12PM

    Well done on cleaning out your closet and finding some gems! Enjoy your 'new' clothes, you have earned them!! I still have shyness about wearing tight fitting workout clothes even in a gym where there are women heavier than me wearing them.
Shame about the trail, but at least they are improving it!
I enjoyed walking in the very light rain today, glad you are getting some for that very thirsty ground of yours!
Keep working that Wii, you will be in the next size in no time! Good plan to rest the shoulder..
Have a Wonderful Wednesday!!
Linda xxx

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EVELYN5877 6/14/2011 5:13PM

    Glad you are into smaller clothes, isn't it stupendous when something that was miles too small suddenly fits! By the way, I think your thistle like plant is scabious. emoticon

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SCREWIE 6/14/2011 4:55PM

    Personally, I think the only appropriate response to flying or crawling things is:

1 - scream
2 - smack yourself on the head/face/arm/leg/bum/wherever they've got close to
3 - run

In that order.

The only exception is when the flying/crawling thing is actually in your house, in which case 3 should be: "run to the nearest man and demand he rescues you".

Btw, at that rate you'll be a comfy size *14* before you know it :)))

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LIBBYFITZ 6/14/2011 2:54PM

    So glad you guys are getting rain! emoticon emoticon

Hope the track gets fixed soon!

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CARLA-216 6/14/2011 1:41PM

    Congrats on the success you had closet shopping! Doesn't it feel awesome to get back into the smaller clothes?

No shame in squealing at insects. I'm known to squeal when any foreign creature lands or flies near me.


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SILLYHP1953 6/14/2011 12:47PM

    I really love your sense of humor...maybe I like English humor? The English shows over here on our Public TV stations are quite hilarious. I'd be letting out yells if something brown (or any color) landed on me, too! Yes, the sparrow chick had it figured out!

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SENATOR9 6/14/2011 12:24PM

    Keep sending those pictures there a hoot and Ilve that trail

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TIGGERIFFIC123 6/14/2011 11:48AM


Congrats on going through your closet, which can be such a chore and finding all of those clothes that are TOO BIG!! That is such a wonderful feeling :) and a solid visual of all your accomplishments and hard work paying off!!

So glad to hear that you got some much needed rain. Sounds like you enjoyed your walk when you weren't squealing and running away like a little girl **giggles**

Have a great day!

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Day 59/1000 So, if I dress the part...

Monday, June 13, 2011

...will that make me work out harder?

The purple Puma top came today, and it is lovely. Loving the kitty logo especially! :-) It came with a black vest top as a pack - both size 16 ...

I already had the Adidas leggings from a couple of months back - also a size 16. It seems to be the largest sizes they do.

I like all the clothes, but the leggings and the black top are really tight. Mind you, I think it is because they are designed to hold all your lumps and bumps in place. They certainly show all my lumps and bumps off. The purple one isn't exactly loose either. I'm hoping I'll shrink into them! LOL. I'll happily exercise in them but no way am I answering the door dressed like that! LOLOL

Today I walked 2 miles with Leslie Sansone in the black ensemble. :-)
I also (not in the clothes) walked to Waitrose and back,
Walked to the Co-op and back twice,
Danced to 3 Zumba routines for the challenge,
Had a few goes at the Wii Fit Plus Ski Slalom - 2 beginners and 5 Advanced

All in all I racked up well over 10,000 steps! :-)

I was going to do some strength training but my arms are still aching from Saturday's Wii Sports extravaganza, so I'm taking it easy on those muscles for a day or two. :-)

We are winning the earwig battle incidentally. There are still some about, but very few are getting in the house now, and the veg oil is proving to work. Plus I have the pot located in a way that allows me to sweep any strays on my doorstep straight into the pot for a swim. Whether they want one or not! :-)

I also tried on a pair of size 16 jeans today. They did up - just, but were tight in the btm area and when I tried bending over they gaped at the back, which I can well do without, so I'll wait until they have my fave jeans back in stock and try a 16 in those instead. :-)

I WILL be a comfy size 16 again one day! :-)

Have a Monster Good Monday! :-)
Lex xxx

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SENATOR9 6/14/2011 8:55AM

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/14/2011 8:48AM

    You look wonderful would it help if I told you a size 16 in Britain is like a size 12 in Canada!

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WANDAH3 6/14/2011 7:30AM

    You look wonderful! I'm looking forward to being able to get back into my strength exercises. Have a wonderful day,

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  You do look very professional in your proper gear! Am very impressed at the amount of exercise you are getting done.

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CJANSEN40 6/13/2011 10:47PM

    You will have those jeans soon

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_LINDA 6/13/2011 8:50PM

    Awesome minutes! Good job listening to your body and not pushing anything that is sore.
Fabulous workout clothing and they are supposed to be close fitting not baggy. I had to get used to that idea after years of hiding behind big, baggy clothing. I still wear a baggy shirt to the gym, but at least have graduated to wearing yoga pants which has become so wildly popular to wear..I have lost all the weight I need to yet still have the cursed pot belly :((
You are going to have to workout harder now that you have pro clothes to wear! At home I wear the specialized clothing and what it difference it makes over cotton. I feel so much cooler instead of hot and sweaty like I used to wearing just cotton.
You take a lovely photo! Either of those would look great on your profile picture!
Keep up the great work!
Linda xxx

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TIGGERIFFIC123 6/13/2011 6:22PM


You WILL be a comfy size 16 in no time at all and with those wonderful new clothes you have incentive and a great visual to "see" improvement! It is amazing how sore you can get from playing games on the wii..glad to hear you are listening to your body and taking the rest that you need after playing so hard...lol

Glad to hear the battle with the earwigs is one you are winning :)

Wishing you a wildly successful week!

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SILLYHP1953 6/13/2011 4:39PM

    I wish they had those kind of fitness games for Nintendo back when I was really into gaming. And I think dressing for the part does help!

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CARLA-216 6/13/2011 4:26PM

    Yep, you WILL be a comfy size 16 again. I believe in you, Lex!

Awesome job on the 10,000 steps today!

And so glad you're winning the earwig battle. Icky little buggers!


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CRAZEE4MARIAH 6/13/2011 4:22PM

    well i feel u i started at size 18 then got into 16 then 14 and now 12:) but i shop at a plus size store torrid so i may not be a standard 12 but hey its progress:) u do look better in the black u know black is slimming:) emoticon

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BOVEY63 6/13/2011 4:21PM

    Hope you're having a Monster Good Monday too! Great job on the working out!
Great cartoons again - keep em' coming!

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Day 56-58 The Wii is helping - Weightloss .. I haz it! and a Drought, I kid you not!

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!!! :-)
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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! :-)

Pretty Please?

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! :-)
Lex xxx

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    Well done on your weight loss. Good to hear that all the Wii games are playing their part. emoticon

And thanks for the blog, it really made me laugh which is always good at the start of a day.

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ODDLASS 6/13/2011 3:12PM

    Sun all day thunder storms at night ... that's would be my plan!
Doin' great there Lexie! Love your posts! X


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CARLA-216 6/13/2011 2:44PM

    Great job on the weight loss, Lex! You've definitely earned it, and I hope it continues to reward you!

I hope you get some rain soon. Unbelievable, that crack in the ground.


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Sending rain vibes your way!

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LIBBYFITZ 6/13/2011 1:03PM

    Saw your blog on the friend feed so I thought I would go have a look! Well done on the loss. I can't wait to get back to Australia so I can get back to my Wii! I love all the exercises on that! You have given me some hope at long last as I have been on a plateau for 9 months! emoticon My body shape has changed but it would be nice to see the scale numbers drop!

Thanks for the inspiration!

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BOVEY63 6/13/2011 12:37PM

    You continue to do so great with exercise! You'll be in those 16s before you know it!
Hope you get the rain you need.
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ZURDTA- 6/13/2011 9:13AM


Drought in East Anglia.... cripes! Nothing like that up here in the Midlands... lots of rain for a start! However, the sun has decided to show up today, about time!

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SENATOR9 6/13/2011 8:01AM

    emoticonon the weight lost emoticon

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_LINDA 6/12/2011 11:36PM

    Congrats on the weight loss!! Well done!! Glad you are finding something that is working for you! Changing your exercise regularly is always something Sparks has pushed. You are doing it in spades!
Wow, you got cracks like a desert there! I would love to send some excess river water your farmer's way!
Hope you do get some relief soon!
Keep up the great work!
Linda xxx

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LOVESLIFE48 6/12/2011 7:55PM

    I gotta get a Wii!!

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SCREWIE 6/12/2011 7:07PM

    Well done Lexie :)))

As for the drought, please tell your farmers to send their cattle, sheep, and fish down my way. Especially the sheep so I can use them to mop up - the ones that are left over, if any, can sit on my shoulders to warm me up. I mean, all that wool's got to serve a purpose, right?

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TIGGERIFFIC123 6/12/2011 10:37AM

    CONGRATS...It is amazing what happens when we shake things up a little. Isn't the wii a wonderful addition to things!! Keeping things moving, having fun and forgetting that you are moving is WONDERFUL!!

You can have some of our rain...I am sick to death of it!! Sending all rain clouds to England!! In all seriousness, I hope that you folks get some rain soon. There is so much there that needs it and we are not even in summer yet!!

Have a great day!

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SILLYHP1953 6/12/2011 10:33AM

    Your days sound so full of fun stuff, or maybe you are just able to make it all sound fun! I've been pulling weeds and now am cooking turkey bacon for dh. I needed a break. We've had a little rain lately but are in drought conditions, too.
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WANDAH3 6/12/2011 10:26AM

    AWESOME! I need to get my Wii set back up, but until our basement is restored, I don't have any where to set it up. My family is crowded with boxes and such from the basement. I really enjoy the Wii.
Have an awesome day,

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P0KERS0PH 6/12/2011 9:34AM

    It's strange how you've got drought conditions, and over here in the south west we couldn't be wetter! It's miserable here today, and has been for most of the week, except yesterday which was gorgeous!

It won't be long before you're in those size 16's. I'm hoping it won't be long before I'm in the 14's, my 16s are getting a little loose now, but don't think I'm quite there yet.

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CRAZEE4MARIAH 6/12/2011 9:28AM

    u will get there i went from a 18 in april and now i can squeeze into a 12! i don't think its a standard 12 i shop at torrid a plus size store but still it is an improvement and i dropped 15 pounds since april 17th!:) emoticon

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Days 50-55/1000 Costo Pain again, after a break of several weeks

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! emoticon

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!
Lex xxx

Yep! Really getting the hang of the ball launcher! LOL

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SENATOR9 6/11/2011 7:32AM

    The victory in the war will be yours wll doe

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SCREWIE 6/10/2011 8:58PM

    Wow, you did all that while feeling ill? Well done!

Hope you win the great earwig war :D

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SILLYHP1953 6/10/2011 2:48PM

    First of all, how do you cycle with wii? I know it does not come with a bicycle!
Hope you win the war with the earwigs soon and that your body feels great again, soon, too!!

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CARLA-216 6/10/2011 1:50PM

    Boo to the Costo causing my friend pain! So sorry about that, and the rotten tummy too.

Great job on all the exercise. I am so impressed with your nearly 4 miles a day!


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TIGGERIFFIC123 6/10/2011 12:14PM


Sorry to hear that you are struggling again with Costochondritis/Tietze again...they never seem to leave you be for any great length of time. No wonder you are so relieved when you get a break from it!! You had an awesome week and when you look at the fact that you were unwell, it was an AMAZING week!!

As for your earwigs you can try adding a drop of bacon grease to the oil or you can also try this: Take rolls of damp newspaper and place them in your garden,basement, around your house foundation,garage, or anyplace earwigs are present and leave for 24 hours.
They are attracted to the newspaper and will take cover inside the rolls. Discard newspapers in plastic bag and place in garbage.

Good luck with that problem it makes me shudder thinking about them!

Take Care,

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_LINDA 6/10/2011 10:31AM

    You were doing so well Lexie, so sorry you had a bout with that rotter :(( Not a lot of bugs here yet, freezing their little heiny's off, no doubt!
You are very careful tracking your fitness, and that is all well and good, but how is the food coming along? Are you staying in the range Spark's recommends? I find its quite the tightrope balancing food and fitness, making sure I eat enough for my exercise and not go under or over and trying to stay in my calorie range.
Hoping you feel better soon,
Linda xxx

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