Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I had a wonderful little Summer Solstice Ritual up at Highwoods this morning. Not right at sunrise, because I was still very much in the Land of Nod at the time, but I took Sophie up there a little later, and said prayers, and did a reading. It was very pleasant to be able to do that outside for a change. :-)
I know the sun was there somewhere:
We walked the three field circuit before going home. The pond at the bottom of the third field looks really lush:
By late afternoon, the sky looked amazing:
I woke up this morning with a dull ache in my tummy, which, had I been more awake, might have forewarned me, but it wasn't until I got back home that I realised TOM had decided to arrive early. Drat! Plans had to change. So the strength training didn't happen, because I had to do a grocery run, and since then, I've been bloated and achy, so tomorrow instead, all being well.
Still, I had an hour walking at Highwoods, and the shopping walk, and I danced to 6 songs for my Bingo game catch-up. :-) So I did get some exercise in. :-)
Right now though, I'm yawning fit to bust, so I'm off to bed.
Oooh, nearly forgot! I popped into the charity shop on the way back from Waitrose, and grabbed up 6 CDs and a DVD. The DVD was The Time Bandits. The CDs were mostly greatest hits one: 10CC, UB40, Roxy Music, Slade and Genesis, plus Paul McCartney's Memory Almost Full album. Got all those for a total of *drumroll please* 65p! They were all Newspaper freebies, so they sell dirt cheap. :-)
Oh yes, and I had my usual little seasonal play-around with my Sparkpage. I hope you approve. :-)
So, I really am off to bed now. :-)
Summer Solstice Blessings to you all.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Tested the last of the outstanding songs for use with Tigger and Roo. 3 CDs of show tunes from such stage delights as Chess, Little Shop of Horrors, and Rocky Horror! :-) Most were too slow, but I got a few gooduns out of it. :-) Timewarp anyone?
Two Mile walk with Leslie Sansone = 32 minutes
Just Dance 2 Bingo: one song = 3 mins
Golf Driving Range - four sessions on Wii Fit Plus = 20 mins
Cycling basics challenge - 3 attempts = 11 mins
Just Dance 2 Challenge, week 4 - 3 songs = 9 mins
Took me to over 8000 steps. :-)
I think I'll play with some strength training tomorrow. :-)
Let's see... Has anything else happened since this morning? Hmmm... Not really. :-) I could waffle on about nothing, or keep this a short blog and call it a night.
I do have some sewing to do. The Littlewoods Sale has given me some great workout clothes as you know, but the leggings I got don't have a pocket for my pedometer, so I need to find a bit of material to make a small one to sew inside them. Time for a wee rummage through my drawers. LOL
So, catch you all later.
Have fun with the rest of your day.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Day 65/1000 (Sunday 19th)
Sunday was when I meant to write this, but the day got away from me. :-) My lasso skills being as bad as they are, I failed to rein it back in. Why don't they have lasso throwing on the Wii Fit Plus so I can get some practice in? *grin*
So, fully expecting after last weeks weightloss (remember the astonishing 2 1/4lb loss?) to have gained it all back as is my usual routine, I stepped on the scale with some trepidation Sunday morning. I looked down, rubbed my eyes, looked again, stepped off, found my glasses, put them on, stepped back on the scales again, looked down again, and (if I remember correctly) the following phrase escaped my lips, gradually rising in volume to a crescendo, while my eyes did a good imitation of coming out on stalks, and my jaw hit the floor:
"Oh...my...God! Oh my God! Oh my God!! Oh my God!!! OH MY GOD!!!!!!!"
No, I really wasn't seeing things. The scale read 12 stone 9 1/4lbs. I lost another 1 1/4lbs!!! That makes 3 1/2lbs in two weeks!
*Does imaginary cartwheel!*
OK, I admit it! Losing weight is a HUGE rush! :-) No matter what I say about how being healthier and getting fitter are my main objectives, and that losing weight is just icing on the cake for me, so it's no biggie that the scales refuse to move.
Turns out I LIKE ICING ON MY CAKE!!! *grin*
The Wii has proved to be a massive boost to my progress. I can't believe the difference it is making. It has taken a few weeks of building up, but I am really pushing my boundaries now, and it is really paying off!
Would you believe that I went to Wii Fit Plus and played Rhythm Boxing for 38 minutes? I can't believe it myself, but I did! And I hate boxing! LOL
Plus there were 5 out of 6 songs on my Just Dance and Just Dance 2 Bingo cards, so I did those = 15 mins too. :-)
I also worked through several albums of songs, testing them for suitability as exercise music to accompany me on Tigger and Roo (mini trampoline and aerobic step) Got my steps in nicely for the day doing that. :-)
And talking of steps. I was set for a minimum of 6100 steps per day, and I managed that ever day this week:
Sun - 7260
Mon - 10716
Tue - 9204
Wed - 11220
Thur - 8138
Fri - 7726
Sat - 6523
Total steps = 60787, which = average daily stepcount of 8684
So I've increased to a minimum of 6200 steps per day. :-) Four more increases and I'll be on a minimum of three miles a day!
This coming week I am working on Wii challenges with Sparkfriends, and ones I've set myself, plus building an exercise plan to try and make sure that I fit all the most personally beneficial games in at least once a week. I am also back to tracking my food. I took some time off, which doesn't seem to have hurt, but I want to track again for a while and see how what I feel like eating fits in with what I should be getting calorie and nutrient wise. So far, so good. I've been a touch below my minimum calories once or twice, but it has balanced out over the week, and it seems that I have no problem keeping to the lower end of my ranges these days. I want to see that trend continue. :-)
Someone commented on my last blog that I shouldn't buy any more jeans yet, because I'll soon be dropping another size! I'm still happy to settle for a comfortable size 16, but, maybe a 14 isn't totally beyond the realms of possibility....
Wow! Never thought I'd see the day when I'd be saying that! Last time I was a fouteen I was in my early 30s. Pre-second pregnancy. I don't know exactly where the line between overweight and healthy is for me, but it might be interesting to find out whether it equates to a 14 or a 16! LOL I'm certainly a lot nearer to it. :-)
And now, if you'll excuse me, I need to get Day 66 under way. I have a two mile walk With Leslie Sansone planned, and a round of golf with my sparkfriend challenge buddies, among other activities. :-)
Have a Magical Monday!
Saturday, June 18, 2011
*Imagine Tigger spitting out Haycorns here* :-)
They really don't! :-) It took 50g of Greek Yogurt to get the hot down to a manageable level on half the portion, which - on the plus side - really eeked out the sauce (and I'm using that spelling on purpose! LOL). Of course, on the minus side - it means that I still have half a portion of Rogan Josh to eat. LOL. I froze it, so at least I won't be eating it tonight! The only good news is that with the 100g of rice I needed to accompany the meal, I made my minimum calories, and with all the lamb and yogurt, I got a good protein day in. :-)
I have an idea that when I reheat it, adding some tomato and yogurt to the sauce as it heats through might make it more flavourful. It tasted ok. Just more heat than flavour, if you know what I mean. :-) I'm a more flavour than heat kinda girl when it comes to curry.
(and gosh, has it gone dark all of a sudden... *wanders to the back door*)
Well, this explains it...
The storm clouds are gathering. It's making it hard to see the keyboard, it is so dark in here. :-) Seriously, I think I need to put the light on. That, or practise my touch typing. *grin*
So, exercise today has been all cardio so far, to complete my catching up of:
Just Dance 2 Bingo - 7 songs @ approx 3 mins each = 21 mins
Just Dance Challenge, week 3 - 8 songs = 24 mins
Day one of new Just Dance Bingo - 2 songs = 6 mins
A walk to the Co-op for some bananas.
(Note to self - walk the extra distance to Waitrose in future... 76p for 4 small bananas is daylight robbery! And think of the extra exercise! There and back'll walk a banana off easily! LOL)
I hope to get even more cardio in later, when I test some songs out for suitability as Step Aerobic and/or Mini Trampoline accompaniment. (Tara went to Waitrose by herself yesterday, and came back with The Beach Boys and Bananarama CDs from the charity shop she popped into on the way back.) :-) Tigger and Roo do love music to workout by. :-)
Strength training, unfortunately, had to take a bit of a back seat this week because my right shoulder was playing up, but it is a lot better now, so that will be back on the exercise menu this coming week. :-)
Well, the clouds produced rain, but no storm, thank the gods. :-) It is alittle brighter now, though still raining. Guess I didn't blow hard enough Carla!
And talking of clouds, I have this wonderful CD by Kevin Kendle, called - surprisingly - Clouds. :-) As I was typing the last paragraph, my computer started playing the Altocumulus track from it, so I toddled over to You Tube, and lo and behold, there are videos of Kevin's music. This is Altocumulus.
The video is just a pic of a cloud, but the music is extraordinarily relaxing, and not only that, you can actually picture the clouds, he is so clever. If you like that, look up his Cumulus track and imagine yourself laid out on your back on a green hillside, watching the puffy little clouds go by. Wonderful! *happy sigh*
The whole album is just magical! :-)
Have a Super Saturday!
Has to be Cloud LOLs. :-)
Friday, June 17, 2011
It's official! I thought I might be imagining it, but some companies are admitting now that they have been shrinking soap and chocolate bars, among other things, rather than put prices up. Unfortunately, not all of them are being upfront about it. *growl*
If they are honest about it, then fine, I can make a choice depending on whether I still feel I am getting value for money, but those who shrink their products in a sneaky fashion make me very cross. Shouldn't we as consumers be asked which we would prefer anyway?
My biggest peeve? The Cadbury Creme Egg, which is a rare annual treat for me. I buy the mini ones now, because they have shrunk the normal one almost beyond recognition! Disgraceful Cadbury! What are you playing at, huh?
And the Toblerone is missing a triangle!
What have you noticed shrinking in your shopping trolley?
I think I'll shrink my cash. At the checkout, I'll point out which products have sneakily shrunk and make an offer for those, in relation to the size of the shrinkage, rather than pay what the till says I should. Bet Tesco would love that! LOLOL
Rhythm Parade Challenge: 6 beginner, and 4 advanced = 34 mins
Danced and danced and danced, catching up on Just Dance Bingo, Just Dance Challenge, week 3, and Just Dance 2 Bingo, after notifications failed to reach my inbox for almost a week. I'm up to date with all the Just Dance, and bopped a decent chunk off the Just Dance 2 Bingo backlog too. :-)
Total songs = 21, @ approx 3 mins each = 63 minutes
Wow! Hadn't realised. LOL I did it in stages, not all at once. It adds up, doesn't it! :-)
Total steps 7726
It rained pretty much all day today. Don't think it liked being told we were in a drought. It has rained significantly every day, since Sunday. We need it, but it is getting a bit wearing now. Time for a day off I think. :-)
I do believe that it is way past my bedtime! Better toddle off now and get some beauty sleep. :-)
Hope Friday was Fab!
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