Monday, July 18, 2011
I'm somewhere called Pontiac! Where they make the car, I'm thinking. :-) 120 miles means I've exercised for 2 hours in two days.
As for Land's End to John O'Groats, I've walked 7.2 miles in two days, so I'm on target for 3.5 miles per day average, but would like to hit 4 miles per day if I can. :-)
It was a good day today. 68 mins of exercise.
Waitrose walk of 20 mins. I walk fast to get the exercise. :-)
18 minutes of Dancing to Just Dance and Just Dance 2.
30 mins of Wii Fit Plus Cycling.
The cycling was worth an amazing 5116 steps! That is the equivalent of a mile in 13 minutes!!! You step in place on the balance board, and I was trying really hard to get all 20 balloons before my time ran out. I got 19! :-)
Not bad considering how much of it was uphill. :-) Last time - the only time I got all twenty - I started on the plateau above the castle at the top of the mountain, and finished at the bottom of the beach. Much easier when there is a lot of downhill. :-) This time I had a mountain to climb! LOL
Considering I spent the morning in a daze of tiredness, I'm astonished I did what I did! I really didn't think I was going to wake up enough to do much at all today, exercise-wise. It just goes to show, I suppose, that if you decide to try and at least do something, you can often do more than you expected. :-)
Sophie is fine. Looks a little trepidatious when I move the back door about, but her experience last night didn't stop her from trying to camp out in the garden again this evening. *shakes head* Caught her this time, and brought her in before the heavens opened and the door closed! :-)
Must. get. to. bed. Very. tired. :-)
Hope your Monday has been Marvelous!
Sunday, July 17, 2011
...not to mention my steps, knee-ups, jogs and cycling! One of my Sparkpals - NEW-CAZ linked us to this site:
It tracks you down Route 66 from Illinois to California, with snippets about the places you travel through en route, and I thought it might be fun, so I've signed up. :-)
So now I'm walking from Land's End to John O'Groats, AND driving down Route 66 in a classic red Ford pick up truck. :-) Quite a magic trick - being in two places at once. *grin*
So, will I get to California before I get to John O'Groats? Is it a fair fight, because I am literally walking the Land's End route - every step is a step on the road, but I'm driving Route 66, every minute of exercise is a mile along the road. I think it will be an interesting race. :-)
Today I'm 2.9 miles out of Land's End, heading for St Ives, and at the same time I am 52 miles down the road in Illinois, overnighting at Joliet.
To get there, I danced to seven songs on Just Dance. (21 mins)
I played the Lottery Game, which consists of 7 Wii Fit Plus games randomly chosen each week for us by the National Lottery. This week we are jogging, boxing, skiing, snowball fighting, walking tightropes, riding a Segway, and practising our Kung Fu moves. :-)
I also walked with Leslie Sansone for a total of 23 minutes.
Food is well in my ranges, and water is right up there too. :-) Had Coley, rice, peas and ratatouille tonight, yum! :-)
Weight is up a pound to 12 stone 9, but it is TOM week, so I'll not panic. :-)
I had great fun this morning co-ordinating my Wii Fit Plus Stats with my Active Health stats. I've discovered that they both claim a healthy weight is between 8 stone 13lbs and 12 stone 1lb. So, I have a short target with my Active Health, to get into that range, reaching 11 stone 13lbs by September 24th. I'll be delighted if I manage that. I am already close to two stones lost, and I hadn't really thought about that until now. With all I've lost the last couple of years I am not far from losing 30lbs! So, I've averaged a loss of about 1/4lb per week. Slow is better than no. :-)
I am a bad dog owner! Poor Sophie!
I had the back door open while cooking to keep the kitchen cool, and she must have snuck out. I closed the door when I sat down to eat, and completely ignored the occasional noise from outside, until something launched itself at the back door about half an hour later. When I opened the door, there was one soaked to the skin bedraggled old girl absolutely freezing cold and looking hugely sorry for herself. We had thought she was upstairs on her bed, so hadn't missed her.
Oh the guilt! We grabbed towels and dried her as best we could and made a huge fuss of her. She finally feels dry and warm again. She has had treats, and food, and cuddles and loves, and playtime and got me full on the lips with her tongue! Ugh!!! LOL Now she really is upstairs on her bed, by her choice, and I am just praying that she doesn't get a chill.
So, aiming for an earlier than usual night if I can get Tara to agree. She is such a nightowl. Worse than me! :-)
Hope you've had a lovely weekend.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Yep, today my pedometer is doing as it should and faithfully recording my steps once more. Funny old thing. :-)
I am still going to reset all my data tomorrow though, because I know I won't be happy with my totals until I do. :-) So, back to Land's End and heading for John O'Groats tomorrow, with a target of an average of four miles a day to aim for this time, and a beginning daily step target of 6400, because I made my minimum 6300 every day this week, no matter what my game says. :-) It will also give me the chance to change my weight target. I'd been really pessimistic with my target the last time I set that, because I was so badly stalled, but now that there seems to be movement again, I'll be a bit more optimistic and aim for something big! :-)
So, I am looking at this slight hiccup in my stats as a blessing in disguise. :-)
I told my Son-in-Law that I live life by the motto "If you can't be a good example, be a horrible warning!" That tickled him. LOL
Today I walked two miles with Leslie Sansone (32 mins),
Wii Fit Plus Rhythm Boxed - Super Advanced style twice (26 mins)
Just Danced to 12 songs. (36 mins)
I tried frozen soya beans for the first time tonight. I don't like soya beans. Well, I don't mind the flavour, but the texture leaves something to be desired. Did not really work as a side veg with my chilli tonight. So now I have an almost full bag of frozen soya beans and am wondering what to do with them, because I can't just throw them out. Soya Bean smoothie anyone? Not you Carla! Can't have you dropping off!
Who knew Soya beans can make some people sleepy? Hands up! :-)
Might make a veggie soup and throw them in that. Hmmm...
Any ideas for ways to use them up are welcome. :-) Send your ideas on a postcard. LOL
Hope your weekend is going well. Wanda has sunshine at last, so that's a start! :-)
Oh, and Essential Waitrose Carrot Cake Slices are 95 calories of nomiliciousness! :-)
The perfect little treat
when you fancy something sweet. :-)
Friday, July 15, 2011
Rant Alert... But I'll feel better afterwards. :-)
It's been ONE OF THOSE DAYS!!! First off, TOM kicked in 4 days early, AGAIN! Not feeling the best as a result. Dizzy, tired, aches and pains. You get the picture. :-(
Then, after dragging a Very Heavy Wilbur full of groceries home from Waitrose (3044 steps worth of walking, and some strength training from the pull) I went to check how far short of my step target I was, and my Active Health game tells me the pedometer battery is low. It tells me I've walked 3044 steps, and then promptly dies!
Now, I'm not complaining that it died. I've had this game since around June 2009, and have used it every single day since. The battery is the same one I started with, which - considering they reckoned the average life span of a battery is six months with this game - is pretty amazing! :-)
No, the reason I'm complaining is that when I replaced the battery it threw a sizeable spanner in the works. After putting away the groceries and having lunch, I decided to make up the remaining 3256 steps I needed to meet my target with a good old run at Just Dance and Just Dance 2.
I danced to ten songs, and then went to see how close I was to my target. I pressed the button, and it gave me just over 2000 steps, so I only had a thousand left to go, BUT it had erased the 3044 I'd already earned! So I figured, well, never mind, I know I've done them, and a few more songs will set me over the 6300 no problem. I'll just have to accept that today it won't tell me I met my target. I can live with that. :-)
I danced five more songs, and went to add the steps to the collection. And it refused to admit I'd done anymore than the 2000 it already gave me! I switched the game off and on again, and did everything I could think of but the pedometer refused to budge!
I got upset. It was enough to lose my oven this week. I don't need anything else throwing a wobbly on me. So I went into the options menu of the game, and one of the options was 'use new pedometer' so I clicked it, thinking that maybe that would kickstart it properly. All that did was lose me an entire week's worth of data! *headdesk!*
By this time it was 8.30pm, and my planned ratatouille to go with the salmon was no longer an option, because it would take too long to cook. So, muttering and moaning, a very snappy and irritable Lexie went into the kitchen. I gradually calmed down as I peeled spuds and carrots and set the meal cooking sans ratatouille, and I read the booklet for the game between turning the salmon fillet and checking the veggies. (Of course, now my fruit and veggie count is two short because the ratatouille was going to get me up to my five-a-day and beyond! *sigh*)
Anywhooo, in between cooking I did the test walk in the extras section of the game, and it recorded my steps , so I'm hoping that tomorrow the pedometer will be back to normal. If not, my last resort will be resetting all my data back to scratch, which will mean losing the rest of my progress between Land's End and John O'Groats. But as I already lost 6 days data from it anyway, that won't be quite such a wrench, because missing data and losing twenty or more miles from my total, which has seriously messed up my daily average is going to annoy me far more. LOL
Plus it won't be the first time I've reset the game from scratch!
OK, so when it comes to stuff like this, I'm a bit of a stickler for accuracy! Yep, I am a control freak when it comes to my stats! *grin* I admit it! And I can't tell you how relieved I am that I keep a written daily record too, because at least I still have my week's stats on paper. Nah nah nah nah nah *sticks tongue out at Active Health game in time honoured childish manner* LOLOLOL
See? I told you getting this out of my system and into blogland would make me feel better. :-)
So, I may well reset my stats on Sunday morning anyway, and start again. I'll see how I feel after tomorrow.
And, as you may have gathered, I walked the Waitrose circuit and danced to 15 Just Dance and Just Dance 2 songs today. :-)
And the Salmon was nommilicious! :-)
And the weekend's here! :-)
And I am more than ready for bed!
Night all! :-)
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Every day I think, "must quickly blog before bed", and yet the evening slips away, and the next thing I know it is midnight, and I'm yawning fit to bust!
Well, tonight it is 11.55pm, and I made it, just! *grin*
The Potted Exercise Version:
Day 87: Monday:
No Wii! Shock Horror!
Instead, Walked the Tesco Extra trek, followed by the Waitrose Circuit, and my hips found that to be quite enough for one day. That was well over 5 miles on foot. :-)
Day 88: Tuesday:
A Push Myself Day...
Zumba - 6 routines (26 mins)
Just dance and Just Dance 2 = 8 songs (24 mins)
36 assorted Wii Fit Plus Yoga, and Muscle exercises, and Games (1 hour 22 mins)
Day 89: Wednesday:
Zumba - 6 routines (23 mins)
Just Dance and Just dance 2 - 6 songs (18 mins)
Wii Fit Plus Yoga and Muscle challenge (16 mins)
Waitrose and back (30 mins)
Day 90: Thursday:
Pet Store and back - 3435 steps (30 mins)
Zumba - 6 routines - 3088 steps (28 mins)
Just Dance and Just dance 2 - 10 dances - 2419 steps (30 mins)
You'll never guess! I'm so excited! Zumba classes are starting up at Highwoods in September, behind the Tesco Extra store in the community centre. At £4 a pop, I might be able to afford them. Of course, doing Zumba in front of other people is a little trickier! LOL I've never been too sure about classes, and on top of that, the walk up there will be bad enough alone, but the walk back, in the dark, alone, with legs all wobbly after 45 mins of dancing manically, well, that could be even trickier. *grin*
Still, the choice is there, and ain't that something! :-)
AND there are Zumba classes opening up elsewhere in Colchester too. The local Leisure World has them now! At £5 a pop! And at a more convenient time for me. The only problem is that they are fully booked currently (and I'm currently beyond broke as well).
Plenty to think about though. Hmmm....
Food is bang on apart from I am a whole gram short of my minimum protein today. Oh oh! :-) Well, I think the loads I'll get tomorrow from the salmon will make up for it. Tara spent her pocket money on salmon pate and a salmon fillet this week. Bless her little heart, she toddled down to Waitrose today, I assumed to buy herself a magazine and some sweets, and instead, that's what she came back with. A foodie treat for two, to contribute to the dwindling finances. :-)
Do I have a lovely daughter, or do I have a lovely daughter. :-)
Well, have a great what's left of today, and a lovely tomorrow, and a Wonderful Weekend. :-)
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