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Day 21: Chilli, Yogurt, and a Hula Hooping Sparker

Saturday, August 06, 2011

I decided to go with a baked potato with my veggie chilli last night, rather than chips, and had a thought, as you do. :-)

I thought, "I have half a pot of yogurt left over from our curry night, and I don't know how to use it up."

From there I went to turn the potato, and thought, "Some people like to put yogurt on their baked potatoes. I've never done that, and don't think I want to."

Interesting potato topping:

Then I thought, "If yogurt works in curry to make it milder and less tangy on the tongue, would it work in Chilli too?"

So, I took a tsp of the chilli out of the saucepan, drizzled a little yogurt on it and tasted.

Wow! New taste sensation, and it was nomilicious! So, I waited until I was ready to dish up and stirred a tbsp of yogurt into the chilli portion, then added it to my baked potato and veggies. It made for a seriously tasty dinner!

In fact, it was so tasty that I defrosted another portion tonight and had it with rice this time. That worked too, but I prefer it with the baked potato.

In other news:

A Sparkfriend linked to this videoblog, and you will love it. I'm always saying that the first rule of exercise is to have fun, right? Well, here is a lady who knows her fun when she finds it!

So, 21 days into Route 66 and Land's End to John O'Groats.

I've reached Clines Corners, NM...

and I'm halfway between Bodmin and Plymouth on my UK walk. Being born in Cornwall, I know the county like the back of my hand, and one of my favourite places is the Cheesewring, on Bodmin Moor. A strange ring of rocks on the top of the hill, that are a bit of a scramble, but worth the climb for the magnificent views. It was a regular place to go with my Dad when I was a kid. Happy memories. :-)

And not to be confused with cheese rings:

I've walked 79.4 miles in 21 days, which is an average of 3.78 miles per day, so it is building up nicely. :-) I also made my minimum step count every day this week, so I am now officially aiming for 6600 steps per day, which on my pedometer system is 3 miles! I've been so looking forward to this milestone!

There have been a couple of amendments to my last blog. You remember the list of rules I expect. :-)

Well, I have to change:

Rule 3. Do at least 30 mins of cardio every day.
I have to up that to 45 minutes, because it turns out that I do at least 45 minutes of cardio each day - proper sweat-inducing cardio, and I didn't realise that. Consequently my fitness tracker has been complaining at me. Therefore that has been adjusted. :-)

I also have to change:

Rule 4: Do at least 15 minutes of strength training every day.
I need to amend that to six days out of seven. It just makes life easier when I get two upper, two lower and two core session a week, and a day off strength training.

I have used the last few days to get organised as far as strength training and stretching are concerned, both of which were floundering. I now have all the Sparkpeople exercise demos in easy to find bookmarks, and sorted into upper, lower, core and stretch. I'm hoping that will assist me each day in filling out my Fitness Tracker. I've tried letting the tracker pick my workouts, but it keeps giving me stuff I'd struggle with and I want exercises I can do or I'll get fed up and find excuses to miss it out again. Wish me luck this week as I attempt to develop a little self discipline in this area. :-)

So, is there anything else to share with you? Nope, I think that's it for now. :-)
Hope you are enjoying your weekend!
Lex xxx
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    I love it. And I really love the loldogs and lolcats. Have you seen the ones on my blogs? emoticon emoticon

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CARLA-216 8/8/2011 3:08PM

    Your average miles per day puts me to shame! Great job!
You are making big progress on your Route 66 and John O'Groates walk. One day, I want to visit Cornwall...well, the UK in general. However, I'd have to make it through that strong force field that hovers over Ireland. ;-)


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SCREWIE 8/7/2011 5:38PM

    I tried using yogurt in cooking once, and it curdled! how do you do it so that it doesn't?

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    Thank you! You have given me several good ideas, from yogurt to exercise. Great blog.

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SENATOR9 8/7/2011 9:56AM

    Way to go love the cats pictures emoticon

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SENATOR9 8/7/2011 9:56AM

    Way to go love the cats pictures emoticon

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ANNEMAC5 8/7/2011 3:43AM

    I had watched the video blog SF Caz had told me about it. The hula hoop queen I loved her energy. Speaking of energy you are going great recently so active and you really seem to be having so much fun with all your "travels". Glad you enjoyed your experiments with yoghurt all sounds yummy. Love all your cat pictures, makes me smile.
Sunday morning managed an early run and no rain with some sunshine here.
Anne x

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_LINDA 8/6/2011 10:24PM

    Way to go with your fitness! I use yogurt for a veggie dip, and cottage cheese on my baked potato (just like sour cream) I have really got to watch my calories now while being unable to exercise.
This place sounds lovely! Cheese is still my favorite nom..one slice of cheddar a day.
Keep up the great work!! You are doing awesome!!
Linda xxx

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Day 16 - Feels Just Like Starting Over. LOL

Monday, August 01, 2011

Sounds like a cue for a song:


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Rule 1. All steps count at the end of the day, no matter where I trod them.

So that means walking to the shops, walking the dog, up and down the stairs, strimming the garden, and any exercise. It all counts towards my daily step total!

It counts for getting me along Route 66 (and this is day 16 of that particular trip)

It also counts for getting me from Land's End to John O'Groats!
(also day 16)

I've walked 55.6 miles so far, past Truro, and heading for Bodmin. A current average daily distance of 3.48 miles. As I am aiming for at least 3 1/2 miles a day, and preferably four, that's pretty darned good, specially as I had a few low stepcount days thanks to my silly knee. :-)


Rule 2. Not all steps count towards Cardio!

I can't count steps towards Cardio, unless I've broken a sweat!

So, as Sophie doesn't cope with heat and can't walk at a fast pace, that means Highwoods walks can't count for now. Sweating just cos the sun is hot, hot, hot won't cut the mustard! LOL

Ditto to walks to the shops. I can't sustain a good pace in hot weather, and so, Tesco Extra, Waitrose, Co-op and Town are all out of the equation.

Sounds harsh? Not really. You see, I've been relying on those walks lately to get my cardio in, and as a result my weight has stalled again. So, while I shall continue to walk in the fresh air for a little general exercise and to get in my Vitamin D, I shan't count them towards Cardio.

Which leads me to...

Rule 3. Do at least 30 mins of cardio every day.

It isn't like I'm short of options. I love my Leslie Sansone walks, which do count because they are very fast paced walks, averaging 15 minute miles. I have Tigger (my mini trampoline), and I also love Roo (my aerobic step), and I have a DVD for each plus videos on You Tube to play with for both of those. Plus, of course, I have my Wii, which allows me access to Zumba, dancing, jogging and cycling, not to mention stepping, Hula Hoop, and rhythm boxing, which has a cardio element to it also, plus Rhythm Parade.

And this leads me naturally to...

Rule 4

Do at least 15 minutes of strength training every day.

I am falling down on the job here. My batwings need special attention, and when I work at that on a regular basis, it really helps, but slacking off soon has me back to square one again! Also, my abs are improving but still need a lot of work. Finally, my legs. They have a lot to live up to, with all the cardio I plan, so they too need some special attention. I actually realised that I can feel some muscle definition on the front of my thighs now, and I'd love to be able to feel the same thing elsewhere. :-) So yes, ever day must get a little action in.

and I mustn't forget...

Rule 5.

Don't forget the stretches!

Not every programme I use has stretches built in, and so sometimes I forget to stretch after exercising, only to regret it later when my bod complains. :-)

and finally...

Rule 6.

If you need a break, TAKE one!

There is nothing wrong with taking a break from exercising your little heart out once in a while. :-) I don't believe in taking a day off each week, but I need to not over-push myself when I'm under the weather. My tricky health issues make me push on regardless most of the time because otherwise I'd never get any exercise done. But there are times when my bod screams at me, and those are the times I need to take notice. :-)

So those are my new rules. :-) Let's see how long they last.

Oh, and in case you are wondering where my thousand days of exercise have gone, I've pulled out after 101 consecutive days. I was getting too many things to keep track of, so I'm sticking with Route 66 and Land's End to John O'Groats. However, the minimum 15 mins each day will still be purring along in the background, and at the end of the thousand days, it'll be interesting to see how many days I missed through illness or whatever.

Happy Lughnasadh/Lammas to you all! :-) This is the time of the first harvest, and so my Sparkpage is decked out to reflect that. I hope you like it. :-)

Take care,
Lex xxx
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P.S. Some local teen has just thrown a large tomato at our sitting room window!!! What a mess!!! Of course, I didn't see who it was, being as it is dark out there, just the neighbour opposite's front door slamming shut, but...


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SILLYHP1953 10/12/2011 9:11PM

    Where in the world do you get those crazy pictures!!! I'm finally going to catch up on your blogs, but it might take me a couple days.

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CJANSEN40 8/5/2011 4:16PM

    Cute! Truro - did you wave to my friend Sarah? It's vool following on the map. I wish I had time for mine;(

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SCREWIE 8/4/2011 5:04AM

    I second rule 6 :))))

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LIBBYFITZ 8/2/2011 8:39PM

    emoticonLoved reading this blog!

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ANNEMAC5 8/2/2011 2:54PM

    Great goals, you can do this. I have been doing 1and 2 with steps.
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MARYMO22 8/2/2011 2:38PM

    love the blog - I'm with you on the strength training - my bingo wings are not good
off to do some weights!

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CARLA-216 8/2/2011 11:59AM

    I like your new rules! And I also like the illustrations provided with each rule. LOL

Love the new page! It reminds me that fall is coming and that does my heart good!


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SENATOR9 8/2/2011 10:14AM

    You're a real busy person I get tired just reading all your activities

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BOVEY63 8/2/2011 4:25AM

    Great blog - love the pics that went with every rule!
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ODDLASS 8/2/2011 3:04AM

    LEXIE! where the heck do you have the time and energy from?? After reading that lot, I need a nap!! just writing that would be enough for the day for me, never mind doing it all!! cor blimey Charlie!! XXX


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CHERIRIDDELL 8/2/2011 1:02AM

    Heehee Hee I enjoyed this and I loved your first harvest page.I am working on my first harvest here!My favourite Kitteh tonight was Fluffy three steps into his epic journey Fluffy decided it was too much work LOL!

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Day 101/1000 plus a complete rest day thanks to my left knee

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

So, on Day 101 (Monday):

I got up, got dressed, grabbed a bottle of water and Sophie and headed for Highwoods. I was only a couple of hundred yards up the road when my left knee started to complain.

I slowed to a strolling pace and persevered, and after a couple of minutes the pain was replaced by warmth spreading down my leg and a sort of numb tingling. It then stopped hurting, so I kept going, and we walked, albeit at a slow pace, around the first two fields and then, rather than risk pushing my luck, we came home.

After breakfast, with my knee feeling a bit 'odd' but not painful, I headed for Waitrose with Wilbur for a top-up shop. That went fine, and so, after a cuppa and a cakey thing when we got back, I got on Tigger and jogged for 15 minutes. That was to check timing for my own random game generator for my Wii Fit Plus. :-)

I decided to do a little Sparking before generating some random exercises. And half an hour later I did just that, then went to get up and do the exercises ... and my knee gave out!

Boy, it was hurting! The pain eased to a dull throb within a minute, but I could only hobble about, and not make any move which involved my knee twisting, like it does when you turn around suddenly. As I moved about the pain eased further, until it was ok for walking - with care, but I still couldn't do anything ambitious without a sharp pain shooting through it, and every time I sat for more than a few minutes I had to start the process all over again if I got up for any reason. My contortions would have got me work in the Silly Walks Ministry!

Being a sensible girl, i.e. I know when I'm beaten, *grin*, I decided to call it a day exercise-wise, and see how my knee was after a good night's sleep.

This morning it felt a bit better, but not good enough that I wanted to push my luck, so for the first time since I started the 1000 day challenge, I ordered a complete rest day for myself, and that is what I have had. I've done no walking,

no exercise,

no dancing with the Wii,

no games. :-)

Now, I'll admit to being peeved about that at first, but as the day went on, I actually started to enjoy the rest. :-) The only problem now is that I have the usual leg issues from prolonged lack of exercise. I.E. I can't sit still, and my legs are aching. LOL

Never mind. I plan a little light exercise tomorrow, as long as I can honestly say my knee feels better. And if it isn't I'll do some upper body workout at least. I could have done that today really, but I was enjoying my enforced day of rest too much. *grin* Nothing nicer during a day of rest than sorting through hundreds of cloud photos for my Big Project! :-)

So, today can't be Day 102, and I don't know whether to start back at day 1, or just call tomorrow Day 102 instead of today. :-) It's messed up my Route 66 and Land's End-John O'Groats stats too. Hey, I have 45 mins before midnight. If I start jogging or cycling now...


On the plus side, I have at least done my Body Test on the Wii Fit Plus today. That makes, according to the animated balance board, 13 weeks without missing a single day! :-) That means I've had the Wii Fit Plus for three months now. :-)

Hope your day was a good one!
Lex xxx
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CJANSEN40 8/3/2011 8:19AM

    definastely rest your knee until it no longer hurts. Pain is a signal that something is wrong. especially sudden onset. I know I am behind on blogs and hope you knee is better now.

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ODDLASS 7/29/2011 5:33AM

    Just because I had a little break you had to have one! LOL!

I hope it is betterer now. Take care and don't push it too hard. XX


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MNOT2THICK 7/27/2011 7:40PM

    Oh Lexie, one step up, two steps back. Hope the knee feels better soon. Maybe you over did it a little. Feel better.


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CHERIRIDDELL 7/27/2011 6:57PM

    I hope your knee is recuperating .

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LIBBYFITZ 7/27/2011 4:23PM

    Well done for finding other exercises to do!

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CARLA-216 7/27/2011 3:29PM

    Well shoot, I'm sorry to hear about your knee. I sure hope it's better today. I know you're bummed about missing a day, but you were smart to take it easy.

LOVE that cloud photo!


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CHEVY63 7/27/2011 8:43AM

    Hope your knee feels better soon! So sorry to hear that it's giving you problems.

Thanks for all the great pictures - you always make me laugh!

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SENATOR9 7/27/2011 7:57AM

    Try some swimming to help the knee

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SCREWIE 7/27/2011 5:04AM

    Sorry to hear about your knee, I hope it's better today.

Have you tried an ice pack?

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BOVEY63 7/26/2011 10:54PM

    Hope your knee feels better real soon - you still did great on your exercise!

Love the pics as usual - always give me a smile and laugh!
Tha cloud picture is awesome!

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_LINDA 7/26/2011 10:19PM

    You maybe needed to ice that knee some. You know, we are actually supposed to put aside a day of rest each week. Might never do it, but its supposed to be there ;) I haven't been because I am coming up on three months of enforced rest!!
Love that cloud photo! A day of rest = more time to find the funnies and upload them! Thanks!! Feel better soon -no exercising on it tomorrow if it still feels bad now,
Linda xxx

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SILLYHP1953 7/26/2011 9:38PM

    Oh no, I hope your knee is better and better and all better. My left knee started hurting a little after six minutes of hula hooping on the wii this morning...I think I need to stick to the three minute version for a while. I don't do the body checkup every day, but maybe I should do it every time I get on just to keep track. I'm just not always wearing the same thing or really know how much my clothes weigh.

Loved your pictures and funnies as usual.

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Day 100/1000! Tenth of the Trip done! :-)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A leaf, it fell upon my foot,
To lift the leaf, I was unable.
Twas made, you see, from solid oak,
And fell from Grandpa's dining table!

Couldn't resist! Saw an old Les Dawson special today, and he sang this little ditty. I've remembered the words as best I can. He does make me laugh! :-) Anyone remember his piano prowess? LOLOL

So, today has been a mad cardio day. I have achieved 13,087 steps!

I have:

Danced to six songs (18 mins)

Walked two miles with Leslie Sansone (32 mins)

Completed my Wii Fit Plus Lottery Challenge:
Hula Hoop,
Step Basics,
Heading (adv),
Rhythm Kung Fu (beg),
Driving Range (iron),
Tilt City (beg),
Segway (beg)
(Total 21 mins)

Wii Fit Plus Jogging (48 mins)

I've reached Springfield, MO on Route 66: 588 miles (599 mins in 8 days)

I've walked 30.5 miles in 8 days on the Land's End-John O'Groats walk.

I'm back on form! :-)

I lost a pound overnight! Now 12 stone 8 3/4 lbs. Yep! :-) Looks like the Saturday morning weigh ins are a bust, because they have consistently made me a pound heavier than I am on a Sunday morning. Odd, that! So I'm sticking with Sunday mornings, seeing as they seem to like me. :-)

Hope you have all had a wonderful weekend.
Lex xxx
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SILLYHP1953 7/26/2011 9:19AM

    The name Les Dawson sounds familiar, but I'll have to look him up. You just blow me away with all your fitness. I've been recording my ventures in Wii fitness plus and will try to add them today. Did six minutes on hula hoop plus and my left knee hurts...going back to three minutes.

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/26/2011 1:54AM

    Of course I remember Les Dawson LOL loved the ditty! I always enjoy your blogs I knew you would cheer me up and make me chuckle ta very much!

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CARLA-216 7/25/2011 2:52PM

    Amazing all those steps/minutes! Awesome job, Lexie!
And great job being back down in weigh! Yeah!


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BOVEY63 7/25/2011 12:08PM

    Awesome job on the workouts!!!
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Love the ditty and pics!

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SENATOR9 7/25/2011 9:49AM

    great workouts

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ANNEMAC5 7/25/2011 3:04AM

    I loved Les Dawson just looking at him made me grin.
I was tired just reading all you exercise, amazing. Your getting you reward with your weight loss. Congratulations.

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_LINDA 7/25/2011 12:19AM

    FANTASTIC fitness minutes!! That is amazing! You sure are back in good form in all ways! Thanks for the chuckles, as always!
Keep up the great work!!
Linda xxx

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Days 97-99/1000 Do You Have The Bad Weather Blues?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Rain, rain, go away!
Come again another day!
All us Sparkers want to play!

Sun, Sun, please be kind!
All that heat we really mind!
A breeze and shade we'd like to find!

Take whichever one suits your current weather problems, and sing away! :-)

Exercise. Most of my week has been walking - Tesco Extra, Town and Highwoods, and I've been pretty tired for some unfathomable reason, so not a lot of Wii Fitting. But never mind, because I still got the exercise in, and I did a lot of Wii-ing today! :-)

Day 97 - Thursday.
Town and back on foot, via Waitrose. (7758 steps)

I happened to mention to the checkout girl the other day that I was sorry that they were no longer stocking my favourite fruit juice, and that I had to give my money for it to Tesco instead. The girl offered to find out why they had stopped stocking it. Turns out that someone will ring head office on your behalf, and then ring you to let you know what the outcome is. And they did. I got a phone call the next morning to let me know that they were only stocking it at the larger stores for now, but to keep an eye on the shelves because the policy might change again. I am very impressed with their customer service. :-) The girl even made a point of telling them that I had to buy it at Tesco, in the hope that this might get them to change their minds. LOL

Day 98- Friday

Highwoods Two Field Stroll (4338 steps)

Stroll rather than my usual speed because I bumped into that lovely older gentleman I mentioned before as we both reached the tunnel together, so we strolled and chatted while our dogs played, sniffed and socialised with the other dogs we came across. :-) It was very pleasant! :-)

Just Dance and Just Dance 2 - 8 songs (24 mins)

Day 99 - Saturday

Wii Fit Plus:

24 yoga and Muscle exercises (43 mins)

Cycling (30 minutes)

Lottery Challenge updates:

Segway Advanced
Tightrope Tension Beginner
Rhythm Boxing Advanced
Ski Slalom Advanced
Rhythm Kung Fu Beginner
(total of 16 mins)

Just Dance/Just Dance 2
6 songs (18 mins)

I dropped my food ranges down a little because of not getting a lot of hard cardio and strength exercising in this week, but it didn't stop me struggling to get my fat down and my protein up. Not been a good week for either of those. My weight reflected that this week. 12 stone 9 3/4lbs (up 3/4lb). Maybe it will drop tomorrow, but we'll see. :-)

Water has been fine. At least the minimum 8 glasses every day.


I forgot to log my exercise on Route 66, but fortunately it allows you to add multiple days, so with the last three days logged, I have reached Waynesville, MO, which is 498 miles in one week. :-)

I like that you can also click on the little spots on your route map so you can find out about the places you have passed each day, and if you go to your log page, it tells you each day where you went and what you did to get there.

One very minor little hiccup is that it only allows a maximum of 90 minutes/miles a day, so anything over that is written down but not added to your distance. :-) So far I've only lost three minutes, so not too bad. :-)


Have passed St Ives, and am heading for Truro. Have walked 24.7 miles in the last 7 days, and this is actual distance. :-) Looking at the map, it looks like I'll get to California WAAAY before I reach John O'Groats. :-)

Well, I'm still tired, so I'm hoping for an earlyish night. :-)
Hope your weekend is shaping up well.
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 7/25/2011 2:50PM

    I love a store that has excellent customer service like your Waitrose does. I hope they get your juice back so you don't have to give Tesco your money!

My exercise level ebbs and flows it seems. Last week was a low week for me, and I hope I'm back to normal this week.


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SCREWIE 7/25/2011 1:42PM

    I've finally managed to update route 66 too, but I'm only as far as Springsville. Hopefully this week it'll be better :)

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BOVEY63 7/24/2011 10:32AM

    Love the song! Both versions would work here - we've had days of extreme heat followed by thunderstorms and back to extreme heat. It looks like today may finally be better.
Great job on the workouts!
The clerk was sure nice to check into the juice issue. More stores could learn a lesson in customer service from them.

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ANNEMAC5 7/24/2011 3:23AM

    You are doing great with your exercise. Some weeks are always better than others but not stopping and giving up is great.
We do like to moan about the weather I remember (just) when it was too hot to go outside, April I think.
That was very impressive customer service in Waitrose.
Hope you managed to have a restful nights sleep.

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_LINDA 7/23/2011 8:58PM

    Rather normal weather here now, bit crispy in the mornings, but that is the best workout weather! Hope you are feeling better soon and back to your Wii fun :) Lovely getting a good chat up with that gentleman! Your Waitrose sounds like a nice store, hope they change their mind about stocking your juice.
Enjoy your Sunday, hope you got a good sleep..
Linda xxx

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