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!
Monday, August 01, 2011
Sounds like a cue for a song:
New Month - New Rules!
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...
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...
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. :-)
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. :-)
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...
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 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!
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!
Danced to six songs (18 mins)
Walked two miles with Leslie Sansone (32 mins)
Completed my Wii Fit Plus Lottery Challenge:
Rhythm Kung Fu (beg),
Driving Range (iron),
Tilt City (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.
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:
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. :-)
LAND'S END to JOHN O'GROATS
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.
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