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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...

KIDDING! LOL

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!
Hugs,
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.

Tea

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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!

xxx
Carla

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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!
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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,
Hugs,
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.
Hugs,
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!

xoxo
Carla


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BOVEY63 7/25/2011 12:08PM

    Awesome job on the workouts!!!
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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!!
Hugs,
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.

ROUTE 66

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.
Hugs,
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.

xoxo
Carla

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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.
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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..
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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Day 96/1000 and it didn't rain!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Astonishingly, it didn't rain. It looked like it would, and we thought it would, but we made it to Tesco Extra and back without getting wet. :-) I actually remembered to time the walk each way this time. Well, almost. :-) I checked the time when we left the house (exactly 12.30pm) but forgot to check our arrival time at the store. Fortunately, the first thing I did there was get some cash out of the cash dispenser, and the receipt was timed and dated, so I was able to see that it was 1.05pm, so it takes 35 minutes to walk there.

It took 40 minutes to walk back. Dragging a heavy Wilbur slows us down a touch, plus we keep to the paths on the return trip rather than try and bounce a full Wilbur through the fields, so a corner that gets cut off on the way there doesn't get cut off on the return.

It also showed us that we spent a whole hour in the store! How we managed that beats me. We do end up going round in circles there though, because money problems being what they are we have to get what we NEED first, and then, if there is any cash left, we can get what we WANT! On this occasion I had a money off coupon, so I needed to get to 40 spend to get the 6 off the total. We were ever so good. We bought groceries only. :-) No DVDs, CDs or Games. :-) Just a stock-up shop at a discount. Shame in a way, but it needed doing.

So, that was an 8556 step walk (nearly 4 miles).

My hips were moaning a bit this evening, so I did 18 mins of Just Dancing, and that is my lot today. :-)

Food was slightly off. I went over on my fat. I thought I fancied a couple of mini pork pies for lunch. They put me over my fat allowance, and I have to admit that I really didn't enjoy them all that much. I guess tastes change as you move down this lifestyle path. I could have bought jam and cream doughnuts today as well, but I walked away without a qualm. Shame! I think I'd have enjoyed them more than the pork pies. LOL

That's me done for the day. Tired again, and looking forward to my bed. :-) Sinuses are playing up a little,which doesn't help.

Hope you are having/have had a Wonderful Wednesday!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SCREWIE 7/23/2011 1:22PM

    I love the Heeth Kwiff picture emoticon

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BOVEY63 7/21/2011 11:07AM

    Awesome walk - glad you didn't get wet.

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CARLA-216 7/21/2011 11:06AM

    I'm glad you didn't get rained on during that walk to/from Tesco.

Sorry you didn't really enjoy the pork pies. I'm finding the same with some things I used to *LOVE*. I've had cravings for a thing or two and if I have the object of my crave, it has been a letdown. So yeah, I think our tastes do change!

xoxo
Carla

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SENATOR9 7/21/2011 9:53AM

    Nice walk and you stay dried .

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ANNEMAC5 7/21/2011 4:05AM

    This weather is rotten, I am still on holiday from work this week and had plans for lots of out door work. Managed to do a lot in the garden yesterday as the ground is soft from the rain so I can weed and dig. You are doing well with your walking, I count 1mile as 2000 steps so I would have said you did over 4 miles. Weather not any better to-day but I have managed 30 min run before breakfast looks like a house work and tv day. emoticon

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_LINDA 7/20/2011 9:15PM

    Surprised not to get some cloud photos if you were worried about the skies opening up!! Well done being disciplined with your groceries!! Got to stretch those dollars!! I am with you donuts over pork pies, but then I am not a meat fan lol. Taste of Saskatchewan is giving me all I can handle with the sweets!!
Hope your hips and sinuses are better tomorrow and you get a good night's sleep!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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SILLYHP1953 7/20/2011 8:50PM

    I'm glad you stayed dry while you were getting all those steps!!

I lost my points and stuff on wii fit plus tonight. I moved it to a sd card, and somehow lost everything. So, I just started over. I had only just started last week anyway. But I learned a few things! I should experiment again while I only have 20 minutes in my fit piggy.

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WANDAH3 7/20/2011 8:06PM

    You are such an inspiration. I love reading your blogs. Thank you for being my check.
Hugs,
wanda

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Day 95/1000 Walkies!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Today I walked Sophie up at Highwoods for the first time in four weeks. It was lovely to be up there again. :-) Walked the three field circuit and then headed back home (50 mins). Other than that, all I've done is dance to six songs (18 mins) and played a lot of snowball fights on my Wii Fit Plus (13 mins)
I was going to do some strength training, but I didn't quite manage that.

Reached McLean, IL on Route 66 (68 miles today)
Land's End to John O'Groats = 10.4 miles in 3 days.

I stuck a label on the sitting room lightswitch today. Tara is a Harry Potter fanatic, so the label says 'lumos'. It took her two hours to notice it! LOLOL

Other than that it has been a quiet work day. I've been glued to the computer staring at beautiful photos of clouds for something like 7 hours in total! I do like my clouds! :-)



Have you seen my cloud?



I have some help looking out for it:



If you see it, do let me know. :-)


An atheist was spending a quiet day fishing when suddenly his boat was attacked by the Loch Ness monster. In one easy flip, the beast tossed him and his boat high into the air. Then it opened its mouth to swallow both. As the man sailed head over heels, he cried out, "Oh, my God! Help me!"

At once, the ferocious attack scene froze in place, and as the atheist hung in mid-air, a booming voice came down from the clouds, "I thought you didn't believe in Me!"

"Come on God, give me a break!!," the man pleaded. "Two minutes ago I didn't believe in the Loch Ness monster either!"

Hope your Tuesday is/was Terrific!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 7/20/2011 5:29PM

    A snowball fight sure sounds like fun - probably because it's so darn hot here.
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Love the pics as usual - always make me smile!
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CARLA-216 7/20/2011 11:51AM

    Hahaha! Love the feed the cats before dinner pic! That is pretty much how it is in my house with Charlie, whether you feed him first or not. He's a hopeless beggar, poorly trained by his humans! Love the atheist joke, too!

xoxo
Carla

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    I'll keep an eye out for your cloud!! I LOVED the pictures!! Great job!! Hope you have have a great day!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ODDLASS 7/20/2011 4:30AM

    Nothing like a good walk is there Lexie? more sunshine and walks I say!!

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_LINDA 7/19/2011 11:44PM

    So glad you could enjoy your woods again! I am going to be beside myself having no trails for three months and then probably nothing for another six months of winter, just rotten, rotten timing for this foot surgery:( Not much cloud gazing here lately, hot and sunny, just like we used to get a lot in our summers in the old days..
Love the joke lol!!
Have a Wonderful Wednesday!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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SILLYHP1953 7/19/2011 8:30PM

    I do so enjoy your sense of humor.
I'm glad you're back walking in the highwoods again.
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