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Day 63. This is why I avoid exercising that involves being prone...

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Yoga Positions being demonstrated are...

Crocodile Twist for me, and Sideways-facing Dog for Sophie! LOL

She did 'Doggie Licking Contorted Human on the Chin Pose' first though. She knows when I'm vulnerable to her antics! *grin*

Can't believe it has been ten days since I last blogged or did anything on Sparkpeople aside from logging in and spinning the wheel. To say I've been going through a rough patch is an understatement, but I'm ticking over. Had a complete rest on Tuesday, and was so tired yesterday that after a very half-hearted 30 mins of cardio I gave up and rested again.

Today I've played with Wii Fit Plus Yoga and Muscle, and hope to get some cardio in once my legs stop shaking! LOL

I am hoping that I may feel better next week. Costo has got such a good grip on me that it is exhausting, and the sinuses are still being a problem, though they are at least improving, albeit slowly.

Weight is a steady 12 stone 6 ish, so I lost the couple of pounds that crept up on me the week before last. 12 stone 5 3/4 lbs is still my lowest weight so far. Hoping to beat that soon. :-)

So that's it really. Just thought I'd pop by and give you a laugh. :-)
Enjoy your weekend.
Lex xxx
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SHARJOPAUL 9/18/2011 2:11PM

    Living with a dog and a cat I understand the probkem of exercising with them around.

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ODDLASS 9/18/2011 12:57PM

    Love the photo, If we still had our pooch , he would have been very much the same!

We all need a break now and then, and if you are still working with your Costo, not like you are sleeping all day!

In fact, I have now put these little breaks into my plan! work on it, have short week or so rest if you feel low in motivation, just try to maintain as much as possible, bounce back at it .... works for me.

Feel better soon X


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SASSYBLONDE69 9/18/2011 11:56AM

    Yeah, I have a long haired cat who always wants to lay exactly where my face needs to be! They do make us laugh though.

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LIFEISSWEET2 9/18/2011 11:17AM

    As always thanks for the big grin on my face...what a cute yoga partner! I can't let Bud in the house when I am exercising or he'll do more than lick (he's a knock 'em to the floor kinda of dog!).

I hope you are feeling better very soon.

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CING56 9/18/2011 8:23AM

    Hi, hope you're feeling a bit better. Your blog made me laugh - which is good when you've just discovered you've put on half a stone!!!
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ZURDTA- 9/18/2011 4:18AM

    Get well soon.

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SCREWIE 9/18/2011 4:02AM

    Sorry to hear you're unwell. Hope it gets better soon.


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BOVEY63 9/17/2011 5:52PM

    Love the way Sophie exercises with you.
I hope today and the upcoming week are much better one for you.

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    haha replace your dog with my nearly two year old boy and I can relate! Complete with licks!

I hope you feel better soon.

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ANNEMAC5 9/17/2011 12:05PM

    Loved the picture, good yoga positions both of you. Sorry you are having a hard time health wise. Great that your weight is in control. take care.
Anne x

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WANDAH3 9/17/2011 11:42AM

    I love that Sophie does her Yoga with you *grin*


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SENATOR9 9/17/2011 10:47AM

    Get well soon Have a nice weekend

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LOVESLIFE48 9/17/2011 10:17AM

    So sorry to hear you are under the weather. I hope you feel better soon!! emoticon

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Day 50: A Little Motivation Makes a Lot of Difference!

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Today I decided to just do enough Cardio to make my minimum daily step target of 6800 steps, which is a bit over three miles.

To achieve that, I...

Walked 2 Miles with Leslie Sansone = 32 mins
Did my Just Dance and JD2 Bingo - 6 songs = 20 mins
Wii Fit Plus Jogging = 10 mins

This gave me a total of 7610 steps, and I thought I'd be more than happy with that...

...Until I checked my progress on the Land's End to John O'Groats walk on my Nintendo DSiXL game Active Health.

It said I'd walked 198.6 miles in 50 days. Oooh, that was so tantalisingly close to the 4 miles a day average I've been aiming for on that walk, that after I let my breakfast settle I just HAD to try for that last mile and a half.

Enter Kendell Hogan and his Slim Down cardio Burn 30 minute video.


It is official! I have an average distance of 4 miles a day. Now all I have to do is keep it up! :-)

Have a great day everyone!
Lex xxx
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    Wahey! Go you!!!

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CARLA-216 9/6/2011 2:53PM

    That's tee-totally terrific, Lexie! 4 miles a day is amazing!


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BOVEY63 9/4/2011 11:09PM

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SROUS1340 9/4/2011 4:47PM

    Awesome, like you say he challenge is to keep it up! Go for it!

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JUNA89 9/4/2011 11:34AM

    Good for you! emoticon

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    Good for YOU! Congrats. emoticon

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WANDAH3 9/4/2011 10:25AM

    Woo Hoo...congratulations on achieving your goal. You Rock!

Have a wonderful day, enjoy the time the day allows you.


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Day 49: A Little Competition For You :-)

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Not much to report today. I danced to 18 Just Dance and Just Dance 2 songs = 61 mins and 5773 steps (2.62 miles)
I also tested about 4 albums worth of songs for use with Tigger and Roo, which added another 3000 or so steps to the collection. :-)

That was it for exercise. I've spent the bulk of the day clearing out my inbox, and catching up on Sparkpeople. It has been very enjoyable and relaxed, with Costo mostly behaving itself. :-)

And soon I'll be heading to bed for some reading before lights out. :-)

Now for the competition:

I got a phonecall from Virgin Media this morning - unsolicited of course, *sigh* - and you know it is going to be problematic when the person on the end of the phone says in their opening gambit "I'm So-and-so from Such-and-such Company, and how are you doing today?" You know they don't have the slightest interest in how you are doing, and it is only a ploy they are told to use to get you talking so they can continue their sales pitch.

So, I'm looking for suggestions for replies that will stop them in their tracks. The funnier the response the better. A nice goodie to the winner of the best suggestion. :-)

Anyway, this person went on to tell me that they would like to upgrade my internet so that I can receive three times faster broadband than I already have. Sounds good, doesn't it, until I said, "And is this a free service you are offering to loyal customers?" Uh, no! There is a one off fee of £30 for a replacement modem! I asploded! Told the woman that I considered it an appalling cheek to charge a long term customer an extortionate fee just to replace a modem, and that it was really rotten customer service. Then I put the phone down.

I signed a contract with NTL in June 2001, and when Virgin took the company over a couple of years later, I stayed with them, and have been a customer, in total, for more than ten years! I don't feel, therefore, that I should have to pay for standard upgrades. My loyalty should be worth a free modem, don't you think? :-)

Truth be told I don't feel the need for faster broadband anyway. It is the principle of the thing. :-)

Oh I am becoming a Grumpy Old Woman in my Middle Age. LOLOL


Have a great weekend! :-)
Lex xxx
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    Haha, I like Screwie's answer too. I think telling them they have a cheek is a good way to go to be honest. They do try and railroad you. I just got off the phone to British Gas who were trying to thank me for sticking with them by putting an extra £3 a month onto my bill for boiler repairs. (I would still have to pay an amount if i used this service) Luckily I rent so I let her do her spiel then said 'I dont pay for that stuff anyway, so no thanks. Byyye.'

Once when I was a naive 18 year old I worked in a call center trying to drum up business for a new gym. They had the most horrendous script which basically began with the ususal 'You've been specially selected ' (from a page in the phone book which I was alocated this morning). The thing that made me feel ill was that it said in this script if anyone proferred an excuse of "Well I'm 86 so a gym wouldn't be much use to me..." We were meant to reply with "Ahhh is that 86 years old or 86 years young? What harm will it do you to come and have a look? How's X day?" How corny and slimy is that?! I feel guilty even now.

E x

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CARLA-216 9/6/2011 2:51PM

    I'm liking SCREWIE's response...a lot! But in reality, I do what Tea does.


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MNOT2THICK 9/5/2011 9:43AM

    I tell them Thank you but I am not interested and please remove my number from their database and indicate I do not want to be bothered. I also indicate I will report them if I recieve anymore calls. emoticon

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BOVEY63 9/4/2011 11:08PM

    I do like LINDA does and don't answer numbers I don't recognize. If it's important they will leave a message and I can choose whether or not to call back. It is amazing how companies have so many great offers for new customers yet never give long-term customers any incentives to stay or say "thank you for your patronage."

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_LINDA 9/3/2011 10:29PM

    I have call display, so I don't answer strange long distance numbers as these calls always originate from out of province areas.. I also have an unlisted number which cuts down on some of the chafe.
That is awful about the modem. They upgraded ours here for free when needed.
Hope your Costo stays away,
Linda xxx

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SCREWIE 9/3/2011 7:23PM

    It's so nice of you to ask. Nobody cares about anyone these days like you do!
I've been having a really awful time lately and I could really do with someone there for me.
It started last year when I lost my job. A couple of months later my husband left me for a 20 year old big busted blonde and even my children think she's the sh*ts. In July I started receiving repossession notifications from the bank as I couldn't keep up with my mortgage payments. Luckily I've been managing to hold them off thanks to a nice little job I found as an escort, but my looks aren't what they were and that won't last much longer. Last week I had to take both the cat and the dog to the vet, which I can hardly afford, but the worst thing is that they both may have to be put down as their illnesses can't be treated and they are in constant pain. They are the only two beings in my life who seem to care about me, and what will I do without them!
If that weren't enough, my neighbour's children have been harassing me and throwing stones at me every time I am in my garden.
I really can't cope with all this any longer...

*cue hysterical sobbing*

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SENATOR9 9/3/2011 7:08PM

    Easy I pickup the phone they talk I put the phone down and go about my business They talk to dead air When I have time I go hang up the phone emoticon

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Day 48: I got my books! :-)

Friday, September 02, 2011

Thursday's (day 47) exercise:

Two Mile walk with Leslie Sansone (held 2lb weights for ten minutes of the time to get a little upper work in - bicep curls and such)

Town and back.

You already know about that, of course, from yesterday's blog. :-)

I didn't do any other scheduled exercise, but as I did a total of12836 steps = 5.83 miles I think that is acceptable. :-)


I knew I might get a call from the bookshop today so I planned not to do much exercise, just in case. However, I couldn't resist getting some in while the Costo was ok. So I did the 20 Minute Zumba Beginner class 2. Then I did a ten minute Cardio Burn video with Kendell Hogan.

Then I decided to do the weekly Lotto Challenge on the Wii Fit Plus, which consisted of:
Super Hula Hoop = 6 mins
Step Plus = 5 mins
Cycling advanced = 8 mins
Driving Range approach shot = 5 mins
Bird's-eye Bull's-eye beginner = 2 mins
Tilt City advanced = 2 mins
Tilt Table Plus = 3 mins
Total = 32 minutes.

So that was an hour of exercise, after planning to only do half of that. LOL

Then I went shopping to Waitrose, and got back from that trip out only to get a phonecall half an hour later from the bookshop to say the books had arrived. How's that for service? Only a day to wait from order to arrival!

It was about 1/4 to 4 at this time, and I dithered for a minute because my hips were a bit achy, but then flung on my shoes, grabbed my bag and a bottle of water and walked into town to get them.

By 5pm I was back home with my lovely new books! With an aching bod, but with lovely new books! :-) With close to 15000 steps walked and danced, and with lovely new books!!!

Did I mention my lovely new books? LOL

So, the Costo/Tietze's hasn't been too bad today. I'm a bit breathless and achy tonight, and my lower bod got one heck of a workout today, but it's all good. I'm actually thinking that as my muscular strength improves it is helping to lessen the impact somewhat.

Well, I'm away to my bed with my books! :-)
Have a good rest of Friday.
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 9/3/2011 10:49AM

    So tell us, did you get your lovely new books? *grin*

Great job on all those steps today! I'm glad the Costo/Tietze's wasn't very bad. Could very well be that having more strength is helping with that. I hope so!


PS: that last pic looks like my Seymour.

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SENATOR9 9/3/2011 9:55AM

    Enjoy your weekend

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SCREWIE 9/3/2011 8:01AM

    Books cure all :)))

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_LINDA 9/2/2011 10:33PM

    Well done Lexie!! That is just awesome!! Fantastic steps!! Enjoy your new books, you have certainly earned them!! Hope your Costo doesn't get up and you can enjoy your weekend!
Linda xxx

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Day 47: Costo Walloped Me But Good!!! But Epic Wins Despite It!

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Thanks everyone for your kind comments regarding losing our Elder Tree. :-) I really appreciate them.

Wednesday's (day 46) Exercise:

Zumba. Tried to do the two beginner 20 minute classes in Zumba Party mode, but the Tree Guy turned up partway through Beginner Class 1, and I forgot to pause it when I answered the door. Hey, I was willing to answer the front door dressed in my exercise gear! Epic Win!!! LOL

So, having guestimated that I'd danced for 15 minutes before getting interrupted, I started Beginner Class 1 again and completed it. Total minutes = 40 (The class is twenty mins full on dancing plus a cool down routine)

I'll do Beginner Class 2 next time. :-)

Then I gained 960 steps from the several hours of housework, which surprised me. :-)

Just Dance and Just Dance 2 Bingo - 6 songs = 22 mins

No specific strenth training this time ... sorry core! :-)
Total steps: 7434 = 3.38 miles

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Today - Thursday:

Went almost without a hitch. :-)

Epic Win Number One:

Woke before the alarm went off at ten to seven. Way too early for me normally, but with the Council Rep due between 9 and 11 am, I wanted to do at least 30 mins of exercise and have some breakfast before she came. And I did, though my nerves meant eating brekkie was a struggle. If someone had told me a year ago that I would be setting my alarm that early to make sure I got some exercise in, I'd have thought they were off their chump! LOL

Epic Win Number Two - and a hiccup:

The Council Rep turned up at 9.20 and was gone by 9.35. It was all very straightforward, and the only problem, from what she said, is the fact that it will take a couple of months before they confirm that they will still pay towards my rent and council tax. Apparently they are behind with their paperwork. So what's new? They are always behind with their paperwork. The last time I went through this they suspended my payments until the paperwork was done and I got threatened with eviction before it was sorted out because it took so long. Majorly stressful!!! The lady told me that wouldn't happen this time, but to be frank, I don't believe her, being as it isn't the first time I've heard this (the different departments don't communicate, which is crazy!), so things may well get sticky again before all this is sorted at their end.

Another Slight Hiccup:

But, as she was gone in good time, and I had a £25 Book Token burning a hole in my purse (thankyou so much my lovely friends), Tara and I headed into town. Everything was fine to start with. We checked out the charity shop on the way and Tara spotted High School Musical 2, so I asked the lady to put it back for us to pick up on the way home because I only had a ten pound note and didn't want to rob them of their change. Then we went on a crop top hunt for Tara but the only ones we could find she didn't like so that was a bust (pardon the pun) LOL.

Massive Hiccup!

We were walking towards HMV so that Tara could see if there was anything she could afford when I was gripped by the worst Costochondritis attack that I'd had for some time. I'd been so stressed by the whole paperwork thing that once I started to relax - WHACK!!! Full on belt tightening right round my chest and I could barely breath for ten minutes, as anything more than the shallowest of breaths sent shooting pains right through me. I rummaged in my purse for my painkillers - Gone! Fortunately we were within crawling distance of Boots, so I struggled in there to the pharmacy counter at the back of the shop and asked for some co-codamol. I must have looked dreadful, because shop assistant gave me a worried look and offered to get me a glass of water to take the pills! :-)

I staggered back outside and sat on a wall in the shade of some trees, swallowed the pills and told my body very sternly that I've wanted the books I was after for over a year, and now that I finally had the chance to get them, I wasn't letting my body ruin my day ... so there! Right on cue the pain eased, which left me knowing that I was good to go for a couple of hours or so before the rest of the pain settled in. Thank the gods that the way Costo affects me is reasonably predictable once it starts. There is no warning before the first excrutiating pain hits, but once it does I have a fair idea of what to expect.

Smoother Sailing:

So, off we went, making it to HMV this time. Tara couldn't find anything though, and I was worried about how much time we had, so off we went to the first book store. I normally go to Red Lion Books because they are just so nice in there. However, I wanted to see if Waterstones had either of the books in store first, in the hope that I might be able to get away without ordering them.

Do you remember me enthusing last year about a TV Series about reading the symbolism in churches? Well the first book is the book of the series, and the second is an English translation of the Bestiary at the Bodleian Library, complete with the illustrations.



I know why I always use Red Lion Books. :-) I went into Waterstones first to see if they had either book in stock and they didnít, said the church book was currently unavailable due to reprinting, and the Bestiary would take two weeks to arrive Ė payment in full in advance!

In Red Lion Books, yes the book is in the process of reprinting, but this is because they have added in a whole load of full colour photographs from the TV series, and the new edition will cost £25 hardback when it comes out. However, the original version, with line drawings, is still available Ė for a tenner! Plus they can also get the Bestiary for me for £14.99. Plus the guy in the shop knows all the books I was looking at and told me that Iíll love the Bestiary and for a paperback, it is remarkably well illustrated and Iíll be very happy with it. Both books will be here in a couple of days! Ė not weeks!!!

I donít understand Waterstones. They used to be an excellent bookstore, but now the staff donít seem to care whether they make a sale or not. Needless to say I ordered the books through RLB, and they didn't even want a deposit! I'm so excited! it will make a change to look forward to the phone ringing, knowing that it might be my books arriving and not some automated voice going on about payment protection insurance! Three calls today!!! Seriously!!!

Then we went into Hughes to pay the washing machine rental, and while I was there I asked about renting a TV. Ours is dying, and I can't afford to buy a new one. I got offered a great deal because I am already a customer of theirs, and they will be here on Tuesday to install our modern HD, Freeview, 26" TV and stand. I'm going to be doing the Wii Stuff all Posh like! LOLOLOL

After that, we went to WH Smith so that Tara could buy a Neopets card, and then we headed for home, Tara remembering that we needed to pick up the DVD from the charity shop. As we walked round the corner there, staring right at me was a glorious black and white etching of an Owl that bears a remarkable resemblance to Athena's Owl, sitting on a tree in a graveyard, with the church in the background and a full moon peeping out from behind some clouds.

Let's count all the things about this picture that meant Lexie had to have it! :-)

Black and white - Owl - Athena - Tree - Church - Moon

Epic Win for £1.50, all nicely framed in an antique gold effect frame.

So, when we got home, I put the pic up on the wall, and Tara decided to watch her DVD. I got sucked in too, because it wouldn't work in our PS2 or our PS2 slim, so I had to put it in my computer, where it worked just fine.

To complete our day, we had nommy prawn and mayo sarnies for lunch, and I had fish curry for dinner. And now I am exhausted, and the Costo pain is getting much worse, so I'm about to sign off, grab some more painkillers, and head for my bed. :-) I think I'm in for a doozy of an episode this time, judging by how it feels right now.

Have a Terrific Thursday! :-)
Lex xxx
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SCREWIE 9/2/2011 3:09PM

    The problem with Waterstone is that until recently they weren't sure what would become of them. That doesn't make for motivated staff.
The guy who's in charge of it now hopefully with bring it back up to better than it was before the whole mess began. If he follows the style he used in his own chain, Waterstone will become like the small local bookstores.
It was on the news today that he's ending the 3 for 2 policy and replacing for cheaper titles all around.

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BOVEY63 9/2/2011 12:42PM

    Sure hope you are feeling better today!
Another great job on the exercise and so happy things went well with the council rep. I always find it frustrating that we have to have our paperwork in by a deadline and yet they seem to have no deadlines.

So glad you will have your books and TV soon, and that Tara found some awesome bargains.

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CARLA-216 9/2/2011 11:26AM

    Boo to the Costo attack! I hope it fools you and doesn't stay around long this time.

Other than that, it sounds like a really good day. I'm glad the council visit went well, and that you got your books ordered. And how neat the owl etching you found. It was meant for you to see it there as you rounded the corner!

Sending good thoughts that you feel better real soon, friend!


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SENATOR9 9/2/2011 6:35AM

    Rough start Good finnish emoticon

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ZURDTA- 9/2/2011 3:51AM

    A lovely day - despite your attack. Hope everything is okay xx

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/2/2011 1:34AM

    Glad to hear the day improved.I am back from hols and trying to get caught up!hugs,Cheri

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