Friday, October 14, 2011
Yay, I finally got to set up my new (to me) EA Active Personal Trainer today and try it out! :-)
The equipment that comes with it is interesting. You get a leg strap which sits round your thigh and holds the nunchuk during some of the exercises. You also get the most bizarre resistance band I've ever seen. It comes as a long plastic strip and two handles that you attach to the plastic. I was dubious when I saw it, but I followed the instructions and it works really well.
EA also works with the balance board as an optional extra, so I activated that too. :-)
To start with you have to set up your profile, which was fun because I work in inches and pounds, and EA works in centimetres and kilos. Fortunately, my work tape measure has both inches and centimetres on it, and my Weightwatcher scales do kilos as well as pounds, so it was only a temporary stumbling block. Like a couple of minutes. LOL
Then I set up to do the 30-day challenge. I've set it to the lowest intensity to start with, and it gave me a total of just under 20 minutes of actual exercise today, even though I was actually using it for an hour!
The reason for the discrepancy was that as it was my first time using it, there was a lot to set up, and every exercise is explained with a video before you do it for the first time. Even though I knew how to do some of them, I still watched the videos and learned a couple of things I didn't know, like when you do side lunges you should have your weight in your heel. It helps to stop your knees tracking over your feet. Doing them that way made them feel more stable than my usual ones, so that's good. I shall be applying that knowledge to the wii fit plus side lunges next time I do them. :-)
You can't cheat with EA Active. If you don't do the move right you don't get a point, so you have to work at it, which is great. I also discovered that I can still use my mini trampoline for the running, which protects my joints. I did try and run on the floor initially, but found keeping the pace up difficult. On the trampoline it worked much better for me.
Oh, and it works on a rota of two days of exercise, one rest day, two days exercise, one rest day, and so on...
So, at the end of my first session:
I had exercised for 19 mins 10 secs.
The projected calorie burn was 104.4 and I burned 111.7 calories.
I completed 16/16 exercises.
I added 1147 steps to my pedometer.
All in all I enjoyed it. The slight irritation caused by having to switch between different equipment for the different exercises was mitigated by the fact that it was just so much fun to tangle up in the swap-overs. *grin* During my first attempt at kickboxing the leg strap slid down round my ankle, causing some distraction and a lot of laughs as I tried to get it off! LOL It wasn't in use at the time because the boxing and kickboxing has you holding the nunchuk in your hand not in the leg strap. Later, while trying to discard the resistance band, I got it hopelessly tangled in the nunchuk cord.
I'm looking forward to tomorrow. The game hinted that there will be tennis included in the exercises. :-)
I wish I could write more but I'm really tired, so I'm calling it a night. :-)
Hope you have all had a great day.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
It has been a good day today so far. I got woken by the postie first thing, as he was clutching a package for me. Oddlass very kindly offered me her copy of EA Active Personal Trainer, as she didn't have the time to devote to it. I covered her expenses and it saved me £20, as it would have cost a lot more to buy locally, and it was on my Wii games wishlist. She had snagged it at a car boot. :-) The game arrived today, and I can't wait to set it up and have a play.
Thanks Oddlass for thinking of me! *blows kiss*
And that wasn't all that arrived on my doorstep. Yesterday I had a bright yellow paper bag put through our letterbox, with a note on it to say that if I put it outside by 9am today, I'd get a free box of cereal - All Bran Golden Crunch. I've tried All Bran and Branflakes and they dry my mouth out, but what the hey, if this proves to do the same, someone else in the neighbourhood would probably like them, and if it turns out to be nice, then I win a free breakfast. Turns out I win 8 free breakfasts. It was a 360g box! I opened the pack and munched one of the clusters, and it has a lovely flavour - almost toffee-like. I think I'll have some for breakfast tomorrow. :-)
I clocked up 9500 steps going shopping at Tesco Extra, and we took advantage of a lot of cut prices and special offers in the process, plus had a drop of alcohol on the way home courtesy of a premix promotion van that had set up shop outside the store. I had a nice drop of Vodka and Coke with Lime out of a can. LOL Nothing like a shot of alcohol to fortify you for a long walk home dragging a heavy shopping trolley! I highly recommend it.
Now I'm sitting at my computer writing this and listening to Pointless. I LOVE this show. It is such good fun, and Tara and I really enjoy trying to beat the contestants with our pointless knowledge. :-)
Types of Whales: Go! *grin*
So, as I've done such a lot of steps today and my right hip is complaining I'll have to be patient and not play with my new game until tomorrow, or even Friday, because I really need to go into town tomorrow if possible. I want to raid the library for Crockpot Cookery Books, Tara wants me to pick up something for her from Game, and I'm after a pair of slippers, and a belt to hold up my jeans as my ever shrinking waist is even making my size 16s bag a bit.
Hope you are all having a great day!
Surreal Cereal on my doorstep!
A Shot of Alcofrol:
Proper Dresscode For Using EA Active:
Friday, October 07, 2011
...but it has been two weeks! Well, to be fair, if you read my last blog you'll know I've been contending with a fair bit of, um, pain and stuff recently. So I resorted to my default level of Sparking ... Log in, spin the wheel, update my status, try and do something else, but basically be too lacking in get up and go to do much more.
The important thing for me was getting in whatever exercise I could manage, and at least writing it up in my notebook, even if I didn't transfer the info to Spark. I have occasionally dipped into my inbox, but it has been a struggle, as the 80-odd links to friends blogs that are still untouched attest. I do hope all is well with you and I should manage to start catching up with you all in the next few days (I hope).
So, a pain update:
Bumpy is behaving himself. Occasional twinges, but basically going on as normal now that he has settled back down. I'm carrying on making sure I wear tight clothes to stop him doing his Alien impression during exercise, and grabbing him when I cough or sneeze, to keep him safe. We did consider changing his name to Herman, now that I know he is a hernia, but he has been called Bumpy for so long that I couldn't get used to a change of name now. :-)
Costo has finally calmed down, aside from the odd twinge too. It was a month-long run this time, which is a worry. On the up-side though, it still stopped eventually.
Wee was given the all-clear so the infection wasn't anything worse. Yay!
And my health check went really well, though it was nowhere near as thorough as I had expected.
My cholesterol is fine, well within normal parameters.
So is my blood-sugar.
My weight was a joke though. The old scales I stood on said 12 stone 11, even though I was 12.4 that morning on my Weightwatcher ones. She did allow a few pounds for my clothes though, and said I was as close to healthy as made no odds weight-wise, with a BMI of 25.5 and they want it under 25, so I was on target for that too, more or less.
And that was it! No questions, so I wasn't able to ask about anything that worried me, i.e. my varicose veins, etc.
But she did say that according to their data there was only a 2% chance of me having a heart attack in the next five years! :-) That is good to know. It might make the costo pain less stressful if I keep telling myself the odds of the chest pain it causes really being a heart attack are only one in fifty!!! :-)
In other news...
I treated myself to a slow cooker. It is a nice big one, built to cook meals for 5-6 people. Even though there are only two of us in the house, and sometimes what I cook for me, Tara won't eat, there is method in my madness. Firstly, we do have extra guests sometimes, so a bigger crock pot will be handy then. Secondly, it will be very economical to cook a large chicken in the crock pot, and then divide it up into portions for the freezer. Also, casseroles cook up beautifully in a crock pot, with plenty of leftovers for the freezer too. And keeping the freezer stocked makes it run more efficiently, and therefore more economically.
We are getting solar panels for the roof!!!
The council are doing it as part of their getting greener initiative. Around 2000 of their south-facing roofs are being targetted, and I'm really excited, not least because we will get around £150 worth of free electricity each year! The way it works, apparently, is that during daylight hours our gadgets will run off the electricity generated by the panels, reverting to the usual electricity supply in the evenings. The amount of electricity generated is enough to run a washing machine or a hoover, for instance, but not necessarily the two at once, so we are advised to run our gadgets during the day one at a time to make the most of the free electricity. At the end of each day, any electricity we haven't used gets sold to the national grid, with the Council getting a percentage of the income to feed back into their Green Initiatives budget.
How superbly cool is that?!?!?! As I work from home, I'll really be able to maximise the benefits! Hee hee!
TOM is playing havoc with my weight. I got to a low of 12 stone 3 3/4 last week - a weight I haven't seen in years - but today I am up to 12 stone 8 3/4!!! That is a number I had hoped not to see again! LOL
But I've kept up with my exercise most days. My minimum daily step target is now 7100 steps. My Land's End to John O'Groats walk is going well.
I've walked 316 miles in 82 days, wich equals 3.85 miles per day. So I've dropped a bit from the 4 miles per day average, but there is still plenty of time to build back up again, as I still have 595 miles to go! :-)
And talking of exercise, I'm off to do some now.
Have a terrific Thursday!
Saturday, September 24, 2011
The leaves are already starting to turn the myriad shades of yellow, orange and red that makes autumn my absolutely favourite time of year. As you can see I have decorated my spark page in an autumn motif, and I'm already feeling calmer, which is no mean feat considering all that I am currently dealing with. I wish I could go sit on the bench under that tree for a while. That would be fabulous!
So, my health has taken something of a leap off the high-diving board, but has fortunately landed me in deep enough water that I haven't banged my head, and I can tread water or swim to shore bit by bit as the various issues are addressed.
Let's count how many health problems Lexie is dealing with, just for fun.
Costochondritis and Tietze's, which I lump together, if you'll pardon the pun. Still being a prize pain in the chest. When the doctor accidentally tapped the Tietze lump yesterday I nearly hit the ceiling! Been more than three weeks this time, which is unusual for me.
My heart is doing its palpitations thing, but that may have been due to the accidental consumption of some caffeine yesterday. I stopped drinking caffeine drinks after being told it might help stop the palpitations, but occasionally I accept a cuppa at a friend's and forget that it has caffeine in.
Sinuses are a bit bunged but are doing better than they were.
Urinary tract infection - the fun just keeps coming, doesn't it. LOLOL
On antibiotics for that, and the doc has sent a sample to the lab cos he didn't like the look of it. Get the results next wed.
Hernia! This was a surprise! I went to the doctor's yesterday with an infection and came out with a hernia, which is a neat trick if you can manage it. LOL It turns out that what I thought was belly fat I couldn't get rid of after Tara's birth has been harbouring a wee guest, in the form of a hernia. I did wonder why that bit felt different from the rest, but I didn't realise you could get hernias from C-sections. The doc told me to cough because he wanted to check for hernias lower down as a possible cause of the pain, and instead got this gopher popping up to say hello from the middle of my tummy. The look of horrified fascination on his face was an absolute picture:
"Cool! Flash! Do that again!"
No, he didn't really say that, but he did ask me to cough again for a repeat performance. I'm not going to forget the look on his face for a while! LOL I did wonder why when I have a coughing fit I have to clutch my stomach to stop it hurting, but as there was no pain or anything otherwise, I never mentioned it to anyone. I named the bulge Bumpy and never gave it a second thought.
Who knew I had Alien hiding in my womanly folds for fifteen years!!!
So, I have an appointment to see the surgeon in a few weeks to discuss options on the whole 'cut me open and fix it' thing. The doc thinks it may be causing some of my pain, though I'm not convinced, but as it can be fixed using keyhole surgery, and he was so nice, I agreed to the appointment. :-)
Plus, on Wednesday I'm booked in for a health check. Apparently I'll get my cholesterol checked among other things. I'll get my test results back at the same time. I should probably mention to them that my varicose veins are getting out of hand then too. Might as well get the whole bod overhaul experience and have done with it. I wonder if they can do them at the same time as the hernia? :-)
So, that's enough of my health woes.
Would you believe that in spite of all this I got my minimum steps in every day this week? I did a lot of walking - Tesco Extra Wednesday, Town and back Monday AND Thursday, and the doctor/chemist circuit yesterday, plus I've been doing a slightly less active version of my Just dance 2 songs when I felt up to it. So not a lot of specific cardio, but at least I've been moving.
In my Land's End to John O'Groats walk, I've reached Hereford and have walked 273.8 miles in 70 days. It falls 6 miles short of my 4 mile a day average target, but hopefully I'll be able to build it back up when the pain eases. I'm still very pleased with how that's going. :-)
My weight has played up a bit this week, but I am back to 12 stone 6 3/4lbs today. I had a pasty on Monday which was a nommy treat, and we had hot dogs for dinner on Thursday (sausages in baps actually), so not the healthiest couple of meals, but all in all not too bad. Water is more or less on target, and the fruit and veg is good aside from the pasty day and the sausage day. Can I count ketchup as a freggie? LOL
We have something exciting on our calendar for October to take my mind off the impending hospital visit. My eldest works for a company called Ways With Words, which hosts Literary Festivals around the country. This year they are running the box office for a children's festival in London
Tara and I are travelling into London on the Monday to spend the day at the festival and see her second-fave author - Jacqueline Wilson (her fave being JK Rowling, who else! LOL). We also have tickets for Christopher Lloyd's entertaining evolution talk. As Bry will be there doing her thing for Ways With Words, I'll get to spend time with both my girls for a few hours. It is 2 hours of travel each way, but it will be worth it. :-)
The only slight irritant is that I had planned to go back to Constable Country that week to see the autumn colours, and will now have to play dodge the TOM to try and visit on my birthday the following week instead. But I'm sure it will all pan out in the end. :-)
So, some good things to look forward to, in spite of everything. :-)
Now to see what I can do about my bulging inbox...
Have a great weekend.
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