Wednesday, October 26, 2011
You know the sort... No matter what you do or how you act, things just keep going wrong, until you reach the point where you can't wait to get to bed, go to sleep and start over tomorrow! LOL
Well, here I am, short on steps because I had a run in with my right hip and pulled a little something around my right shoulderblade as well. They will both likely be fine tomorrow, but my hip in particular niggled enough that I really couldn't push through like I normally would. Truth is, I'm hobbling a bit tonight.
That'll teach me not to overdo it on Tigger! :-) Normally I just jog on him, but today I took out my PT Rebounder DVD and did a couple of sessions, and the second session was a leap and twist too far, it would seem!
Of course, it didn't help that I'd already pushed myself holding squats for silly seconds with EA Sports Active. Easy - yeah, right! How many of you can hold a squat for 20 seconds? Guess who was stubborn enough to try ... twice!
Yeah, I know, that was my fault! LOL Well, if you don't try these things...
As if that wasn't bad enough, I've had to deal with the annoyance of a utility company bugging me for payment of a bill which actually isn't due for payment yet because they messed up royally when they switched me to a water meter. I've had to agree to make a payment I can't afford just to get them off my back, and as this all happened first thing this morning, it didn't exactly help my mood. A call to the ombudsman is in order I'm thinking, if the complaints department don't sort it out for me.
Fortunately, one of my dear Sparkfriends posted one of the funniest things I've ever read online, and it dissipated my bad mood just like that! If you want to see what restored my good humour, here it is:
It was a good job that was posted, because all the remaining niggles of the day went by with only the slightest of moans under my breath, and tired of the day as I am, at least I was still smiling ... just! :-)
And that smile was then broadened by another dear Sparkfriend who unexpectedly treated me to a kindness that I really appreciate too.
Tara is much better now. Whatever the bug was it finally let go of her, and to add to her happiness, her sister queued for 2 1/2 hours to get her a signed copy of Jacqueline Wilson's latest book at the Word Up Festival! It turned out to be a blessing in disguise that we couldn't go, because we'd have missed our return trains and been travelling at 11 at night if we'd had to queue that long.
So, here I am, very tired and more than ready for my bed, if I can prise Tara away from the music channels on the TV! :-)
Goodnight y'all! :-)
And these are all directed at the water company...
I know, but humour is my way of getting through the day! LOLOL
Monday, October 24, 2011
It is day 100 of my walk from land's End to John O'Groats. I have officially passed Liverpool and the Beatles and am heading for Southport. 386.6 miles in 100 days. I'm very happy with that. I've been aiming for 4 miles a day, but 3.86 miles per day is damned close!
When you think about the times when my health is a royal pain and stops me in my tracks, or at least slows me down. Yep, I'm doing good, so I am patting myself on the back. (Or I would if I could reach. LOL)
So, why a fresh start? Well, the last couple of months it has been hard to keep up with sparking. On a lot of occassions my inbox has become overwhelmed with spark emails because I just haven't had the time, and sometimes the energy, to keep up with all I'd have liked to. On a lot of days all I've managed to do is log in, spin the wheel and update my status.
So, Day 100:
A nice round number + a new A4 notebook to record my efforts = back to filling in my fitness tracker every day. :-)
So today's tracker looks good. For the time being the Strength Training section simply says EA Sports Active Personal Trainer, and I fill in the number of exercises under 'sets' so that I can see how many exercises I did.
Below that I'll record my steps. Current target is 7300 daily.
Below that is Mileage. I'll convert each activity into miles and minutes, which then automatically get translated into the Cardio section below the mileage without further effort from me. Today's only took a few minutes to input. :-)
My exercise today was:
EA Active: 17 exercises in 21 minutes
Cardio Burn video with Kendell Hogan - 10 minutes
Everybody Steps DVD with Gin Miller: sections 4, 5 and 6. - 27 minutes
That was a bit short of 7300 steps, by around 2500, but as I was feeling the Costo/Tietzes pain today, I allowed the steps from the grocery shopping to Waitrose and back count towards my total. So I've made my step count. :-)
I'm not using the nutrition tracker though. I used it for a long time and feel confident in my quantities now. I occasionally record a week or two in order to check my figures, but as long as the scale isn't going in the wrong direction, and my clothes are falling off me, I'm happy. I know I'm keeping up with freggies and water, and I weigh all my 'eyes bigger than my stomach' ingredients - potatoes, pasta, rice etc. :-)
I am also trying to get back to some of the team challenges I've been lax about lately. I plan to try and keep up with at least one challenge from each team I'm on. More if I can manage it. :-)
So that's the plan. Now I have it in writing watch me fall at the first hurdle! LOLOL
Actually, this would be a good hurdle...
Because if I can't summon the ooomph to leap over it, I can still walk around it and get my steps in! LOL
Have a Marvellous Monday!
We watched this film at the weekend. :-)
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Ah well, it can't be helped. We aren't going into London tomorrow for the Children's literary festival - Word Up! Unfortunately, Tara has been poorly all week, with some weird bug that has mostly affected her digestive system, causing a total loss of appetite, and her energy levels have been shot to pieces as a consequence. While I think she is turning the corner, her tiredness is definitely an issue when getting up before dawn and more than four hours of travelling is involved, never mind that she would find screaming kids hard to take in her weakened state of health (her autistic tendencies make her sensitive to loud noise at the best of times), and if her system starts to grumble out of range of loos, well... Nuff Said :-)
Thank the gods that Bryony hasn't actually paid out for anything yet. She had the tickets reserved, but was able to put them back for other people to buy (a perk of working for the company), and I was buying the train tickets on the day as the price wasn't going to be any cheaper by getting them in advance. So no harm, no foul, just a shame that Tara is missing out. Still, maybe Jacqueline Wilson will do something closer to home one day and she can see her then. :-)
On the plus side, I've been playing with EA Sports and have completed 7/20 routines from the challenge now. Still enjoying it, and I'm determined to complete the routines of the 30 day challenge, and then do the same again on the medium intensity and then the high intensity. After that I hope to set up some custom routines instead. :-) I'm so pleased that I have something that is encouraging me to get some strength training in. I like the Wii Fit Plus ST too, but this EA game is really working me out. :-) Its biggest advantage (so far, anyway) over Wii Fit Plus, is that its routines haven't had me prone. With the random routine generator on WFP, it doesn't let you screen out the exercises you can't do, whereas EA allows you to, but I haven't had to screen any out yet because everything has been done in an upright position. :-)
Today I am rather suffering because I got a bit carried away. After EA, I did 11 minutes of Aerobic Stepping, then I spent an hour (with short breaks between) working three 20 minute cardio routines from Colleen Nolan's Let's Get Physical exercise DVD. Now my bod is having a bit of a moan at me. I think my right leg would rise up and throttle me if only my body was that flexible! LOL :-) Never mind. I Will Survive! Hey, at least they had warm-ups, cool downs and stretches built in. :-)
I've filled another A5 notebook with all my exercise stats. Switching to an A4 one now. I'm about a mile from Liverpool on my Land's End to John O'Groats walk.
It says that I've walked 'Eight Days a Week' 'Across the Universe' on my 'Magical Mystery Tour' with my Nintendo DS, and that 'It Won't Be Long' before I'm sitting in an 'Octopus's Garden' 'When I'm Sixty Four' (48 actually, on 3rd Nov), getting by 'With A Little Help From My (Spark)Friends.
'The Long and Winding Road', well 'You Really Got a Hold On Me', and as I look out over the sea when I reach John O'Groats, I will spot the 'Yellow Submarine' and eat a slice of 'Wild Honey Pie' to celebrate. Then I'll get my 'Ticket to Ride' back to the start of the walk once more. 'That'll be the Day'! *grin*
In short, I've walked 383 miles in 99 days. :-)
So, now I'm cooking dinner for us both. A little pasta for Tara and some of that leftover Chicken Tagine for me. My mouth is watering already. :-)
Hope you've had a wonderful weekend! :-)
And I had to find a Beatles one, didn't I! LOL
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
It's ok, I won't keep you hanging, though the spider certainly was!
The question is:
What is the last thing you expect to see out of a Waitrose shop window?
Seriously! I was waiting at the customer service desk while the assistant went to double check the price of my apricots when a movement caught my eye. I looked towards the window, and spotted a plastic bag flying about in the wind, and there was - I kid you not - a large spider clinging to the side of the bag for all it was worth! The bag flew up and away from the window, with the spider still hanging on for dear life, and then they both disappeared from view.
Intrepid spider explorer! LOL
I wonder where it ended up...
Or maybe here...
In sporting news...
I messed about with EA Sports Active opersonal Trainer again. I'm trying to work out how the rest days work. I did the third routine on the third day and it shifted my rest days along a day as a result. Then I took a rest day on day four, did the 4th routine on day 5, and today (day 6) I've rested. I think that should bring the routine back to how it was originally set up. So tomorrow I get to do the fifth routine. I really feel the workouts. I've never used a resistance band before and my arms are getting the benefit, for sure! :-)
I've done loads of Wii Zumba the last couple of days, and loads of jogging with Wii Fit Plus too. On top of that I've danced a fair few Just Dance and Just Dance 2 songs. The EA game is giving me strength training, so I've been concentrating on cardio elsewhere. The Wii has certainly been getting a workout! :-)
My minimum daily step count is up to 7200 now. I try as far as possible to get those in during exercise, though I do cave when I have a long walk to do, like having to walk into town. Tomorrow, for instance, I may be going into town to pick up a couple of books I reserved at the library. I'm playing with my new slow cooker, so I'm looking for inspiration and all the slow cooker recipe books were either on loan or invisible last week when I looked. That's why I reserved a couple of titles.
And talking of the slow cooker, I made my first meal from scratch in it today. This is the recipe:
I made it exactly as specified (aside from serving it with rice and peas instead of couscous), and it was GORGEOUS! I was very greedy and ate a little more that I should have done, but as it is a really healthy dish, I think I can be forgiven, and I'll make sure to split the rest into less stomach-bloating portions for the freezer.
I bought thighs still on the bone because if you buy them already skinned and boned they are twice the price! It doesn't take long to cut the meat off with a pair of kitchen scissors and chunk it up. The total cost of the recipe was around £8, which if you stick to the eight portions the recipe poster suggests is incredibly cheap. Personally, once it has cooled, I'm expecting it to do about 5/6 portions, which is still very reasonable.
I am definitely making it again! :-)
To make use of the bones, tomorrow I'm boiling them up to save any meat still left on them, and making a chicken and veg soup in the slow cooker.
Then, on Friday, I hope to make a beef stew or something also in the slow cooker. :-) Yum!
The freezer is starting to fill up again. :-)
Hope today has been a good one for you all. I'll try and catch up with you all around Spark over the next few days. My inbox is jammed again! LOL
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Day 2 of the 30 Day Challenge on EA Active Personal Trainer, and it pushed things up a small notch.
Calorie Target: 122.4
Calories Burned: 133.6
Workout Time: 0:22:34
Exercises Completed: 18/18
Instead of 8 reps of strength exercises it upped to 10, 12, and in one case 16. It also started me on some basic tennis moves and added some high knees to my running. The tennis was harder than expected! I'm going to have to work on my backhand! :-)
I love how it varies your workout so you get to do enough variety not to get bored. As I bore easily during strength training, this should help no end! :-)
In other strange news, I played my very first game of Pokemon yesterday. Never thought that would happen, but Tara is a keen Pokemon fan, and she bought a couple of decks over the last three weeks and needed someone to play with so she can get used to using them. As it happens, it wasn't as boring as I thought it would be, and she may not have to tie me to the kitchen table to force me to play again. :-)
But at least I'm not this obsessed...
So, apart from EA Active, I also danced to 12 Just Dance songs (41 mins), and did some jogging on Wii Fit Plus (24 mins). Plenty of exercise for me today. :-)
Tomorrow is a rest day for EA Active, so I'll be playing elsewhere to get my kicks. :-)
Hope you are all having a great weekend! I'm off to bed to carry on reading my Monk book (from the TV series). Love that show and the books are just as funny, if not more so!
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