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!
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!
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