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A Week in Review: 11-17 July

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Not Bad! Not bad at all, if I do say so myself. I am still exploring where my challenges are and how to meet them, but some where I thought I hadn't done so well have actually surprised me. Of course there have also been patches where I thought I had done better than I actually did, but you can't have everything, and what I do have I am pretty pleased with.
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Nutrition:
I have exceeded my water minimum comfortably:
10, 8, 8, 10, 8, 10, 9 = 63/56

For someone who three weeks ago would barely drink two or three glasses a day this is my best victory.

This morning, and I am still in shock over this myself, I got up, grabbed a 16 oz bottle of water, went out for my walk, came back and did my bootcamp, grabbed a yogurt and finished the water while filling in my fitness log, then grabbed a slice of toast and bovril and a glass of fruit juice. I sat down to eat that and suddenly realised I haven't had a cup of tea yet today! I've been up for nearly two hours, by which time I would normally be into my second mugful! (Must text my eldest and tell her this. She'll never believe me! LOL)

I normally manage to get my five fruit and veg every day, with only the very occasional miss but I had one particularly impressive day with that:
6, 5, 5, 10, 7, 6, 7 = 46/35

The ten f&v day included a vegetarian dinner of spinach and mushroom lasagne, with 4 veg portions on the side. nom nom nommy!

The Nutrition basics were OK. I give myself 6 out of 10. Definitely room for improvement:
The number of days I was within the target range were:
Calories - 4/7
Carbs - 5/7
Fat - 4/7
Protein - 3/7

A few of those misses were only a few points out, and I only had one really bad day when I went way over target on my fat and calories. Getting the minimum protein is my big problem, and I'm not sure how to fix it. Too much protein in a meal and my stomach feels like a lead balloon and I even feel a bit sick for a good two or three hours. I need to really explore this issue and see what can be done to improve it. I suspect it is the type of protein that is the problem.

Fitness:
Mark Fenton's 52 Week Walking Plan (warm up week one)
Each day there was a ten minute walk scheduled (SMWTF) I did the warm ups on p.7 and the scheduled walk from the table on p.3. I do them first thing in the morning, which is something else I never envisaged myself doing - leaping out of bed and exercising before starting the day! This morning I found myself so awake and full of energy when I got back that I went straight to the computer to do my Bootcamp instead of getting breakfast first. It felt so good to do this that I hope I'll be able to keep it up.

And talking of Bootcamps:
I started the 28 Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge this week. Day 1 was on Wed. So far I have done every scheduled workout, even though there have been some difficulties with certain moves. I plan to work on slightly adjusting those days which I really have problems with so that I can keep doing the challenge.

I set two different goals as far as walking and step counting goes.
3000 steps per day, which is just under a mile and a half, as my minimum daily distance.
14 miles per week, which averages out to about 4400 steps per day.

On the surface these don't gel, but as I have some days where my pain level is such that I can't handle a lot of exercise, the 3000 steps is a good level to aim for spread through the day. This target is currently increased by 100 steps each time I successfully meet it for a complete week. I managed that by the skin of my teeth this week, so my target for next week is 3100 steps per day.

The 14 miles per week was met and exceeded this week.
17.5/14

As we walk to the supermarkets and back, and also in and out of town, it is a fairly easy target to reach most weeks. I am keeping it at this level for now, with a possible review as my 52 Week Walking Plan develops.

Finally my weight has dropped to 187.25 this week, from 191.25. Don't get excited though! The reason it has dropped by 4 lbs is just that I changed the time of day I weigh myself. I now do it first thing after my morning ablutions (being polite here). Before, I was weighing myself after breakfast. In real terms I don't know for certain if I have lost weight this week, but I checked the difference between my morning and evening weights a couple of times and I think I can safely say that I dropped at least 1 lb this week!

So, all in all not bad!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 7/19/2010 3:47PM

    Me again. I meant to ask: Do you have Greek yogurt in the markets there? If so, and if you like yogurt, Greek yogurt is loaded with protein. Totally worth the extra cost to this tightwad!

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CARLA-216 7/19/2010 3:21PM

    You had a successful week, Lexie! :::clapping:::

That spinach and mushroom lasagna is sounding mighty tasty to me right now. Nom nom nom! ;)

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Walking plan warm up, Day 8

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Today I did:
10 minute walk (day 8 of 4-week warm up)
Active Health Stats:
Pace: 22 minute mile
Calories burned: 46
Steps: 1151
Time: 11.24

Day 5 of the 28 Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge

Still to do:
20-30 mins Trampoline and Step Aerobics mix
EDIT: Done 20 mins + 5 mins twist and tone

Day 5 of the Bootcamp is HARD! It is all lower body, all done on the floor. Even with the duvet folded up under the yoga mat it still hurt somewhat when I had to be on my side. My hips don't like that for more than about a minute. Some of the moves I simply could not do. However I was at least able to do some of it, and I did what I could fudge for the rest. This could be one day each week that I will either dread or gradually find I can do over time. What I might try is doing the moves but switching from side to side so I am not doing three different moves all on one side before switching over. Instead I'll do the first move, then turn over and do the first move on other side, then turn back and do second move, etc. Hopefully I might find that eventually I will be able to complete the workout as arranged.

I do feel a bit disappointed by this if I'm honest, but doing these challenges is all about finding my limitations, plus finding the areas I am actually better at than I thought, and improving on both, even if it takes time to get there. Example: hard as this was, I found I could lie on my side and lift my top leg good and high and keep up with Nicole! And I was able to do the bridges, even on one leg, though the one leg versions tended to collapse rather than work through a controlled descent. LOL Never mind, that will come!

Have a lovely day everyone!
Hugs,
Lex xxx

  


On A Mission - Gabriella Cilmi

Saturday, July 17, 2010

I love this song, and the lyrics are quite motivating, so I had a hunt and found this on You Tube, lyrics included.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXs-_xmyTiA

Go on! Singalong. Or better still have a dance round your sitting room to it. No one's looking, honest!
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Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 7/19/2010 3:29PM

    Oh my gosh, I love that song! You are so right, it is VERY motivating. Sounds like a good theme song to me!

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BOE4LIFE 7/17/2010 7:06PM

    That made me want to go buy some leotards and leg warmers. And jump around with long pieces of ribbon. Then I realized ummm yeah, if anyone did see me that would be the next youtube post.

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THIAGRAM 7/17/2010 3:33PM

  Thanks for sharing!

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Bargello Landscape

Saturday, July 17, 2010

For those who are curious about this, here are some progress shots. Please keep in mind that this is only a test piece. The finished landscape will look a lot different. I see a lot of frogging in my future.
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First I drew basic shapes onto the canvas:



This is the sun and the tree. I'm quite pleased with them:



This is the tree and the lake:



I like the lake and I like the tree but the two together aren't really working like this. I am going to have to tweak the colours to let the tree stand out more - probably darker greens for the tree and lighter blues for the lake will fix it. I like the effect the variegated wool had on the tree trunk.

I do love Bargello embroidery. It encourages me to keep coming back and playing with it. If I ever get this design figured out I hope to sell it as a picture or cushion kit.

Hugs,
Lex xxx

  
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CARLA-216 7/19/2010 3:30PM

    How neat-o! I look forward to seeing your project progress!

xo,
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THIAGRAM 7/17/2010 3:43PM

  Wow! This is so awesome! I would love to see your finished project! Thanks for sharing!

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WVREDNECKHOTTIE 7/17/2010 9:13AM

    So cute. I never heard of Bargello embroidery but it looks challenging and fun.

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Day 7 walking plan 4-wk warm up etc

Saturday, July 17, 2010

No walk scheduled today, which, if I'm honest, I am glad about, because I ached so much yesterday that I want a quiet - minimum workout - day today.

So, to that end, I have done day 4 of the Bootcamp challenge, (a challenge in itself because I don't do well on my knees or laid out on the floor and a good section of today's workout needed me down there) and I plan to jog on the trampoline as songs come up that inspire me, and aim for my minimum target of 3000 steps over the day. I am 1.9 miles in credit with my step count so I can afford an easier day.

Here's hoping everyone has a lovely weekend!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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EDIT: I just scraped the 3000 steps by bedtime, but it was a close run thing: 3056

  
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THIAGRAM 7/17/2010 3:40PM

  Hooray for exercise and Hooray for easier days! Bless you!

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CARLA-216 7/17/2010 8:34AM

    Enjoy the easier workout day, Lexie. And great job on getting in your Bootcamp Challenge workout!

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