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Day 209: Still feeling bleh but I'm a Happy Bunny in spite of it, because...

Friday, February 10, 2012

...Amongst other things, the pavements were clear enough yesterday that we could get to and from Waitrose without incident! The alleyway we normally cut through was an ice rink, but the long way round was clear, so we got a little extra walking in, which helps when you are largely stuck indoors.

The costo is a pain, my joints are feeling the cold, and my ooomph is conspicuous by its absence still, but I'm ok otherwise. I've been getting my work hours in, and reading a lot, and eating properly for the most part (aside from double helpings of cakey thing yesterday thanks to my bad memory, LOL)

On the way back from Waitrose I got myself a bargain at the RSPCA charity shop. A double bed Candlewick bedspread for a pound! I brought it straight home and popped it in the wash because it had a little yellow stain on it, but the stain came out. The only other issue is a teeny tiny hole which I can easily darn. It's going on my bed when it has dried. It should really lighten up my room. :-) Not to mention keeping me toasty warm at night. :-)

Isn't it pretty!





Oooh, and I was very excited to find out that the new exhibition at the Golden Banana (aka the Firstsite Gallery) is right up my street! Right up my Cloud Street to be exact! Not only do they have a collection of Constable's Cloud paintings on view *melts with a squee*, but Gavin Pretor-Pinney - founding member of The Cloud Appreciation Society and author of The Cloudspotter's Guide - is giving a talk at the gallery on the 3rd March at the cost of 5 a ticket!

I rang to reserve a ticket for myself this morning, and discovered that if you are a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society, the talk is FREE!!! So all I have to do is take my membership certificate in and I don't have to pay for the talk at all, just sit back and enjoy it!

cloudappreciationsociety.org/

Of course I will also take my Cloudspotter's Guide in to be autographed too. Can't miss that opportunity. :-) I may even try and persuade him to come outside for a quick cloud reading! I am a Devine and I divine by the clouds! LOL

So, seeing as my ooomph is causing problems, I've decided not to waste the time, but to use it to work out a plan of action for when it returns. I've long since believed that my best efforts work when I use the weekly formula of...

Mon: Cardio and Upper ST
Tue: Cardio and Core ST
Wed: Cardio and Lower ST
Thu: Cardio and Upper ST
Fri: Cardio and Core ST
Sat: Cardio and Lower ST
Sun: Cardio only, or Rest

But as I like a variety of things, and tend to be mixing it up all the time, I don't often stick to it.

But over the next couple of weeks I'm going to work out lists for each day of the week, and randomly select options from those lists each day that work those specific areas.

For example: The Just Dance games have a variety of dance moves that target different areas. Some have a lot of arm movement, some have a lot of leg movement, and some have you twisting and bending. So, I plan to place each song in its body area appropriate list. Where they overlap, I'll pick the area they seem to work the most.

Then I will use Random.org to select my exercises each day. :-) I started working on this a while ago, but have some updating to do because I've added Just Dance 3, Wii Sports Resort and Dance on Broadway to my collection since then, and lost a pile of videos online thanks to exercise.tv closing their website down.

I don't know how this will affect my various team challenges, but I'm hoping they will complement each other. :-)

And talking of that, I need to toddle of and play catch-up with my scores reporting.

Enjoy your day! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CHEVY63 2/14/2012 12:31PM

    What a beautiful bed spread! Hope you are doing better and keeping warm!

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SCREWIE 2/13/2012 6:47AM

    Lovely bedspread!

Sorry to hear about your ooomph missing in action and your costo problems. Hopefully all will be ok soon.

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BOVEY63 2/11/2012 11:38AM

    Love the bedspread - beautiful! Even better when you got a great deal!

Have a wonderful time at the Golden Banana and an awesome weekend!

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ANNEMAC5 2/10/2012 4:26PM

    The bedspread is a great bargain it could have cost you at least 40 really pretty. Glad you are having a cloud treat, I love watching the clouds, I did have a quick peek at the web site. You are making positive plans so that is great Looks like you are on your way to finding your oomph,
Anne :)

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_LINDA 2/10/2012 10:59AM

    I have never heard of this candelwick, but what a find! Looks gorgeous!! So sorry you are still battling with your costo :(( Happy you have a safe walking route now.
Sparks has a fitness generator too. No wonder you write everything down, to remember what exercises you did.
That is wonderful to get a perk like the cloud talk, hope you get your autograph and enjoy it!! I expect some cloud photos to celebrate ;))
May your weekend be much better with warmer weather!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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ODDLASS 2/10/2012 8:05AM

    nice bed spread! I haven't seen one of those for Years.

What luck with the exhibition and cloud talk!! and you get in fer nowt! even better!!

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WANDAH3 2/10/2012 7:29AM

    The candlewick spread is very nice! Enjoy having it on your bed. What a great opportunity to sit in on a talk without having to pay for it...bonus!
Your plan sounds like a lot of fun at the same time as a great workout.

Have a wonderful day,
hugs,
Wanda

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CARLA-216 2/10/2012 7:25AM

    What a find at the charity shop! How nice.

Hope the costo eases up real soon, and that you guys have a nice thaw out headed your way.

xoxo
Carla

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NEW-CAZ 2/10/2012 6:29AM

    Lex that candlewick spread is a great find!
Love your plan for mixing it up and keeping interested.
Keep warm hun, it's flippin freezing out there

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Cat Invades Football Pitch

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

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You know I love my LOLCATS, so here's a live one for you!
Hugs,
Lex xxx

  
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NYARAMULA 2/9/2012 12:37AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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_LINDA 2/8/2012 10:44PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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SENATOR9 2/8/2012 10:08PM

    We get all kinds here too It's entertaining

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ANNEMAC5 2/8/2012 1:37PM

    I watched it live. I was really worried at one stage the cat looked terrified.
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BOVEY63 2/8/2012 1:17PM

    I saw this on the television and they said this wasn't the first time the cat had interrupted a game. I guess that's what you get when your mascot is a cat!
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MAURIZIA 2/8/2012 8:24AM

    Lexie, they should this on the morning news show I taped...gotta love kitties - the world is theirs!!

Hugs! Did that sn*w melt???

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NEW-CAZ 2/8/2012 8:12AM

    Saw it on the news Lex, wonder what side he supported emoticon

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Day 207: My Get Up And Go Got Up And Went!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012



*Heavy Sigh*

It has been a few days of really struggling to find my ooomph! I hope today may be better, but I'm not confident. Yesterday I did manage 30 mins playing on the Wii Fit Plus, and did 8 songs on Just Dance. But by the third song my heart wasn't in it, and it was only the fact that I had a Bingo to claim that forced me through the rest of the songs. My scores certainly reflected my flat battery!



I've been feeling out of sorts, nothing I can put my finger on, except I think from the back pains and breathlessness that the Costo is partly to blame. It is here more often than not these days. Also, the stress of having to walk on such icy pavements to get to the shops can't be helping. I hold myself stiff from fear of falling, and that has a knock-on effect on the Costo.



You know it's bad when you see me going to bed at 11pm when I'm normally up through the wee small hours. :-)



Never mind. This too shall pass. So I keep telling myself. :-)



On the good news front I weighed myself today and I'm 12 stone 7 exactly. :-) So slowly heading in the right direction again. :-)



Well, I'm off to play Jigidi until Tara deigns to get out of bed, and then I'll see how much dancing I can do before my ooomph levels run out.

Catch you all later.
Have a great Day!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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ODDLASS 2/9/2012 10:40AM

    I agree with the other wise sparkers , this weather is our 'natural' curl up and preserve energy winter survival mode! It is only natural to just want to curl up in front of a fire with food!
Plus it is a proper pain walking on the icy paths! no fun at all (even without it being so cold!) I really am having trouble motivating to go and do ANY work out today!! Add your health problems on top and I think it is bound to get you like this from time to time. But turn turn turn! The 'get up and go' season is just around the corner!!
And I think you do brilliant to keep on going the way you do!!

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_LINDA 2/8/2012 10:40PM

    Its tough to feel like doing much when you are sore :( Hope it releases for you soon. Streets and sidewalks still icy here too, had some nail biters walking to the club, happy to be off tomorrow, so only two games this week. Unfortunately you do go stiff and tense trying to walk on it :(
Try not to make any trips if you don't have to and stay home and look after yourself..Hope you get some melting weather..
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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SENATOR9 2/8/2012 10:05PM

    winter blues

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ANNEMAC5 2/8/2012 1:35PM

    Hope you feel more oomp soon. It is this horrible weather. I love all your pictures they make me smile.
So pleased with your weight you are doing great.
Anne :)

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BOVEY63 2/8/2012 1:19PM

    It's most likely the weather. I find that my get up and go usually disappears on gloomy days.

Here's to lots of sunshine ahead!
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CARLA-216 2/8/2012 11:25AM

    I hope you're back in top form before long. Take good care of yourself, friend.

AND - let's hope that the pavements are all clear soon!

xoxo
Carla

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ZURDTA- 2/8/2012 10:14AM

    Hope whatever it is, it passes really quickly! Hugs xx

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AZMOMXTWO 2/8/2012 6:30AM

  You are still trying that helps and you can do It

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Day 205: Has Anybody Seen the Big Garden? We Can't Find It!

Monday, February 06, 2012

Tis true, tis true!

Jo rang me this morning.

She said, and I quote:

"I'm just ringing round to tell everyone that we aren't opening the Big Garden today for several reasons, the main one being that we can't find it!!!"



Yes people, the white stuff has effectively buried the garden so well that there is little to see.



This makes me feel better, because I hate to let people down but the pavements are treacherous here today, thick with ice and trampled snow. With a couple of steep hills to negotiate also, I knew I wouldn't have been able to get there today anyway.

I told Jo this, and she said,

"Isn't it great when you worry that you are going to let someone down, and then the someone rings and lets you off the hook!" LOL

I do like her sense of humour. *grin*

You know, she is a big kid when it comes to snow. I wouldn't be too surprised to find she has cancelled so she can have all that snow to herself. :-)

Apparently, last year she spent days building a huge fort!



You have to admit she has dedication ... and a good eye for detail! LOL

So, I went to bed last night feeling a little sick, and with a bit of a temperature, and this morning I'm still feeling 'weird' for want of a better word. So, with nothing to take me out of the house today, I think I'll have a quiet day and chillout.



At the end of last week my Land's End to John O'Groats walk was nicely on target. I've walked 713.4 miles in 203 days which is an average of 3.51 miles per day.

My current daily step target is 7700.

My current weight is 12 stone 7 3/4 lbs. So although I'm not dropping any further at the moment, I'm not gaining either, swaying between 12.7 and 12.10 for the most part.

I hope to drop a little more weight in time. I still want to reach a firm size 16 instead of being 'between sizes', so getting below 12 stone would probably clinch that. :-) Currently though, I'm very happy with my efforts since joining Spark, because I have already dropped 2 stone! I have to keep reminding myself of that when the scales don't move much.

So, whatever the weather, be safe and have a great day everyone! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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ANNEMAC5 2/6/2012 2:43PM

    Hopefully the big garden will be found soon. There does seem to have been a good bit of thawing out to-day but I think there is still more snow to come. It is lovely as long as you do not have to go far in it. I like the building Jo did will you be learning how to do this too? Hope you are feeling less weird (is that possible).
Glad you liked my dinner blog... the lemon cake is yummy

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_LINDA 2/6/2012 12:45PM

    Your snow made our news alright! Meanwhile we can't even get anything!! So glad you didn't have to go out in all that muck, and they way you are feeling not a good idea anyway.
Rest and take care of yourself, feel better soon!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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BOVEY63 2/6/2012 12:25PM

    Good idea to stay inside where it's safe and you can get to feeling better soon.
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Conditions here today are sunny and warm for this time of year - not much snow left on the ground (we should be buried under a few feet).

Love the pics!
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SENATOR9 2/6/2012 11:35AM

    And here in Calgary Canada was +15c on Saturday and +8c Sunday Woke this morning to 1cm of snow but will be +1c by 2pm emoticonweired

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CARLA-216 2/6/2012 9:47AM

    I hope you feel back to normal real soon, Lex!

I agree with what Jo said...about being let off the hook so you don't feel guilty. That's always nice!

xoxo
Carla

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ZURDTA- 2/6/2012 9:29AM

    Yep - snow! In England. Of course it has more or less gone now... but the country was rocked by snow for a day!

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MAURIZIA 2/6/2012 8:11AM

    Lexie, I love your sense of humor. Spoke with my kin in Rome, Italy yesterday and they also have sn*w, which they normally do not get. As Wanda said, last year it looked like there here in the eastern U.S....not that I mind but I did get about 7 days of working at home because of it. We are expecting a bit on Wednesday eve...the only evening I am out & about to see "Mary Poppins" on stage. Ah, perhaps Mary can make it all disappear!

Enjoy your day at home. Hugs.

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WANDAH3 2/6/2012 6:51AM

    We have been watching the news broadcasts and are amazed at the amount of snow in your part of the world. That was us last year. This year has been unbelievably weird for weather. We have all of about an inch on the ground and temperatures that have been extremely mild this winter. This is the first winter in years that I have not had to shovel snow!

Hope you are feeling better.
Hugs.
Wanda

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NEW-CAZ 2/6/2012 6:41AM

    No quity complex then Lex, you're off the hook LOL

love the cat pic it made me LOL.

Hope you get your steps in, I'm sticking to my stationary bike and core workout in the warm today. I'z not daft emoticon

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LILRED75 2/6/2012 5:55AM

  It's nice when friends get you off the hook when you need it!

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Day 204: Snow Day!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

It is customary to show off the snow we get gifted to us before we get sick of it and it turns into a muddy slushy mess, so here are my contributions to that custom. :-)

Feel free to skip if you are already up to your patoot in the stuff and more than ready for the thaw! :-)

Action shot! Otherwise entitled 'How to Throw a Snowball at Yourself'! LOL



Sophie loves snow football!



A perfectly iced table showing we had about 6 inches of snow in all overnight.



The most astonishing thing I've seen so far this year...

icicles hanging from ...

and I kid you not ...

hanging from a spider web!



naturally the water on the bird table freezes and the Maggies were pecking at solid ice yesterday, so I pulled out some old plastic containers I never use and filled one with water and put it out yesterday afternoon.

This morning it was apparently frozen solid, so I brought it indoors, and replaced it with one of the others.

After twenty minutes or so I saw it was yielding around the edge so I tipped it upside down in the sink to let the block of ice melt.

But, it was only solid across the top and around the sides. Turned out I had a perfect ice bowl full of water!



I tried to take it out of the sink to get a better pic but broke part off one of the sides. Still, you can see the rest of it, still half full of water.



In other news...

I'm having a rest day. I dug a path through the snow from the back door to the bird table and another from the front door to the road, and that is me done for the day. :-) I haven't had a lot of sleep, and I have some interesting pains here and there, so I'm taking a break from exercise. Not as much of a break as I would have, had the snow not materialised, but there you go. :-)

So, not much of an entry for my first day with my new exercise notebook. :-)

Never mind. I'll be playing Just Dance catchup, and working on Wii Fit Plus routines again tomorrow, noting my scores and minutes in my notebook for the various Spark Challenges I play.

I won't be able to go to the Big Garden tomorrow. It will be too treacherous a walk sadly, and I don't know anyone who could give me a lift.

But, if it clears up enough, maybe I'll be able to get there on Thursday instead. :-)

Enjoy your Sunday!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 2/6/2012 9:44AM

    I hope your interesting pains are not bothering you by now.

We haven't yet had one bit of wintry precipitation here this winter. I hope it stays that way!

xoxo
Carla

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MNOT2THICK 2/5/2012 6:12PM

    Pretty pics of the snow. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 2/5/2012 2:34PM

    Love the sign that you found to get a photo of...
I just finished all my shoveling this morning and plan to watch movies this afternoon as a reward.
Don't do too much and make yourself sore...
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SENATOR9 2/5/2012 2:05PM

    You can keep all the snow over there

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_LINDA 2/5/2012 12:35PM

    Love the snow and ice, so pretty! Our normal winter seems to be passing us by -a whole winter of icy streets is not fun, would rather have some nice soft snow to walk in, at least its not slippery..So ugly brown and dry. Skin seems to crack as soon as you bathe before you get the lotion on, and even that doesn't fully help..My hands just burn in water, cracks and cuts all over..
Sorry if this all turns to ice for you, hope not :(
Enjoy your restful Sunday, seems like a good pajama day..
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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NEW-CAZ 2/5/2012 12:14PM

    Hi Lex, love all the pics, same scenes here hun.
It looks great for now but I hate the slush, please let the thaw be quick, I hate going out in the snow and ice.

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BOVEY63 2/5/2012 11:21AM

    Your pictures look quite familiar (except for this year when we are breaking records for lack of snow). Good idea to stay home and not taking the chance of injury outdoors.

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ANNEMAC5 2/5/2012 11:01AM

    Hi Lexie I was just reading yesterdays blog when you posted this one. Love all your pictures as always. I can now enjoy the snow as I am home from work and do not have to work tomorrow. It does look beautiful but my wheels were skidding and the hill to work is treacherous. Coming back a bit of the A12 was closed so took ages to get back. A pity you will not get to the big garden tomorrow, your fence looked great. Sophie will get very cold feet playing football.
I put lots of seeds out on our bird table yesterday and lots of little birds and a squirrel have visited to-day. I don't think I will be doing much exercise today just a bit of reading and tv.

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AJB121299 2/5/2012 10:56AM

    sounds like an enjoyable day

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LINDAMARIEZ1 2/5/2012 10:55AM

    I hate winter...period! emoticon

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