Sunday, March 04, 2012
Good grief! It has been a lot of days since I last blogged!
February has been a .....
It hasn't been all bad. I just had a lot of tiredness, costo, and a general lack of get up and go.
In fact, if you look at my step count, it is disastrous compared to my normal months. Considering my daily target is 7700 steps currently, I have had a lot of days where I've been under 500! On those days, and sadly there have been quite a number of them, I've done no exercise at all.
I do hate it when my battery goes flat like that. :-(
However, now that March is here, I'm feeling a little more with it. The weather has improved (threats of snow tonight notwithstanding)
Back on the 13th Feb, Castle Park still lay under a lot of snow and ice:
On the 14th I had to brave the ice to take Sophie to the vet with a haematoma in her ear. (The ice was still inches thick on some of the pathways) The vet explained what was happening to her ear, checked her for an ear infection but found her ears were remarkably clean, and ended up unable to explain how she got the thick ear. (My personal view is that she got headbutted by the dog next door, who comes in our garden regularly because the fence is still not fixed, and he is rough with Sophie because his brother bullies him so he is used to playing hard.)
Anyhoo, as she is old, surgery is the last resort, so we decided to leave it to settle on its own. The vet gave her a steroid injection to make sure the ear wasn't irritating Sophie, and over the next few weeks it should thicken and become like a cauliflower ear, and not overly noticeable really, apart from possibly sticking out a bit. The only issue will be if it affects her nearer the ear. If it develops we will have to do the surgery route.
I popped up to Highwoods with her on the way back, which she really enjoyed. The paths were a bit dodgy but we were able to avoid the worst of it.
TOM had kicked in by that point, so I had a couple of quiet days.
The following Tuesday I took Sophie back to the vets for an update on her ear and her annual jab and checkup. Verdict was the ear is starting to settle, the injection went without a hitch and everything felt and sounded fine aside from her usual issues.
We had a couple of trips to Highwoods that week as well. It was lovely to see the place minus the snow again:
Monday 27th and I did a stint at the Big Garden after two weeks of not managing to get there for various reasons. We planted seeds in the polytunnel - two types of Aubergine, hot cayenne peppers and green cauliflower. We also did a lot of leaf-raking.
On Tuesday I took Sophie to the vets just to weigh her on their machine this time. She has piled the weight back on over the last three months, so we need to start working on that again. She weighs 30.5 kilos and they would like her ideally to lose five kilos. She has love handles (the vet's words), and could do with losing them. LOL
She struggled with Highwoods on Wed, but we did well over four miles on the Tuesday so I think she was feeling it a bit.
A couple of days ago I had to give her some medication because she was limping again, but it was a one off probably just from sleeping in an awkward position. She seems ok again now, but I'll take it a bit easier with her around Highwoods. It is just that when it looks as lovely as it did last week, it is hard not to just keep walking and walking. :-)
And here we are in March already! :-)
Crocuses and speedwell in the front garden:
and the daffs and bluebells won't be long either:
Highlight of March so far was yesterday.
I went to the Golden Banana to see a talk given by Gavin Pretor-Pinney - Founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society. I would link you to the website but it is playing up at the moment.
It was great fun! Gavin is an excellent orator. He is amusing, and knows his subject well, and he incorporates the audience by encouraging them to answer qustions for which he hands out goodies such as button badges, patches and for one lucky man a CD of rain sounds! LOL I wanted that CD! I have Kevin Kendle's 'Clouds' which is his musical interpretation of different cloud types and is amazing. I have a CD of Medwyn Goodall's 'April Showers', which is two tracks about 25 mins each - one of a thunderstorm, and one of the same storm but with incidental music. I also have a tape of a storm with Native American Flute played through it by the amazing Kevin Locke.
But I want that CD too! I guess I'll have to save my pennies and buy it. :-)
I was wearing my Cloud Appreciation Society badge, and he spotted me in the audience, which was fun. There were a few members there, but I was the only one wearing a badge. :-)
After the talk we were able to get our books signed. I took my copy of The Cloudspotter's Guide in with me, and he very kindly signed it. I told him I also have signed copies of his Wavewatcher's Companion, and his I-Spy style cloud spotting book, that Bryony bought for me last year when he gave a talk at Ways With Words. He is talking at their Words By The Water Literary Festival this coming Wednesday, so I asked him to say "Hi!" to Bryony for me when he gets up there. He can't miss her. She's the one that settles all the celebrities in when they arrive! LOL
We also talked about the live BBC Weather Watch programmes that he appeared all too briefly on last year, along with some of our members. He was understandably disappointed that they were on camera for barely 30 seconds, after all the trouble they had gone to to be there for the programme.
It was a good programme, but it had way too much stuff crammed into way too short a time, and his portion of the programme ended up way way shorter than they originally intended. Such a shame!
Still, it was wonderful to finally meet him in the flesh, and he is the kind of person you could chat with for hours, he is so easy to talk to. I hope I meet him again one day for a longer chat.
The exhibition at the Golden Banana was wonderful too, and the highlight of that, without a doubt, was the five Constable Cloud Paintings they were fortunate enough to acquire. It was securing them for the exhibition that prompted the invitation to Gavin to give a talk. To quote the Exhibition Curator, "As soon as we knew we had the Constable cloud paintings, I said 'we have to get that cloud man in to give a talk. I couldn't remember his name, but I knew we had to have him!' " LOL
So, there you go. I'm up to date. :-)
Today I promised myself I'd get back on track, and this blog is the start of that, along with joining some team challenges and catching up with friends blogs. Next bit is to do some exercise. I dressed in my kit this morning as soon as I got up but haven't actually done anything yet. :-)
My land's End to John O'Groats target is in jeopardy. I need to walk at least 5 miles a day for the next 28 days to make it, and I don't think that is likely. I will be close though, and my challenge for the next four weeks is to get as close to my target as I can.
I braved the scales this morning and was pleasantly surprised to find I'm at 12 stone 7 1/4 lbs. So not lost but not gained either. :-) It shows that although I may have lost track on the exercise a bit, I have a good handle on my eating and my water intake, even if the water may be a bit lower than I'd like some days.
So, it could have been a lot worse. :-)
Well, I'm off to be a good girl and get some walking in with Leslie and some dancing with my Broadway game on Wii. :-)
Enjoy your day! :-)
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!
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! :-)
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
You know I love my LOLCATS, so here's a live one for you!
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
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!
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! :-)
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