Friday, March 16, 2012
So much for my 5 miles per day. Seven days of almost perfect scores and then bam! First TOM decided to throw a spanner in the works, and then my foot threw a wobbly.
TOM I get. TOM is a royal pain every month and causes me grief for two days followed by a complete lack of oomph for a couple of days more. I was expecting that.
My foot, however, is a different matter. I've been getting pain in the base of my big right toe on and off for some dozen or so years, ever since I stubbed my toe biggly time on a Tesco shopping trolley. I can't wear heels because it can set the foot off if I have to bend my toe far enough to get heeled shoes on.
It is ok most of the time, but tends to flare up if I knock my foot, which I think I may have done last week. It eases off overnight to a largely ignorable twinge, but if I walk for a while it starts to ache, and I am practically crippled after a couple of hours. So you can imagine the fun I've had going into town or up to the big Tesco at Highwoods this week! Even the Big Garden was an issue, seeing as I was on my feet for about 4 hours give or take.
It also feels rather like the foot has cramp in the toes, although actual cramp would have me screaming my head off while standing on a cold hard floor, which seems to be the only working cure for me when I get cramp in my foot. (The cold floor being the cure, not the screaming.) :-)
So, aside from the necessary stuff, I've been trying to rest my foot to see if it stops hurting. I hate going to the doctor's, but if it persists I'm going to have to go and present my foot for inspection. The ball of my left foot has also been moaning a bit, though not as much as the right foot, and I suspect it may be partly from me favouring that foot to take some of the weight off the right one.
Can you get arthritis or rheumatism in your feet? Hmmm...
So, as a result, I still have 88.8 miles to walk to get to John O'Groats, and only 15 days to do it. That is nearly 6 miles a day. So I have reached the point where I accept that my target is not going to be reached. But, I am going to be impressively close! :-)
I accept de-feet graciously! :-)
C'est la vie!
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Five miles Sunday, Five miles Monday and now Five and a half miles today! No kidding!
Hooray for Just Dance 3 is all I can say! It is my favourite of the three Just Dance games, and there are a number of songs with specifically aerobic-themed dances, which give me a terrific workout! :-)
Yesterday, to make up my steps, I let the game randomly pick songs until I passed the 11000 step mark. Today, after a Highwoods walk with Sophie, I did the same thing.
Am very tired now. Zzzzzzzz.........
123.3 miles left to walk to John O'Groats. :-) 25 days to do it in.
Can she do it?
I guess time will tell. :-)
Monday, March 05, 2012
Hee hee! It was a close run thing, because by dinner time last night I was still around 700 steps short of the 11000 that makes five miles on my system. But a little Leslie Sansone-styley walking while watching Grey's Anatomy popped me over the target. My legs weren't thrilled, it has to be said, being as I'd already done 106 minutes of dancing with the Wii and walking with Leslie Sansone earlier in the day, but I was delighted in spite of their moaning! :-)
Thanks to The Big Garden and a trip to Waitrose I have 8761 steps under my belt so far today, and I plan to do some Wii dancing to get the rest very shortly. :-)
And talking of the Big garden, I had a surprise today...
Tara announced as I was leaving the house that she would pop by the garden after she had nipped to Waitrose for some biscuits! Shocked I was, because no amount of cajoling had persuaded her to join me up there before now. Then the bubble burst... She said she would only be popping by to let me know she was on her way home!!!
Now, let's think this through logically... :-)
Waitrose is a ten minute walk from the house, but a 25 minute walk from the Big Garden. So 'popping by' isn't really an accurate statement. :-) It's not exactly like she would have been passing the gate.
Tara has a mobile phone, so if she wanted me to know she was headed home, she could ring me. :-)
It was pouring with rain, which is not a weather option Tara is exactly fond of, especially when it is accompanied by 20 mile an hour winds, low temps and sleet!
But sure enough, she turned up about half past ten, damp but grinning from ear to ear, so pleased with herself for doing it all alone! Awesomeness! :-)
And she really enjoyed herself. :-)
We were huddled in the polytunnel because of the weather, and were making seed pots out of newspaper. I was making cone-shaped pots, and a couple of other people were using a special tool for shaping pot-shaped pots. I showed Tara how to make the cones, and she set to with a will, earning herself a nice cup of tea for her hard work. :-) We left a little early, because by noon the polytunnel was very full of people and Tara isn't the biggest fan of crowds of people, but she really enjoyed herself, and wants to go up there again. :-)
We were pretty soggy by the time we got home, but cold and windy though it is currently, I'm just happy that the snow we got didn't stick. It was too wet and not cold enough. Yay!!! :-)
Of course we really need the rain, so I refuse to moan about it. :-)
Well, Tara is hovering, the dinner's in the slow cooker (an experimental mix of sausages, bean salad, courgettes, mushroom, and chunks of Jerusalem artichoke in a tomato and onion sauce), and the Wii is calling me .. after we've watched Pointless though. Do love that show! :-)
So, I'm off to record my exercise efforts and work on my steps. :-)
Catch you later! :-)
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