Monday, March 26, 2012
I don't know why, but I seem to be attracted towards various curries at the moment, as long as they are mild or on the mild side of medium.
Last week I bought a jar of Waitrose Makhani curry sauce, and split it between two meals, coating a chicken leg in half the sauce and slow cooking it each time. Glory be! That was nommy!!! :-)
Today, I decided to grab a ready meal for tomorrow night from the Waitrose range. I rarely buy ready meals for myself, but just occasionally I find them useful as a quick fix or a bit of a treat. Well, with no one around to cook for me these days, this is the closest I get! LOL
Waitrose have recently launched their Love Life - You Count meal selection, where the calorie count is written nice and big on the box for easy reference.
So, this is the one I am trying...
I thought that was a very reasonable calorie count for a main meal. I'll add veggies to my plate too of course. A fennel bulb and some brocolli probably. Nom!
A couple of weeks ago we bought their snackpot macaroni cheese and were really impressed with it. For Tara to say it was as good as Mum's mac 'n' cheese is high praise indeed. From its flavour you absolutely could not tell it was lower in fat. :-)
Thing is though, I often find that when they reduce fat in curries, it has the detrimental effect of making the spices more coarse in flavour, and I don't like that. Also, this one being a medium on Waitrose's scale of heat means that it could be over my comfort zone, so I have bought a small tub of zero fat natural yogurt to add a dollop or two should the need arise.
Wish me luck! :-)
I would be delighted to have finally found a tasty go-to low cal curry ready meal for occasional noms.
In other news...
I've been playing with my ST exercise lists, and it is quite good fun. I can utilise them when I do most of the challenges set up on the Sparkteams I frequent. I used the Core list on Saturday, and picked the songs from JD2 to help finish filling in the March JD2 dance challenge I was in.
Yesterday was random pics from the Cardio list, and today I have a random selection of Upper Body exercises and games to play.
Now, if only I can get Tara off the Playstation so that I can use the Wii.
I know, I know... I'm usually trying to get her off the computer! LOL
My foot is improving - just a wee twinge or two - on the walk to Waitrose today, so it obviously isn't quite fully mended as yet. At least it doesn't mind most movements I make. It really does seem to be actual walking that causes the problem, and I also observed today that the pavement camber has a part to play, in that if it tilts in one direction my foot is fine, but if it tilts the other way, my foot doesn't like it. So probably best to stay away from Highwoods and its rough terrain for another week. *sigh*
I need to go into town later in the week, and that will be the big test. If I'm hobbling after that I will definitely go to the doctor and see what's what. The last thing I need is not to be able to walk everywhere. That would be a right royal pain in the pa'foot'!
Have a great day!
Friday, March 23, 2012
It has taken several weeks, but at last I have tested every Wii game, exercise DVD and online video I enjoy using for exercising, and split their contents into Upper, Lower, Core, Full Body, Cardio and Stretch lists.
I know, there's a word for people like me. LOL
But the thing is, now that I've done that, I can use exercises and games specific to my ST of the day, and either cherry pick from the list, or let Random.org choose a selection for me.
I'm really pleased because it has taken a long time to get it all straight.
I will still be refining the list as I discover things that don't work as well as I thought they would, and I'll add more things in as I get them.
Big worry, however. Game have gone into liquidation and they are the only shop left in Colchester that stock an extensive selection of Wii games. HMV have a small selection, but they are struggling as a company too, and the last time we went into town, it looked like Swallow Games was also closed (whether for the day or for good we don't know) We lost Gamestation last year - and that was the biggest shame because it was our favourite of the stores.
As I don't buy online for various reasons, this is going to be a real problem!
And as if that wasn't enough, Game was earmarked by Tara as a possible place to work once she turns 16. Now she's worried that HMV - her other work choice - will also go the same way.
Changes the subject!
Good news! We have new fencing! 20 panels were delivered next door this morning, and as I type and eat my porage they are being slotted into place. They are doing my side first, and it looks terrific! The fencing went down in the gales just after Christmas, so it has been a long wait and a shared garden and house situation, because her dog likes coming into my house. I don't mind that occasionally. Chucky is a sweetie. But as the weather warms up I prefer to leave my back door open all day so Sophie can stroll in and out as she pleases, and with the fencing missing, it meant I couldn't do that without a constant stream of unwanted visitors at all hours.
*wanders off to put her porage bowl in the sink and get a peek out the window at the garden*
Oooh, it does look nice out there! :-) I guess I've got no excuses left now. I'll have to get the lawnmower out. :-)
So, off to do a fifteen minute burst of exercise using my Lower Body List. Second of the day. Yay!
Have a good one!
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Poor old Spark been through some hiccups the last couple of days.
How am I supposed to make a blog with LOLs in when SP isn't letting them be seen? :-)
Day before yesterday and random pics on blogs I was trying to see weren't being shown.
Yesterday the emoticons joined in, and my Spark Page background, and links and all sorts of issues. Then SP disappeared!
Oh the horror of no SP!
But the tech fairies behind the scenes worked their magic, and a few hours later they were back, and so were the emoticons and pics.
So now I can go back over my friends' blogs and see what all the comments were about. :-)
It was fun guessing what was happening.
For example, my friend Bovey63 told us that she was wandering around in an Alfred Hitchcock Movie when she went for a walk.
Could she have seen this?
And another friend, Senator9, found a magical camera.
Could he have meant this one?
I'm so looking forward to finding out what I missed. :-)
Enjoy your day!
Monday, March 19, 2012
I woke bright and early this morning, really wanting to go to the Big Garden, but as I lay there listening to the birds in my own garden, I had a stern word with myself about being sensible.
Last night I had talked myself into the walk to the garden, IF I then sat and kept the weight off while I was there. But I knew that it was a bad idea, and even if my foot felt a bit better, it would be silly to walk any great distance and aggravate it further, especially over the rough terrain at Highwoods. So I reluctantly turned off my alarm clock and tried to go back to sleep.
But I couldn't, because I was sulking the kind of sulk you sulk when you know you have to do the sensible thing, but you really don't want to!!! *mentally stamps foot*
However, when I got up, came downstairs and got in front of the computer to find some exercise I could do that wouldn't hurt my foot, I found that the Feelgood Fairy had left me a little pressie on You Tube, namely my very favourite Kendell Hogan exercise video that had vanished when Exercise TV closed down!
That cheered me right up, so I grabbed some water and did the video as best I could, making allowances for any moves that might aggravate my foot. It was magic!!! :-)
After that and breakfast, I headed off to Waitrose for a couple of things, and by the end of our road I knew I'd done the right thing in not going to the Big Garden. The walk to Waitrose was uncomfortable. So a walk all that way to the Big garden would have been a disaster!
Knowing that made me feel better about missing out. Well, a bit better anyway. :-)
So, yesterday I did two 15 minute fitness bursts. A 15 min Leslie Sansone routine before breakfast, and a 20 min Kendell Hogan Cardio video later in the day. I may not be getting my step count target in, but it is definitely easier on my foot to do short bursts like this. :-)
Apart from one more Waitrose trip later in the week I have nothing I have to go out for, so I'm going to be good and give my foot the best chance of a swift recovery. Yes I am! And no more sulking! So there!!! :-)
Enjoy your day!
Spring Equinox, here we come!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
... I have stopped counting my Land's End to John O'Groats days.
I will still keep an eye and let you all know when I get there, but I am starting fresh with a new plan today!
Spring is, well... Springing!
And I have decided to celebrate that by getting my team - Finding and Loving Your Inner Tigger - back on track.
To that end, I have started a new challenge there called the Tigger Daily Fifteen Minute Fitness Challenge. It is in Pooh's House. Pooh so loves his stoutness exercises as you know, so it seemed a good idea for Pooh to take charge of our exercise challenges. And being a bear of more-brain-than-some-people-give-him-credi
t-for, he delegates. Which is why Tigger is in charge of this challenge! LOL
The idea is that you do fifteen-minute bursts of exercise. At least one a day, but more if you can manage it. Some of us are very consistent with our exercise, and others need a starting point, and I hope that this challenge will appeal to members at all levels of fitness.
In my case, necessity with my toe issues, means that short bursts of varied exercise is better for me right now than trying to get loads of steps in, and going for long walks. I guess I should thank my foot for inspiring me! LOL
It would seem, incidentally, that I have either overdone the exercise, resulting in what is known as turf foot, or it is the start of RA in my foot, but examinations and x-rays are needed to determine which. In the meantime, I have to limit my exercise to a little bit here and a little bit there. No long walks this week! :-) I can probably make it to the Big Garden tomorrow, but will have to sit while I'm there instead of raking leaves and digging and stuff. That's ok. There is loads of seed planting and stuff to do, so no biggie. :-)
So, Happy Mother's Day to Mums everywhere. Have a wonderful day of pampering, hogging the computer, and nomming on delishus meals prepared by grubby but loving handy-pandys. :-)
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