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. :-)
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!
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