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Day 6: Whoopie! Completed at last!

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.

*Sigh*

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. :-)

AWESOME!!!!!!



So, off to do a fifteen minute burst of exercise using my Lower Body List. Second of the day. Yay!

Have a good one!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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YOYONOMORE1 3/23/2012 7:17PM

    Sounds like you've done a great job of getting things organized and ready to go and you'll know where to find the ones you want when you want them. Fence looks very nice. We've had rain all day long and it looks like it's going to rain all evening, but we needed it, things have really greened up. Have a wonderful evening.

Hugs,
Shirl

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BOVEY63 3/23/2012 3:51PM

    Nice to have all the games sorted - need to do that too! Bummer about the games store closing.

The fence looks awesome. So nice that you can keep the door open for Sophie again.

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ZURDTA- 3/23/2012 9:54AM

    Good job organising the Wii fit Games.

Our neighbours just replaced their fencing down our side - lucky us!

It is shame about Game and HMV - our HMV store didn't last - nearest one is Merry Hill (in the West Midlands). Online shopping for these things is so much easier - it's true.

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CHEVY63 3/23/2012 9:53AM

    Cool! It's great to have things organized! Glad to hear about the fence too - now that the weather is nice it will be very handy.

Have a great Friday!

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 3/23/2012 9:38AM

    emoticon great exercise resources to add variety!

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_LINDA 3/23/2012 9:37AM

    Its actually good to be so very organized. Then you don't have to muck about wondering what you are going to do for a workout. You will be able to keep track of what you are doing and making sure everything gets worked out:)
The fence looks fantastic! About time! I am sure Sophie will enjoy her freedom now :) Nice seeing that green. Suppsoed to get snow today here, right now its socked in with a heavy fog.
Hard to understand all these stores are closing. Are video games dying out because people prefer to play online or something? I know I got away from my console games to go online, less mess and fussing with more wires..
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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NEW-CAZ 3/23/2012 8:14AM

    WOW, you have a variety of exercises now to prevent boredom!
What a shame Game is closing down, recession is hitting hard all over Lex and I hope your Tara is lucky with her job *crosses fingers and eyes for luck*.
Fence looks good, which reminds me mine needs re coating with wood protective tint as some stage, weather is good enough but still visitng MIL in hospital which takes up most of the day. It will get done no doubt, even if I do a panel at a time emoticon

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Day 5: Well, that was fun...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Poor old Spark been through some hiccups the last couple of days.

Question:

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.

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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!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CHEVY63 3/22/2012 3:31PM

    Yes, glad everything is back to normal!!

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YOYONOMORE1 3/22/2012 1:22PM

    Love those pictures, LOL! Especially the cat with the milk jug.

Hugs,
Shirl

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BOVEY63 3/22/2012 1:09PM

    You are so funny!
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Thankfully none of the birds looked like the one in your picture - although with the mist, who knows?

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CARLA-216 3/22/2012 7:27AM

    You sure know how to make lemonade out of lemons! I love that about you!

xoxo
Carla


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MRE1956 3/22/2012 7:03AM

    Yeah, that sure was a bummer with the site being down.....I figured it was just my laptop connectivity issue rearing its ugly head again......until I noticed that other sites were working just fine!

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RRP546 3/22/2012 6:59AM

  humor if the world had more we might survive as a species

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Day 2: Sense and Sensibility - aka - Being Good Sucks! :-)

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!

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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!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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MNOT2THICK 3/25/2012 5:36PM

    Great move Lexie emoticonGlad you are finding what can work for you emoticon

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ZURDTA- 3/21/2012 11:41AM

    All good stuff

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CHEVY63 3/20/2012 9:49AM

    Sorry to hear that your foot is giving you problems! It sounds like you made the right choice.

Love the pictures - you helped me start my day with a smile!

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YOYONOMORE1 3/19/2012 6:34PM

    Sorry you have a hurting foot, hope it heals quickly, sounds like you are trying to take care of it and give it time to heal. I got that serenity prayer with the froggy in an e-mail, I posted it in my bedroom, I also put it out on our bulletin board in our lobby. Hope you've had a great day and will enjoy your evening. Love your background of flowers, I need to do something springy looking.

Hugs,
Shirl

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BOVEY63 3/19/2012 4:38PM

    Great job on finding workouts that don't aggravate your foot!
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Love the pics as usual - the frog one was hysterical!
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_LINDA 3/19/2012 4:07PM

    Way to make the most of it! That is being smart! Remember, small bits of fitness do add up! If you can only do 10 minutes at a time, that is great, do a little bit here and there!
Hoping your foot feels better soon!
No guilt now, you can only do what your body allows!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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CARLA-216 3/19/2012 2:54PM

    You were smart to not go to the Big Garden. Even if your foot did feel like making it out there, you'd still have to walk all the way back. Get well soon, footsie!

xoxo
Carla

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NEW-CAZ 3/19/2012 2:39PM

    Glad you've found a way to make lemonade out of lemons Lex, feel better soon hun emoticon

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Day ONE! In the spirit of starting over...

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.

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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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. :-)

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 3/19/2012 1:59PM

    I hope you had a nice Mother's Day!

And thank you for reviving the Finding and Loving Your Inner Tigger team!

xoxo
Carla

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BOVEY63 3/19/2012 1:31PM

    Good luck with the challenge!
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Hope your toe is better real soon!
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Love your Springy background!
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_LINDA 3/18/2012 8:40PM

    Great idea for a challenge! Good luck with it -you may have to take up biking -easier on the toes for sure..
Hope you do get those toes sorted out..
Happy Mum's Day!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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ANNEMAC5 3/18/2012 11:14AM

    Happy Mothers day and hope your toe is better soon. Good luck with your inner tigger.
Anne :)

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ZURDTA- 3/18/2012 10:05AM

    Happy Mother's Day Lexie :) xx

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    Happy Mother's Day Lex hope you're soon on the mend and enjoying your workouts emoticon

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Day 244: Curses! Foiled by my Foot!

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!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 3/19/2012 1:42PM

    I hope your poor foot feels better soon! I have had my share of foot pain over the years so I feel for you, dear.

I love the pics...I needed a giggle today!

xoxo
Carla

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MAURIZIA 3/17/2012 8:55PM

    Lexie, sorry to read of your foot injury. Hope it gets to feeling better.

Hugs.

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MNOT2THICK 3/17/2012 2:57PM

    So sorry to hear about your foot. Hope you feel better soon. Got rid of Tom years ago.

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BOVEY63 3/17/2012 11:54AM

    Hope your foot feels better soon.
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Awesome pics as usual!
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NIXY72 3/17/2012 9:27AM

    Definitely time to get it checked out. There's no sense living with pain.... hopefully it can be fixed :)

Have a wonderful day my SparkFriend! Maybe some green beer to forget your troubles?
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ZURDTA- 3/17/2012 6:32AM

    Sounds like the doctors would be a good idea...

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NEW-CAZ 3/17/2012 3:42AM

    Lexie get yourself to your Dr hun, hope it's nothing serious and it starts improving. emoticon

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_LINDA 3/17/2012 2:43AM

    Wow! I have been suffering the same thing, cramp starting in my big toe and running up my leg. Nasty business. I have been also having pain in the base of my big toes, and yes, sadly, its due to my RA. One of my Spark buddies said I have 'trigger toe' and the cure for it was a cortisone injection. Not sure I want that, I am a pin cushion enough as it is..But I will see what my Dr. has to say next week. I am under the constant care of a podiatrist as I have a lot of problems with my feet and the orthotics don't help all of it.
Sorry it got in the road of your streak :((
Hope you feel better soon..
Hugs
Linda xxx

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