Friday, April 20, 2012
Yay! I made it! It took 278 days, and an average of 3.28 miles per day, but I did it! I walked, danced and otherwise step-counted my way from Land's End to John O'Groats!
It is the second time I have completed the distance, and this time my target was 3.5 miles per day. Unfortunately, I didn't quite manage that, and thanks to pushing myself to try to, I came a cropper in the 'Injure Myself Through Overdoing It' department! So the last month has been difficult as my foot has tried to recover from my over-zealousness. (All or Nothing Girl take note!)
But, I did beat my previous best in spite of the self-sabotage at the last hurdle, and now I'm starting again, and changing my tactics a wee bit.
For example, I am not going to push to a minimum daily step target anymore. The current target is 7800 steps (about 3.5 miles), and on the days I reach that I'll be delighted, but from now on it is quality over quantity. :-)
So, here it is...
Meet the FFF (please don't let that mean anything rude! LOL)
By FFF I mean...
FUNKY FITNESS FIVES! Otherwise known as my Future Fitness Foundation!
Not everything counts towards FFF!
ROOL 1. ALL Footsteps (another F) count to get me to John O'Groats, or wherever I'm heading this time, but...
...NOT all steps count towards FFF.
I know I've said this before, in one form or another, but I lost sight of my plans somewhere along the line. So I am revising my rules. :-)
Normal housework does not count towards FFF.
Shopping does not count towards FFF.
Walking the dog does not count towards FFF.
ROOL 2: ...pretty much anything goes...
Wii Games, You Tube Exercise videos, Spark exercises and videos, exercise DVDs etc, all count. Strength training counts, even if it doesn't give me steps.
And I am counting in fives and multiples thereof.
For instance: Five Minutes of exercise (such as walking with Leslie Sansone - one mile = 15 mins or 3 Fives), or Five Songs from a dance game, or Five Reps of an Exercise (Five, ten, or 15 reps depending on intensity and my ability).
And ultimately aiming for at least 15 mins of exercise per day, but wanting more than that whenever my body is playing nice with me.
So, that's the plan! :-) And if I am tempted to slip from the FFF, here's a useful LOL to wake me up!
Oooh, and here's some great news for all us Wii Fans!
Today I scored 15 mins walking a fast mile with Leslie Sansone before breakfast.
Plus 15 mins dancing with the Black Eyed Peas Wii Game.
I've also been filling in my nutrition and fitness trackers all week. Aren't I good! :-)
Get that Friday Feeling!
Sunday, April 15, 2012
It's amazing that after 6 months of not being able to get online whenever I wanted to, I got well and truly out of the habit of regular sparking, using the trackers, etc.
It took me till this morning to realise that actually, I can use the nutrition trackers and the fitness trackers again, because now I have the time.
So, today is the start of a new era of tracker love. :-)
Actually, I've discovered a way to get exercise and nutrition at the same time!
It's a bit retro...
But it works! :-)
Glory be, I'm tired.
In other news...
It has been an emotional rollercoaster this week. My biggest fear has always been that my dysfunctional family would suck Bry into their vortex of doom, and for a time it looked like my fears had been realised!!!
It has taken the whole week, but at last Bry and I are out of the gloom and on an even keel again. We have both been angry and hurt by my sister this week, and it has made us both ill! I don't think we will forget how that feels for some time. BUT Bry and I are back from the abyss!!! We had a long and heartfelt talk today and have both cried a lot, but we both feel so much better.
It never occurred to Bry that my sister wouldn't even have the decency to contact me about her wedding. By the time she found out, it was too late to tell me, being as it was almost the day itself! Also, my sister is too intimidating for Bry to say something like, "Is my Mum invited? Have you told her you're getting married?"
Now to (hopefully) put the nastiness behind us and move forward. My sister is now placed in the same compartment as my mother, and good luck to them both! They deserve each other.
*Draws line under the situation and moves on...*
Tara had a lovely birthday, in spite of everything. There's nothing like a little retail therapy and a few bargains to make a good day. In Cash Converters we snagged 15 CDs, all at a pound or less each!
They included such delights as Robbie Williams, Take That, Jimmy Nail, Mel C, Status Quo, R.E.M. KD lang KT Tunstall, Ronan Keating and The Black Eyed Peas. :-)
We also made out like bandits at Game, snagging three Wii games - Guitar Hero 5, Abba You Can Dance and The Black Eyed Peas Experience, for just over £30 the lot! You know the Littlewoods catalogue wanted £37 just for Abba game! Plus, I had previously ordered the Michael Jackson game that was at a silly price from Littlewoods, and that arrived the same morning.
So we were both delighted with the retail therapy. Tara talked me into a detour to Dominos pizza because that was her fancied dinner choice. Turns out that if you buy between 10am and 4pm on a weekday, and collect it your self, a personal pizza drops from £5.99 to £2.00!!!
That was a very pleasant surprise. Almost made me wish I liked pizza enough to want one too. :-)
So, since then, we've been dancing like Michael Jackson (yeah right! LOL), bopping like the Black Eyed Peas, and being Awesomely Abbalike. :-)
If this doesn't bring my weight down, nothing will!
Enjoy what's left of your weekend. I'm looking forward to an early night with a cuppa and my latest Mr Monk book from the library! :-)
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Wow! Because of where we live we don't often get to see anvils forming in the clouds. Most often, by the time the storm is close enough to see we are already shrouded in dark grey clouds, with the anvil out of sight above the grey mass.
Today, though, as I came out of Waitrose and headed home, I found we were quite literally surrounded by growing storm clouds, complete with visible anvils...
Here we are facing North...
Sure enough we had a few rumbles of thunder a short while later, and an impressive (for us) hailstorm. Small hailstones but in great abundance! :-)
A couple of hours after that I spotted another anvil, this time coming in from my back garden, and popped out to snap it too...
Been quite a day for cloud watching. :-)
In other news, I'm still reeling from some very upsetting things that happened towards the end of my older daughter's visit over the Easter Weekend. I can't go into details, partly because my blog is public, and partly because the situation is still very painful to me. Suffice to say that my family have once again dumped on my from a great height after I dared to believe that this time, being in touch with them would be easier. Bry's wedding weekend back in December 2010 was supposed to have been the catalyst that turned my family around, but it was all a pack of lies.
In brief, my sister got married last week, and no one told me she was getting married, she didn't invite me or Tara to the wedding, and Bry didn't even tell me until Monday morning that it had happened - leaving me reeling with shock and crying my eyes out when she and Rob left for home.
The saddest thing of all is that my older daughter is now sucked into the family's web, and you have no idea how hurt I feel right now.
So, I need to find some way to get the pain and the anger out of my system. Right now it is making each day miserable. Right now I want to tell one person in particular what I think of them for coming between my daughter and me. Right now it is about all I can think about, and distractions are only temporary at best.
Here is one important distraction...
Tomorrow is Tara's sixteenth birthday. Thanks to everyone who has already wished her a happy one. She had a joint celebration with my Son-in-law over the Easter weekend. His birthday is ten days before hers.
Not only does she now have her sister's old Mac laptop, so Tara and I can both be computering again without having to share, but they bought her a Guitar Hero guitar and game, so that she can finally play the game she fell in love with at Bry and Rob's wedding.
We had birthday cake at the weekend as well, so Tara doesn't really have much to do on the actual day. But I have a small surprise for her in the morning (she types, peering over her shoulder to make sure Tara can't see), and we are popping into town for a mooch, and buying a Domino's Pizza for dinner for Tara because that was her special meal request. We rarely buy takeaway, so this is a real treat for her.
Oh, and I joined Facebook at the weekend, just so that I could play their scrabble-style game called Words With Friends. If you are on Facebook and like that game, look me up and challenge me to a match. :-) Pretty please!!! :-)
Hope your week is going better than mine! :-) Even the computer has been an issue. Would you believe I finally have my baby back all to myself, and first the electric goes out while they fix a fault, and then I have to close down for thunder storms. :-) Talk about sod's law! *shakes head in disbelief*
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