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Llama Photo Caption Competition Winners

Monday, July 19, 2010

The overall winner, for making me laugh out loud was
THIAGRAM for her caption:
You are going to do WHAT with my wool?

Loved it! :-)

The runners up are everyone else, because you all made me smile, and you will all be receiving a little goodie for taking part and brightening my day.

I also decided that there would be a special prize, and this goes to:

BOVEY63 for the really cute story she told me about her kiddy that had me in fits of giggles. One day I'll tell you the story of what my older daughter did that made me laugh hysterically. ;-)

Have a great week everyone!
Lex xxx
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KNITTABLES 7/19/2010 4:29PM

    It looks like I missed something here. I will have to check it out.

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THIAGRAM 7/19/2010 10:30AM

  Hooray! Hooray!! Hooray!! I won a contest! I'm so excited!
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I think our team ought to do a contest! What fun!

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Walking plan warm up, Day 9 etc

Monday, July 19, 2010

Today I did:

10 minute walk

Activity Health stats for walk:
Pace - 22 min mile
Calories - 46
Steps - 1156
Time - 11.26

The Land's End to John O'Groats walking Challenge:
Reached St Ives (won Crab Cakes recipe) next stop Truro.

Day 6 Bootcamp Challenge

Still to do:
Waitrose circuit.

Weigh in: 13 stone 5 lbs

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Trampolining is fun to 5678

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I love my mini trampoline! It is my most used piece of exercise equipment. Sometimes I'll jog on it while watching a show on TV and sometimes, like this morning, I'll open up my computer playlists to the Trampoline collection, hit 'random' and jog and dance away to whatever gets played. Today's mix included Queen - Under Pressure, and Snow Patrol - Eyes Open.

The first song it played this morning was 5678 by Steps, and I LOVE this song. Even when the Trampoline is put away I still dance around the sitting room to this one, doing the few line dance moves I know, or trying to remember the moves Steps did on their video:


Go on, give it a go or three. Enjoy! Like I keep saying, no one's looking and it all adds to the step count for the day!
Lex xxx
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LOVESLIFE48 7/18/2010 10:15AM

    I don't have one, but I might look into it, Thanks!!

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SHELLB39 7/18/2010 8:06AM

    I so resonate with the mini-tramp exercising! It's my favorite too! I'm on my second one (previous weight loss 4 years ago) and find with my lower back issues it's the best way for me to get an intensive cardio. I love to use the balance ball to go with my workout for core strength building too! Happy Bouncing, dancing, jogging! emoticon

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    I've been wanting to get one of those mini trampolines they look fun!

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A Week in Review: 11-17 July

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Not Bad! Not bad at all, if I do say so myself. I am still exploring where my challenges are and how to meet them, but some where I thought I hadn't done so well have actually surprised me. Of course there have also been patches where I thought I had done better than I actually did, but you can't have everything, and what I do have I am pretty pleased with.

I have exceeded my water minimum comfortably:
10, 8, 8, 10, 8, 10, 9 = 63/56

For someone who three weeks ago would barely drink two or three glasses a day this is my best victory.

This morning, and I am still in shock over this myself, I got up, grabbed a 16 oz bottle of water, went out for my walk, came back and did my bootcamp, grabbed a yogurt and finished the water while filling in my fitness log, then grabbed a slice of toast and bovril and a glass of fruit juice. I sat down to eat that and suddenly realised I haven't had a cup of tea yet today! I've been up for nearly two hours, by which time I would normally be into my second mugful! (Must text my eldest and tell her this. She'll never believe me! LOL)

I normally manage to get my five fruit and veg every day, with only the very occasional miss but I had one particularly impressive day with that:
6, 5, 5, 10, 7, 6, 7 = 46/35

The ten f&v day included a vegetarian dinner of spinach and mushroom lasagne, with 4 veg portions on the side. nom nom nommy!

The Nutrition basics were OK. I give myself 6 out of 10. Definitely room for improvement:
The number of days I was within the target range were:
Calories - 4/7
Carbs - 5/7
Fat - 4/7
Protein - 3/7

A few of those misses were only a few points out, and I only had one really bad day when I went way over target on my fat and calories. Getting the minimum protein is my big problem, and I'm not sure how to fix it. Too much protein in a meal and my stomach feels like a lead balloon and I even feel a bit sick for a good two or three hours. I need to really explore this issue and see what can be done to improve it. I suspect it is the type of protein that is the problem.

Mark Fenton's 52 Week Walking Plan (warm up week one)
Each day there was a ten minute walk scheduled (SMWTF) I did the warm ups on p.7 and the scheduled walk from the table on p.3. I do them first thing in the morning, which is something else I never envisaged myself doing - leaping out of bed and exercising before starting the day! This morning I found myself so awake and full of energy when I got back that I went straight to the computer to do my Bootcamp instead of getting breakfast first. It felt so good to do this that I hope I'll be able to keep it up.

And talking of Bootcamps:
I started the 28 Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge this week. Day 1 was on Wed. So far I have done every scheduled workout, even though there have been some difficulties with certain moves. I plan to work on slightly adjusting those days which I really have problems with so that I can keep doing the challenge.

I set two different goals as far as walking and step counting goes.
3000 steps per day, which is just under a mile and a half, as my minimum daily distance.
14 miles per week, which averages out to about 4400 steps per day.

On the surface these don't gel, but as I have some days where my pain level is such that I can't handle a lot of exercise, the 3000 steps is a good level to aim for spread through the day. This target is currently increased by 100 steps each time I successfully meet it for a complete week. I managed that by the skin of my teeth this week, so my target for next week is 3100 steps per day.

The 14 miles per week was met and exceeded this week.

As we walk to the supermarkets and back, and also in and out of town, it is a fairly easy target to reach most weeks. I am keeping it at this level for now, with a possible review as my 52 Week Walking Plan develops.

Finally my weight has dropped to 187.25 this week, from 191.25. Don't get excited though! The reason it has dropped by 4 lbs is just that I changed the time of day I weigh myself. I now do it first thing after my morning ablutions (being polite here). Before, I was weighing myself after breakfast. In real terms I don't know for certain if I have lost weight this week, but I checked the difference between my morning and evening weights a couple of times and I think I can safely say that I dropped at least 1 lb this week!

So, all in all not bad!
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 7/19/2010 3:47PM

    Me again. I meant to ask: Do you have Greek yogurt in the markets there? If so, and if you like yogurt, Greek yogurt is loaded with protein. Totally worth the extra cost to this tightwad!

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CARLA-216 7/19/2010 3:21PM

    You had a successful week, Lexie! :::clapping:::

That spinach and mushroom lasagna is sounding mighty tasty to me right now. Nom nom nom! ;)

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Walking plan warm up, Day 8

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Today I did:
10 minute walk (day 8 of 4-week warm up)
Active Health Stats:
Pace: 22 minute mile
Calories burned: 46
Steps: 1151
Time: 11.24

Day 5 of the 28 Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge

Still to do:
20-30 mins Trampoline and Step Aerobics mix
EDIT: Done 20 mins + 5 mins twist and tone

Day 5 of the Bootcamp is HARD! It is all lower body, all done on the floor. Even with the duvet folded up under the yoga mat it still hurt somewhat when I had to be on my side. My hips don't like that for more than about a minute. Some of the moves I simply could not do. However I was at least able to do some of it, and I did what I could fudge for the rest. This could be one day each week that I will either dread or gradually find I can do over time. What I might try is doing the moves but switching from side to side so I am not doing three different moves all on one side before switching over. Instead I'll do the first move, then turn over and do the first move on other side, then turn back and do second move, etc. Hopefully I might find that eventually I will be able to complete the workout as arranged.

I do feel a bit disappointed by this if I'm honest, but doing these challenges is all about finding my limitations, plus finding the areas I am actually better at than I thought, and improving on both, even if it takes time to get there. Example: hard as this was, I found I could lie on my side and lift my top leg good and high and keep up with Nicole! And I was able to do the bridges, even on one leg, though the one leg versions tended to collapse rather than work through a controlled descent. LOL Never mind, that will come!

Have a lovely day everyone!
Lex xxx


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