Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I have thought long and hard about what I want my pedometer steps to count towards, and I've finally decided to start at Land's End, and walk the coast of Cornwall, England, Wales and Scotland, before hopping aboard a ferry and skedaddling to Ireland and Northern Ireland to do the same thing.
I am using www.mappedometer.com/ to follow the map and see where I go each day, always following the roads and lanes nearest to the coast for maximum mileage and (hopefully) some great shots and links for my blogs.
All my FFF steps are counting towards this challenge, so here are days 1-5 with pics. :-)
DAY 1: 2.66 miles.
I started as close to the tip of the Land's End Peninsula as I could, which is pretty much exactly where this photo was taken. The spot being where the photographer was standing :-)
And here's a great aerial view:
Then I walked to Sennen Cove:
From there, I took the Cove Road until it met up with the A30, and that was my first day.
DAY 2: 3.70 miles
From the A30, I branched off to the B3306, which runs along sections of the north Cornwall coast. I turned left at Kellynack and followed the road to the Land's End YHA (Youth Hostel Association) Hostel:
For further details, check out their website:
DAY 3: 3.55 miles
I reached Cape Cornwall - saved for posterity by the Heinz Baked Beans Company! I kid you not!
And well worth saving too! The scenery is stunning!
From Cape Cornwall, I continued along the coast road to Trewellard.
DAY 4: 2.60 miles
Leaving Trewellard, I walked to a wonderful attraction, the we Cornish are very proud of...
The Geevor Tin Mine Heritage Centre.
Once a working mine, it is now a very popular tourist destination, giving a valuable insight into the importance of the tin mining industry in Cornwall.
For further details, check out their fabulous website:
From the Mine, I then walked through Boscasswell, back to the B3306 by Borlase Park.
DAY 5: 3.95 miles (total miles so far = 16.86)
Staying on the B3306, I passed through Bojewyan, Morvah and Porthmeor (all teeny tiny hamlets), and stopped at the junction with Treen.
Looking back from the coastline near Treen to the way I've come...
Looking towards what is coming next...
I shal try and post a daily update. I'm still not used to being able to get on the computer whenever I want to, so I'm not quite back in the swing of things yet. :-) But I'm getting there.
FFFs for Day 5 (Tue):
3 = Leslie Sansone 1 mile fast walk
2 = 10 Michael Jackson dances on Wii
FFFs for Day 6 (today - Wed):
3 - Leslie Sansone 1 mile fast walk
I also walked in and out of town today, getting drenched in the process. Time to grow webbed feet and hands I think. I feel like the Woman from Atlantis!!!
I know, I know, declaring a drought in England is like washing your car - an action guaranteed to make it start raining. LOL. Mother Nature will have her little joke!
Enjoy the rest of your (very soggy if you live anywhere near me) Wednesday!
Monday, April 23, 2012
Well, today my poor Elder outside the back door finally gave up and slid gracefully to the ground. I feel happier that it gave up of its own accord, rather than the council chopping it down, but I am still sad to see it go.
Its parting shot was giving me an upper body workout in the pouring rain, because although no damage was done, it was rather blocking our way into the garden. :-)
So now my arms are aching from the sawing with a diddy hacksaw blade - all I possess, and therefore I am definitely counting it as Upper Body Workout, though quite how I fit it into my Funky Fitness Fives I have yet to figure out. :-) Maybe I'll count the branches tomorrow and see if they are a multiple of five!
I did dance to three lots of five Black Eyed Peas songs today. And that was before the Elder fell. So I've had a pretty good cardio and upper body workout, which was what today had planned. If the Elder had to go, it certainly timed it well.
And now I'm away to me bed.
Hope you have had/are having a good Monday!
In honour of the Elder, some tree LOLs:
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Here you go Shelli! One day you're on a hooping walk around the block - the next, you're hooping at the London Marathon!
Well, with a fair amount of practise and training in between, but hey, anything's possible, right? *grin*
Don't say we don't aim high for you! LOL
Oh, and here's a link to a short interview on Sasha Kenney's local radio station:
In other news...
Stormy weather on and off for a week = building up to a stonking Migraine in the middle of the night last night. Still feeling a bit wonky actually.
However, got some FFFs in. :-)
Today, between frequent breaks, I managed to dance four lots of 5 songs (20 songs in total) from various Wii games. :-)
Granted, some were a little less vigorous effort-wise than usual, to accomodate the remnants of the headache. No head banging here today folks! :-)
Otherwise all is quiet.
Except for the stormy weather...
Here's a few pics from the last few days...
Sulking or shy? Or maybe just scared of thunder? Either way, this little sign turned its back on us at Tesco extra on Thursday. LOL :-)
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Well, I tried social networking, and found it Dullsville! No offence to my friends who find it helpful, and it wasn't them making it boring. I really only joined to play Words with Friends (similar to Scrabble), and most of my friends don't play it anyway! LOL
Anyway, I'm over it. I tried, it sucked, I left.
When you deactivate your account, however, you never quite leave. Save my username and password and I can reactivate it at any time. How, um, exciting!
Anyhoo, to the friends who friended me while I was there - Thankyou! :-) Sorry I didn't stay long. I think I much prefer your company here, and through our email chats. :-)
As for FFF day 2:
I've got a total of 6 FunkyFitnessFive Minutes so far (to be edited later) by completing a 30 minute Slim Down Cardio Burn with Kendall Hogan. SOOO glad they finally put it on You Tube! :-)
I also got FunkyFitnessFive Songs with The Black Eyed Peas experience on Wii.
I checked my weight this morning, and I've dropped a pound this week. That's good, because I've been heading in the wrong direction recently, and was starting to feel it. :-)
Well, I'm off to play Guitar Hero - I think. It will be interesting to see whether all the Guitar Hero toe-tapping while playing the guitar creates a step count. LOL
Hey, if I'm as enthusiastic on Guitar Hero as I am playing Air Guitar, I've got it made! *grin*
EDIT: It didn't! 200 steps for 20 mins of playtime, is no help! I had fun though!
Enjoy your Saturday!
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! :-)
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