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! :-)
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! :-)
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