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FFF Day4. Workout with the Elder

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!
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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!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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In honour of the Elder, some tree LOLs:





  
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CARLA-216 4/25/2012 4:09PM

    Sorry your Elder died. I know you got a workout getting it all cleared out. I had to cut away at a dead Indian hawthorne bush in front of my house last week so I could get my shovel in and dig it out. Turned out the hardest part was cutting away the branches (it was big around) so I could get to it. When I went to dig it out, it lifted right out of the ground. LOL

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Carla

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WANDAH3 4/24/2012 5:31PM

    I'm glad to hear that the Elder died on it's on terms. It's last parting gift to you was allowing you to burn some calories and get a work out. Bless it's soul.

Have a great day,
Hugs,
Wanda

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BOVEY63 4/24/2012 11:36AM

    Glad to hear there wasn't any damage from the tree coming down. Great workout!

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ZURDTA- 4/24/2012 9:57AM

    Poor Elder...

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NEW-CAZ 4/24/2012 3:02AM

    Gerat workout Lex, I can imagine you might feel it in your arms and shoulders today emoticon shame about the Elder emoticon

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LOVESLIFE48 4/23/2012 8:08PM

    Sounds like you did have a great workout today!! Hope you get the rest you need!! Sorry to hear about the Elder. emoticon

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FFF Day 3: Plus a little something Especially For Hooper Shelli (MOSTMOM1)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london
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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:

www.heart.co.uk/wrexham/news/local/h
ula-hooping-round-london-marathon/






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.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 4/25/2012 4:05PM

    What beautiful photos! That rainbow is something!

xoxo
Carla

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ZURDTA- 4/23/2012 10:37AM

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BUSYMOM911 4/22/2012 11:07PM

    Thanks for the link to that British article. I love all the oddball records. Jester? Stilts? and of course, the hula hoop!

I bet SHE had the hoop with batteries! LOL.

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MOSTMOM1 4/22/2012 10:46PM

    A BIT mad? Just a bit???
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But holy moly, she did it!!!!

We're training for a 2 mile walk. 2 miles... So far, the farthest we've gone is 1/2 a mile. It's going to be at night, so we're hooping with our LED hoops and we get to walk over a giant purple bridge.

Check out Betty Hoops--she just did a half marathon and didn't drop the hoop once. Of course, she can also hoop and snowboard...
http://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=FSrI6jHOFyk

Oh the craziness that follows when you pick up a hoop...
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Love the stormy pics-you have a sweet camera!

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MNOT2THICK 4/22/2012 5:05PM

    The batteries must be dead, no wonder my hoop doesn't work. emoticon


Beautiful pics.

It is overcast and non-stop rain since last night. I feel crappy as well. I hope your headache subsides soon. emoticon



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MAURIZIA 4/22/2012 4:00PM

    Great photos...looking that way here today...hope your headache is better...

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BOVEY63 4/22/2012 2:57PM

    The skies do look pretty stormy - love the rainbow!
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Great job on exercising with a headache! Hope you feel better soon.
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YOYONOMORE1 4/22/2012 1:57PM

    Love all your pics. The weather sure can do a number on us. Hope your headache disappears. Enjoy your Sunday.

Hugs,
Shirl

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FunkyFitnessFives: Day 2. Facebook - Quite Boring Actually!

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!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 4/25/2012 4:02PM

    Hooray on the pound lost! Yay!

xoxo
Carla

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MAURIZIA 4/22/2012 6:05AM

    Lexie, I am on FB primarily because my family is spread throughout the world. It is an easy way to stay in touch because of my crazy work hours. It is also part of my job.

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ZURDTA- 4/22/2012 5:56AM

    I find FB quite useful - I joined a couple of community pages for the local area and I find out so much news that never gets into the local newspaper. But these pages are only as good as the people involved, so I guess I am lucky to have such active community members.



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_LINDA 4/21/2012 4:22PM

    That is awesome dropping a pound! I don't like Facebook, either but signed on quite some time ago because of the relatives were all on it. I check in so rarely I miss out on a lot of things. No one posts anything on my wall so I don't get e-mail notifications. I like Spark People better where they tell you your friends have done something. Lot easier to keep up with here.
Have a Sparktacular Saturday! Keep up the great work!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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BOVEY63 4/21/2012 2:00PM

    I understand about social media. I am on it, although rarely, and am surprised how much time people do spend on it.

Great job on the exercise!
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WANDAH3 4/21/2012 10:19AM

    I hear you about FB...I use it only to keep in touch with friends/share pictures and generally stay in the know of what is happening in my friends lives. I don't spend a lot of time on it as I work on a computer all day at work, don't want to spend my life on a computer.
Enjoy your day and weekend.
Hugs,
Wanda

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YOYONOMORE1 4/21/2012 9:17AM

    Hey good job and good riddance to that pound. I am on Facebook, but am not real active, mostly do it to keep in touch with family, and I don't play games, to time consuming. Enjoy your weekend.

Hugs,
Shirl

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LOVESLIFE48 4/21/2012 8:50AM

    emoticonon the pound that's gone forever!!! I don't really care about social networking either. I kinda regret it. I met up with an old high school friend, almost 30 years of not seeing each other. Well, I found out she's a little nuts!!! She' a diabetic and wears a pump, she has MS and she smokes and drinks like a sailor!! And she calls me drunk between 10pm and 2am. Oh, I could go on but I won't!! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 4/21/2012 7:44AM

    WTG on a pound lost Lex and I agree about social networking sites!
Have a great day hun and chill out watching the London Marathon tomorrow- hope it stays cooler for the runners this year (remember 2011 was a scortcher) hope the rain stays away.

i adore the pics you find- so funny!
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Day 278: Made it to John O'Groats! Day 1: New Goal Time!

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!


THE ROOLZ





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.


Otherwise...

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!

www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnew
s/6581238/Wii-virtual-exercise-as-good
-as-the-real-thing.html






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.
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I've also been filling in my nutrition and fitness trackers all week. Aren't I good! :-)

Get that Friday Feeling!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 4/25/2012 4:01PM

    Fantastic!

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BOVEY63 4/21/2012 2:01PM

    Congrats on your accomplishment! You rocked it Lady!
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LOVESLIFE48 4/21/2012 8:46AM

    You are doing awesome!!! emoticon

I love the pictures!! Where do you find all these!!!

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WANDAH3 4/20/2012 4:21PM

    CONGRATULATIONS Lexie....woo hoo! I have surprised myself with my walking too.

My Milk Kefir grains arrived today and I now have a batch on the go. Love learning new things.

Hugs,
Wanda

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NEW-CAZ 4/20/2012 3:34PM

    emoticon Lex you stuck to your guns!
Love the FFF and your plan, just know you'll KB (kick butt) emoticon

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_LINDA 4/20/2012 2:38PM

    I think you did fabulous! Why? Because you stuck with it, never gave up and reached your goal despite obstacles!
You have a great plan there, and I am betting you are going to kick it out of the park!!
Have a Fantastic, Fanciful, and Fun weekend!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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Finally settling back into having my computer to myself

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.
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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!
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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! :-)

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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WANDAH3 4/17/2012 7:34AM

    Sounds like things are working themselves out. Sometimes you just have to let go of those that bring negativity into your life and move forward. It's not always easy, but often necessary. Hugs. Woo Hoo on the bargains...nice haul. Have fun dancing to the all those goodies.

Hugs,
Wanda

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MNOT2THICK 4/16/2012 7:30PM

    Those were some awesome bargains. I love the Black Eyed Peas, the Wii game looks awesome. So glad you and Bry cried it out. I have a ton of those family members as well. emoticon

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CARLA-216 4/16/2012 3:34PM

    So glad you and Bry talked and worked things out. Also nice to hear Tara had a great birthday. Love those bargains! And a Domino's personal pizza for 2.00 sounds great. I wish our Domino's had personal pizzas.

Hope you have a great week!

xoxo
Carla

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BOVEY63 4/16/2012 1:15PM

    So happy that you and Bry got everything sorted out.
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Also happy to hear that Tara had a good birthday and was able to get such awesome deals!
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_LINDA 4/15/2012 8:36PM

    Awesome bargains!! You guys rock!! I don't get pizza, have no idea what one of those even costs! There is nothing good near where I live -no Dairy Queen, Pizza Hut or Subway, probably a good thing for my waistline!!
That is just awesome you and Bry are all sorted out now. A little miscommunication can do big damage :(( If your family is so dysfunctional and mean, you were probably better off missing that wedding anyway..
I sooo love ABBA music, that would be a fun one! Enjoy your new dances!
Looking forward to you on the posts again!
Keep on Sparking!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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YOYONOMORE1 4/15/2012 6:53PM

    Glad you and Bry got some things sorted out and now you can move on and be in a better place. Sounds like you got some wonderful bargains, now that can give your spirits a good boost. Glad Tara had a nice birthday. Really glad you now can do your tracking again, woo hoo!

Have a wonderful week.

Hugs,
Shirl

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CHEVY63 4/15/2012 3:29PM

    Glad Tara had a wonderful birthday, and I'm also glad that you've had some resolution to the family drama.

Have a great rest of your weekend!!!
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NEW-CAZ 4/15/2012 3:13PM

    Love bargain hunting, let me know how the MJ games works out.
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MI-ELLKAYBEE 4/15/2012 2:55PM

    May God bless you and bring you peace and success on this journey we all share!

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LOVESLIFE48 4/15/2012 2:44PM

    You did get some great bargains!!! I also have some family member (and in-laws) that are a "bit different" too!!

Have a great time with your wii games!! Let me know how the Michael Jackson one is!!! emoticon

Have an awesome week my friend!! emoticon

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR DAUGHTER!!! SWEET 16!! WOOHOO!!!

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