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Ashleigh and Pudsey win Britain's Got talent!!!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

This was their audition:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJfT
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This was their semi-final routine:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6_A
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And when the final hits You Tube, I'll edit this to include it. :-)

EDIT:
And here it is! :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IaW
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I so love this act. And Simon Cowell is in love too! I'm sure he is thrilled to be writing out a cheque for this pair!!! I do have to wonder...

What was with the sudden display of chest hair Simon?

Was that aimed at the dog?

Or the girl? LOL

And congratulations to Jonathan and Charlotte for a very well deserved second place, and Only Boys Allowed for an equally well deserved third place spot! It has been a brilliant year for Britain's Got Talent!!!

  
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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 5/14/2012 9:33AM

    I agree. A great win. I noticed that with Simon undoing his shirt more!! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 5/13/2012 3:40AM

    WTG Pudsey emoticon

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_LINDA 5/13/2012 1:45AM

    Thanks for sharing this, will have to wait until I get back home to view as my step dad's connection won't allow me to upload the video, keeps dropping me :(
Have a Happy Mom's Day!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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Still Streaking Despite Everything

Saturday, May 12, 2012

So the week started off painful, and then became excrutiating!!!

My stomach and lower back joined my chest on Thursday evening, in a "Who can cause the most pain" challenge to Lexie. My stomach and lower back won and culminated in virtually no sleep that night, a visit to the GP Friday morning, with lots of poking and prodding, a prescription for antibiotics, and half-an armful of blood sent off for tests. *pulls indescribable face*

The doc said urine infection (blood and allsorts in my urine) AND diverticulitis (tenderness all along my bowel), which is why the bloodtests. My body's input and output are not currently good (trying to be delicate here), so definitely not feeling all that grand.

Not the best fun in the world, having to walk to the doc, then walk to the chemist, then walk home, when every step jolts your stomach and back more. But I managed it, and then did as my dear friend Newcaz insisted, and rested for the rest of the day.

I slept some last night, but the pain was soon back this morning, though it seems less severe, and I am having little breaks from it now, rather than it being continuous. Also there was a little 'output' this morning, which I am taking as a good sign. I've NEVER been bunged like this before. It is horrible!!!

Hoping and praying that things improve and I don't need further tests and stuff. *gulp*

Day 23 of my Funky Fitness Fun challenge today.

Yesterday was a push. But I danced - sort of - it is a bit of a cheek to call what I did 'dancing' to be honest LOL - to three Just Dance 3 songs first thing, before the pain totally gripped me, which got my streak in. YAY!

Today, the pain is still there but less so, and I could not resist popping Exerbeat, which finally arrived this morning, into the Wii for a looksee. Very luckily there were some upper body exercises immediately available, so, very carefully, so as not to jolt my stomach at all, I tried those, and managed 15 minutes, in diddy segments with decent breaks between. So my streak remains intact. :-)

Obviously, I will be good and not push myself in the circumstances, no matter how excited I am about the game. I couldn't have used it yesterday at all. Way too sore! It was nice to at least be able to check it was working and try out a few little bits of it.

First impressions of Exerbeat are...

WOW!!! Loving it! I particularly like how your effort is converted into miles and you get to travel round the world. In fifteen total minutes I started in England (at Greenwich) and travelled to France, Germany and Austria today - coincidentally, three countries I have actually visited in real life! :-)

I also love that you can do daily challenges, and/or weekly challenges and set your own routines (though all these options have to be opened as you play the game). Bu that is good too. If everything was available at once you wouldn't know where to start. :-)

So, keeping everything crossed that I continue to improve and can play Exerbeat to my heart's content very soon. :-)

Enjoy your weekend.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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This is aimed at my Bowel system!





  
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MNOT2THICK 5/15/2012 10:59AM

    What a champ you are. All that pain and you are pressing on. That my dear is inspiration. Hoping the pain subsides and leaves soon.

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BOVEY63 5/12/2012 4:57PM

    It is amazing that you are getting in some good exercise despite the pain you are in.

Take care Sweetie and feel better soon.
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CARLA-216 5/12/2012 2:42PM

    Oh my, that is just so much junk to be dealing with. I know first hand the UTI pain is bad, and I've heard others tell of the diverticulitis pain. Those along with the costo flare...wow. I am totally amazed that you did some exercise despite the pain.

I hope you're on the mend and feel all better real soon!

xoxo
Carla
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ROSGETSSERIOUS 5/12/2012 2:00PM

    So sorry that you are in so much pain - rest and relax until your body heals. Woohoo that you could exercise under the circumstances to keep your streaks going - well done! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 5/12/2012 11:13AM

    Lex you are a star, keeping a sense of humour (the pics)while you're suffering can't be easy. Great that you managed some activity and I hope with rest and the meds you'll be feeling brighter very soon.
Now do as you're told. BED! or at the very least the couch!

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_LINDA 5/12/2012 10:14AM

    So very sorry you are dealing with all this :(( I do remember my bunged up days very well -when I ate too much cheese and high carbs :(( Never want to go back there again. But the chocolate laxatives weren't too hard to swallow.. Hope the meds kick in soon for you..
That is awesome you could do something with your new game! Now rest up and get better soon!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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Can I just have a wee primal scream please?

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

AAARRRGGGHHH!!!





Sorry guys.

It is just the Costochondritis is being a royal pain in the chest at the moment, and I can barely breathe without it hurting.

Sometimes you just want to primal scream to get the angst the pain causes out of your system.

It has been a rotten 24 hours. I am used to a constant low level of Costo now. I barely get a break at all these days, but the low level, you kind of get used to.

Right now though, I could rip myself to pieces. *sigh*





Changing the subject (while I can still type), I found a 6 Second Abs machine at my local RSPCA charity shop for 2.00 last week. I was very excited, even telling the shop assistant that I planned to be ripped by the summer using it! LOL

I brought it home, and tried it out. What a disappointment! It is so uncomfortable to use! I took it back today. Told them it works fine, and there is info online about how to use it, but it just didn't work for me and I'd rather they have it back to sell again than have it at home gathering dust. To be honest, I don't think it is even worth 2.00, and they advocate a 1200 calorie diet on the website too, which smacks of starvation! All in all a bad idea!

Now tell me one of you has it, loves it and thinks I'm crazy for donating it back! LOL

BUT...

I am very excited because I found Exerbeat for Wii at Play.com, and as we are finally dipping our toes in the murky *ahem cough cough* world of online buying, it seemed a great choice to buy, as I have never seen it locally. I already ordered and received the first season on DVD of The Golden Girls. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Golden Girls! I'm Dorothy, in case you're wondering. :-)

I hope that Exerbeat will arrive tomorrow.

I've joined the Sparkpeople Exerbeat Team in readiness. :-)

Woohoo! I just hope I feel a bit better tomorrow!

Enjoy your day. It is getting mighty soggy here again.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 5/10/2012 5:29PM

    Sure hope you're feeling better.
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I love Golden Girls re-runs too ~ have seen them all many times and still laugh out loud a lot!
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SCREWIE 5/9/2012 6:03PM

    Sorry to hear about the pain.

I hope you find a way to make it better, or at least to find some distraction from it.

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/9/2012 4:36PM

    Very sorry to hear of your chronic pain. I hate that we humans have to go through this. Wishing you much better days.

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LOVESLIFE48 5/9/2012 4:34PM

    I'm so sorry you don't feel well. Hope you feel better my friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YOYONOMORE1 5/9/2012 4:30PM

    Hope you get to feeling better, probably sunnier, warmer days might help.

Hugs,
Shirl

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QUIETUDEAGAIN1 5/9/2012 3:45PM

  Never mind a "wee scream" have a full bodied loud bloody scream. That will really make you feel better and think of all the gossip you can start. emoticon

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ANNEMAC5 5/9/2012 3:22PM

    Sorry you are having such a painful time. SCREAM,,,,,,, hopes it helps to share. This wet and dismal weather does not help. I have wasted plenty money over the years on novelty items so 2 not bad and you did donate it back.
Hope your exerbeat is good and I am a big fan of on-line shopping I have done it for years without any problems
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CARLA-216 5/9/2012 3:19PM

    Oh my, I hope you feel better soon. I'm sorry the Costo has flared and caused you much pain.

I hope you enjoy Exerbeat when it arrives. I bet you will!

Love the 'How A Dog's Brain Works' flow chart. So true about the puke it up, re-eat it. ROFL

xoxo
Carla


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NEW-CAZ 5/9/2012 2:35PM

    Hi Lex
I confess I'd not heard of Costochondritis so googled it. You poor thing, I hope it eases...must be so dishearting too.
Have fun with Exerbeat, sounds like a great workout!

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_LINDA 5/9/2012 2:17PM

    So very sorry you are in such pain :(( Hope it eases soon!
Shame the ab thing didn't work out for you. You really don't need some fancy gadget to work your abs, Sparks has all kinds of videos on working them, some of which I even do!
Don't know what exerbeat is, but I hope you feel up to enjoying it by the time it arrives there!
Hugs,
Linda xxx


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UK Coastal Walk: Days 10-18

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

19.3 miles in 9 days. Because I'm concentrating more on ST, and less on step counting while I try and get into a regular upper, lower, core routine, the resultant mileage has shrunk significantly.

So, rather than go day by day, which does rather take up a lot of time I don't really have currently, I'm going to try and do a weekly distance blog, with a few significant (to me anyway) highlights along the way. :-)

So, this is days10-18:



We left the last walking blog at the roundabout which hosts Warren's Bakery one of SIX pasty shops, in the self-proclaimed Pasty Capital of Cornwall!!!

www.cornishpasties.org.uk/hayle-past
y.htm


From there, I kept as close to the coast as the map will allow. The sad thing being that the actual coastal walk footpaths are not roads, and so the map doesn't acknowledge their existence. *boo! Shame on you mappy!* :-)

As you leave Hayle you find a number of challet and/or caravan sites situated along the coast. The area is made up largely of sweeping sands, and little sanddunes, so ideal for those whose main aim on a Cornish Holiday is to be as near the beach as possible. :-)



And it is good for surfing too:



Back on the B3301 after exploring a couple of these areas, and gradually the road starts to hug the coastline more, giving some beautiful and uninterrupted views between Hayle and Portreath another regular haunt of ours growing up. :-)



To the right, shortly before you reach Portreath, is Tehidy Woods...

www.cornwall.gov.uk/default.aspx?pag
e=13240


Tehidy Woods resident:



If you have three minutes, and love birds, you really must watch this short but glorious video of Morning in Tehidy Woods:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0lR
N9pf3VA


As the crow flies, Tehidy wasn't that many miles from the village where I spent the first twelve years of my life, and between that village and Tehidy was the best chip shop! It was situated in Lanner, and many's the Saturday evening that Dad would detour to Lanner on our way home from Truro School where he taught, just to buy fish and chips and mushy peas (his Yorkshire roots demanded mushy peas. LOL). The chip shop owner used to throw in a bag of batter bits especially for me and my brother. We did love our batter bits. :-)

Funny little coincidence here - I'm having a fish and chip supper tonight. :-) Not from Lanner though, sadly. Just a nice occasional not to worry about the fat treat. :-) I grill the battered fish, and make my own version of chips, which doesn't involve immersing the potato in fat, but rather cooking the potato, sprinkling the big chunks with a little veg oil and frying them to a crispy outside and melty mouth inside. Yum!!! :-)

And so, 13 miles into the 19 and we reach the outskirts of Portreath.

This is another town with a beautiful beach, and Smuggler's Cottage practically on the beach.

Smuggler's Cottage:

www.francisfrith.com/portreath/photo
s/smugglers-cottage-c1965_p95021/


This is Gull Rock:



We head up Lighthouse Hill for a better view of the coast...



...Then we follow the road round the outskirts of the local airfield, and head for Porthtowan, the next haunt on the map.





Porthtowan was a favourite with my Dad. The local pub was quite a draw for him, and we would often have lunch or an early evening meal there when we were on one of our jaunts.

The Victory Inn at Towan Cross, just outside Porthtowan to be exact. :-)

This seems as good a place as any to stop and rest actually, partly because it was a traditional stop for our family to eat, and it is dinner time here, and partly because I just discovered that we spent years eating our meals at the Victory while sitting mere feet away from an unexploded bomb!!!

www.bbc.co.uk/news/10564217

Wow! Now I need a drink!!! LOL

Have a great Tuesday!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 5/10/2012 5:26PM

    You are doing great!
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The pictures are so beautiful!

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_LINDA 5/9/2012 1:43AM

    I am loving and enjoying the way your are posting your walks! This is just the best idea!! I look forward to more of your journey through the trails and down memory lane!
Strength training IS very important -good on you for focusing more on it!
Keep up the fabulous work!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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LOVESLIFE48 5/8/2012 6:33PM

    Thanks for sharing your walk!! Love the pics! They are beautiful!! Have a great day my friend!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANNEMAC5 5/8/2012 4:23PM

    I enjoyed the walk . lovely pictures the beaches are stunning and some lovely sunshine (please).
Good to be mixing it up and going for a bit more strength work. Nice to have family memories to go with the pictures.

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CARLA-216 5/8/2012 3:33PM

    You're moving right along, Lex. Such a beautiful area and I thank you for taking me with you!

xoxo
Carla

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NEW-CAZ 5/8/2012 3:02PM

    You're making excellent progress Lex and I love the journey diary you're keeping.
I remember Gull Rock well, used to paddle in me cozy around there as a nipper!

Keep up the good work!

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Funky Fitness Fun days 10-12 (Sun-Tue)

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Well, TOM drained me as usual, but I stuck to my 'do something before breakfast' plan, and as a result, even though I didn't get much of a step count in over the last three days, I did at least 15 mins of exercise each day and so hung in on my streak. :-)

Sunday I danced to 7 Black Eyed peas songs on the Wii = 33 mins.

Monday I did Leslie Sansone-style walking to a selection of upbeat songs from my playlist = 25 mins.

Tuesday I walked the express mile sample video on Leslie's website before breakfast, and later in the morning I also did her one mile fast walk = 30 mins

There is no doubt in my mind that light exercise like this really helps with the pain and discomfort TOM causes.

The great news is that Tara's game order from Play.com was successful this time, and it arrived this morning. I've been subjected to Guitar Hero World Tour at intervals all day as a result. LOL I just hope I get a chance to play myself at some point. :-)

Right now though, I am yawning my head off. Tara woke up when the post arrived at silly o'clock this morning and pounded down the stairs waking Sophie and me in the process, and she was just so excited I couldn't get back to sleep. Now I'm ready for my bed. :-)

Hope you had/are having a terrific Tuesday.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SCREWIE 5/4/2012 7:17PM

    This was my PMT week... thankfully it's finished, or I would have eaten the table if I could work out how to coat it in sugar!


And good job it didn't break into next week, or my Live Below the Line challenge would have been doomed!

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WANDAH3 5/3/2012 9:40AM

    Good for you on getting some mild exercise in. Yay for Tara and her game. Glad it turned out to be a successful purchase.

Have a great day,
Hugs,
Wanda

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CARLA-216 5/2/2012 2:21PM

    I also believe that exercising during TOM, even if we don't feel up to it, is beneficial.

I'm glad Tara received her game. Maybe she'll share with you soon!

xoxo
Carla

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NEW-CAZ 5/2/2012 3:00AM

    Great workouts Lex and you're so right about it helping.
Happy for Tara
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_LINDA 5/2/2012 2:08AM

    Way to get your exercise in -glad Tara's happy! Hope you can find some quiet sleep time now..
Have a Wonderful Working it Wednesday!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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MNOT2THICK 5/1/2012 11:58PM

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MNOT2THICK 5/1/2012 11:58PM

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BOVEY63 5/1/2012 11:01PM

    Hope the TOM issues have eased - great job on getting in some exercise.

So happy for Tara - sounds like she's pretty excited about her purchase.

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CHEVY63 5/1/2012 9:48PM

    Hope your day went well! Thanks for the pics - you always make me laugh!

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LOVESLIFE48 5/1/2012 6:47PM

    Hope you get the rest you need!! So glad Tara is happy!! emoticon

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