Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Exerbeat is a very enthusiastic game. If you believed everything the various instructors told you, you'd expect to have lost 10 lbs in one session, be able to run a marathon, and win a world Hip Hop Dancing Championship, all in one day! LOLOL
But I love that everything about it is so positive, even if the instructors are a tad OTT. :-)
Of course, when you reach the Yoga and Pilates section, things are a little more sedate.
The yoga instructor - a lovely lady, all sweetness and light (as you'd expect) - said to me today, as I embarked on 25 minutes of Yoga and Pilates...
"Yoga is like having a conversation with your body. Listen to what it says to you as you perform the poses."
So, during the 25 minutes that I spent balancing on one leg,
or twisting my body into various weird versions of triangles,
and finishing by trying to imitate a V with my btm as the base angle (yeah, like THAT's gonna happen! LOL)...
...before finally being instructed into my favourite pose to finish the session...
And you know what?
We didn't have a conversation...
We had a row!!!
So, what can I do?
Seriously, though, after 25 minutes of yoga and pilates on Exerbeat, both my arms and my legs were like jelly. But it felt like very tasty jelly! LOL
It was a good session, even if I couldn't manage a couple of the poses.
And as if that wasn't enough exercise, I've spent the afternoon attacking the back garden aka my jungle. The grass was so high that Sophie was disappearing from view!!!
I kid you not!
The number of times I looked out the window and couldn't see her at all...
well, not counting the times she wasn't actually out there in the first place...
*note to self: Check to see if Sophie is INdoors before panicking about where she is OUTdoors! :-)
So, it (as in the grass) had to come down.
Only one slight problem, aside from the hard labour involved. The lawn is inundated with ant nests. Any ideas on how to get rid of ant nests in your lawn?
*pauses to scratch*
I don't know what it is, but the mere mention of ants starts me itching. Could be a memory from my childhood has something to do with it. You see, I know the true meaning of the phrase "ants in your pants". Yep, I sat on an ant's nest in a hedge to watch a parade in our village.
Ended up beiong plunged into a deep bath in my clothes to try and drown the little buggers that were crawling all over me! *shudders*
Nuff said! LOL
Hope you've had a terrific Tuesday. I need a rest now. *slump* :-)
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Yes, the man had hiccups. LOL
Several of you figured that one out and goodies are coming. :-)
How many of you knew the answer because you'd seen the question asked on NCIS? LOL
It's been a nice Sunday.
I've played with Just Dance 3 and Exerbeat. Had a leisurely soak in the bath. Transferred all my numbers to my new mobile phone while watching episodes of The Golden Girls, and nommed steak and kidney casserole for dinner with a little cheesy mash and petit pois.
I had another blood test on Friday, and get to see the doc again this week to discuss options and treatment for whatever still ails me. :-)
Had a phone call from Virgin Media last week. Wow!!! They are in a generous mood for a change. :-) Last time they rang, it was to offer me a new modem...
I told them straight that I'd been a customer for so long and paid them so much money they should be giving me stuff like that for free!!!
Seems they heard me. :-)
They are coming to the house on Thursday...
Drum roll please...
A FREE super hub with wifi, that supports up to 60mg broadband connection, plus a 3 month FREE subscription to Spotify (which is apparently like itunes)
And, as if that wasn't generous enough thay are also giving us a FREE 500 gigabyte Tivo box that can record up to three channels at once.
If all goes well, I'll be able to say goodbye to this LOL forever...
The whole package, including installation is absolutely free, and my monthly bill will only go up by £3.
This all makes me very happy. :-)
Always assuming, of course, that I can figure out how to work everything. I'm not the most technically adept person in the world. LOL
So, wish us luck on Thursday, and if I disappear from my computer forever because they mess it all up, well, it's been nice knowing you all!
Monday, May 14, 2012
So, the doctor called...
...and you know that means trouble!
They don't waste their precious money to tell you that your test results are negative. :-)
So, the news...
Yes, I have a bowel infection.
I am already improving so hopefully the pills I'm on will sort it.
I am also anaemic. How anaemic they don't know, but my haemaglobin is 9. So pretty anaemic.
I have to go have another blood test to determine how low the iron is. That happens on Friday.
The anaemia doesn't surprise me. I had a couple of migraines - one at Christmas and one a few weeks ago, and I only seem to get those when I'm anaemic.
The doc wants to see me when the iron results come back to discuss why I'm low again, and how best to move forward. Also, with blood in my urine and so forth, there may be something going on internally, and so it needs further investigation.
As for the urine test, the results of that aren't back yet. She'll ring if they flag anything when they do come back.
Sorry. Random shot of Sophie taken a few mins ago by Tara just wanted to sneak in here for a little light relief! LOL
So yeah, feeling better, still a little tender in spots, but eating and output seems back to normal. Can walk upright now, instead of doing passable imitation of Neanderthal Woman! :-)
And walking at my normal pace, which is also good. :-)
I played with my Exerbeat again today.
No! Get on with you! Really? You're kidding me!
Today I have done a mix of Boxercising, Karate and Stretching.
Turns out the My Fitness section of the game has TWENTY spaces for saving your own fitness routines! That is so awesome! That means I can create my own upper, lower, core, and stretching routines, and save them to use again.
The Wii Fit Plus can only save one custom-built routine at a time! It is one of the things that, to my mind, lets WFP down a wee bit, much as I like it. The peeps who created it don't seem quite as knowledgeable about exercise as those who've created Exerbeat. Wii Fit Plus is also missing a stretching section.
This 20-segment section for building your own routines is truly the best aspect of Exerbeat so far. I am SOOO impressed by that. What a brilliant idea!!! :-)
Changing the subject...
Thanks to MOSTMOM I went on a hunt to find out which Muppet I am today. Recovering from illness makes you do daft things to while away the hours. LOL
I looked here:
Turns out I am Sam the Eagle! :-)
You are Sam the Eagle.
You are patriotic and devoted. And extremely anal.
Patriotism, Being appalled at what everyone else is doing.
The National Anthem of America
"An American In....America"
LAST BOOK READ:
"Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, Eagles are from America"
"Please stop that now! It's un-American!"
The obvious question is...
I'm not even American! LOLOLOL
As I explained to MOSTMOM, I adore so many Muppets, but among my faves are Statler/Waldorf, Gonzo, and the Swedish Chef, but how that would morph I have NO idea! LOLOLOLOL
Oh, and I have to add Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupugus from Sesame Street too!
Here's a link to Shelli's vlog, in case you are one of the few Sparkers who've missed it...
In other news...
I loved this item of news today and just had to share.
All you rail commuters, take note...
Blackadder star Tony Robinson has helped coach rail staff to deliver new "comedy" announcements.
Written by Richard Preddy, who wrote the sitcom Green Wing, the announcements aim to make the Birmingham to London journey enjoyable.
Robinson, who played Baldrick, spent a month helping Chiltern Railways staff learn the lines.
The announcements will also be heard at London Marylebone Station.
The announcements passengers will hear include:
"I'd like to welcome passengers boarding this 7.33 from Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone. If you've just bumped into someone who you barely know, you now have one hour and 30 minutes of awkward small talk. Good luck."
"For any passengers who've not visited London before, do please prepare yourselves for the capital's overwhelmingly calm and relaxing pace of life."
"Will any passengers listening to noisy iPods please get a better taste in music. Thank you."
And my personal favourite...
"We will shortly be passing through West Ruislip where we will be racing the Underground trains. Do please feel free to cheer for our driver."
Makes me want to move to Brum and get a job in London! :-)
Have a great day!
Sunday, May 13, 2012
I'm pleased to report that I got a good few hours sleep last night, and although I still have some abdominal pain, it is significantly reduced. Most important of all, I seem to have both input and output again.
I haven't taken my lunchtime painkillers. I'm seeing how tolerable the pain is now.
So far, so good! :-)
I'm currently nomming some dinner and Sparking while listening to Scream Extreme USA behind me. Something Tara wanted to watch. Two of the judges from Strictly Come Dancing - Craig and Bruno - are in opposition, riding some of the scariest funpark rides in America with members of the public, while trying to ask and answer questions on general knowledge.
Who thinks up these shows??? LOL
I had no idea Bruno had such a potty mouth! Mind you, I'd put a trooper to shame if they stuck me on one of those rides!!! LOL
In other news...
I played with Exerbeat today. Surprised? LOL
I did little bits and rested between, but really enjoyed myself. Specially as the pain relaxed for a good patch of the day. :-)
It may be the novelty value of a new game, but right now, it is my absolute favourite of all my Wii Games to date.
It has about everything you could want in a game to keep fit while having fun. All you need is a reasonable ability to follow a rhythm.
It has about 150 different Workouts and games, varying from around 53 seconds to 8 minutes (so far). I still have a ton of the workouts to unlock. There is Aerobics, Hip Hop and Latin Dancing. Kung Fu and Boxing. Yoga, Pilates, and stretching! Stretching is particularly helpful as so many games tend to miss out that important aspect of your exercise routine.
There are also some intriguing games to play. Would anyone here ever believe that you could SWIM using a Wii??? Well, I can't! I am a Lead Weight apparently, but it was only my first go at the swimming game. LOL
There is a finite score for each workout (as far as I can tell) so you can work towards 100% on each one. So far I only have 100% on one of the workouts I've done. But I'm close on a couple of others.
As you play, choosing exactly what you want to do from the open and available workouts and games levels, you open a ton of new workouts, plus extra options, such as an option to use the game without a remote, so it is more of a classic workout style (no scoring on that one), a section where you can build your own routine from the options available (haven't tried that yet, but am hoping you can save a selection rather than just one like the Wii Fit Plus), and a personal trainer who offers you a good range of choices - such as working on specific parts of your bod for a length of time of your choosing - for a workout that doesn't get interrupted after every section to add your scores up.
An added bonus is the Around The World feature. Everything you do, no matter how little, is converted into miles and your Wii Mii gets to walk to 90 different places around the globe. You get miles for rhythm points, combos of correct moves, medals, minutes played and your success percentage.
As a result, in two days and a bit over an hour of play time I've passed through 13 of the 90 places so far. :-) I've travelled 15450 miles!!! And I am currently crossing the Sahara Desert.
Well, dinner is eaten. Now to see how my tum hamdles the input. :-)
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.
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