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A Pearl of Yoga Wisdom. :-)

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...

I listened...

And you know what?

I realised...

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.

*scratches again*

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* :-)
Lex xxx
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SCIFIREADER 5/27/2012 8:23AM

    I love the Happy Puppy pose. I will have to do the rest of my yoga routine now. Thanks for the blogs with pics.

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CARLA-216 5/23/2012 11:09AM

    Sounds like a good workout, that yoga!

Hope you can get the ants taken care of. Reading about them was making me itch as well! LOL


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_LINDA 5/23/2012 1:03AM

    Great work with the pilates and yoga! Sorry about dealing with ants :(( My Mom uses a powder or a spray, but there is also something like a pellet, that when they take it back underground it supposedly kills the lot of them. You would have to see what they have at a home center..
Love the funnies and your sense of humour as always :)
Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
Linda xxx

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MNOT2THICK 5/22/2012 11:25PM

    OMMMMMMMM emoticon

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BOVEY63 5/22/2012 5:46PM

    I love how you incorporate the pictures into your blog!

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CHEVY63 5/22/2012 4:21PM

    Great job on the workout!

Love the pictures, you always find the funniest ones!

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SCREWIE 5/22/2012 3:35PM

    Love the kitteh yoga :D

Well done for getting through it!

No ants, but today I was the local mosquitos free meal. Get a little sunshine over here, and they are all over me with their cutlery.

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NEW-CAZ 5/22/2012 3:25PM

    you ARE feeling better emoticon emoticon

you're nuts and I luvz ya emoticon

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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...

...for 30!!!

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...

...to install...

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.

Whoop! Whoop!

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!

Have fun!
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 5/21/2012 3:18PM

    What a deal on the WiFi hub and TiVo! I love having a DVR; can't imagine ever not having one now.


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ANNEMAC5 5/21/2012 2:38PM

    Thanks for the goodie. Also sounds like you are getting a good deal from Virgin media. Got your new phone number (thanks). Hope you continue to feel better and the Dr gives you good blood test results.
Anne :)

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SCREWIE 5/21/2012 1:15PM

    Nice when you get things going your way, for a change :)

I've just switched to the Coop, fingers crossed!

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CHEVY63 5/21/2012 9:12AM

    YAY! I'm glad they're giving you the great deal! Hope it makes everything easier for you.

Thanks for all the funny pics - started my day with a smile!

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NEW-CAZ 5/21/2012 2:42AM

    what a great deal Lex!
Hope you get a diagnosis this week and are soon on the mend.
Have a great week babes, and thanks for the goodie LOL LOL LOL

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_LINDA 5/21/2012 1:56AM

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Way to score a deal!! That is amazing!!! Enjoy!!! The way you upload so many photos I assumed you already had a fast connection! So now you can do even more, wow!
Hope your Dr. figures it out what does ail you and gets on the treatment fast!
Have a Marvelous Monday!
Linda xxx

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MNOT2THICK 5/20/2012 11:29PM

    emoticonon the deal. emoticonfor the goodie emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/20/2012 8:30PM

    emoticon on getting a deal!

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A man walks into a bar...

Saturday, May 19, 2012

A man walks into a bar, and asks for a glass of water.

The barkeeper pulls out a shotgun, and fires it, just missing the man.

The man says "Thankyou", puts a tip on the counter and leaves.

Why does he say thankyou and leave the tip?

Answers on the back of a postcard...

Nah! Just kidding. See if you can figure it out and I'll give you the answer next blog. LOL

Lex xxx
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BARCLE 5/21/2012 12:15AM


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CHEVY63 5/19/2012 11:43PM

    Hiccups sounds like a good answer to me! Love the pics, have a good one!

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_LINDA 5/19/2012 7:10PM

    BESCATS said it first -she gets the prize lol. Thanks for the funnies!
Have a fabulous weekend!
Linda xxx

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MNOT2THICK 5/19/2012 5:22PM

    Oh yeah, HICCUPS emoticon

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ANNEMAC5 5/19/2012 3:18PM

    What a tease .....

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NEW-CAZ 5/19/2012 12:56PM

Love the pics!
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BOVEY63 5/19/2012 12:45PM

    Anxiously waiting for the answer. Love the pics as usual!

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BESCATS 5/19/2012 11:19AM

    Trying to get rid of hiccups ??? I love the photos, especially the one with the black cat, he looks just like mine. Have a great day.

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Muppets, and Trains, and Doctors, Oh My!!! :-)

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"
"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!
Lex xxx
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CHEVY63 5/17/2012 10:18PM

    Hope you're feeling better! Love the picks emoticon

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SCREWIE 5/16/2012 9:43AM

    I forgot, about our Tube staff. There's also been this since last year, at Angel (Islington) station:


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SCREWIE 5/16/2012 9:30AM

    Not to detract from Tony Robinson's funniness, but while the concept of having amusing announcements is to be applauded, I think it's much better when it's spontaneous.

I hardly ever use the Tube now, but when I did (and occasionally still do), hearing the driver come up with some funny message made my day.

A few examples here (some of those I've heard myself):


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_LINDA 5/15/2012 2:09AM

    Loved the Sophie pic, who needs the funnies from the net when you have your won lol.
Glad the Dr.'s are getting all over your issues. I had anemia once. It was probably the most sleep I got in my life as I couldn't stay awake at all, kept passing out from lack of oxygen -my Dr. said only one in 4 of my red cell's heme was able to carry an O2 molecule -she was amazed I wasn't having difficulty breathing. Word of note -they probably will put you on high doses of iron. If it affects you the way it did me -you will be fast friends with the old water closet if you know what I mean ;)
Don't like hearing you are getting blood -hope they find the cause of that soon..
So glad you are finding this new game better and more enjoyable. Look forwards to hearing all you are doing with it.
PS: I came out as Gonzo the Great lol!
Take care of yourself!
Linda xxx

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MNOT2THICK 5/14/2012 10:41PM

    Happy to hear you now know what is wrong and can do something about it. Nice to meet you Sam emoticon

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    Take care and hope you get some results and answers soon - I love the train announcements! WTG - we all need a good laugh!

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CARLA-216 5/14/2012 4:24PM

    Aww, I love Sophie!

Glad you're improving more still. I hope nothing else is found in the urine test.


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LOVESLIFE48 5/14/2012 4:22PM

    I hope you feel better my friend!! Ok, I had to do the muppet thing too, I'm Rowlf!!! Have a nice day!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 5/14/2012 3:23PM

    Well I can tell you're feeling better!!!!!
great blog Lex, I hope your meds get your infections under control and that you're soon back to full health.
Fingers crossed that's all there is to be found.
Loved looking up my muppet; Rowlf!!!!! emoticon

I love Tony Robinson but I can see some commuters wanting to hang themselves listening to him too often; I tire of the drivel he comes out with in Time Team emoticon

Take care hun and look after yourself *yes MUM* emoticon

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Feeling a bit more human now

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.
Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 5/14/2012 5:54PM

    Happy to hear that you're starting to feel better. Awesome job on the working out. You rock Lady!!

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CARLA-216 5/14/2012 11:46AM

    I am so very glad you're on the mend. I hope the upward trend continues!


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    Sorry to see you have been ill. Hoping you are well on the mend.

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LOVESLIFE48 5/14/2012 7:02AM

    So glad to hear you are feelilng better. I have to get more dance wii games!!! Have a super day my friend!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 5/14/2012 2:51AM

    Lovely to see you feeling so much better Lex!
Love the sound of those games and it seems to keep you motivated, always a good sign of a well chosen mode of exercise. If it's boring it's soon dropped huh?
Here's to a better week! Have you got to see your doc for a check up or has it been left that you'll see how you fair and go back if necessary?
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_LINDA 5/14/2012 2:21AM

    So glad your symptoms are easing up! Those wii games sound amazing. No, can't say as I can picture swimming with it.
Hope all is back to normal so you can make your Monday Marvelous!
Keep on getting better!
Linda xxx

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