Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Plenty of that. :-) For example, I have had my Exerbeat game for a month now, and I have played it every single day. Apart from one day when my abdominal pain caught me out, and I was only able to do 15 mins as a result, I have done at least 30 minutes of exercise with it every day, and usually more like an hour!
*pauses to see if trainers are smokin'*
So, according to the game, in one month I exercised for a total of 25 1/2 hours, went round the world very nearly three times, and burned a total of 17024 calories!!!
I've done hours of Aerobics, Hip Hop and Latin Moves. I've boxed and karate-chopped my arms off. I've attempted yoga and pilates moves that stretched my body as well as my stamina (made easier by that bargain of a mattress I picked up to lie on). I've done amazing stretch routines to complete my efforts, and I've played some very daft games, like swimming standing up in my sitting room, pretending to be John Travolta's dance partner, tossing pizzas topped with such diverse foods as whole roast chickens and burgers, smashing walls down using boxing moves, and wielding a sword to smash melons, boxes and barrels.
It is a really awesome, diverse and fun game, that I look forward to playing every single day.
As you work through the game you have to unlock a lot of the exercises, and in the month, I have succeeded - just - in opening all 60 Aerobic, Hip Hop and Latin Workouts, all 20 Boxercising Workouts, all 30 Karate Workouts, all 20 Yoga and Pilates Workouts, and all 10 Stretching Workouts.
The only bits still not unlocked are some of the games levels. I reached Intermediate in the Pirate Game and the Wall Smasher, but I am still something of a beginner in the other three still, and Advanced is a long, long way down the road I reckon for all of them! LOL
I will say that there are one or two minor niggles with the game. For instance, the World Map is lovely the first time around, and the second time they give you new facts about each place so that takes the edge off a bit, but after that it gets boring. It just repeats the second trip info, and although I now have a 3 over my Mii's head to show I've been around the world three times, the little animated note character, doesn't acknowledge it.
Also, you can't cut corners with the map, or stop the game from running the (very long) credits EVERY time you complete a world tour.
However, as long as you aren't trying to improve your medal scores on individual workouts (you can earn gold, silver and bronze medals for each workout) you can use the My Exercises section to build the routine of workouts you want to do that day, and it will take you through them all without interruption, so that you only have to visit the map once at the end of your session, instead of after every workout.
That really is the only complaint I have about the game. There is so much variety that you can exercise your upper, lower, and core, and stretch at the end - it really is an all-in-one game. :-)
Another good is that I bought my first reusable water bottle today.
It is made by Thermos.
It is BPA free, has a 700ml (25oz) capacity, and the icing on the cake is that it has a core that you can fill with water and freeze, so that when you pop it back in the bottle it keeps your drinking water nice and cool for longer. :-) That'll come in handy if we ever see the sun again! LOL
And it was only £5.50, which compared to a lot of much more basic models I've seen is quite the bargain in my view. :-) Specially as Thermos - on their OWN website - are selling the exact same bottle for £8.95!
It has a nice big opening to drink from, is easy to fill from the brita jug, and the whole thing comes apart for easy cleaning.
Very user friendly. :-)
I don't know what is taking so long, but the ultrasound scan appointment applied for by my doctor more than three weeks ago still hasn't come through, and I rang the hospital this morning to chase the appointment up, only to get an answer machine! I'm still waiting for them to call me back!
The Icky: (Warning - may be TMI for some people. If so, scroll down to END OF ICKY)
However, the hospital appointment I'm really NOT looking forward to came through the post this morning. I was so excited at first, thinking someone had sent me a pressie, because a jiffy bag with an interesting bulge dropped onto the doormat. Thinking my eldest had sent me a wee something to cheer me up, I ripped open the bag, only to have a Turbo Laxative fall out of the envelope!!!
It was accompanied by a letter and a booklet of instructions for before, during and after my *gulp* Barium Enema!!!
I am going to have to go through three days or more of unpleasantness in order to have this procedure, and to stand the best chance of it going well.
Two days before the BE, I have to drastically limit my diet - Absolutely NO ... high fibre cereal (bye bye porage), bran, fruit, vegetables, red meat and dairy products (bye bye cereal and cups of tea)
I can eat rice krispies IF I am willing to eat them with coffeemate stirred into water! Ugh!
So, my diet will consist that day of boiled or poached egg, plain boiled potato, macaroni, spaghetti or noodles, plain boiled white rice, chicken or fish, stock cube gravy made with water only, white bread or toast (no butter), white or brown sugar, clear jelly, clear soup/broth.
The day before the procedure, I take two helpings of Turbo laxative 8 hours apart, and eat a very specific minimum food diet until 8pm, then no more food until after the procedure. However, I can drink and must drink plenty of liquid - water, bovril, black tea or coffee - to make up for all the fluid my body will lose, and that's it. Oh, and for the evening meal I can have a cup of clear soup (no solid food), and some jelly.
To be honest, after all those hours of, um, emptying out my system, I doubt I'd have the energy or the inclination to eat anyway!
Then, on the day, nothing at all until after the procedure. They suggest bringing some biscuits with me so that I can eat once it is all over. I think I'm going to want something nommier than that after going through all that hassle! I think, if I feel up to it, I'll head for the hospital cafe for a little something and a nice cup of tea! :-)
I am very much not looking forward to this. I am going to feel pretty rough, not eating properly, and hardly at all for the best part of two days. Never mind the rest of it! I get horrible headaches if I don't eat properly. And with the anaemia, it turns headaches into migraines, and I won't be able to take my usual migraine relief because I can't take codeine for those three days - or my iron tablets!
On the positive side, as long as I do exactly what they want me to do, they should be able to take some beautiful photos of my innards! LOL Maybe I should ask for an album of my own to take home as a keepsake. *kidding!!!*
I know that I want this to be a one-time thing, so I need to give them the best shot at getting the best shots, so to speak, so I would be silly not to follow the diet to the letter.
I found a book at the library the other week, called Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway, by Susan Jeffers. I'm hoping that there might be some wisdom in it that will help me through this, because I don't mind telling you guys that - joking aside - I am scared stiff!!!
The only reason I am even considering going through this procedure is that the pain is so bad when it hits, and makes me feel so ill, that I am more afraid of that than going to the hospital!!!
So, tomorrow, hopefully, I'll have the revised date and time of the BE appointment, which has to be changed to fit in with my body cycles, and maybe even the ultrasound appointment people might ring me back and let me know when that is planned. :-)
END OF ICKY
We went to the library again today, and this time I came home armed with some books to keep in the bathroom to aid my extended stays in there. I have a couple of Pam Ayres books, The Cricklewood Tapestry by someone called Alan Cohen, and one of Jeremy Clarkson's books - Driven to Distraction. That should keep me entertained, and if we run out of toilet roll, Clarkson's book could end up serving two purposes!!! LOLOL
Oooh, a couple of out and about pics...
Sophie's "Well, are you coming to throw the ball or not?" look...
Proof that the sun has come out occasionally...
"Hey! Mum! Look! I have a shadow for a change!
Wish me luck guys!!!
A Double Dose today because laughter is the best medicine!
Friday, May 25, 2012
I do have fun trying to come up with blog titles sometimes. LOL
1. Big Bargains...
Check these out...
Genuine Disney merchandise Tigger Mugs!
How much would you pay for these new? Probably around £7 if other ones I've googled are anything to go by.
How much did I pay?
And also, check this out!
This is a thin mattress from one of those fold up guest beds. I bought the guest bed for a fiver! The mattress is fabulous for me to sit and lie on to do yoga, pilates and stuff like that. I can even kneel on it briefly without my knees moaning!
Gotta love charity shops! :-)
2. Tricky Tech
Well, that was the Virgin Installation. It was quite a day, trying to get the Tivo box up and running. The Internet Superhub was a complete sweetie, and was working within a minute of the tech guy swapping it with our very old modem and wireless router.
The only hiccup was that Tara's DS didn't like it so he had to go online and alter the password to something it would accept, which then meant that she had to reset her laptop too. My baby is hardwired into the hub though, so it doesn't affect him. :-)
Collects dust like the proverbial magnet though! LOL
But I'm ahead of myself...
Bear in mind the rotten day before (Wed) when I came within a whisker of having to go to casualty with my abdominal pains. Well, I was barely out of bed on the Thursday morning, after a less than good night's sleep because of the worry more than pain, when there was a knock at the door at 8.20 am. Assuming it was the postman, I went to the door, only to find the virgin tech on the doorstep. And he wasn't supposed to be here until 11am!
So, what can you do? He couldn't come back at 11 because he had a health and safety appointment to go to after doing our install, and so, with many apologies for the mess, and explaining that I had quite literally only got out of bed five minutes earlier, I let him in, to a crescendo of barks from Sophie, who would have been safely tucked up in her room if he had arrived at the booked time.
When he went out to his van to get his tools, and the gizmos, I took the opportunity to scoot Sophie upstairs to her room, and swap out what I was wearing for something a little more presentable. LOL
Then I stood there brushing my hair and plaiting it, while he started to pull the old set top box out to make the swap for the Tivo box.
Thus began two hours of frustration!!! Nothing he could do would make the box work. He eventually contacted someone who told him the national system was down, and no one could dowload info to Tivo boxes anywhere!!! Considering how long he'd been trying and that he'd already been in touch with them about three times, it is astonishing to me that no one told him sooner!
So, he had to leave us with a screen of, well....
and a promise that the box would do what it was meant to do as soon as the national problem was fixed.
Which it didn't.
Because there was also a local problem as it turned out.
It was around 4pm when I got sick of waiting and called the customer service centre. I got transferred to a lovely Scottish lady with the exact same Scottish accent as my dear departed Grandma, who basically told me that there was a switch at the back of the Tivo box, and to switch it off and on again.
It worked! And within minutes we had TV, although it took about an hour for everything to finish downloading.
And we could watch Pointless:
So, there you go. Every single time we have had our set top box needing replacing or upgrading there has been an issue in the area or nationally. But, to be fair, once it is sorted we have rarely had a problem.
Then, last night I switched it to standby because I gather you are supposed to leave the Tivo switched on all night for uploads, recording and so forth. But, when I felt it, the box was pretty warm, and I am not a fan of leaving things plugged in that have a high level of heat emanating from them. So I took a chance, and switched it off for the night.
It was a case of what would worry me less, leaving something that hot on all night, or it not working in the morning because I'd switched it off. To be honest, it was no contest! Plus switching off is way more environmentally friendly. :-)
So, figuring that it would take a few minutes to set up in the morning, I switched it on as soon as I got up, went off to feed Sophie and the birds, and when I walked back into the sitting room a few minutes later, all I had to do was press one button on the remote and it was all working just fine! :-)
3. Tasty Treats
After some deliberation, and a chat with a couple of Waitrose staff today, I decided to buy a tub of frozen yogurt to try out. I've been thinking about it for a while, and a recent Sparkpeople article mentioning the pitfalls with frozen yogurt being less healthy than you'd think sometimes had put it back into my mind again.
Anyway, the one I decided to try was Waitrose own brand. It is from their Love Life range, and is raspberry and blackcurrant flavour, and it is utterly delicious!
Typical values per 1/5 pot (100ml)
Energy 318 kj
Energy 75 kcal
Protein 3.15 g
Carbohydrate 13.10 g
Sugars 12.65 g
Fat 1.05 g
Saturates 0.77 g
Fibre 0.32 g
Sodium 0.039 g
I think the stats are pretty good. :-)
As long as I can resist going back for seconds! LOL
4. Precocious Pains
This one is simple. No more major pain since Wed, just twinges, but not only is my Costo playing up at the mo, but TOM kicked in today too, so I am on my pain threshold, and praying the acute pain stays well away!!!
Oh, and the dratted pain hasn't stopped me claiming the completion of my first Around the World trip on Exerbeat! I got crowned! LOL
So, off to sort out dinner. Paprika Pork, yum!
Oooh, meant to mention that yesterday I threw some chunked up lightly fried onion, orange pepper, leek and courgette into the slow cooker, threw some chunks of chicken thigh over the top, and stirred in a sachet of Amoy sweet and sour wok sauce. It was delicious!!! :-) And the whole sachet of sauce is only something like 60 calories.
Hope everyone in the UK is enjoying our wee heatwave! Sounds like we have a nice weekend ahead of us!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Just when I thought we were about there, the little tell tale signs started again, culminating in a last minute doctor's appointment this afternoon. They just squeezed me in before the surgery closed.
While I was there the doc did another very thorough examination, and was going to send me up to casualty, but the pain suddenly eased off completely while I was there so she decided to book me in for a scan at the hospital, on the understanding that if the pain comes back tonight, I'll go to the drop in centre or casualty, whichever is easier for me.
In the meantime, another urine sample is off to the lab, and I have another course of antibiotics to take.
I couldn't believe it when the damn pain hit this afternoon. Tara was in the bath, neighbours were nowhere to be found, and I was told I had to get to the surgery within twenty minutes or it would be shut. I was doubled over in pain every other minute, and I didn't know what to do. if I called a taxi, it wouldn't have picked me up in time, so I grabbed a bottle of water and my handbag and told Tara to try not to worry and that one way of another I was getting to the doctor!
As the most enormous luck would have it, one of my neighbours was reversing into her drive just as I opened my front door, so I flagged her down, clutching my stomach, and she drove me up to the surgery. She offered to wait, but I told her I didn't know how long I'd be, so she gave me her number in case I needed her to come back. For someone who can be incredibly unpredictable in the mood department, she can be very nice when she wants to be, bless her. :-)
She has also said she will take me to the hospital if necessary, and watch Tara until someone can get here to look after her.
Right now, though, I am scared to eat, in case the pain comes back!
I think I might just go to bed. I'm feeling really tired and have a right royal headache developing, from the stress most likely. We have the Virgin techs coming in the morning to install all our upgrades, and the last thing I need is to have to cancel that because I'm sat in casualty waiting to be seen. :-) Also, I need to get up earlier than planned so that I can get to the chemist so they can fill my prescriptions before the techies get here.
Forgive me please, for the lack of lols tonight. I'm all lolled out, sadly.
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!
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