Tuesday, July 31, 2012
I think I can be forgiven for being a tad food-obsessed TODAY. After all, everything Spark stands for is about to turned on its head TOMORROW, courtesy of the NHS rules on eating prior to a barium enema!
So, I'm sitting here, having just consumed a fair bit more in a day than I normally would, because come tomorrow, most of my fave food is banned from my belly for the next three days or so.
Tomorrow is what I have dubbed "White Food Day" No dairy, no veg, no fruit, no whole foods, no red meat.
Given the list of food I can eat, I have endeavoured to be inventive, but I'll be honest. I've failed! I can't concentrate for more than five minutes on tomorrow's food, because all I could think of was what I could eat today.
So, I have eaten a selection of my favourite foods today. I started with a Nutrigrain bar, closely followed by the last 150g out of my pot of Onken yogurt - with Sophie helping to lick out the pot, in case I leave enough to be tempted by tomorrow!
She takes her "Protective of Mummy" duties very seriously you know. Note: the intense look of concentration on her face. :-)
Having put a little somthin' somthin' in my tum, I headed for Waitrose for some last minute edibles for tomorrow, and a few more tasty treats for today.
Once back, I did some aerobics - 50 mins (1 gold and 1 Silver medal towards my Olympic total), the made up a bowl of porage, topped with apple. Nom!
Next stop, once that was digested - the nice new kettle for a cup of tea, and a banana muffin. :-)
A short while later I nommed a Waitrose prawn mayo sarnie, and shortly after that, wished I hadn't because my bod gave me a stern reminder of why I am NOT allowed to chicken out of the enema!
Never mind. Tummy resettled, and Tara and I got some cleaning done, before having a slice of toast with some baked beans and a fried egg on top.
And finally, tonight, I have had a small plate of pork chow mein on a small bed of rice.
That is IT! I am totally stuffed. :-)
So, tomorrow for breakfast, I have cooked 50g of white rice, and I have a plan to turn it into a form of kedgeree, by adding in some flaked up smoked salmon, and a chopped up hard boiled egg.
Lunch is picking on offcuts of smoked salmon with any kedgeree leftovers.
Dinner is a leg of chicken, with either noodles of potato, depending on how I feel when the time comes.
And I have 3 pints of jelly in the fridge! 2 pints of orange and 1 pint of blackcurrant. Now, I don't plan to eat it all myself, but it is the only dessert allowed, and at least it will provide some colour! LOL
I shall miss my five-a-day, and hope that everything settles down quickly after the procedure, so that I can return to my normal diet as soon as possible.
I wonder what I'll crave the most. :-)
I know I'll miss my fresh greens...
It will take a lot to keep my cravings under control. I probably need an incentive to avoid the fridge temptations...
I could get pretty desperate for some red meat...
But a slight accident will stop me getting that close to the meat...
I just hope no-one places temptation in my path!
Saturday, July 28, 2012
I was exercising with my Exerbeat and wearing my chocolate Gold Medal this morning (given to me by Tara to cheer me up while I deal with my health issues). I wasn't wearing it and exercising at the same time, you understand. LOL
Anyway, as I stood there, staring at the medals I'd earned in the boxing section of Exerbeat, I thought to myself that Exerbeat is the perfect game to have an Olympic Challenge with!
So I challenged my pals on the Exerbeat Spark Team. :-)
Then I did some more thinking while getting my breakfast. What about my blog pals on Spark? Can't we have a challenge too?
So, this is what I've come up with...
From today (28th July) until the close of the Olympic Games on 12th August, how many medals - Gold, Silver and Bronze, can you earn while exercising?
Aerobic type exercise, i.e. jogging, cycling, aerobics, swimming, dancing, Exerbeat for Wii, or other exercise games, etc
10 minutes = Bronze
20 minutes = Silver
30 minutes = Gold
Strength-type exercise involving repetitions
5 reps = Bronze
10 reps = Silver
15 reps = Gold
A couple of examples...
Today I did 15 mins of dancing, so I get a Bronze medal for that, plus I did 30 Minutes of Boxing, so I get a Gold Medal for that.
If I'd done a 45 minute Aerobic exercise, I would get 1 Gold and 1 Bronze for it (30 mins plus 10 mins) or 2 silvers if I prefer. :-)
Keep a tally of your efforts, and I'll blog for your results at the end of the Olympics on the 12th August.
Medals and Cups for the winners!!!
How does that sound?
Ooh, and if you want to challenge your own blog pals as well, feel free to copy the relevant bits of this blog to paste in your own blog. :-)
27th: 1 Bronze - Dancing, 1 Gold - Boxing
And talking of the Olympics, did any of you see the Opening Ceremony last night?
To quote Gary Lineker...
It was Bold, Bonkers, Brilliant and British!
I actually cried when they started uprooting that tree! I cried with laughter at Her Maj parachuting from the helicopter, and again when Mr Bean got involved. And when all those Mary Poppins floated down... WOWSERS!!!
Then there was the procession of athletes from 205 countries, which was a joy to behold - the pride, the smiles, the joy.
And the cauldron ...
What can I say about the cauldron?
It was the most inspired piece of art I have ever seen. The symbolism of the piece just blew me away!
7000 of the most amazingly awesome volunteers I've ever seen created a magical evening never to be forgotten!
I am so glad I watched.
Enjoy your weekend! Go Team GB!!!
Thursday, July 26, 2012
It's not about size.
It's about healthy.
We need to stop obsessing about the labels in our clothes and the clothing industry's measurements of what is a 'normal' size.
We need to stop obsessing about the bathroom scales.
Be comfortable in your skin. Love your body, including all its lumps and bumps, and just focus on being healthy.
Exercise, Eat , and be happy with your choices.
Have Fun! You will exercise more successfully if you enjoy it!
Fat and Fit are NOT mutually exclusive!
Skinny and Fit are NOT mutually inclusive!
Lettuce is for Rabbits...
Unless you like lettuce, in which case, Enjoy! :-)
Cake is tasty. Just measure your portion.
No food is truly bad, unless you are allergic to it!
Your Choices are your Choices. Own them, and be happy with them. They are a good fit for you. Even if they are not a good fit for someone else.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
No food can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Could not take the heat anymore! Two days at Silly Degrees of heat and no breeze, and two nights of hardly any sleep, and I've had enough.
I'm Melting! I'm Melting!
So, seeing as I had a little spare cash, and the new kettle could wait because I have one that works on the cooker, Tara and I went down to Homebase and came home with an Oscillating Electric Floor-Standing Fan!
We really worked up a real sweat building it! I couldn't believe how many pieces it came in. But eventually, thanks largely to Tara's sound logic, rather than to coherent instructions, we had it up and running.
What a relief! Even on the lowest setting it is chucking out a decent amount of cooling air. And we've set it where it alternates between pointing at Tara and pointing at me.
Sophie, bless her, is not impressed by the weird moving thing in the corner, but it has already helped her to stop panting, so she'll just have to put up with it. :-)
Oh, and look what was parked opposite our house the other day:
The Scooby Mystery Machine, sort of...
Tired and achy today from all the poking and prodding yesterday I guess. So having a quiet day, I hope. :-) Not actually exercising today, for once in a way. Won't hurt to have a rest. Also, even after a week, I still have that crick in my neck. It isn't much of a problem during the day, but at night is a right nuisance because I can't get properly comfortable on my left side. If it continues I may have to visit the GP. But I suspect it is largely due to stress, and that once I've been through all the necessaries next week, it will ease off.
Have a good Wednesday!
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
For some reason the link to The Rainbow Connection in my last blog isn't working, no matter what I do. Seems my links box on SP is hiccupping on me. So if you go to You Tube and look up 'Muppet Movie - The Rainbow Connection', you should find the song in full at the top of the list
Well, I am back home, minus pints of sweat from the long hot walk, but relieved to know that nothing iffy showed up in the Ultrasound Scan.
No kidney stones, and bladder is filling and emptying normally -- Check!
Two ovaries, one playing peekaboo behind my womb, but no sign of anything dodgy there either -- check!
Had to be walked to the appointment, walked to the toilet, and walked out, because the new medical centre is open plan, with glass walls everywhere, and the ultrasound room is upstairs, and over a glass-sided walkway, causing my Vertigo to kick in! -- Check!!!
Pain starts when I'm on my way home -- Check!!!
Oh the irony!!! LOL
Next stop is the Barium Enema, the joy of which starts next Wednesday - my 'white flavourless food and jelly day'. Followed on Thursday by my 'Turbo Laxative Day', and culminating on Friday with the Enema itself, after which I will likely need to go to bed to rest up. Not thrilled to have my daughter's MIL say that she knows someone who had this done recently and it was "Horrendous!" Daughter's MIL is a surgery receptionist! *gulp*
I told Bry that it is a good job she's coming up to be with me through the whole thing, because - given my track record - I'd be trying to wriggle out of it, saying things like.. "The pain's not that bad... really... I can handle it" *cry - scream - tearing out of hair* "I don't need the enema., I tell you!!" *while bent double with pain*
I also told her that when she comes up she needs to bring a gas mask with her, and a very large box of matches!!!
Thursday won't be a lot of fun for anyone in this house within sniffing distance! LOLOL
I've got my wellies on standby Anne! Thanks for those. LOLOL
I've loaded up the bathroom with more suitable reading material for the duration. Some more Pam Ayres, Richard Gordon and Alan Coren to while away the time. :-)
Would that I could write a poem about barium enemas. I'll have to put my thinking cap on. Now... what rhymes with 'enema'?
Enjoy the hot weather. I will, now that I don't have to walk anywhere in it.
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