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Back and recovering nicely. :-)

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Well, it all went better than I'd hoped when I went for the barium enema yesterday. The thing I was most worried about was the potential side effects of the buscopan injection. So, as I'd figured out from various things I'd read that they were not always necessary, it was the first thing I asked about when I got in there.

I had two radiographers in the room, the lady leading the fun and games and her young male assistant. The lady said that if the injection was worrying me that badly (it was quietly freaking me out) then me not relaxing would affect the effectiveness of the injection anyway, and make it hard for her to do her job, so we could start without it and see how it went.

Well, as soon as she said that I relaxed, and they could tell I was feeling happier because I positively jumped onto the examination table. :-)

So, I won't go into gory details here. Don't want to put any sensitive souls off their dinner. LOL

I'll just say that it was a very interesting experience, with some weird sensations. There is no room for ladylike behaviour during this procedure, as things are a little out of your control. :-)

It often felt weird, and at times uncomfortable, but not really painful until the last few minutes when the woman finished the main examination, and the young man had to take four standard x-rays and pumped me full enough of air to make the pain like the cramps I've been suffering. But it was only a few minutes, and when he released the tubing, and deflated my spare tyre, most of the pain went.

I followed both their and Anne's advice (thankyou so much for all the support and advice Anne!) and drank plenty of fluid, but by the time I was home the pain was back with a vengeance. You get left with quite a bit of trapped air after the procedure, and this can cause a fair amount of discomfort, and I was getting a lot of pain.

Then it occurred to me that when they put the barium into me they had me rolling from side to side to coat the bowel effectively, so I thought that maybe rolling about on my bed would help the trapped air find the exit, so to speak.

So that's what I did! I went upstairs, laid on my bed, and rolled about, hearing the most extraordinary noises as the air started to shift.

Then I went to the toilet, and did the longest, loudest parp you ever heard! And all the pain just went! Magic!!! :-)

So remember this technique if you ever have a barium enema and am suffering from trapped air afterwards! Seriously, it works like a charm! In fact, I'm thinking about writing to the team at the hospital to thank them for being so nice to me, and to suggest they might like to add the advice based on my experience to their aftercare brochure. Who knows, it could help other people too.

So most of the barium has since been flushed out, and things seem to be almost back to normal in the input and output department.

In the last week I dropped from 12 stone 11 1/4 to 12 stone 7. But I do not recommend barium enemas as a weightloss tool! Too much hassle for too little reward! LOL

All in all, though, I seem to have got through this procedure with a lot less hassle than some people, and a lot of that I put down to being a sparker. SP has got me used to drinking copious amounts of water - vital for keeping hydrated during the laxative stage, and for flushing out the barium after the procedure is over.

Also, I had the good sense to keep strictly to the menu plan the hospital gave me, so I was effectively as clean as a whistle when I arrived at the hospital, making it easy for the radiographer to get her pretty photos of my innards without having to use the injection.

Anne's advice on eating as little as possible the day before the laxative so there was less to flush out also helped make the laxative day go smoother than it otherwise might have.

My girls being here to help and support me was a real boost to keeping me calm.

And last, but never least! All my spark friends who have been supporting this scared lady get through a very daunting few days!


So, I got up this morning, feeling absolutely great! Put on my exercise clothes, came downstairs, started to exercise, and discovered a few minutes in that, actually, I'm a wee bit wobbly still, so I cut it very short, and will make sure to rest over the weekend and then build back up to my usual amount. I just felt so much better that I thought I could get away with it. Nope!!! :-)

Abd what was the first thing I wanted to eat when I got home from the hospital?




Fish and Chips?

No, no, no and no...

What I fancied more than anything else I could think of...

A bowl of porage with some cooked apple on top!

It tasted so incredibly delicious, I can't tell you!!!

I followed that up a short while later with some plain crisps and dips, and had potato salad, salmon, cold meat and peas for my evening meal.

Very satisfying! Yum. :-)

So nice to be back on real food. :-)

I am having a plate of my pork chow mein tonight, on a bed of noodles, with loads and loads of veggies in it! I can hardly wait! :-)

Enjoy your weekend! I certainly plan to! :-)
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 8/9/2012 4:06PM

    I'm glad it went okay for you!

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SCREWIE 8/6/2012 7:26PM

    Great to hear you have got through the experience relatively unscathed :)))

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_LINDA 8/5/2012 1:32AM

    So glad this ordeal is over for you and that it wasn't as bad as anticipated -nice lady radiographer bypassing the injection part, got to really like that!
Way to get back on track so quickly!
Have a Super Sunday!!
Linda xxx

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BOVEY63 8/4/2012 8:11PM

    So glad it went well for you and that you were given such good advice. As always you put such a comical spin on it!
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MNOT2THICK 8/4/2012 7:53PM

    So happy to hear the procedure went well and you are OK. emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/4/2012 4:27PM

    I'm so glad it all went well for you!

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NJMATTICE 8/4/2012 2:11PM

    I have never heard of the expression, "parp", but I like it. (and I knew what you were talking about. It is an otomatopoeia!) Congratulations on discovering a new way to eliminate pain! And thanks for sharing your experience. Here's to a good report.

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NEW-CAZ 8/4/2012 1:14PM

    Glad you're through your ordeal Lex and still with your sense of humour intact.
Have a good rest this weekend, your bod's been through quite a bit (understatement of the century LOL). emoticon emoticon

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SHAWFAN 8/4/2012 11:18AM

    Glad you got through the procedure with no difficulty, and that you were able to release the pain afterward. Take your time getting back into normal activity. Give yourself a day or two. There's no harm in that. emoticon

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CHICCHANTAL 8/4/2012 11:15AM

    I ADORE the kitty pic! My large cat has been trying to drag me to the kitchen all afternoon, but he got discouraged when I blew in his face.

So glad things went relatively well yesterday. Doubt it's anyone's idea of a fun occupation but you seem to have carried it off with verve, aplomb and something similar to music. emoticon

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How can I explain today delicately?

Thursday, August 02, 2012

I'll do my best not to give too much information. :-)

Suffice to say the Turbo laxative has been doing its job very efficiently, and I was lucky enough not to suffer any bad side effects apart from real and genuine difficulty drinking the Picolax without immediately vomiting it back up.


It was bad enough at 8am, but even worse at 4pm.

But I talked sternly to my bod, and my tummy put on its big girl panties and sucked it up. So proud of my tum! :-)

I have done EXACTLY as I was told, eaten only what I was allowed, and rested as my bod copes with the laxative invasion. I drunk loads of water to make sure I didn't dehydrate, and that also helped.

Been plenty of toilet humour in this house today. The scrabble fairy produced some very apt words, and even the jelly was parping when forced to part from the bowl! LOL

But now, I'm a bit sore, VERY tired, and off to bed, even though it is early.

Awesome day for Team GB in the real Olympics, but no medals for me today, except in the Sitting Room to Bathroom Stair Stakes! ;-) Reckon I deserve a Gold for that!

Catch you tomorrow with any luck.

After the barium enema.

Thinking calm and relaxing thoughts and sending them to my bowel!!! :-)
Lex xxx
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MNOT2THICK 8/4/2012 9:33PM

    I so dislike the cleaning out procedure, drinks and all. Not the best way to flatten a belly emoticon. Congrats for hanging in there and getting it done.

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CHICCHANTAL 8/3/2012 1:51PM

    You're an absolute star! Hope today was not any worse than strictly necessary.

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BOVEY63 8/3/2012 12:39PM

    Hope you feel better today and that the results are good.
Love the pics and your humor!

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SENATOR9 8/3/2012 8:56AM

    Keep you sense of humour everything will go well

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-POOKIE- 8/3/2012 7:44AM

    Hope things go ok xx

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MRE1956 8/3/2012 6:54AM

    Bummer! Kudos to you for keeping a calm head and strong sense of humor - I don't know if I could have done it!

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SHAWFAN 8/2/2012 6:42PM

    Glad you've been able to keep your sense of humor through all of this. It will be over soon and you can get back to normal, whatever that is. emoticon
Thanks for the smiles. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/2/2012 6:16PM

    Lex you've kept your sense of humour over this so far, more than I think I could so I take my hat off to you.

Good luck for the morning, hope you get some sound sleep..........it's almost over

Great pics especially the second one!
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GABY1948 8/2/2012 5:26PM

    Been there, Done that! Love the pictures and jokes! RELAX, it's almost over!

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KRISTA-GIRL 8/2/2012 5:02PM

    {{{{{HUGS}}}}}!!! Good girl to take it with humor. :-) My dh used to do the procedures for a living - the after is pretty funny, too!
Btw, looooove the pics, especially the last one.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 8/2/2012 4:59PM

    Sounds familiar. I had a scopy last month. All went well, no pun intended.

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CARLA-216 8/2/2012 4:18PM

    I feel for you! I have heard that the prep is worse than the procedure. I hope you get a good report after the BE tomorrow.


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White Food Day Gone Pretty Well

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

I'm amazed, frankly, at how well today has gone. Apart from automatically reaching for a MacDonald's chip at one point, and stopping myself just in time, I've had no craving issues at all. Mind you, the smoked fish had a lot to do with that, as I do love it so, but don't have it often because it is usually a little tough to wrangle on our budget. However, as I'm going through my own personal Dante's Inferno tomorrow, and today is prep for that, I decided I deserved a treat to make the day more palatable. :-)

The Kedgeree was really delicious. I just mixed together 50g cooked white rice, 200g flaked smoked salmon fillet, and two hard boiled eggs chopped up. I ate half for breakfast and the other half as a teatime meal.

Note to self, however: boiled egg reheated in the microwave has the constitution of rubber!

My lunch was a whole 120g pack of smoked salmon slices on a bed of plain chinese noodles. Kind of supernoodles without the 'super'. :-)

I didn't really notice the lack of flavour with the noodles, because the salmon was so totally awesome! :-)

And tonight's supper is a chicken leg plain cooked in the slow cooker, accompanied by a couple of unbuttered new potatoes. Who knew new potatoes actually have a decent flavour without the addition of butter! :-)

Bry arrived about 3.30pm today, and after a bit of a chat and a catch-up, we went on a MacDonald's - Waitrose circuit. Tara is feeling the effects of my impending ickiness, and as a result has lost her appetite, so if she wants MacDonalds, she can have it, if it will help her get some food in her tum.

Then it was to Waitrose to pick out a Smoked Salmon and Samphire salad for Bry, who has more discerning taste. :-) I admit to picking up 1/2cm of samphire to taste, and dipped the teeniest of finger dips in the salad dressing to find out if it was something I'd enjoy once I feel better. It is! :-)

While at Waitrose, we had a funny, that both Bry and I are kicking ourselves that we didn't take a photo of.

We were walking past their book selection, when Bry stopped, pointed and said, "You have got to be kidding!"

You guys have all heard of the controversial book trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey etc, I'm sure.

Well, Waitrose has the three books on sale on the same shelf, and attached to the shelf was a sign saying...

Children's Novels Offer: 3 for 2!!!

Glory be!!!

Well, we found one of the assistants, and I pointed out the error, and he ran off to fix it before someone's sensibilities were shaken, leaving Bry and I in fits of laughter. Have to wonder if they know what's on that shelf! :-)

So, off to bed soon, after I catch up with my Scrabble Pals on Facebook.
Wellies, matches, nose pegs and air freshener is all poised for the morning! I went on the Royal College of Radiologists website to look at their interactive guide. The patient's account of the procedure was very interesting! LOL

For those who are curious, the account is available here:


Just hover over the picture and click on the patient, then click to read the text version.

Right, Scrabblers! Here I come!

Night night all! See you tomorrow, if I can sit at the computer for long enough. :-)

Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 8/2/2012 3:08PM

    Good job on the food!

That book store story is too funny!

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CARLA-216 8/2/2012 10:35AM

    Good luck!

As for new potatoes being tasty without butter - you are so right! New potatoes are the best!


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SENATOR9 8/2/2012 8:32AM

    Good luck my friend

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NEW-CAZ 8/2/2012 2:57AM

    Love kedgeree but haven't had it for AGES. I laughed at your comment about new potatoes.

Good of you to share the procedure with us, glad I read it after I'd eaten emoticon
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_LINDA 8/2/2012 1:51AM

    I had to search all the names of those foods as I had never heard of them before -your kedgeeree sounds delicious! Don't know about the samphire -a marsh weed? Tried kelp once and didn't care for it.
I didn't think potatoes came unbuttered, who knew??
All the best with it Lexie. My tummy was awful today, was doing the 50 yard dash several times :P

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GABY1948 8/1/2012 8:27PM

    GREAT day...I LOVE the pics....ESP the kitty....EWWW emoticon

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SHAWFAN 8/1/2012 7:59PM

    Good luck hun!

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    Sounds like a good day

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A Condemned Woman's Last (tasty) Meal! :-)

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!

Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 8/1/2012 2:11PM

    Such a fun blog - greats pics and usual and absolutely love the one of Sophie!
Best of luck the limited foods and the procedure.

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-POOKIE- 8/1/2012 9:29AM

    Hope all goes ok x

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    A woman has to do what a woman has to do! Good luck for tomorrow. emoticon

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SENATOR9 8/1/2012 8:38AM

    Hope everything goes well

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CARLA-216 8/1/2012 7:26AM

    Good luck, Lexie! I hope it goes OK for you, both the preparation and the procedure!

I just love that picture of Sophie (as you know)! It is totally something that goes on in my house as well.


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    Hope it all goes well - and hope the results are what you want!

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NEW-CAZ 8/1/2012 2:52AM

    Lex hun, hope all goes well, doesn't sound a lot of fun and I feel for you babe.
Love pics of your devoted Sophie. Keep positive, it'll soon be over and you can eat all the healthy stuff once more.
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ANNEMAC5 8/1/2012 2:09AM

    Hope all goes well the less you eat now the less to flush out ! Keep your fluid levels up. Just keep feeding Tara it helps to focus on others. Love the picture of Sophie (even although I am a cat person). Keep positive and think how much this special examination would cost if we were not under the NHS.
Anne :)

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_LINDA 8/1/2012 1:36AM

    Loved the funnies! I think I am having serious empathy with you. This morning I was getting my 10 k in running to the washroom. Not fun. Fortunately, it finally stopped before I had to go to my fitness class.
Was a little wobbly and dizzy in places, but made it through with my usual intensity -180 fitness minutes down for the day. I get a complete physical tomorrow and my biweekly painful injection. Might as well make the day fun! Will be thinking of you and that bizarre diet. I had none of this rubbish when I got it done, was only a day of discomfort. I wonder why they are drawing it out so long..
Sending calming non food vibes your way,
Linda xxx

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MNOT2THICK 7/31/2012 10:45PM

    Best of luck on the procedure. I am smiling and praying for the best. emoticon

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SHAWFAN 7/31/2012 8:45PM

    What a great blog! Thanks for the smiles! Hope the procedure goes well. emoticon

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LLEWIS6879 7/31/2012 8:13PM

    You do a great blog! What an interesting read! Good luck with your procedure! Hope everything turns out ok....

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LOVESLIFE48 7/31/2012 7:06PM

    Hugs to you my friend!! I will be thinking of you!!

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Olympic Exercise Challenge!!! Are You Up For It?

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Hi everyone!

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!!!
Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 7/31/2012 1:53PM

    Way to go for the gold!!!
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SCREWIE 7/31/2012 2:43AM

    I missed the first few days (although I must have got about 8 or 9 golds in cycling), but I'll try to do it from today :)

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 7/29/2012 4:07AM

    This challenge is a brilliant idea.

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LKWQUILTER 7/28/2012 6:02PM

    Thanks for the challenge. I am going to do my best to do this and share it with my TOPS group and see if they won't try it too.

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CARLA-216 7/28/2012 4:13PM

    What a great idea!

I missed the opening ceremonies. Wonder if I can view it online, on Youtube perhaps?


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BRADMILL2922 7/28/2012 12:17PM

    Great idea!

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DEBBIEDAY 7/28/2012 10:33AM

    Great idea...but I don't have any exercise games or machines. Will track minutes and arerobic workouts...

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SENATOR9 7/28/2012 10:24AM

    I watch it twice It was fantastic.Your idea is great .It's a win win situation

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_LINDA 7/28/2012 10:23AM

    I missed most of the opening ceremonies *huge pout* I was sleeping. Yesterday was a bad day for me, very tired and took a nap that did not make me feel any better after my trip to the Berry Barn. Dog tired -did NO exercise so for day 1 of the challenge I am already behind. But today 2 hrs of cardio and strength training is on the agenda. Going to be hard tearing myself away from watching the Olympics on TV -watching the men's road race in cycling right now, but will have to leave before the end to get to my classes :( That Box Hill sounds like a leg eater :P I never liked hills on a bike, and going for the incredible distance they are wowsers!
Have a great day and enjoy the games!
Linda xxx

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LOVESLIFE48 7/28/2012 9:11AM

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GABY1948 7/28/2012 8:54AM

    Love this idea...thanks for the invite! HUGS, Gaye

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ANNEMAC5 7/28/2012 8:39AM

    Are you ok doing this ? don't push for too many medals with your hospital visit coming up.
You can count me in I will make a paper note for now.
I did wonder what the other nations would make of the opening but it is our olympics. It was just so clever the way the stage evolved. I loved the making of the gold ring and May poppins and Queenie and Mr Bean and the beds lit up with all the children enjoying themselves. So proud of the whole thing. The cauldron was amazing and I am looking forward to tomorrow when I can see it in person.
Anne :)

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NEW-CAZ 7/28/2012 7:57AM

    Clever idea Lex, I loved it last night- I had goosebumps and a tears for most of it, and laugher hysterucally at Rowen Atkinson, I had a belly ache after!

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CHICCHANTAL 7/28/2012 7:52AM

    Brill idea! Can I earn medals for stuff I do down the gym? Elliptical trainer, treadmill etc? Am not allowed to jog as it would stuff up my joints.

I was also watching the opening ceremony last night and particularly liked Mr Bean. Did wonder how much people from other cultures would make of some of it eg Brunel and the maypole. Must have been a right education for them!

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