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Autumn Noms Are Here Again!

Sunday, August 26, 2012



To be sung to the tune of Happy Days are Here Again. :-)

Autumn noms are here again,
The fruit and veg all near again,
And the supermarket's cheer again!
Autumn noms are here again!

Time to check my recipes
For casseroles and stews to eat,
All those tasty squash are such a treat
Autumn noms are here again,

The rice and root veg is yum
And my Slow Cooker is on

The parsnip, leek, the swede, so cheap
The onion red, the marrows heap
Gonna cook the veg, then bash the neep
Autumn noms are here again!

Written in about ten minutes by ME! Can't you tell? LOL

Inspired by walking into Waitrose yesterday, and seeing the autumn harvest on display - marrows, squash, parsnips, swede. All looking so fresh and new and ready to eat. My mouth fair watered and I had to buy a selection there and then, and rush home to throw them in the slow cooker with some brown rice, water and a stock cube. I defrosted a cooked chicken thigh, heated it in the microwave, popped a good couple of dollops of the rice 'n' veg mix beside it, and had myself a tasty feast. :-)

Oh, it was so good! And the whole meal was only 316 calories! :-)





The weather fitted the bill too - a drop in temperature and thunderstorms rolling through - classic August bank holiday weather in England. :-)

I'm nursing a boo boo in the inside of my right elbow. Muscle ache from playing Wii baseball and golf yesterday. I swing that remote as if I was really pitching and hitting, and swinging that golf club, and the muscle didn't approve, I guess. So no Wii today. Just some aerobics with Kendall Hogan and some walking with Leslie Sansone.

Weighed 12 stone 7 this morning. That is 2 1/2 lbs down this week.

I wouldn't say no to dropping another stone or so, but I'm pretty comfy at this weight, so no biggie one way of the other. It would just be nice if I could get to a size 16 trouser, instead of being permanently between sizes. 16 tight and 18 loose! *sigh*

Maybe the new diet will help with that. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next few months.

How does one get rid of the extra inches one is pinching? The two stone may be gone, but the roll is still there. Is core exercise supposed to fix that over time?

Enjoy your Sunday.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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ILIKETOZUMBA 8/29/2012 12:00PM

    LOL I love the song! And I canít wait for autumn foods either. SO YUMMY. I will miss so many berries and so on from summer, but I do love some tasty roasted root veggies and squashes and all of that!

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CARLA-216 8/28/2012 10:14AM

    Great job on the weight drop!
Wish I could help with the extra inches you're pinching. If you saw my middle you'd know I'm not one to ask. LOL

xoxo
Carla

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BOVEY63 8/27/2012 1:14PM

    Cute song!
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Congrats on the weight loss!
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YOYONOMORE1 8/26/2012 6:37PM

    Good job on the loss. I hope to eliminate something this week, I wasn't exactly good last week. Like your song to Happy Days, one of my favorite old programs, which I can now see on MyTV on Sunday afternoons along with Laverne and Shirley, another favorite. Love all the fresh produce this time of year. Have a good week.

Hugs,
Shirl

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SHAWFAN 8/26/2012 2:52PM

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MNOT2THICK 8/26/2012 2:24PM

    I had my coffee, I mean veggies.

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CHICCHANTAL 8/26/2012 1:20PM

    Oh that song is going to be my earworm for the week.

You sound full of the joys of autumn . . . must be all they apples. Lex darling, wear the tight ones. Give the boys a treat emoticon

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WANDAH3 8/26/2012 11:33AM

    Loved the poem! (and the picture of the apple)

Way to go on the weight elimination. I need to do some serious reevaluation of what is working for me and what isn't.
Have a great and wonderful day.
Hugs,
Wanda

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SENATOR9 8/26/2012 9:23AM

    For me it's soup time Good home made soup.

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NEW-CAZ 8/26/2012 9:14AM

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Yep I can feel Autumn decending, don't mind that it's a shame that Winter follows though.
emoticon on 2 1/2 lb down, core exercise will help Lex but by how much depends on the individual.

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LABRATIAM 8/26/2012 8:13AM

    emoticon Way to go!

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Karaoke Kountdown

Friday, August 24, 2012

So, we are watching a karaoke countdown and Karma Chameleon comes on. And I notice something on the video I haven't seen before - two kids apparently pushing someone into a large basket, and all you can see is their legs with the kids trying to push them out of sight. I turned to Tara and told her what I spotted. "Who could it be, I wonder." I said. "Hopefully, it was Justin Beiber!" she replied! My daughter, the comedian! LOL

And no prizes for guessing which song - from 1975 - sung by a sometimes mustachiod demi-rock-god and his three sidekicks - a song that featured in Wayne's World - was the number one selling karaoke Song.

Of course it was that song! :-) And who better to create a tribute to this amazing song and its outstanding video, than the Muppets!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgbNymZ7vqY

I know, I know! We've all seen it a million times! But class like this deserves many many reruns. LOL funny every time I watch it. :-)

In other news...

Tara and I went to the Opticians on Wednesday for eye tests. Tara has perfect vision still, lucky duck! Me? Mostly the same as last time, aside from them needing to up my prescription for reading a notch. I knew it was coming. Lately, I've been having to ask Tara to read out the nutrition information on a lot of food containers. The writing is so tiny, and often on really difficult background colours. *pout* :-)

Money being as tight as a snare drum, I have had to go for free frames courtesy of the NHS on this occasion. However, both the lady who measured me up, and her boss who checked her work (she is still in training) thought they looked really good on me. In fact he said the glasses balanced my face out beautifully! Nothing like a lovely compliment to brighten ones day. :-)

They will be ready in about a week. :-)

The fibre thing is going fairly well. I am noticing that on my highest fibre days, I am at my lowest fat-wise. This is an unexpected bonus I wasn't expecting. :-) I still need more work to get consistent, but so far, so good.

Hooray! The weekend is here!



Have a good one!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 8/27/2012 1:12PM

    Love the video!
So happy for you that you were able to get free frames that look good one you!
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_LINDA 8/26/2012 1:40AM

    LOVE that muppet video -I hadn't seen it before!! Fun, fun, fun!
That is awesome your new glasses are covered and that thye look good -we will be expecting a photo when they are in ;)
Have a smashing Sunday!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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DEBSZOO74 8/25/2012 8:26PM

    Cute pictures! Hope you're havinga good weekend!

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ANNEMAC5 8/25/2012 7:16AM

    LOVE THE MUPPETS. Glad your fibre is going ok. Soon you will see the world more clearly but I think some of is better when a bit hazy.
Rain is not far away but then it is a bank holiday week end


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CHICCHANTAL 8/25/2012 4:23AM

    The 3 cats wearing pot noodle tubs. What were they on? You wouldn't get my cats to pose like that for any inducement in the world. They'd bite my hand off first.

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NEW-CAZ 8/25/2012 3:26AM

    Morning Lex
loved the video.
hey did you know you can get some snazzy specks through the internet at a fraction of the price the Opticians charge. All you need is your prescription, you enter it into say, Glasses Direct (is a good one) and some other details, chose frames, lenses, opt for scratch resistant etc and they arrive in a couple of weeks.

I'll send you the link. I got 2 pairs for just £30 and that includes some cleaning fluid and spare nose cushions!

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SHAWFAN 8/24/2012 7:30PM

    Gotta love "Bohemian Rhasody!!"

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SENATOR9 8/24/2012 7:24PM

    I just spemd the last 20 minutes listening to the muppets emoticon

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Nothing like a good chat with your Bestie to brighten your day.

Monday, August 20, 2012

I don't get to talk with my bestie very often, because we are a continent apart, so tend to rely on emails for the most part, but once a month I get to ring her and we have a good long chat. :-)



Last night we talked for close to four hours!



The really wonderful thing about this particular chat is that she is a herbalist, with a good understanding of nutrition, so I was able to get some wonderful diet advice and information about diverticular disease, and keeping it under control so that hopefully it gives me the minimum of grief.

She has left me with my mouth watering about all the delicious meals I'll be able to play with that are really nutritious, high in fibre and low in fat. Not to mention cheap, as many incorporate beans rather than meat.



My slow cooker is going to come in mighty handy! :-)

Also, great news on the brown rice front. I discovered that Waitrose do a wholegrain easycook rice, and although it doesn't look as appetising (to me, anyway) as the white easycook, it does cook up well, and after gently simmering for about 25 minutes it is lovely stirred into beany bolognese, or even my slow cooker sweet and sour chicken. :-)

So the swap to whole grain pasta and rice is accomplished! Yay!



Now I just have to keep a detailed diary of what I eat and drink for a while, to make sure that
1. I keep things moving, and
2. I avoid things that could irritate my innards.

Number 2 is a little trickier, because everyone has different issues when it comes to diverticular disease. A food that makes one person double over in pain, can be eaten by another with no adverse effects.

EXERCISE

I've only done 13 mins of Zumba so far today, because I am adjusting my upper, lower, core exercise lists to incorporate the latest additions to my exercise family, but once I've digested my breakfast I'll get some upper and a bit more cardio in. :-)

Enjoy your day. Feels a little cooler so far today. Hope it stays that way. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SCIFIREADER 8/23/2012 5:25PM

    Love brown rice, we use that and whole grain pasta and I enjoy the taste. The texture of the brown rice is a little different but I like the taste of it. Mom has trouble with diverticular since she had part of her colon removed, so know what you mean about the flare ups.

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SCREWIE 8/22/2012 7:49AM

    Good find with the brown rice, I'll check it out too!

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YOYONOMORE1 8/20/2012 8:13PM

    I like the brown rice and the whole grain pasta, I like the nutty flavor. Good your bestest friend could give you advice on which foods to try. We have been having kind of fall like weather, cool at night and first thing in the morning and I am liking it. I am a fall person. Have a good week.

Hugs,
Shirl

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BOVEY63 8/20/2012 5:26PM

    Wonderful catching up with your bestie and that she had good food advice was a bonus! Good luck with her suggestions.

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CHICCHANTAL 8/20/2012 3:12PM

    My bestie is an absolute sweetie but she's not that chatty.

Well done with the brown everything - I don't mind the rice, but I really don't do wholewheat pasta.

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CARLA-216 8/20/2012 11:29AM

    Awesome to get to talk to your bestest friend. Mine lives about 2 miles away and we don't even have monthly chats like that. :(

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NEW-CAZ 8/20/2012 10:34AM

    Doing well Lex, it's a new learning curve for you.
I adore brown rice and get the "cook in a bag in 25mins" variety. Why make life difficult.


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SENATOR9 8/20/2012 8:55AM

    Love brown rice .

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POLSKARENIA 8/20/2012 8:30AM

    Going well Lex - keep up the good work. Well done on incorporating the brown rice into your diet successfully - here's to a little more creative cookery to speed you on your way!!

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Numbbumitis

Sunday, August 19, 2012



So, you know the problem - large btm + small saddle = numbbumitis.

I'm pretty sure I mentioned this before, that I had bought a stationary bike for use with the Wii, but that five minutes on the saddle was leaving me with a very numb bum.

The problem is that I've always had a large derriere, even when I was a skinny widget, so even if I become a skinny widget again one day, that large portion is a fixture in my life :-)

Well, recently I heard of a potentially miraculous cure - soft saddle covers!

Last week, as we were strolling by Halfords, I decided to pop in and see if they had ever heard of them, and as luck would have it, they had! There were only two to choose from, so I picked the cheaper of the two - a geltech bike saddle cover - and bought it.

When I got it home, however, there was a problem. The so-called stretchy lycra edging didn't stretch enough to fit over my saddle! So, I fitted it on as best I could and tried it out.

It did help... Not as much as I'd like, but I can definitely use the bike for longer than a few minutes and still feel my btm when I get off. I'm just hoping that through regular use, I'll gradually manage to stay on longer and longer.

But there still remained the lack of stretch issue. I couldn't just balance it on the saddle every time I used it.

So, being handy with a pair of scissors, I pulled out the cord used to tighten the cover over the saddle, cut two snips in the lycra edging at the widest points of the saddle cover, then threaded the cord back through.

Perfect! LOL

Maybe one day I'll find one that fits the saddle better, but in the meantime...



Exercise:

Today I danced three Black Eyed Peas on the Wii, and did Today's Challenge on Exerbeat. Then I did a 30 minute Kendall Hogan Aerobic video followed by two miles of walking with Leslie Sansone.

A nice collection of cardio that totalled about 75 mins.

As for my health issues...

I was trying to keep it quiet around Tara that rectal polyps can be cancerous, so as not to worry her, but she told a friend about it all, who very kindly told her that they can be sometimes. So now she knows... and is remarkably calm about it, thank the gods! Mind you, we have had two previous lump scares - A few years ago I found a lump that turned out to be endometriosis trapped in my caesarian scar, and then there was that breast lump that turned out to be a nasty but benign cyst. As both of those turned out fine, I think that is helping her remain calm about this one.

However, as both my Dad, and his Mum died of cancer, lumps of any kind do automatically put the idea in your head. However, that is a perfectly natural thing to think about, and the odds of the polyp being benign are greatly in my favour. :-)

I'm kind of thankful to the diverticular disease really, because if it hadn't been for that pain, the doc wouldn't have booked me in for that barium enema and I wouldn't know about the polyp.

Silver linings - gotta love 'em! :-)

Enjoy your Sunday!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 8/20/2012 11:28AM

    I used to joke that if I were to buy a bicycle, I'd want to put a tractor seat on it. ROFL Glad you found a gel seat to help a bit. I bought one some time ago and it didn't do much for me.

Good thoughts that the polyp is not cancer. Hopefully this will fall into the "Good Things Come In 3s" category, and be the third lump you've had that is benign!

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SCREWIE 8/20/2012 5:19AM

    Hope all goes well with the polyps.

You will get used to the bike. When I got my own bike, the first few weeks were a right pain, anything over 1/2 hour would leave my bum really sore. After a while, cycling 30 minutes to an hour a day, it got better, and now I could spend the whole day on it :)

And I don't think big or small bums make a difference.

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_LINDA 8/20/2012 12:45AM

    Way to go solving your bike bottom business!! Awesome fitness! Today I was a total sloth -just sat on my expanding butt and read and then just did laundry for my only activity. Got to work tomorrow and get back to sweating it up, afraid of what the scale will say after my not so good long weekend trip..
So glad you don't have the big C and that Tara is calm about it. The main thing is always making sure everything gets checked out to keep the fears at bay. Nothing is insignificant.
Have a Marvelous Monday!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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MNOT2THICK 8/19/2012 11:27PM

    I knkw your pain. Glad thr cover fits emoticon

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BOVEY63 8/19/2012 7:22PM

    My grandma solved the small seat issue by having a tractor seat mounted onto her stationary bike. It worked great for all sizes!

So sorry someone had to spill the beans to Tara. Continued prayers that all goes well for you.
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CHICCHANTAL 8/19/2012 4:06PM

    Re 'The so-called stretchy lycra edging didn't stretch enough to fit over my saddle!'

Where you say 'my' saddle, you are trying to put it on the saddle of the bike, not your own saddle aren't you?

(dives for cover)

When will you hear about the polyps sweetie? Keeping everything crossed for you . . .

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SENATOR9 8/19/2012 9:51AM

    Good on the seat

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NEW-CAZ 8/19/2012 9:28AM

    I've been getting saddle soreness for ages, I'm told vaseline is the way to go plus I've made a padded cover from some old workout tops. it's helping.

I think it's good that your daughter has that information, far less scary than imagining the worst with just a little knowledge.

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LOVESLIFE48 8/19/2012 8:53AM

    I hate bike seats!! At the gym I too get a numb bum!!!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/19/2012 8:44AM

    hubby had to change my bike seat too! reall big and padded! the one in the house is made for a tractor!!!! emoticon

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Last chance to get your medal count in for the Olympic Exercise Challenge

Saturday, August 18, 2012

It looks like we have a run away winner, but you all have one more day to get your medal count in, so that may still change! :-)

Look! We have a hedgehog in our garden!





Goodness knows he has a feast out there with all the snails and slugs. Enough to keep him full until winter, I reckon!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Bit hot for me...
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Lex xxx





  
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CARLA-216 8/20/2012 11:24AM

    Nice garden guest you have there!

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SCREWIE 8/20/2012 5:20AM

    It's cute!

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CHICCHANTAL 8/19/2012 3:30AM

    Whenever I feel a bit low, I'll say to myself: 'Life could be worse, you could be a hedgehog living off slugs and snails and puppy dog tails.'

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NEW-CAZ 8/19/2012 3:21AM

    I adore hedgehogs Lex, you are lucky to have one. We had a whole family last autumn and fed them dog food until they hibernated.

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