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Walking plan warm up, Day 14 etc

Saturday, July 24, 2010

So far today I've managed:

10 minute walk - Week 2, Day 7 Warm-up plan

Active Health Stats:
Pace - 22 min mile
Calories - 45
Steps - 1128
Time - 0:11:11
Distance - 0.51

Land's End to John O'Groats Challenge (14 miles a week)
Currently 5.3 miles in credit

Week 2, Day 3 Bootcamp Workout Challenge
Upper body. Great workout, can do it fairly well with a couple of minor adjustments. Arms feel like jelly as I'm typing this, so I guess they got a good workout. :-)

Still to do:

Trampoline and/or Step aerobics. Need another 2000 steps to hit minimum target. Hoping my get up and go comes back today. I'm pleased and surprised I have got this far already this morning. Typical TOM visit zaps all my energy for first couple of days. Can haz sleep now? Didn't get much last night.
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Have a great day everyone!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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EDIT: Made my minimum steps. I may even have scraped 2 miles thanks to a lot of great songs to bounce by on the TV this evening. I guess my get up and go came back. :-) I've told everyone else's 'get up and goes' to go home to their owners incidentally. Apparently they were living la vida loca with Ricky Martin! :-)

  
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DRASADAF 7/25/2010 2:50AM

    gr8 keep it up

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CHEVY63 7/24/2010 10:12PM

    Good job! You are making great progress

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BOVEY63 7/24/2010 3:57PM

    Great job so far today!
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If you find your get up and go, see if mine is with yours.
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LEXIE63 7/24/2010 2:15PM

    Thanks Guys!
Hugs
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 7/24/2010 9:42AM

    Good job!

I hope you can sneak in a nap. I love afternoon naps on my days off from work! ZZZzzzzzzzzz

xo,
Carla

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JHADZHIA 7/24/2010 8:04AM

    Good for you getting in a good morning workout pushing through your TOM!! Find time for a nap. Then maybe more energy for later workouts
You can do it!

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Greek Yogurt experiments part 1

Friday, July 23, 2010

Well, I bought some Greek yogurt yesterday, planning to try out a few things with it, but ended up with a small (200g) tub because it isn't cheap and I didn't want to waste it if I found I wasn't keen, so I've only used it in two things so far:

To test the savoury options, I bought a ready meal called Channa Masala. It is "tender chick peas cooked in a warmly spiced tomato and coconut sauce, tempered with fennel and curry leaves". I love curry flavour but not curry heat. This blend was borderline for me and I used half the pot of yogurt to tone it down. It was delicious, and a pretty good protein mix thanks to the combination of the two items. Only thing was, with the rice and peas I cooked it was more than enough for one meal, so next time I'll split the amount, and get two meals out of it, with some extra veggies on the side, or maybe puree half the amount and use it to coat a piece of chicken perhaps. In my quest for increasing my protein levels without having a stomach like a lead balloon after my meal, all things are possible. :-)

To test the sweeter options, for lunch today I took the rest of the yogurt and put it in my blender, along with 1 banana, a dozen de-stoned cherries, and the flesh and juice of 1/2 a cantaloupe melon. I whizzed it all up for a good couple of minutes, and then poured some of the mix into two lollipop moulds to try it out frozen , and poured the rest into a glass to drink. It was pretty tasty. A slight aftertaste caused by the yogurt, but it was bearable, which is high praise from a fusspot like me. :-)

I'm looking forward to trying one of the lollies tomorrow.

I was going to make the Blueberry Mango Yogurt popsicles from here:

recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=1097908


The cost was prohibitive though. Blueberries were very very expensive and the mango not cheap. Plus it occurred to me when looking at them that I couldn't remember how to tell if a mango is ripe. That's why I resorted to buying cherries and a melon instead. I will have to wait until my neighbour has enough blueberries on her plants to make a smoothie, and supply the mango and yogurt. Then we can share the result, because the organic greek yogurt is gluten free, which means she can enjoy it too. :-)

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SISSYFEB48 7/26/2010 12:06AM

    For anyone looking for cheap greek yogurt....make your own!
I buy skim milk yogurt (without gelatin!). I put it in a basket style coffee filter in a strainer over a bowl in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, with a paper towel or other filter on top. I end up with 3 cups of yogurt coming down to 1.5 cups. Because I do not like the taste of sour yogurt, I add some splenda to whatever fruit I am adding. Right now it is blueberries and raspberries! But apples and cinnamon is also really great!
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TERRYT55 7/23/2010 12:33PM

    Plain Greek Yogurt is my favorite.......I have it every morning for breakfast with 3-4 ounces of chopped fruit or berries, slivered almonds and an ounce of Fiber One cereal. It is crunchy, sweet and tart! YUM

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JHADZHIA 7/23/2010 12:00PM

    Good for you trying something new!!! I was wondering how that stuff is, haven't come across it yet though in my shopping, probably don't know where to look. I usually just have my yogurt as is and eat fresh fruit with it (no blender), but I do mix fruit shakes with a hand mixer. I use soy milk as a base -usually a banana, blueberries and strawberries (lots in season now so cheap). Not so adventuresome to try frozen. Too cool here most of the time to be interested in cold stuff. Mangoes are tough to know when they are ripe so I haven't bought them.
Have a fantastic Friday!
Hugs,
Linda

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CARLA-216 7/23/2010 11:55AM

    I wish Greek yogurt wasn't so expensive! I indulge though because I need the protein.

I am also a fusspot and do not like that yogurt aftertaste! I use Greek yogurt to make smoothies. I put enough frozen berries in mine that I don't even taste the yogurt. Another thing I've done is layer about 4 oz Greek yogurt, 3-4 oz flavored regular yogurt, and 1/2 cup+ frozen blueberries. Sit in fridge overnight. As the blueberries thaw, it makes a nice juice over the layers of yogurt and best of all, no yogurt aftertaste!

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Walking plan warm up, Day 13 etc

Friday, July 23, 2010

Today I have completed:

10 Minute walk - Week 2 Day 6

Active Health Stats:
Pace - 22 min mile
Calories - 46
Steps - 1141
Time - 0:11:10
Distance - 0.51 miles

Walking Challenge: Land's End to John O'Groats:
5.6 miles in credit

Week 2 Day 2 of 28 Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge
Lower body workout. Probably the video I can do the most moves on. Only one move I really struggle with. The amount of walking I do day to day probably helps me be stronger for these exercises.

Still to Do:
As much trampoline and/or step aerobics as I can manage considering TOM arrived last night to stay for a few days.
EDIT: Got to 3100 steps. so that will do me today. Gonna take my lower back pain and sit on my comfy computer desk chair and sew and catch up on Spark now. :-)

Have a great day everyone! Don't forget to cloud-spot! :-)

Hugs,
Lex xxx
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LEXIE63 7/23/2010 6:17PM

    Thanks for the encouragement everyone!
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Hugs,
Lex xxx

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BOVEY63 7/23/2010 11:38AM

    You're doing awesome! Keep it up!
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BOE4LIFE 7/23/2010 8:54AM

    YOU SOOOO ROOCK!! Keep it up.

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CARLA-216 7/23/2010 8:05AM

    I forget for a moment each day that you're 5 hours ahead of me. emoticon

You're doing well with your activity, Lex. Keep it up!

I cloud spotted on the way home last evening (thanks to you) and saw a whale spitting water from it's spout. I also saw a tulip lying in the grass. FUN stuff!

xo,
Carla
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Walking plan warm up, Day 12 etc

Thursday, July 22, 2010

So, today I have :
Walked 10 minutes Week 2 Day 5 Walking Plan warm-up

Active Health stats:
Pace - 22 minute mile (thanks to vehicles impeding my progress)
Calories - 46
Steps - 1138
Time - 0:11:04

Walking Challenge - Lands End to John O'Groats
(minimum 14 miles walking a week challenge):
Currently 5.1 miles in credit

Completed Week 2 Day 1 of 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge

Also did sets of:
Single Leg Squats with Chair
Wall Pushups
Boxer (This move makes you feel like Superman. LOL)

Still to do:
Waitrose Circuit
EDIT: Done!

I hope everyone is enjoying their day. Look up at the clouds and tell me what you see. :-) I saw a pterodactyl chasing a mouse yesterday. I also saw a raccoon's face!
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Hugs,
Lex xxx
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JHADZHIA 7/22/2010 11:58PM

    Great workouts!
Its been a long time since I looked for shapes in clouds -have seen far too many clouds this summer and spring with above average rainfall -the most we have had in history as a matter of fact. So its been a little hard seeing the silver lining in the endless parade of clouds LOL. But thanks for the thought of doing something positive with them instead of cussing them out!!
Sleep well!

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CARLA-216 7/22/2010 4:24PM

    Good job on the movement! :D

I love looking at the clouds to see what the heavens have drawn out for us to see!

xo,
Carla

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STALEYK 7/22/2010 5:58AM

    Have a great day! You too must be an early morning workouter...

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Day Off. Yeah, right! LOL

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I decided to take a day off from the Walking Plan and the Bootcamp today because we had to walk into town for some work equipment, bill paying and a wee treat at HMV, and I knew I'd end up walking at least 5 miles, so I thought it would be silly to push beyond that and wreck myself for the rest of the week.

For the Walking Plan warm-up month I have swapped Wed and Thur over. Thur would have been a rest day from the walking plan, so a straight swap was easy enough.

I was due to start week 2 of the Bootcamp Challenge today, so I've simply delayed starting by twenty four hours.

We had a great trip into town. Tara had been saving up her pocket money to get a CD she really wanted, and I needed a second floor stand for my sewing so that I can keep a couple of projects on the go at once. I've tried a lapstand and ordinary rings and rectangular roller holders over the years but I end up twisting myself into all sorts of weird contortions while sewing causing no end of trouble with my back. I always return to my trusty floor stand, so it was time to swallow the cost and get another one.

I found a beauty! It has a smaller frame than my other one, but it is still a decent size. It has a ratchet system that allows you to turn your work 360 degrees which is a huge help when fastening off and so forth, and well, I just love it! Worth ever penny of the 40 it cost! I already put it together and sewed an ongoing cross stitch design I'm working on to the binding so I'm ready to go later while watching Ghost Whisperer. We just started season 5 over here a couple of weeks ago, and it is every bit as good as every other season! What a cute kid they got to play their son! Oooh, oooh, oooh! Season 6 of Medium starts on Friday too! Sadly replacing Criminal Minds which has just finished season 5 over here. My heart was in my mouth at the end of that last episode!

Anyway, digressing aside, I also grabbed some scrap pieces of 14 and 16 count canvas for my bargello experiments, and a couple of feet of Aida - 16 and 18 count for the same reason. I'm hoping to create some nice delicate designs using the Aida and cottons. My floor frames are going to be kept very busy for a while. :-)

When we reached HMV so Tara could decide which CDs or DVDs she wanted to buy, I stayed in the 2 for 10 section to see what they had on special, and in less than a minute Tara was racing back to me, eyes sparkling, saying, "Mum! You will never guess what I just found!" She held out a case to me, and I was amazed to realise that it was a copy of Picross for the DSi! I have been waiting for a second-hand copy of that game to turn up ever since we first got the DSi! I honestly didn't think I'd ever see it! Someone must have decided I deserved a little treat! ;-) Well, I had to have it, didn't I! LOL

I was also very naughty and grabbed 2 cds for myself - Toyah Wilcox and Shania Twain. Toyah takes me back to my teens and my pathetic attempt at rebellion, and Shania, well I just love that twinkle in her eye and the tongue in her cheek when she sings songs like That Don't Impress Me Much, and Man, I Feel Like A Woman. She totally took off Robert Palmer's Addicted to Love video in that latter video, which had me roaring with laughter, even though I quite like his music too.

Tara ended up with a CD (The Rasmus) and a DVD (Alvin and the Chipmunks), so she's happy. Then we paid my bills, grabbed a couple of sausage rolls, and walked home through the park, stopping at the pet store on the way to pick up some seed for the garden birds.

We got back just before the heavens opened, but you wouldn't have known they were going to. The sky was all blue with the old fluffy Cumulus for most of the time, and very hot and humid. I'm now doing my wilted cabbage impression again!

I hope everyone is having a good day.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CHEVY63 7/21/2010 10:32PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day. What type of sewing do you do? I enjoy handcrafts (mostly crochet, but I've done a bit of embroidery and needlepoint, and sometimes even sew simple skirts). I haven't done as much handcrafting since I got my laptop, though!

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BOVEY63 7/21/2010 4:35PM

    It sounds like you and Tara had a great day, got in some good exercise and found some good deals.
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I recently did the back to my early teens, splurging and buying a Partridge Family/David Cassidy greatest hits cd off of Amazon - I love it!
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Enjoy the Picross and your cds.

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CARLA-216 7/21/2010 3:15PM

    So you love 'Criminal Minds' too, huh? It's probably my favorite show on TV now that my beloved '24' has ended for good.

Sounds like a nice and productive day, with you and your daughter both getting some new things to enjoy!

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JHADZHIA 7/21/2010 2:09PM

    Hi Lex!
What an uplifting and fun blog! Sounds like you had a grand day and getting everything you wanted too!! I love Shania and Robert Palmer too!
Enjoy your new 'old' game! What a find!

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