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Well, that sucked!

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Well, looks like the couple of good days I just had were the eye of the storm, because last night I had a really bad turn with my diverticular disease. Excrutiating pain, and felt so sick! It took two hours to ease off, which is the longest an attack has lasted so far.

Then I tossed and turned all night, unable to sleep properly. The after-effects of the beast, I guess. The stress caused by the attack also affected my costo, leaving a residual ache around my stomach , chest and back, making sleep and getting comfortable a bit tricky.

The silver lining in this latest pain cloud, however, is that I think I know what caused the attack. Things had eased off painwise in recent weeks as I had cut out larger meal portions and was eating smaller amounts at each meal, and was relying on snacks in between to keep my system happy. I had also cut out any foods that may have been causing problems. Subconsciously, however, as the weeks passed with no issues to speak of, I had been gradually increasing my food meal portions. When I had the couple of days of mild pains earlier in the week, I put it down to a food I had reintroduced, and then last night I had good old fashioned fish, chips, carrot and petit pois. It was a bigger plate of chips than I'd been eating recently, and it took me over the edge.

It wasn't a chip shop size portion. I had a Young's Basa fillet in batter (just over 100g fish fillet), and 200g of my homemade chips, plus 100g each of carrot and peas. This gives you some idea of how small I need to make my portions if I'm not going to get caught out again.

If I do ever go to a chippy for some haddock, it will have to be JUST the haddock! No chips! Not that I'd mind that. The haddock in batter has always been the draw to a chippy for me.

So, today I have a body that feels like it has gone ten rounds with Mike Tyson. And it has to work today! So no exercise as such, just plenty of housework. And plenty of water and small nibbles rather than big meals. I can get away with my 30g porage oats, and 250ml milk breakfast with an apple on top, but after that I need to defrost what I planned to eat for my evening meal, and have half of it for lunch and the rest in the evening, rather than all of it in one go. And keep my fingers and toes crossed that I don't get several attacks over the next few days - the usual routine when it gets this bad. I have Rob and Bry arriving on Thursday for a long weekend, and I want to enjoy it! Specially as it is the nearest I'll get to celebrating my birthday with family this year (birthday is 3rd Nov)!

Oooh, did 35 mins cardio and 10 mins Lower Body ST yesterday.

Wish me luck! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 10/11/2012 1:37PM

    Hope you are feeling better!
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SCREWIE 10/9/2012 3:17AM

    Hopefully you won't be too ill when Rob and Bry are over.

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CARLA-216 10/8/2012 2:24PM

    Are you missing a bit from your ear as well? Sorry, couldn't resist with the reference to Mike Tyson. :P

I hope you're feeling all better by now and that you feel grand by the time Bry and Rob arrive for the weekend.
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KPA1B2 10/7/2012 7:12PM

  Hopefully you've found your triggers! Good lulck!

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STONECOT 10/7/2012 6:02PM

    I'm sure you've had all sorts of proper medical advice, but during an attack have you ever tried 'Buscopan' which helps ease muscle spasms? It's marketed for IBS, and works well for that. It might work for diverticularitis too.

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_LINDA 10/7/2012 2:51PM

    So sorry you have had such a rotten go of it :(( But you have hit on the best way to help with your weight. The health people have advocated smaller meals throughout the day, keeps your blood glucose happy, and your tummy satisfied. Ironic, to learn this works better the painful way :( I hope you have no further attacks..
Awesome Bry and Rob is coming in for your birthday!
Great work with the exercise!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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0309COOKIE 10/7/2012 2:48PM

    Aaaww, it sounds like you are having a time of things. Hope you get to feeling better soon!

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SHAWFAN 10/7/2012 10:37AM

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/7/2012 10:03AM

    Here's to better days for you.

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SENATOR9 10/7/2012 9:56AM

    emoticon Relax and take it easy

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WANDAH3 10/7/2012 9:56AM

    On the plus side...you may have hit on the what the cause is! I have to eat small portions and no bread as I end up with some severe discomfort. It's better to eat snack style portions apparently anyway...so maybe we are ahead of the game in the long run. Hope you are feeling better soon. Enjoy your early birthday celebration.
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Wanda

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LOVESLIFE48 10/7/2012 9:56AM

    Hope you feel better soon and get to enjoy the weekend with family. emoticon

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ANNEMAC5 10/7/2012 8:42AM

    OH Lexie, sorry to read that you have had a bad night. It must be so draining physically and mentally when you get that pain. You are like a detective (Miss Marple) looking for clues as to what triggers the events. Hope you feel ok for your daughters visit and manage a little pre birthday celebrations.
Take care
Anne:)

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POLSKARENIA 10/7/2012 6:16AM

    You seem to really be intune with your body and what's going on with it. Good luck with the fine tuning. Have a great early birthday celebration!!

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NEW-CAZ 10/7/2012 6:16AM

    Sorry you had such a bad reaction Lex, hope you feel better today, take it slow hun.

I'll keep your BD in mind,hope you enjoy celebrating with your family! emoticon

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LIFETIMER54 10/7/2012 5:21AM

  Wishing you an early happy birthday, have lot's of fun with your family.... emoticon

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Don't You Quit!!!

Friday, October 05, 2012



Mad upper day today. Done a total of 45 minutes of boxercise from Exerbeat and EA Active. Plus some rowing with a band. :-)

Been a rough week - combo of TOM, tiredness and achy pain. But I think I'm coming out the other side. Did take a couple of rest days though, which is unusual for me.

Tara has had a great week! Fresher's Week at the Colchester Institute has meant she had a chance to try a few things she never did before, including riding on a three storey plus ferris wheel, playing a gladiator game, having her face painted, and playing laser quest in a giant inflatable.

Here she is as the Ruby Fairy:



Hope you've had a good week.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SCREWIE 10/8/2012 5:12PM

    Beautiful face painting.

Love the Cheshire cat too :)))

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SENATOR9 10/6/2012 10:39AM

    Well it's over.Now start a fresh new week

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LOVESLIFE48 10/6/2012 9:28AM

    Tara is a beautiful girl!! Glad she had a good time!! emoticon

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POLSKARENIA 10/6/2012 5:01AM

    Well, you've made it to the other side! What an impressive amount of exercise for feeling yuck! Well done you! Have a great weekend!!

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NEW-CAZ 10/6/2012 3:07AM

    Sorry you've had a rough week Lex, hope the weekend is brighter for you hun,.

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_LINDA 10/6/2012 12:33AM

    Sorry about your rough week, right there with you, today (Fri wasn't so bad, managed 60 on the elliptical, but Thurs I was lucky to get out of bed, world of ouchies, only did 30 min walking for the day, for me that is like going back to kindergarten fitness :P
lets hope the weekend goes better, though its colder than sin here right now, the flowers got done in last night by the heavy frost :(
That places sounds like awesome fun that Tara is going to -I LOVE laser tag:) None around here though..
Good on your fitness, keep it going!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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SHAWFAN 10/5/2012 9:16PM

    We all have weeks like that. Have a better weekend. emoticon

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JAMBABY0 10/5/2012 6:02PM

    good luck

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Love a bit of Samba!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Specially when my daughter and son-in-law are playing.

This is a video of XingaSamba - the group Bry and Rob are in - performing at the Totnes lantern Procession yesterday.

Proud Mummy moment. :-)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBBPTcg6OVA&
list=UUN_UW_PckmWXlFXH1cG2IFw&index=1&
feature=plcp


Rob is the tall guy in the front row wearing the long sleeved red jumper, and Bry is the girl in the row behind. In fact, I think she's the only girl in the band! :-)

Enjoy!
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Lex xxx
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SCREWIE 10/6/2012 9:17PM

    That looked like fun :)

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BOVEY63 10/1/2012 12:00PM

    You have good reason to be proud. Great video!

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CARLA-216 10/1/2012 11:16AM

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POLSKARENIA 10/1/2012 6:12AM

    Loving that samba - I lived in Devon for years and didn't know there was so much excitement to be had in Totnes!! Great sounds they were all making!

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    emoticon music! Thanks for sharing Lex have a good week! emoticon

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_LINDA 9/30/2012 11:39PM

    LOVE percussion!! That was so awesome!!! Wow Rob sure is tall! No wonder he got the longest drum to bang away on!!
Thanks for the link!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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COCK-ROBIN 9/30/2012 6:44PM

    That is SO good! I love to work out to Samba and other dances like that!

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Purple Carrots

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I spotted purple carrots in Waitrose today, and just had to buy them to try out. We are so used to orange carrots, it is easy to forget that there are other varieties out there to play with.

In fact, there is a whole history of the carrot here, if you are interested:

www.carrotmuseum.co.uk/maroon.html

So, not having tried the purple variety before, and with Tara looking most unwilling, even though carrot is about the only vegetable she will eat, I peeled and chopped a couple of them to plain boil as a taste test.

First point. They bleed! Like beetroot do. They stain your fingers. I guess, if you like carrot skin you can just scrub them and cook them with the skin on though, which will probably solve that, and my hands are back to their normal colour after a rinse. :-)

So, this is what they look like. Very pretty, I think...





After I had cooked them until tender, I drained the water, which had a distinctive blue tinge to it:





And this was what I was left with:





The taste is about the same as orange carrots, so no issues there. However, I was disappointed to see so much of the vibrant colour gone, but if you like carrot raw, this would look very pretty in a salad.

Tara was not impressed by the colour change at all (You should have seen her face! LOL), and she will not be persuaded to change to the purple carrot. As for me, the rest of them will go into the venison and pork sausage casserole I'm making tomorrow. I'll be honest, they are not doing it for me as a side veg, but I don't think I'll mind them in a casserole. :-)

Oh, I do love autumnal goodies and my slow cooker. They are a truly heavenly combination. :-) I made pork and chickpea casserole yesterday, and it is gorgeous!

Tonight we are headed to the grill, however, for a change of pace with some salmon and the last of the new potatoes. Yum!

Oh, and in other news - a table fit for a Druid Feast in the making. A giant 5000 year old oak has been unearthed in Norfolk, and they are making a table out of it:

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfol
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Enjoy your day. Are you trying something new today?
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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WARNING:
Due to the frequency of human-bear encounters, the B.C. Fish and Wildlife Branch is advising hikers, hunters, fishermen and any persons that use the out of doors in a recreational or work-related function to take extra precautions while in the field.

We advise the outdoorsman to wear little noisy bells on clothing so as to give advance warning to any bears that might be close by so you don't take them by surprise.

We also advise anyone using the out-of-doors to carry 'pepper spray' with him in case of an encounter with a bear.

Outdoorsmen should also be on the watch for fresh bear activity, and be able to tell the difference between black bear faeces and grizzly bear faeces. Black bear faeces is smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur. Grizzly bear s*** has bells in it and smells like pepper.



  
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POLSKARENIA 9/30/2012 5:30PM

    What a shame I HATE carrots - they look so cool!

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SCREWIE 9/30/2012 3:08PM

    "Russell Crowe, root buyer at Sainsbury's said..."

Oooooooohhhhhhhhhh, Sainsbury's is now my favourite supermarket :)))

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SHARJOPAUL 9/29/2012 10:39AM

    I grew purple carrots one year. They are fun sliced up in salads.

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SENATOR9 9/28/2012 9:54AM

    purple carrots cool

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SHAWFAN 9/27/2012 10:52PM

    Interesting

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BOVEY63 9/27/2012 4:36PM

    Never heard of purple carrots before - interesting!

I wonder who would take the time to inspect bear faeces that closely - let alone smell it!
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0309COOKIE 9/27/2012 3:49PM

    I never heard of a purple carrot before. It is very pretty in its raw state but rather dull once cooked. Thanks for sharing this.

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-POOKIE- 9/27/2012 3:00PM

    I got them in Waitrose at the weekend, I roasted mine and ate some raw, nice!

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SCIFIREADER 9/27/2012 2:50PM

    I have never seen nor tried purple carrots, may have to look for them now. Great story on the bog oak, thank you for supplying the link. Being here in the U.S. I was unaware of the find.

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NEW-CAZ 9/27/2012 12:47PM

    I try one thing new a month Lex and one new recipe a month ( p*sses the ole man off he hates trying new stuff LOL), guess you've made my choice for me, I'll keep an eye out in Sainsbury's 2moro.

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CHICCHANTAL 9/27/2012 11:59AM

    I read somewhere (I think Sophie Grigson's veg cookbook) that the reason we eat orange carrots is that they were cultivated by the Dutch whose royal family was from Orange (as in William of Orange).

This may or may not be true but I do remember fondly the episode of The Vicar of Dibley in which Alice is telling Geraldine about her relationship with Hugo.

'Well we DO play hide the purple parsnip QUITE a LOT!'

So you see, Alice must shop at Waitrose and play hide and seek there with Hugo.

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Here Be Cloud Dragons!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

On a day when you see this:





but if you turn 180 degrees you see this:





you know it is a day for seeing Cloud Dragons...











And why was I out in all this rain and storminess?

I was looking for kitchen containers. :-) Plastic and glass - various goodies for the storing of. :-) I managed to get a selection from The Range to test out, so the walk in the rain wasn't for nothing, and I then completely ignored the wafting smells from the big MacDonalds and did a Waitrose sweep for some essentials, plus the ingredients for a random pork and chickpea casserole, before dragging my spoils home while the heavens re-opened. There were some BIG puddles about to play with too! :-)

Had a lovely chat with one of the produce assistants in Waitrose before I left, about the difficulties getting certain fresh fruit and veg into the supermarkets because of the weather. It is truly amazing what goes on behind the scenes in order to get us good fresh produce all year round.

For example, they struggled a couple of months back to secure prepacked broccoli, and were experiencing a shortage of it loose as well. In the end they had to send someone to America to check the quality of their broccoli, and had to import it from there until UK/European supplies improved! I can't help feeling that we as the consumer should be willing to accept local alternatives when a product is temporarily unavailable. It seems crazy to me that a store has to go to such expense and drag a product from so far afield just because of customers whining about not being able to have their broccoli!

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Glad to hear the weather is supposed to pick up soon, and heaven knows how grateful I am not to have to be wading through a foot of water, or even sandfoam in my own home, like some poor souls, north of the border. How bizarre is that!

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-19710
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Enjoy your day!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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BOVEY63 9/27/2012 4:33PM

    We had dragon clouds a couple days last week, and one caught me off guard with strong winds and sprinkles. Luckily I had my rain poncho with me.
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SCIFIREADER 9/27/2012 2:59PM

    I will have to watch for cloud dragons now. Really great pictures Lexie. I had to check on your link about the foam. I have never seen anything like that, amazing. Linda is right, it looks like someone put too much detergent in the washing machine. The dog sure did seem to be having fun in it.

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SENATOR9 9/27/2012 10:11AM

    Those clouds do look scarry

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_LINDA 9/27/2012 1:40AM

    Wow! Awesome clouds!! Glad you had a productive trip out in the weather!
It is rather ludicrous to be wanting produce that has to come 1000's of miles away! This is why I so love summer and fall when I can get farmer's fresh produce right here! Nothing tastes as good as fresh!!!
Thanks for the link! Looked like someone put too much soap in the wash water!!! What an amazing site -the doggy sure looked like he was having fun though :)
Have a Totally Terrific Thursday!
Hugs,
Linda

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SCREWIE 9/26/2012 7:26PM

    Weather is supposed to pick up? Yay, more cycling to work :)))

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SHAWFAN 9/26/2012 6:52PM

    Had cloud dragons here too. Nasty weather.

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CHICCHANTAL 9/26/2012 3:35PM

    At least they don't chase you not like the dragons I see on my walks.

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NEW-CAZ 9/26/2012 3:22PM

    Yep I been watching the sky today too, none too pleased with the weather.
It was sunny so we thought we'd get to the tip to offload all the paints etc from the shed.
As we were driving it started spitting, we ended up emptying the car in pouring rain and getting drenched to the skin. Drove home and by the time we put the key in the front door.........you guessed! GLORIOUS SUN. Was not a happy bunny.....but as you said, at least we're not flooded out!

count your blessings. Love the pics!
Have a snuggle by the fire evening Lex
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LATTELEE 9/26/2012 3:15PM

  Funny

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