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The half-marathon that went pear-shaped.....

Sunday, April 06, 2014

If this was April 1st I would have thought the following story was a joke. Sadly it wasn't.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-
yorkshire-26910318


I understand both sides of this story and can quite see why the runners set off anyway.

  
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KRISZTA11 4/7/2014 2:28PM

    Too bad... I never ran a half marathon but I imagine it must be freaking hard without water! Congrats to all who ran it anyway.
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ANNEMAC5 4/6/2014 3:39PM

    what a mix up sorry for the runners and organisers

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JOYINKY 4/6/2014 2:17PM

    Sad, I agree, Kudos to those who stepped up! I'm not a runner but if I were; I would have wanted to go ahead too. But, even walking: I also carry my own water. I'm betting many had.

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/6/2014 12:59PM

    How sad... feel badly for organizers AND the runners. I can totally understand how some at the back might have missed the announcement, some who carry their own water (as I do) would want to run anyway. The spectators en route who offered up water... kudos to them!

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NEW-CAZ 4/6/2014 12:52PM

    shame!

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KNEEMAKER 4/6/2014 12:45PM

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Moving up a level...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I have a busy few months ahead of me and need to be as fit as possible. So I have started tracking my food again. I was pleasantly surprised that I managed to keep within my targets in all nutritional categories on my first day of tracking. That bodes well.
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To make tracking easier, I have edited my favourite foods list and deleted some items that I never intend to eat again. Chocolate doughnuts have no part to play in a healthy lifestyle.
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I have been hovering near the top of my healthy weight range for a long time now. I know I feel better when I am at the lower end. So I have changed my ticker to count down the days until I hope to be there. I have set myself a realistic goal. My exercise levels are very good, so with meticulous nutrition tracking I know I will do it.

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NEW-CAZ 3/27/2014 3:55AM

    I like your thinking about the doughnuts- good idea!
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JOYINKY 3/26/2014 8:25PM

    I'm sure you will do it too! I think it's good for all of us to do a little tweaking and spring is the perfect time! emoticon

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SLENDERCLAIRE 3/26/2014 5:52PM

    I am quite sure you will! emoticon

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ANNEMAC5 3/26/2014 5:48PM

    Good for you. emoticon emoticon

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Horrible facts about fast food....

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Just in case anyone needs more reasons to avoid fast food...
uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com/10-shocking-f
ast-food-facts-090000818.html


These facts are stomach-churning. I wish I hadn't been eating my breakfast when I read them.
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LEZASEDAI 2/20/2014 2:11PM

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JOYINKY 2/20/2014 7:34AM

    Love being a veggie! Fast food has no appeal for me.

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NELLJONES 2/20/2014 7:17AM

    Another reason to be glad I don't eat fast food!

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MJREIMERS 2/20/2014 7:07AM

    Ever since I began this journey fast food has lost it's appeal. (Yes, I was a fast food addict.) Now it's even more unappealing. I can't stand the thought of it! I wish I could get my teenagers to see it. I guess they'll have to read the article that you posted in your blog. Thanks!

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NEW-CAZ 2/20/2014 3:00AM

    Is it any wonder I cook from scratch and avoid the yellow M!!!!

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ANNEMAC5 2/20/2014 1:44AM

    Good morning, interesting reading glad I am not a fast food fan but it is a worry about chicken having less protein. It has been raining overnight but still glad I cleaned my windows and car, emoticon

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Maybe I should sort out my priorities......

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

This has nothing to do with fitness and exercise......though maybe my mental fitness needs some work.
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The background to this is that I left home at the age of 18 and have supported myself ever since. My daughter has been threatening to leave home since the age of 16 and now, at the grand old age of 20, is finally financially able to do so.
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She has decided to fill a vacancy in a flat that one of her friends lives in and the rent is very reasonable for a central London location. It is in an area close to where I lived and went to school as a child and has some happy memories for me.
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The reasonable rent might be explained when I say that this flat has MICE.
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I don't think that emoticon is a mouse, but it's the closest I could find.

My daughter broke the news to me that she is taking the cat to the flat to get rid of the mice. This is a bad move for lots of reasons. Our cat:

is used to having a garden
is now 11 years old and probably too old to catch a mouse
wouldn't know where it was and would probably run away
was originally rescued to be a pet for my daughter, but is very attached to me
follows me around a bit like in "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

My daughter is out at college/work/parties most of the time and has only a romantic view of what looking after a cat involves.
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When I heard my daughter's plan, I turned on the waterworks.
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I have now offered to buy her a new kitten for her to take to the flat. Apparently there is access to a garden down 5 flights of stairs!

I could see my daughter's eyes light up at the thought of choosing a new kitten. I think the other flatmates will all muck in if they get to choose their new mouser.
Hopefully they will share the expenses, feeding and cleaning duties as well.

Why was I more upset about losing the cat than my daughter moving out?....probably because the cat is helpless and has no say in the matter. It's time my daughter moved out, so I will miss her but am secretly pleased for her as well.
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IMEMINE1 2/14/2014 7:29PM

    emoticon I don't think I'd be able to part with any of our pets either.

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CAROLEHZ 2/11/2014 11:56AM

    Your daughter will do great. I don't think it's wrong priority on your part..you just know that you and the cat will need each other in the coming weeks. Lucky to find reasonable rent...I watch House Hunters International..London rents can be crazy high.

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JOYINKY 2/11/2014 11:48AM

    I think your priorities are fine. A cat would be good for her new flat but it takes a year for a kitten to become a cat! I'd recommend visiting a shelter and finding an adult cat that hasn't been used to being outdoors. No, not the fun of a kitten, but still a good companion and possibly a good mouser! If they are gone a lot, 2 cats would be better. But yes, it does take care. It appalls me that people get pets without a clue of the expense and time involved. Many just end up abandoned.
Glad DD is ready to be on her own; sounds like a good situation (other than the mice). Moving her/your cat at this point in it's life would not be kind. This will work out.
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NEW-CAZ 2/11/2014 11:40AM

    awww Una, a sad but exciting time for both of you...
You've bought her up to be independent and self reliant so she'll be fine..


Hey think of all the free time you'll have now, enjoy your freedom , she'll soon be married and asking you for baby sitting duties! emoticon

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Goals for 2014

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Last year was fairly non-eventful for me. It whizzed by in a blur of sameness. I managed to maintain successfully, but always near the top of my healthy range. I think I have learned the art of doing "just enough".
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I made an attempt to rev things up when I joined a new keep fit class in September. But, I don't know how else to say this without sounding smug. it is a little too easy for me. The benefits for me are minuscule.

So on Boxing Day I joined a local gym. I used to be a member there years ago when I was working full-time and also coping with a demanding teenager. I used to dream about having more time to myself. But I could only go once or twice a week at peak times. This made it really expensive and I made the sensible decision to leave.

My demanding teenager is now a demanding 20 year old who will soon leave the nest. She recently joined the same gym and has surprised me by going regularly. This has brought back memories of how much I enjoyed going there. It is a really friendly and relaxing place to spend time. The equipment is plentiful and modern and there is never a wait for anything. There is a good mix of members from the really serious body builders to people just trying to get fit. Nobody stares or judges and there is a lot of respect.

The past week has been lovely because Hubby, Daughter and I are all gym members now and have been going as a family. They have been off work and college. But real life has returned and I will mostly be going by myself.

This time, I have been able to take out an off-peak membership and I should be able to go there an average of 3 times most weeks. There will be weeks when I will be able to go 4 times or more, but I am going to be realistic. I have just set up a Spark goal to track this. I already have a Spark goal for how many times I do Pilates every week and it works to keep me committed.
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So, my main fitness aim for 2014 is to maintain at the lower end of my healthy range. So far, I have made a good start.
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....wishing everyone a successful 2014.
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CAROLEHZ 1/7/2014 9:49AM

    Good Luck with your 2014 plans. While mine is not really a gym...I have found going to the exercise room at the Club to be helpful to me both physically and mentally. I have made friends with people I wouldn't know otherwise and they help push me ( by being there and working out hard) to get a good workout. It's wonderful to have the whole family involved!

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JOYINKY 1/1/2014 10:29AM

    Sensible goals and a plan; you're on your way! Your gym sounds a lot like mine and even though I'm going alone there's comfort finding so many familiar faces. "Gym" friends, and only that, but friendly none the less. It would be hard for me to give up even though I'm more into yoga now and not using it as much as I did. Make it a great year! emoticon

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BESSHAILE 1/1/2014 6:59AM

    oooo sweet. I so look forward to the time when I can go to the gym in the off hours. Or the busy times. Or any time I want. thanks for showing me something to look forward to.

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 1/1/2014 4:06AM

    Happy New Year!!

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NEW-CAZ 1/1/2014 3:56AM

    Great plan Una, we'll rock 2014 together, I'm getting my butt into gear with a walk this morning and Pete erected my multigym yesterday so I'll soon be getting into that again.................,missed it

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ANNEMAC5 1/1/2014 2:58AM

    Sounds a great plan lovely that your family are going to the gym too it makes it easier.
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