Saturday, January 28, 2012
Yes, I am an oddball in that I actually like snow and enjoy winter! Today we had our second storm of the season (and even that wasn't much of a storm) and boy was it wonderful. We spent a while with the shovels and snowblower until I got slightly bored and let the dogs out with us in the back garden! Well, you talk about having fun. Louisa found an old tennis ball and teased us with it while I took Maddy on my lap and went sliding down the small hill we have. Too lazy to dig through our shed to find our proper toboggan, I just went sliding on the bum of my wind pants. It was a lovely hour or so outdoors and we all were totally exhausted when we came back inside....but it was sure worth it.
Sometimes you just have to release that inner child and today I released my inner child and several of her "mischievous twins"
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
If you have been following my blogs (shame on you if you haven't - )you will know that I was a lucky recipient of a free copy of Coach Nicole's "28 Day Boot Camp" dvd. This was quite a surprise for me and the only stipulation was that I watch it and write a blog about it. Well, there is a problem with those simple instructions - I did watch it (well some of it) and I am writing a blog but I haven't completed one day's regime let alone 28 days!
In my defense, I do have a bad back and a sore boob (okay, you really have to go back and read about the latter 'cause I'm not about to write about that experience all over again but suffice it to say my face during and afterwards looked like this emoticon!
From what I watched and the warmup I did do of Day 1 here is my review. Great overall but probably needs more detailed explanations for stunned people like myself. I really think it would be beneficial to actually watch the routine for each day before trying it to save yourself becoming confused and thus giving up. I have real difficulties in figuring out moves people are doing on television and then trying to do the same especially if you have more than one limb going at a time.
Okay, so the warmup was great although I have to admit I sweat so much that I kind of wonder how ineffective my present exercise routine really is. Like I said, I haven't done anything else with the dvd other than watch it and attempt the warm up for day one but I think it looks a lot easier than it really is and that is probably just what we all need!
Here is a pictorial description of me versus the woman on the DVD...can you guess which is which?
I am thrilled to have received this dvd and promise to complete the 28 days when my back pain allows it but until then you are all stuck with my humour or lack thereof!
Here are a few other cartoons I found online which seem to fit this blog and my life!
And the following two are in reference to my dogs and I hope all of my dog loving friends will enjoy as much as I did!
Maybe the latter will be an up and coming SparkDog option? Ha! I would like to see the trackers for exercise for Louisa
1. Wake up and stretch (counts as dog yoga)
2. Jump up on human bed - dig at blankets to make nest (works front and back legs)
3. Sleep (I don't think dogs have a problem with sleep quantity or quality) Earn bonus points for chasing squirrels in dreams
4. Stretch again when nature calls
5. Do business (this involves a lot of exercise as you find the perfect spots)
6. Kick and dig at grass, snow, etc afterwards
7. Walk to kitchen to see if any good crumbs are on the floor
8. Pause to drink your water
9. Race to window to bark at mailman
10. Jump up at human and your leash
Monday, January 23, 2012
I am going to write a book! It is going to be called "Excuses So Old Even I Don't Believe Them" and it is going to be about my weight loss journey.
Seriously though, I have come up with some great excuses in my time and it is time to stop blaming things, people, food, etc for my weight when in face, it is all my own doing...err..undoing!
Gained 4 pounds in the past week, yes, I did! Can you believe it? I let the excuse of having a bad back and having some truly down (emotionally) get the better of me! I didn't walk ten steps out of my way last week other than around the house or at work. I didn't get any fresh air other than shuffling to the car! I didn't , I didn't, I didn't! Notice the "I" in all of these sentences.
So, what did I do? I went to the chiropractor again today and despite having some discomfort, I went for a 2km walk with the dogs. It might have taken me longer than usual and I might have been a tad more careful than usual but at least I went. The fresh air did me more good than any medicine AND I am cooking a healthy supper of chicken breasts, roast beef, baked sweet potatoes along with steamed broccoli and carrots. If I get hungry tonight (I am still a night-time snacker) I will eat some plain popcorn. No chips, cookies, or chocolate is in this house.....because I ate it all last week
On a closing note, here is something my SparkFriend, LESLIES537, posted on Facebook "if you have nothing to be thankful for check your pulse"
Thursday, January 19, 2012
I've had a weird couple of days lately and am definitely feeling the effects of not getting out for my walks. However it is very slippery out due to thawing and freezing and thawing and freezing so coupled with my lower back issue I have been a couch potato. Well, not quite but you know what I mean.
My back was wonderful when the chiropractor did his thing on Monday but is slowly getting more and more kinked again. There seems to be no ryhme nor reason to it and it is something I have learned to live with until it really goes out of whack and then I scream. ha! Seriously, though, I was told to go home and ice it several times but that day it was -16 degrees celcius out and I was cold enough to begin with. I simply couldn't stand the thoughts of propping myself up on ice so I didn't! Today I go back and I will confess my naughtiness!
My appointment with my family doctor went as well as it could. My yearly mammogram in late December showed that I have microcalcifications in my right breast. Yesterday I had to go back to have a series of more detailed exams done and it hurt like nothing before. Maybe I have a low pain tolerance or something but I really thought I was going to faint. Apparently I have very dense breast tissue (who knew that my boobs and my brain were BOTH dense! but I could see the results on the x-ray machine. I am hoping what I "think I saw" doesn't mean anything!
So I get home all ready to have a little sniffle for myself when I noticed there were two packages in the mail for me. Both were complete surprises! One was from my brother in Australia who sent me two books. They both look really interesting and I can't wait until I go home today to start one over a cup of tea.
The first book is called "Mawson's Last Survivor" and is the story about Dr. Alf Howard who was a noted Australian whom my brother was priviledged enough to work with at the University of Queensland. In his late 70's (yes, you read that correctly) Dr. Howard started designing computer programs and provided 20 years of research assistance to students and staff of the university. He retired at age 97 but went on to live a few more years. Mawson was a research vessel that went to Antartica. Ever since my brother moved to Brisbane, he has always filled his e-mails to me about Alf and his accomplishments so I am really looking forward to setting my teeth into this one.
The other book has a New Zealand background and is about a dog Paddy. When my brother was doing some research in Wellington before Christmas he noticed a big display in a musem about a dog. Knowing I would love it, he investigated and promptly bought me the book. I cannot wait to let all you dog lovers what this story is about. So far, I know it is a true story that happened back during the Great Depression.
Oh, and the other package in the mail was a free copy of Coach Nicole's 28 Day Bootcamp! I'm not sure how I received it but the letter asks for nothing but a blog reviewing it by the end of January. I can't wait to try it out!!! Thanks SparkPeople!!!!
I hope this finds you all doing well with your Spark programs.
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