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Riding a bike!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I am learning to ride my bicycle all over again. Never having been the most confident or proficient of cyclists I decided that rather than let it go rusty in the garage I should get back on it. Have been out a few times so far & went for a 30 minute ride with Tim on Sunday but couldn't stop the bike AND reach the ground with my feet at the same time, consequently I took a grand tumble on to the road. Now as memento's of the incident I have a lovely grazed elbow & a huge bruise on my calf where the bike fell on me & memories of Tim laughing at my fall from grace---MEN!!! Trouble with me is that I think too much about the why's & wherefore's instead of just enjoying the ride but I WILL conquer the damn thing!

Losing weight can be likened to bike riding I think ----you learn something, falter a little & then get back in the saddle! Anyway I may try again tomorrow if the wind has calmed down here. Don't think that I'll make Team GB at this year's Olympics! emoticon

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ALICIA214 11/15/2012 3:56PM


Shirl .... Have not seen any activity from your neck of the woods ...hope everything is OK. Didn't fall off your bike again did you?? Please get back on the saddle and pedal your way back to SP we miss you!!!.


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ALICIA214 7/21/2012 12:29PM


Ouch!!! I remember riding my bike with my sister on the saddle we were going down hill and did not make the curve in time we ended up in a hedge,good thing it
was not blackberrie bushes. Have not seen any blogs from you in a while are you O,K.?


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ARTJAC 4/11/2012 1:45AM


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WHOWANTS2NO 4/10/2012 3:17PM

  I did that once. Hit the curb. Fell off the bike. Went flying onto the sidewalk. Late at night. My bike in the street. Me on the sidewalk. And NOBODY stopped to help me! Even if he was a "man" and laughed at you, thank God that you have somebody to ride with :)

Keep on keeping on!


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Do you get confused by all the diet recommendations?

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Over the last few days I have downloaded some books on to my kindle about fat & diet issues & now am totally confused. I want to know that I am doing the right thing for my type 2 diabetes but there is so much conflicting advice. People have their own ideas which they want to project to the readers.

The Primal Blueprint book advocates going back to a caveman diet of fresh fruit, veg & organic meat-no cereals & grains as they have a deliterious effect on the body. Could I live without my porridge (oatmeal)? I DO know that if I have too many pulses they give me IBS symptoms. We are told by medics to follow one way of eating yet this book gives seemingly good arguments to follow the primal diet.

I am reading "What makes you fat?" at the moment & the author suggests that obesity is not caused by eating more than your body requires. He suggests that insulin & how the body reacts to it has a great part to play in it.

I suppose I should take what I learn from the books & adapt them to fit in with my lifestyle. I take Metformin but don't do home blood sugar tests so don't know how my blood sugar is affected by certain foods-my HBA1C is tested every 6 months at the GP's which gives me an average glucose reading.

Anyway I'm off to do some more reading-or should I say that confusion time awaits!!
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ARTJAC 4/2/2012 9:21PM


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SHIRLMIDD 4/2/2012 5:42PM

    I'm on Metformin 3 times a day now. Last HBA1C was slightly above normal so tablets increased then. No daily bloods done at all with me but I suppose it's just how well you are controlled as to whether they get you to do regular home tests.
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DOCHAS79 3/31/2012 8:30PM

    Just curious my Dr and most over here check AC1 every 3 months. And we check our own glucose 1-3 times a day just depends if your sugars are out of control or not. And they sent me to a nutritionist who went over all they whys and hows and what to eat. Also there is the american diabetes site on the net to help. I guess its different all over. Is your glucose out of control? With all the exercising you do I wouldnt guess it would be. It's a very confusing disease all way around. But we defiantly have it better than our grandparents day it pretty much was a death sentence back then I would think. Hang in there.

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A Numb Bum!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Yesterday Tim & I cleaned our bicycles that have been taking root in the garage for several years. Fortunately they did up well with no perished tyres so we went out for a quick jolly around the village. I'm not so good (& I have to add a bit of a whush) when it comes to balancing on a little saddle with 2 thins tyres for purchase to the secure safety of planet earth!!! So with a wobble & a wiggle I set off down the fortunately quiet road & managed a 10 minute ride, the consequences of which I am feeling now!!! Ouch my bum does hurt some! emoticon

Was out at 0640 hours this morning too-this time on my own but it was so quiet as every sane person is still slumbering or watching TV-at least here they are!!! Anyway must increase the minutes (& the cushioning on my bottom) but at least I've started.

Is anyone following the Primal Blueprint diet? I have type 2 diabetes & the principles of the diet interest me but wonder how it works with my condition. Just wondering if anyone has any personal experience of it.

Anyway must take pooch to vets, so until next time Cheerio! emoticon

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SHIRLMIDD 3/31/2012 3:33PM

    Thanks Kathy! I am soooo very English! I hope you have a jolly good day in the U s of A! emoticon

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WHOWANTS2NO 3/30/2012 12:45PM

  This blog just makes me smile. And giggle. I know I can't be the only American that is tickled with your wording. It is so delightful and delicious - truly. "A quick jolly; with a wobble and a wiggle; cheerio." I just love that....

Never heard of Primal blueprint diet, but, just staying within my spark ranges is working wonders for me. Looking forward to hearing more about your jolly rides around the village :)

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Operation Scarlett Completed.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

We have got our little Scarlett home after her op yesterday which went very well. She is confined to the conservatory mostly to rest her leg & has 3 different meds for pain & antibiotic cover. Laura the vetinary nurse showed us how to do her physio this morning & massage her leg to encourage the flow of fluid back up her leg to prevent swelling. Since she has got home she has managed to eat some food & had her treament which she tolerated very well. She even had a waggy tail when I was doing it! Having a pet really makes you consider life from a new perspective. You have to notice their little signs & nuances that say Mum I want feeding, a stroke, a wee, I'm uncomfortable etc. It beggers belief that some people can hurt an animal which gives you only unconditional love. emoticon

Well I've done my kettlebell & Zumba cardio workouts today & am feeling bright & bushy tailed.May go out for a walk with hubby later this evening. Off to make a quiche-without the pastry for tea & I may try out a new lower calorie cake recipe for the family. I find that I am enjoying cooking more these days by making new things-you can get in a rut sometimes can't you! Anyway I'll say TTFN.
Speak soon
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DOCHAS79 3/28/2012 9:17PM

    So glad she's home. Your are such a good fur-Mom. XOXO to Scarlett hope she up and running soon.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/28/2012 11:05AM

  Glad your lil furbaby is doing better. HUGS

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Sunny Days are here!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

It has been a warm sunny day here in Lincolnshire today & I have made the most of the sunshine by getting out & gardening. We have a small lawn out front with a border of heathers & "dwarf" conifers----which are turning into triffids; so I gave them a good trim back where they were encroaching on the drive & pathway to the front door.

This morning I was awake bright & early so got up & did my aerobic DVD for 70minutes & got a good sweat on! Am trying a tip that I read the other day in how to lose inches on your waist. It's apparently something that the Chinese have been doing for thousands of years & consists of breathing in & at the same time sucking in your abs as if you want your tummy button to touch your spine. Hold for 15 seconds, rest & repeat, doing this several times a day. I have only been doing this for 2 days but can feel my abs (somewhere beneath that wobbling tum of mine) aching at little with the work it has been doing. Another tip, on which I am a little sceptical about is to rub your hands together for a few seconds to warm them up & then rub around your belly button (skin to skin). The warmth is supposed to increase the metabolism of your tummy fat which will melt away!!!!!! Anything is worth one try I say. Despite these wonder tips I'm still sticking to the healthy eating plan as I don't know how many years it would take to dissolve all my wobbly bits!!!!! emoticon

Scarlett has had her cruciate op today & is recovering at the vets overnight with a drip containing pain meds & sedation. Mike the vet said her ligament had completely snapped as we suspected. So we will pick her up in the morning & begin her rehab & physio. Fortunately for us our daughter's friend who is a vetinary nurse is responsible for that part of her care so we can get in touch anytime if we need advice. It will take time for her to get back to normal (what Labrador IS normal I ask) but I just hope we have one who can run & play & come on walks. She is a wonderful companion to us & we just hope she lasts another good few years like our old girl Lucy did who was 16 &1/2 when she went to doggy heaven. emoticon

So now I'm waiting for Tim to come home from work. He's off for the next 2 days but we are not planning anything as we will have a patient to care for-hope I remember my nursing techniques, although Scarlett weighs a lot more than the little premies that I cared for!!!
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SHIRLMIDD 3/28/2012 9:54AM

    Yes it's the Colosseum Sandy but you can't see it that well unfortunately!

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DOCHAS79 3/27/2012 9:13PM

    New back drop? Is it Rome? I'm to afraid to fly so I've really missed out on a lot while my son's living over seas. Really wishing Scarlett a speedy recovery. We get so attached they are like fur babies or people. Know how you feel. Good Luck with her.

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