LEXIE63's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LEXIE63 LEXIE63's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Lirpa Loof Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132587 I do like Lirpa Loof Day! :-) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a4a8b6d8-6fd8-445c-b57b-3868570aa0a0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hope you are having a good one! <BR> <BR> Tara has had a whale of a time fooling people at her volunteer work with a pen that gives you a little electric shock when you try to press the end to open it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df06867d-3802-4ce8-8e81-42aedceccb7c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I thought April 1st would be a good... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 13:05:22 EST So sorry I haven't been around much... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127164 ...but I have had a lot of issues, including computer ones. In fact, this blog is a test to see if said issues are fixed. I had to use microsoft edge for a while because firefox was struggling with windows 10 and not allowing me to type properly. So, as a result of switching to edge, which you can't block adverts on, SP took forever to load and was still tricky to use. <BR> But, at least for the moment, firefox seems a bit happier, and the words are there as I type them, rather than taking h... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 06:44:32 EST 6000 steps forward, and not nearly so many backwards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084023 I was stunned to step on the scale and see the numbers 14 stone 5 lbs staring at me today! <BR> It would seem that losing my appetite because of the anxiety and depression has had a positive result. LOL <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f077373-9ea9-4ae3-a70d-fde510741a89.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I started the New Year at 14 stone 9, so an overall drop of 4 pounds in 4 weeks, which is ideal! <BR> <BR> I'll take my wins where I can find them these days. <BR> <BR> Loving ca... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 15:20:57 EST Feel like I've moved forward a bit today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073836 A lovely lady from the Doctor surgery came to my house today and helped me sort out the big nightmare that is Universal Credit, and what to do with the sick note I have, and the council tax confusion I'm embroiled in. Been so stressed and dizzy that words just swim around on the page sometimes, which isn't a lot of help when you are trying to understand what you are supposed to be doing. <BR> <BR> I am officially suffering from anxiety and depression, and have to go back and see my regular d... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:03:12 EST Joy in Movement... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071572 This thought was inspired by a fellow sparker's blog: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067820 </link> <BR> <BR> Joy is always there. It is just hard to spot sometimes, when health issues overwhelm, or create sudden blockades. I know. I struggle with this a lot. <BR> <BR> My one rule is ten minutes a day of intended exercise first thing in the morning (as soon as I have sufficiently woken up). This can be anything from strength trainin... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 06:43:09 EST Me? A Motivator? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069883 Opened my inbox this morning and found this: <BR> <em>55</em> <BR> The SparkPeople Community thinks you are a motivation to others! <BR> SparkPeople Members can vote for SparkPages that are motivational, based on Community involvement, personal accomplishments and more. You have received enough votes to become a "SparkPeople Motivator." Congratulations! For recognition, your SparkPage now has a special "SparkPeople Motivator" icon, and your SparkPage will be featured more prominently on ... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 03:47:08 EST Celebrating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068714 In all the health crud I am coping or not coping with at the moment, I do have something to celebrate. <BR> <BR> Today I have been a non-smoker for TEN years! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> So proud! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4908229e-f78b-4fb5-864f-7b9474e759a0.jpg"> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 18:23:00 EST Very down, and approaching out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064195 Vertigo is REALLY bad today. Not helped by having to go to job centre and all the stress that involves, but at least managed to see my friend Trish who lives in a nursing home, and Tara got me safely in and out of town. <BR> <BR> On top of that, I'm missing my Christmas do with work tomorrow night because I won't be able to cope in the pub they've booked a table in, not with all the noise and lights and stuff and feeling this bad. Gutted! And after I worked so hard too, in the weeks leading... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 15:44:46 EST Had a Meh Day yesterday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061842 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35b28e86-16c3-4785-8051-8120e4dbb86b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Rather messed up my blog-a-day plan, though it was as much Menopause Brain's fault as the Mehs. <BR> <BR> Never mind. In spite of the Mehs I got my exercise in, though my lack of energy combined with lack of interest in food did cause a bit of dizzy at times. Specially towards evening. I righted it in the end, though, and went to bed earlier than usual, and hopefully today will be less Meh ... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 06:10:15 EST A Little Less Conversation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060177 ...and a little more action, please. <BR> <BR> Thanks to YOYONOMORE for putting me in mind of this awesome version of the Elvis song with JXL when I was reading her blog today. :-) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx1_6F-nCaw </link> <BR> <BR> If you are struggling for ideas on ways to get more movement in your life you could do worse than look at this video for some ideas. Depending on your energy levels, there is a lot to choose from here. :-) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 15:13:41 EST Bite-size chunks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058931 I'm discovering more and more with this body of mine that it is so much easier to split my exercise into bits than try and do the lot in one go each day. Also, it means I get to vary what gets me up from the computer and moving around the sitting room. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c74cfd27-1fdd-42da-ba66-a81a72c44304.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As a bonus, it seems better for my sciatic nerve that tends to make itself known with painful regularity! It seems to like small b... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 13:15:23 EST Nice to see you, to see you, nice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057892 No, I'm not channeling Brucie, LOL. Just reflecting how nice it is to see you guys again. It feels like forever since I blogged on a regular basis. I have been keeping track of food and exercise, but little else in recent months. Life has been hectic, and scary, and stressful, and I've struggled a fair bit from day to day, if I'm honest. <BR> <BR> Apart from anything else, time has been a real issue, but I'm trying, now we are settled into the post-Christmas slow-down, to get more organised ... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 11:19:15 EST New Year, New Challenges, New Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057010 Hi everyone! <BR> New Year may only be a date on the calendar, but it does tend to make us think about where we've been and where we are going, and I'm going to the doctors a fair bit. LOL <BR> That isn't changing just because we are in 2016. In fact, things seem to be added to my list of issues with my health at an almost alarming rate these days. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5fd70e97-d263-456a-9fef-c1d38b23781a.gif"> <BR> <BR> But every day I get out of bed ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 13:23:28 EST Gaining 2lbs is not the best start. LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021633 Hi again! <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the comments on my last blog. It was nice to see so many familiar names popping up. I'm glad you are all still with the programme. :-) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf01f226-1040-4e29-b940-2b5b8f32a476.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Linda, so sorry I didn't get to meet you when you were in London. I didn't even know you were over here, or I'd have tried to arrange something. <BR> <BR> Diane, I'll try and get back to the WIO challenges at so... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 18:30:41 EST The bad penny's back! ;-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019161 Hi all, <BR> <BR> Have you missed me? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c12ccbe8-ff5a-498f-b629-6f12888a1a00.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've missed you guys! <BR> <BR> As you may already have seen, I am up to 208 lbs (14 stone 12 for us Brits), and I need to start dropping the weight again. Aiming for 175 lbs (12 1/2 stone) again, though I plan to do this in bite-size pieces, and set my GPS (Goodbye Pounds System) for Onederland as a good start. :-) <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 06:22:03 EST Britain's Got Talent Hula Hooper video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917776 She was amazing! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCvAl2Vr7as </link> <BR> <BR> Had to share for MostMom. :-) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l569281609.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know it has been a while since I blogged. Hope you are all well and happy! :-) <BR> Hugs, <BR> Lex xxx Sun, 26 Apr 2015 06:20:46 EST NOT MEASLES! Heat Rash! (Millaria Rubra) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853220 Heatrash! (Miliaria Rubra) Tara got overheated and this was the result. Her temp did get quite high, and she was sleeping under a blanket with the heating on higher than it should have been. Anyhow, the rash is not spreading, and we are keeping her less bundled up. She is still very poorly, with a chest/bronchial thing, feeling sick, temp etc, but at least it isn't measles! <BR> <BR> What a relief! <BR> <BR> This is the trouble when you can't get to a doctor and you ring NHS111, and they... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:52:00 EST Tara has Measles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851226 Oh dear, what started as apparent flu on Wednesday took a turn today when a rash appeared on Tara's upper body. <BR> <BR> She has measles. Lots and lots of them! <BR> <BR> Poor kid! She is not a happy camper! <BR> <BR> And I've never had measles myself. Didn't catch them when Bry had them as a toddler. Didn't even catch them when I was surrounded by friends with measles when I was a kid. <BR> <BR> Keeping everything seriously crossed that I don't get it this time either. <em>24</em... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 18:05:07 EST New food discovery... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850283 I've been following that January quick start thingee, and getting the emails each day. One of them was about finding a new food. <BR> <BR> Well, that remains to be done at this time, but I have re-purposed an old favourite of mine. :-) <BR> <BR> Cheese on toast can be pretty hefty, calorie-wise, with little to commend it when it doesn't include veggies. <BR> <BR> To ease my guilty pleasure, I usually either add slices of tomato, by tucking them between the cheese and the bread, or I have s... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 11:45:46 EST I crocheted a hat... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848826 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1641002135.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1746547858.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Link to the pattern: <BR> <BR> <link>crochetchallenges.com/next-challenge<BR>-january-2015/ </link> <BR> <BR> It is Canadian, the group, and the pattern is American, but easily translated into English. A quick google will tell you the equivalents. :-) <BR> <BR> Very pleased with this. It was a challenge set by a crochet group on... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 17:39:46 EST Making mistakes is not such a bad thing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846898 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1284938920.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just a very quick share. I spotted this on Facebook, and thought it was a lovely way of looking at mistakes. Instead of beating ourselves up, we should celebrate that we tried at least. :-) <BR> <BR> Here's to making lots of mistakes this year. :-) <BR> Hugs, <BR> Lex xxx <BR> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1308848806.jpg"> <BR> ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 18:03:50 EST Bolly Sauce: The Results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845869 The answers to the weird words are as follows: <BR> <BR> Peggie Stuff - toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash (think toothy-pegs from childhood) <BR> <BR> Tin Toms - Tinned Tomatoes <BR> <BR> Smellies - Deodorant <BR> <BR> Sos Cass Stuff - Sausage Casserole ingredients <BR> <BR> Yarg - Cheese (no one has heard of Cornish Yarg, it seems, which is an amazing cheese from my childhood that comes wrapped in nettle leaves. Really tasty if you can find it) <BR> <BR> YKWs - You-Know-Whats (a eu... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 18:01:33 EST Two Pounds Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845856 Well, that was a pleasant surprise at my first Sunday weigh-in of 2015. :-) <BR> <BR> Started the year at 14 stone, 2 1/2 pounds, and I'm now 14 stone and 1/2 a pesky pound. :-) <BR> <BR> I know that was partly because of the diverticular 'flush' (polite way of saying very upset tummy), and partly because my doofer is finished, but I'll take it! :-) <BR> <BR> My exercising is improving. I'm back working with Leslie again, as well as my daily Wii exercise, and the stretches are helping too.... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 17:46:34 EST Bolly Sauce and other oddities... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844515 It seems I have confused a few peeps with my reference yesterday to 'bolly sauce'. LOL <BR> <BR> It is just the way I shorten the words Bolognese Sauce. Sorry for the confusion. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> When I write out my shopping list I shorten lots of words or use other names. If I ever hand it over to my daughter to get the shopping for me I have to do a fair bit of translating as a rule. <BR> <BR> I'll let you all try and guess what the following shopping trip shortenings and names... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 08:06:35 EST Why 10 minutes matter... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844131 Day 2 of the 30-day challenge, and I had to do 10 minutes of exercise. Well, I don't get the emails until lunchtime, but I decided that as far as possible I would do as they say, whether or not I'd already done somethign to qualify. Obviously, I shall find this sentiment tested as I go through the month, but we'll see how long I can keep that up. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> So I had an extra play on the Wii. Ended up dancing to 7 songs, so well over the ten minutes. :-) <BR> <BR> This is the... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 18:29:04 EST They said to tell someone, so... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842997 ...I've started the Small Changes Challenge here on Sparkpeople. It popped up as an option on my start page this morning, and I thought, well, why not? <BR> <BR> Here's the link, if you'd like to find out about it: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=kickstart_2015_with_a_30day_challenge </link> <BR> <BR> This telling you is the challenge for day 1. It said tell one person, so shhh... keep it to yourself, ok? <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> How is day one of ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 15:23:52 EST Highest weight of 2014 - Oops! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841787 Time to get serious. I steeled myself and stood on the scales this morning. <BR> <BR> 14 stone, 2 1/2 pounds. <BR> <BR> Damn! <BR> <BR> Well, I haven't exactly been going at it hammer and tongs to make sure I eat right and drink my water lately. I let things slide, and boy, did they take advantage! LOL <BR> <BR> So, I am back once more, tracking food and water and trying to be a good girl. And I am doing so BEFORE the New Year! This is not a resolution, just a sensible getting back ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 08:59:22 EST 10-Minute Organisation Streak Idea and Spoon Theory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841407 Hi all! Long time, no chitchat! :-) How have you all been? Hope you have had a lovely Yule and Christmas. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1087126961.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So, what is new with me? <BR> <BR> Well... <BR> <BR> One of my spark friends (NOREGRET2010) mentioned she was going to try starting a 10-Minute Organisation Streak, and I thought it sounded like a good idea, so I am trying it out as well. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> I have found the 10-Minute E... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 17:17:59 EST Singing in the rain - Eric & Ernie Style... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821455 I think we all need a little sunshine and laughter to offset this gloomy weather... <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mDTn-QvO9I </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l707460803.jpg"> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:23:04 EST Pink Team: Me and the Juggling Spy! *shhh* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812019 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1075451313.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Spy is just to the right of the streetlight. Sorry for poor quality. It didn't like my camera shot so I had to use my phone. <BR> <BR> As for my blogs... <BR> <BR> Normal service will soon be resumed. LOL <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Lex xxx <BR> <em>300</em> <em>366</em> <em>23</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l291947478.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 13:37:02 EST Pink Team Healthy Recipe Blog Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811850 OK, I'll share my basic Spaghetti Bolognese recipe, as it is dead easy, and I consider it pretty healthy and balanced, with a decent quantity of veg in it, and none of the preservatives associated with ready meals. If you don't want to use tinned tomatoes, you can always buy some fresh and peel and chop them instead for this recipe. You may need to add a small amount of water and a squirt of tomato puree if so. <BR> <BR> I use: <BR> (makes 6 portions) <BR> Lamb mince - around 500g (I find l... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 08:42:13 EST One Year Goal Accomplished! Next Goal is.... *drum roll* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809377 <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I did it! I walked with Leslie Sansone for 365 days straight! Every single day that I have been Fifty, I have walked at least one mile with her. <BR> <BR> EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1427805985.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So I need a new goal. <BR> <BR> Hmmm... <BR> <BR> Well, I plan to cont... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 13:51:25 EST So close to my goal I can see the finish line! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807972 Some of you may remember my blog last year about my plan to walk at least a mile a day with Leslie Sansone through my fiftieth year: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544939 </link> <BR> Well, this is the countdown... <BR> <BR> Today is Day 363 of 365. <BR> <BR> I walked my mile today, and if this cold bug doesn't conspire to get me, I only have two more miles to walk - 1 tomorrow and 1 on Sunday, to achieve my goal! <BR> <BR> It has ... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:08:58 EST No. Way! Double-take time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780752 I've joked about this stuff before, but... <BR> <BR> Turns out, it is real! DIET water! You can't make this stuff up! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1053269170.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The world has gone mad! LOL <BR> <BR> What's the betting that they sell dehydrated water as well ... just add water and mix to desired consistency. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> In other news... <BR> <BR> While on the subject of drinks, Dr Pepper have cure... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:01:46 EST Should I do this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778694 My older girl has two half marathon runs under her belt now, and is considering signing up for the 2015 Colchester half marathon next March. She knows I can't jog - it does my head in, but she has suggested I could walk it. <BR> <BR> The Fitbit is certainly encouraging me to get more steps in, but a half marathon is lots and lots of steps! <BR> <BR> So, any thoughts on this one? <BR> <BR> Anyone care to join me? <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Lex xxx <BR> <em>366</em> <em>366</em> <em>366... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:28:43 EST Motivational Staircase... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778578 I would certainly use the stairs more if I could play on them like this. :-) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lXh2n0aPyw </link> <BR> <BR> Have a terrific weekend! <BR> Hugs, <BR> Lex xxx <BR> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1503169053.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1997325190.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1362367908.jpg"> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:20:16 EST A Week With the Fitbit Zip and I'm in Love! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773482 I have had my Fitbit Zip for a week now, and I can already see a difference in my attitude to life. And I did not see this one coming! <BR> <BR> I have almost completely stopped sighing and griping when I have just sat down only to realise that Menopause Brain forgot something and I have to get up again to go get whatever it is. Instead, I think, “Oh good! Extra steps for ZippyDeeDooDah!” Which is usually followed by a silent – in my head – rendition of Zip A Dee Doo Dah as I go to fetch ... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 17:35:13 EST A Cure for the Blehs... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769736 When you wake up feeling icky and in pain for the fifth day in a row, you need some serious cute to get you up and running, and fortunately for me, a friend, sensing my pain, sent me this video: <BR> <BR> <link>cuteoverload.com/2014/08/21/its-summ<BR>ertime-you-feelin-lucky-pup/ </link> <BR> <BR> I think you will agree that it hits the spot. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Lex xxx <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l252733912.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src=... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 04:44:38 EST Fitbit Zip pressie to celebrate 300 Days of my Streak done! :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769400 Woo to the Hoo! This is Day 300 of my Mile a Day with Leslie Sansone streak! It was touch and go yesterday, as I was feeling utterly rotten, but I managed it, and the streak lives on. Still feeling a bit under the weather, but not as bad as I was the last couple of days. <BR> <BR> To celebrate the 300 days I treated myself to a Fitbit Zip. I have been looking at various options for a while now, to replace the Nintendo DS Active Health game pedometer. It has served me well, but isn't rea... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:40:29 EST A Small Change that could help with calorie control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762650 I know - shocking isn't it? I'm being serious for a change. :-) Thing is, I need to remember this myself, so I'm hoping that writing it down not only helps me get it into my head, but that is may also help you. <BR> <BR> Portion control is an awesome tool for weight loss. <BR> <BR> But we still hit plateaus or find weight fluctuating, which can be quite frustrating. <BR> <BR> So I'm sharing something that I'm trying out to see if it makes a difference. <BR> <BR> I measure all my ingred... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 06:33:40 EST Whether the Weather... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761248 ...be fine, or whether the weather be foul, avoid getting a soaking, sunburn, or being struck by lightning by following my advice in this blog. <BR> <em>259</em> <BR> First, let me say that this blog comes courtesy of a little inspiration from NEW-CAZ's last blog, so if you are offended by my sales pitch, blame her! I'm just trying to boost her shares profits in weather gadgets. If I do a good enough job, maybe we can talk partnership, eh Caz? <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> So, ways t... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 07:25:43 EST The Further Adventures of Lexie and the Birds and the Biopsy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758427 The Hawks: <BR> <BR> Adventure Double Oh One – a subsidiary of Buyagift - are not going to be allowed to have my money. I cancelled the Bird of Prey experience with them, and I'm glad I did! The peeps at Castle Hedingham got back to me, and they've had no end of trouble with the Adventure 001 crowd that Buyagift arranged these bird of prey experiences through. <BR> <BR> Amongst other things, they had to cope with the Adventure 001 people rallying over the pristine castle lawns, doing han... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:04:42 EST Buyagift should be called buya-beware! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755841 OK, so Bry and I decided on a joint birthday treat. In January we bought a Three-hour Bird of Prey Experience through Buyagift.com, worth £50 each, planning to go with the local Castle Hedingham venue, so that we could also enjoy the castle grounds and have a pleasant lunch in beautiful surroundings. <BR> <BR> But by the time we could get a date sorted out, the Castle Hedingham venue was no longer available. <BR> <BR> Checks the rules of the website... Oh, terrific! Venues can change w... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 15:24:28 EST OMG! Look who Tara bumped into... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748082 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1768393233.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes! It's Olly Murs!!! <BR> <BR> Tara and her bestie, Charlotte, were in Game in Colchester, and Olly Murs was in there, shopping. He asked them if they wanted a photo with him, so, naturally, they said yes please! <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:17:57 EST A Good Reason To Learn Yoga... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747564 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l414154449.jpg"> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:14:12 EST Sharing Spark Guy's Latest Blog Because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738587 ... he makes an excellent point. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738162 </link> <BR> <BR> He has been going through a tough time with his poor Mum being so ill, but his ten-minute exercise streaks have kept him going, even though he has had to start over several times this year. <BR> <BR> I feel the same way about my Mile with Leslie Sansone streak (currently day 254). I've been luckier than Spark Guy, in that I haven't missed a day ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:26:32 EST Writing about your fears can be cathartic, so I'm told. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733009 Writing about your fears can be cathartic, so I'm told. <BR> <BR> So here goes... <BR> <BR> Dental Phobics may want to skip this blog. <BR> <BR> Well, I still feel rather like Joe Bugner landed an uppercut on my lower right jawline. My mouth aches - is throbbing, actually - and I still have a doozy of a headache, but all in all I'm feeling reasonably human again. Got my mile with Leslie in this morning without feeling like I was going to pass out. <BR> <BR> Having a dental phobia is... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 10:11:24 EST Well, that was... um... irritating! LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727149 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l609252039.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That's better! Do love taking my medicine *happy sigh* <BR> <BR> The little things are sent to try us, it would seem. <BR> <BR> You see, I'd been waiting for weeks for these little discs designed to hold canes in place for runner beans, and they are days past their designated arrival date when I get a note through the door from the Royal Mail yesterday saying they can't deliver a parcel because of insufficien... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:26:59 EST Manhandled by GP! Un-freak-ing-believable! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722010 I saw the not very pleasant GP as planned this morning, and for the third time I was kept waiting, then he told me I had more than one thing to talk about and should have had a double appointment (I told the receptionist it was to get results from my ECG AND from my blood tests, and she only booked me a single appointment) so I told him I didn't understand why they were separate issues, when they were both part of the same tests he ordered to rule out any underlying health issue and to make s... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:03:29 EST That Explains a Lot! LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721320 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l915996345.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> That explains why I spend so much time on the loo when I'm stressed. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Costochondritis is baaaaaad today. Breathless, sharp chest pains, tight band around my body... all in all, not a lot of fun. <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> However, one good thing this morning. I got a call from Health in Mind, and they have booked me in for my first phone consultation to get an idea of my... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:48:24 EST