MILLIE-MILOU's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MILLIE%2DMILOU MILLIE-MILOU'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/ Saturday in the garden :-( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913338 Hubs has been doing a bit of tree chopping down and fixing the fence, while I have sanded the garden table and put a coat of cuprinol (in a nice shade of green) on it. Rookie mistake, I should have turned it over and done the underside first before doing the top, so I'm just giving it another half an hour and I'll turn it over. In the meantime, I'm stuffing a salad and blogging. <BR> <BR> Hubs is on facebook, had been for about an hour now. I would like to pop to Argos for some little dumbel... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:43:22 EST Thank heavens it's Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913002 Busy day today. <BR> I was up at a sensible time, laundry on and shower room sorted out before breakfast. Then I got guitar practice in as I knew that after 2 dog grooms I'd not have enough movement in my wrist to cope with my guitar. <BR> <BR> Today I have stood up (not still though) for at least 3 hours, grooming 2 dogs. One wriggly springer spaniel and one Labra-shepherd (yes really, that's what they called it) puppy. Only 6 months old or so, but well behaved. We took our time as it was t... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:31:32 EST Thursday, back in the office http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912433 I love Thursday office days. Leigh, the boss, & I get on well. He's half my age and a bit of a laugh. We've been looking at the website, discussing future projects (but not a couple of important ones but I'll catch up with him next week on that). I networked with the new PR company next-door but 2 as we met in the kitchen, accidentally, while making coffee. I took them half a dozen bags of Buttermint Tea a while later. They will remember us when they are re-tweeting our works stuff and bumpin... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:28:22 EST Riding in the sunshine. Woo hoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911772 Bring on the nice weather. I am so ready. <BR> <BR> I rode down to the hospital to meet Hubster earlier, I went using the route I rode my bike along yesterday. I did an extra little loop of Eaton as I was running early but then met Hubs and didn't ride home, as I had a client's dog to walk. 15.6 miles a whole lot faster than I rode yesterday. Life is good. <BR> I have walked my lot for and hour and 20 today, client's dog for 30 minutes and a quick whizz to the shop and back the long way, jus... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:31:34 EST Glorious sunny afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911216 We are just back in from a great 16.5 mile ride. Kenn came out for a ride. I lied and said that it was about 14 miles as he knows he is quite capable of a 14 miler. The extra 2 didn't actually kill him so it's all good. He said that he had a blast, so that's OK then. <BR> <BR> I took a ride out the Thursday before last, to our old riding ground near Wymondham and that's the route we took today. We took the CX bikes, not the roadies as I really need new tyres on my roadie. Nothing wrong with ... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:46:30 EST Monday. Beginning of week 9 on Exante http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910433 Today's scores on the doors were 3lb off so I have a BMI of 25.5 now. That's half a point of 'normal'. I've never been 'normal' in my life. Weight wise I have but not anything else-wise. I am now 11 stone & 9lbs and a wee bit chuffed with myself. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was having a struggle day. I had a big, low carb lunch so we called yesterday a 'Working Solution' day. Still on the Exante plan but jus the next one up from the one I follow. It was not a fail, in any way shape or form. I rewa... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:53:33 EST Saturday and it's sunny again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909375 Husband is having a snooze so I am taking the opportunity to hog all the broadband. <BR> I have been to work this morning and it went really well. I had a little go with my customer's coconut oil on my hands. Just as good as propolis so I have bought some. Hubster was shocked that it was £2.50 for 250ml jar, so you can tell that he has never bought hand cream or moisturiser in his life. He has just cooked his sausages with it and is impressed that he can cook with it and that I can use it as... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 11:20:27 EST Friday, so one more sleep until the weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908963 Sciatica again this morning. Not sure what it's playing at at all. Very late in the year for me for sciatica. <BR> Just in from a 4.5 mile ride down to my friends house for a coffee and a catch up, then 6 miles home a slightly different route, as I didn't fancy friday night traffic when I'm on a bike. I'd already had a contretemps with some numpty who tried to overtake me turning, he drove the wrong side of a traffic island and drove into an off duty copper who was on the correct side of the ... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:52:10 EST Thursday and no ride today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908339 I haven't long got in from work. It's been busy today. I'll walk the dogs in a bit but I am shattered. Bad night with a bit of sciatica so I'll try and get an early night tonight. <BR> <BR> Work was brilliant, I even managed a lovely long shower beforehand too. <BR> <BR> I am going to chill out this evening with my colouring book. I have colouring books for grown ups, crayons too. Perfect. <BR> <BR> See you all tomorrow <BR> R Thu, 9 Apr 2015 13:56:52 EST Wednesday has been internet uppy-downy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907822 Our internet has been mad all day. It's up, it's down, it's up again and down again. It seems to have settled down now but I've only got a couple of hour's work done due to it's fickleness. <BR> <BR> I went to the city today and did the banking. I totally forgot to go to Holland & Barrett for some slim-rice. I didn't go to that end of the city so at least I didn't just walk past the shop, as usual. We got some money in our ISA thing. I also bought my 7lb treat from Eric Johnson's website. An... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 15:48:49 EST 11 stone 12lbs. 3lb off. A bit chuffed today :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907201 As my title says. I am more chuffed than a chuffed thing on Chuffed Street in Chuffedland. <em>244</em> <em>9</em> <em>355</em> (nearest that I could find to a 'happy dance' emoticon. Sparkpeople really need to give us a 'happy dance' emoticon I reckon. <BR> <BR> Dear Lord, I was pleased when Kenn looked at the scales and said 11 stone and 12lbs. I celebrated with half a pack of pancakes. Kenn cooked them and they were so vile that I gave them to him and went and made myself a shak... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 16:38:23 EST Bank holiday but a busy busy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906587 After waking with a headache and after some very odd dreams, I fed the dogs and then got on my bike for a quick 5 miles to keep my legs turning. <BR> <BR> After that, Ken had a wee snooze while I put adverts up on gumtree. Then we loaded the big 4' fish tank into the car, and it's cabinet and various accoutrements and took the whole lot to Lowestoft and to it's new home. Ken helped it's new owners put it in place and whatnot, as my wrist is not good enough for that sort of lugging about. <BR... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 17:53:27 EST Happy Easter folks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905778 Well, the earth hasn't ended, despite what the Daily Mail said. Not that I read it but I do scan the headlines from time to time when I walk past the newsagents. Since when have the tabloids been prophets anyway. <BR> <BR> Just back from an Easter Sunday bike ride. We've been waiting in half the day for someone to collect our fishtank and getting fed up about it. They said half past 9, then noon and now after 4. Since then she says that she needs to have a chat with her other half so I have ... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 10:45:13 EST Easter Saturday - I have run out of Spinach :-o http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905381 I had my last 70g of spinach with my vanilla shake this morning. Shock horror. I'll get some more on Tuesday and I have a lot of new flavours to explore this week and most of them don't go with spinach <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I have had a lovely woodland then disused railway line walk with the dogs today, from Thorpe Marriott to Drayton and back again. Old Millie has been asleep in her basket since we came home. She's only just woken up for her tea. It might have been a bit much today, es... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 14:19:58 EST Good Friday :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904820 We didn't go to Church this morning as Kenn was at dialysis and I was in too much pain to even think about cycling the 4 miles to church, after our pup leaped on to my lap and headbutted me in the mouth. 2 painkillers later, I was fairly spaced out until about 11. <BR> <BR> I did get on my bike and ride the 5 miles to meet Kenn from dialysis, after having half my breakfast shake (I popped the bottle in the freezer to stay cold for my return). The ride took a smidge under 25 minutes and I too... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 13:10:36 EST Reward programme http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904199 I was chatting with a diet buddy of mine, over on twitface, and they are feeling pretty unmotivated with their weightloss. Don't get me wrong, she's doing really well but fed up that she isn't instantly at her goal weight. Yesterday I was talking on the phone with an old friend who is also fed up that the weight hasn't dropped off over night. <BR> I asked what motivation and reward system they were using on themselves. This met with an 'eh' and a 'what ever are you on about'. I asked them if ... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 11:45:36 EST April 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903569 Today my new Exante order arrived. 100 meals for £84 so very pleased with that. I try and hang on for the offers where possible. I have found a couple of unused shoe boxes and have put my food in them, in the cupboard, all tidily. I even wrote on them with marker pen. <BR> I had been waiting for my delivery so that I could have a nice spinach smoothie shake, made with a vanilla shake and spinach. I really love them. <BR> <BR> I have new flavours in this delivery. Some choc puddings, some h... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 12:40:07 EST Tuesday weigh in day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902774 1lb off on the scales this morning. I'm happy with that. I was hoping for 2 but 1lb is fine as it's still a downwards trend. <BR> <BR> Last night was rough. I didn't exercise in the end, except for walking to the dentist and back (around 30-40 minutes in total). The dentist said that the tooth was broken right the way through now, which is why the filling keeps getting lose. The tooth has been a problem for some 10 years or more now so we have decided to pull it out. There is the idea for a ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:59:32 EST Toothache!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902307 I have been up half the night with chronic toothache. I noticed it felt a bit funny after riding on Monday night. It hurt again on Wednesday too, after riding. I just thought that I was getting a bit sensitive so bought new toothpaste. The one that advertises that you can crunch icecubes after using it on your teeth. <BR> <BR> The tooth hurt all weekend but I tried to ignore it, take painkillers and swill it with water a lot (this helped no end). I got about 4 hours sleep in the end. I got o... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:26:47 EST Sunday Storms outside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901611 I am looking out of the window of my home office/guitar room and watching the pouring rain. We have thunder, lightening and stair-rod rain. I think that I might go riding later. Much later. The wind is pretty serious out there too. <BR> <BR> I have just done my home strength workout. It's day 5 of the 30 day squat challenge so 65 squats were the order of the day. 65 is a silly number and not divisible by 3 so I did 66 instead. 3 sets of 22 squats and they were fine. My legs are not stiff at ... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 10:09:39 EST Saturdays are hard work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901229 I have nothing to do today, except for the laundry. I've caught up with some TV on the tivo box thingy, had a snooze, walked the dogs etc. I have felt very eaty today. <BR> <BR> I have snacked on 70g of grilled chicken and a tin of salmon in water. I added salad to my lunch and have drunk a ton of water, fizzy water and root tea. Struggling today for sure. Carbs are low so I'm OK with the extra. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be better and I will not cave in today. 3 sleeps until weigh day and I W... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:40:01 EST Oh my legs!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900713 Some of us on the Exante group on facebook, are following the 30 day squat challenge. Day 1, I did 80 squats, same yesterday instead of 50 squats as I didn't have my specs on and thought that it was 80 and not 50. Today, day 3, was 60 squats so that's what I did. Slowly and gently in sets of 15. <BR> <BR> I rode down to meet Ken from the hospital, riding just 6.9 miles today. My legs ache. I have tight hamstrings and I'm walking like a cowboy. Riding is ok but I took it really really easy as... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:20:35 EST Rainy day & beating temptation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900161 It chucked it down, all day today. However, today was diaried as a cycling rest day. Anyway, my knee aches after riding the Defy yesterday. My bikes are set up for me, the Defy isn't any longer. <BR> Today I did some strength exercise. Wall pushups, squats, crunches, side crunches and hip raises. <BR> <BR> I've been to work today and we held the marketing meeting in the pub over a couple of cups of coffee. When the coffee came, it came with a shot glass full of Smarties. I didn't eat mine. N... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:35:06 EST Hump-day Wednesday Sunny-day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899424 I have had 2 bike rides today and I have walked for an hour so far. For a hump-day, it's going really well. <BR> <BR> I got a bit of research done this morning, texting back and forth with Leigh the boss. We are working on tee-shirt slogans for the works tees. Possibly tees to sell to the customers with blurb on the back. I got some practice in too. Not enough but it's never enough. <BR> <BR> I rode down to the hospital to meet Kenn from dialysis and then we rode back as he took his bike th... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:03:06 EST Weigh day No. 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898613 2lb off again. I am steadily losing now. Next stop will be seeing an 11 on the scales. Before that though I should be in the 160s lb wise. I'm bob on 170lbs today so I have lost a whopping 17lbs now, in 36 days so I am delighted. I feel better, my cycling is better, I'm climbing those hills better and leaving Ken, my Husband, even further behind. I do wait at the top of the hills. I don't just bugger off and leave him! <BR> <BR> Switching to a Tuesday weigh day is good. Ken can read the scal... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:21:48 EST Home again :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898141 That was a nice little break but glad to be home again. A 10' x 6' micro caravan, with no awning, is snug with 4 dogs. <BR> We got up at about 5.40 as my sciatica was letting me know it was awake, I was cold too. I poked Ken up so I could go to the loo and he put the kettle on. I walked the dogs for 20 minutes or so while Ken took the bed down and tidied around the van. I got back and loaded the dogs in the back of the car and helped hitch the van up and then we were away. 4 hours 15 minutes ... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:06:08 EST Sunny Sunday in the New Forest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897518 Just logged in at a McDees in Southampton. I have had a chicken salad and it was vile. That'll teach me to eat crap. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a bit overcast and blooming freezing so I relaxed with my adult colouring book and crayons, with a DVD on the laptop and we just chilled out, walked the dogs, chilled out some more and it was lovely. <BR> <BR> Today the sun is shining and my sciatica told me that it's unimpressed with sleeping in the caravan. Tough! We got in the car - post dog walk -... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 12:44:59 EST Holibobs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896337 Just loading the van now Hubs is home from dialysis. <BR> See you all when I get some wifi! <BR> <BR> Have a gorgeous weekend one and all <BR> <BR> R xx Fri, 20 Mar 2015 08:21:58 EST Thursday. In the office day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896063 Busy day today. <BR> I had a nice coconut shake for breakfast and then had a long shower before heading out to groom a dirty great Labradoodle and his little 'sister' who is a Lhasa Apso. After that, I headed straight into the office, grabbing my guitar off the back seat of the car as I went. <BR> <BR> We sorted out marketing strategy for a good 3 hours before picking up our guitars for a jam session. We discussed tee-shirts, moving insurance companies, the FSB, getting monthly jam session g... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:41:34 EST Morning Campers. Happy Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895005 Morning all. <BR> <BR> I've been up a couple of hours, dogs are walked but not fed yet. I am in my home office, listening to a bit of Eric Johnson and sorting out some very dull admin. <BR> I have a system for boring stuff. I work for 20 minutes - timer on my phone - and then I play guitar for 10 minutes, maybe 12 by the time I put the guitar down. Then I start again. Admin for 20, guitar for 10. When I have done that twice, I go and find a coffee or a root tea. <BR> <BR> This morning, I ha... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:06:15 EST Another 4lb off on Weigh in #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894425 Yesterday was the start of Exante, week 5 but due to the specs thing, I didn't weigh. <BR> Today I got up and squished Kenn, my Husband, into our tiny shower room and put the scales on their spot and weighed. 78kg on the dot today. That's 2kg off so I am now just 172 lbs. I am so excited. Next stop, the 160's in the lbs department closely followed by seeing an 11 in the stones department. I am hoping to see an 11 by the 30th of March. April is my proper goal so if I see the 11 on my first Apr... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:23:27 EST Monday and another sunny day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893904 I know today is weigh day but I am deferring it for a day because I need new specs. I'm sure that I do and it's not eyetest time until November. I can't afford to pay extra for an early eye test either. <BR> With my seeing specs on, I can only just read the little lines on the dial and my eyes have been tired from doing a lot of computer work just lately. With my reading glasses on, I can't see my feet clearly as they are too far away for focussing with the readers on. There is only one thing... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:15:37 EST Sunday & The Big Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893270 I walked the dogs this morning while Millie-dog was still asleep with Kenn. We sneaked out without her noticing. We had a nice 55 minute, briskish walk at about 3.5mph average. When we got back, Millie was still asleep with Kenn, also still asleep. <BR> I got them fed as they seemed hungry and then got on with the washing up that Ken had left me from his midnight snack and started on my breakfast. <BR> Half way through cooking, Kenn came through and informed me that they were already fed. A v... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 10:25:23 EST Beanies Coffee - Glory Glory Halleluja http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892881 Beanies coffee is a gift directly from Heaven. My word, I cannot believe that it tastes as good at the hype. <BR> You can get it from Amazon but it's cheaper at Tesco. I bought the Ameretto flavour coffee and the Irish Cream flavour. Both are amazing. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow morning I am going to add the Ameretto flavour to my breakfast shake. <BR> <BR> Quiet day today. One dog groom and then I did a little bit of clearing up of the front garden while Kenn fixed the lose plug connection in the t... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 15:05:35 EST I have not broken my diet for a whole week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892406 Last Friday night was a nightmare. I was ravenous and had some toast. Bye bye ketosis. Poot. Never mind, I was back on plan Saturday morning. <BR> I have stuck religiously to the plan all week. Eating a bit more as I'm exercing, but that's OK as it's still part of the plan. <BR> <BR> Today I was going to ride but I got bogged down in office stuff which zonked me out a bit. I had a lovely shake for breakfast. White Chocolate & Raspberry. Some don't like it, some do. I'm in the 'do' club. Lunc... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 17:31:59 EST Another nice day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891776 Only walking today. With the dogs for 50 minutes. Millie was having a better day so she had a 35 minute walk and a 15 minute walk. We take our walking cues off her as she is so elderly. We drove her down the hill to the path rather than have her walk up and down the hill. Her old legs are not too keen on the hills now. She's 18 and has earned her ease. <BR> <BR> I was tucked up in bed last night, by 10pm with a migraine. I was in bed for 12 hours before I managed to shift it. I got up in the... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:29:36 EST Is this England? The sun keeps shining and I'm getting confused now. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891141 The sun was shining again today. Bright and lovely, blue skies, fluffy white clouds, warmth (for March) and another day that was too good to stay in. The weather is seriously interfering with work <em>20</em> The way I see it is, nobody has ever laid on their deathbed and said "I really wish that I'd worked indoors through more sunny days". Or at least, if they have, nobody has bothered to report it. <BR> <BR> Today was new towbar on the car day. Woo hoo. £212 saved up, including the new ... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 13:37:27 EST Gorgeous sunny day. Rude not to go out to play http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890511 Awesome day today. <BR> I woke up at 1am with a serious headache and moaned and grumped until about 5am when I fell asleep. Hubs let me sleep until about 10am <em>40</em> . Such a beautiful day out I decided, when Hubs offered to do the client's dog walk today without me, that I was going too. Lovely hour's walk in the warm sunshine sorted me right out. <BR> <BR> I got home and mixed the vaguely passable tomato and basil soup mix to a paste, having added a wee spoonful of baking powder to ... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:48:16 EST Moday. Day 1 Week 4 of Exante http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889942 Just back from a lovely bike ride. Only 8.15 miles in a gentle 46 minutes. We went to a village about 5 or 6 miles from Norwich. We parked up near the old horse riding stables, which are now poshy-nobby apartments and rode to Woodbastwick and past and onto the Broad opposite the Ferry PH at Horning. We were not at Horning as we were the wrong side of the river. From there we retraced out wheel tracks and then turned off to Salhouse Broad and took a few pics and hid in some hollow trees - as y... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 14:53:36 EST Sunday snoozeday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889242 Nice relaxing day today. <BR> <BR> Today was mostly playing on the internet, watching the rain outside, <BR> Watching Mad Men on DVD, watching the rain outside <BR> Dashing around the block with the dogs inbetween rain downpours <BR> Shopping for a new action camera for Hubster, dodging the rain <BR> Having a long shower, which was totally gorgeous. <BR> <BR> General chilling out and relaxing has occurred all day. <BR> <BR> I have been missing my spinach smoothies, while being on Exante. T... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 13:36:44 EST Saturday Sunny Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888689 I knew that the forecast was good for today so got up, walked the dogs for a quick 15 minutes around the block - Millie was having a bad day so I played ball with the youngsters in the back garden as Millie doesn't 'like being left while the others are walked. <BR> <BR> I had a new shake for breakfast. Lemon and Raspberry. Nooooo, not nice at all. Definitely poisonous to husbands <em>334</em> nom nom nom. <BR> <BR> We loaded the bikes into the car and headed off to Cart Gap, near Happis... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 13:08:29 EST Friday. Work work work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888166 I woke up this morning all stuffed up and coughing. I was stuffed up last night and couldn't sleep so I got up and watched some stuff that I had recorded on the telebox thing. I finally went to be when I was really tired but then couldn't sleep as I was stuffed up :-( <BR> <BR> I woke about 8am and poddled about the house a bit and fed the dogs but felt so rough, I abandoned making a coffee and went back to bed for a couple of hours. Then I got up at 10 and still felt like death warmed up. H... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 13:48:03 EST Thursday, back on the plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887561 Yesterday, Hubster got up at around 6pm. I was astonished. He got up because Millie was making a fuss while I was clipping her a little shorter. She was getting a touch bushy. She looks lovely now. Her coat fits properly again as there isn't a ridge of hair poking up all the length of her back. <BR> <BR> We ended up going to Pizza Hut for tea. I was very sensible with the salad and only had salad from my approved list, then had 6 whole tortilla chips <em>246</em> DOH! We had the thinnest ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:21:42 EST Seriously windy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886852 No bike ride. We were getting blown about dog walking so I don't fancy getting blown about on the road, bearing in mind that many car drivers are very anti bicycle and see us as objects to batter out of their way. <BR> <BR> No birthday lunch. Hubster has a headache. No afternoon out either as he is akip on the sofa with some rubbish or other on Dave, as per. No, scrub that, he's just disappeared off to bed so I guess I'm walking the dogs alone too. He'll surface around half past 7, 8pm time ... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 10:58:21 EST Week 3 day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886314 I shall call today "Awesome Tuesday". I had a whole day off so didn't have breakfast until noon as I was poddling about the place, doing more laundry (Millie dog is a bit incontinent nowadays so leaks on her bedding), washing up, mucking the fish tanks out and replanting the big tank. I had pancakes for lunch, cooked in my £3.99 from Argos 8" frying pan. Way better than pancakes in a wok. <BR> <BR> I've been to the City and got a haircut, bought Mad Men series 1 & 2 on DVD for a tenner and h... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 14:35:32 EST Week 3, day 1 of Exante http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885336 After an uppy downy week, where I made the decision (after talking to a Exante Customer Service person) to eat 4 x 200 cal meals instead of 3 as I wasn't quite coping. Not with cycling, dog walking and the activity that I have standing up for grooming work etc. 4 meals is much better and I no longer feel like eating my arm off. Interestingly, on week 1 where I had 600 calories, I lost 4lbs. This week, after weighing this morning, and eating 800 calories a day, I have lost 5.5lbs. 80.5kg now a... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 08:03:55 EST I thought that Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884897 To be fair, I had a lay in this morning and then poddled about the place for a bit. Breakfast at noon <em>40</em> <BR> Today we have tidied the garden a lot more, walked the dogs, done a bit of shopping, turned the bedroom around and moved some shelves about from office to bedroom and I did the vacuuming. <BR> I have failed to ride my bike today but it was windy and I didn't fancy it anyway. <BR> Hubster mucked out the axolotls and we will do the big tank tomorrow as our hose pipe thingy ... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:42:37 EST Friday. A Great Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883888 I have had the most fabulous day. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I fell off the wagon big time and had some toast. I was flipping starving and felt sick and light headed. That bloody Labradoodle groom had really zapped it out of me. I woke stiff and sore, my right wrist was swollen and looked like a tube. No boney bits sticking out at all. I have very sticky-outy wrist bones courtesy of a couple of bad breaks when I was a kid. <BR> Anyway. I was not feeling the love of Exante at all. I had a shake for... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:37:10 EST Weds, Week 2 day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882540 Yesterday was brilliant. That 7 calorie rice stuff, really did the do. Most impressed. Even though I couldn't sleep and got up and practiced some more guitar, I didn't feel the need to find any food or anything. I just had a nice cup of buttermint tea and got on with learning Guthrie Govan's Fives. It's kind of coming along. <BR> <BR> Just home from work. I rode to meet Hubby from hospital then off to walk Petal the Cavalier King Charles. She is sooooo lovely. Then off to walk a dog that we'... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:11:12 EST Extra Tuesday Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881895 On this Exante thing, I can have up to 100g of the Eat Water Slim rice/pasta/noodles to bulk out the meals. At 7 calories per 100g I though that I would give it a go. <BR> We went to Holland & Barrett where it was 'buy one, get one half price' so we got 2 noodles, 1 rice and 1 spaghetti pasta. Each pack lasts 2 meals so we thought that they were good value. <BR> <BR> Today has been a bit mad. After work went a bit strangely, I didn't get 'lunch' until 7pm. As luck would have it, I had a real... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:54:44 EST