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/ Relaxing sort of Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933561 Up at 7.30am and guitar practice at 8am, along with a nice Orange & Pineapple shake. I got a bit of stuff done online and then Kenn got up so we walked the dogs. <BR> <BR> We were going to go for a bike ride but it rained, so we moved to plan B. Plan B involved getting all the items from when I was a promo-girl and listing it on Gumtree. It took an hour to photograph it all and another half an hour to edit it all sensibly and then 2 more hours to list it all. So far, a wee skater skirt sold ... Sun, 24 May 2015 16:44:14 EST My legs ache a bit now. My shoulder ache too for that matter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933035 I have been for a little ride on my bike. <BR> I rode from my house, down onto the Marriotts Way and then a quick whip through the city and down to the Rail station where we belted up the platform like demented idiots and got on the train just in time. Some people, it seemed, didn't want us to catch that train and they could see we were running for it but seemed determined to get in the way. It seems that courtesy was definitely lacking. <BR> Then we had a nice 37 minute sit down while we wat... Sat, 23 May 2015 13:17:08 EST Friday on my mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932618 Nice easy one to play that. I never liked the Easybeats, original version much but the Gary Moore one is brilliant. <BR> <BR> Anyway. No cycling today, we've got a 40 miler planned for tomorrow. Gt Yarmouth again, then around the coast to Winterton and then in via Wroxham, the Bure Valley Way, across to Taverham (ish) and then home on the Marriotts. That's the plan anyway. <BR> <BR> I've emailed Slimming World for some advice re transitioning from Exante to SW. Do I really need this 4 week ... Fri, 22 May 2015 15:51:12 EST Thursday's proper blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932109 Busy busy day. <BR> 1 Labradoodle and a Lhasa Apso in the morning. Owner bathed the dogs last night for me, that was helpful, so I discounted her. I'll discount her more next time as the 'doodle won't be so poofey in the coat department. He's nice and short now so I'll only charge for a wee trim for him. He was hard graft today though. <BR> <BR> I rang the chap who has offered me a job and he is coming over tomorrow to discuss the nuts and bolts of it. I can do this self employed too, which ... Thu, 21 May 2015 16:48:19 EST Wednesday's blog - a bit late http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931754 The weather was fine and I really really wanted to get a good ride in. <BR> I got up, played guitar and then did a bit of strength work - squats, bicep curls, planking and push-ups against the wall. I discovered that my wrist would let me do most of a salute to the Sun and a downward dog so I might look at a bit of yoga again and see what I can do. I've not done yoga for years and quite enjoyed it. <BR> <BR> I got on my bike, soon after 10, with the view that I could get a good ride in befo... Thu, 21 May 2015 03:06:27 EST Decent ride and a rubbish lunch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930928 I looked at the weather forecast this morning and poked Hubs out the door, on his bike, PDQ. <BR> We rode my 'fast' route, the 14 miles in an hour route, only we went past the hospital and rode to home so it was 16.53 miles instead. As we passed the hospital, I was a good 5 minutes behind the drag curve but then, I had Hubs with me so not going to be going so fast as alone. <BR> 16.53 miles in 1:18 and change was not too bad though. Not quite a 13mph average but himself is improving. <BR> <... Tue, 19 May 2015 16:45:37 EST And, we are back..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930220 Yes, yes, yes. I do know that it is exceptionally bad form to start a sentence with an 'and'. I was drilled about this at Grammar school but, sometimes I have to be bad. I have a reputation to keep up after all. I am, officially, my God-daughter's 'Bad Auntie'. I am the one who will talk to her about tattoos and whatnot. She's 23 and she's going to do it anyway so I might as well give her good advice. Anyway, I cannot abide her Father (my best friend's ex-twit). <BR> <BR> I did get a bike ri... Mon, 18 May 2015 13:40:50 EST Off we go then http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928481 No wi-fi at campsite (yay), Hubs not chuffed but who cares. He will have to amuse himself other ways. <BR> I have been to see the nurse, ears all syringed out and clean and lovely. Caravan mostly packed too. <BR> <BR> Onwards <BR> Have a great weekend, Sparkies. <BR> <BR> PS. 1lb off on the scales today. Can't weigh on Sunday so doing it early. <em>244</em> Fri, 15 May 2015 07:54:43 EST Quiet day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928194 We got some stuff done in the caravan today. Ken sorted out the cupboard and generally sorted out while I got more guitar practice done. <BR> I didn't get to bed until gone half past 3 this morning, there were flecks of light in the sky and I'm sure that I heard a distant tweet of a bird. <BR> I taught myself the opening bars of She Sells Sanctuary and most of Lil' Devil. I rather like The Cult. They played a Cult track last night and it's the first time I thought of them for decades. <BR> <... Thu, 14 May 2015 16:19:40 EST Awesome bike ride. Fueled by Haribo it seems! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927577 Last night I caved and ate about 100g of Haribo. Oops. Heigh ho, I'm human and it's the first blip since the cheese butty on the 30th March so I'm not going to feel guilty or beat myself up about it. <BR> Naturally, I couldn't sleep last night with all that bloody sugar rushing about through my system. I gave up at 8am, after lying there for 90 minutes wondering whether to get up or stay cuddling the Greyhound. About 2 hours sleep last night, the rest was either restless sleep or being away. ... Wed, 13 May 2015 14:39:11 EST I am shattered and want to eat everything in the house http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926957 Not that there is much. <BR> I've another 350 calories that I can stuff yet and I've just had a peanut butter bar and some tuna. I am utterly shattered and don't want to do anything. I've walked for an hour but need to amble down to Aldi with Ken for some bread and milk for him (why he can't just have my alpro, I do not know. It's much nicer) I will stir my stumps in a min. <BR> <BR> We've been quite busy today, in a lazy sort of way. Rent, gas & electric paid. Dogs have had a great walk, Ke... Tue, 12 May 2015 12:38:50 EST 14.1 miles in just short of an hour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926400 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1782025232.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I say just short of an hour. 59 mins, 59.25seconds. So, just squeaked in. <BR> <BR> I couldn't resist the sun today so headed off to Bowthorpe and to Bawburgh as it's a nice route, then up the hill and doglegging off to 'the Meltons' (Little & Great) before heading left to Hethersett. Normally, at the main road at Hethersett, I head left and back to the hospital but I looked at the time and thought "I have a few ... Mon, 11 May 2015 14:15:38 EST Back from Great Yarmouth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925784 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1718336915.jpg"> <BR> Today we got our Gt Yarmouth ride in. Not that we saw much of Gt Yarmouth, but who want's to. God forsaken hole that it is. We can say this, we are locals. I know lots of people love it and that it's a popular holiday destination, but they don't live there. I did once and it's a year that I'd rather forget. No jobs, winter is brutal and it's generally horrible. Summer it's heaving with Grockles and the prices go up. Nop... Sun, 10 May 2015 12:37:56 EST Have you seen the wind out there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925188 My willow tree is waving about like the Whomping Willow in the Harry Potter film. Riding is postponed until tomorrow then the wind is significantly lighter. 20mph winds in not my idea of a laugh for riding 30 miles in. We've routed a nice 30 miler from Great Yarmouth, on the coast, to home. Skipping through the middle of Acle and on to South Walsham and from there, we know the way home :) Might even consider a detour back a bit to the nice pub at Ranworth for a coffee. Tomorrow now. It's sunn... Sat, 9 May 2015 07:11:13 EST #2 blog of the day - for the second time this month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924735 Just back from a great ride. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1045342515.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I rode an old ride, backwards. I mean the route, not actually riding backwards! It was brilliant. I meant to go a bit further but misjudged what time I left the house so only 10.72 miles in my 44 minutes. I took my aftershockz headphones and rocked out all the way around. These bone conduction jobbies are worth every penny that was paid for them last year. <BR> <BR> I have done 4... Fri, 8 May 2015 09:32:51 EST Ran out of time yesterday, for blogging or anything http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924625 Yesterday (Thursday) was rather good. <BR> I got woken by a Lurcher leaping on my head at around 6.15am and decided that it was a nice day - once I'd got out of bed and let the little so-and-so out of the back door for a wee. I had a quick squint at the weather forecast and decided that riding before work was the way to go. Ken agreed, although it did take me 2 hours to get him into the car and away from the house. <BR> <BR> It took me an hour to get him off the sofa and off facebook. He wa... Fri, 8 May 2015 04:54:16 EST Short - shower dodging - ride today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923680 Only a utility ride today. From home to to a client's house to walk her hound for 30 minutes and then back on the bike to the hospital to meet Hubster. The last 1/4 mile was horrible as I was riding into a very stiff headwind and then it lashed it down with rain. Wet in a heartbeat. <BR> <BR> From there, with bike in the car, we drove to Wymondham where the rain stopped for long enough to walk another client's dog and then we carried on up the road to groom a couple of wee dogs for a friend,... Wed, 6 May 2015 12:18:13 EST I am designating my kitchen an official disaster zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922949 No, I don't like the cheese and bacon scone mix very much so I thought that I would try a little experiment. I put greaseproof paper on a baking tray and spread out the scone mix like a piece of bread on the paper. I cooked for 15 mins at the recommended oven temp and low and behold, a thin, mostly burned flat scone came out. <BR> <BR> I broke off 20% of the 'scone' as it was blackened and charred. I put 10g of Arla Lactose free cheese on one side, a smear of low fat mayo (to keep it in plac... Tue, 5 May 2015 09:37:56 EST Quick and early blog today. Not sure I will have time later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922200 I did my crunch test this morning (as per my weight page) and did 50 before I ran out of steam. I might have been able to squeeze a couple more out but could feel that 'pre-cramp' feeling so stopped. I get cramps around the site of the scar of my nephrectomy. It was 7 years ago but I still get cramps if I over-do the sit-ups. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. It's OK when I do sets of the things though. In February (last crunch testing) I did 30, so a big improvement there. <BR> <BR> I... Mon, 4 May 2015 05:39:32 EST #2 blog of the day. Before & After pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921896 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l633552326.jpg"> <BR> <BR> March 2015. I had been on my Exante diet for a couple of weeks and we went to the coast for a quick 15 miles or so. It was a bit chilli, hence waterproof, reflective lightweight jacket. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1223105706.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday in the pub loos. I only have a small bathroom mirror at home. No large mirrors at our place. When I popped to the loo, I discovered... Sun, 3 May 2015 16:49:04 EST Lots of walking, once the rain had stopped. Long reaching decisions too. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921874 The dogs have had 2 good walks today, plus I walked - the long way - to the supermarket and back for some spinach. <BR> <BR> Trying to motivate Hubster to do anything has been an uphill struggle though. He did come and walk but was pretty sullen. I try to get him to have a conversation with me but he says that we've nothing to talk about. <BR> <BR> Today I tried to broach the subject of his draining negativity. I said 'Shall we have a nice walk'. Reply: 'maybe'. Not yes or no, just maybe. <... Sun, 3 May 2015 16:03:19 EST Bank Holiday Saturday Bike ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921331 I am just back from a 29.77 mile bike ride with Kenn. I didn't let on quite how far it was or I'd not have got him out of the door. We firstly rode into the outskirts of Norwich, towards our friend Mark's place but headed off towards a suburb called Sprowston but turned off beforehand to cut across the edge of Mousehold Heath. <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mousehold_Heat<BR>h </link> Out on to Gurney Road and across it and then onto the cyclepath through a bit more of Mousehold and then up ... Sat, 2 May 2015 13:04:43 EST Friday 1st of May and it's not actually raining! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920772 First of May, First of May. Outdoor cycling starts today. But as per usual it starts to rain, so we're on the Turbo Trainer again. <BR> <BR> Well not today! <BR> I got a lovely little 8 miler in today. Just down to the hospital to meet Ken but I went through Eaton, past the golf course and slogged up that hill (total climbing of 204' my backside - It was at least the footage of the Alp de Huez. Honestly, it was) and down the busy Ipswich Road for a couple of hundred yards, taking my life in ... Fri, 1 May 2015 11:30:51 EST Last ride of the month today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920369 I got up, got out and on my bike and got a quick 13.6 miles in before breakfast. <BR> I rode down through Bowthorpe and then out to Bawburgh. It's nice that country roads are only about a mile from my home. Stocks Hill, at Bawburgh, felt fine this morning. The first third of Stocks was hard work but then my legs decided that we were going up regardless and we got on with the job. From there, it was headwind all the way through to Great Melton where I turned for Hethersett. <BR> I got stopped ... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 18:49:24 EST Kenn's Birthday today so he chose the film http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919749 I have done stuff for Norwich Guitar Academy today, got some practice in too. Kenn chose the afternoon film. Birthday boy treat, so we went to see The Avengers - Age of Ultron. I quite like the Avengers films. Mark Ruffalo is quite yummy I think. Not so much when he's green and CGI though. <BR> I took the precaution of taking a couple of Coke Zeros with us. Kenn sat and stuffed a pack of chocolate peanuts (vile, vile things) and a whole pack of toffee eclairs. I'm not keen on those either. I ... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:58:05 EST Day off work, all day today...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919178 ... but then a client got in touch and could we walk her pooch for half an hour at 6pm as she has been called in to work. Well, it's an easy £7 so we did. On the way back from Makro. <BR> <BR> We went off to Duxford for the morning and had a nice time, it was jolly cold though so we came home early. We had a relax at home for an hour or so then went off to Makro for our twice yearly stock up on loo roll, kitchen roll, laundry liquid etc. We grabbed a bargain on dog food, usual brand but £2... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:01:47 EST Monday. Something definitely going on with the weather! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918527 It's bright sunshine and warm again. I don't know what is going on. We are normally shivering like whippets at this time of year. Still, we have a Bank Holiday weekend coming up this coming weekend so it'll probably snow and the temp will drop to -7 or something. <BR> <BR> I have decorated the other corner now. The corner where the Axolotl tank came out of - it's now in the old big, fish tank corner that I decorated yesterday. I have even done some glossing, which is a minor miracle in itse... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:26:26 EST Sunny Sunday :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917993 Nice day today. The weather man said, rain, overcast weather, more rain and black clouds until about 6pm and then some cloudy weather with sunny spells. <BR> We decided that tank moving, decorating the corner where the old fish tank was and general housework was the order of the day. <BR> <BR> Firstly, it didn't rain and was pleasant all day. I did get the corner decorated and there is now a shelf unit hung on the wall above where the 3' tank (the one that my Axolotls live in) will go later ... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:33:36 EST Saturday and it's been all work, work, work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917575 I had a groom this morning, which went well. Great dog with a great owner. <BR> Once home, I felt really tired so we took pictures of all the items that we want to sell on Gumtree. That took a good hour or so. <BR> I then spent an hour & a half, editing them into decent sized pictures that will upload quickly and sensibly. I then spend at least 3 hours putting adverts up on Gumtree. I came up for air at around 10 past 9 and made some tea, drank some water and watched casualty. <BR> <BR> Ver... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:07:41 EST The sun is still shining in Norfolk and the wearing of green shorts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916991 I wasn't going to ride today as I'd seen the forecast and thought 'stuff that'. But.... the sun was out, it was warm so I did a quick 6.91 miles at just over a 14mph average, so that was fun. I've done 11,000 plus steps today so far and about to take my hounds out for a walk while Hubster is asleep. <BR> <BR> I've been grooming today so, when I lose that .5lb on Sunday's weigh in (I had a sneaky mid weeker on Thursday as I've been edging so close to a BMI of 25 and so wanted to be 'normal') ... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:46:01 EST Yet another Sunny day. Have I been transported to Texas or something? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916497 The BBC weather forecast, online, said low cloud and a top temp of 10 degrees. Pah! We boiled our brains out today at work, the sunshine was pouring in to the office and it was like an oven in there. <BR> <BR> This morning I dragged Hubster out for a quick 13.7 mile ride, pretty much the same route as yesterday but came back to home instead of stopping at the hospital. I wanted to break the hour for it but ended up at 1:01:31. Heigh ho, I'll work harder next time. Probably not tomorrow thoug... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:08:11 EST More sun! What is the world coming to? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915836 Well if this is global warming, I'm rather liking it (not the whole global impact of it, you understand, just the fact that I could walk in a tee shirt today). <BR> <BR> 11.7 mile bike ride this morning, then work and work again. My CD (the one for smashing every monthly target for a whole 4 months on the bounce) arrived. 4 months is an odd target. Truth was that it was on offer and I couldn't live without it. £2.86 including postage :) <BR> <BR> Guitar practice is coming along I think. I ... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:07:57 EST Woohoo! Beach Walkin' afternoon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915180 Busy busy day today for a day off. <BR> Checked the weather forecast for the day and we had planned: <BR> - Leisurely breakfast & dog walking until 11am(Sun out then) <BR> - Sort shed out until mid afternoon, as it's bound to be a PITA <BR> - Ride bike late afternoon <BR> - Walk dogs again in evening <BR> - Flump on sofa <BR> <BR> The day didn't go quite like that. It was more like: <BR> 0615, sun bursting through the curtains - get up. <BR> 0700, 1st coffee drunk, stuff on interweb sorted o... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:02:56 EST The sun is out again today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914510 I have ridden to the hospital today, to meet Hubster from dialysis. Only 6.7 miles in half an hour but it got my legs turning after yesterday's 25 miler, with lots of stops to wait for Hubs. <BR> <BR> I have walked for an hour so far, exceeded my 10,000 steps - according to my fit bit. Pottered about in the garden and half emptied the shed. Hubster was abed, again. I poked him awake at around 4pm and we took the shed apart. He did the inside stuff as it seems to be spider central in there. T... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:07:08 EST Who has stolen the sun today? C'mon, own up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914021 It's been bloomin' freezing today. 9 degrees tops. The sun came out, as the BBC weather page said it would, at 11am. Took one look at the rest of the weather and went right back in again. Only popping out from time to time to check to see how we were all doing in our fleeces and long cycling trousers and having a little snigger to itself. <BR> <BR> We didn't get out until late, which was probably a good thing as it gave me a chance to chat with my Exante buddies on twitface. Someone on there... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:45:47 EST 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