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/ Good Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674994 I slept through Church today. I must have been wrecked to sleep until half past 10. I woke all refreshed and had a nice long bath with Captain Corelli's Mandolin and a cup (large-huge sized) of tea. Bliss. <BR> <BR> Last night I did 80 squats over 5 sets, 80 bicep curls with 500g jars of curry sauce (I don't have any weights as yet) and bicep lifts, 500g jars again and 5 sets of 16. Then I got on my bike, with its new shorter stem, and rode 8.33 miles through a gorgeous evening to meet Ken f... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:32:43 EST Not a riding day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673678 We have been out walking with our client's dogs today and then we headed off to Dereham to do some shopping & had a quick look at Paul's Cycles as they allegedly have a good range. We looked about for all of 5 minutes and then headed off to Halfords for some screenwash and then to food shopping, then home. <BR> Gorgeous Lasangne for tea and now have feet up watching Hustle on the TV. We are both absolutely shattered so no riding today, although we did have a quick whizz around the green to ma... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:02:00 EST Nice day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673024 An 8.33 bike ride was done this evening, in the dark, by the light of a huge full moon. Very pretty. The ride took 37 minutes, not including the time sat at bloomin' roadworks. <BR> I got a fair bit of walking in today too but no squats today. I did my squats yesterday but, while walking today, I slipped in some mud and gave the back of my thigh and lower bum a bit of a tug. Tomorrow is a rest day so I will do today's squats, tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I have tidied up the living room this evening.... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:47:35 EST Back from a ride in 2 parts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672112 I was offered a test ride on a Giant Defy 3 Composite today so I rode my bike to the bike shop, took the 3 for a 2.7 mile test ride and then carried on with my own bike. 9.71 miles in total in 47 minutes and change, so we were both pleased with that. <BR> <BR> I don't think that I will be buying the bike as I didn't love. It was nice but not fantastic. I am going to check out some other bikes too and see what I can find. I did think that I would look for a Defy 2 composite but having seen t... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:46:56 EST A bike ride at sunset. Very pretty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671271 We had been meaning to go riding all day but I woke up with a headache so drank coffee and generally felt rough until about noon and then we went out to Yo! Sushi for lunch (or breakfast in my case). We have been promising ourselves that we will go and take advantage of their sunday offer of 10 plates for £20. 10 plates is a lot of sushimi, veggies and nori rolls. I had 8 plates savory and two tiny pudding plates (rice cake balls which are delicious), plus miso soup which was fabulous. <BR> A... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:52:25 EST Day 3 of the 30 day squat challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670585 Today was day 3 which necessitated 60 squats, so 5 sets of 12 reps. I decided today that my arms are a right flabby state so I thought that I would add 60 arm exercises to the challenge while I was at it. I don't have weights but I have 2 jars of sauce weighing 500g each plus the weight of the jar so figured that would do while I am starting off again. <BR> <BR> Earlier in the day I did 60 reps of bicep curls with the jars of sauce (not all at once) and then just now I did my first set of 12... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:46:29 EST Another bike ride today. Woo hoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669950 Same ride as yesterday but 20 seconds faster. Its amazing what putting the right air pressure in the tyres can do for you <em>20</em> <BR> I did a bit of walking too, not a lot but some. Work was horrible this morning, jiffly dog and an over attentive owner but that's life. The set of nails went well, quickly too. <BR> <BR> I had a great guitar lesson this evening too so life feels really good at the moment. <BR> <BR> Oh, day 2 of the 30 day squat challenge was 55 squats, not 60 (that's... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:39:59 EST Got a short bike ride in today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669188 I was really chuffed that I got a ride in today. I was going to go yesterday but my depression is winning at the moment but today I managed to kick myself up the bum and get out for 25 minutes. Ken came out too, hence the 25 mins as its his first ride this year, which is shocking. I have told him that his bike will get fat if he's not careful, carbon fibre bikes are well known for porking up <em>20</em> <BR> We only went around the long block, so 5.22 miles at an average speed of 12.4mph ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:16:54 EST Good day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662839 I might have forgotten to eat breakfast, but apart from that the day was OK. <BR> I got breakfast at lunchtime, a lovely salad with some cous cous. I had groomed a nice Springer Spaniel before I ate. Then I went off walking for an hour and then went off puppy sitting for half an hour. <BR> We bobbed into the supermarket for some new nappies as we are getting low too. Once home, Ken took the dogs quickly around the block while I hoovered without getting barked at. We had a cuppa and then knuck... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 17:49:32 EST Can't sleep. Hence being online at 4.44am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661325 I have been sleeping vaguely well lately, but tonight the sandman has not arrived. I was tucked up in bed at just gone 10pm and then wide awake again at 3am. I have laid there, not sleeping for an hour and a half and have just got up and made a cup of tea. I don't feel particularly tired so I thought that I would do something useful, such as catch up on my accounts or something equally useful but boring in the hope that it helps me doze off again. Maybe brain stimulation is not the answer but... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 00:01:21 EST Hacking cough. Gloom :-( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653400 The weather is quite nice, my knee is much better and I can't ride my bike as I am stuffed up with cold and have a hacking cough. I sound like I smoke 40 a day at the moment, hack hack hack. I have not had a cough like this for a long while. Ho hum. <BR> <BR> We've had a right day. Today is our first week day off since Christmas and we thought that we would drive the 90 miles to IKEA and get new book shelves and treat ourselves to some lampshades and a new duvet cover. The car was serviced y... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:22:53 EST Quietly falling apart today. Hubs took me shopping ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649168 Last night I slept like the dead. Bed last night by 11.30pm and I slept solidly until I woke up at 11.30am. I missed church, morning walk with the dogs and everything. I must have needed it though as I have had a few rough nights of late, waking at 4am and then dozing of again for half an hour at around 6am. <BR> My wrist is in a lot of pain today. I fell over about a fortnight ago and bashed it. Its a bit bruised but its been problematic since. I'll go and see the doc if it doesn't improve b... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 13:49:56 EST Wow! First blog this month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648160 I am not sure where the time has gone for the past fortnight but its not been spent online, or cycling for that matter. I have been busy making nappy (daiper) cakes, hampers and stuff. We hope to have a stand at an upcoming bump and baby event locally on the 6th April so we are getting organised here. My website is half built and I am having a bit of an edit as some of the jpg files are way too big and taking an age and a half to load. <BR> <BR> Its 7.51am here in Norfolk, UK and I have walk... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 04:00:28 EST Home for late lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635947 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1388079267.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Firstly, a pic for Kay who asked about the Motorbike nappy cake. It looks like ^^ <BR> <BR> Yesterday was good, I got 2 bike rides in. I felt so engergised last night that I cycled down to meet Ken from Dialysis. Riding was much easier with proper tyre pressure (whoops). I did some strength work with cans of potatos during the ad breaks of something that I was watching (can't remember what it was now but it must ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:15:40 EST Rain again. Oh Poot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634949 Such is life. I knew that the warm and sunny weather couldn't last, bearing in mind its the end of February. Today I will ride my bike as I am walking a really local dog - less than a mile away - so I thought that I would cycle the pretty route to her, walk her and then cycle the direct route (down the steep hill and up the smaller of the 2 hills) back home. <BR> <BR> Happily I have no grooming until tomorrow, and have only had one groom this week which was yesterday. My wrist feels like its... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 05:14:13 EST Beautiful weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632523 Today's dog walks were taken in wonderful warm weather, no coat on, just a pair of jeans and a thin jumper. Gorgeous gorgeous weather. By the time I had got home the temperature had dropped 3 degrees and it had clouded over horribly. <BR> Its now started raining too, just my luck. We did get our dogs back indoors just in time though as Billy Whizz really doesn't like the rain. <BR> <BR> Last night we made a whole bunch of nappy cakes and a hamper. Tonight we are about to make a nappy cake sh... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:38:11 EST I got out on my bike again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629443 That's twice this week! Yay. <BR> <BR> Same route as Tuesday and a minute and a half more time. I had to dodge the "Road closed ahead" signs that the workmen had put up right across the cyclepath. Coming across those at 17mph was not my idea of a laugh, let me tell you. <BR> <BR> It slowed me down as I had to get passed 3 of the stupid things. I then rode around the closed bit of the road on the cyclepath and then onwards to the hospital where hubby was waiting to load my bike into the car ... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:22:18 EST I got out on my bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627585 Only 8.33 miles and for just shy of 36 minutes but I got out and rode my beloved Giant Defy. <BR> It was brilliant. They weather was a balmy 7 degrees, not flipping raining and there was little wind to speak of. <em>244</em> <em>332</em> <em>244</em> . <BR> <BR> I cannot tell you how much better I feel having had some proper exercise other than just walking dogs. <BR> <BR> Happy Bunny now. <BR> Night all. <BR> R Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:55:55 EST New Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626081 After last week of work work work, this week is much more sensible. Only 5 grooms (Yay) and then dog walking. As it's half term my walk load is lighter, that's like a work-load but requires the use of hiking boots and a hat, so we are looking forward doing work for the new business. <BR> <BR> We have put an order in and will be creating some nappy cakes and hampers to photograph for the website, start some test trading via gumtree and maybe ebay. We are really excited. I have run the idea pa... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 04:14:48 EST This week has finally ended. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624979 It has been a mad mad week for us. <BR> Grooming and walking-wise its been super busy. Next week is a lot more sensible. its half term so my teacher client's are off work and will walk their own dogs so it gives me a breather. My non-teacher client's will still need me to walk but that's fine. <BR> <BR> We have dried out after yesterday's deluge but woke this morning and had to reclaim our bins as they ran away in the night. They went down the path and out into the road, over the green and r... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 17:38:01 EST The sun actually shone today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623100 It was blooming cold but the sun was shining. Only 2 dogs to groom today thankfully (it goes bonkers again tomorrow and Saturday) and a whole load of walking. <BR> The first dog has neurological problems and shakes the whole time so its tricky to get a nice lamb cut on a dog that is moving the whole time. The last dog has a horrible greasy coat - even after a bath and dry - and is as naughty as a naughty thing. <BR> <BR> I did get most of the stuff done last night except for mucking out the ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:17:21 EST Having a mizzy day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622294 I woke up glum and am still a bit down in the dumps. <BR> Today I have groomed 3 Cockerpoos, 2 in one house that were matted to the eyeballs so I had to take them short, the 3rd was wonderfully brushed out and I could do a really nice cut on him. The walking in the howling wind and pouring rain was not much fun but work is work. <BR> <BR> Home now and I am looking around our tiny flat with all its extra stuff in it from Ken's Dad's flat and know that I really need to get stuff away, sooner r... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:04:15 EST Only a quick blog today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620988 I have a mad mad day ahead. We had to bump grooms left right and centre so that we could attend FIL's funeral yesterday. 4 hours drive each way and then 4 hours in the middle with the family. I am shattered, Ken is shattered and the dogs are fed up that we are off to work. Happily a friend came twice yesterday and walked and cuddled the dogs for us while we were away. <BR> <BR> Its still raining, at the bottom of our road we were axle deep in water but we are hoping for a bit of overnight dr... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 04:22:06 EST Weather has been interesting here lately http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616541 Happily, in the middle of Norfolk, we have not experienced the flooding that some of the Southern counties of the UK have had. My friend in Devon says that its bad where she lives and getting to work and back is taking an extra hour or so as she has to go round floods and slowly through some massive puddles. We have had a fair bit of rain here and its been really windy so my bike is still hanging in the hallway, locked to its rack. I have been and dusted it though. <BR> <BR> Walking has been... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 04:17:48 EST A lot of driving and a long day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613138 I was up at a quarter to 6 this morning, coffee on and the dogs got a good 20 minutes walk before they had their breakfast. The dogs really didn't want to go out this morning. They dragged their paws at walking in the morning dark. I think that they were miffed that they were poked out of their baskets a bit early this morning, especially Millie who is not a morning dog. <BR> <BR> We were on the road for 7:20am and heading to Doncaster - just past actually. We stopped at about 9 at the horri... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 14:59:22 EST First working saturday this year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611927 I say work, we were chatting with prospective dog-walking customers this morning. 2 households worth. We like them so taking them on as customers. One customer has 2 pointer puppies. We will be visiting the pups for the next 4 weeks and then walking for 30 minutes after their second vaccination. The other dog is a Labrador cross and we start walking her on the 10th Feb as her owners are in the throes of house moving this weekend and for the next few days. <BR> We interviewed another client la... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 09:50:18 EST We mucked out the spare room http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610297 Our spare room has become a bit of a glory hole with stuff everywhere. Mostly guitars! This afternoon, after work, we got busy and took all the stuff out and re-arranged the furniture a bit. Ken has now gone off to dialysis leaving me to put everything back. <BR> I have thrown out 4 carrier bags worth of rubbish (can't find the big bin bags at the mo). I have another to go. I have thrown out 2 carrier bags of recycling too. I have put all my Tintin stuff into a box for the loft as its taking ... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:13:43 EST Brilliant day and decisions made http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608218 I think that the anti depressants that I have been given are working. Today, I feel brilliant. Actually I feel a bit bad feeling brilliant with FIL passing away yesterday but my mood is level and I am taking the little bumps in the road in my stride. I didn't burst into tears when I dropped a pint of milk, nor did I freak out when my phone slipped out of its case today. They might sound small things but to me, after the last few months, they are quite big. <BR> <BR> After dog walking today ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:44:03 EST Monday walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607245 Today I walked dogs for 105 minutes at a slightly faster pace than normal as I walked alone while Ken did another dog elsewhere. I didn't feel too bad although I did get a couple of shooting pains across my shoulder blade. I have an old injury which plays up from time and its been cold so its to be expected. <BR> <BR> Today I have mostly been doing research for my new business. Pricing, looking for a nice name that I can use and whatnot. I think that my brain is going to explode. I probably ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:51:27 EST Rainy Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606392 Firstly, Thank you Sparkies for your prayers. Sis in Law rang today and said that FIL is very close to the end now but is not agitated any longer. He's very relaxed and calm now. She says its just a case of waiting. I asked Ken if he wanted to drive up but he said that he couldn't face it. We are keeping on praying for a peaceful end for FIL. I am still praying that the will call on The Lord. <BR> <BR> To keep our minds occupied, we went to the supermarket and bought nappies for a newborn ba... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 17:23:59 EST Saturday and asking my fellow Sparkies for prayers please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605391 Hi Sparkies <BR> <BR> My husband has just been told that his father, William, will probably not see the weekend out. Father in Law has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, around 4 months ago, there is nothing to be done except for palliative care. FIL is 85 and an ex miner. I am asking my fellow Sparkies to pray for him, for a peaceful end as much as anything. He's very weak having had a fall the other day and is in hospital. <BR> I have been praying daily for his salvation for the las... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 15:01:37 EST Friday 24th Jan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604642 On the way to work I told Ken that I felt really happy for the first time in months. Work itself didn't happen as the client decided not to be home despite booking me. I am pretty much done with grooming, I get treated with no respect nowadays. I have decided not to advertise any longer and just concentrate on the walking. We've had an idea for a new business too. We are researching the logistics of it at the moment but we think that the idea has legs. <BR> <BR> I walked today for an hour, h... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:25:01 EST Rain rain go away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603351 This morning, Ken came in from giving the dogs a quick round the block before work and the dogs were dripping. Apparently it wasn't raining when he went out but he got 30 yards up the road and it tipped it down. The dogs dragged him home again. We got busy with towels and dug out our bad weather hiking boots ready to face a lunch time of wet dog walking with our client's dogs. We also dug out our long Aussie drovers coats/riding coats. <BR> <BR> Suitable attired, as Ken believes that there i... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:15:00 EST Wednesday weigh day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601924 I hopped on the scales quite happily today as I feel lighter. 2lbs off YAY! I was so pleased. <BR> <BR> I have been and reset my ticker details as it was still showing the old weight start from 09 so I have reset it from 1/1/14 to end at 30/8/14 to motivate me a bit more. I am feeling really motivated this year about weight loss. Guided, no doubt, about hanging out with slimmer people who care about how they look and from getting back into the Sparking groove. Thank you Sparkies, you mean th... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 04:55:41 EST Tuesday, foggy and cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601518 We awoke this morning to a hard frost and then fog. We walked our dogs and then got off to work to walk client's dogs and then back to walk our own dogs. An hour and 40 minutes of moderate speed walking in the cold. No cycling today, it was too foggy and really not worth the risk of taking exercise for health and ending up in A&E for my trouble. <BR> <BR> I had a lovey evening. I practiced guitar for an hour, then popped into the kitchen and made a cuppa and then practiced for another 45 min... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 18:01:13 EST Monday. Another week starts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599656 Hi All <BR> Sorry I have not blogged for a couple of days. I have had a bit of the sniffles and have been feeling a bit rough. I didn't want to spread germs about. <BR> <BR> This week is all dog walking, no grooming. Which is great on the exercise and 'no stress' side of things, not so great on the money side of things, but life is not all about money. My wrist is stuffed. Grooming that Lhasa last week was really tricky so I have decided to not advertise the grooming side of the business at ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 05:28:36 EST Very quiet day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597033 I woke this morning with a sore throat and feeling like hell. We only had once customer to walk today so Hubby got on with her while I went to groom a Lhasa Apso. This meant my walking quota was down. Hubs walked our lot this morning while I was feeling rough, I walked this evening. At least I got out today. <BR> Yesterday was much better than today (totally forgot to blog etc yesterday) as I went out on my MTB for 34 minutes. I cycled to the docs, then to the further away supermarket for som... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:13:54 EST Dog walking for exercise again today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594784 It was pouring this morning so bike riding was not happening. We could see the rain bouncing of the road and we didn't fancy a soaking to be frank. <BR> Just as we were about to leave for work, the rain stopped and the black clouds cleared, leaving grey ones but no rain. We gave our dogs 25 minutes as they only had a quick trip to the garden in the morning as they really didn't want to get wet earlier. This made us a smidge later than planned but with only 2 client's dogs to walk a few late m... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:20:06 EST Home from work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593401 Today was more dog walking. Firstly I walked our own dogs for 25-30 minutes or so. Greyhounds and elderly terriers don't need to yomp for miles. The younger one needs a bit more but I take her to work. <BR> Work dogs were easy. A Patterdale for 25 minutes actual walking, after spending 5 minutes trying to catch the wee chap in the garden. He thought that staying at arms reach and kicking his heels up was a right laugh. Next we collected a Cavalier King Charles and took her off to walk with a ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:24:00 EST Nearly a week off-line http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592627 I have not been online since Wednesday morning. I had a rough day on Weds, spent most of Thursday in hospital and the rest of Thursday in bed and most of Friday too. I really did not feel well. <BR> I have not been near my bike, nor have I done much walking since. I did manage to go to work today, catch up with the laundry, walk my own dogs and even cook a meal. So I am kind of functioning. I also managed the best part of an hour's guitar practice. Parisienne Walkways has gone to ratpoo thoug... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:58:48 EST Getting back in the tracking habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586450 I think, certainly for me, that tracking food is really important. I am really trying to get back into the habit of tracking everything, even if I go over my calorie zone. If I can just get properly back into that tracking groove, I think that it will really help. I always track my exercise as it makes me feel good. Food, not so much. <BR> <BR> Over the years, I have got into having a not so healthy relationship with food. The ads on the TV don't help, so I don't watch them. Simples. Since w... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 04:53:31 EST I think that I am falling apart. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585607 I am wondering if I should keep looking about for bits that have dropped off! <BR> Back is ok, not fine just OK. It aches a little but the pain that meant that I couldn't concentrate on anything but my back, has gone. <BR> My wrist is not too bad either. <BR> Today while walking wee Ozzie I felt an old familiar nag along my achilles. I slowed my walking right down but that achilles decided to hurt so I let Ken carry on with the walk while I headed back to the car. Ken beat me there. After the... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 12:24:01 EST Back to work Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584617 Actually it wasn't too bad. My back was mostly OK this morning, it was a bit interesting in Church yesterday but I could function, which was the main thing. I did wonder how yesterday was going to pan out as on Saturday night, I couldn't stand the inactivity any more so cycled from home to the hospital to meet Ken from dialysis and it was great. I thought that I might be paying for it on Sunday but it was pretty good. <BR> <BR> Today, after work, it ached but a nice rest on the sofa after do... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 17:09:35 EST Back is still a little sore but today I can function. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581856 Today was a busy day. I am not working this Saturday, thank heavens, as my back is still a bit sore. Not as bad as yesterday though, I can function at least. I also managed 2 short dog walks in the freezing rain. I don't know who was less impressed, me or the hounds. <BR> <BR> Today we had a plan to muck out the hallway downstairs. Its got a bit jumbled in there and there is barely room to leash up the dogs. I made nice neat piles of newspaper, dog coats, our hats & gloves, cycle stuff that ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 12:10:44 EST Hmmm, sore back, no biking :-( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580602 I really wanted to use the hour of sunshine, that the BBC predicted today, to get out on my bike. Even for just 20 minutes but after the roughest of rough nights in agony with my back, I knew is wasn't to happen today. <BR> I cannot see the point in exercising through a sore back. I have pulled a muscle under one of my love handles on the left. It has left me gasping for breath when I try to stand up straight or change position. Not good. If it still hurts on Monday I will go and see the doc,... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 10:45:15 EST Not the best day, food wise, for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579699 Yesterday was really good, food-wise, but today has not been so good. <BR> Breakfast went well and lunch was a nice chicken stir fry using the left over chicken from last night's roast. Tea went to pot really. I had a bit of french loaf left over and wanted to use up some 'light' cream cheese, which was not bad in itself. I think that the bananas were ok too but I wanted to use up half a cup's worth of ice cream. Its taken me to 1300 calories so I am well within my calorie limit but I feel a... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 16:16:17 EST New Year again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577472 Blimey, where has the last year gone. More to the point, where has my fitness gone. I have looked everywhere for it but it must had done a bunk. <BR> <BR> Today we went for our first bike ride of 2014. Only 8.13 miles in a few seconds shy of 40 minutes but we got out in the quick bit of non rainy weather today. We looked at the BBC website which gives us an idea of the weather, hour by hour, in our locale. So at 10.30am we got out of the door, round to a village called Wattlefield, then Spoo... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 07:53:21 EST Having a bit of a day. Contretemps with the downstairs picky neigbour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494859 Sky broadband is pants!! Fact! I haven't been able to log on for nearly a month as I don't have enough signal strength. Kenn is having facebook withdrawal but logs on a dialysis. Dialysis is becoming the high points of his week. Bless him. McDonalds and the Library won't let me on Sparkpeople as it is a "suspect" site <em>20</em> . People trying to get fit and slim would upset McDees I suppose but the library should know better, surely. I have put in a chit to say that Sparkpeople is fitne... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 12:35:02 EST Back from the depths of depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467626 I have had a funny month or so. Well not funny at all really. I have been very depressed and pretty much unable to do anything except work and sleep. I have been out on my bike though. I signed up for the Fakenham 50 event, 50km circular ride, not timed but to raise money for the charity that the Fakenham Summer festival people are raising funds for (Can't remember what it was though). There was a 55km event and a 22km event. As I signed up for the 55km I was entitled to "have one on them" wh... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 08:44:05 EST 2 great rides http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435423 Yesterday we got on the train to Cromer and then cycled back to Norwich. That wasn't quite the plan, the plan was to cycle from Cromer to Caister and then on to Acle and get on the train home. We had an iffy first 10 miles what with Kenn's handlebars moving (thanks Halfords, you are the most excellent bike builders on the planet - not! Numpties), then we had to sort the gears out cos Halfords can't bloomin index (note to self, when buying my Boardman, get it in the box and put the thing toge... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 16:49:32 EST