Archive | June, 2012

sitting on the sidelines

27 Jun

Tonight i watched my touch rugby team play in our local league.  Unfortunately we lost again, haven’t won a game yet but still plenty of time.  It’s pretty depressing having to stand on the sidelines once again as i’m still injured but hopefully next week i might get some practice in and see how i go.  I have this massive, ridic unsexy knee support that i plan to wear.  If nothing else it will get me some sympathy (or raise a laugh)!!!

My exercise this week has mostly been out walking (in the rain) looking for this gorgeous little dude…

OK he doesn’t look that gorgeous in the photo, i mean what cat sleeps like that?!?  Coco that’s who.  He’s been gone 10 days now and is very, very much missed.  Hopefully he’s just off on some exciting adventure and will saunter back through the door very soon.  He’s microchipped so should he turn up at a vets or a shelter we would get a call.  Cross your fingers for us.

Plans for the weekend – got to step it up a bit on the fitness front.  My marathon (as part of a relay … stop choking on your coffee) is coming up fast so i really need to get past this injury.  In short that means i am going for a run this weekend although it maybe a short one it will be a run!  I am also planning on starting Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred.  I will be sporting the knee brace for that one too!

What are your plans for the weekend?  Inspire me!

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the power of magnets

21 Jun

So my knee is slowly but surely healing.  I know you’ve been awake at night these last five weeks wondering how i’m bearing up so thought i’d give you an update!  I’ve got full range of motion but still some soreness round the sides and there’s still much cursing and swearing if i accidentally twist my knee.  I’ve been trying out the Homedics iHeal which gives off Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field waves (yeah those things) and is supposed to help soft tissue damage heal 30% faster.  It’s one of those things that’s hard to measure as you never know if you would’ve gotten better anyway but i reckon it can’t do any harm.  If anyone else has used this device let me know how you got on.

It’s been a lot longer recovery than i first anticipated but i’ve not felt as bad as i imagined, in fact (whisper it) i’ve even enjoyed having a bit of time off.  I’ve kept up with Pilates and Yoga, and i’m slowly increasing my walking and cycling, tomorrow i’m even hoping to go for a short run.  Best of all i didn’t immediately turn into a big fat heifer the moment i stopped running (or at least no-one has told me that I have).

In other news this little cutie has gone off for a wander and i haven’t seen him since Monday morning.

I desperately want him to come home as i miss him so much 😦 .  Wish us luck finding him.

interesting things i have read this week

13 Jun

Bit of a cheat post today.  I’ve read loads of awesome things on the www recently so i thought i’d share just a small sample of those today.  You may or may not choose to read them – maybe you’re trying to pretend you’re working and this might kill 5 minutes.

50 things you think are good for but aren’t – i knew about a few of these but there are some shockers in here.  Or maybe i’m just not clued up…

Why IKEA should be shut down (but where would i get my cheap furniture???) – my new favourite blog obsession hit a chord with me by dreading an upcoming trip to IKEA.  I just had to share my story with her as embarrassing as it is.

Summer shape up 2012 – the lovely Gina has started her summer shape up.  With work out plans, meal plans and even grocery lists, whats not to love?

How to get your way every time – fab article on the BBC that i’ll be putting to good use! Oh darling hubby you are so much better at making tea/cooking/taking bins out than i am…

The amazing shrinking woman – the lovely Hanna’s amazing weight loss story with super inspiring before and after pictures.  Hanna has her hands full as a Mum but still managed to fit in exercise.  You’ve got no excuse!!

And for no reason other than that i don’t like writing blog posts without a picture here is a lovely pic of a daisy chain i made the other day before hubby mowed the lawn and took out all the daisies.  Did i mention i’m part hippie?

So that’s it from me really.  Share with me what you’ve been reading.

my little sister’s hen party

10 Jun

Last night my older sister, Michelle, and I got to send our little sister Alice off to married-dom in style by throwing her a fabulous hen party.  We’ve been planning this for months but i’ve not wanted to mention it on the blog as i think she may read it from time to time (probably not often enough though Ali!!!).  Now i’m not going to share any pictures of the hens or divulge too much of the juicy details as that goes against the sacred hen/bachelorette rules – what goes on tour stays on tour, right?  But i will give you a flavour of what we did…

The most fun part of the whole planning was torturing Alice as she did not have a clue what she was going to be doing.  She got sent this email:

Good evening Alice

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to turn up at Michelle’s house at 13.00 hours on Saturday 9th June.  In order to complete your mission, wearing something comfortable, you must bring with you:

An outfit to change into for the evening (think glam)
Scuba gear
A length of twine 
Welder’s helmet
Make-up, accessories etc
A whisk
Four steel oil drums (must be steel – no cheap aluminium)
A 3/16th socket wrench

(only two of these items are correct.  I will leave it up to you to decide)

Ensure you leave your dignity and your husband to be at home, make sure your life insurance is up to date, and get ready to enjoy(ish) the party.

See you Saturday,
Your bridesmaids x

I followed this up with lots of texts and emails asking her if she’d had her vaccinations, that i was just checking the bungee cord etc…man i’m a mean sister.  The reality of the day was that it was quite lovely.  We had an Alice in Wonderland theme (natch) so we had to dress her up first.  She made a surprisingly convincing Alice.  Then we went to a local Art Gallery and made headbands based on birdcage veils.

We had afternoon tea/champagne while we crafted away.  Michelle and i made all the goodies, Michelle even made the little dormouse to go in the teapot.  It really was sooo much fun and i’d love to go back.  They do all sorts of classes from stitch n’ bitch to nude sketching.  Hmmm what to choose…

After we finished our class we let Alice change out of her costume and we all got glammed up and went out to drink lots of cocktails and eat a scrummy meal.  I ate this…

It was ok tasting but very greasy.  We then tortured Alice some more with some Mr & Mrs type games and a bit more drinking.  It really was an amazing day – Alice was possibly not half as drunk as she should have been by the end of the evening, given it was her hen do, but she went home very happy.  As we are all old and a bit lame we were all home by 12.30!! Gone are the days of walking home with the sunrise.

Now i just need to think about what i’m going to do to burn all that greasy fried food and cupcakes off.  If only it weren’t raining and i wasn’t crippled!!

thanks for the holidays Queenie

5 Jun

Thanks to the lovely Queen i’ve had four whole days off work!!  A – wooo – hoo!!  A little recap…

I ate this amazing dessert, after an amazing dinner, cooked by my lovely friend Caroline.  She is some kinda domestic goddess that i could never be.

I cycled!! Yay!  If you’ve been reading my blog lately you’ll know that three weeks ago i badly twisted my knee playing Touch Rugby and have been unable to do any kind of exercise since (other than boring old physio exercises).  On Sunday i did a small cycle ride (about 2 miles) and i was so happy.  I can’t say my knee wasn’t sore but it didn’t get any worse.  Makes me very smiley!

I also managed some pilates.  I love Suzanne Bowen’s 10 Minute Solutions series and i did two segments of her Perfect Pilates Body this morning.  I’m going to try and fit this in every day until i’m back up and running (and hopefully continue as much as possible while i’m running).  Not just to keep me in shape but to strengthen and prevent injury in the future.  Good sense methinks.

I made thai green curry.  It’s not culinary genius – it’s just curry paste, coconut milk and veg but it’s yummy.  I had brown rice with it.  I’m never 100% sure whether brown rice is that great for you as there’s so much conflicting advice out there about how hard it is to digest but i like the taste so whatever!

We went swimming in the sea.  To put this in perspective people i don’t live in California, i live in the UK.  The average sea temp for June is just 14°.  You’d be happy if you were served your G&T at that temperature.  It was seriously refreshing though and totally worth it.  It was high tide, the sand was white and the water was crystal clear.  Once my body went numb the water felt wonderful.  I felt amazing afterwards and vowed to go again as much as possible.  Then it rained today.  Oh well.

I hope you’ve all had fantastic weekends.  What’s your favourite exercise DVD?  Is there one you always go back to?