Your Chance to WIN a KINDLE!

As of today … 10th July 2012 – All the places in this Draw have been taken. Thank you to all who have entered .. the results will be published on my blog soon!

I’m so happy that I have a Kindle to give away to one lucky person

but to start with I need to let you know that this draw is ONLY open to residents of the UK, sorry, to all the rest of the world, but this is an actual, newly purchased Kindle and will be posted to the winner. Having said that, you still might like to re-tweet or re-post to give all your UK friends a chance.

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The Prize is This model of Kindle CLICK HERE for details

Tell Everyone -TO CELEBRATE MY BIRTHDAY I HAVE ADDED BONUS PRIZES TO THIS DRAW !!!

So here is the New Prize Line-Up!!

The first number drawn will Win the Kindle.  

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The third number drawn will Win a copy of Divining the Line (in pdf form so you can read it on your computer or use calibre to convert it  if you have an e-reader)

The fourth number drawn will Win a pdf copy of Nothing Ever Happens Here and

The fifth number drawn will Win a pdf copy of Some Kind of Synchrony

 

 

So, here’s wishing everyone good-luck in the draw !!

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No members of my family may take part in this draw (sorry folks, but if your number were to be the one selected by Random.org it still might look fishy!) But please post / re-tweet as a favour to me anyway – because I know some of you have an awesome number of UK contacts who will be eligible!

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I promise you will not get spammed by me on either Twitter or FB after the draw because I do not use automated posts or tweets and don’t have the time to sit here sending them out all the time either ! Until the draw takes place, however, there will be a number of FB/ Twitter posts a day of the message that got you here, please re-tweet or re-post as often as you like as the faster the draw fills up the faster the draw will be made!

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Fat Woman Thinning? ‘Don’t count your chickens…’

If you are new to the FWT? blog-posts, welcome to Fat Woman Thinning? – a 52 week blog, which I started as pages to keep myself on-track and so my ‘primary cheerleaders’ (my sons) could keep up with my progress. Then about 5 weeks ago, I felt brave enough to post it as a blog!  If you are one of my new cheerleaders ! Yay! Great to see you again!

What you’ll find here is the distilled notes from my daily log of everything I eat, exercise I do, thoughts and excuses the lot. Losing weight after menopause turned out to be a whole different game to losing weight before. What worked then, didn’t work now. A new strategy had to be found and as a very busy woman I didn’t have time to spend on long gym sessions or runs or cycles. This had to be manageable!  If you want to know what keeps me so busy visit my website where you will also find my novels ‘Divining the Line’, ‘Nothing Ever Happens Here’ and ‘Some Kind Of Synchrony’ just click HERE to be able to read the first 3 chapters in pdf !

Sunday morning first thing each week I weigh myself and measure my waist (level with the belly button) nude. This is my benchmark and so we start with Sunday 19th February…

Sun: No, didn’t do the aerobics this evening — sleep catch-up required! Oh? What do you mean that is no excuse?!

“It’s not so much that if you sleep, you will lose weight, but if you are sleep-deprived, meaning that you are not getting enough minutes of sleep or good quality sleep, your metabolism will not function properly,” explains Michael Breus, PhD 

Mon: I’m wondering if it might be an idea to photograph each meal (and snack) next week as evidence ….. ? (note – already forgotten to do this – perhaps next week?)

Tue: 4 pancakes with lemon and sugar ! Too Many!!Felt bloated for the rest of the evening – but hey – it is Shrove Tuesday!

Definitely my ‘hardest’ day on the resistance training – my legs are always trembling by the time I finish and I can feel my heart thumping and as to perspiration… won’t go there – just say ‘time for a shower!’

Wed: Only just got the weight session done half hour before the aerobics. This is not how I like to do it – but on Weds I am off to the market too early to do it before and this afternoon I was busy with making a bespoke clock and this evening with cutting and stapling the WI programme ready to distribute tomorrow.

Thur: Actually got the blog I was writing up and on line — hence running very late for last exercise of the evening – but having been to belly dance I think it qualifies! (yeah… but other weeks I have done both)

Fri: Snatch with the 10 kg plates was getting a bit long-winded as I gained strength so I have upped it to 15 kg – I think this is a bit of a jump but it was what I could find lying around in the barn, ie: two 7.5 kg plates. However, as I managed over 20 both time I think this was right decision. After all part of this whole thing is not to take too much of my time! However, my arms are all of a tremble still as I try to type this – have had to go back and correct so many typos!!

Friday Evening – went to ladies night in – making some lovely jewellery followed by supper – yummm, celery, fennel, carrot and dips. Selection of cheeses. Thin piece of focaccia bread. small bunch grapes. Dried fruit salad and clotted cream (yum) 2 glasses alcoholic ginger punch. Sounds ok .. but it was on top of a Tea – which, in hindsight, I should have just skipped in favour of a nibble to maintain levels. PLUS I was too late home to do aerobics 🙁 after all that extra food too – not looking good for Sunday’s weigh in at this rate!

Sat: Still feeling bloated and lumpy…. not keen to see the results tomorrow really.

RESULTS

Hmmm, last week I was planning what I would treat myself with when I reached the 11 st. mark …. well this is known as counting your chickens (before they hatch) … As here I am and still at the 11st 1 lb. so no move there then 🙁 What about the measurements? – well the relaxed remained the same… but the pulled in waist measurement was down half an inch.

OK, so not very much – but a move, and it is now that I wish I was also measuring other areas, like just beneath the bust – this week I have started having to do my bra-strap up on the next set of hooks in – as this area has definitely reduced and was becoming loose on the hooks setting I usually use. I also noticed (as did some friends I hadn’t seen for a couple of weeks) that my face has ‘planes’ not just rounded. I know, I know, I do worry a little that the face will become haggard – you know the old saying – there comes an age when you have to choose between figure and face. Well, I am hoping that the facial exercises (that are part of my half hour stretching and aerobics) combined with a little two minute face-massage with a light baby lotion before bed, may help prevent the haggard look. This, of course, remains to be seen.

Having popped all my week’s notes in here I don’t think I have to look too far to see what was different in this week in regards to foods consumed and exercises done. This is where the record really helps – as I can pinpoint the difference and what I need to do to remedy it.

Just LOOK at it!  TOO MANY pancakes on Shrove Tuesday (I ought to have limited myself a bit eh? – not cut them out altogether but been more sensible – after all I felt bloated – so not a good sign.

Then extra food intake again on Friday night – it was so yummy, but I ought to have guessed Carolyn’s ‘a few simple nibbles’ would be sumptuous and tempting’ (I did resist the absolutely gorgeous looking cheesy scones – somehow!)

Then I see I skipped 2 whole sets of aerobics and stretching and the stretching part of another evening. Hmm, pretty obvious isn’t it what happened. Yet there was movement, and there is definitely other changes.. so .. on to next week with renewed vigour and conscientiousness over the exercises. (Not withstanding, the item on sleep is also relevant and then, of course, some of it may be that some of the fat was replaced by muscle weight, it could be the ‘fault’ of upping the weights in a variety of areas … I shall consult #3 son on this!

In the meantime the end of the month is coming up fast and with that the next set of photos – and they will tell their own tale.

Motto for next week – ‘don’t count your chickens before they hatch’ and after my last post on will-power perhaps I should add ‘pride comes before a fall’ ? LOL 🙂

What is your reaction to a disappointment or set back. Give in – or get back out there and fight it? Love to hear from you folks!

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Where do you get Will-Power?

I know where and how I get will-power. I have to argue it all through. I will put up as many barriers to achieving my goal as I can and then argue my way through them. This is even better if there is someone else helping me, someone finding the reason why and the methods how, so if I can argue my way around all those and end up with a workable solution then I have my will-power.

That way the excuses and the reasons not to complete what I have started have been defeated at the at the beginning. This is not to say that other smaller sneaky little excuses won’t pop up here and there. They will. They do. But with the big beasties shut out I can give in to the cope with the tricky little ones – one at a time.

So that was me, before this launch into my Fat Woman Thinning? log, I argued it out with my #2 son. We’d both got a special 12 days free deal over the Christmas holidays at the local country club to use the gym and pool complex. After sessions on some of the big fancy machines and a nice long swim we sat in turn in the sauna, the steam room and the jacuzzi, him telling me how I could join the club, work out everyday for an hour and lose the weight. Me: I wouldn’t do it – I can’t afford an hour let alone the extra three-quarter of an hour involved in getting there, parked, in, changed, and then afterwards, showered, out, drive home – no, I wouldn’t do it often enough to justify the cost (not inconsiderable!) and I knew I was too busy to spend all that extra time. We fought over argued it through most days we went there (no – didn’t get there for all 12) until I could see a way to achieve my goal without spending hours a day or hundreds of pounds, and that is when I knew I had found my will-power.

Now, I write this as many people are just starting to ‘give up something for Lent’ and many of these people are not even religious, but it sure needs will-power, and it reminded me of a you-tube I came across with a major weight loser – Chantelle Hobbs and what she said about how she got her will-power, and, whether you agree with her source of will-power or not, she has some sound advice on losing weight.

Those of you who are also writers will know that will-power is sometimes needed to get yourself down to writing that next chapter, or (in my case especially) doing the re-writes and the editing but by sticking with it, using will-power, I have three novels out there and another in the editing stage, and that feels good!

So, where does your will-power come from? And what do you use it for?

I’d love to hear how you get hold of your will-power and what use you put it to!

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WEEK 7 A bit of a Wobble?

Welcome to week 7 of my fat woman thinning? blog – if you are new to this you need to know that I first just kept this as a log on the pages – to motivate myself and so my ‘cheerleaders’ that is my sons, could see how I was getting on.Then a few weeks ago I got brave enough to post it all as a blog

I had to do something, menopause seemed to have changed the way my body dealt with things – my usual way of maintaining my weight no longer worked and the weight crept on… and on. So, now I am using resistance weights as well as some aerobic and stretching, and watching what I eat (writing everything down as well) – but Not Dieting!

Also, I don’t go to a gym.  I don’t have time to spend getting there, nor the inclination to flaunt my lumpy body in front of others, so I have worked out what I can do at home and it doesn’t take long – the weights never more than 15 mins and the aerobics and stretching is worked to follow a strict half hour of music. If you want to know what keeps me so busy visit my website  where you will also find my novels ‘Divining the Line’, ‘Nothing Ever Happens Here’ and ‘Some Kind Of Synchrony’ just click HERE to be able to the first 3 chapters in pdf !

Well, truth be told, though I can feel my hip bones now if I press against the fat lumps there, or my rib cage if I breathe in, the wobble is all over. The flesh is soft and pliable, no longer pressed tight by the layers of fat. My belly feels like risen bread dough, squishy and soft, and my boobs have definitely lost some of their former glory! My concern is that the skin is not so elastic after menopause, and I do so want it to shrink back to fit my former size – the size I am aiming for. So lets see how I got on this week. 

Notes:

Sunday: The question is… is the Sunday blow-out (larger meals than the rest of the week) a balance and stimulus for the system (so it doesn’t go into ‘starvation’ mode) or a minor weekly set back that I could do without?

Monday: Bit weird food record for today – but as I am Not Dieting I guess it doesn’t matter

Tuesday: Legs wobbly for a good hour after the squats and lunges!

Wednesday: Eating late with friends seems not to be a good idea for losing weight and eating healthily – but when it comes to it, there is more to life than just losing weight 🙂

Thursday: Today started with small-holder duties (in addition to normal work). 4 cockerels had to be dispatched and plucked ready for tomorrow. It is surprising how much work this can be.

Friday: Day started with Smallholder duties. 4 cockerels had to find their way into the freezer. Quite a job but well worth it. Keep thinking today is Saturday – must check if I did the right set of exercises or not? (Yes, I had)

Saturday: So as the step- ups were taking too long – even holding the 10kg plate – I upped this to 15kg (2 x 7.5 plates) and the squats were getting easy to do lots too, so I upped this to holding the 10kg plate. Certainly made a difference – and my arms knew what I’d been holding too as I had to cradle these weights in my arms rather than supporting them on my shoulders as I did with the total of the 5kg  on the dumbells!

Results:  Weigh-in at the end of week 7:

weight 11 st 1 lb (70.2 kg) waist measurement (belly button level) relaxed 39.5 inches (100.5 cm) pulled in: 36.5 (92.5 cm)

Another pound down! and another half inch off both measurements! and only 1 pound to go to the first milestone of 11st!

Now I am thinking ‘only 1 lb to go to my first milestone’ and I am thinking I could reward myself. I don’t want to go out to eat, no sir, and I don’t want to buy something to wear that will be too big by the end of the year – but I have decided to reward myself… so I’m thinking… what sort of small reward do you give yourself for achieving a milestone? Do let me know your ideas ….. or join me on the journey… or join me as a cheerleader….. I love to hear from you – please do post a comment or a question.

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Old Bottle – New ‘Treasure’

A few weeks ago my husband was doing some repairs  to the old lean-to building out the back of the house which houses a toilet (for use when working outside – eg in welly boots and mucky coats). Now this building may have been used for such a function for many years, or it may not. For, when removing some of the slates before repair work to the roof, he came across an old bottle.

There is something beautiful about an old bottle, which judging by its style was probably made in the late 1800s. So, from junk, propped up on the top of the interior wall of an old out-building, it has become  a minor ‘treasure’  – something interesting to be handled and admired.

This bottle was for Percy’s Rennet (click on the pictures to see the words better). 

This would have been made  in a shaped metal hinged mould with the words embossed on the sides and  the glass would have been blown into the shape.

 

Rennet is used in cheese making, or at the very least, to make junket. You can still buy rennet for junkets in the shops in the local town. If you’ve never had Junket here’s the recipe

RECIPE for Junket – a dessert often given to invalids or children (clotted cream is a Cornish or Devon speciality cream – thick with a golden crust)

Ingredients

2 pints milk
1 tablespoon caster/superfine sugar
2 teaspoons rennet (or follow instructions on bottle for amount to be used)
1/4 teaspoon powdered cinnamon or nutmeg
1 tablespoon brandy or rum (optional)
clotted cream (optional)

Method

– Warm the milk until it feels neither cold not warm (blood temp)
– Put it into a large serving dish and stir in the rennet and sugar.
– Add the brandy or rum. (if used)
– Stir once or twice and leave in the large bowl or or pour into smaller dishes – leave in a warm room to set.
– When set, cover with clotted cream (if used) and sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg.

 * * * * PICTURE QUIZ FOR FEBRUARY * * * *

At another time we also found this little bottle, made from a white glass.

This is my picture quiz for this month.

What did this bottle hold when in use?

The first correct answer left in the comments will WIN an e-copy of

Nothing Ever Happens Here by Ann Foweraker.

Click HERE to read descriptions, reviews and read first 3 chapters in pdf of this book and Divining the Line and Some Kind of Synchrony

 

I really love to hear from you all.. have you found such ‘old junk’ that today becomes a minor treasure or a collectable? What’s the best thing you’ve found? or just your favourite?  Do share and do have a guess at the picture quiz!

24 /2: It has been a week of thinking and guessing. I believe it is time for a clue as the guesses have dried up .. .  if you have already guessed once you are allowed to guess again!

CLUE 1:  This bottle held a commodity we all use everyday – though it now it comes in a different form

OK – as we are well into March I guess I’ll have to give the answer to this Picture quiz. This little bottle was used for TOOTH-POWDER. It may well have been a ‘sample’ bottle as it is so small – or a ‘travel’ bottle. It dates from the end of the 1800s.  As I mentioned in the comments it is missing a small cap. More often than not Tooth-powders came in a shallow ceramic pot with a decorated ceramic lid – so this is unusual. Thanks for everyone who did have a guess – but I’m afraid as no one was even near, the prize awaits the next quick quiz.

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Fat Woman Thinning? Week 6 Round-Up

If you are new to the FWT? blog-posts, welcome to Fat Woman Thinning? – a 52 week blog, which I started as pages to keep myself on-track and so my ‘primary cheerleaders’ (my sons) could keep up with my progress. Then four weeks ago, I felt brave enough to post it as a blog!  If you are one of my new cheerleaders ! Yay! Great to see you again!

What you’ll find here is the distilled notes from my daily log of everything I eat, exercise I do, thoughts and excuses the lot. Losing weight after menopause turned out to be a whole different game to losing weight before. What worked then, didn’t work now. A new stretegy had to be found and as a very busy woman I didn’t have time to spend on long gym sessions or runs or cycles. This had to be manageable!  If you want to know what keeps me so busy visit my website  where you will also find my novels ‘Divining the Line’, ‘Nothing Ever Happens Here’ and ‘Some Kind Of Synchrony’ just click HERE to be able to the first 3 chapters in pdf !

Sunday morning first thing each week I weigh myself and measure my waist (level with the belly button) nude. This is my benchmark and so we start with Sunday 5th February…

Son No. 3s birthday today! And my next weigh-in. Well! 11.3 (another 2lb drop – I know, I know, I can hardly believe it myself – when you look at the food eaten! – see week5 page from FWT)  🙂 that’s 71.6 kg for those of you in metric and 157lbs for those of you who think that way. This is a total of 11 lbs drop since the start.

Waist measurement (taken level with the belly-button) is now 41.5 inches relaxed(105cm)  and 38 inches ( 97 cm) pulled in tight. that’s and inch and a half down on the pulled in tight measurement from last week and that’s 4 inches down from the first week I measure (week 2)  Do I sound pleased? You bet I do!

Notes: 5th Feb  Feeling good about the progress so far – hope the positive feeling can be maintained when the results are not so dramatic

Notes: 6th Feb By the way the ‘beetroot’ I keep referring to in my food list is not the dark red – makes-everything- else-pink- kind. It is a stripy beetroot (Some small ones cut up in this veggie picture above) that is great cooked anyway you’d cook carrot and looks real pretty too (yes, we grow them ourselves) .  Unless I write ‘pickled beetroot’ then it IS the dark red ones – that I’ve pickled!

Notes: 7th Feb  1 hour goat wrestling (hoof trimming) felt like I’d had a workout before I’d even started any exercises today!

Notes: 8th Feb   Not a good day for sensible eating — def overdid the plain chocolate — I have excuses – but knowing it was VERY cold, that it was market morning – so was early breakfast and therefore a long time to lunch, that it was WI meeting and the biscuit looked soo nice… – just won’t cut any ice with you– will it?

Notes: 9th Feb   Good day for both sensible eating and exercising! Yay! Hour and a quarter Belly Dance in addition to exercises

Notes: 10th Feb  Very nice evening meal at friends …  just managed to do the exercises afterwards before bed! Good job I’m not dieting – it means that when we go out to eat I don’t have to be fussy – just sensible with my choices. Knowing this really helps with creating a positive feeling about losing weight this way.

Notes: 11th Feb Early night – no, I didn’t get my half hour of aerobic exercises done – but sleep and proper rest is also important in the grand scheme of things.

My ‘primary’ cheerleaders have already given this weeks weight loss report a thumbs-up. But I realised that it seems a bit crazy to have the notes (or indeed on the pages the food intake and exercises ) following the result from the previous week.

SO, I am now going to post the weigh-in and measurements taken this very Sunday morning – as in following the week you’ve just seen. Next week will therefore End with the results – I think it’ll make more sense in the long-run, hope you think so too.

Sunday 12th February (weigh-in to end week 6)

Weight this morning was 11.2  (that’s 156 lbs) or 71.4 kg and the measurements are . .  Relaxed : 40 inches (102 cm) An inch and a half down!) and Pulled-in: 37 inches (95cm) That’s a whole inch down! 

ok, so, a pound only .. but I will post that message son#2 sent me again   “a pound a week is over 50lbs a year – and that is awesome!” There that makes me feel more positive! 🙂

* * * * * * TO BE CONTINUED * * * * * *

What are your favourite foods that you just HAVE to eat now and again whether you are on diet or not? Do you find that big sign ‘DON’T EAT THIS’ just calls to you  …. Eat me! Eat meeee!  Do share – I really love to hear from you all and thanks for all the support and encouragement I have been receiving along the way!

 

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Kitchen resistance training

It’s not what you  are thinking… I am not talking about training yourself to resist food!
As you’ll know if you are following my progress on Fat Woman Thinning? I am not actually dieting.

This is about Exercising In Your Kitchen! And if you’ve been following my blog series Fat Woman Thinning?, you will know I am not keen on going out to a gym to exercise (more of which another day) and have created my routine to fit in with my busy life, with exercises carried out within my home.

And if you ‘d like to know what I do that makes me too busy to travel to a gym then take a look at annmade.co.uk where you will also find my Novels:  Nothing Ever Happens Here, Divining the Line, and Some Kind of Synchrony .. click here to read the first 3 chapters in pdf

So, what I like about this video clip (and some of MizFit’s other you-tube videos and her blog)  is that she doesn’t rely on specialist equipment – doesn’t mean she doesn’t use some – but, like in this video, soup-cans, chairs, dish-cloths and other stuff gets used to help maintain fitness.

Well, this really has started me thinking. I was lucky because son #3 had left spare sets of weights in the barn and I just raided them, but would I have gone out and bought this stuff before I knew it worked.. would I coco.. so I started thinking what I could find around that would still do the job if I didn’t have his weights.

I have come up with some– they’ll feature in a blog soon – in the meantime – what do you think? What is there around your house that will act as weights for resistance training? Would you feel daft ‘lunging’ across the kitchen?

Your comments or thoughts are very welcome, I really want to hear from you.

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Fat Woman Thinning? – with links to weights exercises

Welcome to week 5 of my fat woman thinning? blog – if you are new to this you need to know that I first just kept this as a log on the pages – to motivate myself and so my ‘cheerleaders’ that is my sons, could see how I was getting on.Then a few weeks ago I got brave enough to post it all as a blog – join me on the journey – join me as a cheerleader – I love to hear from you – please do post a comment or a question.

I had to do something, menopause seemed to have changed the way my body dealt with things – my usual way of maintaining my weight no longer worked and the weight crept on… and on. So, now I am using resistance weights as well as some aerobic and stretching, and watching what I eat (writing everything down as well) – but Not Dieting!

Also, I don’t go to a gym.  I don’t have time to spend getting there, nor the inclination to flaunt my lumpy body in front of others, so I have worked out what I can do at home and it doesn’t take long – the weights never more than 15 mins and the aerobics and stretching is worked to follow a strict half hour of music. So, where have I got to, where has it got me – lets see . . . . .

29/1 – week 5 of 52 week blog

Another Sunday, another weigh and measure session. Well, have to say I was both delighted and surprised. A 2lb drop in weight and a reduction in measurement (belly-button height and level) So that’s 11st 5lbs (72.2 kg or 156 lbs) and relaxed waist of 42 inches (108 cm ) – that’s a half inch smaller, and pulled in a measurement of 40.5 inches (103 cm) but the weird thing is, as I pull the muscles of my stomach in now the belly button rises up my body (as it were) meaning that the level measurement rises up the worst bulge on the top of my hips a bit – so this is a whole inch down of last week

Notes: for 29th

Have a look at this page for instructions and a small video for Lateral Raises  http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/DeltoidLateral/DBLateralRaise.html  And on these pages for Triceps extensions  http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Triceps/DBLyingTriExt.html  Which I prefer to do or  http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Triceps/DBOneArmTriExt.html  if you prefer to be stading

Notes: for 30th

Instructions and video link for Snatch is here   http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/OlympicLifts/Snatch.html  but like I say I use just one 10kg plate – and hold it with both hands on the rim – lifting it from rim resting on floor to high – as if I was trying to hang it on a peg at full arm stretch for me. As always bending the knees and keeping the back straight.

The sit-ups I am sure you are familiar with but here they are anyway: http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/RectusAbdominis/BWSitUp.html  No I don’t have the fancy bench for this either – and I don’t like the way the guy in the video has linked his fingers behind his neck – this could result in you pulling your neck especially when it gets tough. It is better to rest your fingers against the side of your neck just below the ears (When you get to this stage – for the first week  the only way I could get a sit-up going was to throw my arms forward towards my knees to get the momentum to even lift off the floor!!)

Notes: for 31st

Squats I do with the ‘safety net’ of a computer chair set to the lowest setting – which means that if I sat on it at that level my knees are slightly higher than my hips – I do the squats so that my bottom just touches the edge of the chair – it tells me I have sunk low enough and stops me feeling that I might fall over backwards! I use 2 dumbells, propped on a towel over my shoulders rather than a bar and weights. See the instructions and small video for Squats here   http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Quadriceps/BBSquat.html

I do Lunges standing on an old duvet. I had the irrational fear that I might hurt my knee as it went down, and this reassured me.  As I lunge across the width of the duvet, and being 5′ 3″ I have a smallish stride, it also find it gives me an ‘aim’ for my step forward part of the lunge. If my back foot in just inside one edge then my front foot just stays on the duvet – this gives a ‘stride’ of 3ft 9inches (1m14cm) from toe of front foot to heel of back foot, which is a decent stride for a shorty! Lunge instructions and video here:   http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Quadriceps/BWLunge.html

Notes: for 1st Feb

Exercises for today may be found at these sites. I prefer to do the triceps extensions in the lying down mode (doesn’t hurt my elbow or shoulder this way)

http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Triceps/DBLyingTriExt.html

http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Triceps/DBOneArmTriExt.html

http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/DeltoidAnterior/DBFrontRaise.html

Second set of photographs to be taken today – still not put them up on the site – working out how they can be kept from filtering out onto the general internet. What I notice, however, is that there appears to be more folds and sagging as the tightness begins to leave certain parts of my body. I hope my skin has retained some of its elasticity from before and can return to fitting the new me I hope to find by the end of these 52 weeks.

Notes: for 2nd

Here are the exercises for Thursday – I do the bicep curls using both arms at the same time and the ‘rotation’ of the arm from side on to flat on works more muscles.

http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Biceps/DBCurl.html

And this is the wrist curl, which is good for buildin gup strength for climbing ( so I am told) and as I want to learn a bit of climbing this shoud be useful.

http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/WristFlexors/DBWristCurl.html   I also do these simultaneously.

Notes: for 3rd

Here are the exercises for today; As I have said previously i use just one ‘plate’ weight of 10 kg for the snatch an lift it from floor to high, as if trying to place on a hook in front of me as high a I can reach

Snatch : http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Obliques/BWTwistingSitUp.html

Twist-sit-ups : http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Obliques/BWTwistingSitUp.html

Notes: for 4th

Here are the links to these exercises, the squats was shown once already but it’s here anyway :

http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Quadriceps/BBSquat.html

And the step-ups I am stepping 10 inch step and was taking far too long (over 100 steps) to get to fail point – so this time I tried to carry extra weights. Here is the exercise link:  http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/Quadriceps/BWStepUp.html

Well, what will tomorrow bring – weigh-in and measure time!!

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Frogs, Fungus and Fat-balls

NATURE NOTES AT THE END OF JANUARY 2012

Winter still has not really had much of an effect on this little corner of Cornwall, it has been exceptionally mild and pretty wet too. I missed taking a photo of a row of early daffodils blooming against the backdrop of the Ginster’s Christmas tree outside their Pasty factory in Callington  (I didn’t have my camera with me and the next time I passed it was after 12th night)  But I have a shot of our first daffs to bloom – not an early variety but they were blooming by Wednesday of last week (25th Jan) and the snowdrops that line the bottom of the Cornish hedge these grow on were also blooming well.   The first snowdrops however had been those in the new wood, where these (see photo) were out before the end of December. In between I have noticed the usual spring blossoms, the camellias are already putting on a great show and primroses peeking out amongst the grass,  however there are also roses still in bloom in both the front and back gardens.

I couldn’t resist these two examples of fungi – amazingly attractive, one bracket fungus and some toadstools, which I believe to be a honey fungus but must check it out as it was close to one of our apple trees!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The frogs have returned to the water-feature (a run of very small shallow ponds going down through the new wood, fed by spring-water that runs into the main pond near the house) I tried to capture these on camera but the vibration of walking, even ever-so carefully, sends them scooting under the leaf-litter debris in the bottom of the pools. The frogs that inhabit here vary in shade and markings, from the usual green and gold, brown and gold to a dark liver red colour.  Their great clumps of frog-spawn, are, however, quite visible and, as they protrude above the shallow water, are also vulnerable to frost if we get one.

In the main pond (which also holds numerous shubunkin type goldfish, ranging from dark brown, through speckled to gold – none of which we have see at all since late November) the newts have reappeared.  I have tried to capture these on camera but being under-water means I always get a ‘light refraction’ shadow – so they are not that clear. If anyone out there can tell me how to take these photos in a clear way (using a simple old digital camera) please do!  Our newts range in shade from a dark olive green to a basic brown, through a russet red to a pale pinkish colour.  As the water warms up I expect to see more of them as they start their mating behaviour – where a female will  be followed around the bottom of the shallow shelf on the pond by a number of suitors.

My father has a new bird-feeder, it looks like a log with holes cut in the sides and you fill it with ‘fat-balls’ which are, much as their name suggests, balls of fat with seeds and grain in them. This has attracted two varieties of woodpecker, the green woodpecker and the greater spotted woodpecker,  to the garden where we can see them from the kitchen window (we often hear them in the area). They have been accompanied by the long-tailed tits, which usually fly in a group of about a dozen and flitter round the trees where the feeders are, feed briefly but then swiftly move on, however the fat-ball log seems to keep them here much longer.

Lastly a picture quiz: What is it? I took this photograph in very late December in our garden. A click on the picture will enlarge it for you. Can you identify the plant these fell from? Answers in the comment please – I’ll give the correct answer next week!

Clue 1: These came off a tree.

Clue 2: This tree belongs on the other side of the world – native of Australia.

Clue 3 This tree has silvery green leaves, round on young stems and elongated and pointed on older.

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