Health & Fitness Efforts

Strictly truthful accounts of attempts to embrace the Straight and Narrow

#Fridayfitness: Cycling Exercise for the Abdominals:

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#Fridayfitness: Cycling Exercise for the Abdominals:

#Fridayfitness: Cycling Exercise for the Abdominals:

 

Hone and tone for rock solid abs!

I arrived at the Castle Coop Friday morning fitness class feeling particularly un-dynamic and yawny.

 Brown Owl’s Village Hall Spruce Up yesterday, turned out to be more strenuous than any of us had bargained for.

“Toned abs” said our instructor briskly,  “are the stuff fitness dreams are made of! Why don’t we get to work on yours?”

In theory, I was extremely keen to get honing and toning for rock solid abs as fast as possible but in practice, something went wrong …

Today’s exercise for toning Castle Coop abdominals:

CYCLING

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#Friday Fitness: the Swiss Ball

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#Friday Fitness: the Swiss Ball

 #Friday Fitness: the Swiss Ball

The Swiss Ball is a fantastic tool for working the abdominal and core muscles, even for beginners.


This exercise will mainly work the muscles of the lower abs and also hip flexor muscles, whilst upper-body strength will be required to hold the position. Beginners or persons with insufficient upper-body strength / rehab, may want to perform the exercise whilst resting on their forearms, using a large ball.

Mount the Swiss ball from a standing position, taking your arms over the ball onto the floor, whilst rolling over your abs, until your forefoot and shinbone are in contact with the ball, with your legs straight.

Advanced athletes may want to adopt a different leg position, this could be having one foot on the ball, whilst the other foot is raised in the air, or slightly harder, out to the side. 
source:www.netfit.co.uk

swiss ball & cushions

Although nothing has been mentioned about cushions being a useful aid, I think this must be an oversight.

IMO a pile of cushions is a jolly good idea- they make this exercise a lot more do-able,

Yours trusting my abs have had an excellent work-out,

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#Friday Fitness: the Russian Twist

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#Friday Fitness: the Russian Twist

#Friday Fitness: the Russian Twist

 

In today’s fitness class held as usual in Castle Coop’s Village Hall, our  instructor took us through the Russian Twist which is meant to be a simply excellent exercise for strong abs.

Strong abs? Hurrah! I can’t wait – who doesn’t want ‘strong abs’? I love the idea of myself  with a washboard stomach and think it’s unhelpful that the Agent, my partner in life, is roaring with laughter.

 

 

Source: fitnessblender

 

Method:

  • Sit on the ground with your knees bent and your heels about a foot from your butt.
  • Lean slightly back without rounding your spine at all. It is really important, and difficult, to keep your back straight, but don’t let it curve.
  • Place your arms straight out in front of you with your hands one on top of the other. Your hands should be level with the bottom of your ribcage.
  • Pull your navel to your spine and twist slowly to the left. The movement is not large and comes from the ribs rotating, not from your arms swinging. Inhale through center and rotate to the right. This completes one rep.
  • Do 16 full rotations.

To make this exercise more challenging, hold a medicine ball or a dumbbell in your hands with your elbows slightly bent. You can also make the move more advanced by lifting your feet three or four inches off the floor. Conversely, if you have a compromised or injured lower back, this exercise is not recommended for you.

Source: Popsugar fitness

 

It looks & sounds pretty straightforward, doesn’t it?

Straightforward???  Well – try having a go at it & see if you agree with me…

The Russian Twist

 

All I can say is:

16 full rotations…? Ho ho ho!

 

IMO that’s anatomically completely impossible. Just look at the state I’m in – and that was after only 6 full rotations.

& N.B.  what does Popsugar Fitness mean about not swinging the arms? Mine were both tightly wound up to my sides…

 

 

Yours feeling like a coiled spring,

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If you would like to become a virtual member of our Castle Coop fitness classes, do sign up in the comment box below – we should all be delighted to welcome you.

So as you know what we are doing, so far we have practiced:

The Lunge

The Toe-touch

The Squat

The Press-up

Our class is held at 10.30am in the Village Hall – we all drink coffee together after the class and eat Brownies kindly cooked by Lady Sebright. They are delicious and immediately undo all the good work of our class.

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#Friday Fitness: The Lunge

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#Friday Fitness: The Lunge

 

Today, our class in the village hall was concentrating on:

#Friday Fitness: The Lunge

 

Health and fitness experts all seem to agree that as an exercise The Lunge is worth its weight in gold.

 

The Lunge is an excellent lower body exercise, one of the few lower body exercises that will bring you to muscle failure and truly help you get your gluts, hamstrings and quads into shape quickly and effectively. The Lunge is also convenient since you can do it anywhere, anytime. Work this exercise into your training program for a mega-effective way to shape, tone and strengthen your lower body.

 

How to do the Perfect Lunge:

Source: The Chalkboard 
(with instructional illustrations by Liberty Hen)
STEP ONE
Stand with your feet shoulder’s width apart, spine long and straight, shoulders back, gaze forward.
The Lunge Step 1
STEP TWO
Step forward with one leg into a wide stance) about one leg’s distance between feet) while maintaining spine alignment.
The Lunge Step 2
STEP THREE
Lower your hips until both knees are bent at approximately a 90 degree angle. Your front knee should not extend over your ankle, and your back knee should hover above the ground. Keep your weight in your heels as you push back up to starting position. Repeat on both sides.
The Lunge step 3
STEP FOUR:
Now I understand why fitness experts tend to talk about ‘The Lunge’ in the singular tense…
The Lunge step 4
Don’t you think it would be a brilliant idea if all lunging instructions came with a government health warning (in capital letters)?
Yours trying to decide whether I should wait for The Agent to rescue me or just fall over,
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If you would like to become a virtual member of our Castle Coop fitness classes, do sign up in the comment box below – we should all be delighted to welcome you.

So as you know what we are doing, so far we have practised:

The Russian Twist

The Toe-touch

The Squat

The Press-up

Our class is held at 10.30am in the Village Hall – we all drink coffee together after the class and eat Brownies kindly cooked by Lady Sebright. They are delicious and immediately undo all the good work of our class.

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#FridayFitness: The Toe-touch

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#FridayFitness: The Toe-touch

Castle Coop’s #FridayFitness Class: Exercise of the week:

 

 

Today’s #FridayFitness exercise is the Toe-touch

 

The toe-touch:

Gosh! Did you know that exercising to improve flexibility is just as important as doing cardio or strength exercises? And… according to our instructor who takes the #FridayFitness class in Castle Coop Village Hall, apparently toe-touches are the No. 1 whizz exercise at improving flexibility because they stretch your shoulders, back and leg muscles, & in particular, the hamstrings. Having never thought about it up to now, I realize I’d love to have flexible hamstrings – they sound so pleasantly springy to walk about on.

I’ve also just learnt that toe-touches are multi-tasking. They are the original BOGOF except you get 4 for one – what a bargain!  Just look at the bang you get for flexing your buck…

  • Better posture – no more walking around with a book on your head!
  • Less muscle tension and soreness – save money formerly spent spray-on pain relief!
  • Reduced risk of injury – hmmm… I’m keeping the jury out on that one as that’s what they told me about the squat …
  • More relaxation for the mind and body- Ah ha! What’s not to like if I can spend more time relaxing my mind & body – maybe while lying on the sofa?

Toe-touching methods:

Having researched the toe-touch carefully in order to be fully informed, I’ve decided that whether standing up or lying down on the sofa, correctly speaking there are only 2 proper ways to perform the toe-touch. Funnily enough,  exercise manuals & instructors only seem to cover Method 1 which personally I’ve always found unsatisfactory.

 Method 1. (not recommended):

Speaking from my own experience, the least rewarding way to perform the toe-touch is to do it in practice:

In practice, I have to confess there is a depressing amount of scope for improvement. My body appears to be built with too much surplus middle area for my waist to work as a decent fulcrum upon which to pivot. This tiny design flaw means my arms are simply too short to come anywhere near my toes & I am disappointed time after time.

 

The toe-touch (in practice)

 

 

 

Method 2. (recommended):

The most gratifying way to perform the toe-touch is to do it in theory:

In theory, I am a skilled practitioner of the toe-touch. In my imagination I am extremely flexible (and graceful) – a thoroughly lean, mean, flexi-machine. I think nothing of touching my toes whilst executing the splits and can remain in this position for as long as it takes to recite the alphabet backwards.

The toe-touch (in theory)

 

Yours possibly a tad inflexible in practice but bending like a reed in theory,

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If you would like to become a virtual member of our Castle Coop fitness classes, do sign up in the comment box below – we should all be delighted to welcome you.

So as you know what we are doing, so far we have practiced:

The Russian Twist

The Lunge

The Squat

The Press-up

Our class is held at 10.30am in the Village Hall – we all drink coffee together after the class and eat Brownies kindly cooked by Lady Sebright. They are delicious and immediately undo all the good work of our class.

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#FridayFitness: the Squat

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#FridayFitness: the Squat

 

 

 

 

Castle Coop’s #FridayFitness Class: Exercise of the week:

 

 

Today’s #FridayFitness exercise is The Squat.

 

The Squat:

The squat trains the muscles of the thighs, hips and buttocks, quadriceps, hamstrings, as well as strengthening all sorts of other bits of the body such as bones and ligaments. Squats are considered a vital exercise for developing core strength and are supposed to be a thoroughly good thing. 

The squat improves the metabolism and the cardiovascular system and a 2013 review concluded that deep squats performed with proper technique are an effective exercise. To add intensity, one simply adds weights.  I gather that because squats build strength, they decrease the risk of  sustaining an injury in every-day life. Hurrah!

The Squat (to prevent injury)

 

Yours wondering if the open-toed shoe is a practical look in early March,

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If you would like to become a virtual member of our Castle Coop fitness classes, do sign up in the comment box below – we should all be delighted to welcome you.

So as you know what we are doing, so far we have practiced:

The Russian Twist

The Lunge

The Toe-touch

The Press-up

Our class is held at 10.30am in the Village Hall – we all drink coffee together after the class and eat Brownies kindly cooked by Lady Sebright. They are delicious and immediately undo all the good work of our class.

 

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#FridayFitness: the Press-up

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#FridayFitness: the Press-up

 

 

 

Castle Coop’s #FridayFitness Class: Exercise of the week:

 

 

 

Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better.

Winded by grocery shopping or household chores? Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.

(Source:  Mayo Clinic )

The Press-up:

Today’s #FridayFitness exercise is the Press-up which is designed to build muscle strength and boost endurance. Apparently of all the exercises one can do, the press-up is one of the most effective: should you wish to improve your  pectoralis major, anterior deltoids and triceps, there is nothing that tops it. Those who are skilled at performing press-ups can further improve themselves with a brisk rendition of the Military Press-up.

To do regular pushups, you bend your arms and lower your chest until it breaks the plane of your elbows. Military pushups require a full range of motion: Marines must touch their chests to the floor for every pushup.

Source: www.ehow.com

To enjoy the many benefits of the Press-up however, you may be glad to know that you don’t need to be a Marine or even to join the Army.

 

 The Press-up

 

 

Yours imagining Samson’s press-ups were probably a bit more successful than mine, before horrid Delilah went & cut off his hair,

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If you would like to become a virtual member of our Castle Coop fitness classes, do sign up in the comment box below – we should all be delighted to welcome you.

So as you know what we are doing, so far we have practiced:

The Russian Twist

The Lunge

The Squat

The Toe-touch

Our class is held at 10.30am in the Village Hall – we all drink coffee together after the class and eat Brownies kindly cooked by Lady Sebright. They are delicious and immediately undo all the good work of our class.

 

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Reflections and Resolutions!

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Reflections and Resolutions!

 

 

 

 

Reflections and Resolutions!

 

 

I do hope you have all had a very Merry Christmas!

There has been such a lot of wining, dining and quaffing that has gone on here in Castle Coop recently that my belt now longer fits comfortably. I need to get a grip.

Luckily I was given a ‘Get a Grip’ FitBit for Christmas – it is awesome!

My one is exactly like this:

Black Flex Fitbit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The strapline for the fitbit says:

Set a goal and go

Flex allows you to set a goal and uses LED lights to show how you’re stacking up. Each light represents 20% of your goal. You choose which one — steps, calories, or distance. It lights up like a scoreboard, challenging you to be more active day after day.

I love the idea of a scoreboard and look!! As well as all the LED lights which I keep admiring as they sparkle, the kind people at Fitbit have already sent me a badge to cut out and keep!

 

My Badge!

badge image

Whoa!
Your step count is heating up!
You’ve earned the Urban Boot badge.

The Urban Boot Badge … how exciting is that! I’m totally on board for badges and an urban boot badge sounds pretty edgy. I shall cut my badge out and wear it power walking whilst out and about in Castle Coop.

Liberty Hen power-walking

Resolutions for 2015:

Have you made any? If you have any good ideas, I should be delighted if you’d give me some inspiration as I have been getting depressed considering all the scope for self-improvement. Perhaps I could simply focus on accumulating edgy badges.

Should Hope triumph over Experience?

Should I or should I not put chocolate on the list? To date I haven’t done so as the idea of editing chocolate out of my life isn’t very realistic . On the other hand, there is the belt issue.  On reflection, I think chocolate had better go on the list.

Oh no!

Happy New Year!

Yours fatly,

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Sofa Cycling !

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Sofa Cycling !

Sofa Cycling!

 

 

 

 

 

For ages now it has been miserable weather here in Castle Coop. Weeks ago, I decided to combat the winter cold by lying on the sofa under several layers of eiderdown with a cup of tea. This strategy has been a great success and is one I can thoroughly recommend. I knew it would make me feel warm & cozy but it has turned out to be educational as well!

The only snag I found was a (very) small worry of mine about not having taken my bike out and about for ages but look! Someone has already thought up the perfect solution…

Sofa Cycling!

 

 

 

video credit:  Cornelia IndoorCyclingVideo

Isn’t this a brilliant idea!

It really is the most marvellous feeling being able to put all this dreary weather to good use.  Sofa cycling is a simply wonderful discovery. If you watch Cornelia’s fab video, you will be taken on a cycle tour  through a beautiful bit of Germany with the added bonus of a wonderful sunrise thrown in for free. Germany looks very scenic and tranquil; viewing it from Cornelia’s bicycle when she is doing all the leg-work while one is actually snuggled up on the sofa with a cup of tea is most enjoyable.

Learning from Cornelia’s film, small, rural villages in Germany seem quite different from Castle Coop; the houses are like mountain chalets and the roads are far emptier than they are in the UK. Fields stretch right up to the roadsides whereas ours are surrounded by hedges which you can’t see over the top of. German wheelie bins however are exactly the same as ours which I didn’t know before.

 

On You tube, I’ve discovered loads of other cycling videos which have been filmed all over the world. So you see –  sofa cycling is excellent for improving both geography and general knowledge.

Isn’t sofa cycling great!

 

The Agent takes me in hand:

Unfortunately the Agent caught me sofa cycling alongside a beach in Mallorca last week & I failed to convince him of its merits. In no time at all, he’d arranged for an enormous parcel to arrive.

 indoor cycling

Behold the Beast!

 

I am now the proud owner of a high-tech dashboard which monitors distance travelled and calories burnt (& not burnt ) and there are also little buttons which flash to remind me to change gear. However, neither eiderdowns nor cups of tea feature in any of its programmes which IMO, is a bit of a downside.

Yours, astonished that the Agent remains impervious to the joys of sofa cycling but getting to grips with all the newly installed flashing technology,

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Mad Dogs and Englishmen…

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Mad Dogs and Englishmen…

Mad Dogs and Englishmen…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early this morning, as it was such a beautiful sunshiny day,

I decided to go for a relaxing spin on my bike.

Relaxing? LOL.

 

 

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Yours remembering with heartfelt nostalgia, those summer days back in July when the sun came out & stayed out & my bike rides were so much more straightforward,

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Green Juice!

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Green Juice!

Green Juice!

 

The Agent, my dear partner in Life, has been behaving in a most peculiar fashion recently. I can’t think what has come over him. Every now and then I catch him giving me surreptitious odd looks and when we were at the supermarket this morning, he suggested I should stay in the car even though the shopping list was massive. I’m getting quite worried about him and feel guilty that I’ve been too busy to find out what’s wrong.

 

A busy week:

Since I returned from pedalling to Paris, I’ve been researching nutritious juices and smoothies. It’s been absolutely fascinating. There are several web-sites devoted to whizzed-up vegetables and their health benefits; from them and from books, I’ve gleaned all sorts of amazing facts about green juice, vegetables, vitamins and nutrients.

LLH reading abut nutrientsJust look at all this info!

Broccoli:

Apparently broccoli has as much calcium as milk, lots of fibre and vitamin C  and is a nutrient powerhouse. Wow!

Source: Innocent smoothie recipe book,

 

Cucumber:

Cucumbers are another powerhouse. They “re-hydrate , cleanse, tone and wash away toxins, strengthening hair & nails and are anti- inflammatory all at the same time”.  Multi-tasking!

Source: Carey Kingsbury who blogs  at myjuicecleanse.com .

 

Celery:

“The health benefits of celery are more than just lowering blood pressure. They also contain at least eight families of anti-cancer compounds to combat cancer”.

Source: Sara Ding of ‘Juicing for Health’   Hurrah!

 

Ms. Kingsbury & Ms Ding are mines of information about juicing and nutrients.

 

Spinach:

“Spinach juice contains 3.1 mg of iron per 3.5 oz. serving, which is quite high for a non-animal-based food. Having healthy iron intake promotes blood health and prevents anemia. A 3.5 oz. serving of spinach juice offers 51 mg of phosphorus. This high amount of phosphorus is a particularly valuable spinach juice benefit because … phosphorus supports strong bones and teeth and promotes kidney health.” Magic!

source: www.ehow.com

 

Green juice recipe:

After thoroughly enjoying myself all week, experimenting with juicing different combinations of the above,

making green juice

 

 

I am delighted to report that, should you wish to try a recipe for green juice,

a large cupful of spinach

a very small piece of celery

2 green apples

a small bit of ginger root
small bunch of parsley
a few broccoli florets
1 cucumber

all juiced up together, make a delicious and extremely healthful drink.

 

magic green juice 1

 

Warning: IMO, adding too much celery just makes one long for a Bloody Mary.

 

Something is definitely wrong:

I do wish I knew what is the matter with The Agent but I shall try & find out over supper. Having drunk several glasses of green juice this week, I feel absolutely terrific & yet he’s just asked me if I think I could be at all bilious. What on earth has prompted that? I wonder if he’s worrying that he’s coming down with flu.

Perhaps I should book him an appointment to see the doctor just to be on the safe side.

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Yours wishing I knew what is wrong,

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Xtending my Efforts!

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Xtending my Efforts!

Xtending my Efforts!

 

Determined not to fall off the Keep Fit & Stretchy straight and narrow, I have been very busy xtending my efforts.

 

Xtend Barre Workout:

I gather that Xtend barre promotes grace and flexibility and will strengthen and lengthen in an exciting new way! Here is the instructor, Ms. Andrea Rogers, looking very graceful and flexible and also rather strong and long.

 

 

I can’t wait to be just like Ms. Rogers! I can’t wait to be strong and long. I can’t wait to have a chiselled body!

ballet xtend barre 2

 

Here I am in the same pose:

Xtend Barre efforts

 

 

Looking this picture (and I’m trying to be objective), it doesn’t seem as though I’ve xtended in quite the same impressive way as Ms. Rogers. I can’t see many signs of much lengthening, strengthening and chiselling going on, let alone grace and flexibility. Actually, I just seem round.

Yours, feeling rather dejected,

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Juicing for Health!

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Juicing for Health!

Juicing for Health!

 

In an effort to pin down a bit of Health and Wellbeing for myself, I decided I need to approach it from the inside out. In the library yesterday, I came across a book called, ‘Food and Juice for Health ‘.

 

On the front cover is a picture of two large glasses of red berry juice full of raspberries floating about. Doesn’t it look delicious? book juice

(Picture source: Photodisc)

The book’s strap line reads: ‘Everything you need to know to keep your body immune system and general wellbeing in perfect health”. It all sounded such useful information that without a moment’s hesitation, I passed my library card under the borrower’s bar-code scanner; five minutes later, the book was safely in my bag, travelling home.

 

Some depressing news:

In the afternoon, my dearest friend Lady Egality came over to warn me  that Brown Owl is on one of her campaigns to get us to volunteer to plan the Church Flower Arranging Rota. Immediately both of us felt absolutely worn out and headachy. Recently Lady Egality has been so busy training her scrumptious new puppy and I have been so taken up with the Pedal2Paris ride that neither of us have given a thought to our village responsibilities. It doesn’t seem that long ago since we last organised the dreaded flower rota – and apparently it’s our turn again already.

 

An infallible remedy:

Luckily, as my library find, ‘Food and Juice for Health‘ was lying on the kitchen table, a solution for our low spirits was within easy reach. Apparently, a juice made simply of broccoli, parsley, apples and celery and served in a glass over ice absolutely guarantees re-invigoration and provides a counter-blast to fits of depression.That’s amazing isn’t it?

In a jiffy, Lady E and I had set to work, assembling the magic potion.   Unfortunately, I didn’t have any broccoli, parsley, celery or ordinary apples, but we used our initiative and substituted cooking apples, carrots, strawberries, pineapple and melon. juice

 

By the time the first bit of power juice streamed into the jug, we were so interested, we forgot to worry about our headaches. juice 3

Don’t you think that the garnish of basil chosen by Lady E in lieu of the missing parsley looks professional? Looking at this photograph now, I realise I forgot all about the ice we were meant to add. juice 2

 

Lady Egality and I spent the next hour by the Aga, happily boosting our health and wellbeing with our delicious power juice while discussing what to say to Brown Owl re the dreaded flower rota.

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Yours, now feeling zingy enough to begin ringing round Castle Coop with dates for the Church Flower Arrangers’ diaries so as to have the rota sorted before Brown Owl nabs us.

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A brown paper parcel arrives!

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A brown paper parcel arrives!

 

 

A brown paper parcel arrives!

 

This morning Dave the postman delivered a brown paper parcel.

 

 

On tearing off the wrapping, I discovered some ankle weights which I’d ordered from Amazon in an effort to use method to improve my fitness levels.  I was so excited they’d arrived safely!

ankle weights in packaging

 

As you can see, the model wearing the weights in the picture seems to be walking about quite normally. She does not appear to be in pain.

Apparently, the ankle weights can be worn while striding purposefully through one’s daily tasks as well as while doing strength training and cardio exercises.

ankle weights pink side up on black mat

 

Don’t you think they are a particularly cheerful shade of pink? They are certainly very neatly finished off.

Multi-tasking!

The label on the box suggests wearing them for just 8 minutes three times each week should make a difference to overall fitness levels. And, they are ‘comfort fit’ with a contoured design! They will “burn extra calories while aerobic conditioning and at the same time, tone hips, thighs and calves”. Multi-tasking!

What a great idea!  Clearly ankle weights are the ideal way to do exercise without any inconvenience or trouble as far as I can see. Hurrah!

All in all, I gather that they’ll be most efficacious  and at the same time will also make me feel pleasantly virtuous, whisking about the village taking all this extra exercise.

That was this morning….

 A small snag:

This afternoon I tried them on..and hit a small snag.

Striding  purposefully through one’s daily tasks? Strength training? Cardio workout?  LOL.

I couldn’t even stand up.

 

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Perhaps I can wear them in bed?

Yours while pinned to the floor,

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Hen’s Teeth!

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Hen’s Teeth!

 

Hen’s Teeth!

Recently, the Agent and I have not been seeing quite eye to eye on certain topics, namely teeth and frightening professionals in white coats.   This morning we were hardly on speaking terms.

A Small Falling Out!

In fact, we have had a small falling out as the Agent has been advising me to go to the Dentist

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Just look at these horrific looking instruments!

The beast!

And what about this horror?

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Doesn’t it strike a chill into the very core of your heart? It certainly does into mine. The Agent knows perfectly well what a coward I am and he still went ahead and said to Dr. Lamona when we met up at the May Bank Holiday Barbecue, that I’d like to book an appointment to have my teeth checked!  What!!!!  Can you believe it?

The dreaded white coat:

Dr. Lamona of the Dreaded White Coat, is a lot more fiercesome wielding her terrifying scrapers and drills,  than her husband Dr. Asil who is gentle and lovely while he pumps up blood pressure cuffs and writes out prescriptions. I don’t think Dr. Lamona believes in’ bedside manner’. And..there’s no accidentally forgetting on purpose to turn up to the appointment as her receptionist sends out stern reminders to attend and they ping up on one’s mobile.

 The Chair!

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Aaggghhh! Doesn’t that picture give you the heebie jeebies? And why do dentists always ask for the low-down on one’s holiday plans just when one’s mouth is stuck wide open? Dr. Lamona only lives round the corner and knows perfectly well that I’m not going away until the Poppy Pedal to Paris ride.

 

Yay – I escaped!

Hurrah!!! I only had to have my teeth cleaned! I was out of that chair (almost)  faster than you can say the alphabet backwards. What a relief! Now it’s all over, I can be truthful and admit that actually Dr. Lamona isn’t really as terrifying as I thought. Or she isn’t now anyway. By the time my next appointment is looming, I suspect she may have morphed into the White Coat Horror once again.

A happy knock-on effect:

A happy knock-on effect of my escape from the drill, is that this evening finds the Agent and me in complete harmony. He is again my convivial partner in life. Possibly though in 6 months time, there might be another dental crisis on the domestic front.

When facing the dentist, are you brave and sensible (as is the Agent) or weedy and cowardly like me?

 

(N.B. please say weedy and cowardly so I’m not the only one…)

Yours with sparklingly clean teeth,

 

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Post script: for a most encouraging link, please see ayersorchids’ thoughtful comment below!

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