Tag Archives: fitness

Positivity

Standard

I do know that a good dose of positivity takes you a long way. I’m not saying it’s a “cure” but it helps you to manage what is going on in your life and max out the life you live. I have recently spent a huge amount of positivity pre and post op. Bilateral hip replacements. The look on everyone’s face when I say that I’ve had both hips replaced. The retort is always “Both?” “At the same time?” Well, ummm yes!

On the craft front I had lots of projects ready to complete or even start and what I Have I done? Very little! A small amount of knitting and a shed load of planning. I’m great at planning, dreaming and thinking. Maybe just maybe I’m turning the corner as today I went to Craft Group. I WALKED there and back! A bit of a mini marathon on the hip front but a move forward nerve the less.

I really enjoy my craft group who are supportive and inspiring so I came away ready to craft and complete Well we will see!

Hippy Hippy Shake

Standard

Today is day 4 post op from a bilateral hip replacement surgery. In all honesty I could have gone home from hospital today but it’s all about confidence. Mobility and independence are the name of the game so I am on target to go home tomorrow.

Bed remote control, TV remote control mobile phone charger, note book, pen, hand cream are all essential items for ward life along with a good book, magazines, crutches, shoe horn and “helping hand” are also necessary. To name some of the detritus that am surrounded by essential for my surgical recovery.

Paper Wreath

Standard

Today’s craft class on board the SAGA Sapphire was a paper Christmas wreath. A nice project which was just challenging enough for someone who doesn’t really like paper crafts!

Quite a busy day on board today with lots going on to choose from. I started with an excercise class with Mr Motivator, Craft class, swim in the indoor pool and some fizz to drink pre dinner.I also managed to fit in a classical concert and a football match on TV! Phew! I need to go home for a rest!

The Alternative Sail Away Party

Standard

Phew! A sail away from Lanzarote with a difference. Accompanied by Mr Motivator Aka Derrick Evans I 90’s music and rum punch (rumish!) We glided out of the harbour whilst exercising and trying to use up some calories. Fun, energy and laughter and then it rained. The cool down was rapid!

I must point out that I’d been swimming prior to this class! I’ve twelve days to go before I have bi lateral hip replacements so I will be as fit as possible. Shame about the food………!

Well Hello!u

Standard

Happy New Year. Better late than never! I’ve been busy as usual. Busy sewing, Busy crafting. Busy going to the gym Shock! Horror you might say. But to be honest it’s needs must! After spending last year conquering my addiction to chocolate I can now move on and maybe get addicted to the gym. I’ve not eaten chocolate since March 2018 and I truly was a chocoholic. The only solution was to go cold turkey and it worked. I don’t even WANT chocolate now so gym stand by your treadmills.

I’ve also been busy preparing for an imminent trip to India. Lots more about that to come.

Awesome Austria Day Two

Standard

image

Where else in the World would you get a coffee, partway up a mountain,with such amazing views? Today is day two of our trip to Mayrhofen, Austria. We have been many times (aren’t we lucky?) and are always jaw droppingly impressed with the beautiful views.

The purpose of our trip is to walk a lot, get fit and drink whisky. Mmmmm not sure…..

image.

This is is a picture of Hubs looking for our lost path. Now this is not unusual we frequently lose our way.

Today was sooooo hot that we did a small walk up hill of course, got lost of course and stumbled across the cafe pictured above. It would have been very rude not to have Apple Strudel with cream and tea. Did anyone mention getting fit?

On our crawl up through the town in extreme heat I did notice a couple of craft shops. These will require investigation within the next few days so I will report back.

We returned to our hotel to have a swim ( Hubs to lift weights) so I decided to lie on the bed and relax. After all I am on holiday not a fitness break and it is hot and the strudel finished me off!

Lake District Sojourn

Standard

Hubs, Benji dog and I have travelled to The Lake District, Cumbria in Damnvan. We are trying to make the most of the weather but British weather is notoriously unpredictable. At this moment it is warm and dry-always a bonus.
Yesterday we went to Grasmere ( yummy Gingerbread there! Oh and the home of William Wordsworth!) We walked up to Eskdale Tarn from Grasmere, around the head of the valley and back to Grasmere. This is not a very long walk but particularly hard underfoot. It certainly made me determined to improve my fitness somewhat. The views were lovely, the picnic good and Benji loved it.
image
We visited Ambleside, which is a Lakeland town full of outdoor kit shops and hiking fashion items that it is hard to live without! We did have a nice day as I found a charity shop and a couple of textile bargains.
image

image
These two items cost me the grand total of £1.50p They are destined to be upcycled into various “useful” items which I will brag-sorry blog about, at some point in the future. The charity shop in which I found them was The British Heart Foundation, a worthy cause.

Bos Castle Walk

Standard

image

We walked along the Cornish Coastal Path to Bos Castle today. This is the second time that we have walked this path and I was 15 minutes quicker today so fitness must be improving. It is not a particularly difficult path but has some very steep steps to negotiate, so I feel fairly smug with myself.

There’s more to Boscastle than a picturesque natural harbour and village.

The Elizabethan quay sits in an impressive amphitheatre of steep cliffs and is home to quaint stone-built cottages, shops and  tea-rooms.

Much of the land in and around Boscastle is owned by the National Trust. Venture beyond the picture-postcard harbour and a cliff path takes you to the Willapark headland and an intriguing ex-folly, now used as a Coastwatch lookout.

Nearby walks around Forrabury Stitches offer a rare glimpse at a surviving farmed landscape showing ancient celtic strip fields. If you wander further afield, you’ll discover the half-forgotten churches of Minster and St Juliots – once made famous by Thomas Hardy.

There is a definite lack of craft shops in this area. Indeed there are many titled “craft” but seem to involve Witchcraft, fairies, magic and King Arthur. My idea of “craft” involves yarn, fabric and hand made items (should I say hand crafted?)
Egimageimage

on this note it is for me to say a very smug CHEERS!

image

Rambling and Ambling

Standard

image image

As I have mentioned previously Hubs has a new knee. He is doing extremely well, thankfully. Hubs is/was the main dog walker in our family so the worry was Who will walk Benji? All I can say is I HAVE NEVER WALKED SO FAR EVERY DAY!

Friends and neighbours have been wonderful and Benji has not lacked a willing walker. Today was a cold, blue sky sort of a day. I took the hound out just after dawn. A friend came after breakfast and took him a few miles up the hill and back. We then decided that Hubs could do with a flat walk to try the new knee so we went to walk along the front in Colwyn Bay. Benji loves the beach but mainly walks between us, he’s a star. This could have been because he was tired from the multiple walks. I MUST be getting fitter.

When we got home Hubs lit the fire, dog claimed his rightful place and I took out my knitting. Bliss.