Music, the diet and other odds and ends

By redpanda On January 28th, 2010

For some reason I have not really talked about my love of music……….it all stems back to the 70′s when I started listening to people like Donny Osmond and David Cassidy and it went on from there to bands like The Bay City Rollers and Mud though these days I prefer Rock music……….bands like The Foo Fighters and Kings Of Leon along with people like Paloma Faith and Paolo Nutini……….I even have some Jazz and Classical in there too…………really though I will listen to anything except Country……………I cannot stand it……….my current favorite is believe it or not Take That though I do like Snow Patrol and The Ting Tings as well………….currently downloading loads of music…………….the only trouble is everyone moans when I sing along as they reckon I can’t sing………….I can but not as well as I used to…………it comes from too many throat infections and bouts of laryngitis as a teenager……………….now the family say I sound like the cat has been strangled…………

Lost 3 pound in weight this week………..very pleased with that…….especially considering the amount of Toffee Pecan cookies I had at the weekend…………….though for the most part this last week or so the eating has been fairly sensible…………and cycling helps…………going out again at the weekend…………Moors Valley again I think as there is all sorts over there to look at and lots of paths we did not try last weekend with Ryan……….I just want to keep losing as I want to be a size 16 for my cousins wedding in June………….

Now that is going to be a very busy weekend as it is my birthday in the Friday, Matthew and Charlene get married on the Saturday and my Mum’s birthday on the Sunday…………..Party on I say……………never had so much going on on the same weekend ever in my life…………..

Apart from that still busy at work though it has been quieter this week…………started late but finished early as had some flex time due……….short day when you start at ten was wonderful………..even did the school run this morning for the first time in ages………….fresh air in the mornings is good…………..even if its only for ten minutes…………it worked wonders for my headache……………still waiting to hear when I have to go for my scan………….sooner they eliminate the potential serious causes the better………………..

Off to see what else is being downloaded and amend the menu plan………..

Why am I so accident prone…………..

By redpanda On January 24th, 2010

Not exactly the best of weekends cycling wise due to a problem with Tim’s rebuilt bike and the fact that I managed to fall off and twist my ankle a bit yesterday but the good thing was we took Ryan out and had a look round the cycle trails at Moors Valley Country Park…………..not the sort of off road stuff we are used to doing these days but the sort of thing that does not cause a problem for Ryan as he is still getting used to riding on two wheels………….did not fall off but Ryan did……….mainly trying to go through a gap that was too small I think………….

So other than twisting my ankle yesterday and getting a huge bruise on my knee where the handlebars dug in, I have also managed to fall down stairs and turn the same one and the headache is still there…………..so all in all not a good weekend health wise………………..

Been thinking about why this keeps happening………….may be I am just clumsy or may be there is an underlying problem…………….its not related to the headaches because I have always been like this to a degree though not as much in recent years………………..my balance is fine though I feel lop-sided because of only being able to see out of one eye and hear out of one ear properly………………whatever it is its driving me mad……………..

On a more positive note when it starts getting lighter I want to go out on the bike more to try and lose more weight and get more exercise……….I need to get on the Wii Fit more again………….in a sense I wish I could cycle to work because it would be good for me…………..except it is uphill all the way home more or less…………….

Off to get weighed tomorrow…………….more random mutterings after that…………….

Why?????

By redpanda On January 21st, 2010

Went for my ENT appointment this afternoon………..and had another hearing test……….they are trying to say that they are not sure what is causing the evil headaches I have been having but they do not think it is related to the Tinnitus……………..not impressed at all with that comment as I am sure there is some form of connection between the two………..the thing is that I now have to go for a scan and that I also need to have Tinnitus management……………Now can I have the scan at the hospital that is nearest to work?????? Can I heck………………Wanted to have it done at Poole but because of where I went for the appointment I have to go to Bournemouth Hospital which I do not like at all…………….

Hope to go out on the bike at the weekend…………if my head does not hurt too much…………I am also going to take the camera out………as I want to get some pictures while we are out………..might be doing part of Wareham Forest for a change………….not done over there before so it could be fun………….as long as there are not too many hills………….well steep ones that is…………..long slight inclines are fine but I hate steep hills especially going down them………….

I really cannot think of anything else to write at the moment………..more musings to follow…………..

Well that was exciting…………not

By redpanda On January 15th, 2010

Now sometimes I forget that I need to update this but apart from Tim’s birthday and me being ill nothing has really happened……………

Tim’s Birthday was good……….he liked what we bought him being the important thing and at least he no longer has to bend down to do bike maintenance…………..we did go on what he thought was a 15 mile ride but was actually an 18 mile ride on his birthday on the snow and ice which was fun…………and best of all I did not fall off…………….did have a couple of slightly messy moments when I put my foot down on the ice and nearly went sliding all over the place but managed to stay upright in the end…………..it was better than riding in the mud or sand……….mud is my least favorite surface to ride on especially wet mud as it is so hard to ride through but then dry mud is easy to get caught in the ruts…………………but the more I do it the more I enjoy going out on the bikes………….and hopefully when the weather improves we may venture a bit further afield……………

Being ill has not helped…………I have been to the doctors 4 times in the last two weeks with a headache problem which is driving me completely mad…………and before you guys say anything I know I am more than a little mad…………I have been diagnosed with Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and have to see the ENT people………….this has contributed to the headaches which I now have decent pain killers for…………..they also checked my vision today which is not affecting the problem as is normal…………..well normal for me………..those of you who know me well know that I can only see out of one eye……………I don’t see it as a disability because it is all I have ever known………….anyway I have been told to rest this weekend so will not be cycling but might take the camera out somewhere for a bit………….

The diet is starting to get back on track now that Tim’s birthday is out of the way……….back on the menu planning and other odds and ends that seem to fit in with it all………….though somehow I don’t think cream cakes should figure in it at all…………….and for some reason at the moment I crave chocolate……………I am trying to work out why though…………..and no I am not pregnant……………too old for all that……………

That’s all for now………………back soon with more words of wisdom………………

New Year and a New Me

By redpanda On January 3rd, 2010

Yep that is the plan for this year………………..I need to change certain things in my life and for the better so that is my goal…………..

By the end of the year I would like to be……….

At least another 3 stone lighter

Be on a lower dose of anti depressants

Be more calm and rational about things

and do exactly what I say I am going to do and then do it instead of delaying it

I have had a few tough times trying to come to terms with things……….some of which I prefer to forget ever happened, some of which I am glad happened even though it should have been done differently and some of which should have happened but for whatever reason did not…………..well not in the way they were planned anyway………….

My dreams for this year are to be fit and well for as much time as possible………….to get out on the bike more……….to get more other exercise…………to still be happily married to my wonderful husband………..and for the kids to be happy in what they are doing……………

Today has been good……..a nice long walk and now puddle paddling for a change but there was a lot of ice around…………..I just hope that if we get snow I can get to work……………Can’t ride the bike as my knee is playing up and driving me and I still have this headache which will not go away…………….may be I need to get it checked……………

I need to stop eating crap as well…………just as well nearly all the Christmas goodies are gone………..the sweet stuff has been my downfall this year………..Stollen, mince pies, chocolate…………..the serious diet starts again now………….I have Tim’s birthday on Saturday coming and want to do a nice low fat meal for him……….a really diet friendly one…………..so I’m off to look at recipes for the day…………….could be fun trying to find something that we both like…………

I have been watching what is going on for the Speedway season too………..looks like Poole’s team is almost complete…..what with signing Darcy Ward and bringing Davey Watt back in to go with Chris Holder things are shaping up nicely……………..I hope to get down there a few times this year and would not mind doing some photo’s……………as the collection needs a bit of variation in it now…………..

Oh well back to the meal planning……………….