Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Hi frm Madrid

Hi Everyone
Just a quick note - the internet connection in the room isn´t working so can´t send the travel diaries I have been typing each day.
This <pc in the hotel lobby is missing keys and bloody difficult to type on.
Suffice to say WE ARE HAVING A BALL !!!  can´t upload anything here but are sure to find something later in our travels and you will be able to sit down with a coffee and catch up on all that we have been doing.
It is just great - hotel is situated in really good spot to get to places.
Have a great day everyone and will mail when we get a chance.  tomorrow we leave for <barcelona and then onto <malaga on Satruday ñ probably via Toleda on Sturday night.
Lotsa luv to all

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Still feeling good !

I didn’t get a chance to post over the weekend – just too much on the go !!!! Friday I spent most of the day trying to do our tax returns (not 100% successful) but now at least mostly done. Then it was pottering around with A in the garden.

Saturday morning saw us laying the weedmat down in the front yard only to realise that we forgot how we measured it and so landed up being short with the way we had cut some of them. So off to the shops to buy some more as well as a couple of little things for A for Father’s Day. We also stopped off for muffins and then it was home to finish the weedmat. We landed up working from 5-10pm on Saturday night which will be really good when we get paid this week as we had two 5 hr shifts this past week !!!!

Sunday morning saw us walking to the little place around the corner from us for breakfast – I definitely ate too much (toasted bacon sandwich, two hash browns and finished off with an ice-cream on the walk back home !!!) Needless to say I did not eat any lunch and only had ½ piece of chicken thigh and veggies for dinner !!!! After getting home we got stuck into moving the stones from next to the garage where they have been sitting since about February last year, across the driveway and into the front yard. Two and a half hours saw some change in the pile of stones but not as much as I would have liked !!!! We stopped mid-afternoon as we have both been getting really sore feet at work at night so went off in search of new runners – I was lucky enough to find a pair at the AMart All Sports sale but A wasn’t as successful.

My weight is moving in the right direction – just goes to show – cut down on the portion sizes and limit the junk I eat and it does come off !!!! Who would have thunk it ????? The best thing is that I am starting to be able to pull out clothes which I haven’t worn for ages and fit into them !!!! I am not at the point where I stop and look at myself in a window and think “Is that really me ? “ – it is more a case of “Is my butt really still that big ?” – but at least I can glance in the window now rather that putting my head down and denying the fact that my butt and tummy had grown to unacceptable proportions. I am really enjoying the freedom of counting calories although I did come a little unstuck with the Powerade we take to work at night – I read 64cal and thought “That’s not too bad – I can count that in each day” – then last night I actually read the label – 64cal PER SERVE – 2.4 SERVES per bottle !!!! Bugger – not so economical to take to work each night and drink a whole bottle !!!! Maybe I will have to get some diet cordial and take that in instead. Water will just not cut it – at that time of the night I just can’t face water having made so much effort at work during the day to keep the water going down (and out !!) – it’s amazing how much more water I drink when I want to have a Coke Zero !!! I have been only having 1 Coke Zero a day at work (and then one at home in the evenings) which is a huge accomplishment for me. I wonder if they have Coke Zero in Spain – would hate to have to drink Diet Coke or even worse real Coke- the kgs could really pile on if that happens. Mind you – I can’t see that I am going to be too in love with their food – unless, like Taiwan, they have amazing bakeries which would just be my total downfall – EXCEPT for the fact that we have limited funds so maybe we will do the two meals a day thing and try to get in lots of extra walking.

We have just come in from moving stones again - the difference today is that the sun wasn't shining - it is cold, windy and raining but 40 mins of moving stones we did !!!! Al has just finished his shower and I am going to get out the wet clothes and get warm.

Have a great evening and take care !

Exercise log - September 07

I have copied this from my lovely friends in blogland - maybe it will help to make sure I do some 'on purpose' exercise at least 5 out of 7 days. I will not be counting the 4 hrs packing on the nights I work as that is going to happen anyway.

Sept 1 – nothing
Sept 2 – 2.5 hrs moving stones from next to the garage across the driveway and into the front yard
Sept 3 – 1 hr moving stones
Sept 4 – 40 mins moving stones in the cold and the rain
Sept 5 –
Sept 6 –
Sept 7 –
Sept 8 –
Sept 9 –
Sept 10 –
Sept 11 –
Sept 12 –
Sept 13 –
Sept 14 –
Sept 15 –
Sept 16 – nothing except sitting on a plane and maybe chasing some zzzzz’s !!!
Sept 17 –
Sept 18 –
Sept 19 –
Sept 20 –
Sept 21 –
Sept 22 –
Sept 23 –
Sept 24 –
Sept 25 –
Sept 26 –
Sept 27 –
Sept 28 –
Sept 29 –
Sept 30 –