tger greenhaddock: Raking it in

Friday, March 24, 2006

Raking it in

My days off have been rather busy due to the sunny spring weather. This has meant a couple of days in the garden mainly scarifying the lawn (raking out dead growth) and fertilising the lawn and box hedging. It was against the clock so to speak, as rain was forecast for today. For once the weather forecasters were spot on. I’ve also been catching up on lots of little jobs around the house that I have put off for a while. One of the more interesting ones was translating the results of my last blood test in January.

I’ve visited the gym and sauna, and I must admit I am not feeling quite as tired as when I first started visiting the fitness studio. Plus I think my general level of fitness has improved. I know my weight and blood pressure have reduced, and when I have my blood checked again in a couple of months I am hoping that my cholesterol levels will have gone down as well.

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15 Comments:

Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

We just had a teenie-weenie bit of sun today WHILE I was working! Ugh! And more rain to come. You're lucky to have had some sunshine. Good to hear that your cholesterol level has gone down. Keep up the fitness!

March 24, 2006 8:03 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I wonder, after you began exercising how long did it take until it wasn't so tiring? Good luck on your next test. Hope to hear some good results.

March 24, 2006 10:19 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Good for you! Garden work is such great exercise and will no doubt supplement your fitness training. Keep up the good work!

March 25, 2006 7:21 AM  
Blogger Just another American Expat said...

I hate gardening, but realize that…well…something needs to be done in mine. I had planned to do that today, unfortunately…it’s raining. Damn!

March 25, 2006 11:37 AM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Canadianswiss - The rain is good now as it will water in the fertiliser :)

Lisa - It took about 4 or 5 sessions at the gym before I didn't feel totally knackered afterwards :)

Karen - I someimes think the work in the garden is more tiring than the gym :)

Just another - rain saves the day eh? :)

March 25, 2006 4:53 PM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

hey good job! Keep up the good work as it seems to be paying off!

March 25, 2006 8:02 PM  
Blogger christina said...

Scarifying - so that's what it's called. I really need to do some of that in the garden but it rained all day today. We have this huge pine tree that covers everything in needles.

Sounds like good news on the health front!

March 26, 2006 12:17 AM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Expat traveller - Thanks for the encouragement! :)

Christina - I actually feel a bit healthier and enegetic. Probably a combo of fitness and higher Thyroid meds :)

March 26, 2006 9:56 AM  
Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

You are an inspriation as the Italian and I begin our much needed diets tomorrow! Yuck!

Best wishes to you, keep up the good work and Buona Salute!
Cyn

March 26, 2006 7:53 PM  
Blogger Bob Gentry said...

i need to get back in the swing of the gym...after being sick and not going for 2 weeks i feel SO guilty and out of shape :-(
good to be back home though ;)

March 26, 2006 9:28 PM  
Blogger Rory Shock said...

glad you're taking care of yourself haddock

March 27, 2006 10:52 AM  
Blogger J said...

Glad to hear that you're feeling healthier. I know that I feel much healthier when cycling season is in full swing than at this time of the year. Do you think you might do some distance cycling if/when the weather improves?

March 27, 2006 11:21 AM  
Blogger Claire said...

Good job, Haddock! The gym leaves me exhausted sometimes, but it really is good for us. With spring here, maybe being out in the sun will help too.
I don't garden, though. I tend to kill any plants that come near me.

March 27, 2006 4:03 PM  
Blogger kharman said...

The gym is a good stress relief for me, the benefits in 3 months have been killer biceps and my core strength feels better and overall fitness level has improved, now to work on a better eating rountine and I can kick those 4 kilos off.

March 28, 2006 12:55 AM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Cynthia - Good luck on the diet :)

Bob - Glad you had a good cruise. I'm sure you will get back into shape pretty quick. The trouble with cruises is all the food!

Rory - After years of not looking after myself, I guess now is the time to start doing so! :)

J - I hope to do a bit more cycling when the rain stops, and increasing the distance I cycle is definately one of my aims. :)

Claire - I need to go to the gym in a few hours. I dont really want to go, but as you say it is good for us! :)

Kharman - Having a good eating routine really helps. We have cut down on meat and are eating more vegetables. We are also trying to buy more foods with less fat content. So far in combination with the gym this has really helped with the weight loss.

March 29, 2006 8:17 AM  

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