Hi everyone. Well the cholesterol results are in. And it seems that they have hardly changed. My Total cholesterol reading went down by .1 and my good HDL cholesterol went down by .2 (which is not good).

Last year I checked my cholesterol between March and October. I stopped eating soft cheeses after March and my Total cholesterol dropped by .3 in October and my LDL cholesterol dropped by .3.

Based on those two experiments, I can say that diet is the key to lowering cholesterol.

Have had a busy week but am looking forward to getting back to my walking, cycling etc next week. I feel like I’m missing out when I don’t get out and do something physical.

Will check in again soon. Have a good day.



Hi everyone. Here I am at the END of the 12 week CSIRO fitness plan. What can I say about this experience? Am I fit? 

I don’t know how to assess if I am fit or not. I can say that I have a better ability to walk without needing to or wishing to stop. I am aware that fitting exercise into every day is important. I know that I will not walk 50-60 minutes 5 days a week. I don’t have that kind of time and I also don’t want to. But I do want to walk 30-40 minutes 4 times a week. I want to continue to bike ride for 30 minutes once a week. And I want to do resistance exercises twice weekly but concentrating on those that shape and tone my legs and arms and abdomen. I only want to spend 30 minutes on exercises, not the 60 minutes that I have been. Again, I just don’t have that sort of time and I really don’t need to work out for that amount of time.

Another part of this program is the getting out, enjoying the outdoors and seeing what other people, dogs, birds etc. are doing. It really is a great fun thing to do.

I also have a desire to incorporate doing jobs by foot instead of by car. I know I can easily walk to the shops, pull home a trolley of groceries and walk to a coffee shop so easily. I can walk to the post office, to where I get the car serviced; the possibilities are endless.

I am getting my cholesterol checked on Monday. This is going to be very interesting  because I haven’t changed my diet. I will find out if the exercising has had an impact. I will blog about those results next week.

I also think that doing exercise is a great things for the kids to see. They will understand that it is a part of life and should be done.

It’s all free. I can do all these exercises every day without getting out a credit card or purse.

Blogging has been like a diary and something that I made a commitment to do daily. It helped enormously.

So thanks to everyone who tuned in, especially those that cheered me on every day. It was great to have you along for the ride (or walk).

I am not sure if I will blog weekly. It might be monthly. But I do intend to blog about things that are related to this fitness plan, and to see how I feel 6, 9 and 12 months after the beginning.

So I’m off to have some bubbly and organise dinner. Oh, by the way, I didn’t do my usual routine today. I have just finished two hours of solid housework. In my fitness plan, that counts!

Have a good evening.



Hi everyone. Today one of my daughters walked in a street parade so we all went along. It was a fabulous walk with bands and lots of other participants. And it is such a beautiful day. My other daughter couldn’t believe that she had walked so far. I might be able to get them out more often on foot.

Tomorrow is the last day of the 12 week program. Until then…


Hi everyone. It’s turned a bit chilly in the mornings but I soon warmed up on my walk. I did the standard, walking track then back home via the street. As I walked along the river a duck had its sights set on getting to the water and he came in just past my face. Luckily we didn’t get up close and personal.

I also met a little dog who was happy and friendly but he wasn’t with anyone. I gave him a pat and thought that if he followed me I’d have to sort out what to do with him. He followed me for a short way and then busied himself in the grass. I called him again but he didn’t come. He had a collar on but no tag. I hope that he lived nearby or that someone else might help him.

So as my final week draws to a close, I will soon make up my own rules. Stay tuned!



Hi everyone. I finished work on a manuscript and couldn’t wait to post it. It took 10 minutes to walk to the post office and then I went to the supermarket. I didn’t need much, thank goodness, and carried my small bag of shopping home. It took one hour and five minutes from start to finish, althought that included taking one call on my mobile. It was such a lovely day that I enjoyed having the sun warm me up.  So I saved petrol and did my exercise all in one. Have a good day.



Hi everyone. I took my bike out this morning. It was a bit windy so I had a few spots where I had to work against the headwind. I think I’m getting better at cycling and  bit by bit my legs must be getting stronger. I still feel like jelly when I finish. Not much else to say so have a great day and my thoughts are with the Japanese.



Morning everyone. I’ve been on my walk and for whatever reason, I felt a bit pooped. I think I had too many stops and starts. To begin with I walked to the post box and got rid of a letter that seemed to stick to me. For days I kept taking it with me and kept forgetting to post it. Well this morning it found its way into the box. Then I walked to the jeweller to get three watches seen to. From there I walked to Gloria Jeans and brought my coffee home which I am now sipping on. I hope my jelly-like feeling subsides soon. Anyhow, have a good day.