Hi everyone. I went out at 5pm for a bike ride. It was warm and windless. There was still plenty of light and also lots of little bugs. There were also lots of people. It was one of the busiest times I’ve seen the walking/cycling track. I worked out that the bike ride is a 5km round trip from home and I do that in half an hour.  It sounds quite good – a 5k bike ride. That’s all I can manage anyhow. The light is quickly disappearing but I am thankful for the lovely temperature. I will try to soak it up as often as possible.

After my walk yesterday which was 2.5k, I was very stiff for the rest of the day. Serves me right for not doing more over the last 2 weeks.

Bye for now.

Autumn Walk

Hi there. Today is ANZAC Day and what a lovely day for the march. This morning I went on a walk on my usual route by the river. There weren’t many people about and it was nice to pass another walker or cyclist. At 7.30am it was much colder than what I’ve been used to and my ears and fingers hurt with the frosty feel. Looks like early walks will require hats and gloves.

I arrived home to a cooked breakfast, what a treat.

Have a good day.

I can’t resist the resistance exercises

Hi there. I did my half hour workout today, which I enjoyed mainly because Seinfeld had just come on. I didn’t really want to do the exercises, but I remember my doctor saying how important weights and resistance exercises are. I’m only doing them once a week at the moment. But that’s still more than what I was doing four months ago. If only I could go for a walk now. It’s just gorgeous outside. But I can’t get the kids to come with me. I will just have to try to convince them. Wish me luck.

Autumn Exercise

Hi everyone. Well after a week of some very unappealing weather, I know that the real challenge for me is keeping up exercise when winter hits. Being the school holidays has put a stop to my freedom of choosing what to do when, and coupled with the cold wet weather I have been rather slack.

Yesterday however was lovely. The kids and I walked to the movies. Then today I rode my bike while the girls scooted. We got quite hot. With no rain forecast we can expect more of this lovely weather and more activity!

Keep active!

What a walk!

Hi to anyone who is still reading.

This week I did a bike ride, mowed the lawn, walked to the supermarket and pulled my rather heavy trolley home, walked to the shops and this morning I walked the neighbour’s dog, dropped her back home then went on a 40 minute walk on the track by the river.  I do something each day, whether big or small. But I really had the urge to go on a good walk and today I did that. If I don’t do a solid walk every couple of days, my body seems to crave it. I feel good now. Hope you’re all enjoying this gorgeous autumn weather. Bye for now.


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.