Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I love this season. Halloween also known as all hallows eve or Samhain is a wonderful season. I love to walk and look at all the houses decorated up. I love the background of the Holiday too.
One of the traditions I've always "known" about is that Halloween is to dress up as whatever scares you the most so they can not find you for the next year. Which is why many people started wearing witch, werewolf and other scary costumes.
Another one, one of my friends summed up perfectly. It's come as you're not day. So if you aren't one to normally wear short dresses and high heels, or slinky costumes, or make-up this is the day to become that person without reprisals.
Another tradition is that of all hallows eve or day of the dead. Wherein the ties between the mortal and after worlds are the strongest and the veils that separate them are the thinnest. It is a time to remember and celebrate those who have passed on before. In many religions this day is followed by All Saints day when those who are considered saints are celebrated.
But this blog is dedicated to Halloween. The time when the harvest is in, the days are shorter, the nights longer and children become restless. This is the last time they will probably get to be out after 5 or 6 PM as it is now too dark at night to play.
I am not sure when or exactly how the current iteration of trick-or-treat came about. In times past there were parties, in conjunction with getting the harvest in and celebrating the changing seasons. I remember those parties from when I was young. And it seems that it was another world back then. When we'd gather and bob for apples, candied apples and other treats. We'd build lines of disgusting body parts out of food and blindfold people to convince them that peeled grapes are eyeballs, and spaghetti intestines... put on spooky music and have dry ice bubbling in the background.
How I sometimes miss those days.
But I now live in this world where these are mostly things of my past. Another world, but one I can visit in memory or dreams. What do you remember? What traditions do you hold dear or miss?
Thursday, October 10, 2013
I was just joining the Hogwarts challenge to keep me going, to help me focus and have a little fun. And now?!? Iíve been voted Prefect by my house! OH MY! WHAT HAVE I DONE?! I staved off being head girl by nominating my friend Panda. Whew! I am/was concerned that I wouldnít be able to fulfill the duties and extra activities of head girl. I thought, whew! Dodged that one. Who knew that the very next week Prefects would be chosen? And it would be me!
Oh the nerves. However, that being said, I am deeply and truly honored that my Ravies think so much of me. Now I am on planning committees, helping out, running around extra classes and thinkingÖ I can do this. Iíll make it workÖ somehow.
If my friend Annie can make it work, I can too. I committed to doing my best during this challenge. I committed to playing the role of Cyndi Ravenclaw. Yes, I have doubts. I always do when I take on something new, take on more responsibility. Iím as afraid of succeeding as well as failing, perhaps more so. You see, if Iím successful, then, well, people will continue to expect more from me.
One of the things Iíve been working on though this year is facing my fears and this is a HUGE one, perhaps the size of the Basilisk in the Harry Potter and the chamber of Secrets big. So Iím facing my fears head on and taking on the more.
One other thing of note, Iíve also said I would help out subbing for a co-cappie on Azure Island for the next 2 weeks! EEP! So now Iím doubly committed and busy. Not sure how Iíll balance it all in, but I WILL make it happen. The Azure is only for 2 weeks. I can do that surely. Kal, have a fantastic vacation! And donít worry about a thing! (Yeah, like that will happen.) Iíll keep our cabana running and the OHANA spirit alive on Azure. (PS I still need your homework before you go.) You take care of everyone, so now itís time to take care of you, and enjoy the break.
Iíve been feeling blah, ick or just slumped for the past week. I havenít been as active on my teams as I normally am. Part of this is weather related. When it gets cold and damp my body doesnít like to function, including my brain. Feel like Iíve been in a fog for the past week or so. Iíve been hurting and tired because I havenít been sleeping.
Today it seems to be passing. Day 1 of my new exercise streak. I actually got in a 40 minute walk this morning. I have a plan for food today. I am meeting my bff for a girlís night out. It feels like we havenít done this in a VERY long time. Probably only several weeks but, we used to get together almost weekly.
So Iím once again starting over, or again, or whatever you want to call it. My weight seems to be going back up instead of down. Iím feeling less like myself and not getting things done. On a brighter note, Iíve gotten 4 loads of laundry done cleaned off 4 counters, picked up stuff off the floor and started decluttering again. Iíve walked 2 days so far this week, including using a weighted belt and hand weights for part of it. Baby steps.
I am still eating gluten free and loving it. I just found the nutritional site for Del Taco and found out I can no longer eat there, even their corn tortillas and refried beans have wheat in them. Why? Iím not sure, but there it is. I loved Del Taco because their beans added a LOT of fiber in one serving. Now, Iím going to have to find another choice. Iím sad about it, but maybe it will help the pain/swelling Iíve had lately. My last trip to Del was on Monday. Today my ankles, hands/wrists are less sore. HmmÖ maybe Iíve had too much Del lately. Itís become a quick go to, because itís close to home and workÖ and I thought I had a nice healthy(ish) fast food meal I could eat. Sigh
Anyway thatís whatís on my mind today. Make this one count & have FUN!
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
First I have to define what I want. I want to be healthy, live happy, fit and like how I look. OK, that was easy. Now for the hard partÖ making goals from what I want. Goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time bound. So Iím breaking this down into 3 areas, Nutrition/Eating, Healthy Home & fitness/exercise.
Goal 1! Eat Gluten Free DAILY. NO EXCUSES! NO EXCEPTIONS!
To accomplish this goal I will:
1. Buy good healthy, easily prepared foods that do not have wheat/gluten in them.
2. When I do eat away from home I will make sure there are gluten free options BEFORE eating there. If going to a friendís house for dinner I will mention my dietary needs and bring something if necessary.
Goal 2. Eat a minimum of 5 fruits & vegetables daily by the end of the cruise. I can do this, eventually. Iím not there yet. I am eating between 3 Ė 5 servings of fruit/vegetables most days. Eating more would be better. Iíd get more bang for my nutrition buck.
To accomplish this goal I will:
1. Buy more fruits and vegetables to be included in every meal at home or when packing a lunch/dinner away from home.
2. I will find ways to make eating these foods more appealing, doing more than eating them raw (as it gets old and boring quickly.
Goal 3. Cook at home at a MINIMUM of 2 nights a week (more than scrounging so we have something TO scrounge) AND take lunch to work a MINIMUM of 3 days a week by the end of these 12 weeks.
To accomplish this goal I will:
1. Prepare the foods I buy each week.
2. I will prepare one new recipe each week.
I think thatís enough nutrition to worry about for 12 weeks. I could do more, butÖ I donít want to burn out and sink my boat (cruising, right?).
Not very measurable, specific, etc. And besidesÖ define happy. Everyone has a different view of what happy is. So what makes me happy? What do I want need to be happy? Space. Yeah, that would be nice. Right now (and for longer than I care to say) my house has little space to move in it. Boxes (mostly empty), papers everywhere, books piled where there arenít boxes & papers. Iím tired of living like this. ButÖ have I really worked at it? No. And itís sucking a lot of the enjoyment of life. I donít feel comfortable having anyone over, or repairmen in. We need to buy a new stove. One of the reasons we havenít is because theyíd have to install the new one and getting it in? Questionable at best. So this HAS to change. Am I going to commit to working on it during the next 12 weeks? You bet.
Goal: Have a clean kitchen/dining area (they are one space really), living room and main bathroom by the end of the next 12 weeks.
To accomplish this goal I will:
1. I will make a cleaning schedule and stick to it, tackling parts of each room on specific days.
2. I will spend a MINIMUM of 15 minutes a MINIMUM of 5 days a week cleaning/decluttering.
This one is easier for me to define right now. I have a plan in place. I just have to stick to it.
Goal: To exercise daily for a MINIMUM of 10 minutes, doing strength conditioning 3 days a week (preferably 20 + minutes), cardio 3 days a week (preferably 15 + minutes), and include stretching/yoga/balance in the mix weekly.
To accomplish this goal I will:
1. Continue using the Nerd Fitness Beginner Strength Routine M, W, F. 20 squats, 10 modified pushups, 20 alternating forward lunges, 20 bent over one arm rows, 15 second plank, 30 jumping jacks, beginning with a walking warm up and finishing with cool down and stretching.
2. Use my dvds, dance, walk outside or other cardio T, Th, S.
3. Do something (cardio/strength/balance/stretching) to do a Minimum of 10 minutes on the day Iím not doing
So there are my goals for the next 12 weeks. This will help me to meet other goals/dreams coming up later. I want to write a novel in November. (Yup, NANO WriMo.) In order for me to consider this I need to have my home and other habits ingrained. Iíve been working at it over the break so most of these are just a continuation of what Iím already doing.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
I have joined the Howgwart's Autumn term (challenge). One of the assignments this week was to post in our team what we want to accomplish during the fall term. I thought that this was worth putting where I could refer back to it.
As a brand new (or newbie) Hogwarts student I am so excited to be here. This will definitely be a different type of challenge for me.
What am I hoping to gain from this term?
I am hoping to continue learning to eat more healthfully. I have eliminated all wheat and other grains from my diet that contain gluten. I'm not saying that's right for everyone, just me. As far as I know I'm a Celiac sufferer. However, I do appear to be gluten intolerant. In the 4 months I've been gluten free I've dropped about 8 pounds. Which divides out to about 0.5 lbs a week. For me this is HUGE. I am now at the lowest weight I've been in over 8 years. I want that trend to continue.
Along with the dropping weight I have gained more muscle (dropping about a half inch everywhere (waist, hips, thighs, arms, chest). I also have less inflammation and pain caused by it. Therefore I plan to continue the G F lifestyle. I want to add in more fruits, vegetables and other real, unprocessed foods.
I want to find my passion in life and start moving towards it. I read an article this morning from a blogger in the muggle world that spoke to me, loudly.
You see. I think my biggest bogart (which I will put into my intro instead of a silly, fun one (or in addition to) is success. I have been taught (and learned the lesson waaaay too well) that I should put others first. That any success *I* have takes away from someone else, or *could* make someone *feel* bad. So I don't even try most days to *shine* on my own. That is one of the reasons I took the Magical Creatures class. I want to be a firework. Shining for all to ooh and aah over. I want to be a shining example of following your dreams and working for it, and then to make it happen.
I want to build my strength as well as my cardio fitness. Because I want, no *NEED* stronger muscles and bones because (according to my orthopedic surgeon I have soft bones). The best way to achieve that is to build more muscle which will strengthen my joints and the weight bearing activities will help build the bone.
I want to live long and share my life with my husband (of 22 years and counting).
I want to be stronger.
I want to eat for health rather than emotion or boredom.
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