Wednesday, May 04, 2011
The long weekend here in the UK (thanks to the Royal Wedding ) brought a Festival for Foodies to Brighton sea front. Everyone had a great time in the sunshine sampling good organic food – watching cookery demos and – in my case – spending time drinking on the top of an open double decker London bus ‘The Bus Bar’. GREAT! But a habit of mine that just has to stop. All those empty calories make me eat more food than I otherwise would.
All this coincided with the ‘Spring into Shape Bootcamp Challenge’. Great workouts from Coach Nicole and other hints, tips and encouragement. Better by far, in some ways at least, than Pimms on top of a bus! I always join these bootcamps because I learn new ways to exercise and am motivated to complete the workouts every day and to walk or cycle a lot. So that is going well and after far too long in the doldrums here on Spark I am inspired by Spark itself and by my various wonderful friends here to ‘get to it.’
On top of that two blogs caught my eye yesterday that have completed the job of getting me back on track. One friend talked about how discipline and structured routines are a part of the blend needed to help balance our lives and create happiness. I know this is true and the reminder has gone to my heart.
Another friend spoke of not being in too much of a hurry on this journey of ours and of the need to avoid shortcuts – however tempting - and I am VERY tempted by shortcuts. We all need our good results to establish themselves firmly as habits that will last after all the effort we put in. I paraphrase but her reminder to ignore the numbers on the scale and design a lifestyle that will lead to long lasting happiness and health was timely.
There are many wonderful and inspiring blogs here on Spark everyday but these two just ‘fell right’ for me this week. I thank these two friends (you know who you are) and everyone else who encourages me in so many ways to keep going until I get there. That’s what Spark is all about and I truly hope that I occasionally can help others to stick with it in the same way.