. . . for last week.
Last week was not the best. I succumbed to a bug kindly donated by my grandsons.
Today I count myself lucky to be left with a heavy cold. Not pleasant but far, far better than the run up which was fluey, achey and extremely unpleasant. Consequently I did the minimum last week – domestically and Sparkwise. However – this is a new week and I intend to start it well – catch up on a few chores and then off for a walk by the sea. Breathe in some of that Brighton ozone – considered to be curative in the eighteenth century. Hope it’s stood the test of time – am in definite need of a final ‘cure’!
OK - so after promising myself - and anyone else here who would listen, that I was going for a walk in the rain on the 'JUST DO IT' PRINCIPLE - I went out walking - and very wet it was too
However at least I went, passing damp seagulls, damp dogwalkers and even damper dogs. I avoided the sea because it was practically invisible in the mist and rain and the wind was blowing straight off it into my face, but I'm lucky to be in an area of grassy green squares so I walked around them instead.
Past dripping bushes and some interesting tree trunks gleaming in the rain. Some rather quirky reflections in puddles too. Did take photos but stupidly had left my camera on the wrong setting and they are too big to upload.
Anyway - photos not withstanding - it was a very interesting experience and with a better waterproof jacket than I have at the moment there is now one less excuse on my list of reasons not to take a walk.
As it’s raining I’m sunk on the sofa in the process of preparing a blog with pics about my visit to the Day of the Dead celebrations in Brighton (UK) at the weekend but have had to interrupt myself thanks to a blog from JACKSGRAN.
First of all I loved:
*Regardless of feelings or circumstances or motivation – JUST DO IT!*
Second of all I had to take notice of:
*I don't mind walking in the rian. (spelling left as it stands on her principle of forgiving one’s own/others’ imperfections!) In fact I quite enjoy it.*
WHAT!!?? Quite enjoy it?!!! Actually I guess, on reflection, that I could too. In fact I really enjoy walking – BUT . . . I always have an excuse for NOT getting going. I’m a terminal procrastinator and so easily diverted. My motivation is never good – I feel miserable OR I have too much to do at home OR it's too wet OR I’ve been brought down by . . . whatever.
OR – OR – OR . . .
Neatly back to the first quote from JACKSGRAN's blog – *JUST DO IT*
SO – I’m going to stop diverting myself on Spark – put on my waterproof – and go walking. NOW.
Thanks JACKSGRAN – you did me a lot of good today.
Quite remarkable day again so off I went to the Downs again this afternoon for a walk in the sunshine. SO many people had the same idea of course and it was packed up there with people and paragliders enjoying the late afternoon sun.
I count myself very lucky to have somewhere so beautiful to take my Sparkercise.
I've been really idle for most of this week - desultory workouts and failing to get much done at all. Yesterday - thanks in large part to a Spark friend sending me galore I pulled myself together and got more done in a day than I had all the rest of the week.
I then went out for a Celebration of Autumn Game meats at a local restaurant. I knew it wouldn't be good for my Spark tracker - well for ME in fact - but I'd promised, so off I went. Very delicious food but, of course, heavy on the meat - several set courses of Pigeon - Pheasant - Venison - Grouse. Very small portions thank goodness and accompanied by delicious vegetables so all was not lost. I skipped the dessert but each course had matched wine with it so that was a bit of a disaster.
Pretty well impossible to calculate calories but I was definitely over my allowance. Still - it was fun and I really enjoyed it so I'm not going to let it bother me. However - I WAS determined to make up for it. Today I have eaten really carefully and will be at the lower end of my calories. This morning I did a thorough workout and went for a long long walk on the South Downs above Brighton.
My partner, who doesn't do much walking, drove me to one of the ancient little Downs villages - all of them built along a spring line and still mostly quite quaint and not really in the 21st century yet.
I started off along a lane lined with renovated workmens' cottages . . .
I went up the hill at the end . . .
crossed the stile on the top . . .
and then scrambled down the other side of the hill to the manor house and its church.
It was very muddy and harder than I expected - far too 'scrambly' for me to take any pictures on the way down! Too busy hanging on to handy branches so I didn't slip too much! There is also a pub which used to belong to the Lord of the manor but has since been taken over by the villagers - handy because I could meet my partner in the pub for a glass of sparkling water to keep him company while he drank local beer.
I enjoyed every minute of it and I feel quite virtuous today. Just need to keep it going and refuse any invitations to big meals for a while!!