Friday, November 25, 2011
Just got in from a swim followed by Zumba. Felt I had been dragging the chain a bit this week and wanted to make up for my slackness. Now feel nicely tired, and ready for the rest of the day.
How good am I, after a dinner party last night!?!
This exercise thing must be working.
We are having a general election and today is voting day, so have to get off to do my civic duty. We are having a referendum on voting systems as well as voting for the government for the next three year term.
For the first time in my life I am a swinging voter. Usually I have made up my mind well before ballot day. There's a first time for everything, I guess.
Have a good weekend, Sparkies
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Lots to do today and tomorrow. I have some writing to do and I think I will need to come in to work in the weekend to get the necessary quiet to make sufficient progress. Our good friends are coming for dinner tomorrow night and there is a lot of preparation to do. We have been blessed to have found a builder to repair our roof before Xmas, but this means scaffolding around the house. So the place isn't looking so good, what with that and the materials lying about.
The work is weather dependent (our house is three stories & wind is a factor). it has rained the last few days but maybe Friday will be OK for them to work. This means our house might smell of solvents when our friends arrive. Oh, and the builder's tools are in the house, because there is nowhere else to store them at the moment.
Etc etc. I think I might stop blogging and have a short meditation session.
Sparkies, this is much later, I thought you might like to know I did sit up in bed and meditate. Halfway through the builders came in, knocked on the door and let themselves in and kept calling out til I went to see them, mid meditation, to say it was OK to be in the house. Had to laugh!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I have felt so sleepy today I can hardly get moving. Everywhere flowers are out and I have had hay fever. So I am taking an antihistamine. It's not supposed to make you drowsy but after 10 days, I am feeling very sluggish. Unless it's the extra 15 minutes in the pool yesterday...
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I have been using a very warm pool at the complex down the road from our place: it is so warm it is like swimming in the bath. Using this pool has meant that I can never tell myself I don't feel like a swim because it will be too cold, it is never too cold and there is no frisson of entering the water. The pool is used for hydrotherapy and it is only chest high along its entire length. All sorts of people use it for gentle exercise, many people who are very physically compromised. There is a trio of middle aged women who always stand in the same place, right in the middle of the pool, and they talk for the entire hour that the pool is open to the public. One of them uses foam weights: the others just stand and chat, in the warm pool, in their togs. The rest of us process up and down the length of the pool, steering around each other.
Time was when this would have driven me mad with frustration, but this pool is what it is and I must enjoy it for what it is. I walk up and down, I do a few lengths sTepping sideways, I play all sorts of different ways of making progress with a noodle (great core exercise) I walk with foam weights. I stand at the end of the pool and do jumping jacks, run on the spot with different arm movements to get my heart rate up, do high kicks and touch my heels behind me. This stirs up the water and it splashes and sloshes against the back of the pool and probably is annoying for some of the other denizens of the warm pool, but I persist. I make that warm pool work for me.
Today I took an extra 15 minutes when everyone was gone and I tried on my new goggles and swam lengths in the warm warm pool, empty now of people.
I can feel that it is nearly time to follow my warm pool time with a swim in the big colder pool, the one that is heated but not nearly warm. I swim there on Thursday nights. But it is more like medicine. Maybe with earplugs?
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Yesterday was a lovely day, ideal for gardening but I spent it very quietly after a big night out on Friday night. We got home after two, which is quite a stretch for us these days. It was a fun night, and I don't regret it, but my gardening plans went right out the window. Luckily it all looks as lush as can be, gardens can forgive a bit of neglect.
On the subject of neglect, although Saturday Zumba didn't happen, I had made sure to get in 3 cardio sessions last week.
Friday didn't derail my weight loss so I am feeling just a bit pleased with myself. Fingers crossed that steady loss will continue for a good long stretch.
I'm not following the Spark diet, but am tracking and otherwise being pretty diligent about the SP approach, treating all the Sparkers out there as my coaches, and whaddyaknow, It is true, SP works!
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