Thursday, July 22, 2010
I’m not much of a risk taker, so find myself nervous when in unfamiliar territory. To alleviate the tension, I plan, and plan, and plan again. I’ve found planning actually allows me to go with the flow once things change, which of course, they always do. (This is a good thing, because I never allow enough time for anything…)
While in Britain we stayed in London, Edinburgh and York. We rode the Tube, city buses, the Big Bus, City Cruise line and National rails (missed the wonderful black cabs). We visited the Maritime Museum, Greenwich Observatory, Hampton Court Palace, British Library, British Museum, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St Paul's, National Gallery, Churchill Museum, Parliament, Edinburgh Castle, the British Open, York Minster, Market and Tower, Westminster Abbey, Lloyds of London, Harrods and Tate Modern. We walked both sides of the Thames, the Millennium Bridge, Miracle Mile, the York Wall and the Old Course @ St Andrews (155,610 steps). We did not see Les Misérables or Kew Gardens (for which I was sorry), York Castle Museum, the Changing of the Guard or ride the London Eye (for which I was not sorry).
Most of our trip did not occur as planned. Actually with the exception of reserved lodging, tickets and transportation, none of it did; which along with a 6 hour time difference and a completely different food regimen caused me (and my DH) some stress.
I had already given myself permission to skip my normal routine (even though I could have meditated in bed in the mornings), so when we missed connections due to underground delays, or found sites we wanted to visit closed for renovations, I was surprised at how well my ‘portable meditation moment’ worked.
For those of you new to my blogs, the portable moment involves breathing deeply to release your stress, therefore not adding to an already overstressed world.
Not only was I able to destress, but I was able to send out good thoughts to my fellow weary travelers.
All in all, a wonderful enlightening journey on many levels!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I'm catching up with my SFs and read two great blogs which made me once again count my blessings.
EARTHSEAME wrote about growing up in a culture of deprivation, of food lacking sweetness or joy, of day old bread and old and wormy fruits and vegetables. Her 'comfort' foods became high fat, high sugar substitutes, but now she eats "to fuel my precious body."
WALKINGANNIE wrote about facing social pressures to consume more. After visiting her beautiful country, I completely empathize. I booked B&Bs and while the 'full breakfast' varied from city to city and hotel to hotel, it never contained less than 2 meats, always an egg (or 3), often beans and never fruit. In addition, the 'culture' foods of gastro-pubs were Bangers and Mash and Sunday Roasts served with pints of beer or drams of whiskey.
As I've started to become mindful of my eating, I've discovered my 'comfort' food has everything to do with the 'culture' I was raised in. As opposed to EARTHSEAME and WALKINGANNIE, I was raised in a food culture that while we were to clean our plates (because children were starving in China), our plates contained bountiful fresh fruits and vegetables as well as meat and potatoes.
Now my ‘culture’ includes my SparkFriends, who bring me ‘comfort’ through sharing their experiences and wisdom.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
My blogs this week are all over the map, but @ this point, I am just going with the flow.
Since most of my 'free' time is consumed with finalizing plans for our trip across 'the pond', I'm finding inspiration in my Spark Mail.
Week 2 of the Sleep Challenge includes "7 Hidden Ways to Get Better Sleep" www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
1. Environment - bedrooms are for sleeping (and other pleasures)
2. Routine (remember getting babies to bed?)
3. Stop eating at least three hours before bedtime
4. Consider herbal teas or a small glass of warm milk
5. Learn to nap (for no longer than 20 minutes)
6. Take control of your worries - journal and close the book on the day
7. Get a check-up if you can't sleep
Other than no having time to nap (might be a good habit to start after work?), I have no problem following the advice and actually have for years.
My problem is night sweats, throwing off the covers, freezing, throwing on the covers, sweating... you get the picture...
Looking forward to some advice on that!
Friday, July 02, 2010
WALKINGANNIE always gets me thinking by gently playing with words. She congratulated me on my 'cycle of improvement' for gaining confidence biking. Cycles of improvement...
I changed my long time profile picture to my bride's dress, not only because it fit, but in honor of my sis' 40th wedding anniversary. Cycles of improvement, Circles of Life...
I recently changed it to a piece of my brother's artwork depicting a 'moon' chef with her companion sun peeking through the window, not only to represent my next step on my healthy journey, but because I miss him and want him with me as I grow. Cycles of improvement, Circles of Life, Breathing In and Breathing Out...
DIANEPBH posted fabulous photos and a delectable recipe as she is experimenting with new foods every few weeks. She didn't know she would serve as my guide for my next cycle of improvement and circle of life.
Here's to breathing in and breathing out.
Namaste my wonderful Spark Friends!
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