Monday, November 01, 2010
Mind and body are so linked, and my body is crying out at the moment. I have had one minor thing after another...a cold, sinusitis, food poisoning, another cold verging on bronchitis. Nothing at all major. But debilitating, both physically and morally.
Yes, the old morale, how to I raise it up?
Today's reflection was that the best way to cheer yourself up was to cheer up others... or words to that effect. Hmmmm
I know that I am doing everything wrong, not moving, not tracking, not looking after myself,
not walking the walk either literally or figuratively. The coughing is getting me down, in particular having to cross my legs every time I cough....some of you ladies will get my drift.
So the black dog is trying to get back, and I want him to stay in his lair.
Why am I low? Let me count the ways....to paraphrase Elizabeth Browning.
The major one is work. The above cartoon is not too far from the reality. The "restructuring" has finally come out....16 out of 33 jobs going, 5 new ones being created...... and my nightmare scenario coming to pass, my job being kept, and my immediate boss leaving. She doesn't want one of the restructured jobs, not does the other colleague who could have gone for it. And I am certainly not applying for it....imho no one person could do it all, and that includes superman and wonderwoman rolled into one.
And that leaves me holding the fort,
something I did a few years ago, which left me in a real mess. Not in a good place at all.
So, what can I do now? The problem is that whilst I know what I should be doing, I have a problem doing it! Does that count as a double problem?
Writing is helping, and looking up the cartoons to go with the blog. You should see some of the ones that get away....
So now I'm going to give myself some advice
have a lavender bath
the candles may be a good idea
read something to make me happy
and listen to Terry Pratchet, when he spoke of being bucked up, which is several letters away from the alphabet to how I am currently feeling (thanks Terry) however that is working its spell, and getting me to buck up!
BTW, Terry is suffering from early onset Alzheitmers, so he really does have a reason for not be bucked, he is still writing and speaking and inspiring.
So there you go.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
My house is at the moment full of sleeping teenagers,
so I am staying in my bedroom for the moment.
My house is often full, I have a large home, plenty space. The night before it had been my older daughter having a party. At least one of the guests refers to this as her country home. She was embarrased that I knew, but I told her that I was delighted
Last night, my younger daughter had a dinner party. Yes that's right, a dinner party. And the main course had been shot by the chef. I'm not quite sure what kind of bird it was, it may have been pigeon. but they were plucking, and gutting them when I got home from Jacques yesterday.
Mind you, it was the boys doing the that. My own daughter has a problem handling them before they became meat. That will come.
However, what a wonderful attitude to food for these youngsters. It is balanced, they had salad and pasta and I'm not sure what else....... Oh, and wine. Not a US but European attitide, where they can enjoy the wine that goes with the food, without too much excess.
This isn't their first dinner party......the practice started a couple of years ago, whilst still in their mid teens. My house also lends itself to entertaining. I like doing it too. They have eaten wild boar,
make their own pasta
cakes and so on.
Aren't I lucky that these youngsters have such a healthy attitude to food?
Oh, and they all have lovely figures, are not overweight, and today, will all eat less because they had a big meal last night.
And the ones I know well do not like Macdonalds!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I am not a happy lady, I am lying in bed, having had a horrible night, and morning, because of food poisoning. We had mussels last night, and one must have been off. Without going into too much detail, for those of you of a sensitive nature, let's just say that the water is only now staying down, and having been a mum I know how to treat what could be considered as a grown ups equivelant of nappy rush.
I had plenty of time to think, becasue I didn't dare go to sleep, and in anycase, I was just too sore.
I thought of all my friends and family who are undergoing chemeo at the moment , and how awful it must be to get the sickies, even if it is long term good. Of those, I thought of those in remission, Choc, and my niece, Charlotte, I thought of Joyce, second round of cancer, and this time it's terminal...... I thought of all those people I don't know who are suffering in one way or another.
And I had another strand of thought.
What is food poisoning?And why does the body react in such a way?
Well, duh, it's sort of clear, the body is trying to get rid of the poison as quickly as possible. In a sense, a very real sense, I abused my body last night. I fed it something toxic; really toxic!
And my body rejected it.
I thought of other things that I feed my body, that maybe aren't so toxic, that the response is not immediate elimination......and excess is included here. I thought about what is good for my body, and what isn't (oh we had the classic "moules frites" so double whammy)
So whilst it was really really horid, I'm not going to be completely negative, I learned a lesson the hard way.
I need to respect my body a bit more.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
The scale is not showing a huge difference; however, Jacques says he can feel the change.
Many years ago, when I was quite slim, my then toddler said "Mummy's got a wobbly botty" well, it wobbles a lot more now......but hopefully it's beginning to firm up a litte. No pictures here!
What I am doing is trying to incorporate as many random acts of fitness into my day.
At the moment, as I am typing, I have my legs crossed at the ankles, and I am rocking gently; I then do it the other side.
One of my problems is shin splints, I have huge calves
no, not this kind(this is why some people have problems learning English)
a bit more like this
where I would really like to be like this
Now, working my lower leg muscles will help, and I can do all sorts of things sitting down
I can do alphabet toes
I can do seated leg extensions www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
I can do my kegels
(believe me, the other images were not suitable for a family site)
and I can quite simply pull in my tummy.......looking forward to it being like that really!
And all of these are just sitting down!
I'm sure that there are more......I'm having fun finding them!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
This week has not been bad, I have stayed within my calorie range most days, and even those that I didn't I recorded. That is a big change, because I was having to actually face up to my sidetrackings
Now, I like the word sidetrack, because it is not as negative as some others, such as failures
No sidetrack has a different ring to it, if I am sidetracked it doesn't mean that I won't reach my destination, it means that it will take me longer
I don't actually stop and give up, I keep going, and I might even have some interesting experiences on the side track,
So my road may be long and winding,
however, I'll keep going!
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