Monday, September 12, 2011
After a harrowing and expensive few days and nights (thanks a lot, Tropical Storm Maria!), DH and I made it home from our 17 day vacation at Jasmine Villa, our second home on Anguilla.
We had a fabulous time- just enough work, play and romance.
The house looks wonderful and the weather was amazing,
I ate fairly well, tracked nothing, drank every day, exercised for hours almost every day -
my hip bursitis is flairing up a bit now!
I missed my grandkids terribly- Skyping is great but it's not the same as holding them in your arms!
So, I'm back- well-rested, tanned and exhausted- got to bed at 2 this morning.
I had a very busy day and have another one planned tomorrow- then I go back to work caring for the history professor- who isn't aware enough to miss me but who's poor daughter surely did!
I must resume my sparkly duties slowly, starting with tracking my meals (need to do a bit of research about carb cycling) and get back to a kick a$$ ST routine.
I will surely get back and catch up the best I can and re-subscribe to my friends' blogs but it may take me a while, so forgive me.
I intend to avoid the scale at least for a few days or all long as I can manage it.
Best wishes to all and to all a good night!
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Almost every single morning I get up early, before it gets too hot, and walk for an hour or so here in Anguilla.
It's about a 5 minute down to Meads Bay Beach:
It's not a great beach for walking vigorously (too soft sand, too sloping into water) so I 'visit' the beach and walk on the road that runs parallel to it.
I walk/run or slow/jog (slog?) for 45 minutes stopping to walk in to the beach and cool off now and then. There are several closed-for-the-season small hotels and restaurants along the beach that are shady and spectacular and I use a few as my own private gym or yoga studio, thanks to my beloved ipod.
Toward the end of my workout I stop at a world famous restaurant "Blanchard's" and use one of their waiting area benches to stretch, cool down and meditate in gratitude for my wonderful life:
Then, later I go down to the beach and spend an hour, or two, or three, doing water exercises, water walking, etc. I also am in the pool quite a bit each day- always moving. My fitness minutes have been through the roof!
My DD and family are getting by just fine without me in RI.
I even checked in with the history professor's daughter (my main elder care client) and they miss me but are getting on alright.
I miss my grandkids but we've been skyping every other day so...
We dodged Hurricane Katia, which passed well to our north, but we are nervously watching the next storm forming in the Atlantic, which MAY mess us up for our Sunday trip home (especially since USAIR only flies on weekends from St. Martin in September).
Sunday, September 04, 2011
*Sharing this from a site SP linked to---some things I really needed to hear today:
Thanks for stopping by! Self-Love Month (January) is over but not the 31 Days of Self-Love Challenge—a pledge to do your best to do something loving for yourself for the next 31 days, to make YOU more aware of being kinder to YOU.
Every self-help book pushes building self-love, yet studies show it’s still elusive. With pressure to look and act perfect at an all time high, more people than ever don’t feel good enough to be loved. I want to change that dynamic!
Taking the pledge is meant to be a consciousness raiser. I hope that signing it will lead you to continue giving yourself lots of love. You can post your acts of self-love & read my 31 Days of Self-love posts HERE.
“I pledge to do my best to do something loving for myself, however big or small, for the next 31 days.“
To that end I chose to pass on a deal for my book, How Do I Love Me? Let Me Count the Ways, and give away for FREE. It has hundreds of concrete, practical suggestions for building self-love. Every little thing you do that feels good—from taking a short walk, to saying “no” to what you don’t want to do, to getting enough sleep, to buying the brand name lotion since it feels better, to taking a bubble bath to making time to read a book—says “I love me!”
After hating myself for many years, I developed strong self-love by consciously being kind to me. It helped me reinvent myself into a self-empowerment counselor, speaker and author of 12 popular books, including Nice Girls Can Finish First (McGraw-Hill).
Love yourself enough to give yourself the greatest gift of all–yourself--whole and happy on your own.
I’m not the thinnest girl on the block, nor the youngest or prettiest. but I do still love and accept me completely. I now understand that perfection isn’t reality. while I do my best to improve myself, my self-love doesn’t change if I gain or lose weight. Lovingly taking good care of me nourishes it.
Please consider signing the pledge and committing to do your best to do something loving for yourself for the next 31 days. You can post what you do HERE.
I wish you a lifetime of love and blessings!
Daylle Deanna Schwartz
DAYLLE’S 10 COMMANDMENTS OF SELF-LOVE
1. I shall lovingly accept myself as I am right now.
2. I shall appreciate all the beauty that makes me who I am.
3. I shall regularly give thanks for all of my blessings.
4. I shall trust in my ability to take care of myself.
5. I shall not criticize myself.
6. I shall not criticize others.
7. I shall forgive myself when I make a mistake.
8. I shall be kind to others, without sacrificing my own needs.
9. I shall take responsibility for my life.
10. I shall love myself to the best of my ability.
The How Do I Love Me? Let Me Count the Ways self-love initiative is dedicated to the memory of Ruth and Lt. Colonel Robert C. Herman, Daylle’s beloved parents, who loved her unconditionally, flaws and all, till the day they passed away."
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