Sunday, December 28, 2014
I live near the beach. I rarely walk on it! But, today I did!
I have a new pair of 'barefoot' shoes which are designed to go in and out of water - so I took them out for their 'test-run'! They were great! It was a bit cold, but not too cold - and I love to see sand on the floor of my hallway (aka front porch). My toes are glowing now, and I'm feeling good :)
I'm brewing another pot of coffee, then filling up my old foot-bath and giving myself a bit of a pamper session.
What will you do to feel good today? What will you do to pamper yourself today?
Saturday, December 27, 2014
I've just been spending some time updating my Spark Page, my tracker and goals etc.
On the face of it, it looks so easy - I only need to lose 4lbs to reach my goal. But losing that 4lbs and maintaining it is not so easy.
However, I have managed to lose about 4lbs last year, and keep it off - so another year to lose the next 4lbs will be OK. I'm looking for lasting changes in my behaviour - not quick loss tactics.
Since I began weighing myself daily (three months' ago) - I've found that my weight only varies 3lbs max. So - if I carry on doing what I'm doing - I'll maintain my current weight.
To reduce my weight I've got to be that bit more careful about what I eat and drink - and I need to be more mindful about what kind of exercise I'm doing.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
It's only 9pm and I'm ready for bed - yawning and frankly bored with myself! I feel a bit 'aimless' with the 10 days break from work ahead of me - and 'afraid' of wasting it! I also feel a bit lost without the pressure of work. I've been on a steep learning-curve this last 6 weeks or so with my new role at work as an assistant manager - and I am very tired. I felt like I needed some help with this, so I googled it (!) - and found a useful article on wiki-how
1) leave work at work
2) unwind properly - watch tv, finish a craft project, walk in local neighbourhood, read a book
3) turn off the phone, limit computer time, don't look at work e-mails
4) get away - even if it's just a walk in the woods
5) keep mind occupied with puzzles, games, Sudoku, crosswords etc
6) pamper yourself, sleep
7) calm your worries: declutter, sort stuff out, get in touch with friends
8) realise the benefits; enjoy the freedom to sit, stand, lie down, move without constraint
That sounds like a plan - I'm going to go off to bed now, and not set my alarm clock!
Friday, November 21, 2014
The butterfly was in the same place and position this morning, so, as I was at home, I decided to move it downstairs near the garden window. Again, it keeled over - and I thought it was dead. I put it on the downstairs window sill - and, blow me, if I couldn't see it's wings vibrating very slightly! It opened it's wings briefly, then shut them again - wow! I opened the window to see what effect the air would make on it. It turned around - hopeful? and ........ nothing - just wings closed, stationary again. I shut the window - then opened the window - not sure what to do. I tried to put it onto a piece of paper (to move it outside maybe) and it opened it's wings ........... so pretty! I felt quite anxious about it - not knowing what to do for the best. I tried to encourage it onto paper again; it fluttered and 'flew' and landed on the carpet behind a dresser! I pulled the dresser out and put a jar over the butterfly: Being in the jar caused the butterfly to flutter about - so, deciding that it was (a) definitely alive and (b) it could fly - I released the butterfly into the Great Outdoors. It flew away. I hope I did the right thing............... As Susan said in my last blog, we were blessed to keep company for a few days. I am astounded at how it could look so dead, yet spring back into life - must be a survival thing I guess? I'm pretty sure they don't hibernate.
definitely a Small Tortoiseshell
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