Wednesday, August 27, 2014
I feel blue today
I think I'm all out of kilter due to work shifts - I've been doing some days of 14 hrs, losing sleep, then having days that start late, or start early, and I've being going to bed early, going to bed late - and I feel out of sorts generally.......... and I've lost my smile!
I live by the sea, on the north coast of West Cornwall (so the sea is the Celtic Sea - which meets the Atlantic) and I work by the sea, on the south coast of West Cornwall (so the sea is The Channel). The two seas are quite different in feeling.
I have been looking at the sea a lot lately........... I don't swim in it because I'm not a strong swimmer. But a desire is growing in me.
We did have a lovely outdoor sea-water lido in Penzance, but it was seriously damaged by the storms back in February - and it's not open this year. That was my plan to get used to swimming in the sea.
But, I do have access to an indoor pool only 10 mins from my house - and there's also one in the town where I work. There is the small matter of money........which is not insurmountable if I prioritise it into my budget! So - how about I plan to swim at least once a week?
I think my body is asking me to do this.
Monday, August 25, 2014
On Saturday night, I was at work - and was woken around 2am by a helicopter circling around - gosh they are so noisy! must have been police, or search and rescue (but I think police!) - I woke up with a headache on Sunday morning - swallowed some Ibuprofen with my coffee then worked until 4pm.
I was tired when I got home - and I wanted to watch a film on BBC iPlayer - but the site was down due to an error - so I did a walking cardio video on Spark People instead - that was good! So I slept pretty well last night - despite the sound of the rain pounding on the roof!
I woke early - and it was quite - the rain had stopped. I had a strong desire to get up and go out for a walk. When I looked at the clock it was only 5.30am! The dawn just starting to break.
I got up, made my bed (FlyLady!), got dressed, and headed out.
What a lovely walk - so quiet because there was no traffic, no people out yet, not even dog-walkers or joggers! Our town is SO busy in the summer season - it was a lovely feeling to have the place to myself - it's such a beautiful little town. I could hear the birds, I could hear the sea, I could hear the sound of the wind moving the trees - it was delightful. I could smell all the flowers, the sea air.
It just started to rain again as I was nearly back to my door - the first delivery vans of bread, beer and fruit & veg, had just started to roll into town. The first yachts were pulling up their anchors.
It was a great walk - and a great start to my day!
Friday, August 22, 2014
My Spark Coach task for the day is to blog my meal plan for tomorrow. I'm good on this (mainly due to FlyLady!) and I plan my meals 3 days at a time, and work them around my shift patterns.
Tomorrow (Saturday) I will be starting work at 4.30pm and doing a sleep-in shift into Sunday morning, so my cooked meal will be at home, at midday.
Breakfast: porridge with dried apricots and walnuts
Lunch: Vegetable curry with quinoa/rice (the curry will include spinach and chickpeas that need using up)
Mid-afternoon snack: apples (from my own tree!)
Dinner: Homemade smokey hummus, crispbreads (Ryvita), cucumber
Eveing snack: fat-free natural Greek yoghourt
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Whilst I was out for a walk this morning, I had a sudden realisation.......................
The fact that I'm not putting ON weight and getting UNhealthier - is due to Sparking!
Lots of little things I do:
yesterday, I stopped before I'd eaten all my lunch and decided I'd had enough! Stop when I'm full!
yesterday, I picked up a small bag of jelly beans at the checkout - looked at the info "1/4 packet = 90 kcals" - did the math; whole bag = 360 kcals - and put the bag back on the shelf!
yesterday, I stood in the kitchen looking for that little something before bedtime - and said to myself "I'm not really hungry. I don't need to eat" and I had a glass of water and went to bed.
today, I just took myself out for a 40 min walk round the block after breakfast
These things all help me stay healthy and maintain my weight :)
Friday, August 15, 2014
I've started running regularly - well, three times a week in a walk/run/walk kind of way - and feeling so good about myself for doing that. I really enjoyed running in 2013 - but stopped for some reason. My weight hasn't dropped, but I'm feeling trimmer - I think running is essential for me - I need to move in that way. I am feeling firmer in my core already.
I've been trying some new recipes too - and today I had a wonderful low-fat, vegan, lunch of spinach, chickpeas, cucumber, quinoa, cherries and lemon - it was great - and there' enough left for lunch tomorrow (and possibly Sunday as well!). (from a book called 'The Everyday Happy Herbivore' by Lindsay S Nixon - quick-and-easy recipes, fat-free and low-fat. I love it. She has free recipes on her site happyherbivore (dot com).
I've been tackling my garden 15 mins at a time, and that feels good too.
I've been enjoying some Qi Gong videos and yoga on the Grokker site (which comes up on ad borders on Spark People and Karen recommended it)
What have you done that's new?
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