It's 10pm, Sunday night, and I'm just about to go to bed. I did no exercise today, but do you know what, I don't think it's that big a deal.
Here's what I did today: I woke up about 8am sandwiched between my 2 cats, and I thought how cool is this to have 2 great friends, no pressure, lots of lovin', always there, perfect house-mates. My siamese boy he loves a good belly massage, so he lay there, belly up waiting for me to give hum a rub, which of course i did. Then wee nosey pants thought she would take a look at what was going on, and pushed her way in for some attention too! Cats satisfied, I got up, made myself a cup of tea and took it back to bed, and sat reading my book for a couple of hours, just enjoying the peace and quiet.
Finally hauled myself out of bed, made a nice breakfast of scrambled eggs, lite cheese and home grown tomato on the sourdough bread I made yesterday - not too many calories, tasty and good healthy food.
I prepared 3kg of my tomatoes to make some Tomato Kasundi relish, which included roasting the spices, salting the tomatoes etc. Started making a rye sourdough loaf and in between steps I just hung out in the back yard, lying in my hammock, enjoying the beautiful sunshine, and reading my book. Every so often I would get up to give my bread a knead, shape the loaf, stir the relish, sterilize the jars, bake the loaf, make a cup of tea, get back in the hammock and read some more book. Before I knew it, the sun had disappeared, I had fogotten to hang the washing out on the line to dry, the bread was cooked, the relish was in the jars and I was hungry for some dinner.
I watched a movie I had recorded on tele, had a nice soak in the spa pool and another read of my book. Now it's time to hit the hay, and as my opener said, I've done no exercise. But do you know what? I feel great! It was a wonderful, relaxing day, that was good for my soul.
Most days are such a rush, trying to get a million jobs done, feeling bad there are still so many to do, the stress of work, the pressure of friends wanting to go out and do things, organizing finances, trying to lose weight . . . . . It seems like an endless battle. Sometimes what we need is to just stop, enjoy the day, do nothing, smell the roses.
To be honest, I feel as good as if I'd done a really challenging workout. But more peaceful. There was no stress, and it feels great. I think I (and probably we all) need to smell the roses more often. Have you stopped to smell them lately?