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July 8 - Sleep!!

Monday, July 08, 2013

Well, so much for blogging daily! But I can report that I did some de-stressing over the long weekend in my own way and will share...

SP advised on the 4th that we should hold hands with someone we love..I am happy to report that my dear son is a hand holder, even to this day. I am afraid this phase is coming to an end, but as of now he still indulges his old mother and let me hold his hand sometimes while we are riding in the car, or when we are chilling at home watching TV..it doesn't last long, and it's never in public (and shhhh!!! if you should see him, lol!), but I'll take it. DH is also a hand holder, so perhaps the acorn just didn't fall far from the tree with the boy...

On the 5th, SP's advice was to organize your life. Interestingly, I find there is no bigger incentive to straighten and organize than when you are having a party, which we did on Saturday. So a very big part of Friday the 5th was spent clearing away clutter and organizing..and I do find that once that is done, I work harder at keeping it that way for longer.. Of course, eventually, I get overtaken, but that's a story for another day..

On the 6th, SP discussed the benefits of getting a massage. Sigh...someday... emoticon

The advice for the 7th was to develop a mantra. I will admit, prior to the death of my BIL, my mantra was to pray the rosary. I did it regularly, for many, many years. Way back, 20 plus years ago, I found tremendous solace in those rote words, I carried rosary beads around in my pocketbook, I have them at my bedside. But I haven't been able to get back there since mid-May. Hoping it will come. Shaken faith is not easy to overcome though. Again, a story for another day..

Anyway, even though there is no mantra, I did do some major de-stressing yesterday.. Early yesterday morning, when I was sitting out on our deck having coffee, I decided it was a whole lot more comfortable out than it had been for a while, what with the hot temperatures and high humidity we've been having. So I texted my walking buddy and asked if she wanted to go for a walk, which she did. So we did, and then I went home, I put my bathing suit on and spent a couple of hours lounging by the pool, in it, next to it, etc. It was a fabulous, fabulously relaxing day.

And that leads us to today, July 8. Spark tells us:

Sleep in. Most adults need 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Staying well-rested keeps your mind (and body) healthy and better able to handle stressors. A good nap itself can even decrease tension!

Does allowing myself to stay in bed and hit the snooze button 4 times this morning count as sleeping in? Because that is what I did!! emoticon I still managed to get everything done that I needed to this morning, and I feel pretty well rested now, so that is good..

I am working to get back to the routine that has worked for me in the past. I find I am having a tough time, but it remains foremost on my mind, so I am hoping that I will find my way back there. I am most encouraged by the fact that I have been making the exercise happen, and that I have a walking buddy who is as eager to get in the activity as I am. And I have all my incredible Sparkbuddies, who certainly are a great source of support for me.

Baby steps, baby steps, baby steps...


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  • DETERMINEDJANET
    I think that counts! Oh...I'll handle the massage for you on Thursday...happy to help out! LOL
    2701 days ago
  • _RAMONA
    You're doin' it! Yeah!

    Funny you should mention the hand holding... my Divine Miss O is going through a phase... while very affectionate, she is hyper conscious of anything she perceives as making her appear babyish... hand holding at the top of the list, LOL! I lightly took her hand companionably yesterday and she pulled away, and I said, "Oh no! Are you now too big for me hold hands with as we walk and talk? I will so miss THAT! I guess I have to get used to living with a mostly grown girl now." And I sighed loudly... as her still very little hand crept back into mine and she leaned into me as we walked.
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    2701 days ago
  • MUSICMOMOF2
    Sounds like you had a busy, yet relaxing weekend! We all need that. Matthew is still a hugger even in public, Jacob not so much (he too "macho" - and he's only 7!). Hope that you have a great week!
    2701 days ago
  • TINATC26
    Thank you Annie...I hope so!! And good luck with those collections! I know you will do it my friend!!

    Yes Sonia, he IS a hugger, and he will do that in public, doesn't seem to care who sees that! Hugs and pecks on the cheek..
    2701 days ago
  • GIRLINMOTION
    Cherish the moments of time with your son. Your so correct hand holding will end soon, is he a hugger?
    2701 days ago
  • NYX-GRIMALKIN
    I'm working on my hoarding (bad habit) that I decided to get rid of last week, T. It started about 7 yrs ago when I decided I needed to have *a*collection* because EVERYBODY has one, right?

    Tea cups and saucers, bird figurines, crystal, tin cans, couple figurines, sugar bowls & creamers, salt & pepper shakers, silver spoons, vintage paper/fabrics, vintage dolls, vintage Valentines, cookbooks & comic books, made in Japan *stuff* like Enesco, Noritake (red mark) Napco... mostly 40s and 50s, dutch shoes on the wall - shelves of Russian, Belarus and Ukrainian, hand painted dolls Matryoshka/Babushka nesting, chime and egg - even collecting old vintage swizzle sticks and other 60s *stuff*

    You get the general idea. Well, the SP advice for straighten/organize, it my MAJOR focus right now. Sooo... among the many BAD habits, this is where I'm at today. I am NOW, planing my strategy and checking for ALL the weak spots that could cause my failure. One critically important one is replacing the BAD habit with a GOOD one. Something I want to aspire to. Something I admire in others. My choice is, streamlining.

    Making my course of action, pattern, tactics, etc.

    Sooo *happy* little T, is a loving soul - a hand holder. He'll NEVER forget those days with his mom, when he is a grown man. Makes me smile to know what you're instilling in him, my friend. emoticon
    2701 days ago
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