Just sharing some photos from my morning walks during the last week of the year. I never tire of it, and hope you don’t either.
* Look into pets as therapy for volunteer work Yes, but I can’t anywhere to do it in Wollongong.
* Get back to daily exercise, in varied forms. YES
* Weekly menu planning (going to start doing this on the blog again) Mixed
Outside my window…it’s a gorgeous day.. but a little on the breezy side
I am enjoying… a Christmas tea that I found in cupboard. It was a nice surprise as I thought there were none left.
I am thinking… about decorating for Chrismtas
I am listening….to Christy’s lullaby music. She is home sick and upstairs asleep.
I am thankful… that I still managed to get my workouts despite a crazy morning.
In the kitchen… I’m cleaning the sink. Later today I plan on making chia cookies & bliss balls.
I am wearing… comfy clothes – 3/4 pants, a t-shirt and my crocs
I am creating… a photobook for a Christmas present
I am going… to finish off cleaning downstairs when my breaktime is over
I am wondering… how I’m going to fit in everything I want to do today
I am reading… Catching Fire (Hunger Games book 2) again before the movie comes out
I am hoping… Christy feels better soon and we can work out what is going on with her health.
I am looking forward to… a pretty quiet, normal week
I am learning… to prioritize “today’s top 3” things to do
Around the house… I am taking down Halloween decor
I am pondering… placing an order from iherb
A favorite quote for today… “Change your thoughts and you’ll change your world”
One of my favorite things… my new flamingo mug
A few plans for the rest of the week: Working around the home and hopefully going to the Viking Exhibit on the weekend (we to cancel going on Sat because Christy was sick)
A peek into my day… a walk with the dogs, exercise bike, cleaning downstairs, baking, ironing, editing videos and replying to comments.
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As promised I’m here to update/inform you of my new focus – WELLNESS. After such a horrible month health wise in July I felt I was stuck in a neverending cycle. Pain lead to not the healthiest meals being prepared & too many snacks being consumed as I felt sorry for myself, which lead to weight gain, which lead to more pain, and so began the cycle again. In desperation I started looking at various programs and ideas in an effort to find the “perfect” one that would have me pain free and losing weight.
As July drew to an end I knew it had to stop, and that I needed to make WELLNESS a priority. Not weight loss, but wellness. Of course, I know a consequence of wellness will be weight loss but I took the focus away from it. I also started being KIND to myself. If I was in pain, I’d just take a slow walk and not expect too much from myself. When I felt better I’d take the time to make healthy, nutritious meals and snacks. I set a goal to walk the dogs 5 days a week and get in two strength training sessions. I didn’t have to do a BIG workout 6 days a week, which is what I had always thought I had to do.
You know the amazing thing? After just one day eating well (low sugar, additives & preservatives) and nourishing my body with green smoothies & salads, my pain levels went back down. A few days later they were back to normal levels (which unfortunately is not pain free but it’s quite managable). And I felt HAPPY and in control of life and food. It’s now been over 2 weeks with my focus on WELLNESS and I’m feeling great. Slowly, but surely, I’m getting my life & home more in order. I am better able to cope with things. And I’m sure I must be a much better person to be around. Oh, and I’ve lost 3kgs (6.6lbs) as a bonus !!!
So for those of you struggling with your weight or health or inner-self problems, I encourage to change your focus to WELLNESS & being KIND to youself. Afterall I think at the end of the day we all just want to be HAPPY, and it’s pretty hard to achieve without WELLNESS. I do hope you’ll join me on this journey.
I’ve been doing weekly Wellness Wednesday videos on YouTube which you might like to check out.