Monday appears to have rolled around again; there was only one way to describe my morning walk, foggy! It was slow going and unstimulating, the normal sounds of my walk were muffled and unfamiliar, I found myself worrying about traffic on our quiet country lanes (even though I don't usually see a single car). I decided then and there that walking in thick fog is not my favourite pastime. When I returned home, I had a bee in my bonnet.
I feel the need for a little stimulation and inspiration; not the Halloween party, hyper type of stimulation, but the 'let's sweep out those mental cobwebs stimulation.' So today I'm looking to spice up and rejuvenate my body, my thoughts and my spirit.
I decided to ring a friend as I need her help with a project; we are meeting up this evening. What I love about her the most is her brutal honesty; if something is good, she'll be my biggest cheerleader. Equally if something is rubbish, she won't pull any punches; and she expects the same from me. So a good open and honest discussion about our projects will blow away those mental cobwebs.
November is one of those months with holidays and preparations for holidays; as the days shorten there is less incentive to get up and get out there. I have decided to rev up my diet, exercise and make sure that my self care doesn't fall by the wayside. I know what I do and do not enjoy; I don't enjoy the gym (plus it's just too far away, same for the pool), but I do need to find suitable alternatives for those days when the weather is grim. I don't do treadmills; they bore me. I need to think of different exercise routines to fulfil different physical and emotional needs; that I can do from home. I am open to suggestions, at the moment I power walk, yoga, circuit training, Zumba and ballet.
As for my diet, I'm starting to plan my menus for the next batch cooking session; the days are cooling so I think I will be incorporating more spices into my meals and think about exploring some new recipes. This is my first autumn/winter season where I have to look at my traditional recipes and change them to fit my new lifestyle. The good news is that my slow cookers (I now have two) and pressure cooker have revolutionised my meal planning and batch cooking; I always find the prospect of experimenting with food exciting. Sorry Mom I still like to play with my food!
Finally, I make a lot of my cleaning products so I think I need to alter the essential oils, add something a little more stimulating for those dark mornings, when hibernating seems a better option than flinging on those exercise clothes and heading out into the cold. Then burn something soothing for snuggle time in the evening.
So my healthy lifestyle choices for November are:
1. Spice up my diet, ring the changes to familiar comfort foods and take the healthy option.
2. Rev up my exercise routine.
3. Have as much fun as possible; see friends and family as often as I can.
4. Give my brain a workout.
5. Make my home a sanctuary of warmth and comfort for myself and my family.
6. Make time for some extra self-care; I'm working hard in all parts of my daily life, a little 'me' time is needed.
7. Keep meditating; meditation brings so much to my life. My eldest son has learnt to meditate too; I love that we sit together before his bedtime and breathe. These are the moments I will always cherish.
May you all have a marvellous and lively Monday!