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It's Monday, Let's Blow Away Those Cobwebs!

Monday, November 02, 2015

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!

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    Have you tried the Walk Away the Pounds videos/DVDs? There's a series of them, of increasing intensity. Walking alternating with some stretches and probably some strength work, too. Maybe do them outside so you'd still have the nature part of your walks but in the safety of your backyard?

    This is the time of year that I suddenly want soup. Nice, hot, thick, rich soup. Perfect for the slow cooker or the pressure cooker. I did some lousy planning when I moved out here and gave away a bunch of my wide-mouth pint jars. I usually freeze my soup in them. I'm waiting for Christmas, anyway, to get a deep freeze so I have room for my soup.
    1791 days ago
  • ALEXMAX2015
    I think it was a combination of the dark and the dense fog; I'm a lark..... I do wind, rain, cold, and snow. I think I just freaked myself out, it is the first walk I have ever come back from and didn't enjoy. I never think twice about being on my own, I had visual range of about a metre. That's why I'm stumped about other exercises; because I truly love my walk.
    It sets me up for a great day, I think I may have been a Golden Retriever in a former life...lol. I get to think and listen to my surroundings. I'm going out again soon, I have had a peek out and although it's misty I think the dense fog had lifted somewhat (we had some breeze last night).
    Hahaha Carrot! I'm as amazed as you that I have a 6 year old meditating. He has a very similar personality to me, he was stressed last week as he was losing his first tooth. (When I say stressed he had convinced himself he was going to bleed to death if his tooth fell out) I have NO idea where that came from. So I taught him how to breathe, then we sat and he just did it. Calmed him right down; he really likes it and he sleeps really well; he even asks to do it now. So here's to happy relaxed children! That leads to a happy relaxed mommy!
    Alex have they given you an idea of when your shoulder will be better? WOW P90!!! I just watched, not sure my arthritic knees would take that! You go girl!!!! My knees still make an interesting grinding noise when I lunge. I always tell the kids it's where I need a spot of oil like the Tin man in The Wizard of Oz :)
    I hope you all have a fantastic day x
    1791 days ago
    i love tp walk year round and i love p90x p90x3 cant wait for my shoulder to heal so i can get back at it
    1791 days ago
  • GINA180847
    Like Patricia I love walking not matter what but I listen to talks on my mp3 and entertain myself that way. I really have to walk the dogs.
    1791 days ago
    I wish I could offer any suggestion in the exercise area! I'm more of a routine person who just loves walking in every way. Love your 3-7 goals for November. I find them extremely important (even for myself, thanks!).
    1791 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/2/2015 1:26:40 PM
  • CARROT143
    I love that you and your son are meditating together - that is so cool. As always I'm inspired to make some goals of my own for November...maybe I should stop reading your super motivating blogs... emoticon
    1791 days ago
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