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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Day 11 #SelfCareSeptember

Wednesday 11th September 2019
Never feel guilty for doing what's best for you.


I really enjoyed yesterday, how about you, how was your day?  I had an extremely busy morning at workshops, lots of returning members and new ones too, the evening workshop was busy but I was missing quite a few, thankfully I know where most of them were, lucky devils on holiday!  

I still found time to cook lunchtime, I also did it as a Facebook live video so that my members could see that you can fit in a proper meal, this was also my new recipe for the week, one new recipe a week going forward is what I'm going to do and I hope you will too, I have to say adding lime as the recipe said really made all the difference over all.  The cucumber worked too, I'd have never of thought about sticking that on the plate but it added one of my five a day which is always a result.  

Nepalese Keema Curry mince 10SP total from WW 30 minute cook book. 

Find the video here; 

https://www.facebook.com/WWBev/videos/2396104440438653/

This was my tea, I'm trying to eat the apples I bought yesterday, not a great fan of fruit but making an effort, I bought the wrong babybels, 2SP instead of the low fat ones for 1SP so I balanced the plate out with lots of zero hero's, I didn't get to eat the chicken though, Alfie saw that off! 


Okay so yesterday's challenge was food related, today's is all about moving, now I was all gung ho with my exercise a month or so ago but I hurt my ankle and it's still not right, now I'm cautious to do anything for fear of making it worse, but I can't rest up completely because, well, because life has to go on.  How active are you?  Well I walk my dog at least once a day, two when possible and he wants to go, my Fitbit lets me know how many steps I'm doing which helps.  I do my Sunday walk with my brother, typically a couple of hours walking at a fair old pace too, his dogs walk fast.  I think the main thing is that we move in any way possible and as I was reminded on Monday when I was listening to an audible book, any movement counts, even HOUSEWORK, note it's in capitals because I don't like doing it.  Although I'm going to change my mindset here, I'm going to work on making it a habit I think, I've only just decided that as I typed it btw and just the idea makes me cringe a little but if I see it as activity that's earning me FitPoints, it might help.  Monday I cleaned out a cupboard in the kitchen, threw away those out of date spices, by emptying the cupboard, then putting it all back, I now know what's in there.   Yeah I will see it as activity, a bit at a time though so I don't feel drained by it.  as my kitchen is already tidy, courtesy of my amazing sister, I will clean the cupboards in there and the fridge today.  I'm going to work on making my kitchen a healthy, safe space for me to follow the plan, if my environment is WW friendly, I'm more likely to stick to the plan ain't I!  

Your task?  What can you do to add a little movement to your day today?  You can do a little housework too?  Maybe have a walk round the block?  Maybe you don't need to move more, you're already a little exercise machine.  What about something calmer like a yoga pose, they say those are supposed to be amazing, all the self care stuff I'm reading / listening to mentions yoga. 

Right we're all gonna try this yoga pose as it's easy and it's a stress reliever, you can do it tonight if you don't have time now, that's probably better.  If you can't get on the floor, lie on your bed as long as it's up against a wall of course!  


WHY? What does it do? How do I do it?  Here's everything you need to know...

Start by finding a wall or on your bed with your legs up the headboard, shimmyyour hips as close to the wall as possible, then start walking your feet up the wall until your body is in a L-shaped position. Make any adjustments to facilitate a more relaxing space - place a pillow under your head if it makes it more comfortable, let your arms rest on your belly or out to the sides whichever feels best. Now, focus on your breath- take a deep, slow inhale through your nose and a deep, slow exhale through your nose. Try to stay in the pose for 5 minutes for optimal benefits.
  • Provides anxiety and stress relief
  • Therapeutic relief for, headaches, arthritis, high blood pressure, low blood pressure
  • Relieves menstrual and menopause symptoms
  • Stretches hip and leg muscles including hamstrings and calves
  • Relieves swelling, cramping and fatigue in legs and feet
  • Relieves lower back pain

According to one website, Studies have shown that restorative yoga poses (specifically, Legs Up the Wall) can be beneficial for those suffering from the negative effects of:

  • Fibromyalgia (e.g., chronic pain)
  • Venous Disease (e.g., varicose veins)
  • Cancer
  • Menopause (e.g., hot flashes)
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Metabolic Syndrome

TIPS

Try not to bring the body to a full 90 degree angle as this can impede circulation at the hips. Instead slide your hips a few inches from the wall and/or elevate your hips by placing a cushion under your sacrum.


Well I don't know about you but if lying on my back for 5 minutes with my legs up the wall can do any of the above, I'm happy to give it a go - I think you'll have to do it more than once though, but let's try it once for starters ay!

I've gotta go, Alfie's getting restless, going to do some of that movement I've been talking about, here's to another great day, cooking Coq au Vin today nom nom.

Mwah, luv ya 

Love me xx

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