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Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Happy Tuesday, let's make it tremendous

Tuesday 4th August 2020 
Focus on the step in front of you and not the whole staircase.

Well it's another calm morning in the Longsden house and I feel good again.  I've done my yoga and meditation, Alfie joined me for the latter and I'm already 20 minutes towards my 30 minutes a day for the WW Challenge.  I've realised I already do 30 minutes or more of activity but it's mostly low impact, any activity is better than no activity at all though isn't it.  Today's activity will mostly involve sorting the shed! 

Yesterday was a lovely, chilled out day off, today will be the opposite, I'm getting ready to return to workshops so will be sorting out all my stock etc. 

I'm ready and looking forward to it!  I'm not going to lie, a couple of weeks ago I wasn't, I was dreading it, quite anxious over it for lots of reasons, from the idea of lone working to the prospect of leaving mom again and how she'd react to that.  I'm good now though, mom's behaviour overall has been much better, she's enjoying my sisters company so much more and she was great being left for a few hours Friday when her lady came to visit.  I'm now looking forward to having grown up conversations and seeing people I haven't seen in person for a very, long time.  I know it'll be more difficult for the first few weeks as I get used to a new normal but I will do it and it'll all be good.  

I'm still gonna be on my virtual this morning at 8.30, tomorrow at 5.30pm and Saturday at 9.45am in the Wolverhampton connect group and if they're anything like Sunday mornings, I'm really looking forward to them too.

Oh and if you need a little more convincing of how good activity is for you, here's a few reasons; 

1) It can make you feel happier. Yep exercise has been shown to improve your mood and decrease feelings of depression, anxiety and stress. I have friends I know exercise to help their mental health. 
2) It can help with weight loss - burns calories don't it!
3) It's good for your muscles and bones - may help prevent osteoporosis.
4) It can increase your energy levels - who doesn't want more energy! 
5) It can reduce your risk of chronic disease - no brainer! 
6) It can help skin health - who knew!  
7) It can help your brain health & memory.  I defo need help here.
8) It can help with relaxation and sleep quality.  We all want and need a good nights sleep.
9) It can reduce pain.  Yep I know it might sound mad but if you build up your core muscles, you'll be grateful.
10. It can promote a better sex life.  Yeah exercise has been proven to boost sex drive!  I ain't got time for exercise and sex!!!!

Anyway, I'm on virtual at 8, which is less than half an hour away, so here's to having a great day.

Mwah, luv ya

Love me x

Monday, 3 August 2020

#WWwegotyou challenge accepted

Monday 3rd August 2020
Don't let fear keep you from moving forward.

Late today, been doing my yoga and walking Alfie, then did a little bit of sorting of my wool cos I want the tubs for going back to work, I've got a lot to do in the shed, but I'm thinking I'll enjoy my Monday off and do it all tomorrow.  Yesterday was a really tough day for mom which obviously means it wasn't very relaxing for me either, but we made it through so let's not dwell. 

I did have a fantastic virtual workshop, I love it when they don't just help my members but I come away from it feeling like I've moved forward too.  WW are challenging us all to move more this month, 30 minutes a day and we were talking about how we can find a way to do something.  I've proved with my yoga that it is possible even when you think it's impossible to do things, it might not be easy, but it's definitely possible, I have now been doing some yoga every morning since April 18th, some mornings are easier than others, Alfie now sees it as his time too, so instead of sulking about not being able to have a moments piece, I give him 5 or 10 minutes of play and fuss then slide him out the way and off my mat so I can continue once he's done.  I'm working on the meditation, it's not so easy when there's a dog on your lap but again, I use it as a time to zone out and pet him so we're relaxing regardless.  

I want to walk though and that's not so easy, Alfie doesn't do 'brisk' walking, it's just not happening, I walked out that 20 minutes is roughly a mile so if I could get mom at a time when she's okay and just say, 'will you be okay for 20 minutes if I go for a quick walk', sometimes she will say yes, so that's my plan, it's okay if I can't do it absolutely every day, some days Alfie does walk, some days I'll earn my points doing other things like housework or a bit of gardening, but it's all about doing something and if anything gets in your way, go round it, over it or hell go through it!  I managed to get mom to say yes yesterday and I'd got my shoes on and there was Alfie waiting, I couldn't leave him behind, so I took him and I'll have to be more ninja next time I try to escape! 

I also spent a little time cooking yesterday, I really enjoyed that too, I did Harjit's lentils and I didn't do badly at all, I didn't use her quantities, I didn't have green chilli so had to use some frozen red jalapenos but I tweaked and added until it was a flavour I liked and I was thrilled with the outcome, I need to tub some up and make space in the freezer, might cook the dying tiny cauli in the fridge that cost me a quid and have cauli and spinach curry today using the sauce.  

This is the original recipe, I double up on most of it (except the water and tomatoes) and used a plastic food tray of red lentils as I hadn't got the others but I have just ordered some for next time.  I'm enjoying being back in the kitchen. 

Harj’s Lentil Curry- 5sp total 1 small cup red lentils, mung yellow lentils & chana dal (pulses) 2 tsp turmeric Boiling water - I used 2 kettle fulls Base - 2-3 onions Garlic - I used 1 frozen block Ginger - 1-2 blocks 3x green chilli’s add more if you like it spicier 1tbs olive oil (5sp) 1-2tsp cumin seeds Tomatoes - either tinned which need to be purée or passata.  (she uses about half a can) 1tsp garam masala Coriander (optional) Method: Wash all lentils in saucepan with warm water - drain water and add boiling water. Add salt & turmeric, bring to the boil be careful not let it boil over then turn gas down and simmer, cover saucepan but didn’t cover completely otherwise dhal will boil over - leave to simmer stirring occasionally until it start to thicken and looks like soup consistency. This can take up to 30-45mins to get right consistency.  Base - chop onions add to separate saucepan and add olive oil.  Cook for 5 mins and add garlic, ginger,  chopped chili & cumin seeds, if onions start sticking to saucepan keep adding water. You need to cook onions until they are more or less purée, then add tomatoes. Cook onions/tomatoes until they look like a paste then add to the lentils which should now have cooked and look like soup. Also add 1tsp of garam masala and coriander if required.

So that was more or less my day, you do have to laugh at the universe though or it will get you down, we'd been joking on virtual in the check-in bit about how we only clean something in our house when it looks dirty or it's obvious it has to be done. Well! When I came downstairs, what happened next (you don't need details) meant the wet room got the deepest clean lol, I even had to unblock the toilet! Happy Days! This went on all day btw and just as I thought it was calming down, I knocked over a carton of milk! I mean, please, enough already. I did scream and rant I won't lie, I'd been keeping my patience and being loving towards mom all day but when that happened it was like someone had released the valve on a pressure cooker. I was okay as soon as I'd wiped it up though. Then as if to apologise the universe helped me find a pattern for free that I've had my eye on for months but didn't want to have to buy the wool pack that went with it. See always some good even on a difficult day.

I've connected my apple health on my phone to my WW app as I hadn't changed my fitbit and I'm not ready to wear it yet, and I doubled my steps yesterday from Saturday which I'm chuffed with, it's all about doing what you can - so what can you do?

Have a great Monday, I'm going to enjoy it, especially as I know I'm back at work work and there's a lot to do to get ready.

Mwah, luv ya

Love me xx

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Start from experience

Sunday 2nd August 2020
Don't be afraid to start over, this time you're not starting from scratch, you're starting from experience. 

Well there were some lovely smile moments in amongst moms drama yesterday, so let's focus on them, one of our Saturday virtual members achieved his goal, he hasn't rushed the process, he's one of Elle's members from her Saturday morning workshop and it's taken him 18 months to lose 2.5 stone but as he said, find your own way of following the plan and he's enjoyed using his FitPoints whilst following the plan because he knew he wouldn't stick to it if he didn't.  I've always done the same when I'm losing and following the plan correctly. 

When V and I were walking on Friday we talked about going back to basics and it means different things to different people, but what I'm trying to do this time is make changes that are going to last no matter what life throws at me, even if I slip and have bad days, I'll have a healthy foundation that I won't stray from.  As the quote above says we're not starting from scratch but from experience.  Here's a couple of questions you can ask yourself to help you move forward and build a healthier future.  

‘What can you learn from your past experience of losing weight that will help you in the future?’

‘What could you do differently this time?’

'What's going to be the first step you'll take today?'

I'll leave those questions with you, I too am going to think about my responses. 

Yeah yesterday I was reminded why I love my job and that's because I love my members and I'm here to help them, as I get ready to go back to face to face workshops, it's been good to talk to some members I haven't spoken to for a while. 

Oh and I enjoyed my dinner last night, another


And no matter how many photos I took, I couldn't do the dish justice, it really was that good and Alfie enjoyed the bones - I did give him some of my meat but I didn't want to, I'm not gonna lie!

Have you thought about those questions that were above?  I have a little, here they are again in case you didn't;

‘What can you learn from your past experience of losing weight that will help you in the future?’

‘What could you do differently this time?’

'What's going to be the first step you'll take today?'

I've learned that it's not something to be rushed, not to focus on the weight loss but to focus on changing my habits instead, on building new healthy habits, things like my yoga in a morning, even on day's I've woken up and really not wanted to do any at all, like this morning because we've had a disrupted night again and when I woke I'd just been in a plane crash into the ocean (yeah it was a dream), but regardless of how I feel, I always get on the mat and do something, even if it's only a few minutes, I managed 15 minutes this morning, I think I've made it a permanent habit, I'm just starting week 16 of doing it anyway, returning to work might test me, but I'm hopeful.  I'm still working on making meditation a habit immediately after the yoga, my brain gets distracted and my dog interrupts! 

Habit number two I started was making fruit part of my daily diet, at least one piece each morning, I'm still doing that.  Now I'm working on natural fat free yogurt, including that each week, I'm eating it straight from the pot, straight from the fridge when I go looking in there for something to eat!  

My online shopping is helping also, not going in a shop to pick up the odd thing here and there is a great way of being in control.  I know I haven't lost weight during lockdown but I haven't gained it either and I see that as a win.  I'm not moving anywhere near as much as I would do if I was going out to work, setting up the workshop room, unloading my car etc, so hopefully when I go back that will help me burn a few more calories. 

I'm tweaking my shop each week to be healthier, to help me with future meal planning.  Having frozen peppers and green beans has been brilliant this week, I've just grabbed a handful and thrown them into whatever I was cooking without having to think about whether they'll go off in the fridge.  Frozen veggies are definitely going to be a habit in the future. 

I've got my virtual workshop at 10, check-in from 9.30 in the Stafford Connect Group, but before that I want to see if Alfie is up for a walk, I hope so!  Wish me luck.

Mwah, luv ya

Love me x

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Hello August

Saturday 1st August 2020 
One day or Day One!  Your choice.

Can you believe it's August already, 146 day's till Christmas, mom's just woke and called out to me which is my little reminder that any plans, goals or dreams I have right now, I have to realise she's got to thought about, she's just walked out of her room and said 'who are you?'

Wasn't it a hot mess of a night, I mean I'm hot at the best of times, but that has got to have been walk for all!  Please tell me it was...

Now you don't realise but I've just been away and come back to help mom get down stairs and sort her out with a cuppa etc, she's just said, 'I wonder if there's anyone in bed here?' It's rubbish dementia is and Alzheimer's ain't no better!  But it's not gonna be Alzheimer August that's for sure, this disease will not destroy us both.  

Well I had a couple of hours with V yesterday whilst mom enjoyed 4 hours with her lovely lady, it was lovely to hear mom laughing as I left the house.  For some unknown reason it seemed a good idea for me & V to go for a 5 mile walk at 1pm on the hottest day of the year!  I've never been so glad for a bottle of water from the Post Office at mile 4, I was so red when I got back, the sweat was rolling out of me, I'm relieved this morning that it was just a hot red and not sunburn (phew).  I know it was hot but I also know if I'd had a little less weight on me, then maybe I wouldn't have been so hot and uncomfortable, that's the universe giving me a sign, from an image / self esteem point of view my weight may not be bothering me but from a health point of view, I need to lose some don't I.  Yes it's hard but not more excuses, my life's difficult whether I eat / drink too much or not, so I might as well be healthier and lose some weight.   Here's the tracker calendar for August, 

And then there's a move more with WW tracking calendar also.  I like this one and think if I can find 30 minutes a day then there's hope for most.  The beauty of the term 'Move More' is it can be any movement at all, a walk round the block, some yoga or exercise in disguise like housework, gardening etc.  Actually mine today if it stays dry will be gardening, I'll hope mom has a snooze, or I'll say I need to go and do some weeding and try and get out and do just that.  My mission is to fill my purple bin for emptying Wednesday with weeds. 

What I did notice the other day when I was cooking was I didn't think about eating or drinking because I was occupied, I spend so much time sitting by the side of mom because I don't want her upset, that I'm not doing anything and it usually ends up with me having something to eat hat's quick and not really thought out.  

Well that all changes next week because I'm back in the real world of work.  I've got to spend some time sorting my stock out ready - we've got a sale on too so I'm hoping to empty that shed by the end of this month selling it all.

I made the effort with my food yesterday, I had half a packet of brown rice in the fridge so using mushrooms, green beans and peppers I made egg fried rice, then later I had trout with salad and that was delicious.  All the good behaviours I had in place that got me to my goal have slowly crept away, my appetite is massive, the meals that Marlie's menu have been delivering are delicious but to hear members and my bestie say, they have been getting two portions of it shocked me because I could eat it twice, so yes my appetite is out of control!   I used to control this by really bulking up on veggies and I need to start doing that again. 

Right then, my mission for August is to get my appetite under control, lots of veggies in my diet, making use of those zero heroes and add a little activity.  What's your mission for the month ahead?

I'm going to have those calendars on my app and every day mark off that I've done what I say I'll do, I might even print them out and blue tack them onto my lovely kitchen cupboard door! 

This virus is on the increase, I'm watching the news, we want to be getting healthy so we can fight it if we catch is, we want to be boosting our immune system, yeah let's do this!

Let's have a cracking good August 1st shall we?  I'm in, are you.  

Mwah, luv ya 

Love me xx