Wow, we’re motoring through the weeks, aren’t we? It is absolutely, definitely, without a shadow of a doubt making it easier for me to keep to this challenge because I have the other girls doing it alongside me. It’s actually quite nice that we all have different goals, so it’s not competitive, but it’s wonderfully supportive, both for the wobbles and the celebrations!
So week 6. It’s been a bit of an odd one, as I’ve had a week off the day job to practise free-range-working – the way I want to work full time eventually, for myself. It has been utterly wonderful to be mistress of my own timetable, but being me, I managed to pack my week “off” fuller than one at work would have been!
In between the Letter Writing Salon, a spa day and running a pop up shop, I have managed:
To meditate: hardly at all. I am annoyed with myself, but as I’ll be back in routine tomorrow, I shall try. I am flat out determined to do the Take15 programme and actually feel the benefits, rather than listening to three minutes of it every night and moving on just because I can. (I’m also aware this clashes somewhat with meditation’s ‘it should be effortless’ ideal – we’ll see how I get on. It changed my life to take that time out each day when I started doing it, so I’d really like to get back to it properly.)
To exercise: not bad – I took the hounds for a walk on my own for the first time, they were as good as gold and I had a great time – I even jogged for a minute or two with them. (note to self – greyhounds can run faster than you, and two of them, even well behaved ones, can quite easily pull you along). I was also very proud of myself for picking up their poo without any fuss… not pleasant, and the bit I look forward to least about dog ownership, but completely possible!
I also managed two studio sessions for choreography, practice and general chucking myself around the studio in a vaguely graceful manner during the week. I’m trying to teach myself the line dances I used to know – but it turns out I’m less fit and flexible than when I was fifteen. Who knew?!
To cook: pretty damn good if I can count today (and it’s a bank holiday, so as far as I’m concerned, part of week 7!) I made lasagne from scratch, another gloriously coloured cake while Lou was here, and various bits in the week. Today I made this http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2093/chicken-with-tarragon-garlic-and-olives minus the olives, with rosemary roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes, and it was amazing. I made just enough to be able to sneakily have the rest for dinner tomorrow, too. Yum!
In other things I’m trying to keep an eye on, junk food consumption is up and finances are dire this month, which is really bad – but as I’ve been on ‘holiday’ I shall overlook the overspend and get back on track in June. I’m making a real effort to drink more non-carbonated liquid, and catering to my apparent laziness by making a pitcher of iced squash at a time so I can pour and drink while working. I know, I know, first world problems.
And I made my own face scrub today, tested in this morning’s shower and will subject to further testing over the coming weeks 🙂
So overall aim of living a healthier, more mindful, more satisfying life – definitely getting there 😀