Hannah, my daughter, bought me this lovely notebook cover recently. An A5 notebook like my Leuchtturm 1917 fits inside just perfectly. I use a Lami Safari fountain pen, which stays clipped to the back cover, for the majority of my writing. Although I have been using Sharpie fine point pens to fill in my habit tracker, nutrition tracker, and to mark the 4 different times of my day.
In my journal: I keep my monthly habit and goal tracker on a piece of dotted paper so that I can fill in the boxes as I move through the month.
My daily pages always include the date, day, weather, and nutrition tracker. I don’t count calories, I just fill in a box for each serving I eat. I have goals, but if I overeat on one category that is just fine. I refuse to stress too much about weight. I’ve been down that road a time or two and have decided it is not worth it. Not at all worth it. Then I just jot down (usually as a bullet point) what I did as I move through the day.
There is a lesson here in hope and patience.
Jasper needs to lose weight so we’ve cut down the amount of human food treats he gets.
These photos were taken ten minutes apart as he stared at the napkin I had used at lunch. He hoped it would fall. He waited patiently for it to fall. When it was clear nothing was coming his way, he jumped up on the couch and snuggled instead.
Advent week 4 lasted just one night this year, but what a night it was!
I’m usually a hot tea kind of girl, but once in a while I’ll go through a latte’ phase. I like simple tools no matter which I choose. My little brown teapot has brewed many many cups of tea. My favorite is Ginseng Peppermint (although the shop where I purchase it won’t be carrying it any longer… ) followed closely by green tea with mint. Now that my stash has to last indefinitely, I am drinking green tea every morning and saving the GP for a special Sunday treat.
Warning!! Rant coming!! We have reached that time of year where I can’t get out in public spaces. The poinsettias are already out in the grocery stores and mall. I’ve been working on compiling a master grocery list for Kelly and Hannah so that I can just copy and paste the things we need etc week. I really do NOT like how early this stuff starts. I remember when I could go grocery shopping until early December, then until Thanksgiving, and now I cat even spend my birthday money in a real store.
What I’m reading: Harry Potter 3 in German, The Celtic Way of Prayer, Becoming
What I’m listening to: Ghost Hawk
What I’m watching: Doctor Who, The Good Place
What I’m learning in Welsh:
- bwyta: lemon, orenau, llsiau, menyn
- gweithio: swyddfa, garej, siop, siopwr, sinema, hedduas, trydanur, gwraig ty, drama, theatr
What I’m thinking about:
Since I no longer drive, I am dependent on others for rides to functions and errand day. Kelly, my husband, gave my bike a tune up and new tires. I ride a Schwinn GTX3. Ive had this bike almost three years now and it remains a comfortable, easy ride.
I wear a bike shirt over a tank top or a long underwear shirt and either yoga shorts or yoga pants. So far, it has kept me warm and dry. I do need to find a rain jacket and possibly a warmer bike shirt.
The trunk on the back of the bike will hold quite a bit. Last ride I had a dozen eggs, 2 tubes of chips, a bag of spinach, and several Clif bars. It would have held a bag of apples and another dozen eggs too.
What I’m reading: The Forest Church, Cherringham Cozy Mysteries No. 10-12, Harry Potter 3 in German, more climate change articles and food production
What I’m listening to: Merlin (S Lawhead)
What I’m watching: News, Doctor Who, The Good Place
What I’m learning: Welsh!
- Bore da.
- Prynhawn da.
- Nos da.
- Draig dw i.
What I’m still thinking about: how to mitigate climate change and growing older in my own garden and in our woods.
Clifty Falls State Park, Trail 2/7
October 13, 2018
Exercise and movement are so important to our being fit and healthy. It takes surprisingly little to get your workouts in at home.
I’m currently using–
For cardio three days a week: my trainers, a jump rope, and my bike. I use the HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) variety. I take a daily walk as soon as the sun is up to get my daily dose of sunshine. I consider the walk an activity not an exercise.
For strength training three days a week: 2 x 5 pound weights, 2 x 8 pound weights, 1 x 12 pound weight, and a set of fitness bands. I do an upper body push (counter push-up & military press), an upper body pull (row, standing pull-up), a lower body pull (dead lift, hip-hinges), a lower body push (squat), balance (just standing around on one foot), and core (planks, dead bugs & Russian twists)
For flexibility training every day: a yoga mat, a yoga strap, a yoga block, and a bolster. I do a slow, steady, home practice that mirrors an old Jason Crandell video where you do 4 poses for each area you are focusing on . . . so using Sun Salutations you work in 4 shoulder, 4 hips, 4 abs, 4 leg, then a couple of balance moves, legs-up-the-wall series and finally savasana.
For mindfulness every day: BCP (with Laud and Vespers daily) and Headspace meditation app.
It seems like such a small thing, I mean, it is just a toothbrush. I’ve been brushing my teeth for about 52 years now and I never really gave my brush that much thought. The problem is . . . I should have.
Enter the MableBrush
- No waste packaging
- Bamboo handle (compostable)
- BPA free bristles
- Stands up
- Cute non-toxic paint on bottom so you know it is your brush and not your partner’s.
- It is very comfortable to hold, even for my hands — nice wide base to grip.
- The company even has a way to get your brush delivered automatically, which will save you Amazon’s packaging it in a plastic bubble filled envelope and take one more thing of your to-do list.
There are times in my life when all the facts seem to coalesce into a greater truth. Normally I find that this truth is also an ancient truth, an ancient wisdom, and that I am never the first person to encounter it. That said, it is very important to me that I come to this wisdom for myself. Otherwise it always is just facts & knowledge but never truly my own wisdom.
I no longer recommend this program. The reasons are legion. I recently had that experience with wellness. FWTFL. But I am a “why” gal. I like to know, no — I need to know, why. So I read a book called “The Four Pillar Plan” (UK title) / “How to Make Disease Disappear” (US title) by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee. It reinforced the “what” and “how” of FWTFL and went deeper into the “whys”. Then I began listening to his podcast. A particular episode really struck me as something that I wanted to know more about, something that was the big “WHY” behind all the little “whys.”
The big WHY is the circadian rhythm.
After listening to the episode(s) on circadian rhythm, I purchased the kindle version of Dr Satchin Panda’s book “The Circadian Code” then I read every article he referenced, then followed a rabbit trail of links and articles. It has been very enlightening. Very interesting. Very intriguing.
What makes us think we can just unroll thousands (and thousands) of years of living, being, and observation? This is the question I have to ask myself often. This is the crux of my endeavors going forward. It all came together for me when I sat down with my Book of Common Prayer to do Laud one morning and Vespers later that day.
Laud — Let my soul rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.
Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, and bring to your holy hill and to your dwelling . . .
The very definition of Laud is praise, public praise so it is very fitting that my first intentional (conscious) thought is that of praising God. I notice that laud (praise) is tied to and acknowledges the rising sun. That first morning light that is filled with blue light, that light that alerts our body to awaken and prepare for the day . . . and so I complete the prescribed prayers while lacing up my trainers, downing a glass of water, and heading out to walk in the new day, with the rising sun, and continue to focus my thoughts on God.
By the time my walk is done, I’m warm, hungry, and feeling quite alert and ready to tackle the day. I spend a few extra minutes outside watching Jasper caper about and weeding the gardens. This gives me nearly an hour out in the sun, moving my body, wakening my mind, and enjoying the peace and quiet.
The rest of my day falls into place with meals, plenty of water, a shower, light housekeeping, reading, writing, and learning. By 3 pm, I am brain-tired and ready for a change. Some time doing yoga or resistance training helps re-focus my day from mental to physical — now is when I do any heavy cleaning or other physically intensive housekeeping chores, along with a quick dip in the pool to cool off, and my last meal occurs about 5 pm.
At 6:00 I sit down with my prayer book again and I find these words . . .
O gracious light,
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!
Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing your praises O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
You are workday at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of Life,
and to be glorified through all the worlds.
Vesper means evening (and Venus, as in the evening star) and I am reminded again to praise and I see again that it is tied to the changing light pattern. Now the sun is sinking, the day is aglow with reds, oranges, and purplish-gray. This is no time for glaring white/blue lights, screens, and exciting activities. This is a time to be be quieted, to prepare my body for rest and healing. This is a time for fireside (or candle-side) story telling, family chats, books, and audiobooks. Even in the summer, when here in IN it can be light at 9 pm, it is easy to make this a quiet time — and sometimes another dip in the pool is needed to help cool down our bodies and make it easier to fall asleep.
There is so much more I’ve learned, and so much more I’ve remembered, but this is the gist of circadian rhythm and these are the keys to wellness: Sleep, Eat, Move, and Relax.