Nearing the end of the year, I have been reflective about my life. Did I do, or even achieve, anything that I had set out to do, as 2017 started?
I wanted to rebuild my blogs, this one and my yoga blog, and although I have made inroads, I didn't actually achieve all that I wanted.
I did, bravely, step out on my yoga blog, and be a bit controversial. I was surprised that so many people contacted me being supportive of what I was writing. This has made me even more brave.....
I wasn't too disorganised, but I wasn't organised enough, I was a bit too social.. and other things.
And, it was strange that through being a bit disorganised, I ended up sorting out how and what to do with my blogs.
So, I now have gotten everything ready to upgrade next year. Bit by bit. I hadn't realised the planning involved, to be honest, and just the planning alone has taken up a lot of time. There are other things involved with blogging, it's not just write something and then everyone reads it. Sadly, it doesn't happen that way, So I now devote more time behind the scenes, being involved with the bloggosphere. I hadn't known that it was necessary, as a blogger. After all the extra work that I have put in, I now am very clear about the direction that I am going, with my blogs.
Now the journey to putting all that I learnt, into practice....
So, sometime in the first quarter of next year: new things coming for readers!
Health and such
Did I sort out exercise and diet, a lot better? I had great plans, but wasn't able to put them all into motion. However, I am so-o-o much healthier now, and it shows.
What have I achieved? I'm doing more walking, for a start. So at the moment it's shorter walks, but more of them, each day.
Rest and restore changes
I intentionally put more effort into recovering from many years of hard work and stress. I downsized work, dramatically, and looked more at what was best for me, on many levels.
I went back to early rising each morning. I just felt as though I was wasting my life getting up after 7am.
This was an area which seriously needed revamping! I didn't eat heaps of rubbish, but was unorganised with food and often would end up eating food that I didn't actually enjoy, and that wasn't the best for me. Such as takeaway Thai, or chai and a scone at a cafe for lunch too many times a week.
I have made lots of little tweaks to my diet, which mostly, just happened. And they just happened, because I had in mind various changes that I wanted to do. It took a bit of trial and error to work out what was best for me, and this is how I've gone so far:
I now drink 500 mls of water after dinner, and more if I have to go to the bathroom during the night. I also drink more during the day & now have water first thing, and with all meals.
I have something fresh with every meal: fruit or vegetables, I'm not fussy. And some protein with every meal. I get low blood sugar (in everyday parlance, that's like hungry for sugar), if I eat too many carbs.
Everything is getting more routine with food. To be honest, I am a plain eater, and I like it that way. I need more changes, but...bit by bit works just great for me.
What didn't happen
Other, big plans just didn't happen. Life got in the way plus I also feel that I had wasted too much time being social. Sometimes, we just have to stop and regroup our energies, then "go for it", as soon as the stars are aligned. I almost always finish what I set out to do, so I'm not too concerned here. Disappointed, but not concerned.
One of the problems with working from home, is that you can digress very easily. I need to work on this.
I made future unexpected plans
I am organising yoga workshops, starting early next year. Yoga is So Gym, now. (sigh....) But I am teaching highly specialised, mostly unknown, aspects of yoga, and this is my forte in the yoga field. I had not intended to do this again, but I have had so many requests, that I have now changed my mind.
Main 2017 achievement
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