2018 Aspirations: May

I know this post is a bit late due to being on vacation the beginning of June. And now I can’t even remember the month of May which maybe isn’t such a bad thing!  I really want to keep looking forward these days.

Be Healthier

This is not really going so great.  Actually it is just not going as I thought but that is to be expected. I am shopping more at the farmer’s market and doing a decent job of only eating when hungry.  This is harder with school being out but I think I can adjust.  At least I am not gaining any weight.  At this point in time I will simply soldier on through the summer and see what happens.  Frankly I am tired of thinking about food all the time.  I have scaled back on my cooking which has had the effect of me eating less.  Go figure.  With the heat I am looking at more salads and fruit. If I didn’t I have to cook for the family life would be a lot easier and healthier.

I have found a balance with walking on the treadmill enough, but not so much that I dread it.  I have not been swimming as much as I would like because of my allergies.  I do not know if the pollen is worse this year or if I am getting more sensitive but my sinuses are making me quite miserable.  It seems to be more windy than usual this time of year and I wonder if that is a factor?

On the hormonal front the rollercoaster seems to have flattened out a bit.  No period at all this month, whew!  But I have had a few weepy days.  One day I started crying out of the blue, no idea what triggered it.  Luckily I was home alone.

Feet to the fire: Weight on 1 June 144.6 lbs.  I did yoga 21 days and only missed doing PT for my shoulder 3 days.  I can live with these numbers.

Random photo from Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto.

Be Happier

At the start of the month I gave my office a good clearing out.  It began with a plan to do a few shelves and then it spread to a few more spaces and finished off with doing the two bottom drawers of the file cabinet. It was an oddly satisfying way to spend a Sunday afternoon and I am loving my time in my office.

So far the “Summer Plan” is working out quite well.  It does take a lot of energy and patience in the morning but in the afternoon we each get a bit of time to ourselves so I can get some work done (take a nap) as needed.  I am happy I started right from day one of summer break so there were no bad habits to unlearn for either of us.

I went back to using a habit tracker for May.  I really do find it helps me get things done. My favorite thing to do right now is my coloring meditation. I am finding it very soothing these days. And I am thrilled with the progress I am making organizing my digital photos. I am done the first run through of making albums by date and event and now I am going to go back and make  some albums of different groupings. I was surprised to find I am really enjoying this task.

Pretty, flowers always make me feel happier.


See you next month.  Geez I hope I have nothing but positive results to report!



Listening to your body

It was full dark at 6:30p. Tracey put on her cozy pajamas and climbed between flannel sheets. It was a relief not to have to hold her eyelids open any longer.

It was a relief that she didn’t have a brain tumour or a stroke, just a simple sinus infection. Odd that she had no sneezing or runny nose, just sinus cavities stuffed full and fluid bulging behind eardrums causing persistent headaches and vertigo.  There was hope all would be well by Thanksgiving. She had antibiotics, a nasal spray and a neti pot. She would rearrange her to do list as needed.

There was also relief that her craving for bed these last few days was an actual physical ailment. She wasn’t lazy or depressed or overwhelmed by looming holiday preparations. Her body had simply been trying to tell her she was sick and needed extra rest.

She slept ten hours and got up to put an autumn stew in the crockpot and a pecan pie in the oven.  She ate breakfast and took the pie out of the oven and then went back to bed.  Her work for the day was done.  Now she would rest and hydrate and take care of herself.  She would switch to the couch in the afternoon and watch The Territorial Cup game between the University of Arizona and  Arizona State.  Go Wildcats!  She would not do dishes or vacuum.  She would go to bed early and see what the next day brought.  She would listen to her body.