Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple." - Woody Guthrie

Friday, 17 April 2015

Spring in my step ...





A few Spring treats have found their way into the home recently, including a lovely Boden shirt - I couldn't resist the sale especially when a further reduction email tempted me in.  My COS breton top was also a sale purchase.  Both items worn on the hottest days this Easter, now washed and ready to iron.  These tiny espresso cups for the coffee addict in my life, gave me another excuse to introduce a little more sunshine into the kitchen and, of course, the obligatory bunch of scented daffodils.  Isn't yellow such a happy colour?

Another purchase was a Kindle paperwhite, resisted for so long as a 'want' and not a 'need' without realising how perfect the 'Janet & John' font is for a slow reading dyslexic like me.  I bought this with birthday money two weeks ago but already on my fourth book.  I am currently reading H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald, not too sure yet but I may warm to it.  If you are reading or have read this book, please let me know what you think.  My favourite book so far this year has been The Girl on the Train, although not technically a read being an audiobook on the long drive home from work, I have been raving about it since.  

Linking back to my previous post, I managed a walk every day in January but a difficult start to February impacted upon my ability/motivation to achieve as much that month.  However, since then I have ensured that come rain, come shine I include at least a twenty minute walk in my daily routine.  As a result up there with my Kindle is my other favourite birthday present, my Fitbit.  I was cynical at first, leaving it in its packaging for a while whilst I decided if I wanted to return it to the shop but once unwrapped I was hooked.   It is a brilliant little piece of kit.  I can monitor everything from my steps, the miles I've walked, my daily water intake even down to the pace and intensity of my walks.  Sadly, I do come over all 'Carry On' when it vibrates to tell me I've achieved my 10000 steps for the day, but it is so much more fun than my basic pedometer and the app provides bar charts demonstrating my progress, I am such a nerd really.  

On a serious note I do find that it has a powerful motivational affect on me, which is positive for my general health and fitness.   It even monitors my sleep pattern, and wakes me up in the morning although I do cheat by not logging any crafty afternoon naps much to the disgust of my family.  Surprisingly, for someone who I would consider to be in a pretty sedentary job with a long commute I found that I walk a lot whilst I am at work so a quick twenty minutes ups the steps to a daily 10000 with very little effort.  I know a Fitbit isn't a necessity but hell it's fun and sometimes when life gets too serious an injection of frivolity is just what the Dr ordered.

Have a wonderful weekend and if you are passed by a women walking at a vigorous pace, tapping frantically at her wrist that will be me.

xxx

Sunday, 4 January 2015

It's just a question of balance ...



No resolutions here, just more of the same e.g. a little of what you fancy does you good.  A wonderful Christmas and New Year has been enjoyed, with plenty of good food and the "odd" alcoholic tipple.   In past years you would have found me in doors for days on end but this year every opportunity was found for a brisk walk even when it was tipping down.  This has left me both lighter and refreshed for my return to work tomorrow, whilst pondering how I can get more movement into what is a sedentary working life.  Wish me luck.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Festive wishes ...


What have you had for breakfast?  Half a chocolate Santa.  What has she had for breakfast?  The other half!

Healthy eating suspended until the New Year, but plenty of long walks.  Now can anyone tell me how far I have to walk to wear off three London Gin Truffles?

Saturday, 22 November 2014