Do you like exercise?
I tried swimming, I tried ballet workouts, but I have to confess I didn't stick with either of them for very long, and my basic antipathy to exercise has not changed much since this post
way back in 2010. (Simply Fitter and Simply Move should really be one Category.)
What I do stick with though is gardening, and I enjoyed some in the sunshine today, in the delightful company of our tame robin....
I shall move on quickly to Simply Fun!
To motivate myself I also need to remember how it feels and looks when my skin looks good. It will never again have a youthful glow. This I know. But do I need to look so grey in winter?
I think if a fairy godmother, or something, granted me one wish about my appearance I'd choose perfect skin. Or perfect teeth. (Do you know I actually spend time thinking about which I would choose! How time wasting is that.....)
A friend once told me her elderly Highland crofter father had plump rosy cheeks because he rubbed them hard with the towel every time he dried his face. I can do this! It might work ...(awful vision suddenly of ruddy, broken veined face requiring green foundation to look normal! I do like to frighten myself out of doing anything!)
I will try a gentle version of this. And protect my face from cold winds in winter and hot sunshine (blissful memory) in summer.
Enough about fitter - next posting 'live and let live'. Don't forget 'Life In A Cottage Garden' is on BBC 2 tonight, if you are reading this in UK. Do you garden in USA Julia?
To motivate myself I need to think about how I will feel when I am fitter.
I know that after even a few days walking further than the car in the drive, there comes a moment when I want to stride out, when my legs are just carrying me along, effortlessly. Getting into my stride. It's a really nice feeling. I'm not talking super-fit, athlete-fit here. Just fitter than I am now.
It's not hard to get to this simple level of fitness. I can do this!
Excuse me - short posting, long walk...
My word to set the tone for 2011 is fitter.
What do I mean by fitter? Well, I simply want to have boundless energy and strength, a lean toned body, no illnesses thank you, glowing skin, perfect teeth and glossy hair! It's a small ask! I've read all the books, watched all the videos, come across many inspiring people who managed it, so what's the problem?
The problem is I'm always definitely going to do it tomorrow!
My inspirations are Zoe Harcombe (I've lent her book out, must get it back quick), Dr David Servan-Schreiber, the New York City Ballet, and Leo Babatua. With help like this how can I fail?
The research is the easy bit, isn't it. Read lots of books and order the best ones. I don't even have the effort of going to buy them - click a few keys and the postman brings them to my door a couple of days later. Then I sit and read them in a warm cosy room, drink in hand, blog about how good they are - how insightful, how inspiring, how RIGHT they are in everything they say. Try their ideas out (in a small way, see how they suit). Just testing....no stress, (little effort). And put it off until tomorrow.
OK. The time has come to stop being such a wimp.