Am I more positive than before I went on the retreat? Hugely.
Am I healthier? Undoubtedly.
Am I slimmer? Yes, by 5lbs.
Am I happier? Yes, I am
Thank you Katrina, Carolyn, Mo, Lorna, Donald and Sally!
Not wanting to put you off but....this puts my puny fitness goals into perspective!
I've decided not to let it make me feel I should give up, but to make me see that our goals are easy to achieve in comparison....Would you agree?
....on the road to slimmer and fitter!
I am going to make a point of setting an extra pretty table on fast days to extract every little bit of pleasure from my two mealtimes.
So far so delicious...
I have realised that by choosing the 5:2 diet I only have an 8 day challenge on my hands - 2 days each week over the 30 days. Yay! (I feel as if I've got away with something there!) They do say that one of the reasons for its success is that you only really have to summon up your willpower on two days each week....although of course you can't go mad on the other days.
My day started by sleeping late and almost missing my bus so I had no time for breakfast anyway! I had it at lunchtime, and dinner about 5.30. My exercise today was raking up grass and I had plenty of energy. I did have a busy day and that helped too to keep me from thinking about food all day - looks like fast days could also be the most productive.
Have you started?
How did it go?
(Baby steps are ok. The thing is to start.)
Here is another nice quote from The Fast Diet - ....take a deep breath and relax. Better yet, shrug. It's no big deal; you have nothing to lose but weight.
simply get fit enough for a week in London!
I am feeling very sluggish lately and was telling a friend how much energy you need to go to private views, art fairs and the Ballet Rambert and see all the museums you want to see and ..and.. I was inwardly wondering Am I up to this?
I have four full days and a day of travel before I hit the capital so I am thinking what can I do in four full days. Well I shall eat really well (basically that means for me NO SUGAR) and I could go for at least one decent walk each day and do a little yoga each evening.
Do you think that will make a difference?
Watch this space....
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!
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That tells you something..
I'm still a wimp I'm afraid, in spite of brave words and good intentions!
Don't miss the brilliant little video here.
I've just come across a book called I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson. Hmm - could maybe tackle my two failures in one fell swoop - cutting out sugar would also make a person fitter, don't you think? I did it once (for about seven years) so I could do it again.
Have any of you tried cutting out sugar?
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 also need to remember what fun it is to be lean and toned! How much nicer clothes look. How I might stop concentrating on clever disguise, and just enjoy wearing slim dresses, belts, fitted tops....and a swimsuit. (Help! I'll have to wear one soon! That swimming course I booked is coming up.)
That's a deadline. I'm always better with deadlines.
Anyone going to join me in getting fitter?
They say it's a lot easier with a buddy.....
Click here for the fun bit. Enjoy!
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.
An artist seeking a simpler life - (but not too simple!)