A New Beginning!

Shrug it off & start anew!

I’m not a big fan of new year resolutions but, after 2020, I find myself making a lot of them this morning. For starters, I haven’t had any weight-loss benefits from blogging about my dietary screw-ups over the past two & a bit years. So I’m writing that off as a failed effort now. Time to wipe the slate clean & begin anew. Starting with a new way of reporting progress, or lack thereof, at the beginning of each month. The pic above is my shiny new weight-loss goal in 2021. This new “reporting” format is just a sneaky way of disguising how much weight I regained towards the end of 2020! But cut me some slack here, please. It’s a little embarrassing & 2020 wasn’t easy, you know! 😜

I weighed in this morning. I have a new tracking app & I logged my weight. The new 50lb target is dialled in. I’m ready to go. Wish me luck. And if you’re starting a new weight-control program, I wish you every success too. Let’s see what we can do before 2022 sneaks up on us! 😜😁

Last year brought pain & despair to many families. But as miserable as it was, 2020 wasn’t all bad. And not for everyone. I’m grateful for the positives too. It threw up a few epiphanies. Only little ones, but these minor events sometimes make little shifts in the direction of our lives. Such tweaks can have a compounding effect that matters. I hope it’s not one of those too-little, too-late things, but I’m now just over two months a non-smoker, for example. Though I’d still kill for a couple of cigarettes with my morning coffee! 🀭

Last year was pretty rough for some of our neighbours. Fortunately, most of us have a little store of kindness on the inside. Sometimes, when we remember that, we can start to make a difference in the lives of others. A lot of us, making tiny positive ripples, can create waves that wash some of the bad stuff away. I’m not preaching at you here, I’m trying to encourage myself to make ripples in this new year. Especially on a beautiful sunny morning like this morning.

To kick off the new year, I think I’ll swing by the ocean today. For a little water-therapy. Maybe I can support a local business on the way back. I just need to make sure that I choose something that doesn’t have me gaining weight the very first day! LOL

I wish you, & those you care for, the very best for the New Year.

May 2021 treat us all kindly!

Swings & Roundabouts

Getting bored with the blue masks, think I’ll try these on the bus!

I’m gaining weight, but the rate of gain has slowed, so I’m taking that as a big win this month! 😜

Somewhat grumpily, I’m still a non-smoker. And I’ve been forcing myself to chip away at my home & office decluttering exercise. During this process, I’m finding stuff I didn’t even realise I bigly needed. While I’m selling & donating the stuff that others need. Okay, it’s just crap I don’t need but hey, that’s one of those win-win things, isn’t it? Hate that hackneyed expression. Am I thinking outside the box now?

ClichΓ©d expressions aside, if you’re stuck at home a lot these days, try a little decluttering. It can pay off. It also pushed me to do other things. With an even bigger payoff.

I started decluttering my social media feeds! This is big. I was following political sites. From all sides & ends of the political spectrum. I unfollowed all of them. I followed a bunch of investor types. Precious metals guys, crypto currency gurus, energy fans, even some that are into oil. I think a few got rich more because they were lucky, than smart. Or are they just messing with my head? They’re the rich ones, after all. Maybe I’m Dunning-Kruger-ing myself? It doesn’t matter, I unfollowed all of them anyway.

Not listening to all these people sniping at each other was uplifting. But I wanted even more. Guess where I got it from?

My friends! LOL

I’m not kidding, I’ve got friends on Facebook that were … I know you’ll find this totally unbelievable … but they were stressing me out a little. I didn’t even realize how much ’til I turned them off. Doesn’t matter if it’s about politics, religion, or vaccine positioning, you can kinda tell who isn’t fact-checking stuff & watching the news from both sides, can’t you? Or maybe not! 😜

Anyway, I try to avoid these conversations online. If we could get together & talk over a beer, that might be fun. Social media doesn’t seem to be the place for it though. But you can mute your friends for 30 days & they don’t even know it! If they’re still ranting when they are automatically restored a month later, snooze them for another 30 days! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

The calmness & serenity that follows is a relief & a joy. Maybe I’ll follow the Dalai Lama instead. Ommmm!

Or should I just join the melee? So many doing it. Is being nasty really that much fun!?! 😜😁

December Already!?!

Where’s the Cigarette!?!

How did that happen? December really just snuck up on me & I have no results to post this 1st day of the new month.

Only because it’s far too embarrassing on the dietary side of things, but …

I am a non-smoker for just over a month now!

Now nobody that knows me can believe this but … I have been so calm, so nice, so patient & kind, throughout this entire challenge!

I told you, didn’t I? Nobody believes that! πŸ€ͺπŸ™„πŸ˜

Ahead of the Christmas holidays, & before I’m out of the “I’m still quitting smoking” phase, I feel like having a few rants. Sometimes, you just want to whack things with a big mallet! Don’t you!?!

And let’s be real here, what are the chances of me getting refocused on weight-loss this close to Christmas! πŸ™„πŸ˜

Friday the 13th!

You can’t gain weight on lucky Friday the 13th! 😜

Totally screwed up the whole weight-loss thing in October, but I have an excuse. And it’s a good one!

I’m a non-smoker! πŸ˜‡

And I didn’t just stub out my last one this morning. Today, on this lucky Friday, the 13th, I’m two weeks smoke-free. Woohoo!

October was a crazy month in so many ways. I’ll have to share some of those stories later. But I couldn’t let the day pass without wishing you a happy & lucky Friday the 13th! πŸ€πŸ€ž

Stay safe out there.

Motivation?

What’s That!?!

Why I should get out more!

I totally missed my weigh-in on the 1st of the month. I think my subconscious took over & kept it from the conscious side of my brain. I discovered why when I stepped on the scale a couple of days later!

I’ve tried being nice to myself & I’ve tried yelling at myself. Neither approach worked. I’m failing, miserably, at the weight loss game, at the moment. Did the same cajoling & yelling thing trying to quit smoking. Same result, I’m still smoking. Sometimes, you just need to take a break & do something completely different.

I blew the dust off the health app on my phone & thought I’d try getting outside a little more. Maybe that would blow some of the dust off my addled brain. So I’ve been talking a walk, only a short one, every day for the past 3 days. A walk by the water is especially calming.

Today, my app gave me a little encouragement. It told me that my average daily step count for October is already better than my average daily count for all of last month. For cryin’ out loud, it’s only the 6th! What on earth was I doing in September!?! No wonder the scale isn’t budging!

Don’t worry, I know what average means. I’m just trying to trick my lymbic system here! πŸ™„πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚

I should probably carry on with these little walks, eh? And perhaps without that whole cajoling & yelling thing.

Motivation is sometimes hard to find. But there’s probably no need for adding that kind of abuse to the recipe. I’m just going to let it be for a little while & see what happens. I’m beginning to think that motivation, or at least the forced kind, is a little overrated.

Meantime, & before winter sets in, I’m just going to enjoy the walks & see if I can get some nice fall pics along the way.

Hope you are enjoying the walks in your neighbourhood. And if your walks happen to be in the vicinity of white sandy beaches, shaded by palm trees, please send me some pics! 🌴🍹

Stay safe out there.