Grateful for: being healthy, getting a lot done, a movement break, eating healthy, thunderstorm and rain to clear the air, going to bed early, Australian fish to eat, grocery delivery, friends, work on job hunting, waking up to a massage and acupuncture tomorrow, dogs, cool air, cooler temperatures, posts to help bushfire relief, new author to read, Anand G. and Michael Moore and Oprah and Lady Gaga for their work... life is good!
I took this photo in the former Post Office in downtown Melbourne; the building has been around since the 1800s and it's beautiful--even the original bathroom was fancy! I love how everything in Australia is "Mate" this and "Mate" that, even the box in the stall for insulin needles! LOL "Sharps go here, Mate"! LOLOLOL In the stall, yeah, another bathroom selfie LOL
It's going to be another hot day in the Melbourne area until the thunderstorms hit in the early evening. The AQI (air quality index) is also very unhealthy today because of the fires burning east of Melbourne, still about 200 km. away. The house I'm in doesn't have a/c so it can get a bit warm although it's pretty well-insulated. On hot days, it's better to keep the windows shut to keep out the warm gusts of air--oh how the wind blows down here on the coast! Even with strong gusts or constant breeze, if the temperature is in the 90s or 100s (upper 30s to 42 or so C), it's like being in front of a hot hair-dryer! HOT!
In consequence, I am extremely grateful that I am safe from the fires--EXTREMELY GRATEFUL!! I am grateful for so much(!!!): house-sitting engagements, prosperity flowing, safety, improving health, weight loss, increase in energy, decrease in pain, healing of injuries, my massage therapist and acupuncturist, living in Australia, experiencing Melbourne, opportunities, making new friends, eating healthy, feeling better, decreased depressing and increased emotional resiliency, lessons learned in life, friends, increasing stamina and endurance and strength, movement breaks, income potentional, job potential, this sabbatical, being a writer, being creative, my self...
Today I intend to: take more frequent movement breaks, smile, remember to feel grateful, work on jobs, follow up with next house/pet-sit postings, apply for two jobs, finish hiking blog post, and vacuum this floor LOL!!
I am grateful that I have been so active, just about every day so far in January, even if it's a short session of yoga and a movement break or two! I am grateful to be moving! I'm grateful to feel better: I have more energy, the back injury is healing, and I feel good overall. I am grateful to be losing weight, thanks to hiking and riding my bike frequently! I am so excited and grateful that I found these hiking clubs--awesomesauce! I am grateful for my new hiking books and new clothes. And I have big gratitude for the project that is going earn me big bucks! I am grateful for the new job opportunities and caretaking posts. Life is good! I am grateful and...
I can do it!
I was wary of the distance, but I did it! With a 300m elevation gain, we had some strong huffin' and puffin' going up those rises, but worth it! I am very tired, but so proud that I hiked that distance. I don't honestly know if I've hiked that distance in a day before, but I plan to do many more of these long hikes. The group went really fast, too--I never would have pushed myself that fast, which is awesome for conditioning and re-conditioning my bod.
And within 3 steps onto the trail--quite literally-- everyone started hollering at me while I had my head down turning Strava on in my phone. There was a gang of Roos (turned out later to actually be Wallabies, not Kangaroos) across the field! Holi Cannoli!! In fact, there were so many Wallabies (smaller versions of Roos, with shorter hind legs), in the park that I estimate we saw a handful each hour of our hike (4 hours)! Plus, someone discovered an Echidna, which is a rare sight!! They look similar to porcupines except for longish, narrow nose.
I am so grateful that I hiked and finished 16km today AND saw Wallabies, AND saw an echidna. AND I made new friends and discovered a great new hiking group made up of yogis! I am grateful for the connections I have made: my heart is happy! My body is thrilled at doing two hikes this week! All around a great week!
I also received a referall to a publishing group looking for children's story writers and a couple more job opportunities! Yay!
Tomorrow I will use my new app to take more movement breaks throughout the day, go to yoga tomorrow night, submit more teaching applications, look into the writing gig, clean the house, and go for a bike ride with the dog.
I signed up for two more hikes next week! An 8km and another 16km! Whoo Hoo!
I've been feeling a bit frustrated because I can't stick to the 800 calorie limit of the fasting strategy; even though I'm not suffering from hunger. So I decided to liquid fast today unti 5pm, which ended up being about a 21-hour fast--almost dinner to dinner. I stuck to that easily, so I am grateful for that.
I'm grateful that I've been off sugar and wine since the 1st, and following my nutrition strategy of eating healthy and not too much. Even if I go over 800 kcals by 600 kcals, that only amounts to 1400 kcals for the day, which is still very low! I've also been exercising so much more the past few weeks, even with a bum back. I can't believe my Strava stats! Like today, I took 3 movement breaks, which means I did strength work twice and yoga once throughout the day! Very grateful for that! Took the dog on a 6km bike ride too! Fun!
Speaking of back pain: I feel so much better today, after my therapeutic massage and acupuncture yesterday. The session was really, really, really intense: releasing a lot of heat from my liver and overall stagnation and blocks around my psoas and hip flexors. I can hardly describe what I was feeling during the session because it was so stratified across energy, physical, mental, and emotional feelings. I felt an energetic agitation and it was hard to relax. My breath was also altered. When my massage therapist, Dan, who is a true master of his art, was working on my psoas, I was almost writhing in discomfort. Not pain, just an intensity of having all the areas around my disc worked on to release and loosen. Afterward, I was completely wiped out; all I wanted to do was lie down and sleep, but of course, I had a 2-hour ride home ahead of me on the train. Ugh! But today, I am super-grateful because my back hasn't hurt all day; there is only the slightest feeling of discomfort or a sensation of something not-quite-right in my lumbar vertebrae, but not an active sensation of acute pain, which is what I have lived with since Dec. 31! Yay! Gratitude!
I also had an initial interview with an online teaching platform, although I am ambivalent about the opportunity. I also received a writing job referral and other job connections from a friend in Chengdu--very, very grateful, L!!! I am extremely excited about the writing opportunity because it is guaranteed work and pay if I can submit 4 articles each month. Totally doable! WhooHoo!
It's not on my timeline, but life is unfolding nicely anyway. I will let it, and remain grateful!
Tomorrow I am going on a 16km hike with a new friend and a new hiking group! I'm a bit nervous because I haven't done that distance in a long time and I'm wearing my Keen hiking sandals since I haven't found new boots yet. So I intend to do my best to finish the hike! I also intend to continue eating healthy and stay off sugar and wine! I can do it! I will follow up on job info and look into the writing job tomorrow. I feel so much anticipation about potential there; I hope the money is good!
I am grateful for new friends and new opportunities!!
I can do it!
I love when I wake up and feel happy for no reason! It's so rare that it is noticeable--it's a physical sensation! I have a giddy feeling of energy and anticipation that is palpable as nervous energy. I feel a twinge of over-tiredness because I slept around 7 hours instead of my usual 8-8.5, but I don't feel the stark, blurred-grey of fatigue.
I know that it is connected to the exercises and yoga I did yesterday, as well as the last few days of pranayama and meditation. (There is plenty of science to back this up but it is 6:00am in the morning and I don't have time to do research for you because I'm going hiking with new friends! winkwinkwink.) I also feel relief from the pain in my lower back, which I strained on New Year's Eve.
Although I haven't lost weight in the last 3 days, I do not feel discouraged: I ate clean yesterday and stuck to 800kcals, and know that as I continue my Nutrition Strategy and Intermittent Fasting, the weight will decrease! Plus, the last two nights, I didn't adhere, even though I was only over by 200-600kcals on those consecutive evenings. What matters is being back on and staying away from sugar and wine!
This morning I am going on a short hike with some potential new friends, and I have some busy work to do. Those are good because it gets me out of the house and off my bum!
I am grateful for all the above: feeling good physically, feeling happy for no reason, sticking to kthe Fast 800, IF (Intermittent Fasting), hiking, and getting out of the damn house!
Successful day today! Very grateful for that! Started off with pranayama and meditation. Throughout the day, I took several movement breaks incorporating strength training and did some yoga poses targeting my back. I also made contact with a few companies that might offer a good opportunity for teaching online. Although I didn't get in a bike ride or walk, I stuck to my Fast800 plan, which qualifies for success. Tomorrow i look forward to a morning of hiking with the women's hiking group--I'm excited to make friends!
I am grateful I stuck to the fast today; the social aspect of group accountability on FB is really helpful. A successful day ending at 800 kcals! I'm grateful I didn't eat anything else after dinner! I'm also grateful I discovered the book on yoga for back pain; the info will help me mitigate the pain and heal. I'm grateful that I spent some time on the job hunt: I will soon have an income flow!
Tomorrow I intend to have fun and make some new friends at the hiking group event. I'll also take a bike ride or long walk and do some more yoga for my back. When the hike is over, I might run some errands and get some necessaries completed.
I'm grateful for a Good day!
I am grateful that I did well on my fast plan all day until this evening. I also went on a nice bike ride with the dog and got to see some amazing birds that posed for photos. I did some more job hunting and applied for another remote job. I did some writing for my blog. I'm grateful that there are many jobs for which I am qualified and are open. I am grateful that my body is healthy and back okay enough for me to ride my bike. I'm grateful for all the amazing birds in Australia. I'm grateful that I am writing. I'm grateful that I signed up for flight lessons, because my first one is next week!
Tomorrow, I intend to do some yoga for my back, take frequent movement breaks to work on strength, get the forms printed and submitted for the hike, and walk or ride. I'll also go to bed earlier and try again not to eat at after 6pm, even if I'm hungry, and stick to my fast.
I've been searching through old posts, looking for my Intertwining Wheel of Contentment post, and came across a full year of Gratitude Posts for 2016. Well over 300+ days of daily posts, even in the midst of severe depression! I was dedicated to write one post daily whether I felt grateful or not! Thus far this year, I've been trying to write at night about gratitude and intentions for the day following. I will make this more intentional and try to write a daily gratitude post for 2020. Can't hurt!
Today I am grateful for finding some yoga solutions for my whatever-I-did-to-my-back problem. Downloaded two books to address back problems with yoga. Also, I did several more hours of job research and applied for one remote job. I also got off my ass and me and the dog went for a bike ride! So fun and amazing Australain King Parrots posed upside-down for me!
I am grateful for the bike ride, for so many remote jobs popping up, for the confidence that I have about gaining remote work, for finding yoga books for back pain, for delicious food, for sticking to my nutrition strategy today, and for finishing the ay at 866 kcals!
surprised it is 2020! Holy crap when did that happen! I'm 51!