life

little bit meh!

Been feeling pretty run down this week, so I haven’t been to the gym, and I’ve not done as much yoga as normal.
I’ve got a corn on one of the toes on my left foot and I woke up on Tuesday to an eye with a sty in it, that was so big my eye may as well have been closed over.

Like I said, run down.

Today the sty in almost gone. On the advise of a pharmacist, I boiled some water, allowed it to cool to the warm side of tepid, and soaked some cotton wool and just lay back with my eyelid steeping. It’s worked, and the swelling is vastly reduced to the point it’s almost healed.

The corn is another story. I’ve self referred the podiatrist at the local health centre to get is seen to, as I previously used corn plasters, but it just came back, so I need to have it treated properly.
It’ll probably take a while to get an appointment, but if it gets to much, I’ll just pay someone to sort it out.

That aside, things are pretty good. I just finished reading Siddhartha by Herman Hess, and really liked it. It’s a great read, highly recommend it.

Anyway, I’ve got a yoga class to go to tonight, so onwards and upwards.

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Travel plans

So we’ve got the trip for this year booked, and I can’t wait.
We’re off to Thailand. Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Bangkok, with 3 days in Dubai to break up the flight home.
I’ve been to Bangkok before for a couple of days on the way to Bali, and I wasn’t expecting to like it, but I really loved it. It’s a fantastic city. I’m looking forward to a three weeks of superb food and of course, there’s going to be yoga by the pool, and in the case of Phuket, on the beach. Can’t wait.

In the meantime, having done a reasonable dvd cull, I’ve moved onto cd’s. The downsizing continues. We have to avoid stuffication.

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New year, new class

I got an email from the teacher who takes the vinyasa flow class that I go to every week. Starting in March she’s doing a six week introduction to Ahstanga yoga, and thought I might be interested and would benefit from it. So this morning I signed up. I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been to a workshop that she recommended at the same studio, and loved it.

I’ve got 4 days left to run on the free pass for the gym/spa that we’ve been using since the 2nd. I’ve been using the pool and doing 20 lengths every evening before chilling out in the jacuzzi and the steam room.
I don’t usually get swimming that often these days, unless I’m on holiday, so I’ve been taking advantage of the free pass to swim every day.

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Digital detox (sort of)

I’ve not posted at all over the festive period. It’s not that I hadn’t been up to anything, but I tried (and sort-of) failed a digital detox. I succeeded in not turning on the computer, but I have Instagram and Facebook on my phone, so I posted photos on insta, and used Fb to keep in touch with friends and organise some social activities.

We went to a 40th birthday, and a wedding reception. Had a walk along a bitterly cold beach, and went sledging. We ate too much, and took advantage of a free 12 day pass to a gym/spa.

But, now I’m back, and hopefully I’ll have something better to post than this!!!

To anyone who follows me and is reading this, a Happy New Year to you all, and I hope 2018 is a good year for you.

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West end wander

So I never made it to yoga class last night (last this year), as I was out for lunch, and felt stuffed and bloated.
Bit gutted to miss it, but what a lunch 🙂

Had a wander round the Riverside museum and saw the 1966 Batmobile, which is visiting this month. My inner geek was well chuffed.

Also got some cool pics of the Art Galleries (where we had lunch) and Glasgow University as well.

Great wee day.

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Glasgow Art Galleries

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Glasgow University

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Wow.

Yoga last night was pretty full on. I was having issues with poses that I didn’t have issues with before, my balance was a bit wobbly, I was totally knackered by the end of the class.

Afterwords I felt incredible. The post class buzz was amazing.
Yes, I’ve done better in other classes.
Yes, this was probably the worst practice I’ve ever had.
Yes, I probably need to push myself a bit further out of my comfort zone when I’m practicing at home, or I’ll never improve, BUT at the end of the class, despite it all, I felt great.

When you’re not having a good practice it forces you to concentrate more in the moment, so from that point of view, I’d say that even a bad practice is a good practice, but you might not realise it at the time.

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Mindfulness meditation

Recently I picked up the book Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World. and am half-way through my second week of using it.

The book comes with a cd of guided meditations, and the idea is you do meditation 1 twice a day (if possible) for a week, and then for week 2 do meditation 2 etc for 8 weeks.

I didn’t have too much trouble with the first week, as it was similar to the meditation that took place at the meditation group they used to have in my work.
This week, week 2, that’s a whole other story. I’ve nodded off a couple of times, and the chatter in my head seemed to be really frantic compared to week 1. Last night I completed it without nodding off/zoning out, which I’m taking as a positive, but it did highlight the amount of seriously random thoughts that I have rattling about in my head. At least last night I managed to notice them, acknowledge they happened, and just let them pass on their way to wherever it is they’re headed.

I do feel a lot more relaxed for doing this, and immediately after a meditation, I feel amazingly calm, so it’s doing something good.

If you’ve fancied trying mindfulness meditation this seems to be a good book/cd to have a go with. The reviews are good, and I’m finding positive results. Try it and see.

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Halloween fun

On Saturday night we had a Halloween party to go to. It was held by a couple we know who got the same pub quiz as us, so that meant we couldn’t wear the same costumes that we wore to the quiz (Freddy Kruger and Dias de los Muertos)

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So, with that in mind, we went as a zombie saloon girl, and the Joker (Heath Ledger version)

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Party was fantastic. We really had a great time. Need to get the thinking caps on for next year now!

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Busy few days coming up

Busy couple of days coming up. Tonight after yoga, I’ve got to rush home and get ready for the pub quiz Halloween night. I’m going as Freddy Kruger. (I love my horror movies).
Tomorrow we’ve got a leaving do for a colleague, but I’m having to slip away about 6.00pm as me and my wife are going to a spa she got a pass to, for a swim, jacuzzi, steam room session, so only a quick drink at the party.
Saturday is another Halloween party, at the home of one of the people who runs the quiz, so it’s I can’t repeat the costume. My plan is Heath Ledger’s take on the Joker, when he’s blowing up the hospital. I’ve got the nurses’ dress on order (thanks eBay) and it’s supposed to arrive tomorrow. If there’s a problem my plan B is old jeans/t-shirt, lots of fake blood and scabs, et voila, zombie.

I’ll get some pics up over the weekend hopefully.

The partner of the girl who’s having the party is coeliac, so last night I made him my famous (on my FB at least) coeliac friendly lemon drizzle cake.

Should be a good weekend.

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Some much needed “me” time

I don’t usually get much chance of “me time”.
When I’m not working, my wife and I are always doing things together. In the house I’ll have a soak in a bath to get some “me” space, but then there’s the cats, and nothing if freakier than a cat sitting staring at you when you’re trying to relax in a bath.
Yesterday I took a day off, and had some “me time”. Karen didn’t want to see the new Bladerunner movie, and I did, so up and out for the first screening of the day, and with only another 3 people in the cinema, it was bliss. I got to immerse myself in the moment with no cats trying to get my attention while I was trying to watch something. I came out of the cinema feeling happy, content, and relaxed.
Back home I played with the cats for a bit, before me and Karen went for a walk up Glennifer Braes, and had some “us” time.

All in all a pretty perfect day.

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