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Life of late

So I’ve not posted much lately.  Since the last post, there hasn’t been anything in the way of snow, and I suspect that winter has pretty much passed us by. (not good if you love sledging).

I’ve been attending 3 yoga classes a week, and doing the odd practice on my own at home as well, and I’m still loving it.  In fact, last night’s class was awesome.  I really enjoyed it, and had a great post practice buzz.  So much so that I didn’t stop off for a pint on my way home as I didn’t want to spoil it.

I’m eating less meat, and more veggie equivalents.  I love a roll and sausage on a Saturday morning, and Linda McCartney sausages are a great alternative to meat.  I also found Malcolm Allen veggie lorne sausage, which taste wise is no different from the real thing, but the texture isn’t quite right.  Other than that there’s no difference, it’s excellent.

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In contrast to the previous post….

Last night at yoga, I just felt that I wasn’t getting it. I honestly felt that I did better the very first day I walked into the class 3 years ago.
My balance was off, I was getting cramp in my toes in child’s pose, did I mention my balance?
Don’t get me wrong, not everything felt like a step backwards, and I did pretty good afterwrds, but it’s proof that we can only do what we can do on any given day, but it’s not easy to accept. Acceptance is the key I think. If you don’t accept that’s how it was and move on, then it will play on your mind and create a downward spiral where you psyche yourself out.

Onwards and upwards.

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Pushing myself

I’ve found more classes at the gym that I can go to. So far this week the scores are.

Monday – Pilates
Tuesday – yoga (lunchtime) and yoga (evening)

Today will be lunchtime yoga.

Thursday will be evening yoga

And finally Friday will be lunchtime pilates.

Saturday I might not be able to leave the house 😀

I still don’t actually “enjoy” pilates, but I feel great afterwards, so I’ll stick with it.
We’re off for a weeks holiday on the 8th, so I’ll be taking a mat with me and at least doing some yoga while I’m away.

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As Sheryl Crow sang, “If it makes you happy…”

More and more I’m going with “do what makes you happy”. I’ve just turned 52, and still (occasionally) skateboard, although more cruising on a longboard than regular skateboard – but I do have both.
I’ve currently got blue dip-dyed hair, and it’s recently been shades of green or purple, prior to settling on blue. I like it, and I don’t actually care if others don’t (although, I’ve only had positive feedback so it’s a bit of a moot point).

So get out there. Ride that (metaphoric) skateboard even if people think you’re too old. If it makes YOU happy, then you go for it.

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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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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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Crossroads

Got a really weird feeling that I’m at some sort of crossroads in my life, but can’t quite see it.

There’s things I want to change, and I’m slowly working on it, but I can’t help get the feeling that there’s some bigger picture that I should be looking at and aiming towards, but I’m not seeing it, it’s in my peripheral vision, and I can’t see what it is.

It’s almost like waking up with a hangover, and not having a full memory of the night before.  A work colleague called this “the fear”.  It’s almost but not quite like that, and it’s bugging the hell out of me, as if I don’t see what it is, how can I change it?

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Cutting out the deadwood

Sometimes I wonder if the people I regard as friends ARE actually friends.  How many of them are only in touch because I make the effort?  If I didn’t contact them first, how many would bother to contact me?

This came to be relevant recently.  Someone we regarded as a friend, was supposed to be meeting us for a meal.  We had to cancel due to illness, and her last words were “I’ll give you a shout when I’m free”.  That was three months ago.  We haven’t heard a thing from her.

She was also good at borrowing things, and when you asked if she’d read/watched them yet, the answer would always be no, because she had a huge pile of books/movies to work through.  If that’s the case, don’t borrow until you’ve reduced the “to watch/read” pile, UNLESS it’s something you’re planning on jumping to the top of your pile.
Anyway, I’ve decided that I’m NOT going to make the effort with this person any longer.  I’ve replaced both the dvd’s she has of mine, and out of the numerous books she’s got of mine, there’s only one I’m keen to replace (does that count as downsizing?)

So anyway, that’s another piece of driftwood that attached itself as I flow down the river of life, that I’ve managed to untangle myself from. 

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Life re-evaluation

Whenever I get into something new – sport, hobby etc – I tend to go all out for it, and then a bit further down the line, I struggle for motivation.

This happened when I was in a running club.  I got into running as the result of a drunken bet (long-ish story), and really enjoyed it, so I joined a jogging group in work.  I eventually got to the point where the lunchtime run wasn’t long enough, as I had improved to the point where I’d reached the furthest point and was halfway back, while the others were still on the way out.  That was when I joined a running club.  While I was at the top in the jogging group, I was at the tail end in the running club, which was great as I had something to aim for.  Eventually I progressed from the “slow” group to the intermediate group, and got to the point I was among the faster ones in that group.

This was great, until I got an injury and had to take some time out.  When I was ok to run again, I realised just how long it had taken to get to the level I’d been at, and how long it would take me to get back there again.  I also realised that my entire social life, and by association, my wife’s social life, was arranged round my training nights, and any races I was entered into.

Enough was enough and I knocked it on the head.

I’d like to get back into it again at some point, but purely as a means to keep fit.  No clubs, no competing.

Now to the point of this post.  Karate.  I’ve been doing it for about seven years and got my brown belt about 3 months ago.  Just a few weeks later, I went on holiday, and since I came back, I’ve only been to karate once.

I can’t get enthused about it any more.  I’m looking for excuses not to go.  Whatever I was looking for from the karate, I’m not getting.  I was going three times a week, and I need to cut back and go (at most) twice a week now.  I planned to go yesterday, but a flat tyre on my morning commute meant I had to go to the bike shop at lunchtime to get spare tubes in case of any more punctures.  I’ll (probably) go on Saturday morning, but mainly due to the fact that I need to give some dvd’s back, and not because I want to.  I just can’t get my enthusiasm back.  The karate isn’t panning out the way I thought.  I go to two clubs, in the same association.  One seems to be drifting off into aikido-esque territory, which, doesn’t interest me.  We’re practising things which, although quite cool, I can’t see anyone EVER attempting in a fight situation.  I just can’t be arsed any more.

The other club is usually better, and is really good depending on who is taking it.  Problem is, since I’ve not been going, I’ve not been missing it either.

I’m not sure if I should be cutting back or cutting it out completely.  I know it’s not really that important to me anymore.

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