Hello – I hope you’ve all had a good week.
My week has involved:
My PT did my body measurements again during our last session, and I am delighted to have lost a total of 7.5 inches in six weeks! The weight on the scales isn’t playing along yet, but I’m not disheartened because I can see the change in myself, and my attitude.
I am going to the gym because I feel I want to, not because I have to. I am also changing my attitude to food, with less of a reliance on it as an emotional crutch. These contemplations about exercise, food, and weight culiminated in a post, Bollocks to BMI, which judging from the response I have received seems to have touched many of you, too.
Being a healthy weight is important for optimum health, of course – but it needs to be a healthy weight for you, and never at the expense of your emotional well being or self-esteem. It’s all about balance and finding things that work for you.
Last week’s PT session made me feel like I was going to throw up at a couple of points, but I kept going! I’ve realised I need to stretch a lot more in order to be able to move better (duh). My back has long been a source of grumbles; it’s the legacy of nearly two decades of desk jobs. Cursing every time I changed gear while driving the other day because my groin muscles were sore made me realise I need to focus on stretching. I spent an hour on the gym mats yesterday stretching out everything in every way I could think of, which made me feel a bit better.
When you return home after a gruelling PT session where you thought for a moment you were going to throw up and you find your cat, (who got you up at 5.45am that morning because he wanted to be let out) still asleep on the bed in the same position as he was on when you left him an hour before – and he gives you a look that says “yeah, what?”. Just as well he’s cute 😀 💖🐱 💪 #fitgirlproblems #mycat
The stretching yesterday was especially useful because I spent hours creating a new site. When I am creating graphics in particular I tend to hunch over the computer to make sure all the details are aligned. It dawned on me that aligning pretty pictures at the expense of my back was pretty daft!
Speaking of a new site…
Bright Mind Spirit
Yesterday I redesigned and relaunched Bright Mind Spirit. I originally set it up two years ago, shortly after Hugo died as a means of raising awareness of the importance of effective health communication as a complement to this blog.
The redesign and relaunch came about through a variety of channels: I’ve been thinking for a while about how to utilise my creativity, comms experience, and coaching skills. Lots of thinking, and support from friends especially at Blognix and Passion into Pounds events have helped form the result.
Bright Mind Spirit is about creativity, inspiration and potential: using creative solutions to help people and businesses achieve their goals. If you would like to know more, please do check out my website, and like the Facebook page. I am delighted with how the site looks, and hope you love it too!
I don’t know where Bright Mind Spirit will take me; I figured that there is no ‘perfect’ time for anything. Sometimes you have just got to go for it and see what happens. It’s currently a supplement to my job. I’ve never felt comfortable monetising Headspace Perspective: Bright Mind Spirit is a way of celebrating myself, my value – and helping to pay bills too.
After a relatively easy first week with the new therapy, last week was really challenging, difficult, and upsetting. It left me feeling unsettled for a few days afterwards. I don’t want to talk about it any more than that. Some good things to come out of it, however, are as a result of my workouts for the first time (probably, ever) I didn’t seek solace in cake after the session; and Bright Mind Spirit is providing a welcome distraction as well as positive reinforcement.
I wish there was a magic wand, but there isn’t and I have no choice but to go through it to get to the other side.
I’ve been reading Jojo Moyes’ Me After You, after throughly (and unexpectedly) enjoying Me Before You. Without giving too much away, this is a sequel and follows what happens next in Lou’s life. I loved it just as much as the first book: it is full of charm and love. It feels a bit Richard Curtis in places: that’s not a compliment, I’m not a fan of his films because I think they are saccharine and formulaic, but sometimes all you want is a good story well told and that is what Moyes gives you.