Virtuous Sunday

17 11 2013

Happy SundayI cannot believe it is almost 10pm already.

In contrast to my plans of indulging in one relaxing day a week I have had a very busy Sunday. I am feeling quite virtuous but I will no doubt pay for it tomorrow.

My activities of the day included:

  1. A large load of coloured washing.
  2. Marking GCSE essays.
  3. Marking KS3 books.
  4. Ordering a DVD for Enterprise Day and a script for my year 11’s.
  5. Writing a reference for a student.
  6. Filling out a dull form.
  7. Updating my address book.
  8. Writing more than half of my Christmas Cards.
  9. Wrapping a few more Christmas presents.
  10. And finally, my personal favourite: arranging the flowers bought for me by my wonderful husband who appreciates all my hard work.



Lack of Motivation

8 09 2013


My absence from the world of blogging for the past two days is evidence of my current lack of motivation.

This is not specifically related to my postaday target but a more general feeling.

I am not sure if it is due to my lack of sleep over the past week, the start of the new academic term, the fact that I have felt a little ill over the past few days, my endeavours to kick stat a healthier lifestyle or some other mysterious cause but I am finding that I have little “get up and go” right now.

But the new term is now firmly in swing and I am getting back to my usual routine. That said I am trying to seriously reduce the work I do outside of my working hours.

My health kick is well underway. I had breakfast most days – including a massive bowl of “Rice Krispies” one morning, I have increased my daily fruit intake despite my ongoing reluctance, preferring to source my 5 a day from vegetables and fermented grape. On that note I have only have two glasses of red wine in a week and I am taking vitamin supplements to ward off potential bugs and virus from snotty teenagers. I have also stuck to decaf tea and coffee although I am drinking far more cups as my body will not accept that the usually affects of these beverages is not kicking in.

Hopefully my efforts will pay off and I will start to reap the rewards of my healthy lifestyle and I will start to feel a little more like making things happen rather than my current state of “BLEUGH”.



Post Summer Health Kick

1 09 2013

health kick

With the dreaded start of term fast approaching & the indulgences of the past 6 weeks weighing me down, I am on a bit of a health kick.

I have decided to implement a few changes to improve my overall well being (before I lapse again in the run up to Christmas).

This is not about losing weight – I got that T-shirt last term when my weight plummeted in the space of two months – it is more about a consistent approach to diet and lifestyle and embracing some good habits.

I have set myself the following goals:

  • To reduce my alcohol intake
  • To move onto decaf tea and coffee
  • To eat a small breakfast every day
  • To have a healthy lunch.
  • To snack on yogurts and fruit
  • To swap sugary carbonated drinks with fruit juice and water.

Anyone who knows me will know that I LOVE vegetables but have no great love of fruit and I cannot bear the idea of nibbling on dried fruit and seeds. I may however be tempted by a handful of peanuts or banana on toast – a favourite childhood snack – to introduce good alternative to sausage rolls that are my default snack at work.

I will miss my cherished latte but have found a tolerable brand of decaf coffee and Shloer is a good alternative to my beloved red wine.

I have managed to gain a few welcome pounds over the summer break and although do not wish to wave my curves goodbye again so soon after reclaiming them I want to achieve some consistency and not avoid meals and snacks during the day when stresses take over.

Wish me luck in my quest – I hope I have the necessary will power.

As for exercise…well, let’s try one thing at a time 🙂

Sell me a lifestyle

27 01 2013

Pick and mix

I have recently started to watch American series “How I met Your Mother” from the beginning and have been really enjoying it. One episode really struck me. Barney is trying to convince Marshall that he needs to remain with his job at Goliath National Bank. In order to persuade him he convinces Marshall that Lily needs the “Package” – house, children, and holidays.

It reminded me of a stand up routine I watched years ago. I cannot remember the comic in question but he was complaining about coffee shops. His big issue with them was that they were not simply in the business of selling you the morning Macchiato that you cannot start you day without, but that they were trying to sell you a lifestyle. It was something to do with the excessive number of options on a typical coffee shop menu and the difficult in making what used to be a simple choice. But at the time I thought buying a lifestyle was a rather wonderful idea.

Imagine having the same amount of choice about your life as you do with your morning coffee.

It’s similar to booking a package holiday. My husband and I love package holidays and have a list of criteria that we look for when we book:

All Inclusive, Adult only, on the beach, short transfer from the airport, range of restaurants on site, several swimming pools, activities throughout the day, quiet pool for relaxation, evening entertainment, good location, interesting choice of excursions, reasonable price.

We are of course flexible about some of these things; we have ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ limits. Ultimately we check our options and make the best choice based on what is available and achievable. E.g. Adult only is essential but with the right resort we are prepared to travel a little further from the airport. All inclusive is a must and if 24hour room service is included we may be convinced to pay a little bit more than we had initially budgeted.

The point is that no one ever gets exactly what they want but can examine the possibilities and pick the option most suited to their needs – somewhat like voting in the general election.

If the same approach could be taken with lifestyle options what would our hard and soft limits be? If we knew the pitfalls and sacrifices we would need to make in order to get what we REALLY want could we accept them with greater ease? What boxes would we tick and what aspects of our life would we prioritise? We could end up with some tough choices to make:

Career or relationships?

Health & long life or beauty & fame?

Family or travel?

Money & power or spiritual enlightenment?

Comfort & stability or a roaring social life?

A pick and mix approach to life would take some of the guess work out of it as we would at least know what we were giving up and what we were gaining from the outset. I think I could accept the bad times with a little more grace.

Don’t get me wrong I am fairly happy with my lot in life. I don’t yet have the feature wall in every tastefully designed room of a home of my own which is surrounded by a white picket fence but I do come home every night to a warm flat and a hot meal; my career has not made me wealthy but makes me happy for the most part; I don’t visit the opera or ballet draped in satin and dripping with jewels but I love cuddling up on the sofa and watching reruns of “The Vicar of Dibley”; I don’t have 2.4 children 4 dogs and a rabbit but I could still ai for these things in the future; I am neither famous nor noteworthy but I do make small differences in the lives of the students I teach (hopefully for the better); I am not engaged in the battle of saving the earth, curing disease or eliminating poverty but I do have many treasured family and friends.

There are of course aspects of my life I could do without. Interfering landlords inspecting and judging my home; morons at work who increase my workload to satisfy their own sense of self importance; responsibilities to family that are sometimes arduous and inconvenient; arguing with my husband over whose turn it is to do the cooking; medical condition LUPAS causing fatigue and hair loss; average looks; insufficient funds to maintain the lifestyle choices I would like; frequent self doubt and inadequate work/life balance. Which of these would I be willing to tolerate if I could see the bigger picture?

If I could have foreseen how all of my choices in life would lead me to where I am today – I may have done some things differently or maybe not. All I know is that if somehow I could have purchased my lifestyle as easily as I can a package holiday the element of choice would have made the consequences easier to deal with.

I propose that someone out their create a spreadsheet or flow chart that enables each of us to check the boxes for our greatest priorities and also identify the things we are willing to compromise over. That is one menu I would peruse with pleasure, probably over a latte and a blueberry muffin whilst daydreaming about foreign shores.

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