The lady of the house has been hit hard with the flu for the past week. Hence, why I’ve been visibly absent for much longer than usual. Before I jump in I absolutely must share something with those of you who love a great novel. Remember in my last post (that seems so darn long ago) I tried to list a mere handful of my favourite books from those I read in 2012? Then I ended the post by sharing the title of the novel that was next on my to-be-read list: Before I Go to Sleepby S.J. Watson. Okay wowzers ladies and gentlemen — that was one page-turning novel. Good thing I was sick because that’s all I wanted to do was keep turning the pages and find out more. I highly recommend it!
So much has been in-the-works since I took the time to write that last post I’m not sure where to begin, what to leave out, or even if I should let things unfold as slowly as a newborn fawn caught in tall grass.
I’ve embarked upon a few new challenges lately. Back in mid December I began going to the gym and I have some mighty goals. Weight loss is going to be a welcome side effect but it’s not my primary reason for taking this on. I realized that my old self not only is very overweight but I’m not as healthy as I should be (she says as she’s just beginning to recover from a bad flu). Frankly, I’ve noticed how I’ve lost so much strength, particularly in my upper body and I’m becoming quite unstable in terms of balance. So I’m working with a trainer and she’s snapping me into shape by building up muscle tone, building up stamina, increasing my balance, and pushing me towards my goals. I’ve committed to another 4 months for this program though I realize I will have to continue on some form of maintenance once I’m where I need to be. Believe me, when you’re as old as I am, doing all these strenuous cardio and weight exercises is not what I would have thought I’d be doing in retirement! As part of this regime, I get to take a boxercise class which I found I actually enjoy doing — watch out!
Some of you are likely quite familiar with the trend in recent years for people, particularly women, to embrace a single word as their theme for the year. Well, I too have taken on a ‘word’ to live by for 2013: r e a c h. I’m definitely reaching out of my comfort zone, reaching for some measurable goals, and reaching for more new experiences in my life.
There’s more but I’ll share these in future posts. By the way, if updates seem to be few and far between here, you’ll likely find that I do drop a few photos off at Flickr on a fairly regular basis. It’s so quick and easy to simply pop a photo in there and write a few words.
So now you. What are you working towards — what are you reaching for?