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It Keeps You Runnin’.

Brrrr.  It is cold.  Like, freezing-your-butt-off cold.  Which is pretty normal for Winter, I suppose, but it seems extra chilly at the moment.  We’ve had some wild, stormy weather with thunderstorms and heavy rains, hail and flooding, and people have lost their fences and roofs.  I had a few pot plants go for a tumble, but that’s about it.

In a continuing attempt to be healthy and lose weight, I have been walking and / or running, regardless of the weather.  In some ways, exercising in crummy weather is better for me, for several reasons :

  1.  Less people around to witness my lack of coordination and grace.
  2.  If you’re drenched with rain, no one can tell if you’re sweating.
  3.  People think you’re very dedicated and diligent.
  4.  You can wear big baggy raincoats and wet weather gear and
    hide your flabby bits.
  5.  Ditto wearing hoodies and other head-covering ensembles.  Bad hair be damned!
  6.  When you finally get back home to the warm and dry, it seems SO MUCH  warmer and drier by default.
  7. You can be a bit smug about how disciplined you are (see # 3.)

I must admit it has been VERY hard to get motivated (although the size of my thighs should be motivation enough) and some days I would rather go straight home, put my PJs on, and stay warm with a cup of tea and Vincent D’Onofrio (via a Criminal Intent DVD).  This week it has been difficult to organise walking times because I’ve worked overtime and had car issues.  And I’ve been lazy.  But I try and go at least a few times a week, even if I just pop out at lunchtime for a quick trek around the block.  It’s better than nothing.  This is what I tell myself anyway.

There have been days when it has been raining so hard I have come home COMPLETELY drenched, and my sneakers are making that gross squelchy-squeaky noise that sounds like you’re walking on dead frogs.  I’ve got raindrops in my ears, crazy hair, and small puddles in my pockets, but that’s ok.  I’m still glad I have made the effort and have one less reason to feel bad about myself.  It’s so easy to fall back into house-slug habits and just go straight home, after a day at work sitting on my bum in front of a computer, with no exercise or fresh air.  But I’m trying to do better and get out there.

So, I shall continue to waddle around, rain or shine, with little guilt-ridden breaks in the middle where I “forget” to do any exercise at all.   I will stop to take photos and watch dogs play.  I will run when there’s no one else around, and walk when there is.  I will try not to spoil it all by coming home and eating a cookie.  But, even if I do, I will forgive myself and start over the next day.  That’s the biggest hurdle for me.

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Quote for the Day : Go Outside

“…Go outside.
Don’t tell anyone and don’t bring your phone.
Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road like the palm of your hand, because we walk the same roads day in and day out, to the bus and back home and we cease to see.
We walk in our sleep and teach our muscles to work without thinking and I dare you to walk where you have not yet walked and I dare you to notice.
Don’t try to get anything out of it, because you won’t.
Don’t try to make use of it, because you can’t.
And that’s the point.
Just walk, see, sit down if you like.
And be.
Just be, whatever you are with whatever you have,
and realise that that is enough to be happy.

There’s a whole world out there, right outside your window.
You’d be a fool to miss it…”

— Charlotte Eriksson

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Mum’s Garden

Mum’s Garden

A rainy, Wintery weekend just went by.  As much as I hate the cold, I do love the look of raindrops on leaves and frost on the grass, as long as I’m looking at from inside a nice warm house.  I spent some time at my Mum’s on the weekend and took a few snaps of plants and flowers (and critters!) in her garden.  It is really coming along and starting to look a lot more lush and inviting.  She loves her garden and it was hard to leave her previous one behind when she moved to the new house.  So she’s been working hard to get the new one up to scratch.  The front garden is mostly hardy natives which are drought-tolerant and don’t mind full sun.  The back garden is still a work-in-progress and that will feature more traditional, cottage-garden beds and plants.  She’s getting rid of the lawn as it is hard to maintain and needs way too much water.  Better to have mulched garden beds that will require less water and upkeep.  She’s enjoying all the planning and working with a landscape gardener to get it just so.  She’s only a pensioner, so things are being done on a budget and corners cut wherever possible.

For what it’s worth, I have been busy with my little garden too – re-potting all my succulents and cacti, propagating new plants and clearing away the bedraggled old ones that have seen better days.  My path is lined with succulents now and the colours are amazing.  You can almost hear them saying “Ahhh…” as they relax in their newer, larger pots.  Some of them had become quite root bound, poor things. Anyway, more on my garden later.  For now, enjoy a few colourful photos of various plants and flowers in Mum’s garden 🙂

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So pretty! The raindrops look like jewels on these colourful leaves…

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Poinsettia…

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Kalanchoe, ready to bloom…

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Begonia…

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Salvia (such a beautiful blue)…

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So many bees happily harvesting pollen from a lemon tree…

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Geranium…

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“Joey” – don’t ask me the proper name….

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(Neighbour’s cat, photo-bombing!)

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(Mole Cricket.  Dead unfortunately, poor little guy.  He made a tasty meal for the ants though…)