A journey of exploration and discovery of who I am becoming during the aging process. A great big bang-up HURRAH! that
I'm alive. A lot of talk about sundry and miscellaneous stuff & nonsense that may or may not have relevance; they may not even make sense (remember, I'm menopausal!). But I'm hoping they'll be fun.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
We’ve all heard
the phrase “Less is More”?Well, I’ve
decided to apply that adage to my own life in regards to stress. Less stress = more life!Of course, no one can alleviate all the stressors in their life.But there ways we can help.So, over the next 4 weeks I’m giving myself a personal challenge to try
to distress my life by at least ¼ of what it is now. Here are the areas I’m going to
I do usually eat good,
nutritious food: low in fat and sodium,
lots of fiber, whole grains, protein.
But because of my terrible sweet-tooth, I also tend to consume a fair
amount of refined sugar. Bad! Bad, Sandy! As well, I need to limit my consumption of wheat products as it bothers my tummy. And with the recent move to eating mostly
vegetarian, I’m hoping my cravings can be brought under control by making even more good
After the fun
and freedom of summer, the Autumn back-to-students routine really helps me
return to what is normal for my house. Work,
dinner, conversation and/or TV, a book in bed and lights out by 11 pm during
the week all add up to a rested and happy Sandy. After almost 60 years, I can
read my body; and my body likes regularity .... with an occasional dalliance into the unexpected.
I also need to
remember a few key things to help enable sleep to come: things like no caffeine or
chocolate after 2 pm, no food after 6 pm, no stimulating phone conversations ……
and no worrying if I do have a night when sleep alludes me. Menopause!
I was the grateful recipient of the wonderful benefits of exercise for years.
And I hate the fact that I’m still not able to participate in yoga or Zumba any longer without pain and setback. I was told a week ago that with bone spurs on
both hips, any amount of walking and hiking will just make things worse. But I can't give up! So, I
continue with simple stretches and twice weekly short walks. But next month after my
“big” birthday, I plan on joining the rec centre for swim classes.
We must move
people! There’s always something we can
do, and I refuse to give up completely. I
shall “not go gentle into that dark
Daughters visiting; new students arriving. Yup! It's time to get back to ensuring that I get some down time for myself. Due to age and thyroid, I seldom schedule
events on my weekday evenings: feet up, heating pad at my back, getting lost in
TV or a book is a must for me in order to rejuvenate and function until the
weekends. And even on weekends, sandwiched in
between dances or movies or road trips or activities with the girls, I have to
be allowed a few hours to just putter. It's one of the things at the top of my "To Do" list.
You know how you get used to the
things around you and become blind to the obvious. Well, that’s what’s happened here. I opened up my eyes a few weeks ago and
realized that although I'm not at the hoarder stage, the house is close to being featured on one of those purge and
re-organize programs. I hold onto things
thinking I’ll sell that when I have a yard sale: then spring comes, and I can’t have a yard
sale because I can’t lift things up and down stairs and out onto tables. And I struggle with the fact that there’s good
stuff there and, therefore, money to be made or lost.
But you know what? I can’t concentrate when the house is a big
mess.I used to have a lot of “organized”
stuff; not I just have a lot of stuff:
and I don’t have the energy to try to begin to tackle organizing because there’s
just so much. I find myself thinking about the “stuff” and howmuch
I hate being this disorganized. So, I asked myself this weekend if the money
to be made at a yard sale was more than the serenity to be found by just giving
it to the thrift shop. And the answer
was no! There’s more value in the
So, over the next couple of
weeks, I am going to tackle my house; not all at once -- one room at a time to avoid being
overwhelmed.I’m going to do a
little every weekend; the girls can load up the trunk of my car, and I’ll share the
“wealth” with the Salvation Army and The Daisy - great thrift shops that bring extra benefits to this area. And I'll gain a tidier home, more freedom and less stress.
Less stress is worth working towards, right?
So .... 4 weeks .....
One step at a time; day by day; little by little; bit by bit