I daren’t look when my last blog post was, they’re all in my head you see, I never seem to have the time, here we go again …
“All or nothing” that’s me. I don’t often do things by halves. Rockbottom or flying high, up or down, no wine or the whole bottle, couch potato or?
Well, that leads me to this blog post …
January saw me at another chubby, yo-yo, clothes going up in size stage. I had been recognising the signs, but ignoring them, as I do, for the past 12 months, then that dreaded Christmas photo !! I looked well, frumpy. No-no good. I also was in constant pain, with diagnosed degenerative disc disease, a pinched nerve and a spine very badly out of shape. To add insult to injury, my Hashimoto’s (Autoimmune under active thyroid) was muddling my brain, disturbing my sleep and adding pounds to my person.
Rollercoaster life rock-bottom once again kicked me into touch. So I flung myself wholeheartedly, I ‘WAS’ in the zone, to sort it out. Weight, fitness, diet, and lifestyle. I decided to take on a few personal challenges that I could focus on throughout the year. Poco a poco, little by little. Goals that I could put a big red tick by as I conquered them.
They’re work in progress and they are as follows:
To refrain from Alcohol for 31 days.
COMPLETED – SAVING …17,000..CALORIES & …403….€ ( hides in shame !)
Miracles do happen, who’d have thought 😉 coming from a bottle of vino a night girl, plus a few!
THE FOLLOWING STARTED 9TH JANUARY 2017
Loose 15 kgs
Following the 5:2 Fast plan. Restricted food intake calories 2 days a week, and eating well 5 days a week, including indulging when called for at weekends.
PROGRESS TO DATE: DOWN 13 KGS 🙂
‘Where’s you Everest’ Challenge
To climb the height of Everest 8823m wherever, whenever you’re in the world. Set by Trail Magazine.
PROGRESS TO DATE: 6 weeks to climb my first Everest, onto my 2nd …15,424…m Elevation in total.
Walk 1000 miles in 12 months
Challenge set by Country Walking Magazine, with an online FB group and following of ……people. A positive and inspiring group of people, from, excuse the pun all walks of life, all over the world. Some folks counting every step they take, some counting ‘Boots on’ miles.
PROGRESS TO DATE: 350 ‘Boots on’ MILES, On target and banking a few!
Walk as many stages of the ‘Gran Sendero de Malaga’
A circular walking route around the province of Malaga 650 KM
PROGRESS TO DATE :
Stage 1 & 2 complete, Malaga to Rincon de la Victoria to Velez Malaga.
Stage 3 & 4 complete, Velez-Malaga to Torrox pueblo to Nerja.
Stage 5 complete, Nerja through the Sierras to Frigiliana.
For 12 years since we moved to our house on the side of a mountain, with looked with awe at the mighty Maroma. La Maroma, also known as Tejeda, stands at an altitude of 2069 m, is the highest peak of the Sierra de Tejeda, Spain. The summit is located in the region of Axarquía on the border between the provinces of Granada and Málaga.
PROGRESS – Date booked 7th May, praying for good weather and not too hot.
Camino de Santiago
To start my Pilgrimage on the famous St James way.
PROGRESS TO DATE: Pilgrim passport ready, flights booked, depart 28th September, 1 week.
Well, that’s the diet and fitness sorted 😉 should give me something to go on, now to fit in the lifestyle, not sure there are enough hours in the day. Maybe as I walk I can virtually write my cookbook, keep my website updated and plan recipes and menus. Perhaps I need a personal assistant, note to self must work harder, money helps 😉
Once somebody showed me the ‘Wheel of life’ to balance all aspects of your life, work, rest and play, I even set diary notes for it to pop up to remind me to evaluate my ‘Wheel’ each month. Maybe just a tad unrealistic, or too perfectly formed for ‘real life’ and I know, I often would look at my ‘apple’ Pie Chart and think “ooh b********s”, I’m not that domestic, mantra chanting, chakra aligned, clean eating, goddess. But I’m ME work in progress, ‘watch this space Lynsey’ back on the waggon of self-fulfilment, having a little me time, slipping up as and when life bats me a curve ball, just trying to recognise the moment before it side swipes me to depths again.
So as I put my best foot forward I’m praying for no blisters, hoping my back will hold up and my pill popping will be less. I’m enjoying every moment, breathing in the views, stopping to stand and stare at the top of steep climb or mountain, learning to cope with the wandering of my own mind, ( yes I still think I’m crazy ), and I’m truly thankful that I live, where I live.