[caption id="attachment_1350" align="aligncenter" width="642"] my house at the end of my walk at 8.15 this morning[/caption]
We were all up at 4.30am this morning as my daughter had to be somewhere to catch a coach to the Paralympics today!
I went back to bed for a sleep but instead found my mind whirring away with thoughts of gift tags and whether or not I had I put them on moobaacluck.com and updated the images elsewhere. I knew I wouldn't sleep.
A couple of hours later I had listed gift tags on my site and corrected some SEO; eaten breakfast, written some emails and printed out the days orders. All before 7.45am.
The sun was struggling to emerge but I decided to go for a walk and found I needed to wear a fleece. Autumn is really here!
I am on a health drive at the moment. In early October I am having an operation and want to be as healthy as I can to give myself the best chance of healing. I've learned that for optimum health your ph needs to be at 6.5 'dipping' into 7 at least once a day. To achieve that I've had to cut out wine, all pork and derivatives, cakes,no white potatoes,crisps, no salmon or seafood ( waah!), chocolate, biscuits, white flour, cut back on wheat generally, no tea or coffee. This isn't self proscribed - I have instructions. I also need to try to eat my main meal in the middle of the day - only eating meat then - if at all, but making sure I eat a small salad first. And drink a lemon juice solution which helps alkalise your system - but I now know, you can easily go too far the other way, I feel a bit spacey at 8 ( although I may be imagining this)?! So I am keeping tabs on myself and learning how my body reacts to certain food.
Fortunately I love vegetables and salad, rice and grains which is what I am left with mostly! Sweet potatoes are encouraged. I roasted lamb at the weekend and did a huge tray full of parsnips, sweet pots, carrots and white potatoes with garlic and balsamic vinegar. It was easy not to serve myself with potatoes - honest.
I went up to London at the weekend to meet two friends for lunch and see the Shakespeare exhibition at the British Museum. I wasn't an angel - it was a special occasion and a limited three course menu with a free glass of wine. Was I about to pass this up?! The first alcohol I've had in 3 weeks was a small glass of absolutley delicious Merlot. I wonder if my taste buds might have become more acute in such a short time. It tasted wonderful!
Wine I had cut out a while ago just because I notice that I feel low the day after drinking any really. Thinking about this as I write it.. my mood on Sunday was not the best. One small glass! I wonder?
Physically I am losing weight which is a great side effect - it's subtle and early days. I love indulging myself with avocado or fruit salad for breakfast and loads of veg; once the children are back at school I will try harder to stick to the rules. I know that in November it will be a challenge to eat a big meal in the day time without forward planning. About time I started to use the slow cooker my mother bought me last Christmas!!
As a designer maker I am coming up to my busiest time of year and still have so much to sort out and prepare. I am so determined this year to get as much as I can painted beforehand. When there is a gap in orders at this time of year I must not sit back! And yet I must - absolutely must get out of the house everyday.
How much better I feel having had a 30 minute walk before work. If I leave it thinking I will walk later in the day, I won't.
It's so important when you are a sedentry artist with a time consuming way of working to make sure you move everyday.. somehow I think my to-ing and fro-ing to the summerhouse isn't quite enough!
What do you do to stay healthy? One of my Twitter friends is doing a burst of intense skipping alternately with a run the next day which I think is a fabulous idea. It's all about aquiring new habits isn't it. Rather than beating yourself up if one or two days slip by with you acting like a vegetable and in my case - eating them too!