So, it’s the final day; the end of my first autumn term of Second-Year University Courses. I thought now was a good time to update on my University experience.
And for a week after I did this without thinking twice about it! 5/5
- Daily Meditation
Find weekly meditation easier to feel effects of now I do it each evening too (four weeks of daily practise and counting). 4/5
- Daily Physiotherapy
Mixed results here; but I agree doing any form of exercise daily is good. 4/5
- No chocolate [3 days]
No real difference noticed except by day 3 it was actually EASY to do [but hard as HELL on day 2]… Only ate it day 4 to celebrate anniversary with husband and forgot to get back into it. 3/5
General Health Lessons Learnt:
- Use a MUG for ALL drinks – instead of PLASTIC cups [water actually DOES taste different]
- Rice isn’t THAT hard to cook; not worth microwaving
- Pasta Bake, Frozen vegetables and Potatoes CAN be re-heated in a microwave
- Some days soup and toast really is the healthiest/best option
- Fresh fruit is surprisingly easy to consume
- Missing my daily iron tablet DOES have an effect
- Five-a-day is EASIER with Fresh vegetables than frozen
- Because I bother to cook; I get a variety: That bag of beans/peas/sweetcorn/carrots are getting on my nerves now.
- Sometimes cucumber tastes bad no matter what price you pay [time of year maybe?]
- I do CHOOSE healthy food sometimes
- When I’m aware that the junk will still be there after a healthy meal; I feel no pressure to eat it now and often don’t have it after the healthy option in the end. Knowing I can eat junk whenever I want means I eat less of it.
- Even healthy habits are hard to break; so make them.
- Kept getting at least 4-a-day from habit.
- There’s no such thing as “too many leftovers”
- I never get sick of tea, so need to learn to limit it
- Been having up to 26 cups on some days! This brings our energy/water bill up due to toilet trips thus MUST cut down.
- Eating apple cores/the dry end of a cucumber won’t kill you
- I was brought up with crusts cut off my bread, apples already cored and only the smoothest breast of chicken… I now find it VERY difficult to eat certain foods and am deliberately pushing myself to eat a bit more of the apple/the exposed to air end of a cucumber that’s been freshly cut/food I drop on the counter (if raw – just a rinse and cooking it will kill the germs)
- Being too clean harms my skin
- Found this with my ears and now with my hands too.
- How to measure dry foods
- Place raw portions of rice/pasta/vegetables to ½ fill your plate/bowl (water will increase it’s size)
- Canned sweetcorn beats frozen
- Breaded Chicken Breast tastes nicer than chicken nuggets; but turkey dinosaurs still beat turkey mince
- Trying to be simple/healthy/clean/environmentally-friendly in a house with students is difficult!
Speaking of the environment, I need to update you on my Green Goals for 2009: and plan some goals for 2010.
So, let’s begin.
Daily Spiritual Practise [or at least weekly] –ticks-
* 30,000 words by 30 November –ticks-
* Blog Weekly –ticks-
* Ritual for each festival –In Progress-
* Cut down on junk food
* Keep taking 5-a-day -In Progress-
* Some for of weekly movement [dance, free-weights ] -Bellydance, Hillwalking & Nia tried-
The enboldened are completed, the italic in process.
* Cook more from scratch
* Eat more fruit and vegetables
* Increase my hand washing load as it dries on my radiator.
* Continue to recycle [re-use spare cardboard box to house it all between emptying].
* Use my re-useable bags more often.
* In the summer I want to grow some herbs
* Keep my radiator off at certain times/wear more clothes.
* Knit myself a scarf.
* Find a fitness routine and STICK TO IT.
* Use the Lemon Bus – this is an amazing phenomena. It’s CHEAPER if you want more than a one-way bus trip and runs on chip fat.
* Donate bric-a-brac and clothes to charities twice.
* Be diligent about electric and water usage – bottle/use cooked water in tea.
* MAKE SOME SMOOTHIES (or ANY food) with my whizzer.
* Keep room organised/clean/tidy. (never going to happen but I still aim for it)
* Re-use glass jars. (Good idea from TopHat; so Thanks to You)
* Get re-usable cloth Sanitary pads.
So I get 8/16 which is exactly 50% which was my aim.
Shall work on some 2010 goals and let you know; thanks for being so supportive and I’d love some new ideas for simple but effective green goals/changes.