Finding the Balance!
|the spirea plants look completely dead but close inspection has revealed the new growth ... both plants are covered in tiny (about 2mm long) leaf buds, so a lot of growing still to do but it is looking promising
The list of things that I can stop doing is short and easy to sort out. I've been following the online nutrition classes since the beginning of lockdown in 2020 and in that time I have gained a good understanding of how nutrition choices affects me and have made the necessary changes. There are probably still more changes I could make but at the moment my focus is more on the exercise side of things and I am happy that I eat healthily for more than 80% of the time, so for the time being I am going to stop attending the nutrition classes. The sessions are now recorded so if I want to backtrack on that decision I can watch the recordings at a more suitable time. I've also decided to stop the daily Italian lessons on the Duolingo app. I've got to the stage where it's now progressing too quickly and to be honest has become a bit of a chore. I've had a long hard think about why I am doing it and have reached the conclusion that it's no longer the need it used to be. I've now learned enough that if I do ever travel to Italy I'll be able to order food and drink in a restaurant, ask for directions, and also probably hold a fairly basic conversation. If an Italian conversation group does ever become available locally I can always rethink.
On to the things I want to do. I won't bore you by listing everything separately but this covers all the social activities, hobbies, personal training and exercise, and home cooking. I have plenty of time to fit in everything I want to do but need to be more disciplined about the things that need to be done daily, i.e. daily exercise and daily piano practice. Ideally they both need to be done as early as possible in the day but I've been letting that slip lately, too often leaving them until the evening when I've been too tired to do them properly. I do much better at both if I start the day with them, exercise first and then piano, so my focus will be on organising my days properly to allow this to happen. One of my focus words for the year is 'consistency' and that definitely applies to these two activities!
Finally, the things I have to do ... this covers household chores, shopping, admin tasks, meal planning etc. These are the things I always seem to be playing catch up with and which are most likely to get me down if they are not done. I've created a rough monthly timetable to see when my known regular commitments are and to see where I can allocate time slots to all the other chores while still leaving myself three days completely free. My free days are currently Saturdays (I'm not worried that my piano lesson is currently on Saturday afternoons), Sundays, and Thursdays and I can see where there is time each week to fit in the meal planning, shopping, and admin on one of the other days in the week. The problem area is the household chores! Not all of it as I'm okay with the washing up and keeping the kitchen clean and tidy, laundry, and general tidying up and keeping things organised, but it's more the cleaning side of things I struggle with so ... it's time to think about getting a cleaner again. I need to sit down and have a look at the budget and see if this is something I can afford to do and I'll try to get that done this week.
Today is a social day with personal training at 10 am and then the U3A canasta group this afternoon, and possibly a Zoom meeting with friends this evening although I haven't received an invite for it yet so maybe I have the day wrong. It's also bed changing day so there'll be a load to wash and dry and the bed to remake.