Set in concrete

I have been writing a little about concrete in my latest posts and that will continue in the next post at least. Since my retirement ten months ago I have kept to a routine and have kept myself busy doing things at home, projects and maintenance. It is good to keep one’s self occupied, especially when retired from full-time work. I set myself routines and kept to them for the most part, everything set in concrete but along the way I have learned it is best not to be too regimental with schedules. I found myself breaking my own rules, usually because I was tired or simply wanted a change. Working on my latest project made me realise that I have to take a break now and then. In fact I have been forced into doing so, that is my body tells me it wants to rest! This morning (I write this on Sat 10th) I slept in. I had a bit of a restless night again and found it difficult to get to sleep even though I was really tired after the day’s work. My thoughts were all over the place, an over-active brain has always been a problem for me. I simply cannot stop thinking about things when lying there in bed. My body says sleep but my mind won’t let me! It didn’t matter that I had a lie-in, I needed it. My project has kept me from a ritualistic exercising regime and it has proved to be of more benefit to me. I realise my schedules don’t have to be set in stone (concrete) for I can and do exercise at will more so now than I have ever done.

A dirty concrete cupid
A dirty concrete cupid (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday after a hard day at the office so to speak I found myself taking exercise on the Elliptical trainer for a while. At the time it wasn’t a problem because I find that it is only when I stop working or exercising that I feel tired or feel the effects of the day’s workout. I suppose that is the same for everyone. In any case I should have fallen asleep within minutes but I didn’t. I guess I am more relaxed about flexible workouts than I am in thinking about them. Things play on my mind as if they are supposed to but they are not, especially when I am tired. So now my life is taking a turn or rather my habits are, work, play and exercise are now to be followed in a more relaxed way and concrete will be kept solely for the work department.

Shirley Anne

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Bad habits

Bad Habits (The Monks album)
Bad Habits (The Monks album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over the past few days (I write on 5th) I have been rather lazy but it has been caused by my current muscular pain in my upper legs. It has been difficult moving around the house let alone anywhere else which meant I was and still am pretty much house-bound. I haven’t been completely inactive but I have had to leave exercising on the gym equipment alone for a while, though I did spend some time on the treadmill a couple of days ago. My problem is I cannot take the medicine so to speak! I know I have to rest my muscles or I will only end up prolonging the recovery process. It is said we are our own worst enemies and that seems to be true in my case. For many people taking time out comes naturally and for some it is even a way of life! I though am not one for relaxing as I know I probably should but there is one area of my life where I find it so easy, when in bed. Yes, if I have been tired or if I have overdone things sleep comes easily and if I have no commitments I like to extend my time in bed occasionally. That luxury comes very infrequently for me because I usually arise early even if there is no real reason to do so. It’s just the way I am wired. So once in a while I slip into the bad habit of repeatedly turning over in bed when I should be jumping out of it. What worries me is my ‘bad habit’ becoming so regular it ends up being the norm. It won’t happen, I won’t let it but while I am resting my muscles the temptation remains. On reflection I begin to think how fortunate I am when all I have to be concerned about is whether I take that extra hour or two in bed! What luxury, what privilege, I could be permanently bed-ridden after all. So I put off the feelings of guilt, embrace the gift of general good health and enjoy the occasional extra time in a warm and cozy bed. Soon enough I will be my own self again……..and I do hope it will be soon.

Shirley Anne