Health for days journey – May 16th (“So this is what morning looks like?” edition)

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Hey guys!!

I’m up super early today. I mean, super early for my standards. I woke up at around 8.10 a.m, looked at my phone for a while for some notifications and then finally rolled out of bed. I’m hoping to get ahead on a few things, which includes reading your blogs. My first load is on the washer and I’ve had 2 and a half cups of water already. Small ones, though. I’ve had a banana and now I’m having some milk with coffee because I’m not yet ready to eat a full breakfast. Maybe I’ll have some eggs today. My mother-in-law sent us a bunch of eggs when we were there for Easter (not chocolate ones) and we really need to get through them before they spoil.

The weirdest thing happened at 5 a.m. I woke up and was extremely hungry. I had to get up and eat something, so I did. Which is the strangest thing since I have never in my life woken up from my sleep to eat (I know some people who do). Anyways, I had something (it’s something we only have in Portugal, some little cereal flakes that you have with milk. It’s like an oatmealish consistency) and got bed to bed, sleeping for three more hours, like a baby. The quality of my sleep has improved a lot. These past few days I’ve had no nightmares, have been feeling sleepy before I take my pills and have gone to bed earlier and woken up earlier naturally. I’m quite happy about that. A few months ago it would be impossible for me to be up at 9.30 a.m. I just couldn’t.

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This is what I’m talking about. I only like the honey variety

 

I’ll go on to my to-do list now:

  • Translate my sisters CV into English. She needs it done for today;
  • Do a final load of laundry (everything else is washed!!) with my sheets and just a few things that are left to wash;
  • Once everything is dry, fold and put away, along with the two baskets that were already washed;
  • Make a grocery list, including things I will need while my in-laws are here;
  • Clean kitchen (shelves; over, under, behind the fridge; walls next to the stove, behind and under the stove; floor;)
  • Wash Rosa’s bed;
  • Bathe Rosa. Probably going to wait for mister to get home to help with this task;
  • Read blogs!
  • Finish my big to-do list to post as my challenge post (today’s prompt);
  • Make a list of all of the Award posts I need to write;
  • Dry and put away dishes that I washed yesterday
  • Answer comments;
  • Do some gardening. I have a few flower seeds I want to plant: French Marigold (or honeycomb, I think – Maggie, they are native to Guatemala!!); cornflower (or bachelor’s button); Sweet William; elegant zinnia; sunflower; common marigold;

 

Aren’t they gorgeous? I’m quite impatient so I will be not will be dying for them to sprout. By the way, does gardening counts as working out?

Do you have any plans for today?

Do you like flowers? What is your favorite?

Do you do any gardening?

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I sooo need this garden!

Thank you for reading, my friends!!

Hugs and kisses for everyone (not in a weird way, we each other on the cheeks in Portugal, so not offering French kiss, you weirdos!!)

Love,

Cheila

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Health for day journey – May 15th (update)

Good evening my friends,

How was your day? Are you glad Monday is over.

I feel super tired today, have no idea why. I don’t feel like I’ve done that much but I’m beat. I didn’t even do all of the things I wanted to do from my to-do list and my body feels so tired. I’m also slow. I think I take more time to do things these days.

So, about my to-do list:

  • Scrub the bathroom from top to bottom. Make sure I have towels, toilet paper, tissues, soap, extra toothbrushes and everything the guests might need in a place where they can immediately see it and ready to use; – Done, deep cleaned the bathroom. It took me over an hour, maybe two. 
  • Wash the dishes I haven’t washed during the weekend. Clean the stove. Clean the open shelving, behind appliances and the floor. Wash Rosa’s bed; – Washed the dishes and cleaned the stove but didn’t touch the shelves, behind appliances or the floor. Neither did I wash Rosa’s bed.
  • Do some laundry, put away a basket that is already washed; – Did two loads of laundry, currently drying. Didn’t put any laundry away.
  • Change and make my bed; – Will do it now, just before going to bed.
  • Water the plants; – Done;
  • Read some blogs; – I haven’t. I’m so bad with this right now. 
  • Read and answer comments; – Yes, I’ve done this during the day and still doing it now, the ones that come up. 
  • Make dinner; – Made dinner!
  • Organize my general to-do list; – Nope. Need to do it tomorrow because is the prompt of our challenge.
  • Exercise; – I was going to (really) but my body feels sore because I didn’t stop all day so I don’t feel like it.

Extras:

 – I did some work around the garden, cleaning up a little (we have a big pine tree so we the needles fall on the floor, flower beds, etc), pulled some weeds, plowed some plants, cleaned some plants of their old leaves, etc.

– Talked to my mom on the phone for a good while;

– Spent a little time with Rui when he got home;

– Already washed dishes from dinner and cleaned the stove again;

 

Food and water:

  • Brunch: Oatmeal with banana slices, cinnamon and honey; Espresso coffee with milk and stevia; 3 kiwis;
  • Snack: Two bites of dark chocolate (85% cacao)
  • Dinner: Whole-wheat pasta with red bell-peppers, sweet corn, ham cubes and green beans. Soy cream sauce;
  • I drank 4 glasses of water only. Maybe 5?

 

I’m grateful for:

  • Good sleep;
  • An outside space where I can do some gardening;
  • Healthy plants;
  • Good weather to dry laundry;
  • No dishes to wash tomorrow;
  • Being close to 1000 followers;
  • Getting my blogging mojo back;
  • Hot water to shower;
  • Nice people who always leave nice comments and support me;

 

I just got an amazing back massage from Rui. Doing dishes leaves me with back pain (most chores do). Now I’m off to a hot shower and maybe straight to bed? I wanted to read some blogs but I’m feeling super tired. I need to wake up earlier tomorrow so I can do more than I did today. I’m behind on a few things. Aren’t I always?

I hope you have a wonderful night, that you sleep peacefully and wake up feeling happy and refreshed!!

Good night, loves.

xx

Health for days journey – May 15th (Crazy plant lady edition)

Hey there!!

It’s Monday. How are you guys handling that? Monday blues or super excited to start the week? Lazy or productive?

I NEED to be productive because I have a ton of things happening until the end of the month:

  1. We’re taking my sister, her friend and my brother-in-law to the “Semana Académica” which means “Academic week” that being a week before graduation, where students party and get drunk and there are concerts and things to do and it might be fun. I’ve never been to something like that and neither have the kids (Of course Rui has, he’s done a whole lot of partying in his days) and it should be fun. Then, the girls are coming to stay with us and will spend Thursday here with me.
  2. My parents-in-law are coming to stay with us for my brother-in-law’s graduation. They arrive Friday night and so I have to provide dinner.
  3. We have family lunch with them and maybe some other family members on Saturday, before the graduation.
  4. We have the graduation on Saturday at 2.30 p.m and then we’ll be out to dinner, possibly with family.
  5. On Sunday, my side of the family might come for lunch and so I need to provide lunch for 8 people.
  6. My in-laws leave on Sunday after lunch.
  7. On Tuesday (23rd) we’ll be going to the movies with my friends.
  8. On either Monday or Wednesday I might spend the day with a friend of mine who is on vacation, we might go to the beach.
  9. On Saturday (27th) Rui is going to a wedding, probably living on Friday night.
  10. On Sunday, I will meet my best friend Catarina who is here from Austria to attend a wedding.
  11. Ufff…

Also because I have people staying over, the house needs to be spotless and laundry needs to be done and put away, grocery shopping must be done, and I need to figure out what to feed people.

I need to make sure Rui’s things are ready for the wedding and that he is packed.

I need to bathe Rosa, to make her more presentable haha.

How the hell did I do this when I was working is still a mystery to me. I mean, I remember last June, when Rui’s parents came to stay with us, we were shopping until midnight and then woke up at 6 on a Saturday to clean the whole house in 3 hours, before they arrived.

Well, we have indeed been stretching ourselves too thin for a few years. No wonder I’m like this.

So for today, my task list is:

  • Scrub the bathroom from top to bottom. Make sure I have towels, toilet paper, tissues, soap, extra toothbrushes and everything the guests might need in a place where they can immediately see it and ready to use;
  • Wash the dishes I haven’t washed during the weekend. Clean the stove. Clean the open shelving, behind appliances and the floor. Wash Rosa’s bed;
  • Do some laundry, put away a basket that is already washed;
  • Change and make my bed;
  • Water the plants;
  • Read some blogs;
  • Read and answer comments;
  • Make dinner;
  • Organize my general to-do list;
  • Exercise;

I think this might be enough for today.

Can you believe I still haven’t started my exam preparation? There’s just to much to do, something always comes up.

Now, about the tittle of this post.

I’m currently obsessed with plants! Probably because, for the first time in my life, I can keep them alive. I have one in my bathroom, one on my dressing table, FOUR on my desk, and I’ve just bought 3 succulents yesterday. I have some outside too, but Rui takes care of those. I’ll show you pictures of my plants later.

Now, tell me about you.

Do you have a lot on your plate for today? For the next few weeks?

Are you a plant person? What are some of your favorites?

See you later.

xx

Guest Post Sunday – Depression and Exercise by Fitness and Fueling

This week’s Guest Post (I plan on publishing one every Sunday, from now on) deals with an issue that is close to my heart. Suffering from depression, one of the recommendations I get most often, both from doctors, fitness experts and even random people, is to include exercise into my routine. The relation between exercise and mental health and its power to help those with depression and/or other type of mental illness has been something I’ve  been wondering about for a long time, so I decided to ask someone who is experienced in fitness and nutrition to write an article on this topic. Greg blogs over at Fitness and Fueling, a website where you can find useful information and interesting posts on such topics. I encourage you to visit, starting with his About Page, where you can get to know Greg and understand why he is the right person to address and discuss the topic of exercise and its relation to depression. I’m sure Greg would be delighted to answer all of your questions, so feel free to ask, comment, share your ideas, or even your story. If this is something you would like to share with your readers or friends, please feel free to re-blog or share on social media.

Depression and Exercise by Fitness and Fueling

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Depression … a topic many are uncomfortable discussing. First, let’s set the record straight, depression isn’t people suffering from sadness; much more is occurring outside of their control, it is a chemical imbalance. Exercise is a very powerful tool used to treat depression.

There has been extensive research to help those battling depression and/or anxiety. The most common treatment for depression is prescription anti-depressants that cause unfavorable side effects. However, it is not the only form of treatment. Decades of research suggests exercise can significantly reduce depression and anxiety. In this article, I will discuss the relationship between depression and exercise, how to start, and tips to help in the journey.

First, I have to mention that I have not suffered from diagnosed depression.  Throughout the last 10 years, exercise has been a tool I used to cope with tough times. From tough break-ups, family, and social pressure, life can be downright hard at times whether suffering with depression or not. From that experience, I know that exercise can be the last thing on someone’s mind. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 300 million people live with depression.  Everyone goes through difficult times at some point in their life. Many people living with depression feel they cannot control certain aspects of life resulting in a feeling of hopelessness. Exercise is absolutely within our realm of control. On the outside it may seem that exercise and depression have no correlation, however, research suggests that significant changes occur within our brain when performing physical activity.

If we could instantly flip a switch to change our thought processes I bet every person with depression would flip it, without much consideration. Unfortunately, science and technology aren’t there yet. However, exercise is the key to unlocking relief. There are many forms of treatment for depression. I believe it may be beneficial to treat depression from the outside in, forcing the body to move in sync with the way you want your mind to think. When we exercise the brain releases a slew of endorphins and chemicals that travel throughout the entire body. These endorphins change how we think and feel pain. Neurotransmitter norepinephrine is a scientific theory that suggests exercise directly impacts our mood. Now, brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a protein in the human brain that promotes nerve growth and in contrast, BDNF is significantly reduced by stress. The reduction of BDNF is directly linked to brain health. Anti-depression medications aim to treat this chemical imbalance inside the hippocampus by elevating BDNF levels to normal. According to research, exercise has been proven to promote neurogenesis, (the growth and development of nerve tissue) and elevate BDNF levels within the hippocampus. The academic and medical communities are beginning to accept this as a valid benefit. Now, you are probably wondering, “what does it mean for me and how is it going to change me?”

Post-exercise, patients with depression report feeling more relaxed, accomplished, energetic, and in more control of themselves and their environment. I mentioned earlier, many things in life are out of our control and this led me to research the philosophy of Stoicism. Stoicism is an ancient philosophy that says we are thinkers who are connected to nature. Stoicism is centered on living in the moment, not being concerned with material items, and living life under what is directly in our control. It is worth researching if you are interested in gaining a warrior mindset. I can’t imagine the difficulty that may accompany starting an exercise program while battling depression. The amount of positive change in the brain is sure to be worth it. Now, beginning an exercise program can be difficult, these suggestions may help make it smooth and successful.

TIPS:

  • Choose any activity that is enjoyable. There is no correlation between which exercise is more beneficial. There is a greater chance of continuing if it’s something fun.
  • Creatine, a sports performance supplement, may help women with depression by improving their mood. Click to read more on creatine.
  • Exercise in the morning has a significant impact on reducing cortisol (the stress hormone) levels throughout the day. Thus, reducing stress throughout the day.
  • Fight the mentality, “what’s the point, I’ll be fat and ugly forever” by recognizing it’s the chemical imbalance talking and NOT you. Quiet your mind by walking.
  • Food, depression medications can increase appetite, become surrounded by healthy options to reduce binge eating. Tips for juicing and benefits in this article.
  • Have an exercise partner. This will encourage accountability and make it more enjoyable from the social perspective.
  • If interested in a gym style routine, find a class. Just show up and move.
  • Just go with it. New is unfamiliar and uncomfortable – be patient.
  • Not all aspects of physical activity feel great. The end result is what is important.
  • Participate in physical activity 3-5 times per week.
  • Simple breathing exercises have a large impact on relaxation and mood.
  • Write down the exercise to be completed the night before. This may help in staying committed. I wrote down my workouts the night before for years and it helped me stay on track. If I wrote it down, I had to make it happen.
  • Yoga and meditation are remarkable activities to reduce stress and anxiety. Click to read more on yoga and stress.

Perhaps some people will feel utterly defeated most days and will sulk in a gym while putting forth a little effort and/or feel judged by others. There are a few approaches to this valid concern. Try performing exercise at home or in a location more discreet. Next, people who judge others are who have the problem – be you in the gym and don’t focus on what others think. (It’s surprising how many people are unaware of their surroundings in a gym today with the constant smartphone and television usage.) It is well documented that fresh air can have a significant impact on depression and mood. Try to get outside for exercise, I highly recommend it.

Exercise, physical activity, meditation, or yoga, will have a positive impact on certain neurological processes and chemicals in the brain for those suffering with depression or anxiety. The type of movement chosen is entirely up to you as research does not favor one in particular. Besides, the side effects of exercise are reduced blood pressure and increased metabolism to list a few. Stay true to yourself, push even harder when it’s difficult and most importantly have fun with it because at the end of the day we only have one life to live and we should strive to make it as fun as possible.

 

Sources:

“Exercise and Depression.” Harvard Health Publications, June 2009, http://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/exercise-and-depression-report-excerpt. Accessed 22 Apr. 2017.

“YouTube.” YouTube, YouTube, 27 Dec. 2016, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsVzKCk066g. Accessed 22 Apr. 2017.

Godman, Heidi, editor. “Regular exercise changes the brain to improve memory, thinking skills.” Harvad Health Blog, 9 Apr. 2014, http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/regular-exercise-changes-brain-improve-memory-thinking-skills-201404097110. Accessed 22 Apr. 2017.

Kelly ServickOct. 10, 2013 , 1:00 PM, et al. “How Exercise Beefs Up the Brain.” Science | AAAS, 12 Jan. 2016, http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2013/10/how-exercise-beefs-brain. Accessed 22 Apr. 2017.

Lee, B.-H., & Kim, Y.-K. (2010). The Roles of BDNF in the Pathophysiology of Major Depression and in Antidepressant Treatment. Psychiatry Investigation, 7(4), 231–235. http://doi.org/10.4306/pi.2010.7.4.231

The National Institute of Mental Health. Depression. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml. Accessed 22 Apr. 2017.

Health for days journey – May 5th (I didn’t know they made lavender tea edition)

Hello there, my dearest people (I’m in dictator mode)

Are you happy it’s Friday? I bet you are!!

Since I’m home, the days of the week don’t matter that much, since I have the whole week to myself and the whole Mr. R to myself on weekends. This is actually bullshit, we’ve been together over 4 years, we spend a lot of time together but each of us doing their own shit. So, when I say I have him all to myself, it means that he is available if I want to bug him. In reality, I’m probably blogging and he’s probably planting pumpkin seeds or something. Then we remember each other, and decide to hang out or watch a movie. Or go grocery shopping, if I bother him enough.

Anyways, enough with the Friday talk.

Do you have plans for the weekend? I would love to know them.

Tomorrow Rui and his friend are going to work on his car, some kind of inspection preparation? No idea. They just do it themselves instead of going to the shop. When I met him he didn’t know  shit about cars. He didn’t even know how to ride the subway (true story – maybe another day) and now he’s like this car geek. Since he bought the car he has learned so much about it and how to do the maintenance himself. That’s just who he is. He has an engineering mind. He NEEDS to know how stuff works. He does research and looks for information and learns how to do things. He knows so much about cars and parts and how an engine works. It amazes me every time the subject comes up. And I don’t even know how to ride a bike (true story – maybe another day). Again, lets stop praising the beautiful and amazing qualities of my man and focus on the subject at hands, which is telling you my weekend plans.

So tomorrow they are going to work on their cars and then we are having lunch with his friend, wife and two boys. I’m sure it will be fun, you know how much I love kids. After lunch I’m coming home and Rui is coming to his parents house, to spend mother’s day, which is this Sunday. I was supposed to spend the night at my parents but we have Rosa and we are still deciding if she goes to the doggy hotel or if I stay with her and go to my mom’s house on Sunday morning, by bus. I’ve been begging mother to let me take Rosa but she says it will bother her cat (because he’s such a lord), that she will shit everywhere (she won’t, she’s house trained) or that she will not behave. Okay, mom. Drama queen. I don’t want to distress her idiot cat so it might not be a good idea to take Rosa. Also, my mom, sis and I (stepdad is working, rest of the family is crazy) will probably go out to lunch on Sunday and Rosa would have to be closed up in a room, so she doesn’t eat my mother’s super pussy cat (he’s afraid of his own shadow). Let’s see what we decide tonight.

So, these are my plans for the weekend. What are yours? Tell me. I’m always curious and I love to know what you’re up to. I’m excited that Rui is going to bringing me perfect raw organic honey that my sweet (as honey, ha) mother-in-law has been saving for me. The store bough sugary shit is really… shitty.

I’m in a tea mood today. No coffee. No milk. Tea. More exactly Melissa and lavender tea. Let me tell you, I had no idea they made lavender tea.

I have such a huge, one-sided headache. Not sinusitis related, thank God. Those are miserable. This one is big but bearable. If it gets too bad I drink a shot of espresso and it goes away. I always avoid taking medication for anything because, well, I think I take enough already. And I HATE medication. Just knowing the shit I’m putting into my body… makes me nervous. But my brain likes it and my brain chemistry loves it so… as long as it’s helpful and making me better I’m going to take it. Anything to heal.

Do I have a to-do list? Of course I do. I always have one.

  • Water my desk and bathroom plants. I mean my desk plants, not the desk itself, I’m not sure I made that clear. Again… water the plants that I have on my desk and the plant that I have on my bathroom. Better? Thought so.
  • Put away the huge pile of laundry that I have (finally) folded. Some of it has been sitting on my bedroom rug (I have no shame, do I?) since before Easter;
  • Put away the dishes that I washed a couple of days ago and that are definitely dry. Wash the dirty ones. There aren’t many, so it must be quick;
  • Vacuum the living room floor. Either that or convince Mr. R to do it. I hate vacuuming. Give me a room full or laundry or dishes or 30 rooms to dust but 1 small room to vacuum and I lose my shit;
  • Wash all the floors with bleach. Yes, I like to do that once in a while. I get a mop and a bucket and I use bleach instead of floor cleaner.
  • Make my bed; I have changed the sheets yesterday but I have yet to make it today; I should do it immediately after I wake up, I know. But what if I want to go back? Okay…
  • Answer a few emails and texts and I’m not used to do this anymore. When I had my business I had texts and emails and Facebook messenger and Whatsapp booming all day long. Maybe that’s why I’m crazy.
  • Pack Rui’s bag for his little trip. No, he’s not dumb or useless and he’s perfectly capable of packing for himself but I like to do it for him. I always know where things are. I think it’s better to pack already instead of waiting for him to do it while asking me “have you seen x?”, “have you seen y”. What is up with men? It’s like they don’t even live at home. We always know where our shit is (and theirs).
  • Keep gathering the materials for my studying sessions;
  • Go and pick up some lemons from the tree!

So far I’m in the same good, but not great mood has I have been this whole week. I have no appetite and keep losing weight. You know that losing weight is not my priority at all. I know I’m fat but what I want to focus now is my health and to put good foods and nutrients into my body. Those who look at me and say “Wow, she used to be so much thinner” can go fuck themselves. Pardon my French. I’m talking like a truck driver today. No offense to truck drivers.

I know why I am like this. Not motivated at all and super slow and kind of sad. That family member I told you about. They are suffering. And I suffer through them. That’s just me. I get stuck on thing until they are solved and my loved one is no longer suffering. Rui says I cannot function like a normal person when I’m worried about someone I love and he might be right. I just absorb the sadness and pain. I want to focus on myself and take care of me but I can’t help it.

Anyway, see you tonight!!

xx

**Useful information: You can find the word “Shit” 8 times in this post.

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Love.

Cheila

Health for days journey – May, 2nd (Trying to get back to it edition)

Good afternoon loves,

It’s 1.36 p.m here. I’m eating brunch. I woke up super late because I was watching Poldark and obsession over something until 4 a.m. and then I couldn’t sleep. Not something mine, I’m fine, every day I get better. It’s like I told you, someone in my family is suffering and I suffer with them. I can’t separate things. But other than that I am fine. I’m in a good mood, just having my coffee and oatmeal and fruit and trying to be good to myself and to stay calm and relaxed.

Rui has gone back to work, so it’s just me and Rosa again. Just us girls. I’m about to go and give her a bath to shut her up because she is crying and being annoying and I have no idea why. Maybe she needs a boyfriend? Do you know any sexy dogs?

I have no clean dishes. I’m being completely honest and real. 0 clean dishes. I haven’t done the washing up since about Thursday and we’ve had my sister over for the weekend and you know dishes, they just accumulate. Maybe I should have though of buying a dishwasher instead of redecorating the house. It’s a case of wants vs. needs. I need a washing machine, because I’m lazy and sick of washing dishes by hand. I want a nice, beautiful house. So… No washing machine. For now.

Does washing dishes count as exercising? If you’re doing it for 2 hours it must count, right? Right??? No, I don’t think so. I’m going back to my yoga tonight.

So my today’s to-dos are:

  • Stay out of trouble (There’s a bottle of coke in the fridge) and stay true to my health journey!
  • Drink at least 1,5 l of water;
  • Drink less coffee and milk (I need to work on this in general);
  • Wash the dishes and make the kitchen spotless;
  • Do a ton of laundry!! (This task never ends);
  • Come up with a final draft for my daily schedule;
  • Change our bed;
  • Open the windows;
  • Stalk the mailman until he brings me a book I’m waiting for and a postcard from my dearest friend Dippy-Dotty Girl.
  • Stop Rosa from eating the mailman;
  • Keep up with my blog reading!!
  • Make a list of all the Awards I need to write and post;
  • Call mother and sister;
  • Make something delicious for dinner. Mr. R might kill me but I’m thinking of a vegetarian dinner. I might make him some steak on the side if he complains too much;

I think that’s it for today. I’m taking things slow.

If I’m brave enough, especially now that everyone that has ever known me can follow this blog and read about my big butt, I might share my weight later and such things.

The mailman just came and I got the postcard from my friend which is totally appropriate for this post!! It will go as featured image!!

Something very important:

My dearest love, Rui, has an Instagram account dedicated to his vegetable garden and his farming life. Would you give it a look and follow if you like the content? There are very nice pictures of tomatoes and such!

https://www.instagram.com/masquericostomates/

See you guys later?

xx

Health for days journey – day 18 (I really need to clean the kitchen edition)

Hello word,

Hope your listening… okay these are the lyrics from a song by One Republic.

Anyway,

Good morning or good afternoon or good evening or good night and you’ll read this tomorrow!! You never know with the timezone, do you?

Here I am, one more day, trying to be healthy and active and happy.

I must tell you I’m obsessed with Poldark and that I’m going through a great sacrifice by doing my chores and blogging instead of watching it!! Just kidding, you guys and this blog are one of my priorities. Verity can wait. She has been for a while, poor thing. (I’m sure this doesn’t make sense if you haven’t watched the show).

I must also tell you I’m a disaster. While using my keys to open my mail box, I let them fall outside of the gate, the locked gate. Those were the only keys I had. I had to retrieve them using a metal clothes hanger and a hymen. I felt like inspector gadget or something, but I’m happy I could get them back. Otherwise I would have to create a station near the gate and wait for someone to pass and pick up my keys. Not humiliating at all!!! Oh, I couldn’t pull the hanger back so, right this second, I have a clothes hanger outside my gate. People must thing I’m less than sane! Why do these things happen when your man is away?

So, plans for today:

  • Drink, at least, 8 glasses of water!! Can you all take the challenge??? Let’s drink water together. (I do realize I sound like a freakin Nestle commercial);
  • Clean my kitchen!!
  • Do laundry, fold a bunch and put it away!
  • Call my library, tell them I need the extra 15 days!!
  • Cook my chicken curry/curry chicken? Help me, I speak no English!
  • Put some fruits and veggies into this body!!
  • Do some exercise!!
  • Read all of the posts I have in my reader!!

I guess that’s it. I’ll be happy if I accomplish this, and then go and watch some Poldark.

New rule:

Dear readers, please pay attention. There’s no point in following me so I will follow back. I will only fall back if you introduce yourself, actually show that you have interest in what I write and engage with me and this community. So if you want me to follow your blog, tell me your name, leave some links, just talk to me!! I will only bite if you’re a giant piece of chocolate, so you’re safe!!!

xx

Cheila

Health for days journey – day 17 (update)

Good evening, dear friends? How was your day?

I did nothing productive.

I mean I blogged for more than 6 hours. Just answering comments and reading other blogs. It does take a lot of work, doesn’t it?

Health wise, I did not exercise. Must get back to it.

After my oatmeal for brunch I had:

Snack: Yogurt

Dinner: 2 pieces of toasts and some milk with decaf (I didn’t feel like cooking just for myself, plus the kitchen is a mess and I didn’t want to deal with that today lol)

I also had 5 glasses of water with lemon. I know I should aim for eight, but I’ve only had 5 so far. I still might drink some water before bed, so…

Today I’m grateful for:

  • Reaching 800 followers
  • Amazing comments from friends
  • The good weather that allowed me to dry so much laundry
  • Watching Poldark and getting hooked
  • Talking to my mother on the phone

I will, from now on, always say 5 things that I’m grateful for, with every update.

Tomorrow I must clean the kitchen and fold and put away a ton of laundry.

Questions of the day:

Did you get enough water today?

What are you grateful for?

What tasks do you have for tomorrow?

xx

Cheila

 

Health for days journey – day 17 (The “I haven’t cleaned my house since before Easter and deeply regret it”) edition!

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,

What a beautiful Thursday this is. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, Rosa is getting crazy because she wants to catch them all… Just a normal Spring day.

We are having a ladies’ stay-cation, while Rui went away for work. Me and Rosa plan on doing each other’s hair and nails and watching Mean Girls. Kidding, mostly I just clean the house and she stares at me.

Today is the first day I’m trying to get back on track!! Who else was naughty during Easter and wants to join me?

Anyway, I’ve got good news!

As you know, I had a psychiatrist’s appointment yesterday. She told me she is really happy with me and my improvements and that I don’t even look like the same person that went there for the first time, so lonely and sad and desperate. She said she can really see an improvement and… she cut back on my meds!!! A few of them!! It’s the first time something like that has happened. Usually they would either change or increase my medication, but not this time. She said she could see they were working. I told her I was sleeping too many hours and she said that was a good sign, it meant that I was taking too much medication and could reduce significantly. Today I woke up naturally at 7.30!! I also told her I was not losing way, despite exercising and doing so many diet changes and she told me to walk those 4 km that take to get me to town and back EVERY SINGLE DAY! Am I going to be able to do that? It’s scary and I’m so lazy. Let’s see.

The funny news is that my actual doctor’s appointment (family doctor, for exams) was not yesterday, it’s on the 26th. Ooops. It’s actually sad because I couldn’t wake up to go (too much medication) and Mr.R got super pissed and went to his, at 8.15 a.m. When he got there they told him “Oh but it’s not today, it’s on the 26th”. Poor baby.

I have yet to go to my office and start packing, didn’t do that yesterday. We are planning on going on Sunday. But I DID manage to convince Mr.R to go and buy some clothes. We got him a pair of shoes, 3 pairs of pants, some boxers and about 5 or 6 T-shirts. He needs some polo shirts as well (they are a little more formal for meetings and such) but he didn’t like any of the colors so, next time. We got good deals too. So I’m happy about that.

That’s all I did yesterday. That and watch the pilot of Poldark. I did like it but I’m not convinced yet lol Let’s see if the second episode does a good job in making me go through with it.

I’m only now having brunch/lunch/whatever. I should definitely do a meal plan with schedule hours. Might work on that today. I’m having my usual oatmeal, some coffee, some ice water with lemon and a dessert plate full of frozen baby carrots. Does anyone else eat that as a snack/lunch complement? They’re fresh and delicious.

My house is such a disaster, you have no idea!! I have the amount of dishes of a small restaurant to wash, a pile of laundry bigger than my house, things to unpack, things that I bought that need to find a home, etc. It’s really in critical state. I might do a room each day lol while doing laundry. I want to do some Spring cleaning so that’s what I will do. I might start with the kitchen today, or tomorrow lol and go from there.

Oh and did I tell you my dog is on her period? Oh yeah. She bleeds all over the house? “Put a diaper on her” hahahaha she would take it off and eat it. So I just need to wash everything. Over and over. She’s outside checking for cute dogs right now, which is good, at least she’s not on the couch. Oh, the joys of being a girl dog mom!

What else did I want to tell you?

Oh I got a lovely postcard and letter for my first pen pal to send something. My gorgeous  friend Natalie sent me a beautiful post card. I can’t show you because it’s from her city and I need to respect her privacy. But it’s beautiful and it came with a lovely letter. I can’t wait to send her something back. Thank you, Natty!!

I’m also waiting on a book that I won in a Giveaway that Jenny did!! I was so surprised when she told me I was the winner. I have never won anything!! I could have a book of my choice and I chose Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck. I’ve been meaning to read it for a while so it was a great opportunity to finally have the book. I’m still waiting on it and currently stalking the mailman.

I have bough drawing paper, brushes and gouache. A new hobby to add to my reading, watching movies, watching series, readings blogs, blogging, doing crochet and knitting, which I already don’t have time for? Stay tuned, I’ll be the next Picasso.

I guess that’s it guys. Oh I told you I would start telling you how I am in terms of weight every day (I’m not shamed of being overweight) so you (and I) can check my progress.

Current weight: 87,3 kg / 192.7 lb

Goal weight : 60 kg/ 132.4 lb

Must lose: 27 kg/ 59.8 lb

I have I bet with Rui that if I lose 10 kg/ +- 20 pounds by June I get to go shopping and spend big time!!!! I have about 2 months (it can be June 20, for example) so that means I have to lose 1 kg (or 2 pounds, +-) per week. I will not starve at all. I will eat healthy and exercise.

Who else needs to lose a little weight?

Do you have any tips/tricks?

I guess that’s it for now, my friends.

See you later!!

Love.

Cheila