New Beginnings

Here I am again, Dear Readers.  I will change the name of my blog when I figure out how to do so.  Maybe “Destination Donna” or “Notes on the Way to a Healthier Me” or “Donna’s Life-As She Sees It.”  Please weigh in on that.  I’m looking for ideas.

I hope to blog at least once a week, or as the Spirit inspires. so here goes…

I officially retired on January 1, 2016. I was given the last two weeks of December 2015 off as a bonus. I thoroughly enjoyed those last two weeks in December. Mary Ann (our kitty) and I had a wonderful time looking at all the colored lights and ornaments on our Christmas tree. Some days I didn’t even get dressed. I was in recovery from 15 years on the job and those same 15 years of sleep deprivation. It was glorious!
But those two weeks bled into the next two weeks…and then the next two weeks…and then the next two months…until five months later I have packed on 40 of the pounds I worked so hard to lose for our Florida trip last October.
So…here I go again.  I am reworking my goals:
1) Eat healthier more diverse and interesting meals. (Introducing maybe some Indian cuisine into our diets and researching Mediterranean cuisine). In general I tend to be nervous about trying new things, but it’s time to branch out.
I will be inspired by my mum who as a young bride tried daily to bake bread for her handsome soldier newly from the Army. There was a veritable graveyard of loaves of bread buried in their backyard from her failed attempts. 🙂 But she persisted. I will follow her lead and dive boldly into the fray!
2) Institute “Meatless Mondays” whereby (inspired by my vegetarian daughter and her vegetarian, gourmet cook of a husband) Mike and I strive to eat meat-free one day a week. Thus giving a gift to the environment (the planet) and giving a rest to our digestive tracts which spend much time breaking down meat.
3) Take a walk everyday, no matter how small. My joints are sore. I have a bad hip and a bad knee and a bad foot; and I think they actually got so bad from my sedentary lifestyle.
4) Pick one bit of housework to do every day, again, no matter how small. It is time to go through the piles upon piles of stuff gathering in every nook and cranny of our place.
That’s enough goals for now. I want to work my way to a healthier me, slow and easy. I want to make the most of the years I have left on this mortal coil. (However many years they may be.) And along the way there will be some fun things to enjoy, like maybe a family trip to Disneyland Paris, or another trip to be with our new grandbaby Ida May (She is a treasure beyond price!),  her mum and dad, too…and Herbie the wonder whippet.
So here we go, dear readers. Follow along if you wish, and thank you for the encouragement you’ve always give me along the way. Blessings on you.


22 thoughts on “New Beginnings”

  1. So retirement may not be that good for some! Glad you are going to get busy on yourself. I think you deserve it! Love you lots. Denice

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