Month: September 2017

Sneezing Season [Treating Seasonal Allergies]

Sneezing Season [Treating Seasonal Allergies]

Spring is one of the most beautiful seasons. It is a time when everything is in full bloom. But Spring is also dubbed the sneezing season. It is the season where pollen counts are high and when blown all over; those who suffer with allergies experience sneezing, runny noses, puffy eyes, itchy eyes and throats.

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Fat Thighs, Flabby Arms {Hormones influencing weight gain beyond 40}

fat thighs, flabby arms {hormones influencing weight gain beyond 40}

Perusing through old photographs brought back memories of when I was skinny. Those were the good old days. The reality is I will never look like that again. As a child, I was super skinny with no fat thighs or flabby arms and certainly no hormones that had an influencing effect on my weight.  I was never weight conscious and I could eat what I wanted without gaining any wait.  Very active in playing netball and could easily clock in a good 8 – 10 hours of sleep.

Remembering that my weight annoyed the dressmaker who made my matric ball dress.  My waist size would be smaller every time I went for a fitting. Resulting in the dressmaker having to make the necessary adjustments. As a shy and very naive teenager, I would just smile and accept the criticism of my skinny shape. It didn’t bother me at all. Life was then carefree and my weight was certainly not an issue.

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Unproductive Day

unproductive day

Today, I called in a sickie.  Yes, I did feel a bit under the weather but most of all I think I just needed a break. The past couple of weeks have just been so busy and when your body gives you signs, you need to listen to it.  Today, I wanted to be lazy and have a very unproductive day.

I didn’t wake up to do my girls’ hair for school, or see them off by the door. They came into the bedroom to kiss me good bye. I opted not to fetch them from school either.

Guess what, I got out of bed at 09h00. Think it has been 12 years since I allowed my body to sleep so late.

But everything about sleeping in just felt so good. No housework or extra little chores that I tend to dig out when I’m at home. I chose not to work on any future blog posts. The car stayed parked in the garage as I had no intention of going anywhere. This day was not about going out and pampering myself or doing retail therapy.

Today, I just didn’t want to get it together. Instead, I browsed social media sites, slouched on the couch and watched television. I snacked and drank so much coffee.

It was such a beautiful day that I sat in the backyard a little and spoke to the dogs.  Call me insane but dogs give you all their attention and they are really good listeners.  They didn’t nag, tattle tale, backchat or give instructions – they just sat there listening and wagged their tails.

Then I caught up on some reading and the best thing ever – I took an afternoon nap. When last did I do that?

…and you know what, I am not feeling guilty about it not one bit.

Today was about me, not about taking care of anyone else, not about deadlines, writing reports or research articles. No thoughts about work or what still need to be done. In fact, I had no productive thoughts. These few hours spent alone were about me, myself and I and it felt so good. It was a time to reconnect with myself. Something I haven’t done in years.

Having this unproductive day did wonders for my mind, body and soul.  Now I’m ready to tackle tomorrow and slave away at things I didn’t today.  I will post probably regret it tomorrow as I’ve just stared at the pile of washing and ironing.

I guess, another unproductive day will be scheduled in the near future.  Try it, it does wonders.