Time for an update of what has been happening in my life this month. I’ve still been working more hours than usual. This has been going on since Christmas , but is now just starting to slow down a little. I’m happy with more hours than usual and also happy when there’s less hours. Either way, I’m really not bothered at all. The variation gives me the opportunity to try out retirement in a limited way. There were highs and lows of varying degrees that I’ve had to cope with during April.
Not Good News
The biggest low for me was that my son and his family have had a life makeover and made the permanent move to Noosa, Queensland in mid April. This is almost 2000 kilometres from me! This move has been planned for a few years, but required a few things to happen to make it work. I had become complacent that it would be a long while before all the ducks lined up for them, enabling them to pack up and go. But very quickly it all happened, meaning that all of a sudden my son, Steven, my daughter in law Kellie and my three grandsons, Jake, Lucas and Hudson, have gone to live interstate and many miles from me. As I write this I can feel the tears building again. I have been absolutely devastated about this, but am starting to come to terms with it.
Looking at it from an unselfish view point, I am extremely proud that Steven has managed to do what needed to be done to make his dream come true. How many of us dream but don’t get around to bringing those dreams to life? Most of us, I suspect. We get caught up in the nitty gritty of life, and just don’t get around to it. So I am here, and they are there, absolutely loving their life. I’m sad for me, but I am very, very happy for them.
I’ve done more longer walks than usual, just slowly increasing the distances, as I test out my Foot Injury. So far, I’ve increased my distance to 20 kilometres and have felt no pain at all in my foot, so I’m declaring it fully recovered. I can’t tell you how pleased I am about that, as I was starting to think that I may never be able to walk long distances again. I’m hoping to walk 35kilometres in an event in a couple of months. I’m now feeling confident again that all will be ok.
This month saw The Night Walk revived again, with two walks done. This isn’t an official walk of any sort, just something I dreamed up last year to help vary the hours of training I was doing at the time. Now that my foot is recovered, I felt that it was time to get it going again. Walking at night gives me the opportunity to walk without having to rush to walk or to some other responsibility. I’m able to spend a few hours walking at night, so it’s usually my long walk for the week. I love walking at night, even during the cold of winter. I’m not really sure why, but maybe just because it’s quiet, with not so many people around. I usually involve intervals and hills into the walk, to increase the intensity. I also love taking night time photos around town, especially in winter.
Maxine’s Challenge ended last week, so that we now have a couple of weeks off and then it’s into the next challenge. I have committed to doing each challenge in 2019, and so far, committing for longer than the usual 12 weeks has been really beneficial for me. I love Maxine’s 12 week challenge, but knowing I’ve committed to it for a whole year, means it’s more of a lifestyle choice than a quick fix. Not everything went to plan during the last 12 weeks. I barely followed Maxine’s nutrition plan at all. I feel quite embarassed to report but it is just what happened. The excuse I’m going to use is that once again, I was overwhelmed with work. But the truth is, I didn’t stick to the plan, because I didn’t do the planning. Really I could have done it had I been committed enough. There’s a huge lesson in this for me, as I do tend to drop the ball when I get overwhelmed or overloaded with things that need to be done. So sticking to the nutrition plan is really going to be a priority for me in the next round. I followed the exercise plan almost to the letter, so am very happy with that outcome and plan to continue it in to the next round. I’m starting now to think about my goals for the next round so will keep you posted about them very soon.
April has been a busy month for blogging as I participated in the April A to Z Blogging Challenge. This year, I participated on my new blog Best Bookish Blog posting a book review every day using each letter of the alphabet.
On this blog, I’ve been a little neglectful, posting only twice in April. My posts were about Fitness and Ageing and about The Day I Walked 100 Kilometres. There were less posts than usual here, due to the A to Z Challenge taking up so much of my time.
The organisers of the DNA Down Under conference have named me as an Ambassador and I posted about that Exciting News here. I’m very excited to be an Ambassador for this conference with international speakers who are very knowledgeable on the subject of DNA.
My big news is that Best Bookish Blog was nominated for a Bloggers Bash Award . This made me very happy as it’s a new blog which was just launched in January 2019. The nomination and positive feedback make me think that perhaps this blog was a good idea.
So what have you been up to in April? Was it a busy month for you? I’d love to hear about your April highlights. I promise to reply to all comments.