Ahhh feeling super good today! I spent the last few days in a grump; the weather was amazing but my glands were swollen and I was tired and heavy. Daniel managed to drag me out of my miserable mood on Saturday with a crisp walk to Bishopthorpe, a village just outside York, where we admired posh houses, ruined churches and the first snowdrops of the year! As a special Saturday treat he cooked me a veggie fry up, too, which certainly provided me with at least a week's worth of protein!
Despite all of this, I was still frustrated with my lazy body, it was so out of step with my mind!
But today is a new week and a new month, and I got a new, bright mood to go with it when I woke up this morning! Glands have returned to their normal positions, limbs feel as if they belong to a human rather than a robot, and my step was springing around the supermarket! And so I used this new cheer to fulfill some virtuous potential!
- Last week I signed up to do the Keswick Half Marathon, taking place on 2nd May (11 weeks and 6 days away!). I have devised an intensive training programme to get me back upto pace with my running, and more besides! Today was the perfect day to begin, so I wrapped up and set off for a nice slow four mile jog (exactly in line with my training requirements). The sky is clear blue, the air is still and fresh, the ground is sparkly with frost. Lovely!
- Still in my running gear, I performed the monster task of cleaning my hob! It has been looming, and worsening, for an embarrassingly long time. But now I have a sparkly kitchen once more!
- I found out today that I have been accepted onto a volunteering project, which I applied for a while ago. I will be helping set up and run a project called YOUth Voice, working with young people to discuss current issues, and leading to a big debating day in summer. Exciting!
- Last night I made an INCREDIBLE ginger and parsnip soup (my best yet, I must say!). There is more for lunch, with homemade spelt bread.
All of these things (and a few more things which are lovely in their normal existence and so won't go on my virtuous list) are contributing to a bright, sparkly mood which I intend to hold on to until spring gets into full swing and brings me back to default cheery mode. The winter has been cold and long and tiring but I have my fingers crossed that spring is peeping round the corner!