The four-day weekend has been a bit of a mixed bag for me. Firstly I’ve failed spectacularly in my attempt to go Easter Egg-free; something which I’ll have to confess to my therapist when I see her next. I’m not Catholic, but I wonder if it’s a bit like that… I will acknowledge my wrong-doings, she will give me absolution and the guilt will evaporate? Perhaps that’s too simplistic. Although it feels strange now: I was so angsty about her no-chocolate edict but in reality, having now ‘failed’, I wonder what she could possibly do to me that I haven’t done to myself. Will she stop talking to me and give me the silent treatment? Keep me back after school? Lecture me? Or just make-clear her disappointment in me? Perhaps for a people-pleaser like myself, the latter is as bad as any self-flagellation.
Having confessed to all of that, I haven’t gone crazy on the Easter Egg front. I went shopping earlier this morning and – of course – everything is half-price. Once upon a time I would have all-but-brushed an entire shelf of eggs into my basket (just because I can’t pass up such a bargain!), but today I just picked two. Small mercies and all that.
But although the no-chocolate thing hasn’t gone as well as it should, I have however, exercised every day of the break in line with my commitment to Weight Wars’ Energise Easter challenge. Today was obviously the fourth and final day and I again started the day with a morning walk. In fact, as my cleaner was coming (at some ungodly hour) and I wanted to stay out of her way, I was out walking before 8am… before heading off to breakfast at my favourite local hangout – which has excellent gluten-free bread/toast (picture of my potato rosti with eggs benedict and toast to the right).
As I said on day one of the challenge, I realise that going for a walk isn’t a big deal to some… however, given my preference for group classes and usual antipathy (and apathy) when it comes to exercising alone, I’m quite pleased with my efforts. And now that I’ve spent a couple of days walking laps of my local park, perhaps I’ll feel more of an urge to do it on weekend mornings in future. It occurs to me that just because I’ve already done my five days of exercise during the week, doesn’t mean I can’t go for a pleasant walk on a weekend.
Finally, as a follow-up to yesterday’s post I thought I’d post a photograph so everyone (including Karen, who confessed to similarly scary rooms) could see that I had in fact, tidied up my spare room as promised. Those who follow my page on Facebook – here (and if you haven’t ‘liked’ me, why not? I’m seriously perfectly likeable!) will have already seen the pictures because in addition to the one I posted yesterday, I posted a second, far scarier picture (as I unpacked some of my winter clothes) before finally tidying everything away. I can now leave the door open and walk past feeling terribly zen… relishing in my sense of accomplishment. For now, anyway!
I hope you’ve all had a fabulous time over the past few days, celebrating, exercising or just spending time relaxing and with friends and family. xxx