Happy New year to you all!
The last few days of 2013 were wonderful and full of expectation for the New Year. New Years Eve was spent with our good friend as we sang, danced and ate vegetable chilli and drank champagne. The night was long but totally worth it seeing in 2014 in style at the Bear at Home. Pete saw a shooting star that evening and has made a very special wish. Let’s hope it comes true.
During the 31st December Pete and I decided to plan our new year ahead with visits to some of the places on our long list of destinations we haven’t yet been to. It’s going to be a great year we just know it and I have every intention of continuing with the good work I have been maintaining for most of 2013. The biggest commitment is to myself and to stay calm as long as possible. Right now I don’t feel any regrets and I have feelings of gratitude for everything in my life. I love my life. I don’t feel overwhelmed with things to do and I will take things in my stride.
New Years Day was a very wet and windy one so it was perfect to take advantage of the bank holiday and watch wall to wall movies all day long including the Sound of Music, a complete classic.
Today the 2nd January is different with beautiful blue skies and a crisp atmosphere. I have done some chores clearing leaves in our drive and we have been to see our old gentleman we care for by doing his lunch and hoovering his home. I have also started a new cycle of chemo today; a week late because we were away but I was told it wouldn’t matter. The dose has increased from 100mg to 130mg which is classed as quite high but I am confident that it will be fine. If not then I will simply reduce it down. I have today also contacted a specialist nutritionist to gain more information about eating a ketogenic diet as I have read so much about it and canSer. I am willing to give it a try if it can reduce the sugars in my body and therefore say ‘farewell’ to canSer.
As ever there are big plans for both Pete and I this year and it wouldn’t be New Year if we didn’t decide to make big changes to Pete’s diet and health. He already exercises regularly but now he wants to ramp it up and is also going to be completely alcohol free for a month. We have done it many years before so it will not be too challenging but it’s such a lovely way to see the New Year in feeling fresh and full of energy. Stress is a major factor but it;s hard not having stress when watching your loved one ill. This is something we will try to work on together this year to make life easier and more healthy. It is a known fact that stress causes cortisol to sit around the body and can actually affect weight gain.
Another thing to look forward to is the longer nights. Although it will take time since the 21st December the nights have been getting longer. This is Pete’s favourite time. He loves getting more out of the days.
We have been spoilt with love from our kitty and she is filling me with happiness every day. We are considering getting another furry member of the family. A puppy or dog would be great but kitty is my first concern so we need to think long and hard. We definitely feel the need to have another fur baby in our lives. 2014 could be a real change to the Grant family.
Most people make resolutions in the New Year mainly nutritional ones, to lose weight, to be healthier and so on. I think making too many changes is unrealistic to maintain and having simple things that will massively enhance your life will be more achievable.
Here are a few things I would urge everyone to introduce into their life to achieve a more cleansed and energetic body. They aren’t new things just tried and tested good options;
1. Start each day with a hot lemon and slice if ginger if you fancy pepping it up. This flushes the body out and gives it a big of zing to wake up every cell in the body.
2. Make wholesome unprocessed food every day. When preparing food make enough for the next day’s lunch. Think about making your life easier. Unprocessed foods have more nutrients and will guarantee you have a balanced diet.
3. Be happy. Put on some music and move your body, even just a little bit. Moving and singing will lift your spirits and get you in the right frame of mind for the day ahead and relives stress. My step son plays his ‘shower music’ to get him going every morning.
4. Introduce a Buddha bowl into your meal planning every day. This is great idea from Kris Carr. It’s basically a way of getting a healthy wholesome alkaline addition to every meal. That will help with your intake of proteins and those important veggies into your diet not forgetting healthy fats. A good all rounder.
5. If you feel meditating isn’t for you at this stage, put on some relaxing music and simply breathe. Taking in extra fresh oxygen floods all the cells in your body assists with lymphatic drainage and gives you the sense of clarity and ease of calm in our gut that is needed to think about the year ahead.
My new year’s plans are obvious ones. I clearly am going to kick canSers butt and share it on here with anyone that wants to help themselves. I want to learn yoga properly by taking a course and I would love to go on a retreat holiday too. Maybe a fur baby will be an addition to our lives and of course I want to continue loving my job. Most of all I want to feel as well if not better than I do now by this time next year. It doesn’t sound too exciting but then I love having a simple life. …
Hold onto your hats everyone 2014 is going to be epic.