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Another winter storm!!! Spring....where are you???

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Daylight savings time starts tonight!! I will definitely appreciate the extra hour of sunlight in the evenings. But will this snow ever end???

I don't get much of a chance to update on SPARKS now that I am back to work. I take a commuter bus in to Ottawa each morning and it leaves at 5:55 a.m. so I wake up at 4:30 each day. It returns to town around 6 p.m. at night. That leaves about 3 hours to eat dinner and prepare for the next day. I don't mind the actual bus ride because it is a comfortable coach bus and I relax. The early mornings are tough but I am getting into the routine again. I usually give my elderly mom a call whenever I can, to see how she is doing. She lives an 8 hours drive away from here. I am glad my brother lives near her.

The good part of my commute is that I have a touch screen IPod and have been having a great time listening to it on the way back and forth to work. Lately I purchased a couple of hypnotic tapes by Glenn Harrold - one is to Develop Your Self Confidence and the other is for Exercise and Motivation. I have never tried hypnosis before but I am quite interested in the possibilities. It certainly helps to relax you. I was always a bit afraid of it - but while listening to the tapes I have always been aware of sounds around me and I think I could open my eyes whenever I want to and come out of it. I didn't want to be so hypnotised that if the bus had an accident I would just sit there like a zombie. Surprisingly it has been very refreshing to listen to these tapes. In the morning I listen to the Self Confidence one to prepare me for work. On the way home, I listen to the Exercise and Motivation one. The Exercise tape is supposed to help me to become motivated and to enjoy exercising. I will keep you posted if I notice it making a difference. So far, the main effect is the ability to fully relax during and after listening to the tapes. He gets you to do deep abdominal breathing and that is a great way to relieve tension and stress.
Better close for now. On the weight front I am holding steady at my present 194 pounds, which considering the stress at work is pretty good. I hope that once spring finally is here and I am outside more, the exercise will fall into place. I work in a beautiful location - surrounded by flowers and trees in the summer-the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa. This is a huge park area in the middle of Ottawa, with an arboretum and horticultural gardens across the street from where I work. Also I am looking into getting a tai chi class organized for lunchtime outside during the spring, summer months. So if I can just hold in for a little while longer...things will be looking up! Have a great weekend everyone! Stay warm and dry!
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    I know waht you mean about the never ending snow..but guess what , here in Nova Scotia it has been between 9 and 13 degrees and rainning all day! Our snow is slowly disapearing. I hope that when I wake up tomorrow that it will all be gone!I will try to send you some of this mild weather, I'll try my hardest to work up a gale and blow it your way!
    Your job site sounds absolutely beautiful and I would love to do Tai Chi there! What a relaxing , refreshing time that will be when you get the group going...good luck on that ..cheers!
    4844 days ago
    Rumor has it that Spring WILL come! Just don't look at the calendar because it doesn't have a clue! LOL! It is ironic that we "Spring" forward with our clocks today, while Old Man Winter hasn't decided to release his hold on us! Your snow is moving down and landing on me as I'm typing!

    Holding that weight while under stress is WONDERFUL! You body is adjusting to all the stress you are under, and still not going out of control!

    Take care! I'm here with you!
    4844 days ago
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