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!