with our host Lexa Cain
This week I am celebrating:
1) Another weight loss - there is a definite spring in my step now I am half a stone lighter than at Christmas!
2) Sheep Arrival - the field opposite my house came up for rent renewal last September and the previous farmer removed the Blue-faced Leicesters. It has been bare ever since but this week I opened my bedroom curtains to find a small flock of Black-faced sheep all cropping the grass :) Hurray!
photo courtesy of http://www.butlershall.co.uk
3) Making items for Mind - this week my crafting friends and I have been making items with a Valentine theme for a craft table that our local Mind charity shop will be setting up next week. We have been making things at home too but earlier this week we met up at a friend's house to all have a good old natter as well as share materials and ideas and have a 4 hour crafting session!! Lovely things were made but silly old me didn't take any photos - I will have to when the craft table is set up and displayed in the shop!
We joined in with Mind's Crafternoon for Christmas to make things for the Christmas craft table and it was such a success the manager asked if we had any plans for Valentines so of course we said we'd do something for that. The charity raises money for mental health awareness and help - if you want to find out more please click on the button below
4) Trying something new - this week 12 of us from my local keep-fit group took part in a yoga session held at a newly opened yoga centre. It was really to find out more about yoga and the various things that can be taught as yoga has many off-shoots. I went mainly to have a go at something new but I wasn't really expecting I'd like it much - surely it's all about how you can get your body to twist itself up, isn't it? Legs behind your ears etc!! How wrong I was and what an amazing hour and a half we spent learning about our bodies and the muscles in particular! We did various exercises and concentrated on our breathing and its control, stretching, flexibility, improvements in stance, help to reduce arthritic problems in later life and lots and lots of sensations never before experienced by my body and I've had it quite a few years now!! The rest of the group seemed to feel the same way so we are now hoping to have the yoga teacher set up a special daytime class so that the majority of us can attend weekly sessions - me included!! And I wasn't expecting that :)
I'd love to know if you've tried anything new this week or maybe you already do yoga and have seen health benefits for yourself? Please feel free to join in with the others in celebrating those special little moments in your week just by clicking on the celebrate button!
Congrats on the weight loss! I'm sure it was a surprise to look out and see sheep...they are fun animals to watch. Sounds like you've been having a great week all the way around. I'm going to take a peek at the craft thing...I've been searching for something new to get involved with. Maybe they'll have something like that around here too.ReplyDelete
I'd certainly recommend having a talk with the manager of a charity shop near you and suggesting it - most charities are always pleased to hear about ideas and willing volunteers :)Delete
That's great about the weight loss. I've been looking for ways to lose weight that are realistic for me but haven't really found anything that works well. A couple of people have suggested that I try yoga. I had the same thoughts you did about having to put your feet behind your ears and such, and it seems boring to me, but maybe I'll think about giving it a try.ReplyDelete
The crafting event sounded like fun. And how nice about the sheep. Hope you're enjoying your weekend!
The yoga certainly wasn't boring but the chap leading the lesson did say yoga is taught in lots of different ways so you need to find someone who teaches what you like and not to be afraid of quitting a class if it isn't right for you!Delete
Congratulations on the weight loss! I wish I could report the same thing... Glad you enjoyed yoga. I've been several times, but I really don't like it. I'd rather do Pilates if I'm going to do a stretching exercise class.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Kate - I have also got into Pilates over the last year and find some of the exercises really difficult but I am getting better - the yoga had some similarities but my body "felt" quite different and today I seem to be a lot more supple than before!Delete
I have been doing yoga for a few years now, it is great for mind and body. I'm glad you are enjoying it.ReplyDelete
Congratulations on the weight loss too.
Thanks, Suzanne and I can certainly see yoga helping with both body and mind as you say :)Delete
You're getting so healthy with the weight loss and the yoga classes! That's great! Yay for cute sheep and crafting with friends, and I hope you have a wonderful week! :)ReplyDelete
I certainly am feeling much healthier which is a good thing and it is lovely to see sheep wandering about again :)Delete
I'm so pleased you tried and liked yoga. I swear by it, and have done for many years.ReplyDelete
It will be so good being able to go on a regular basis and learn how to do things properly!Delete
YAY on weight loss! A Crafternoon sounds like so much fun!!ReplyDelete
I can thoroughly recommend a Crafternoon to anyone - having a few friends round with a cup of tea or coffee and crafting away as well as a bit of nattering is a lovely way to spend some time together :)Delete
Way to go! I've lost weight too and joined an exercise group that meets twice a week. I find it helps being in a group. Love your view of the sheep :)ReplyDelete
I certainly think it has really helped me by joining in with other bloggers to monitor weight and think about healthier life style choices :)Delete