Day 32 of my challenge to do something new everyday: fitbit, Barry Manilow and origami.

I am attempting to do something new every day in a challenge to motivate myself through lockdown 3.0.

Its desperate times. I bought a fitbit. I have to say it is certainly an intellectual challenge. I appear to have taken more steps getting the kids ready for school, literally just chasing them around the kitchen between 8am and 9am this morning, than I did walking around a large supermarket for an hour and a half! I would never have guessed that.

Anywho, fitbit is definitely going to change my life forever for a week and a half. I have emotionally bought into it. I have utterly succumbed to the bpm, the steps, the sleep and anything else that’s reasonably easy and also free. I have not financially bought into anything other than the actual watch. Apparently, you can buy a subscription which “unlocks” more of it’s potential; however I’m not interested in clocking my hourly temperature or understanding how dehydrated I am. I’m sure that’s useful for Olympians and patients, but not for me. What’s the point in knowing something negative about myself that I know I am not going to change?

Tuesday, I had a horrific headache all day and spent most of the day on the sofa. An annoying point about being a mom with a pain in the noggin:- the one thing you need is silence but the one thing that is guaranteed is obscene amounts of high-pitched noise. Anywho, I didn’t push myself so no daily challenge for Tuesday.

Yesterday I taught myself how to make a swan out of paper. It was fab in that it only took a few minutes but did actually require concentration. I always find some stiff focus is great for smoothing the brain waves to calm happy shores. The end result of the origami wasn’t bad, so I’m chuffed with that.

Today I’m doing the oddest and most random new thing. I’m listening to a Barry Manilow album. I don’t even know why… Spotify was kindly recommending some music that I apparently “missed” last year and one of the songs that came up was by Barry Manilow. I am a little bit worried about my music selection when Spotify feels the need to let me know that I’ve missed a new Barry Manilow record.  

Now, music in my kitchen is a hotly contended issue.  My son will only tolerate silence, a Bob the Builder song or classical notes. My daughter wants to dance around like a possessed fairy to upbeat girlie tunes. A major problem is that my son knows how to tell Alexa to stop so there’s usually a tantrum by someone in the middle of it all (probably me). However, when ole Barry began to croon I noticed that daughter was swaying happily and my son was also on board. So I thought, what the hell, lets see how long we can go with this one. We are on the third song. They are “dancing”, well they are attacking each other in a manner that is at once jovial and also aggressive. I’m not sure how long we’ve got but Barry is wondering when he can hold us again.

I am attempting to complete 7 resolutions over 6 days for 5 weeks:

  1. Continued embargo on crisps, fancy cheese and booze (except those used in cooking)
  2. Meditate for ten minutes
  3. Go for a run or a walk
  4. Do something new – I’ve never done before.
  5. Clean the kitchen every evening
  6. Do at least 5 sun salutations every morning
  7. No eating after 7pm (except Friday & Saturday)

Published by gillsheeran

Former CFO/COO who quit my job to emotionally support my family at the start of the pandemic.

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