Overdosing on sunshine in South Africa.

It’s 29ºC, and I’m sitting outside on the tiles of the patio, my legs lying across the grass. It’s Autumn here in the Western Cape of South Africa, but my week so far has been beautiful. Last week started out a bit chilly, with some wind and rain, but it’s turned sunny and warm since. I really don’t want to leave!

Until yesterday, I couldn’t remember the last time I’d worn shorts and walked around barefoot, inside and out. There’s something almost relieving about feeling the ground beneath your feet and letting spiders criss-cross your legs. (For the record, I had to keep myself from panicking the first time.) It’s just so relaxing here, and I’ve really needed this time and space and freedom. It probably helps that the weather is lovely and my family has a garden with lots of grass, trees, bushes and colourful flowers to wander around and look at. Also, having a hunting cat allows for many life-saving opportunities. (I distracted my cat long enough to let a de-tailed lizard run away.) The only downside to all this is the number of mosquito bites I’ve accumulated! I don’t count the sunburn, as it was about time I got some colour…

Towards my goals, I’ve had time to knit, read and study. I’ve already finished a course on nutrition, and I’m making my way through several others in the domain of computer science, psychology and business. Yesterday, I took a barefoot walk on the beach, ice cream in hand. I’ve basically allowed myself to gain some of the weight I’ve lost, as how else can I fit in all the wonderful food here into just under two weeks? I can go back to the monotony of canned soup, chicken breasts, salad and Oatsosimple next week!

I have been trying to write this blog post for a month.

One of my challenges was to write a blog post every month. I fully intended to do this, which is why I went to my computer in the last week of February every day with the aim of writing a post. I then got distracted, or I couldn’t decide what to write about. For the past month, I’ve been coming up with ideas whilst falling asleep, in the shower or driving to work. They never made their way onto a piece of paper or a computer screen. I find this with a lot of things that I don’t deem as ‘necessary’.

However, I now wonder what I deem necessary. Doing laundry – yes. Making dinner – yes. Doing a little bit of extra work at home on the weekend to keep on top of things – sadly, this seems to come up as a yes a lot too. But many of the things I enjoy get pushed aside because they’re not productive enough. I’ve made barely any progress with the sketchbook (a couple pages), and I haven’t done any swatches for the knitting (though I am knitting a cowl for a colleague in a new stitch – the honeycomb).

Which is why my goal for the Immunity to Change course is to learn how to relax. If there’s anything important to you that you’d like to change about yourself (such as learning how to not procrastinate…), feel free to try out this little experiment with me.

I’m now going to go and be frivolous (i.e. play a computer game with my boyfriend). I don’t do this enough!

52 Week Challenge – Week 3 Update

So far so good!

I’ve already completed 2 challenges. I’ve handed over the handling of complaints (#36), so now I can focus on the more technical aspects of my job.

A bigger achievement for me is tracking my food for at least a week (#15). I am, in fact, continuing to track my food. What’s more, I’ve dropped 2.5 kg since the beginning of the month (#1). MyFitnessPal is amazing at motivating me to keep going, as with the barcode scanner, it’s too easy to NOT track my food. Plus, I can plan my day ahead and see what food freedom I have. For instance, I’ve kept to my plan while still treating myself to a Magnum Classic tonight!

Funnily, the Coursera course on nutrition I mentioned in my last post has released the first assignment early, and guess what it is? To track your food for three days, and they recommend MyFitnessPal. Homework has never been so easy!