It's a new dawn
It's a new day
It's a new life
And I'm feeling good
We've made a lot of personal progress in the last few weeks. It's almost hard to believe that we only moved in 20 days ago. Just today I had my very first client meeting in my pretty little office nook and started working hard at getting our little storage spaces packed in nice and full so we have more room to enjoy the house.
I've been working at training Murphy with hand signals, and it's a good thing I've been training him, because on Sunday, we are going to take him to Edmonton's Pets in the Park where we can let him try agility, flyball, and lure coursing. I'm very excited for him, but he's sleeping on my chaise lounge and has no idea what magic awaits him in mere days.
The biggest news, however, is that in between all the shooting, editing, meetings, and other aspects of busy season, I've started working with a personal trainer. It's a mite on the expensive side, but business has been reasonably good lately, and so I've bought the monthly pass and 14 sessions with the trainer, two of which I have already done. I'm going to head to the gym this evening and teach Paul some of what I've learned, so he can start on the health journey with me.
I chose a trainer that does completely personalized workouts - and he's been amazing. So far he hasn't had to switch out any of the weights, reps, or exercises he's picked, and it's been right on the edge of my ability every time. Plus, they're counting my progress through body fat percentage and inches rather than mainly through pounds lost, which is perfect for someone with an ED. So I've been very pleased with my progress so far, and I have high hopes for the future. To which end, for the very first time in my life, I took a before picture. It's a huge milestone for me, something I didn't do at any other time for fear of failure. For the first time, I am reasonably confident of success, and it's an incredible feeling.
Ever since we got here, money hasn't been quite as tight as it was in wintertime, so I've been very happy to buy a ton of perimeter-shopped groceries, including a lot of pre-assembled salads, veggies, and fruit salads, which means that I've been eating fresh food every day. We switched from a small fruit bowl to a giant fruit-and-veggie platter in the kitchen, so I snack and graze all day on tomatoes, nectarines, avocados, and more. It's been a great way to jumpstart a healthy lifestyle.
Like I've been telling Paul, the best thing about moving is that the first few habits I make on moving to a new place are some of the easiest for me to maintain - so eating healthy, working out, and enjoying
Since I've made a big workout commitment, I bought myself a load of workout clothing - lots of which was on sale - and a nice new swimsuit that fits me very well. The other interesting thing is that I've bought myself a tall vase for my office, which I am filling with the mandatory wristbands I have to get every time I go work out at the facility by our place. So far there's four of them and I plan to add a fifth this evening. It's a nice way of keeping track of the progress.
The next biggest piece of news is that I've finally put together the poetry anthology I've been daydreaming about for years. It has just over 30 of my best poems from the last decade or so, and I'm selling digital and physical copies to anyone who's interested. (Gran, don't bother buying one, I'm bringing one home next weekend for you!)
This week my brother and sister-in-law are in town with our ridiculously cute niece, and last night we went out for a delicious Fatburger supper with them, after which we went swimming and hot tubbing at their tiny little hotel pool, and I taught my favourite kids game from swimming - the tree-chopping game. First, you make them sit on the side like a little seed, then you water them with splashes, then they grow into a big tree and you chop them down and let them jump in so you can catch them! It was her new favourite thing.
Needless to say after working out, swimming, housecleaning and sorting, and tons of work, I am pretty exhausted and looking forward to a great weekend. Tomorrow we have breakfast with the family before they head out, and then the guy we know who found Paul a super-cheap car is bringing it into the city for us, so we'll be able to stop car sharing. Thank God for that, it was really inconvenient. We've found a pretty good deal on our car insurance, too!
I have been shooting a session or something every few days - including the awesome TEDxEdmonton, a family session for a family with five awesome kids, an Engagement session in the middle of mosquitoville that ended in the couple buying me supper, and more. Between all these things, I've managed to watch some TV, read part of two books, spend time with the Murphy and the Paul, shop for things we need around the house, and do everything else I've talked about here. It's been a pretty good life, and it's only getting better.
Next things on my list include finally painting my pretty white cabinet sometime in early July, and continuing work on my big business idea that I plan to start releasing email newsletters for in mid-July to prepare for a late October-early November launch process. Also, reading the large stack of library books I ordered before I have to send them back, particularly the book I'm reading for my friend's book club...
A while ago I dropped and stepped on my bluetooth headset on a rainy day, which was a tragic loss, but I have picked up a new one and I am very pleased with my ability to talk for a long time, actually be able to hear and be heard regularly, and charge it with the standard micro USB port!
Lots of good things to share today! I'm a happy camper.