Happy New Year and off to new beginnings!!!
I have moved from moline
Today I visited the Yvestown blog again after a while where I haven't been reading blogs and found out she started afresh this year and deleted all her old blog entries. That is a pity in some ways and very courageous and positive thinking because why look back when there are wonderful new things ahead?
And then it dawned upon me: That was exactly what I need: To have a clean slate and start anew with another blog page. I wasn' so courageous as to delete my old blog entries but I moved and want to start fresh and new.
The last year was great because we moved to lovely Seoul and had a wonderful time already. I was eager to move East and the city awaited us with open arms. There is so much beauty here and I hope I can show you some of it over the next few years.
And now for the excuses for not blogging for so long: I was preoccupied with some medical issues again. They found 14 cysts in my breasts and I maybe need a mammotony te have them handled. They are benign but so many and one is really big. I always had one that was coming and going with the pregnancies and extensive breast feeding. But no other pregnancy is scheduled so I have to have another plan now. On top of this I had a bone measurement. I don't know why gynaecologists in Germany don't do that on a regular basis but maybe it is a money issue or they think it is not in their department! And I found out I have Osteoporosis, too. So then - there were two ways to handle this: accepting that I maybe getting old and sick and cranky or take action. I decided on the latter. I took action immediately and gave up meat cold turkey (that sounds funny but I HAD to express it this way!). I wanted to do it for a long time but always was to weak and lazy. Now was the right time to kick out some of the calcium killers out of my body. It was so easy because we did not eat much of it anyhow. For the other calcium killers: I am not drinking Coca Cola (never) nor am I an extensive coffe drinker (1- to 2 Cappuccionos a week). But I love black tea. I drank it in litres like people from the North of Germany with a love for England do. I limited this to the weekend mornings and now savour every cup even more. I am lucky my new doctor is a nutritionalist , too, so she was happy I am taking care of me nutritionwise...
My husband loved that I cut meat from the menue and finds it funny that I call myself a pescatarian (vegetarian plus fish) from now on because I did not give up on fish and shellfish.
The other action I took was to get going. Meaning: to lift my butt from the chair and sofa and be more active: I am doing small workouts every other day, leave the car behind and walk more often, got some small weights to build up more muscles to protect my bones and even got a fancy hula hoop Korean style with accupressure/massage bobbles inside. And guess what: I have so much more energy! (And if I practice enough I can compete with all the retired Korean men and women you meet in the park in the morning at 6 o'clock doing hula hoop in the free open-air gyms here in Seoul)
Of course I should have started this years ago but it is never too late and I think I'll feel better and healthier over time. And we are having so much fun: the whole family hula-hooping along here!
And of course I am not doing it all alone. I have Jonathan from No excuses workouts who is sending me supportive emails evry day and workout tips every second day to keep me on track. And can you believe it: it is for free! And I downloaded the Nike training App for my phone where you can have personally put together workouts with the music from your ipod. I also have to admit that Cathy Zielske inspired me with her road to fitness as before with her way of scrapbooking. Thanks again Cathy! I even decided to jump on the wagon of her new workshop Move more , eat well 2012. it combines scrapbooking and a way to better health plus it is good for me to have some public accountability ;-)
Soooo, that is for a better start into 2012! I am happy I did not have to start in 2012 but already did baby steps in the last month of 2011. That made it a lot easier for me. When I left out the meat I was feeling better but I think that was only psychologically at first. When i gave up black tea I felt not so good. I had a headache for a couple of days. And me being a person who never suffers from headache thought: oh my goodness, I am a black tea addict and my body now shows me how much it relied on that daily intake! But it was better the next week and with so much more energy I will have more space in my head for doing the things I love: crafting and cooking and reading.
So this new blog will develop slowly. I will add some links to the sidebar from other lovely blog people and share some helpful sites to get you going in the chaos of everyday life. But for the readers who liked my personal insights into Seoul and Korea,
my love for decorating
and family life
will also find this here. I am just adding to my usual repertoire this health issue thing because I think it is time!
Love seeing you back here!