Let Me Entertain You with 20 Episodes of The Crown

“Let me Entertain You”. So say the words from the Robbie William’s song of the same name. The same phrase is repeated no less than 20 times, but have we become besotted with being entertained rather than entertaining ourselves I wonder?

I must admit to having fallen foul of these words in the past years, coming home from work and sitting down in front of the TV and asking to be entertained. My husband and I have recently watched 20 episodes of The Crown in 1 week on Netflix, how sad is that? I must admit though, I learnt several things about Winston Churchill, government, Suez Crisis & The Royal Family that I did not know before. I never enjoyed history at school, so watching this series was like all the interesting things that they never taught you in history at school. Things such as the stroke that Churchill had, that was kept hidden, with the collusion of Fleet Street, which meant that my country was left ungoverned for a period of time, or at least ungoverned by a fully functioning PM. By I digress from the entertainment issue.

The more I read about the trek up Kilimanjaro, the more I realsie that there will be little time to need to be entertained, but I am so looking forward to the dancing, as shown in my post 2 days ago. My entertainment between now and then is going to be training. Over the next few weeks I will share with you what my training is going to entail, as I go from couch potato to Kili climber.

Meanwhile listen to Robbie entertaining us:

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Dancing up Kilimanjaro

New Year 2017/18 has seen me set an intention of climbing Kilimanjaro in September 2019. My application has been sent, and I in return have been sent some links to youtube videos. The one above has evoked a strong sense of movement and energy within my body, that I want to get up and dance. I am sure that in the coming months I am going to play this clip over and over again. Have a listen to it, and see if it evokes the same feeling in you?

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Undulations in My Mood

Planning to climb Kilimanjaro I expect to have highs and lows in my physical, mental & emotional health. So it has come as no surprise to find that today I am wondering if I am biting off more than I can chew. My mood has come down, but I expect some undulations in my mood over the next 20 months.

Today I joined a local group, called Opportunities in Retirement OIR. I am not retired, but it is a group set up for those people over 50 who still have some life left in them. They have lots of groups that I could join, including 5 walking groups of different abilities, so I hope I can go up through the groups in the time allowed.

First organised walk is on Tues 23rd January 2018, my 1st of many I hope.

fork push limits pilgrim

Now Back in My Day

What do you think of when you hear the word “treat“?

Is it something that you do/eat/experience every once in a while, perhaps after you have achieved something, like passing an exam, or reached a goal, or got a new job?

Does it mean that someone has given you some money unexpectedly, with the words “Go and treat yourself”

Or maybe the doctor has just given you some news and followed up with the words “we would normally treat this with……….”

Back in my day a treat was something that you had rarely, Christmas and Birthdays mainly. A treat was a schweppes fizzy bottle of lemonade or ginger ale at Christmas, a chocolate off the Christmas tree at night just before cleaning your teeth, or a chocolate finger or 2 at a birthday party. These foods were not an everyday occurence, and obesity and juvenille diabetes was unheard of.

In my complementary health clinic, which I have run now for over 20 years, I always think taking a child to the “golden arches” after seeing me, for being good, as a “treat” is a bit of an oxymoron. taking your child for a toxin laden meal is hardly the good thing to do after you have paid out money on a treatment to make the healthier now is it?

What do you think?

How do you treat yourself? I would love to know?



This Makes me Happy

Only Positive Thoughts Allowed

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Just under a week ago, I woke with a thought in my mind, it was a thought that wouldn’t go away.

“Climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Climb Kilimanjaro”.

Now I have some reservations about my abilty to do this, but it is not as random as it might seem at first, to you my reader, because someone had suggested I do it, a few months back. It just so happened that on this morning in question, the thought kept going over and over in my head. A local charity is trying to raise money to build a purpose-built home for children affected by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, a holiday home, where they can spend time, by the sea. I consider myself lucky in not having been personally affected in my family, but at a local prayer group, we seem to be regularly asked to pray for a young child with one form or another.

So for the past week, I have been telling myself, that come September 2019, I will be off to Tanzania to climb Mout Kilimanjaro. Do I have any reservations about it? You bet I do!

But I am only a week into the realisation that I am going to do this climb, and I am trying to remain positive and focussed about all the trials and challenges that are going to make this climb an epic event in my life. This time last year I set myself a challenge to transform this jelly baby of a body. Did I suceed? No! However I did manage to run my very 1st 10k run, and raise £600 in doing so, I also climbed a 874m mountain, another first, so lets keep those reservations to a minimum, and think more along the lines of “It’s just another 5,00 odd metres” more.

Thanks for reading and please keep coming back to read more on my progress as training takes place. I am making plans to train for this event, with 5 k fun runs, more 10 k runs and maybe even a half marathon or so. The slideshow of photos is my New Year’s Day 4 mile walk, all done from my backdoor. I am so blessed to live with such beauty on my doorstep.

Have you set yourself a challenge to achieve this year. Do you have reservations about being able to achieve it? Let’s boost each other on our challenges.

Namaste Joy

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