Thursday, April 04, 2013

Grateful in April

Today I'm pausing to reflect on a few things that I have reason to be grateful for. There seems to be a lot of whining about pretty minor stuff from a lot of people online lately - and yes, I can be guilty of that myself at times - so I'm making an effort to appreciate some of the good things in my generally fairly awesome life. :)

1. We've just returned from a short break away, and I'm grateful that we have the ability to take off for a few days more or less whenever we wish. A change of scenery, a break from the daily drudgery and some fresh country air are always good for the soul.

Roadtrip! This is not the country though...only 3kms from home.
2. While were were away, I got the chance to spend a lot more time in the saddle than normal - and I handled it like a pro! I can see huge improvements in my bike fitness - and I'm so happy to have found an exercise activity I love, one that doesn't even feel like work. Well, pedalling up a small mountain is certainly work, but you know what I mean... So I'm grateful not only for my mountain bike, but also for my steadily increasing fitness. And for my patient husband, who puts up with my occasional whinging, goes a lot slower than he'd like to, plays bike mechanic for me, and all with a minimum of laughing at some of my sillier moments.

This ride resulted in a spectacular fall, one bruised and lacerated elbow and a few tears...but was worth it!
3. The weather was perfect while we were away, and being on the bike or on foot meant that I really got to appreciate the beauty of the countryside around me. Everywhere you look, there are gorgeous vistas, amazing birds or something else interesting to look at. We're lucky to live in such a beautiful place.

A pause on the rail trail for some wine tasting (Bike Boy) and coffee (me) and to admire the view of Mt Buffalo
Raucous flocks of yellow-tailed black cockatoos. We don't see these at home.
How's the serenity?

I thought this was a species of rosella we don't get here - but it's just a juvenile crimson rosella.
4. I'm also feeling grateful for my own creativity when it comes to food. My ability to create tasty meals and new recipes, even when following a pretty restrictive nutrition plan, came in very handy these past few days. I cooked up a storm before we left and enjoyed pumpkin pancakes, tasty frittatas, all kinds of salads, some yummy mango salsa, and of course my super-smug super-food truffles. Getting out of your comfort zone when it comes to cooking is an interesting adventure. :) Of course, I'm grateful to have my vanilla whey and splash of milk back in my porridge today...

Sometimes simple is best - salmon, salad and a ripe peach for dessert.
5. Last, but not least, I'm grateful for my good health. Which leads me to this: I'm doing the 4km Mothers Day Classic this year, with Number One Son by my side (although he has made noises about me slowing him down, the cheeky bugger, so "by my side" may not be all that accurate...). In case you don't know, the event is a fundraiser for breast cancer research, and I'm running in memory of my dear friend Jose´, who lost the fight a few years back. If you'd like to sponsor me and contribute to a good cause - no pressure - you can do so over here.

If you're in one of our capital cities or even some regional centres, you can enter yourself. There are 4km and 8km runs, plus a walking event, and the atmosphere of this particular fun run is always great.

Now I'm off to the gym to lift things up and put them down. It's a late start today, as I enjoy the final couple of days of my short holiday.... Something else I'm grateful for, as it was only 5ÂșC earlier this morning.

What are you grateful for today, this week or in general?



Debbish said...

You take such gorgeous pics. I'm always gobsmacked when I log onto Instagram etc and see the photos from your morning walks.

As for me, I'm grateful I live where I do... And that my money hasn't run out. Yet!

Kek said...

Deb, you need the Snapseed app for phone or iPad!

It does help if you can get the subject in focus, of course, but it's amazing what a bit of post-editing can do.

Liz N said...

It's great to see you on the fitness comeback trail and enjoying the mountain biking so much. Yahoo! I have Snapseed but embarrassed to say I still don't know how to use it (runs and hides) x

Kek said...

Liz, you just jump in and USE it. You can't break anything. My most-used tools are "Crop", "Tune" and "Drama"...

I'll give you a one-on-one tutorial next time we're in the same city. :)

Debstar said...

Awesome post Kek. I spent the day with my eldest daughter, looking for running shoes, enjoying coffee and browsing through a permaculture centre, it was an excellent day. I am grateful my kids love spending time with me.

Kek said...

Definitely something to be grateful for, Deb. I love it when mine hang out with me too. :)

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