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The Power of a Good Book

Monday, July 06, 2020

On June 1 I became "homeless", leaving my sold property and moving into an Airbnb for three weeks as I waited for the completion of my new home. I lost internet connection on May 29 and until yesterday was offline apart from occasional check-ins while visiting family. Was I lost without connectivity? No as I rediscovered the joys of reading, spending hours curled up in a comfy chair while being immersed in the wonderful writing of the British author Hilary Mantel. I have read through her trilogy of the life of Thomas Cromwell, confidant and advisor to Henry VIII and am now engrossed in her volume about the French Revolution. It has become an enlightening and entertaining part of my days, jogging my old brain rather than the sometimes mindless "stuff" on Netflix. It has also given me incentive to exercise and eat healthily despite living from a suitcase.
Now I am unpacked and settled, hopefully back on schedule. I am exploring my new community, meeting new neighbours and even volunteering for the gardening crew that keeps the common gardens pruned and weed free. Today I lifted weights for the first time in a month, despite heaving big packing boxes about the actual lifting of weights woke up some slumbering muscles, I could feel the burn.
Being in an urban centre means more choices for food shopping. I will miss the roadside farm markets but both Halifax and Dartmouth have large indoor farmer's markets and now that COVID has settled here they are once again open. Masks and social distancing remain the rule in all public spaces but we can now move freely and visit with family and friends in small groups.
Our goal for week #1 of the Summer 5% Challenge is to create and follow a daily schedule: done! I gained weight during the past few weeks but creating and following that schedule will get me back to maintenance range. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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