343: Five A DayPosted: September 1, 2011
I woke up this morning feeling bleh. It has not been a good week health-wise. I had some tummy troubles for about 24 hours earlier in the week, and now I seem to be catching the cold that is going around these parts.
Somewhere around the beginning of August I mentioned that I was starting a decluttering project. A friend emailed with a really good suggestion that I promised to share with you all.
She suggested a Five A Day program (or Five A Week if you’re already so decluttered that you don’t need this on a daily basis) wherein you shed five things a day by either giving them away (best option), selling them (second best option), recycling them (third best option), or trashing them (least best option). It doesn’t have to be big things. In the way of clutter, it’s not usually the big things that are making the mess.
I know there are similar ideas floating around out there. A few years ago I read about 27 Things or a 27/9 program where you divest yourself of 27 things over the course of 9 days. I’ve also seen 100 Things in 30 Days. But I like the feel of Five A Day. It’s something I’m already familiar with due to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Five A Day program (which I see they have now updated to make it more complicated, something government agencies like to do). Five A Day is a reasonable and do-able goal for decluttering purposes. I might even add a fifth option, repurposing, as sometimes there are items I no longer need in the house, but can use in other ways (in the garden, in the barn, etc.).
Waking up feeling bleh today has me considering another Five A Day strategy. Do five good things for my health each day. For instance, today I:
- made a pitcher of Sassy Water (you’ll have to scroll down for the recipe after clicking on the link).
- unrolled my yoga mat for the first time in weeks, popped in the A.M. Yoga for Your Week DVD, and spent 20 minutes with Rodney Yee doing standing poses. He’s my go-to-guy when I need to get back into a regular yoga practice. I especially like this DVD because there are five different focused morning routines, each only 20 minutes in length, which allows me to get my skill level back up when I’ve been out of practice for a while. After a couple of weeks with this DVD, I can move on to a longer practice.
- sat in meditation for 10 minutes. (I need to work my way back up to 20 minutes.)
- made sure to get my 6-9 servings of fruit and vegetables.
- walked outside for an hour.
If anyone wishes to join me in either Five A Day practice, I’d love to have your company. I won’t be listing my clutter, but will probably tack on a list of the five good things I did for myself at the end of my posts. That may involve coming back and editing the post later in the evening. Or you can join my team at DailyFeats. Send me your email address and I’ll send you an invite.
In other news…
I was surprised by some of the reactions to my post about “what next?” Let me put your minds to rest on this one: I will not be giving up the camera for a full year. It was a wandering thought I decided to explore. I will, however, take occasional breaks, going out and about without the camera. This will allow me to enjoy my daily outdoor time without the framing and composing of photos, and will also give me a chance to go through my old photos and post some of them.
I do have other possibilities in mind for another year-long challenge/commitment. Several possibilities, in fact. I’ll be blog about one or two of them soon.
We’ve had quite a few hot air balloons come by recently. I’ve reached the point where I don’t always haul out the camera when I hear that distinctive whoosh of the burner. The two pictured in this post came by on Monday.
It started out stormy here today. A friend came by early this morning to fish, and he got caught in quite a downpour while he was out in the rowboat. It didn’t dampen his fun, though. He waited out the rain and then spent a few hours fishing from shore. I don’t know if he caught anything or not.
The temperature has been climbing. Add in the humidity and even the sunflowers are feeling droopy.
That’s about it from the Bogs for today. Thanks for dropping by! I’ll be back tomorrow with more ramblings and wanderings.