I have been having a hard time figuring what to write about to keep the blog going. I know most of my readers are interested in life in Mexico but at the present time life here is mostly life at home. So that’s what I’m going to talk about today.
We do go out – to the stores and twice to eat out at a very carefully selected spot – but mostly we are at home. We’ve enjoyed working in the garden and buying pots and plants for our patios and in general nesting in our new place.
Before the pandemic we had been going to the gym but even though they’ve reopened we haven’t been back. I started walking and running in circles in our sala fresca upstairs for exercise. Then we added an elliptical machine and a couple of weeks ago I bought a second hand track stand for my bike. With the addition of a jump rope and some hand weights and yoga pads, we have a pretty decent home gym. That’s it in the picture at the top. The sala fresca has screens and we have our hammocks tied to one side there too.
During my workouts I used to listen to music almost exclusively but then I started listening to podcasts and I have learned so much! Many topics I listen to then send me to learn more. For example I have started learning more about Ayurveda, holistic dentistry, and lots of different health and wellness practices. My days are getting full learning about things and incorporating new routines into my life.
I got very interested in Gua Sha. Do you know what it is? It’s a traditional Chinese medicine method of facial scraping to encourage lymphatic drainage. I got interested in this back when I had cancer and now I have the time to do it – and I do, every day before my work out.
I have rarely missed a day of exercise and am happy to say I have lost 20 pounds. I still have more to lose but I have so much energy now I am going to head outside to the bike path and run at least part of the time now, starting tomorrow.
Along with the exercise being at home so much and all my focus on health I have been eating better than ever. I thought I would try being vegan but decided to stay a vegetarian, just give up what I call “big cheese” which I know I had been eating too often. I recently shared some photos of what I’ve been eating on Instagram if you are interested, they are below. As you can see from the pictures, I have a rule about raw veggies with every meal!
So even in these awful times, with daily horrifying events in the US and anxiety for everyone at an all time high, I have worked out a system for myself that keeps me healthy and manages my stress level. What are all of you doing to keep sane these days?