Wash Me Clean

Wow, how quickly time goes by…  I can’t believe it’s very nearly the end of January already!

So, first off, the plodding has come to a bit of a halt as I managed to twist my knee walking downstairs carrying a very heavy box at work the other day.  Hopefully after few days rest and it’ll be back to normal.  I have completed week 4 of the Couch to 5k programme, and was about to head onto week 5, so I’ll probably repeat week 4 as soon as I can then head on when I can.  I’m determined that I’m going to get to plod  for 30 mins at some point, even if it bloomin’ kills me (hopefully it won’t come to that!)

Sadly the treadmill from Home Fitness Solutions goes back on Saturday, so I do hope I’ll get to use it at least one more time before it’s picked up. I’m very glad I hired it, as, although there were a couple of weeks when I didn’t use it (and I now know that I prefer to plod outside rather than in one spot in my dining room) I do feel it gave me the extra nudge to do something from time to time rather than hiding at home in the warm in front of the TV. I’ll certainly hire one again, or one of the other machines available, especially if I know I’m going to head into a heavy period at work, that way I can at least try to get some exercise, even if it is at 11pm at night.

I’ve been working on other 40 for 40 list items, booking things in, registering for details, and generally planning in advance for several other treats, cultural things, as well as some of the bigger events.  If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, head over to the 40 for 40 page for the full list.

I’ve been helped out with items 17. Watch the Godfather Films as Film4 very kindly showed them all at the start of the month.  I haven’t had time to sit down and watch them yet, but they’re all saved on the Sky+ and will be viewed very soon.

In other 40 to 40 news, my Cultural event for January was a trip to see Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella at Sadlers Wells.  I managed to get one of the very last tickets for a special night presented by Mr Bourne himself, introducing some local school kids that the Company had been working with.   They’d only had a few days to put a 5 minute dance together, which was a very modern piece with some of the Company members, and they were amazing.  Every one of them looked thrilled at the audience applause when they took their bow, which was well deserved.

Then came the main event.  A retelling of the classic Cinderella story, set in a London during the Blitz.  Against Prokofiev’s score (I nearly spluffed my drink when the lady sitting next to me said that she thought it was the music from Midsomer Murders) it was another fantastic event from the team at New Adventures.  I have seen most of the works by Bourne, and this certainly had some of the same elements as others that have gone before, but to me it was still magical and delightful to watch.  I’m only sorry that the run has come to an end as I would have loved to have seen it again.

The 40 for 40 January Treat is also complete, which doubled up as number 4 on the list.  Have a Colonic.  Now, I’m not going to go into too much detail (this is, after all, a family show), but it wasn’t the most relaxing of experiences I’ve ever had…

For a start, the place I went to wasn’t quite the oasis of calm and tranquility I was expecting.  Being squeezed into a tiny room with a machine on the wall that sounded like it was going to explode any second, mixed with the rather unattractive brown towel I was handed to cover my modesty (Yes, brown!) as well as a slight dusting of shabby and grotty in equal measure, didn’t easily lead to the feeling of wellbeing I was hoping for.  However, as I’d spent an hour travelling across London to get there, there was no way I was backing out.

So, after just under an hour of, lets just say, some rather uncomfortable moments, I was able to head back home. I can honestly say that I never believed I could feel so exhausted from lying back and thinking of England.  By the time I got home 90 mins later, it was all I could do to sit on the sofa and watch the TV.  I felt extremely tired, slightly queasy, and just slightly regretful.

All that said, when I woke up the following day, I felt amazing.  My eyes were shiny, my stomach was flatter and I was 4lbs lighter, and I just felt “cleaner”.  Would I do it again?  Hmmm, I’m not sure.  Probably, but not at the same place.  I think I’d try to find somewhere that had a bit more ‘Ommmm’ and a little less ‘Ewwwww’.

’till the next time…


~ by BlobbyJogger on 30 January, 2011.

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