Phew, it’s November. Did I just say that? Wow! I normally hate november, but today I am just so glad that the #Write31Days challenge is over. The challenge of having to write on one topic for an entire month is huge. That being said, I loved the commitment of writing everyday. Just today, a day late, I discovered Blog Every Day in November (#BEDN). Like Blog Every Day in May (#BEDIM), this is a prompt-based challenge, but you can write on a different topic too. Today’s topic is “love Mondays”. I was unable to read the full prompt because somehow Google calendar wouldn’t let me, so I am just going to write what comes to mind.
Most people love the week-end and feel a little down on Monday, especially Monday morning. Indeed, I sometimes have a hard time transitioning from a Sunday lie-in to a Monday, at which I need to get up at whooping 8:30 AM. I know, my husband might need to get up at 5:00 AM and many more working people get up at seven, but well, for me 8:30 is early. Today, I lay in bed till I truly had to get up at 9:30 because I literally had to start physical therapy that minute. Physical therapy fr me means exercise, because my goal for it is to get into a better physical condition. Consequently, today I was up and lifting weights literally minutes after I’d been lying in bed. This is supposed to exemplify my laziness, not my stamina, FYI.
In general though, I’m not one of those people who looks forward to the week-end. Not having a day job means I don’t need to unwind from a 40-or-so-hour work week over the week-end. I find that, during the week, at least there’s some reason to get out of bed, such as day activities. In this sense, I actually like starting my week with some exercise.
Monday also means the ward is normally-staffed again, so I can usually go for walks in the afternoon. On week-ends, if I’m lucky, I can squeeze in a walk right before handover. Now yesterday and on Saturday I was able to get some nice walks with the staff, but that is very unusual.
Mondays also mean a fresh start to a new week. Of course you can make a fresh start at any moment, but a Monday (like the beginning of the month or year) feels particularly good for it. It is a good time to set weekly goals. Therefore, to finish off this post, I am going to share some goals for this week.
- Go to the gym tomorrow. Exercise on the elliptical trainer or stationary bike at least two more times this week.
- Write down my concerns re moving to the tiny village and discharge from the institution for my psychologist. Be well-prepared for my appointment on Wednesday.
- Finish off my polymer clay necklace at art therapy on Thursday.
- Decide for myself whether I want to continue my Open University course.
- Continue to write a blog post each day.
I will also be baking apple pie tomorrow at day activities to “celebrate” the eight-year anniversary of my institutionalization. Maybe I’ll share about that tomorrow.