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Summer Spa

May 3, 2015 , , ,

hibiscus

hibiscus

There are beautiful facilities with amazingly talented staff members designed to deliver health and fitness retreats. Destination spas, hot spring thermal spas, or spas within hotels provide environments conducive to relaxation for time spent away from home. Time spent breaking undesirable habits or simply reducing stress for a happier healthier outlook is valuable. It is wonderful to find both time and funds to concentrate on body and mind. The test of healthy resolve occurs when we are once again in our normal day to day  setting. This summer I plan to stay home in Tucson. Rather than lament these circumstances I have decided to create summer spa, the staycation that cures what ails you. The trick to good health is balance and reasonable discipline. I can’t spare the time to leave home, but I can arrange my schedule to make daily, weekly and monthly health goals part of my routine.

  • Calculate- Using the Fitbit program I will log food, water, sleep and exercise
  • Donate- Fill a large bag of unwanted items to give to charity monthly
  • Juice Bar- Monday-Thursday make and drink fresh juice and avoid alcohol
  • Body Work- Shiatsu, acupuncture, or lymphatic drainage at least once a week
  • Fitness Shuffle-Attempt a new class or active experience twice a month
  • At the gym-Daily aerobic activity derived from equipment use or swimming laps

First and foremost my plan for better health will include daily time for art.  Poetry writing and creating visual art satisfy a need I have to express myself.  I notice that when I am absorbed in thinking about art or music I live in an elevated state.  Artfulness gives me great pleasure.  I am at my best when I reserve time to appreciate the work of others and be inspired to create something myself.  I include cooking in the list of my creative hobbies.  It works well for me to shift my attention to new healthy ways to prepare food.  The pleasure involved in mixing flavors and savoring the finished meal is essential to my well being. I can add a colorful and delightful juice bar rather than consider giving up alcohol.  In the end it is only the sustainable habits that will make a difference.  Too much repression or strict diet can make the mind recoil from the entire business. It is best to have a plan, build your foundation, and be a little flexible to account for real life.

What kind of summer are you going to have, gentle reader? Do you include health as a goal when making your plans?

reflection in my pool

reflection in my pool

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I’m hitting the road! (traveling/moving)

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The Chaos Realm

May 4, 2015

Both traveling and moving can be extremely therapeutic…bon voyage

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Pamela Morse

May 4, 2015

That sounds so well planned! I am running at the moment with the aim of doing a 5k run for cancer research in July. And, I’m walking a bit more too

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London-Unattached.com

May 4, 2015

I have been inspired ever since I heard you use the words “Fitness Mumpty”, Fiona. I picture you jogging all over the place…

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Pamela Morse

May 4, 2015

I love your hibiscus photo. WOW. I love your idea for the staycation.. spa at home and cleansing in so many different ways: donating, juice bar. body work (I am doing body work right now.) and fitness.

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  1. Adding Comedy for Balance | mermaidcamp reblogged this and added:

    […] Earlier in the year I made a plan to provide a spa vacation to myself without leaving town this summer.  My dog needs me frequently, and the heat is now upon us, so the stay in town has evolved into stay home in the air-conditioning most of the time.  I am happy I had started with a plan because the dog care giving could be a depressing situation without it.  She is resting most of the time without any apparent pain.  I spoke to my cousin this week who is dealing with the end of life issues of her dad. This conversation reminded me how, although the loss is sad and similar, the parent care is a lot more complicated than pet care. I am lucky to have the time and means to be able to stay home with my dog to make her comfortable. I have made some changes to my original plan: […]

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  2. Summer Spa Evaluation, Good, Bad, and Surprising | mermaidcamp reblogged this and added:

    […] summer I designed a home spa program for myself with an emphasis on positive change. My staycation planning evolved from the original […]

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