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Hong Kong Island from Tsing Yi

I did my first run since Christmas today. I fell in love again with my shoes. I think I pushed myself after my son was born. I really felt a sense of achievement completing 10K when he was 18 weeks old but then my time also got restricted and it dropped down my list of priorities. Then I realised how much I walk everyday. Just running errands and the school drop-off/pickup. Today is the most beautiful sunshine- so I went for a run. I loved it- I relaxed into it and explored my surroundings. I found things I had no idea were there- like an amazing bike track and bmx skateboard park perfect to take Eva too with her bike. Just down the road! The view near me is stunning- the water, boats, bridge (Ting Kao in one direction and Stonecutters in the other) and the mountains (Tai Mo Shan) behind Tsuen Wan and on Hong Kong Island are inspiring.

I recently started the Facebook group runclubhk and it has all levels of runners on there and I have been inspired and motivated to get out there. But today is not just about running.

Walk- in the sunshine! Discover new places in your neighbourhood- be inspired to move and take in the present moment and find beauty in your surroundings! Download a pedometer app and see how much you do already.

Most of all take some time to walk, breathe and be!

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I recently read this post;

http://www.mamaandbabylove.com/2013/03/28/the-8020-rule-why-less-than-perfect-is-perfectly-fine/

I battle within myself about not being perfect. I mean who doesn’t? Recently I have marveled at how incredibly strong my body is, how quick my mind is and how good I am at problem solving. I think not being perfect is an incredibly useful tool for our children to learn and so recently have started admitting to my daughter that I don’t know everything (that was a hard one as people who know me will understand!!) and that I can’t do everything. She recently said to me that she “loved everything I wore and I always looked so pretty” She is 3.5 and already so wise. I keep telling her that she can choose to be happy and that she has so many choices in life. I choose to listen to her and believe what she sees in me. Seeing myself through my kids eyes silences the past hurts, nastiness and regrets and allows me to be who I am and really really like that person.

Therefore my affirmation for this weekend is;

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Affirmation of the week-

Since the theme of the week has been sunshine I thought I would first share these quotes to be used as affirmations for the weekend. Repeat as many times as you need to make your heart feel glad!;

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The pool

I am off for a long weekend to Macau. So my activity tip for the week is swimming.

I know we all know swimming is good for you but there are benefits beyond the cardiovascular and muscle strengthening you get lapping a pool. There is 12-14% extra resistance (source) in walking so even walking up and down the pool is going to be 12-14% harder than normal walking, plus the added benefit of supported joints and the relaxing benefits of the hydro-electricity against the skin that is created. Simply floating is more relaxing than lying down on a lounger (think float tanks for stressed bankers!). Being in water for me is energising and revitalising. I love being in and around water (I am a water sign after all for all that means!) So if there is water near you (pool, lake, river or sea) go for a dip this week even if you dont get your hair wet you are doing your body good!

It has been very damp, grey and wet here the last few weeks. Today I decided not to feel the same! For the weekend- here is my favourite picture taken last december. It always makes my heart feel glad. Along with an exept of my favourite Roald Dahl quote. Happy weekend everyone- let your face be full of sunbeams!

Sunbeams