Sleep, food, family, friends and even exercise

Kathy Krugerbalance, change, yinyang14 Comments

This is not one of those New Year posts with all the tips for getting healthy in 2016 (drink water, eat less, meditate – all good, but kinda obvious).

It is about leading a healthy life – which perhaps requires some re-definition, or make that re-invention, of what healthy really means.

Or as I’m calling the changes I want to continue to make this year – a re-yinvention.

Let me explain – but first, some food ‘porn’ to remind you why you’re so glad you’ve finally got through that Christmas ham (and we have a tradition of home-made pizza on Christmas Eve in defiance of how much we plan to eat the next day!).

I may not have been creatively writing at all, but I have been creatively cooking and eagerly enjoying. And it can be healthy to eagerly enjoy.

It’s always a good time of the year to catch up on some extra sleep (if you can). Especially when you’re five and even more especially when you’re 45 (or, ahem, just a little older).

Christmas crash

It is of course a great time for family. Especially when a pool is involved on a hot Boxing Day.

festive splash

It’s the perfect time for catching up with friends and we’ve done that too – only I was so busy hosting the party that I didn’t end up with any photos (not even of the food, ha, ha).

A full moon for Christmas Day seemed so perfect too. Such promise.

Christmas moon

And a hot yoga class with a fantastic instructor was the perfect way to welcome a New Year – with the teacher’s promise that we’ll all be pooping better in 2016!

Happy New Year hot yoga face

Happy New Year hot yoga face

In between I have managed to read precisely zero books and relax for precisely 2 hours and 27 minutes (or so), because we (or rather I) decided to have a party and so had to get renovations finished and the house in order in record ‘reality show’ time. No time to take photos of digging out gardens, lugging barrows of pebbles, rendering walls, painting, tidying and generally working and cleaning our butts off (Mr Yang in particular) in a very busy yang burst of energy. But ahh, the results.

I’m most proud of the garden and I think part of my re-yinvention might be as some sort of green thumb. Is it a sign of getting old when you suddenly like to ‘potter’ in the garden?

There’s a perfect time for hard work, digging in the dirt, creating with your hands, cooking with your heart and there’s all the time in the world for enjoying the foods of your labour and sitting back, just watching your garden grow.

A re-yinvention is about a rebalancing of life in favour of slower and more purposeful. In favour of flavour over convenience. In favour of fewer things done well over just more or less. In favour of a good night’s sleep over always doing more.

For me healthy isn’t about a diet that cuts out entire food groups/types (unless you really do have an intolerance). It isn’t even about a diet that cuts out convenience entirely – but one that favours simple over fast – almost always. And it favours food to both savour and fuel, over food to just eat and digest.

A re-yinvention is achieved with family and friends at the core, centred around your own needs and desires. If you don’t put yourself in the centre, then how can you really balance yourself to reach out to love and serve those around you?

A re-yinvention means exercise is essential (of course) but it doesn’t have to be (just) hard-core cardio and heavy lifting. It can be softer, subtler, soulful. Walking the new dog! (we get him this week). Yang styles of yoga and especially yin yoga – striving a little, but mostly surrendering.

I’ve been banging on about balance for ages and I’ve been heading in a yin direction for a while – it seems obvious that what nearly all of us need to find balance is more yin in our lives and less yang. So I hope you can join me on the road to reyinvention in 2016. Happy New Year.

Namaste sign off_edited-1Kathy X (Linking up with Essentially Jess for the first IBOT of the year)


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14 Comments on “Sleep, food, family, friends and even exercise”

  1. HandbagMafia

    I must get back into yoga. I used to just do it at home in my little flat when it was just me and my daughter and I loved it. Now that I’m older, one more baby belly under my belt and with more back problems, I need to find some videos possibly onlme that suit me. Any recommendations? I know classes are good but not in budget right now! By the way, your garden looks spectacular!

    1. Kathy Kruger

      Hi Amy – I will explore some on-line classes and send you some recommendations. Do you prefer slower or faster style (more static or flowing). I guess it is probably good to get into some basic postures – sun salutations to get your breath and body connection and then go into some simple sequences as you get back into it. As long as you don’t try to go into a headstand first up!

  2. hugzillablog

    My five favourite things in the world… It really is simple when you boil it all down to the basics, but we get lost in all the other stuff. Too much, too fast, too often. I watched “That Sugar Film” the other day and it has galvanised me to try and get back to basics with food where we can.

    1. Kathy Kruger

      I really reckon it is much more about joying the simple pleasures, the basic things than aiming for too much or going for convenience because you are burnt out.

  3. writeofthemiddle

    I’m loving your reYINvention ideas, particularly fewer things done well. Well done on the garden and whatever else you had to get done/completed before your party. The garden and deck area looks amazing!! And….no….an enjoyment of pottering in the garden doesn’t mean you’re old (coz I like doing that too) it simply means that maturity has brought with it a finer appreciation for the good things in life! Happy New Year Kathy! 🙂 xo

    1. Kathy Kruger

      Thanks Min – I don’t actually know whether I’m going to enjoy pottering so much – I do love the sense of achievement in creating a garden and watching that burst of growth – not so much the weeding though.

  4. Denise

    Loving your philosophy Kathy. And also your garden. Wow! Your post almost makes me want to do hot yoga again (something I swore I would never do!!). Happy new year to you 🙂

    1. Kathy Kruger

      A bit of hot yoga Denise, a bit of yin yoga (not hot). A bit of fast creative bursting and working a bit of slow reflecting in the garden – hope you can get that balance this year.

  5. Kirsty @ My Home Truths

    Your deck looks awesome after all your hard work! And so happy to see that you really enjoyed your xmas. Your plan for re-yinvention is very sound – I like the idea of balance in all things and doing fewer things really well. All the best for 2016 Kathy x

    1. Kathy Kruger

      We’re really happy with the deck too and we’ve also done tiling, new fence and I did a yin-yang mosaic on the wall – I want to seal it so it shines before doing the blog reveal.

  6. mummywifeme

    I love the idea of a re-yinvention, Kathy, and I love that you are at the centre of that. I think I’ve unknowingly been doing that myself. I have definitely been focusing on a slower life and have been putting plenty of thought into the future for me and the family. I have a feeling 2016 is going to be a good one xx #teamIBOT

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