How to Become an Independent World Traveler

Many of us yearn to be a traveler, the sort of person who has adventures, who brings home great travel stories, unusual photos and makes connections with people in foreign lands. Realistically however most of us have very restricted travel time and even more restricted budgets.

So how do we have the adventure of a lifetime whilst on a shoestring package holiday? Continue reading “How to Become an Independent World Traveler”

Slow Time


Every now and then things happen that allow me to value the lifestyle that we have created for ourselves, the choices that we have made that led to us living in the hills, living in the slow lane.

It doesn’t always feel as though we are living in the slow lane because we have so much to do and of course I know that we are not the only ones who feel overwhelmed by the everyday list Continue reading “Slow Time”

Getting a little movement into November

As some of you know I’m often over on twitter and on Tuesday evenings between 8 and 9pm I join in a chat with a group of twitterers who come together to chat with each other. Most of us are from the western edge of Europe (Britain and Ireland) however lots of people are joining in from elsewhere and it’s great fun. You just search for the hashtag #paleohour on twitter on a tuesday eve and join in, although it can be hard to follow a conversation you will develop your own knack for doing so.

This week some paleo peeps were talking about doing the Whole30 which is a 30 day plan to clean up your eating when some others realised that really they needed some help with increasing/changing their exercise regime or, like me, motivation to exercise regularly.

So the creatives (well done!) came up the the notion of #Fitness30 – moving our bodies for each day of November, doing something new be it going a 30min walk or trying a yoga pose. It will be different for each of us. We will try to keep a record or our efforts either by posting on twitter using the hashtag #Fitness30 or on facebook (same hashtag) or some people write it up on their blogs.

Sometimes social pressure can be unhealthy, for example people can develop strange ideas about the perfect body if they are influenced by mass media or find it difficult to change to healthier eating patterns if their peers pressure them into not being “different” however this is one time where I am going to use social pressure to help me make some positive changes. We can choose to use social pressure to motivate and encourage us to make changes that seem difficult to make alone.

I don’t exercise in any particular way and some days I exercise very little so this is a big motivator to me to get off-my-butt and do something everyday. Mostly I think I will go for a walk (30 minute minimum) however I may surprise myself and find that I am trying out some rusty Yoga poses. You will have to pop over to Twitter to find out!

I am in the fortunate position of planning some work in Portugal this winter and if all goes according to plan we will be heading away in mid-November. I hope to keep up the #Fitness30 challenge while we travel and once we arrive however I may not be able to tweet about it each day as I don’t yet know what my access to the internet will be like.

Please let me know if you are going to join in, leave a comment here or over on either facebook or twitter. It would lovely to hear from you and know what you are planning to do too.

Do You Have a Weighting Scales?

How often do you weigh yourself? Do you only weigh yourself only when you are trying to loose weight or do you weigh yourself regularly even when you are happy with your weight?

LilySlim Weight loss tickers

I have weighed myself only four times since I started on this healthier eating journey last October, in fact I don’t even possess a weighting scales! I don’t want to become too focused on how much weight I am loosing or spend my days worrying about whether I lost a pound or a few ounces today.

One of the reasons that I switched to eating Primal or Paleo style food was to loose weight and I am succeeding at a pace that I am happy with. Weight loss was not the only reason that I made some changes to my eating habits, I also changed because it was obvious for quite some time that I had a big problem with sugar. A few years ago I stopped eating biscuits (cookies) and I stayed off them since then, however that didn’t stop me from eating cheesecakes or fruit trifles, mince pies with brandy butter etc – you get the general picture.

There is some history of diabetes in my family, also heart attack and stroke so as I got older I also became more aware of the health impacts of being overweight and having unhealthy eating habits. I only ate sweet treats once or twice a week, most of the time I ate what I thought was really healthy food – organic oat porridge for breakfast made with organic soya milk, rice most evenings with vegetables, sometimes accompanied with meat or fish and I often had a big salad with brown soda bread (traditional Irish brown wholemeal bread) for lunch. I rarely ate processed or junk food and still the weight piled on and I could not seem to shift it until I stopped eating grains and sugar.

This weekend I visited a weighting scales again and found that I have lost more weight. I have also dropped 2 pant sizes since last October, I am now wearing a size 16 jeans and will soon be donating my old size 20 to the charity shop. I am not going on a shopping spree yet, I will lose more weight and so I can wait for another while before I buy lots of clothes. For now I am happy to be wearing a pair of my old linen pants that have been hanging in the wardrobe for over four years because they didn’t fit me – and now they do!

As the weather improves I will be getting more active outdoors and expect my body shape to change even more. I am hoping to enjoy the outdoors even more this summer and will be delighted to wear an old (discarded because it was too small) wetsuit when I go snorkeling this summer.

If you know anyone who needs a large pair of jeans let me know – I will happily post them 🙂