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Saturday, October 1, 2011

An October Sanguine Saturday

Yep, it's Saturday again. Whatever I was sick with last week has cleared up leaving me none the wiser to what it was -- but the important part is that I'm better. Between the bug and the giant blister I gave myself (it was a blister on top of a blister on top of a blister...), I pretty much took this week off exercising. I did a little bit, but I majorly toned down my walking for the end half of the week. I'm back to it as of this afternoon, though!

In other news, at my psychology appointment this week Sonia and I discussed a new iniative being bought out by the government here because in November the mental health plan I was on was going to end anyway and she wanted to see me more often than once per week. So I'm being put under a plan called ATAPS which will give me unlimited sessions for the next two months, then I go up for another review and see from there. I feel good about this even though I know it's going to be really intense to have more frequent sessions.

This coming week is my mother's 60th birthday so I've been making plans to get her a really spectacular present and sort out a birthday cake for her that she can eat because she's diabetic. Busy busy!

Success Stories:
No drinking.
No burning.
I did some walking.
I took a break from my walking when it was made clear to me that I was doing too much while I was ill.
I've been keeping myself busy/distracted as much as I can rather than ruminating.
I spent time chasing my brothers up for my mother's birthday present, and I asked my brothers to do me a favour so I could make mum's birthday cake.
I disclosed some very difficult things during therapy this week.
I baked muffins.

Gratitudes/Happy Things:
Cayle the puppy whose name I have been spelling wrong. (He came into my therapy session this past week and it was awesome. He's so cute!)
Doing my washing and hanging it out on the line.
Music and singing.
Good friends.
There are giraffes in the world.
Torchlight and DDO.

Challenge and cheer-leading statements:
It's not about then. It's not about when. It's about this moment.
Feel the fear and do it anyway.
This too shall pass.
It's okay to have emotions, it's okay to feel.
It's okay to have thoughts and opinions. It's even okay to have thoughts and opinions that other people may not agree with.

Don't forget to post up your own version of Sanguine Saturday (any day, any format as long as it's positive-focused!) and shoot me the link! If you're joining us in this challenge, I want to know about it. Finally, of course, don't forget to check out this week's list of Sanguine Saturday versions:
Nobody this week!

Take care of yourselves until next time, and may we all find our own small fences along the way.


  1. i'm glad you took a breakish from walking to allow your body time to heal.

  2. You sound good, C. Hope your Mum has a good 60th and you have good cake. Good cake is a must. x P

  3. PS. I've moved! If you'd like to come along for the ride you can email me at xx

  4. I'm so happy to hear that you are going to get on a different health plan that will allow you unlimited visits. That is awesome!

    I'm reading your cheer-leading statements, and telling them to myself. Good stuff.