Podcast 43/52 – How are you?

Guess what? I have a new podcast for you this week. At long last, you might think, perhaps getting fed up with On Being, Good Life Project and One You Feed, with a few others sprinkled on top these past 42 weeks. If that is so, today is your lucky day!

I stumbled upon ProBlogger a month or two ago, and have listened to a handful of episodes. If you are into blogging and want to expand your blogging skills, I would definitely recommend that you check out the entire podcast series from ProBlogger. But this episode holds value to each and every one of us, regardless if we blog or not.

Darren Rowse goes personal, and invite his listeners to do the same, truly asking ourselves the question: How Are You?

HowAreYouIt’s a question that invites an honest look at a lot of areas of life, perhaps all. If you’re up for it. Otherwise, pick one, and go deep.

Health? Diet? Exercise?
Love? Relationships? Friends? Family?
Parenting? Hobbies? Work?

As I ask myself How are you, in general I’ve never been so well, as I am today. As far as I know, I have my health, I eat better than ever, move about daily, even though, if I’m honest – there’s a nagging sense of wanting to be stronger and have more stamina. So there’s something to look into some more. Or. Perhaps I should just get on it, instead of looking into it… I mean. I know what it takes. Knowing myself, the best way to go about it, is to make a plan. Once I commit to a plan, it seems I don’t have a hard time sticking to it. So a plan it will be.

I listened to this podcast two times, back to back, so there is something about How are you that beckons me. It’s very easy to just breeze over a question like this one, especially since in many English-speaking countries it’s a greeting phrase, and not really meant to be answered honestly. Or? I wonder if I am?

Moderation or All-or-Nothing?

Today I pushed myself beyond my normal routine of doing a #Seven in the morning (Seven is an app – using the hashtag #SevenApp – which gives me 12 exercises to do, 30 seconds each, with 10 seconds of rest in between each), and did Seven times five instead of just one time around.

I did the workouts that have unlocked in my app (every second month of daily Sevens, a new workout with 12 new exercises gets unlocked):Seven times five
Full body
Upper body
Lower body
Random (random picks of the unlocked exercises, my favorite workout!)

And I have to tell you – that was really nice. I’m gonna try to do a round of Seven times five on a weekly basis, if nothing else for the wonderful feeling I have in my body right now. Arms, legs, chest, stomach and back, well, really my entire body has that heavy feel to it, from being utilized and stretched a bit beyond its normal use.

Doing a little bit of exercise on a daily habit works really well for me. And after 219 days of daily Seven’s I can feel the difference. So much so that today, I was able to do Seven times five, which I would have been hard pressed to accomplish 220 days ago.

Goes to show that a little bit, done in moderation, really does make a difference in the long run. Even though we often fool ourselves into thinking it’s All or Nothing. And I know for myself, that when I set very ambitious goals, and then one day fall through, based on my belief in the All or nothing-scenario, I usually become a drop out from my own goal. And doing these smaller, more moderate habits, have really helped me come to terms with my faulty thinking around All or Nothing, which generally, doesn’t serve me. So, I simply shrug my shoulders at those thoughts, when they come sneaking in, which they do from time to time. But I generally don’t entertain them.

What about you? Moderation rings a bell, or you’re an All or Nothing-kind of person? What usually serves you better?

Help me move!

So, I need your help. You see, my body is telling me that I sit still too much, too long, when I get going on my computer, IPad or IPhone. It’s telling me to move, and I do, but not enough. Because I get caught up in the flow, of writing blog post after blog post, or writing documents for clients, or… whatever, which means I hardly move at all for hours on end!

This summer I got a crick in my neck and back just before heading to London for a weekend course, and then onto a family vacation. Bad timing let me tell you! I went to see a chiropractor and got help so it never got really bad.

I’ve been back to the chiropractor quite a few times since then, and early December felt that it was really getting better. However, you know how it is, Murphy’s Law immediately made sure I was wrong about that. So all through the holidays I’ve had a crick in my neck and back, not really bad, but always there.

I’ve moved a lot, swimming, doing my Seven-exercise every morning and so on, and that I think is the reason it never turned into a full blown torticollis (in Swedish: nackspärr). Privious years when I’ve had this problem I’ve just stopped moving altogether, because it hurts, and that I believe actually just makes it worse for me.

I went to see the chiropractor this week, and now it feels good again after a three week stint. I asked her why I have this recurring problem with my back and neck, and she said ”Well, who knows….” and then I realized: I know.

remember to moveThe week before it hit just prior to Christmas, I’d been sitting by my computer a lot, blogging, writing and whatever I get up to surfing the web, and I also had a short spell last weekend without any pain…. only to have it return over night because I spent a few hours by the computer that afternoon and night (and by few hours…. I’m guessing I’m actually saying like 5-6 hours, in the sofa, with my computer in my lap…).

So. Yeah. I know. I hear you body. I need to get a better work position when I work, not spend too long a time on my Ipad or IPhone to avoid text neck, and more than anything, I need to break my stance and shake it up at least once every the hour!

And that’s where I need your help. Because I forget to move!

So what’s the best way to give my self a reminder to shake it up, do some stretching, go get a glass of water or whatever, for a few minutes every hour? Do you have a favorite app for it, a website that helps, or do you just set a timer?


For three nights in a row I’ve been unable to sleep. At all. Total insomnia. It’s never ever happened to me before and I have no clue as to why it’s happening now.

I’ve been lousy at good winding down routines these past days though – and hence I’ve made myself a few promises:

1) to stop using social media and my computer at evenings after dinner – including work email etc
2) to get fresh air and exercise daily
3) to rejoin the ‘go to bed by 10 pm’-movement
4) to start to read fiction before turning off the lights, rather than facts – it gets my brain going! (I’ll have to incorporate a reading hour during the day for the other category.)

Now, I don’t drink anything with caffeine and barely any alcohol at all, I eat healthy food, my bedroom is dark, fairly cool and we have a no device-policy for the bedroom already. So that’s not something I need to include, just continue practicing.


What else do you suggest I do?