Early Start Boot Camp With Inclement Weather Challenge

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Today is day three of my early start boot camp, although it’s kind of day two. On Sunday I came up with the idea after starting the day poorly and then proceeding to do the walk mid-morning, but it wasn’t an early start that day. On Monday my sleep had been disrupted and boot camp was called off. So Tuesday (yesterday) was the first real day, with the early start included.

As I mentioned yesterday, the idea is to get into the swing of this and then step it up somewhat. Currently, I am just going for a fast walk, but as soon as possible this is going to be converted into a jog so I guess that there will be less photographs taken, unless I buy some kind of mini-camera.

Today I was presented with an interesting new challenge that I had been fully expecting – inclement weather. I’ve always noted since I relocated to the coast that poor weather feels different here. Back when I lived in a built up area, close to a large city, poor weather was utterly depressing, not least because I was visually presented with wet concrete and glum faces everywhere.

On the coast, poor weather can be quite exciting with rough seas and strong winds and instead of being a hindrance, it just feels more bracing and refreshing. Of course, it was always harder to get up and out of the house back in the days when I worked a J.O.B. that I hated in the old area – often having to brave the elements on the way to work and then try and make myself presentable for work once I got there all bedraggled.

Working from home, I now have a much more private and comfortable environment to work in, but this is precisely why it is important to get out and face the elements and do some physical exercise coupled with an early rise. There is no boss to tell me off when I’m slacking (except me) and it’s too easy to slip into the comfort zone – hence the early start boot camp.

Well this morning I woke up to high winds and sideways driving rain. In all honesty, once I got out in it, it wasn’t that bad. The weather can be deceptive when you view it from indoors. I did get soaked (ending up like a drowned (ex)rat), but it was fun and I made sure I came back to warm central heating, a cup of tea and a nice hot bath.

I’m thoroughly enjoying the boot camp. Yesterday, my mood was excellent and I was highly motivated. I slept much better and went to bed earlier. I did some jobs I had been struggling to face up to for some time, including some decluttering. I have more of these jobs to clear from the list and more decluttering and D.I.Y. as well as work tasks but I’m well up for it.

My attitude is much better, I’m more energised and positive and I’m aware that I don’t have to do this – I’m doing it through choice, which is an important point to note. One of the key reasons for this boot camp is to develop more mental strength and self-control.

As I progress, I will continue to share the lessons I am learning and of course, any new photographs. Today’s selection includes one at the end that I took from my window after I returned, when we had a new guest parking in the bay. I’m not entirely sure why some of the photographs came out with a blue tinge to them (I used the same camera settings for all of the photographs) but I presume that it’s got something to do with the rain.

As you can probably tell, I’m not the world’s greatest photographer, but the best way to learn anything is to just have a go and to try and improve thereafter.

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2 Responses to Early Start Boot Camp With Inclement Weather Challenge

  1. Bern says:

    Roger these two paragraphs sum it up for me…

    “I’ve always noted since I relocated to the coast that poor weather feels different here. Back when I lived in a built up area, close to a large city, poor weather was utterly depressing, not least because I was visually presented with wet concrete and glum faces everywhere.

    On the coast, poor weather can be quite exciting with rough seas and strong winds and instead of being a hindrance, it just feels more bracing and refreshing…..”

    As I get older I am finding the winter months living in a city very difficult. I long for a more sunnier climate than the UK can offer during November to February (Think Oz). However I also know I would feel differently if I lived by the coast. There is something about the coast and sea that makes you feel alive, and the changing conditions and reactions that the weather brings adds to the feeling.

    We visited friends in Torquay last summer and many of your pictures look familiar…

    Good to see you posting again Roger, as your posts tend to make me think of ideas and view points I may have missed or not otherwise considered….

  2. ExRat says:

    Hi Bern,

    Thanks for commenting and I’m pleased that you got something from my post.

    You said –

    “However I also know I would feel differently if I lived by the coast. There is something about the coast and sea that makes you feel alive, and the changing conditions and reactions that the weather brings adds to the feeling.”

    I agree wholeheartedly. What I noticed last week was that the wildlife takes advantage of the fact that there are hardly any humans about. The seagulls are the ones making all of the noise but everything is on the move or the hunt. This is coupled with the constant ‘work’ of the tides and the waves, pounding the land. Even with small waves, it’s impossible not to admire the power of nature when close to the sea, which is a humbling experience.

    These things made me feel alive – I felt like I was sharing a few moments with the creatures, in their time and habitat. Usually (daytime), humans are scurrying about while the creatures observe us doing our stuff. I turned the tables on them!

    I hope that you can get to live near the coast yourself someday because I don’t think that I could give it up now I have got used to it.

    Thanks again for dropping by and commenting, I’m always pleased if I can help someone to think of new ideas or in different ways about something.

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