Quiet weekend

For the first time in a long time, Dave and I are enjoying a quiet weekend. We took Walter for a walk in the woods near where we live yesterday. It was really nice being outside in the fresh air and sunshine. 

Last weekend’s dachshund walk went really well. Initially, Walter seemed overwhelmed. There must have been at least 20 other dachschunds. The walk we went on was lovely. At the end, Walter played with a handful of different dachshunds. It was lovely to see him so happy. 

   
    
    
    
    
 

The gym is still going well. I am really sore from it. It is a result of doing all the latest Les Mills Bodyattack, Bodypump and Bodycombat and another personal training session. The new Les Mills releases are fantastic. They are hard work but fun. There is a pull up and running challenge that my gym instructor friend has set. I am planning on starting them on Tuesday with a friend from the gym. 

I have a CBT appointment tomorrow which is the first for a few weeks. I am hoping to address the social anxiety that I frequently experience. Especially as my friend from the gym has invited us a few of us from the gym to hers next Saturday evening. I am already worried about it. 

I have a new post up on Defying Shadows. It is about 5 Ways to show someone with Asperger’s that you care. You can read it here.

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Fighting Anxiety

This week has flown by. Dom and Faith are on their school holidays. So my week has consisted of playing board games, dog walks, icecream, watching tv and arts. 

This week has seen anxiety rear its ugly head. There has been no trigger for this. I have felt really uncomfortable around people. Up until the end of this week, the gym was contributing to my high anxiety levels. Classes were unenjoyable and I was clock watching. Part of me wanted to stop going the gym as my anxiety was so unbearable. But another part of me had concerns that I would stop going entirely. I am glad that I continued to go. Last night I had a personal training session. It was really enjoyable. We did boxing and focused on wrist strengthening exercises. My wrists hurt when doing exercises when I am putting pressure on them. I managed to deadlift 45kg which I was pleased with. If you would like to see a video of me doing clean and press with a strong man log then click here.

I went the gym this morning. Although I am sore from last night, I noticed an improvement in my stamina and strength. I increased my weights during bodypump and I was proud of myself.
Tomorrow we are taking Walter on a dachshund walk. I am so excited! We have wanted to meet up with the group for months. But we have been unable to go because of other commitments or the weather. I will make sure to take lots of photos. 

I was going to do a post about autism awareness. April is autism awareness month. But, I had already done a post for Defying Shadows on this topic. It has been uploaded today so if you want to have a read of it the link to it is here.

Finally Friday!

I know that it has been a shorter week due to the bank holiday, but I feel that this week has been long! 

Thank you for all the supportive comments on my last post. It wasn’t an easy subject to talk about but I am glad I did. 

A few weeks ago Dave and I spent the day at Chester Zoo with a fellow wordpress blogger and her fiance. We have been talking practically every day for the past few months. Unsurprisingly, I was anxious beforehand. But I had nothing to worry about. We all had a great day. I know that I have a truly amazing friend in her. 

Walter had a little visitor this past bank holiday weekend in the form of Bella, Faith’s dog. We looked after her as Faith and her family went to stay with her auntie and uncle. The first night Walter was beside himself with excitement. So much so that all he wanted to do was play with her. We took the dogs on a number of walks and to see our friends who have a border collie. It was a fun filled weekend. We are looking after Bella again for a week in July when Faith and her family go on holiday. 

   
    
    
  
I am back in the swing of things in the gym. I did another charity event last Saturday. It went really well. At times I felt truly exhausted but I pushed through and I was glad I did. I had a real sense of achievement at the end of it. I am also a convert to Zumba. A few of us decided to try it out last week. I was expecting not to enjoy it at all. But I couldn’t be more wrong. It was a right laugh. The class went so quickly and I was sweating loads which is always a good sign.  

My latest blog post is up on Defying Shadows. You can read it here. I have submitted a post about autism awareness so I will share the link to it when it has been uploaded.