The Sunday Post : Get your bookish news – Morning Pages & Reaching Target Weight

January 14, 2018 meme, The Sunday Post 34

Welcome to The Sunday Post, a weekly meme hosted by Kim the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  Grab a cuppa and let me bend your ear (eyes?) for a few minutes with all my bookish news.  Two things that I’m very excited about this week are Morning Pages & Reaching Target Weight.

 

The Sunday Post new

 

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Between My Sundays – what happened this week

Morning Pages!

About 12 months ago, I bought The Artist’s Way book, and the journal after Deborah @ Debbish.com blogged about Morning Pages. Typical me, I bought it, and didn’t follow through.  Tired of procrastinating, I decided 2018 was going to be the year, where I tried to incorporate morning pages into my life.  Basically you commit to writing 3 pages of longhand every morning, “a stream of consciousness”, and it’s meant to be a great way to kickstart your creativeness.  Don’t let the title “artist” put you off as it means artist in the very general sense of the word.

So far I’ve kept it up for nearly 2 weeks (weekdays only so far), and scribbling every random thought that occurs to me in that time has been therapeutic.  My mind declutters, twice I’ve ended up with ideas for blog posts out of it, and it forced me to really think about an issue that has been sub-consciously troubling me. In the future, I will do a full blog post about it, but I want to trial it for at least another month first.  Early impressions are that my clearer, more focused mind is well worth the time and effort that writing the pages takes.

Target Weight!

This week, after years of striving to get back here, I finally reached my target weight.  Initially I documented this in a blog series called Trish Transforms but while I stopped documenting the process, I never gave up the fight.  Last year was particularly tough as I went through 2 rounds of IVF and a miscarriage, so I battled all kinds of hormone evils as well as my normal food struggles.  Nothing was going to stop me though.  Doggedly, I kept my eye on my goal and continued to track, and exercise, and slowly chase that number down.   Now the journey to stay here begins.

My Reading Week

 

 

I finished Our House and I don’t know how to process that ending!  Really good book, and it has an unusual podcast setting which I loved.

I’m still reading The Language of Flowers.  A fabulous book that I’m reading slowly, so I can fully savour it.  And listening to The Last Tudor which has thrown me down a Tudor historical fiction rabbit hole from which I have no intention of escaping from anytime soon.

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Second Chance Sunday – What happened here:

 

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Second Chance Sunday – What happened in the blogosphere:

Avalinah’s Books answers the question How Do I Make A Good Edelweiss Or NetGalley Profile?

As Told by Tina wonders Do You Review Every Book You Read?

 

Check out some of my favourite #bookblogger posts this week via Second Chance Sunday! Click To Tweet

 

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Books I have received to review:

 

When I saw Shame On You on NetGalley, I couldn’t resist clicking that request button.  Social Media is a must read theme for me in books nowadays, and I love that this features as “celebrity” blogger.

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Purchased Books:

 

Berls @ Because Reading talked so excitedly about The Miracle Morning that I was immediately sold.  Looking forward to reading this, and gaining inspiration on how to further tweak my morning ritual.

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Library Haul:

 

Told you I was lost in a Tudor rabbit hole.

 

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Calling that a wrap on this week.  Happy Reading to all.

 

Talk to Trish:  Firstly, how was your week?  Secondly, does anything in my Sunday Post catch your eye, if so let’s talk!  Finally, if you do a Sunday Post, make sure and leave  a link.

 

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34 Responses to “The Sunday Post : Get your bookish news – Morning Pages & Reaching Target Weight”

  1. Wattle

    Morning Pages sounds like a neat idea, although I’m not sure if I’d have the time to write 3 pages in the mornings (I’m one of those, get up, get ready for work and bolt from the house people lol).

    Congrats on reaching your goal weight! That’s great news! I’m so sorry to hear about your fertility struggles though 🙁 IVF certainly doesn’t sound like a walk in the park at the best of times ♥

    I hope you enjoy your new reads, The Miracle Morning has piqued my interest with that title alone.
    Wattle recently posted…Sunday Post #15

    • trish

      Oh Wattle, you have to read Berls post on Miracle Morning, she is so convincing. I hear you on bolting out the door, that used to be me! I never even ate breakfast, and had everything ready the night before so all I had to do was dress, brush my face and teeth and go! Over the years I gradually starting getting up earlier and doing more in the morning and now I love my morning routine. It is truly the only time of my day that’s all about me, and it’s such a relaxing, peaceful way to start my day.

    • trish

      Every one has their own struggles, that’s one thing I’ve learnt in life. Thank you Aimee, I’m very excited to finally reach my goal weight. It just feels so satisfying to have worked hard for it and achieved it.

  2. Evelina

    Congratulations about your target weight! I hope you can stay as healthy as possible, especially with all that yoga you’ve been doing 🙂 I wish I could say the same about myself 😀 I was doing okay, but completely dropped it last week. Shame on meeeee.

    Thank you so much for sharing my post though 🙂 wishing you a wonderful week!
    Evelina recently posted…A Week Full Of Video Games, Brownies And Tiramisu

    • trish

      Thanks Evelina, definitely my yoga has helped me on my journey. Staying healthy is going to be one of main aims in 2018, and I know I’ll have to work at it, but that’s ok. I’m in a new lifestyle now and I love it.

  3. hillary roberts

    congrats n reaching your target weight… Am on the path to getting healthy myself. I still have a long way to go but I know I will get there. I have done morning pages for two years now and you are right it really does help!

    • trish

      Well done on keeping up Morning Pages for 2 years! That’s very impressive, and also encouraging to hear that you still find them helpful. Good luck with your health journey, believing in yourself is a great start. You will get there for sure with that attitude 🙂

  4. Angela

    Morning Pages sounds cool – I know it’s meant to spark creativity, bu it almost sounds like it would be good to do at the end of the day, to get everything out of my head that I’m worrying about so I can sleep.

  5. Karen Blue

    Oh Trish I am so sorry to hear about your 2017 troubles. I have had 2 miscarriages and although it got easier to deal, I never forgot the pain of loosing them.
    Congrats on reaching your target weight. I know you have been working hard. That is such a great achievement!
    Morning pages sounds like a nice way to start the day. My mornings are always so hurried and then I sit in the car for an hour for the commute. I do wish I didn’t have to start the day so early. Maybe one day I won’t have to get up so early for work.
    Your new books sound really exciting. I have a lot of Phillips Gregory on my bookshelves. I have only read one of hers but it was really good.
    Have a great week and Happy Reading!
    Karen Blue recently posted…Taking My Love for Books to the Next Level (my BIG secret project revealed!)

    • trish

      Thanks Karen, sadly it’s something that all too many women understand first hand. My mornings used to be hurried too, and I have to set my alarm early to fit them in. But so far I find it’s worth the time.

  6. Sam@WLABB

    Congratulations on your health goal! I dream of the day I get to my target weight again. It’s encouraging to hear you accomplished this. Way to go with your daily pages. I hope you get a great novel out of it.

    • trish

      Thanks Sam, if I did it, anyone can do it! Would you believe I’m doing the morning pages just for my own self development and have zero interest in writing a novel. I’m one of those few book bloggers who have no leanings that way.

    • trish

      Shame on You has such a fab “celebrity’ blogger setting that I couldn’t resist it. Fingers crossed that it will be as good as it promises.

    • trish

      If you google morning pages Emma, you’ll find so many people swear by it. And so far I’m loving it too, And thank you!

  7. Mallory

    Morning Pages sounds like a great idea – I feel like I do better thinking when I’m writing longhand and it sounds like a great way to get some thoughts onto the page for blogging and other life goals 🙂 (I’m not sure if I’d have the patience for it first thing in the morning, but wonder if it could be a good “after work” exercise to get me in the mood for some evening blogging)

    Also, congrats on meeting your health targets!! Sounds like a good note to start the year on 🙂
    Mallory recently posted…Sunday Synopsis #16: We’re Still Thinking Holidays

    • trish

      I think it would be effective at any time of day. I suppose doing it first thing in the morning means its over and done without too much thought! So far I’m loving my new routine. And thank you!

  8. ShootingStarsMag

    That Artist’s Way book sounds like it’s really helping you – I can’t wait to hear more about it in a future post. Yay for getting to your target weight. I’m not there yet, but I lost quite a bit last year so now I just need to keep it up and keep going! 🙂

    That Shame On You book sounds fascinating.

    -Lauren
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  9. Lola

    That Artists Way book does sound handy with writing down your thoughts that way. I’ll keep an eye out for your blog post about the topic. That’s great you got some ideas for blog posts that way as well. That’s awesome you hit your target weight and I hope you can stay there. Have a great week!
    Lola recently posted…Review: Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday

  10. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    Congrats on reaching your weight goal, Trish! I am still working on mine, and slowly, but surely, I’m getting closer.
    I’m sorry you went through hormones, IVF and a miscarriage. That must have been tough both physically and psychologically. *hugs*
    Your new books look amazing, and I hope you’ll enjoy them. Sorry it’s taken me almost a week to get here!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews recently posted…Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts #143 – About That Kiss

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