Chai And A Chat #218 #ChaiAndAChat with Jan 9th, 2023 #JusJoJan – Endurance

Aaand, it’s Monday again! Where does the time go?

I’m just grabbing my Green tea, which is my first brew of the day. Got yours?

(Adding a little #JusJoJan to the prompt, with the word Endurance by Destiny. Thanks Linda!)

  • If we were having chai, I’d start by saying that the start of this year has been productive, but also, Oh, My Goodness, was I shattered by the end of the week! I took it extra easy on Monday, knowing I’d be back at work on Tuesday, but there never seem to be enough days to mentally prepare yourself for the start of term!
  • If we were having chai, I’d tell you that school though it was only four days, it was busy. There were plenty of meetings needed, as is the norm for the start of term, as well as sickness abounding, with all these bugs, and the new Covid variant, plus Strep A… One of my classes was stricken with low attendance, the other very healthy. Still, it was lovely to see all the children again. It may only be two weeks, but my, don’t they grow in that time? But I was so tired by Friday… I needed the weekend, and a blank one, at that!
  • If we were having chai, I’d say that I have been working on a few things, which I hope will help me with my Word Of The Year – Strength – and all I hope to achieve with it being the backbone of my thinking. The first, which I mentioned in a post last week, was regular exercise. So, (not so) Lil Man was tasked with creating a simple plan for me to help build my core strength and tone my muscles, and maybe lose a bit of weight! He’s doing his BTEC Sport and has transformed himself over the last year or so, so I do trust him… I think! He has me on a programme of light weights three days a week. Nothing too long right now. It takes around 20-25 minutes. We are doing a “Push/Pull/Legs” programme, and in between, I’ll try walking or using the treadmill once in a while, as well as getting the hula hooping going, too, for my waist. I am here to announce that I managed my first week! Yes, there will be a battle of wills as I say, “Don’t push me, I’m your mother!” He responds, “Well, I’m your PT, so you have to listen. Give me ten more reps!” I think he’s enjoying the power trip… But, this time, I’ll give it to him. It is some quality time with him that we have been lacking the last couple of years, and I miss my boy. Can’t believe he will be turning into an adult this year! And this is where my #JusJoJan prompt comes in handy, as I hope I am able to keep my endurance up and do this!
  • If we were having chai, I’d proudly tell you that I have written each day of the year so far! Whether it was 10 words or 1000, I have added to the WIP for book three every day, and I feel pleased with myself. Keeping up with the #JusJoJan challenge this month will also encourage me to get back into the regular writing habit, so next month, I may not blog daily, but I will get used to taking myself off to my writing space and getting words down! I have added around 4k to the draft since New Year’s Day!
  • If we were having chai, I’d have to mention a book I am currently reading a little each day. It is Menopausing my Davina McCall, and it is a game changer. I am lucky that I managed to have the conversations with my GP, and they have put me on HRT to combat some of the symptoms I have been feeling, but there is so much more in this bible, not only for the women embarking upon that time of their lives but also for the family, partners, other females in the family who will experience this too, at some point. A brilliant, informative read.
  • If we were having chai, I would need to mention my darling, Sonu Singh. He’s had to get used to the house being a little quieter in the daytime as we all head off to school. At least he has Hubby Dearest working from home, but he does miss us all, too. He makes up for it in the evenings, lazing on Lil Man’s bed with him, or being my kindle holder on the weekends, as I have an early morning, or an afternoon read. Bless my lil kitty!
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This week is definitely back to the usual grindstone. A full week at school and a vet appointment for Sonu Singh on the weekend. He’s going to love us. I hope I can keep up with the training and my writing, too… fingers crossed! 🀞🏽🀞🏽

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39 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennie
    Jan 21, 2023 @ 02:07:42

    Hi Ritu, I’m catching up, as January is a teacher’s hardest month. We’re writing children’s observations (5 pages) and preparing for parent/teacher conferences. I couldn’t help but chuckle at you son as your PT. I think I need him, too!

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  2. robbiesinspiration
    Jan 13, 2023 @ 06:42:52

    The beginning of a school term is tiring for the kids too. Michael has started a new school (on Wed). It has been an anxious time on top of hubby’s illness. He is still in intensive care in hospital.

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  3. CJ
    Jan 10, 2023 @ 21:03:30

    Well done on the training, that’s brilliant. And I love that your son is your trainer. I do a little Joe Wicks workout first thing in the morning and listen to a writing podcast or Youtube video while I do it so that it isn’t too painful! I shall give Davina’s book a go. I have just finished Amanda Prowse’s autobiography and it was so good and positive. I identified with SO much of it. CJ xx

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    • Ritu
      Jan 10, 2023 @ 21:35:09

      I know. Amanda’s book is amazing. So many women will identify with different parts of it.
      We’re on week 2 now. He’s setting my plan and telling me to try it alone!

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  4. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Jan 09, 2023 @ 21:41:40

    You ARE a wonder-woman, Sis! Sending loads of love your way. ❀

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  5. OIKOSβ„’- Art, Books & more
    Jan 09, 2023 @ 20:07:36

    The teacher’s lot.Forever school attendance. Indeed a good idea to do some workout. Will you do for me too, Sis? Lol Best wishes, and keep calm. There is a whole year in sight. xx Michael

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  6. Erika
    Jan 09, 2023 @ 19:17:22

    It seems bacteria and viruses are trying to catch one at every step. So far they missed me… lol. Stay safe, sis, and have a good start to your work term. I know, you love your jobπŸ’–

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  7. johnrieber
    Jan 09, 2023 @ 15:35:12

    You are off to a very energetic start to the year – bravo!

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  8. Kymber Hawke
    Jan 09, 2023 @ 14:26:34

    You’re definitely starting the year off right! Best wishes, Ritu. πŸ™‚

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  9. Jaye Marie and Anita Dawes
    Jan 09, 2023 @ 09:37:43

    Good to know that someone has her act together! Inspiration for the rest of us!

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  10. beth
    Jan 09, 2023 @ 09:17:58

    wow, you have really started the year off with a bang! excellent news about your consistent writing and workouts

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  11. Carol anne
    Jan 09, 2023 @ 08:15:34

    Congrats on writing every day! I’ll be getting in the exercise groove too! Starting today! Xx

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  12. Sadje
    Jan 09, 2023 @ 05:37:05

    All the best for the strength training Ritu.

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  13. Destiny
    Jan 09, 2023 @ 05:20:52

    I’ve still got one more week of holiday then it’s back to school for me too… Glad you enjoyed your short but well deserved break Ritu and well done on your daily writing 😁 all the best with your endurance πŸ˜‰

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  14. J M Negi
    Jan 09, 2023 @ 05:13:33

    In am happy you captioned it ” chai and a chat” rather than “Chat and a Chai”.
    Thanks anyway for sharing.

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  15. Lauren
    Jan 09, 2023 @ 05:10:06

    Good for you for working out with your son. Quality time can never occur too often.

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