26 Mar 2018

Little Wins This Week #10


Little Wins This Week is about remembering that little things add up to make a big difference. It is about counting small blessings, however insignificant they may seem. Little Wins is about being mindful, staying positive and making each day count.

Little wins make a big difference

Please feel free to write about your Little Wins and tag me so I can come along and have a read.



Cycling
The new bicycle, a Pinnacle Dolomite 5 2017, got its first outing this week. I clocked up just over 15 miles in an hour and a half of riding time over 2 days. It may not seem like much, but it was my first time out on a road bike, so I will take it.

My back and legs were sore after the first ride. For one, I am not used to the forward bend riding position required on a road bike. Secondly, it has been nearly six months since I was last out cycling. Just goes to show that no matter how long you put in training at the gym, cycling on the road is a different ball game altogether! Lesson to remember for the next winter training.

So after a sore first day, I was tentative about going out again the next morning. But I did, and rode further afield. It was amazing. The bike handled well, it was light and fast. The adrenaline rush felt incredible. I am still getting used to the gear mechanisms, for unlike the hybrid, road bikes don’t have numbers to indicate gear combinations. It is a matter of getting used to the feel or peering down to check. I intend to work on this over the Easter holidays. Fingers crossed for better weather, so I can clock up more miles.


Parenthood
No matter how many books/blogs/articles you read, parenthood is like a googly ball that gets you out every single time.

It has taken a lot of time, effort and a couple of massive melt-downs, but I think I may have found a way out of our latest parenting predicament. I have a nearly-seven-going-on-fifteen year old, who is determined to do things his way. All my talking, nagging, yelling has been falling on deaf ears.  The only way to crack this one, I now know, is to let the child make his own decisions. The parents will offer guidance to ensure he makes the right ones, but the child needs to feel in control of his choices.  I will let you know how we get on.

That said, J and I spent the most amazing weekend swimming, shopping, lunching, baking and doing a spot of gardening. It felt wonderful to spend time together without screens and I remain optimistic about this whole business of parenthood.

These are my Little Wins This Week. What have yours been?

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