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S.D. Stevens

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Finding ways to exercise.

At first, it's a bit of a novelty to sit on your arse as much as you can, pj's on and duvet pulled up around your neck. Due to a wrist injury, I'd already spent a week on the sick from work. Before I was due back I became ill. The 111 NHS website advised our household to self-isolate.

The feeling of heaviness in my chest was worrying. I struggled to get upstairs and even talk for more than a few mins without getting breathless. On speaking with my children, they now tell me I sounded bloody awful and they were extra worried that I would get worse. Well, lucky for me I didn't and I'm now feeling ok. 

Which brings me on to the subject of finding ways to exercise. I still can't go out of the house and garden for another five days so what can I do. One of my hobbies is Burlesque Chair Dance, fitness classes. Twice a week I go to class and learn a routine, which is repeated over and over again during an hours session. This year, I joined in the Swim22 Challenge to raise awareness and money for Diabetes UK. I got to 2.9 miles before I had to stop due to the COVID-19 situation.

The owner of the burlesque school has begun to do online classes. Using Zoom, our class gets to do a live feed with our instructor for 45 mins. We did this Wednesday and Thursday. It was great fun. It felt good to be moving around and dancing! To find out more about online Burlesque Classes check out Every morning and evening I go through the class warm-up and cool-down exercise. I've been doing that for the past four years and find it helps to prepare me for the day, especially when I'm working. 

Today I found out 10 laps of our garden is just over half a kilometre, I did this in 7 mins. The dogs thought I was a bit nutty. Our big white GSD kept dropping his busted, scragged football at my feet. It was a bit of an obstacle course. I tried to go as close to the edges as possible. First was the contents of my husbands shed (he's sorting his little man pod out complaining about it not being the tardis), round the stack of spare car wheels, (don't ask). Then, up to the top of the garden where there are tree branches and bush debris, down the other side over disagreed dog toys. The last obstacle was where the stack of old garden furniture and junk are being stored ready to take to the recycling centres(that are now shut). I even jogged around for one lap. However, the NHS is stretched enough without having to patch me up after I've had a silly accident. So no more jogging for me!! 

So today has been productive as far as exercise goes. I intend to keep this up even when I'm back at work. I have a fitness watch, which helps to track activities. This will be a huge help as I give myself goals to achieve. I've even challenged my son. He's going to time himself doing 10 laps of the garden. I bet he does it in about 3 mins!!! Let's see.

As always, stay safe!!! Cya soon. 


Stay At Home

Halfway through self-isolation and thankfully my chest is no longer tight! Knowing I'm doing the responsible thing when I begin to feel low helps to lift my mood. My husband and middle son are here with me so I'm not lonely. However, I do miss that personal interaction with others, especially the rest of my family. We have a large family, six children and six grandchildren. All but one of those lives away from home. I would love to bring them all here and keep them safe but we can't do that. The things we did to keep our loved ones safe has drastically changed in such a short time. 

I am keyworker, so is my husband so after our 14 days, we will be returning to work. I want to stay at home and hide away from society but I can't. I want to visit my family but I can't, my mum is in a care home -  no visitors allowed at all, one of my grandchildren is amongst the 1.5mil people in the UK that are likely to die if they get COVID-19.  I'm scared for him! I'm scared for US.

The only time I've seen my children in person is when they have dropped supplies on our doorstep. I've waved at them through the dining room window. I've wanted to run outside and hug each one of them. This is our new reality; waving at our loved ones through closed windows, talking on phones and watching them through webcams. We can look but we can't touch! 

Last night our prime minister Mr Boris Johnson has ordered all of us to STAY HOME. Unless you are a key worker we should stay at home. We are to only leave the house for essential food supplies and medicines. All none essential workers are to stay home, schools are closed, gyms/swimming pools, playgrounds, sporting events, live music events, none essential shops. I'm sure you know what's going on in the world. You can't hide from this one.

I won't write about the utter stupidity of those refusing to comply with our government and the NHS's advice. It would be pointless as we start our full day of nationwide self-isolation. I've tried not to use the words lockdown or quarantine as they are overused words at this present time.  

Please, please stay at home and stay safe. 


New Beginnings

I think I've had a few of these but each time I learn a little. The lesson I've learned lately is not to relay on others when it comes to social media. I don't have a huge amount of knowledge about websites and stuff but when I have put together here is all my own work!!! So watch out for more blog post as I get a grip with all this.... stuff!!! 




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