Sunshine in my shadows

Welcome to sunshine in my shadows. This blog is my space to share all the stuff that makes up my every day life. Family, friends, crafts, recipes, books and all the little things that add 'sunshine to my shadows'. We all have a sprinkling of sunshine and an equal sprinkling of shadows in our lives. Hopefully you will find more sunshine than shadows to read about here and on the days when shadows fall, know that the sunshine is peeking just around the corner!


Thursday, May 12, 2011

Walking words....

                                                                                                                                **photo from here.

I can just see some people scratching their heads at the name of this post. Walking words? I have collected quotes and sayings since I was a teenager. I love finding quotes that are inspirational. I will explain 'walking words' in just a bit.

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 18 months ago and have been slowly coming to grips with what this actually means for me. I am fortunate enough at this stage to not be on any medication but my doctor made it clear to me that if I want to avoid medication and eventually insulin injections I need to make some pretty big changes to my diet, and exercise more. So I have begun making changes to my diet (never easy) and have begun taking a short walk every day.(I just started this week) Let me say right here and now I HATE exercise! Especially exercise that I 'have' to do. So this is a big thing for me to realise I MUST make these changes if I want to keep my diabetes under control and avoid the awful consequences of not doing so. I am terribly overweight and terribly unfit so it's going to be a long haul just to get me to a normal weight and relatively fit.
I think I should print copies of this photo and use it for motivation! Photo from here.

For anyone who may be interested in checking my progress, offering encouragement and support I have begun a blog to keep notes about how I am feeling, coping and managing along the way. (or not as the case may be). You can take a peep here.
Also if anyone can direct me to blogs of a similar nature (diabetes/diet/exercise) I would love to find some for extra motivation. (and maybe I can offer encouragement to someone else)

Now back to 'walking words'. I was browsing The Quote Garden this morning and found some wonderful quotes about walking. I am hoping they might inspire me!
"If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking.
Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk."
Raymond Inman
I don't know who Raymond Inman was but what a lovely idea that angels might whisper in your ears as you walk!

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into 
you as sunshine flows into the trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into
you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
John Muir
What beautiful feelings this quote evokes. I know I do find being with nature peaceful. I really like this one.

"Make your feet your friend."
Hmmmm life would be more enjoyable perhaps?

"Walking gets the feet moving, the blood moving, the mind moving. 
And movement is life."
Carrie Latet
Now that one is a profound thought!
Hope you enjoyed these 'walking words' as much as I have.

wishing you sunshine in your shadows (even on cloudy wintery days)


  1. Lovely Helen and it is so true walking words happen with me.

    Thank you for sharing with such honesty the things going on in your head.

    love and hugs,

  2. Helen, it's so hard to keep the weight down and the motivation up,sooo hope you can achieve your goals. Loved your quotes,and thanks for sharing them. Bron.

  3. Wishing you all the motivation that you need, says me who needs to do the same. It truly is the hardest thing isn't it, but I am sure that once you see progress each step will become easier. Tam x

  4. Linda, Bron and Tam thank you all so much.This isn't going to be easy for me. A lifertime of bad habits to break but I really must do my best. I am truly grateful for the loving, caring support and encouragement my online friends have shown me.

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on my mother's china. I have also been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I know I need to watch my diet, and I know I need to walk for exercise. Perhaps your diabetes-focused blog will give me the incentive I need! Good luck to you!

  6. Linda thanks for visiting and commenting. Good luck with your own diabetes journey. If I can inspire you via my diabetes blog that is great. It really is hard to do all the right things we know we should all the time.