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Feet Exercise

Saturday, September 22, 2012

It is important not to forget to exercise your feet.

Marble Exercise

Put 10 small marbles on the floor and place a cup nearby. Using your toes pick up the marbles and place in the cup. Do two sets with each foot.

The Balance Act

First stand on stable ground, balance on one foot with your eyes open for one minute. When you can do that without losing your balance then stand on one foot with your eyes closed for one minute . Master that then move to an unstable surface like a wobble board. This will strengthen your ankles and feet as well as your core.

Toe Tug

Loop one end of an exercise band around the top part of one foot with legs straight . Pull your toes toward you and slowly release returning to starting position. Do 2 sets of 20 on both feet.

Negative Calf Raises

Stand on a step with your toes on the edge and your heels hanging off the step. Push off with your feet into a calf raise then remove one foot while you slowly lower the other foot till the heel is lower than the step. Do twice then repeat using the other foot. This has been shown to prevent Achilles tendinitis.

Plantar Stretch

Sit barefoot and cross your right leg do the ankle rest on your left thigh. Hold your toes and bend them back toward your shin. This will stretch the planter fascia. Do this 10 times with each foot.

Ankle Dorsiflexion

Set in a chair . pull leg up lifting your foot off the floor. Act like your trying to touch your toes to your shin and hold for 10 seconds. Do this 10 times for a set , do 3 sets then do the other foot. This will also strengthen your Shin.

Ankle Plantarflexion

Set in a chair, pull leg up lifting your foot off the floor. Push your feet down like your pointing your toes to the floor- hold 10 seconds and start over. Do this 10 times to make one set . Do 3 sets with each foot.

Strengthen Toes

On stable surface rise up onto your toes and hold 10 seconds. If you are unstable hold on to a chair or wall for balance. Do this 30 times for one set and work your way up to 3 sets.

Massage Foot

This exercise will massage and ice your foot at the same time. Fill a water bottle with water and freeze it. Roll each foot on the bottle for 10 min.

Have a great week everyone! Thanks for stopping in, Paulette

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ANHELIC 9/23/2012 12:10AM

    Thank you for sharing these exercises. These are ones I can do easily.

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NELLIEC 9/22/2012 4:32PM

    They look like great exercises!

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JAMBABY0 9/22/2012 2:13AM

    great pics thanks for sharing

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How to Reframe Your Life

Saturday, August 25, 2012

From time to time we get off course and need to stop , pause and reframe our lives.
I find these 7 steps helpful.

Step #1: Be Authentic

We are ever changing and evolving hopefully for the better as in personal growth. Don't cling to something you used to be. Don’t try to be something you’re not – in your life or in your work – You don’t want to run into the disappointment both you and others from expectations you can't met. Don't allow others to tell you who you are. Seek and find your true self and be yourself .

Step#2: Learn to Focus

You have many dreams and that is great till you try to work on them all at one time and end up burned out. You can do everything you want , just not all at the same time. You must figure out what is most important to you at any given time and learn to focus on priorities. This is something that I am just learning to do . When one learns to focus on priorities then life begins to flow . You learn to block out what is lest important and put your effort on what counts most at this time.

Step#3 : Face your fears

Face your fears or stay in your comfort zone where there is not much accomplishment. People moving forward with their life often feel scared , but take the action they need to take anyway. You never know what you are capable of doing till you try.

Sometimes we have to force ourselves out of our comfort zones. Great things will happen when we push threw our fears. Be the person you want to be! Do the things you want to do! Try new things!

Step#4: Learn to say NO

Don't add too much to your plate. Learn to say no gracefully. Know your purpose at this time in your life and make wise choices. If you’re spending your entire time saying yes to the wrong things in your life then when will you have the time to say yes to the right things? Your precious time and energy should be spend toward the things that matter the most to you and fit in with your purpose .

Step #5 : Build a Dream Team

You have a dream you need to learn to network for support you need in bringing those dreams into reality. No one is an Island. Seek out friends and family who will cheer you on! Don't put anyone on your team who is negative and not encouraging to you. Find experts who can help you get what you want. Invest in things that will support your goals which is investing in yourself.

Step#6: Practice Patience

We live in a "I want it all and now society " , and all things take due time. The Bible says, in due time if we faint not we will reap our Reward. Make Patience a part of your vocabulary.
Patience is not about being lazy or stagnation. Patience is about understanding the principles of "Due Time", understanding the realistic steps you need to take to get to where you want to go and realizing it will take more than a day to get there. Patience is tracking your progress and knowing one day you will get to that place you want to be.

Step # 7: Keep your sense of Humor

Don't take life too seriously . See the Humor in things. Don't sweat the small stuff as they say. Give yourself permission to laugh at yourself now and then. Finding some humor in everyday life is vital. Humor helps keep your head clear so you can think problems out and see creative solutions. If we get caught up in anger, frustration and worry, we’re not going to find the answers we need.

Time to reboot our goals and reframing our outlook on life will help. Have a great weekend!
Spend sometime thinking about your life and your goals so you can start next week off on the right foot. God Bless! Paulette

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ANHELIC 8/26/2012 12:27AM

    Thank you for sharing your message with us. Yes, I think a really did know these, but boy you hit the nail on the head for me to read them from a different perspective. I have emailed them to a few of my friends that are struggling, and me too a little.

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MEDDYPEDDY 8/25/2012 1:15AM

    Hmm your post inspired me - thanks!

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NELLIEC 8/25/2012 12:54AM

    Yes, and the best way to make changes that stick, is not to do too many at one time. Step by step, build that new life!

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Reward Yourself

Sunday, August 12, 2012

When you are attempting to break old habits or make new ones. When you are trying to change from poor health habits to a new healthy life style then set some mini goals and reward yourself alone the way. Reward yourself for your discipline, perseverance and persistence in altering your diet, exercise , quitting smoking, reducing your alcoholic intake, getting to bed early, getting up early , drinking more water etc.

Remember you are not a Dog, so do not reward yourself with food or laying around doing nothing like a dog. It is good to give yourself rest when you are truly tired , but not as a reward. Most of us are in the habit of treating ourselves and our families like pets. Do these remarks sound familiar to you?

You didn't cry when you got your shot so the Nurse rewarded you with a Lollipop.

Your Mother told you if you finished everything on your plate she would reward you with desert.

Your team won a game so your coach rewarded you with ice cream or pizza .

Do your chores and you can have some candy.

You work so hard today that you deserve a stop by the doughnut shop.

How can a poor food choice be a good reward for living a healthy life style. We need to rise above treating ourselves like animals.

Do you reward yourself when you work hard with a day of no physical exertion?

I was raised to think that was a treat you gave yourself too. It is ok to take a nap or to eat a desert now and then , but these should not be thought of as rewards. Use a little creativity to reward yourself for a job well done or for reaching a mini goal.

Here are a few suggestions

1. Buy a book from your favorite author
2. Buy some fresh cut flowers for your home or office
3. Relax for awhile in a bubble bath in a candle light bathroom
4. Buy yourself a new CD
5. Get a new purse, shoes or outfit
6. Buy a pack of stars like our teachers use to put on our papers for a job well done and stick them on your calendar each day you exercise or make goal of your choice. Maybe each day you go without smoking etc.
7. Go to the movies
8. Treat yourself to some fun activity like bowling or skating etc.
9. Take a mini vacation , weekend get away .
10. Get a massage, manicure, or pedicure
11. Go to a concert
12. Have a spa treatment at a spa or at home
13. Buy a nice piece of Jewellery

Sharing a few thoughts with you. God Bless. Paulette

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BESTSWEST 1/25/2014 5:58PM

    Great ideas. Love the star chart. Gonna do it

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MASALINAS13 8/22/2012 1:26AM

    emoticonThank you

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ANHELIC 8/12/2012 2:40PM

    Great ideas for rewards, as I child I was rewarded with chips or candy. When I look back now I can see why my whole family has been obese. Thanks for the list. I will keep it on my fridge. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESSNESS1 8/12/2012 11:43AM

    i was raised with that same thinking, wow i never thought of it like that ,so glad you shared. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TMCK-40 8/12/2012 11:41AM

  Great ideas

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AZMOMXTWO 8/12/2012 11:40AM

  love these Ideas thanks for sharing

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30 things about me you may not know.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

30 things ....

Yes, my Mother named me after a Movie Actress name Paulette Goddard

2. Where were you born?
Mabscott W.Va

3. What color is your eyes? Blue

4. Were you thin or fat as a child?
Very thin

5. Do you stay in contact with childhood friends?

Yes, I am a nice person and lots of fun to be around.

7. What is your favorite exercise? Walking

8. What is your favorite dessert?
Cheese Cake

9. What do you think is your best body part?
My eyes

10. WHAT IS your lest favorite body part?
My big waist

11. What do you noticed first on others?
Their hair

12. How many Children do you have ? 3 children 7 Grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren

13. Red or Pink?

14. Tattoos ?
No , My grandson has enough for the whole family. LOL

15. Do you like your handwriting?

16. Do you have pierced ears?
Yes , but that is all I have pierced.

Beach house

18. WHAT is your favorite Vegetable ?

19. WHAT is your favorite fruit?

20. What kind of music do you like?
All kinds! Love Music!

Fresh cut grass, air after the rain, food cooking , Chantilly Lace , Scented Candles, flowers, baby powder.

22. Favorite Sports to watch on the Olympics ?
Gymnastics and swimming

23. What are you reading now ?
"When to eat what"
"Live what you love"

24? Do you have any pets?
Not at this time , but Love Pets

25? Are you married?

26? Green or Blue?

27?What color is your hair? Golden Blond

28? Do you believe in God? Yes, I believe God , created us and the world for himself. We fell out of grace with him and he redeemed us by the blood of Lamb Jesus Christ his son.
John 3: 16 : For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

30? Do you like answering questions? Yes, and I like asking them too! LOL If you have any questions you would like to ask of me here is your chance. Ask whatever you want.

God bless each of you this coming week. Keep pressing on. Hugs, Paulette

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    how neat -- thanks for sharing

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Tips for learning to be more assertive -Blog 2 on Assertiveness

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Remember, learning to be assertive takes time and practice. The longer you have been too passive or aggressive , the longer it might be to change. Start with baby steps. If you slip back into your old behavior forgive yourself and keep on pushing forward.

It takes work to change our behavior , but the payoff will be worth it. If after awhile you find you are not making any progress then consider formal assertiveness training or enlisting the help of a life coach . If issues of anger, anxiety or fear keep getting in your way you might want to consider a Christian Counselor.

Here are some tips I have found to be helpful in becoming more assertive:

1) Assess your style. Do you voice your opinions or remain silent? Do you say yes to additional work even when your plate is full?(Passive Behavior) Are you quick to judge or blame? Do people seem to dread or fear talking to you?( Too Aggressive ) Understand your style so you will know what changes you need to make.

2) Use 'I' statements. Using "I" statements lets others know what you're thinking without sounding accusatory. For instance, say, "I disagree," rather than, "You're wrong." Attacking someone and telling them they are wrong is aggressive behavior . Saying "I disagree with you" , is Assertive Behavior . Not speaking up and giving your opinion is passive behavior.
( This tip is from Web Md) Years ago I learned this tip , but when I used it with someone very aggressive they shot back and said " You are so self centered! Listen to how many times you say "I" . LOL So it don't work with all people , but most it does.

3) Practice saying no. If your too passive and you say yes when you want to say no. Don't be pushed into a decision . If you have a hard time turning down requests, try saying, "I will think about it and get back with you " . Then rehearse ahead of time what you want to say , but don't beat around the bush — be direct. If an explanation is appropriate, keep it brief. If your too aggressive and prone to want everything your way all the time then maybe you need to take more time to think about your answer as well and consider saying yes once in awhile. If you say No all the time soon you will having others backing away from you because you are too disagreeable .

4) Use body language. Communication isn't just verbal. Act confident even if you aren't feeling it. Keep an upright posture, but lean forward a bit. Make regular eye contact. Maintain a neutral or positive facial expression. Don't look down at the floor (Passive) or they might think you are unsure of yourself and push you harder to do what they want. Don't use dramatic gestures because you don't want to come across as too aggressive.
(this tip is from Web MD)

5) Keep emotions in check. Do you get too angry when discussing conflict? Do you cry? . Although these feelings are normal, they can get in the way of resolving conflict. If you feel too emotional going into a situation, wait a bit if possible. Work on remaining calm. Check your breath to see if you are breathing slowly . If not then take a few seconds to calm your breathing down taking long slow breaths . Be firm , but don't shout . Usually because I am not firm enough in the start it seems to lead me into shouting to be heard or taken serious. So make sure you start off firm .

6) Start small. Become aware of your behavior because knowledge must come before change. Make of list of when you think you are too passive or too aggressive. Have a game plan to start making small steps toward being more assertive and less passive or aggressive. If given a chance rehearse what you are going to say and how you are going to say it in a firm voice making eye contract with the person you are talking to. Afterwards evaluate yourself and think about how you could of handled a situation like this better next time. With a thought and effort you can change your communication style. Don't allow others to walk all over you nor should you become too aggressive and not show respect for others opinions. Everyone has a right to their own opinions . It is ok to disagree .

Thanks for stopping by and reading my thoughts for today. Paulette

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INSHAPE2011 6/11/2012 11:31AM

    These are very useful tips and the advice about how change behavior / current style is very much transferable to weight loss too.

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STRIVERONE 6/9/2012 5:33PM

    Good points. Many people who pride themselves on being assertive need to learn the difference between aggressive and assertive behavior.

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