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Feeling Sluggish? Try this...

Saturday, August 17, 2013

While comfortably seated, close off your left nostril with your left thumb. Inhale and exhale through your right nostril for 3 to 5 minutes.

Research shows that right-nostril breathing can elevate blood pressure, which can make us feel a grand dose of natural invigoration.

On the flip side, doing left-nostril breathing lowers blood pressure and can produce a calming effect.

From Fitness Magazine, July/August 2013 issue and Erica Wehrwein, Ph.D., an assistant professor of physiology at Michigan State University.

  
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JMOUSE99 8/22/2013 7:34PM

    interesting - but I'm pretty skeptical. I'll remember to try it out.

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COUTURELADY 8/18/2013 9:48AM

    Love it, and I'll try it. Thanks for sharing!

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DRADDIE 8/17/2013 3:53PM

    Heh, that's weird!!!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 8/17/2013 3:21PM

    Interesting, very interesting. I'll need to try that at work next week.

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KATI5668 8/17/2013 10:24AM

    mmm interesting..gonna give that a try..

thanks for posting!

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Reflection - Part 2

Monday, July 22, 2013

When I say that I tend not to eat as healthily during the summer, I was kind of meaning that when eating out, I might get a hamburger and fries instead of a salad for example. I rarely do that but that's an example. Or, I might indulge in dessert for a treat. It's those kinds of things that I need to get better control of.

I recently read in my Eat Clean cookbook the following and it really resonated with me:

"Think of it this way: If you have a lot of weight to lose, you need to be stricter with your food choices until you have met your goals. The cheese (or whatever) isn't going anywhere. It will still be available to you three months, six months or even a year from now. If you have already met your weight-loss goals, you can be a little less strict with yourself -- although this isn't permission to get crazy with the Cheez Whiz. I do eat cheese myself but I eat it rarely and sparingly."

Good advice, isn't it? Or, as Roni would say, how bad do you want it?

  
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LIVINGLIFENOW 7/28/2013 6:54PM

    Thanks so true. It's only a short time in the grand life plan. Thanks for the reminder.

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RONI122 7/28/2013 6:45PM

    Thanks Joana for reminding me! How bad do I want it? It's just food and it will be around after I reach m goal. So for now I need to say no to stuff that won'thelp me along my journey!

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_LINDA 7/24/2013 1:58AM

    That is very good advice. Cheese was a huge weakness for me before I managed to get it under control. Now I have only one slice a day or a light mini Baby-bel for a fix. I wanted to lose my weight more then I wanted to painfully haul it all around :P I was lucky with my pop addiction though. One day, for no particular reason, I just got sick of drinking it and stopped cold turkey. I wasn't on any diet or anything, I just lost interest in it. If only I could do that with the salty snacks!!
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FUSIONFITNESS3 7/23/2013 7:58PM

    Joanna - Thanks for pointing me to your blog. Perfect read after writing my own reflection. How bad do I want it?


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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/23/2013 5:19PM

    Great insight. Sometimes I think the cravings/binges come (for me) from thinking in my head that "I can NEVER have this again". Knowing I can indulge from time to time has helped quell the all or nothing perfectionism I tend towards.

You CAN do this.

(PS: As I've gotten further into my gluten free diet I've found the cravings are mostly gone. It's like my body has reset it's tastes and I no longer WANT these decadent (flour filled) desserts.

Have fun with this new lifestyle!

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ANGRITTER 7/23/2013 10:11AM

    I need this tattooed on the inside of my eyelids. I will say two words to you about this morning already: homemade Belgian Waffles. Thanks Dad!

LOL

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 7/23/2013 5:37AM

    I need to copy and past that paragraph and put it somewhere to see it every day............................

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A-STRONGER-ME 7/23/2013 5:03AM

    I think you want it pretty bad. You are darn good with consistency and your loss proves that.

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Weekend Challenge - Reflection

Monday, July 22, 2013

Here were my goals for BLC22 and how I'm doing on them:

1. Instead of saying I'm going to exercise a certain amount of time each day, my goal is to burn a minimum of 200 calories per day when doing intentional exercise.

Out of all my workouts since June 5th, I've only burned less than 200 calories per day twice so I'm happy about that.

2. I just did Day 58 of Supreme 90 and have 32 days to go so the plan is to finish the program.

Supreme 90 is completed and I lost 3 inches off my belly and 3 pounds with it so that made me happy.

3. Once Supreme 90 is completed, I'm going to continue to include ST to my workouts. I'm aiming to be lifting 20 pound weights by year end.

I'm looking for a new program to do. I found the 90 days to be a little long and it got kind of boring doing the same workouts over and over again. Currently, I'm using the Supreme 90 workout schedule but am doing some of my other exercise DVDs to suit what Day's workout is scheduled, e.g. today was core/abs and I did Jazzercize's Dancin' Abs workout.

4. I'm going to try and eat as clean as possible. The things that I will be focusing on include adding more protein and healthy fats to my diet while increasing fibre and decreasing sodium.

Overall, I think I'm doing pretty well with the eating clean thing and working on the nutrients I want more or less of. But I find that the main problem with summer is that there are just too many opportunities to get together with friends and family for a barbecue or for lunch at a restaurant, etc.

And, the other problem with summer is that that is when I take most of my vacation and I tend to think that when I'm on vacation, I deserve a break from eating healthily as well. My next week of vacation is the week of July 29th so my plan at this point is to make a bunch of healthy salads and primarily use them for my meals.

However, that said, I have plans to take my niece out to lunch one day and her brother (my nephew) out another day and I'm also supposed to be meeting a friend from work for lunch one day. My plan is to plan for a healthy lunch and to do extra exercise on the days of my outings so that if I do overdo it, hopefully there will be no gain.

4. The ultimate goal is to get to Onederland by August 28th (the final date for BLC22.

And, yeah, I doubt this will happen by August 28th. At this point, I'll be happy to be under where I started on June 5th. But if I got to Onederland this year, I'd be happy.

  
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DEDICATED2HIM 7/25/2013 6:13AM

    Great goals. I'm betting you get to Onderland this year....and maybe even sooner. I know what you mean about lunches out. I'm struggling wiht that too.


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_LINDA 7/24/2013 1:53AM

    It certainly is harder to eat healthy when eating away from home so much. For BBQ's, I am sure bringing your own food wouldn't insult anyone. These days, a veggie or fruit tray would be welcome. At a recent bridge sectional, the healthier options were actually going like hotcakes -everyone just loved the mandarin oranges! My strawberry tray was a huge hit. A far cry from when it just used to be sugary, fatty desserts and treats. Grilled food can be healthy, its what you load on it that you have to watch.
Restaurants are starting to come up with better options, it doesn't just have to be the inevitable salad. You can always order something specially prepared as well. Mex Gal inspired me how she managed to order healthy to make sure it didn't flare up her health problems.
Good luck with it!!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/23/2013 5:16PM

    As long as you are making mostly healthy choices and moving towards your goals all is good in my book. Yes it would be wonderful if we could be where we want to be at the end of BLC 22. I think I might make my modest goal, but I am making great strides in other areas. YOU ROCK! Great plan for your vacation.

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 7/23/2013 4:54AM

    You plan and do much better than I..............and I've been on vacation as far as food is concerned all summer! Great goals.........and a great plan. You can do this! emoticon

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IMAGINE_IT 7/22/2013 3:07PM

    You are focused and have a great Plan and you have been working it!! emoticon emoticon

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LADYJ6942 7/22/2013 1:55PM

    Looks and sounds good. Keep on trucking!

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RONI122 7/22/2013 1:31PM

    You are awesome! I love your goal! I'm rooting for you!

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 7/22/2013 11:44AM

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SEATTLE58 7/22/2013 11:40AM

    Good planning, Girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROCKPORT9 7/22/2013 9:50AM

    You have great goals. Taking a food vacation is something I struggle with also. We can do this! Hugs, Laurel emoticon

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AMARILYNH 7/22/2013 7:18AM

    The GOOD thing about summer is all the local fruits and veggies that are available. How about setting a goal of eating 8 freggies a day?

Before BLC I rarely got even 5 in, but focusing on this (and learning to like some veggies like fresh spinach that I never used to eat) is really helping my weight loss!!

More and more restaurants offer strawberry spinach salad which I LOVE - just be mindful of the amount of dressing you add! Try it - and watch your dinner friends drool over it!! emoticon

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DONNA0256 7/22/2013 7:02AM

    Good goals and planning! You're doing great!

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DEEGIRL50 7/22/2013 6:29AM

    Some time we have to readjust our goals and that's okay. Just don't give up!
Learning to live while eating to live. It's a bit of a juggling act.
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Here's the Plan, Jan

Sunday, June 09, 2013

I need a new plan, Jan.
Or I'll never be free, Bri.
I can't be tarry, Mary.
I'm going to change my tune, Moon.
Nothing too gamey, Amy.
Nothing too moody, Judy.
I need something bonny, Roni.
Or I'll never be free, Bri.

Inspiration for the above came from Paul Simon and the Amazing Amber Amazon Warriors!

So, here's the plan, Jan:

1. Instead of saying I'm going to exercise a certain amount of time each day, my goal is to burn a minimum of 200 calories per day when doing intentional exercise.

2. I just did Day 58 of Supreme 90 and have 32 days to go so the plan is to finish the program.

3. Once Supreme 90 is completed, I'm going to continue to include ST to my workouts. I'm aiming to be lifting 20 pound weights by year end.

4. I'm going to try and eat as clean as possible. The things that I will be focusing on include adding more protein and healthy fats to my diet while increasing fibre and decreasing sodium.

4. The ultimate goal is to get to Onederland by August 28th (the final date for BLC22.

So, how's my plan, Jan?
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DEDICATED2HIM 6/11/2013 6:13AM

    Pretty funky, monkey.


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JMOUSE99 6/10/2013 7:30PM

    Love it! emoticon

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IMAGINE_IT 6/10/2013 3:48PM

    emoticon emoticon What a great blog Joanna.....love it! It made me smile and laugh at the same time......thank you for that....... emoticon
Your Plan is a good one.....and i know you will be in Onederland in August..... emoticon emoticon
P.S. Nothing rymes with Taty.....no worries...... emoticon

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 6/10/2013 12:37PM

    Now that song is going to be stuck in my head all day! LOL Nicely done. You have a great plan. YOU CAN DO IT!!!
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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 6/10/2013 11:47AM

    LOVE this plan Stan! LOL Also remember that song fondly. I think you have great goals which are very SMART.

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LADYJ6942 6/10/2013 11:24AM

    Great blog, and goals. Good luck and go get'em cuz you are worth it!

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A-STRONGER-ME 6/10/2013 4:15AM

    Oh my - wish I had something cleaver to rhyme - I so not - but it's a great plan Joanna, banana!!!

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MARYDSAN 6/10/2013 12:53AM

    Joanna- you are so creative. I remember their song!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 6/10/2013 12:02AM

    How clever and creative! Great plan. Now with your commitment you have your GPS set for this round of BLC.
G-Goals
P-Plan
S-Stic
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MOONSHADOW145 6/9/2013 10:53PM

    I've got Paul Simon in my head now! Great Plan emoticon

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POSITIVEONE2 6/9/2013 10:21PM

    Joanna this is a great plan and you brought such a smile to my face when I read it. I think Jan will be very pleased.

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 6/9/2013 10:13PM

    This made me smile!!! Love the plan.........and the take on Paul Simon!

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RONI122 6/9/2013 9:24PM

    Crack me up! You witty for sure! It's a good plan! I think I'll hold you to it!

Roni

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GLASSART43 6/9/2013 5:17PM

    Joanna, you made me smile, and sing along! emoticon

Your dedication to Supreme 90 is impressive.
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-DIAMOND 6/9/2013 1:58PM

    Love Paul Simon :) You have some great goals!! Keep it up!!

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SEATTLE58 6/9/2013 1:50PM

    So cute and I love it, Jan! Good plan, Jan! You can do it, Truit! emoticon , Lou!! emoticon

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FABAT402009 6/9/2013 1:08PM

    I'm not Jan but looks great to me! emoticon

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Obit for Beach Haven

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Another Sandy Casualty by the family of my dad's lady friend

Another casualty of Sandy occurred this past week. As a result of the violent tides carrying three or four feet of waste water, the foundation of a house that dates to 1904 or earlier was deemed too seriously damaged to repair and elevate.

The house stands at 223 Second Street in Beach Haven. It is a simple house, probably originally built in Tuckerton in the 1880s as a gun shop. Originally it had two rooms. It has long been thought that in 1904 it was floated across the bay to Beach Haven and then up Dock Creek, which is now Dock Road, then across Main Street to its site on Second Street.

Sam Shourds bought the house and the property from Archibald Pharo in 1905 for the sum of one dollar. The gun shop had been cobbled together and had a keel from a wrecked ship, painted baby blue, as its main beam. Sam was a bayman, making his living fishing, clamming, hunting, raising grapes for wine, and chickens for his dinner. He also, like all the baymen, scavenged the beach after wrecks to see what could be salvaged and sold. Sam was married to Nellie O’Donnell, an Irish immigrant, who worked as a laundress.

John Daniel was the nephew of Nellie O’Donnell, the son of her sister who lived in Ardmore. When his father died in the influenza epidemic of 1918, John, who was 10, was sent to live with his aunt and uncle. He lived at 223 for almost his entire life.

In 1933 John Daniel married Kathleen Fitzsimmons, another Irish immigrant. The young couple moved into the house at 223 when Nellie Shourds died and Dr. Dodd told John Sam would not live long and he had better move in with him. Sam lasted for 12 more years. Our mother used to say it was her good cooking.

Year after year, the house was added on to. A kitchen, a front porch, three bedrooms, a bath, a laundry, and a bedroom on the first floor that was rented to a butcher from the American Store.One of the last rooms John Daniel added was a tiny room for his first grandson, an aerie supported by a single steel pole. Later, a family room was added where Kathleen Daniel watched the birds and served hundreds of cups of tea to her many friends: half and half and four teaspoons of sugar. (Her blood sugar was perfect.)

It was a comfortable house, always full of friends. Our Irish mother planted everything in the garden, as long as it was green, reminding her of the green hills of Donegal, where she was born.

We were in the house during the hurricane of 1944, no water came in. The northeaster of 1962, the Ash Wednesday Storm, was bad but the house took in no water. The northeaster of 1992 was a bit worse, a few inches in the front rooms but nothing to be alarmed about.

Then Sandy roared in on October 29, 2012. We had 38 inches in the first floor for three tides, and the water ravaged the old foundation, even shifting the house on the old piers. We tried to save her, but the call for a 10 foot elevation was too much. The old house couldn’t do it.

Since 1904 there has been a member of the family living at 223. The street was always full of families and children: the Olivers, the Robinsons, the Spragues, the Parkers, the Strattons, the Joneses. We Daniels were the last of the originals, except for Sarah Osborne, who was a Stratton, and still lives in the house she grew up in.

The old house was full of joy: roast beef dinners for the Barnegat High School basketball team. Meetings of the Kit Kat Klub. Lawn parties celebrating everything from a four-year-old’s birthday to a party for a 45th wedding anniversary. The visits of relatives from Ireland. Midge Carmosin, mother’s charge as a nanny in Philadelphia who remained our friend forever. College friends who visited in the summer and never went home. The garbage truck crew – Kenny, Larry, Bo, Snapper – who parked the reeking truck in front of the house and stopped in for a glass of milk.

Demolition has yet to be scheduled.

  
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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 6/6/2013 6:56PM

    So sorry to hear the loss of such a beloved and happy home with such great history. Keep the happy memories and make many new ones.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 6/6/2013 6:56PM

    So sorry to hear the loss of such a beloved and happy home with such great history. Keep the happy memories and make many new ones.

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_LINDA 6/6/2013 10:51AM

    That is very sad when such a historical place that's been in the family for generations is lost :( Hope they can at least salvage some mementos from it..

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BEFIT014 6/5/2013 12:07AM

    That's sad! You've got lots of memories, tho. emoticon

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ANGEL1066 6/4/2013 10:51PM

    So sorry you have to suffer this loss. Our memories are tied to places, especially family gathering places. I do hope your family can find an alternate. The house sounds qwerky and wonderful. Keep your Memories green and vivid! God Bless!

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