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One down, one to go. RBC volunteering

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Home from the third day of the Regional Building Committee remodel project. It is the second weekend of work there, but I was not asked to be there last week. DH and I have worked three days and tonight are sure feeling it all over. It is amazing how sore you can get from walking and standing. I wish I had tracked my walking on was much like yesterday so was probably around 11 miles. Today, finish up and clean up for this weekend with DH doing much of the escort walking this morning, I walked 7.41 miles. That is over 18 miles in two days...probably around 28 miles in all three days. MORE than a marathon! (walked of course, not run). emoticon BTW..7.41 miles is 19006 steps.

Weather has been remarkably cooperative...Many of us have sunshine faces...a few folks have gotten unfortunate sunburns. There were 234 volunteers on site today (if I remember that number exactly right..if not, it is close.) Folks have traveled from as far away as Memphis to volunteer their time and expertise (at their own expense) for this project.

It is such a wonderful experience to be part of it all...and to know there are other such projects ongoing all over the world. Celeste', I am thinking of YOU, too, as we share this experience...wish we could be working together!

We have had to be there at different times each day...and it is a 45 minute drive from home to the site. We had daylight savings Spring Forward time change last night. I startled awake at 4:06 am...and thought the alarm hadn't gone off...then couldn't remember what time I was supposed to be getting up...had to figure out which day, what time we had to be there, time we leave thus time we get up..only to realize we could sleep almost another hour...but of course, that shot of adrenaline kept me awake after that. emoticon

Well, this is volunteering at it's best. We have had a wonderful weekend. I was training to run the shuttles to off site parking and week will be running it without my mentor (EEK!) along with another Sister who trained on a totally different project. This is going to be interesting! The other Sister and I have not met yet.

Wonder if I can find another pedometer (I think I have two more!) for DH to wear next week. emoticon

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BEEBEE1936 6/7/2012 8:34AM

    Enjoyed your blog. I remember the first KH building that I attended. It was close by and I worked with the food. But most of the time, I stood watching all the activity with tears running down my face. I was seeing what the new system would be like, it was one of the most touching things I have ever experienced. I hadn't been in the truth to long at that time. Then in 1989 we built our new hall. My husband is not a Witness but favorable and we had brothers and sisters staying with us, during the building. We live only 2 minutes from the hall, so we had friends sleeping everywhere. Loved every minute of it. Our lives are so full and like our "happy God", we to are happy.

Betty (BeeBee) emoticon

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GAMOMMY3 3/12/2012 12:29PM

    That's great! Would love to see photos of the new Hall.

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CELEST 3/11/2012 10:55PM

    It would be fabulous if we could do a project together. Talk about adrenalin...its 5am and here I am lol. Whats more is I have Carol coming to dinner tonight. Hope I have a shot of adrenalin to keep me going later.
We will be finished our project on the 18th and I hope to have a few photos of the old and new look is so fabulous, clean and smart.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 3/11/2012 8:26PM

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CINA-MINI 3/11/2012 8:18PM

    Great job! It is so wonderful that you are able to help out. Your willingness to work where needed is so wonderful too!


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NEW-ME-IN2012 3/11/2012 7:26PM

    Isn't it wonderful that we can serve Jehovah this way? It's so very encouraging to hear of different one working with the RBC! There's a niche for anyone who wants to help/ Remember what Jehovah had recorded at (Hebrews 6:10) For God is not unrighteous so as to forget YOUR work and the love YOU showed for his name, in that YOU have ministered to the holy ones and continue ministering.
Indeed, this is a fine way to minister or to serve Jehovah & our dear brothers & sisters. emoticon emoticon

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STEADFASTNSEE 3/11/2012 7:23PM

  WOW 28 miles in three days!?! Watch for a giftie! HUGS!!!

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Tired but Happy feet!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

This has to be quick since I have to get to bed...another very early morning and long day tomorrow. DH and I are serving in the traffic dept. at a Kingdom Hall remodel project this weekend and next. Today was day two for us...arriving at 5:30 am and leaving tonight at 7. The job involves keeping track of the shuttle drivers who bring the workers to the site from off site parking areas...and then take them back when they are done. It involves walking as escort for every vehicle that moves on the work site. Today I wore my pedometer..out of curiosity. Interested in knowing how much walking I did in that little parking lot?

I walked: 11.09 miles! 28452 steps!

Probably walked about the same yesterday...and we do it again tomorrow.

SO...want to walk for exercise? Join the Regional Building Committee and volunteer for traffic dept. if your RBC has one (not required in all states apparently).

You know what I think is really neat about this? I was ABLE to walk 11 miles today..on a parking lot with an up hill and down hill ALL day. My feet are tired...and I ache in a few other places...but I am healthy enough to be ABLE to do this. emoticon

Gotta get to bed. Spring Forward for Daylight savings means we lose an hour! It is already hard enough to get up that early, drive 45 minutes and be at the work site to work by 6:30 am. Good night everyone!!

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CINA-MINI 3/11/2012 1:14PM

    That is so fantastic Asta! Way to go!

I set my clocks ahead around 4 in the afternoon. That way, by the end of the day, we are already used to it.

Many hugs!

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GAMOMMY3 3/11/2012 12:44PM

    That's great! And the best part is how good it feels to serve Jehovah in this way!!

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CELEST 3/11/2012 10:21AM

    That is AMAZING Asta. I was just saying how Jehovah is giving us power to complete these tasks. Its not as if you are a marathan walker, but you did it. Sure you ache, but you did it and will repeat it day aft day if necessary.
I feel very close to you, knowing while Im working on our kh renovation, you're doing the same so many many miles apart.
Im LOVING it and bet you are too.

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COOLCALLALILY 3/11/2012 12:46AM

    Proud of you, Mom! I love you!

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STEADFASTNSEE 3/10/2012 10:29PM

  Don't forget to put this on your fitness tracker! HUGS!! (btw it would be under cross country hiking; emoticon) As to joining RBC, do you think I could do it?? I've been wondering.... HUGS

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ONLYTEMPORARY 3/10/2012 10:22PM

    Awesome! Enjoy the labors results.

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High Blood Pressure? Diabetes? Beware of Chronic Kidney Disease

Saturday, February 11, 2012

From Woman's World Magazine...sorry I don't know the date of the issue or page reference.

"Most people don't realize that chronic kidney disease (CKD) is more common that diabetes! Millions of Americans are already afflicted, and at least 20 million more are at risk. Trouble is, there are very few early warning signs of CKD. "Symptoms often don't appear until the kidneys are already irreversibly damaged," says nephrologist Gary Curhan, M.D., ScD., associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. fortunately, it's easy to keep your kidneys healthy:

Eat peanuts to guard against blood sugar damage

The high blood sugar levels caused by diabetes slowly damage the blood vessels in the kidneys. But new research reveals tht eating peanuts, soybeans or legumes daily can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes by 40%. tip: Already have diabetes? Your doctor can help you keep your blood sugars in check to minimize damage to your kidneys and help prevent CKD.

Have a pressure-lowering tea break

High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney disease. One of the best ways to drop it fast - by as much as 65% - is to drink fragrant hibiscus tea daily, studies suggest. also helpful: "Cut back on sugar, processed foods and salt," advises nutritionist Linda McCann, R.D., director of clinical Systems and Nutrition for Satellite Healthcare, which specializes in the treatment of chronic kidney disease.

Go easy on painkillers to prevent harm

When taken as directed, occasional use of aspirin and other over-the-counter painkillers does not seem to increase the risk of kidney disease. however, taking too much, too often, may cause damage. "if your doctor prescribes a daily painkiller - for example, baby aspirin to reduce your risk of heart disease- that's one thing. But you shouldn't take any painkiller regularly without her supervision," cautions Dr. Curhan."

"How healthy are your kidneys?
Simple blood and urine tests can provide the answer. Your doctor should check you yearly during a physical, or any time you are diagnosed with other conditions, like high blood pressure or diabetes, that may contribute to kidney disease, says McCann."

article by Camille Noe Pagan

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DARLENE474 3/13/2012 10:27PM

    My mom has had her kidneys checked for over 30 years because she has had high blood pressure for over 35 years. The doctor told her that 20 years ago she would be on dialysis. She held it off for several years. She has now been on dialysis for 11 years. She does not have diabetes. Besides her output being less, the symptom that told her that it was going to happen within a year was that she was extremely nauseous all the time from the toxins in her body.

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CELEST 2/17/2012 10:17AM

    Excellent medical advice. Thx

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GODZDESIGN95 2/11/2012 5:33PM

    Who called my name?? I have HBP and diabetes. I try to be careful. emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/11/2012 4:30PM

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SANDYZEE 2/11/2012 3:15PM

    Very good advice. I have all three problems. I had to call the kidney test levels to my Dr 's attentionwhen I saw how low they were on my lab tests.
He didn't think it was important enough to mention my levels were way below normal because of my age. What? However he did give me a diet sheet and info on how to eat so I was able to raise my test numbers by avoiding some of the foods that are not good for impaired kidney function. Like beans, lentils and whole grains. Who knew?
Sandy in CA emoticon

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GAMOMMY3 2/11/2012 2:29PM

    Good to know!

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BOOKWERME 2/11/2012 10:06AM

    Your Dr. is probably checking every time you have a blood test, Laurie. Be wise to ask though I suppose. emoticon

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STEADFASTNSEE 2/11/2012 10:04AM

  I'm gonna have to get them checked out. Especially me being "hydrationally challenged"! lol HUGS

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Cats protect your heart

Friday, February 10, 2012

From Woman's World (sorry..don't know date of issue)

Health News!
Cats protect your heart!
Owning a kitten or cat provides enough stress relief to lower your risk of a heart attack by 30%, according to a recent 10-year study at the Univerity of Minnesota's Stroke Institute.

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NEW-ME-IN2012 2/14/2012 4:56PM

    My dh loves our cat Dumpster! I can tell when he's stressed as he'll sit there & just pat & rub her.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/10/2012 9:54PM

    We wish!

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SUNNYWBL 2/10/2012 5:10PM

    30% times three cats equals very low chance of heart attack! emoticon

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STEADFASTNSEE 2/10/2012 12:37PM

  I've had Ras for nearly 9 years and a couple of times he nearly GAVE me a heart attack! lol. Seriously it is true that pets in general and cats specifically are wonderful stress relievers! HUGS Laurie and Rascal emoticon emoticon

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SABLENESS 2/10/2012 11:55AM

    Love it! I knew there must be some justification in serving as house staff to three cats! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOOKWERME 2/10/2012 9:02AM

    Just googled that statement hoping to document source..found more info. Really interesting!

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CHUM48 2/10/2012 9:01AM

    I believe it!

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Why you need a HUG

Thursday, February 09, 2012

In cleaning out paper accumulations I found a clipping of interest. From the June 2006 Prevention magazine page. 54

"Why you need a HUG.

"The reassuring hand you reach for in times of trouble has more power than you know: It calms areas of the brain that register alarm, finds a new study from the University of Virgina and the University of Wisconsin. Neuroscientists put 16 married women in a stressful situation (they knew they'd receive mild electric shocks). When a friendly male volunteer held their hand, scans showed less activity in the parts of the brain that respond to danger. The effect was even greater when the hand belonged to the participant's spouse.
"It may be that your mind relaxes because someone is there to help," explains lead researcher James Coan, PhD, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at UV. Other forms of touch - a hug, a shoulder rub - may also ease an anxiety-ridden experience and even reduce the amount of stress hormones the brain produces. RM"

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MSDEBBI 2/10/2012 10:29AM

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CELEST 2/10/2012 7:01AM

    How incredibly are bodies are made....I cannot understand how anyone can think that with one bang things came about and then evolved thereafter.
Fabulous blog thanks.

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TATTER3 2/10/2012 6:53AM

    I like this!!!

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STEADFASTNSEE 2/9/2012 10:41PM

  emoticon Laurie

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COOLCALLALILY 2/9/2012 10:38PM

    I need a hug.

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