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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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SMILE2HAPPINESS 12/22/2012 1:58PM

    very cute!

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GAMOMMY3 12/19/2012 1:18PM

    Nice choice! They look good.

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CELEST 12/19/2012 6:21AM

    They suit you. I battle with the new look sunglasses, with mascara on, my eyelashes sweep the glass. I also stick to the older frames which are convex and not flat.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/19/2012 1:04AM

    I like them too emoticon

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CADDYBROWN 12/18/2012 9:15PM

    I do like them. They are pretty cool looking.


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CINA-MINI 12/18/2012 6:49PM

    I really like them!

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COOLCALLALILY 12/18/2012 6:28PM

    Cute, Mom!

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TATTER3 12/18/2012 6:15PM

    Good choice!

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 12/18/2012 5:44PM

    They look nice

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DETERMINED_ME 12/18/2012 5:41PM


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ARNETTELEE 12/18/2012 5:39PM

  Very nice and stylish!

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The Tortoise and the Stairs

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I was wrong. The next Fitbit stair challenge was 75 flights in one day. emoticon I did it today. emoticon

I calculated how many flights I'd have to climb per hour over 10 hrs, 12 hrs, 14 hrs. I started just before seven a.m. and ended just before seven p.m. I just plodded along much like the tortoise in the fable. I can do one more...I can do five more. By the time I got to where I only needed 20 more, it didn't seem like so many!!! I am surprised that I am not finding the stairs more difficult at the end of the day. A few times, my heart rate seemed way up..but it also went down fast. I didn't push hard..or rush. BUT I DID IT! emoticon

The NEXT stair challenge is 100 flights in one day. Some day before too long, I will give it a try.

BTW...Fitbit says I have climbed the equivalent of the Golden Gate Bridge!

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SMILE2HAPPINESS 12/17/2012 9:38PM

    Wow! That's a lot! congrats! emoticon

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DETERMINED_ME 12/14/2012 11:52PM

    emoticon Look forward to hearing about your 100 flight day!


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CINA-MINI 12/13/2012 12:04PM

    It's nice they give you something you can relate to. Way to go!!!

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LOWCARBLINDA 12/13/2012 10:30AM

    Amazing job! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FATDADDY531 12/12/2012 7:20PM

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CELEST 12/12/2012 9:41AM

    I had to google the golden gate bridge to see HOW MUCH delight I had to feel for you. I am WAY delighted. Wow.

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WENDYSPARKS 12/12/2012 7:10AM


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STEADFASTNSEE 12/11/2012 10:28PM

  Truly a "Golden" moment for you! Way to go on your goal! HUGS

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/11/2012 8:30PM

    emoticon m emoticon

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FitBit and Stair climbing

Friday, November 23, 2012

I got my Fitbit in June and have enjoyed using it to monitor my steps and flights of stairs. It HAS challenged me to make the extra effort to get in a few more steps or a few more flights...and sometimes made me realize I hadn't moved enough that day.

With each accomplishment, Fitbit awards you a "badge". I was pleased when I first got the ten flights of stairs badge. Next was 15...whew. But I did it. I figured next would be 20, but it was more! 25! I did that by paying attention and working at it. Then came the NEXT challenge 50 flights of stairs in one day. I figured I could NEVER do that. is a mental challenge also. I kept thinking about it...and realized that I could do with that as I do with so many other things...break it down into manageable bites.

50 flights spread over 10 hours would be only five flights an hour. I can do that. That works out to one flight every 12 minutes...but I didn't see the need for that...just watching the hours.

Day before yesterday, I started during the 6 a.m. hour...and it was so much easier than I expected! I was out of the house for several hours, but had no trouble getting the flights in before and after that jaunt.

I got my 50 flights of stairs DONE right on schedule and before we went out for the evening. I got one more that night when I got home and came up to go to bed.

In 2004 when I returned to this house after two + yrs living elsewhere...I could barely climb the stairs...knees complained, I struggled up the stairs and avoided them if possible. Gradually, HAVING to climb the stairs at least once a day, but more usually more often, it got easier. Then FitBit came along. Now look what I can do...and amazingly, my knees no longer creak and complain, my hips have stopped hurting. I do still occasionally get a cramp in my foot during the night...but that mostly has subsided lately, too. No more restless leg stuff that I had a few yrs ago.

Most of all, though, I am just so pleased that I rose to the challenge and DID it! 50 flights of stairs!!! the next challenge is 100 in a flight every six minutes for ten hours. Not today...but maybe some time in the near future!

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CEEJAY0630 6/19/2014 1:29PM

    Not sure if you are still seeing this, but this was a nice inspirational story, I hate stairs, but I love the badges, so I have to shoot for the 15.....I will work on that 50 one, but that will take a little time. Thanks again

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SMILE2HAPPINESS 11/25/2012 11:52AM

    emoticon You're doing great!

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TATTER3 11/24/2012 12:49AM


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SUNNYWBL 11/23/2012 11:30PM

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PS - I got my fitbit today!

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CHANGINGEMMY 11/23/2012 11:19AM

    That's wonderful Asta!!! I'm sooo proud of you and you're optimism is contagious!!! Way to go. You will succeed the 100 flights of stairs I know you can do it!!

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CELEST 11/23/2012 9:10AM

    What an exciting challenge to have completed. I love stairs, always feel breathless and like a real winner when I do them. Cant wait to see if you manage the 100.
Tonight Im off to the beach so no doubt Ill get my fair share of exercise.

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MAMALISA1975 11/23/2012 8:34AM

    That's Awesome!!!! I'm so happy for you. emoticon

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Exercise for the BRAIN

Friday, November 16, 2012

Dr Mercola puts out all sorts of health and fitness information. Today it is about ways to protect and help your brain (and related to alzheimer's). Here is an excerpt:

"Three Major Requirements for Brain Power

Cognitive changes related to aging are actually related more to today’s diet and lifestyle, rather than to the aging process itself. As you age, the cumulative effects of environmental toxins, exposure to free radicals, poor nutrition, stress and other factors take their toll on your body. What has been called “age-related cognitive decline” is really an accumulation of this damage to your cells. But this cognitive decay is NOT set in stone!

There are three primary factors that play a powerful role in maintaining sharp mental function, even as you age:

Regular exercise
The foods you choose to eat or avoid
Managing your emotional stress

The latest studies, discussed in the following section, really underscore just how important exercise is in order for your brain to function optimally. You already know how important it is to “exercise” your brain by learning new skills, adopting new and varied daily routines, and engaging in creative activities. Such mental and social exercises stimulate brain activity and promote new neural connections. However, physical exercise is even more important than mental exercise, when it comes to protecting your brain from cognitive decline."

The headline is "Forget Crosswords, this is the Best "Workout For Your Brain."
I think it is good information for all of us! Have a look for yourself.

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TATTER3 11/17/2012 7:37AM

    It all works together!

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CADDYBROWN 11/16/2012 6:58PM

    Very interesting. I definitely need to get more greens in this body. Thanks for sharing the article.

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SUGARSMOM2 11/16/2012 2:44PM

  love this site . good reading .

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MOMOSG 11/16/2012 10:05AM

    I read fairly often from Dr. Mercola's web site. There is so much information about health, especially regarding how good nutrition and exercise can allow you to really take control of your own health. Most of what I read on that site makes so much sense. Overall I feel I've learned a great deal by regularly reading what he posts.

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PYNETREE 11/16/2012 8:25AM

    Great article, thanks for sharing. Maybe this will spur me to make exercise a regular part of my day.

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Cayenne for a cure?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A friend posted this interests me both for the cancer link but also because it mentions the other uses of cayenne. I take it for my heart (have been for several years onw) and discovered it was protecting my hands from arthritis pain...I didn't know I had arthritis in my hands till I ran out of cayenne. Have a look. It is very interesting (in my opinion anyway!)

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TATTER3 11/14/2012 5:30PM

    Natural remedies are so interesting!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/13/2012 5:02PM

    Very interesting, thanks.

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CELEST 11/13/2012 12:07PM

    I loved this article. I'm one of those people who put cayenne on everything from my eggs to my salads. Its a permanent in my grocery cupboard.

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MOMOSG 11/13/2012 10:41AM

    Thanks for sharing! I have read various things about cayenne being good to eat, however, not much about what I've read has stuck with me. Time to read up on it again!

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FATDADDY531 11/13/2012 9:39AM

    I met a brother at Dist. Conv. who would eat cayenne on most of his food. He was bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider. Most peoples flesh deteriorate around the bite but his did not. His Doctor did confirm that a BRS did indeed make the bite, however he was amazed that this brother did not have any tissue damage. Eventually he mentioned to the Dr. that he eats a lot of cayenne and the Dr. said he had heard that it can act as an anti-venom in some people!

Thanks for the article Asta!

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