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Coach Nicole's Fit, Firm and Fired Up

Saturday, February 20, 2010

I just got my free video Coach Nicole's Fit, Firm and Fired Up for ordering The Spark. I have done the first 10 minute workout of seven to be done in a week. It's hard to believe that something this much fun with such great, clear directions and demonstrations can make a difference. But, I believe, because nothing on Spark People so far has disappointed me. I know this is a video I will use again and again because of the versatility of focusing on just one body area or using all the videos for really challenging full body work-out. I also learned more about stretching at the end of a workout, something I've been trying to do without much background.
Last night I was watching a video from The Teaching Company called It's about the Calories. The professor teaching the course (this was a 30 minute excerpt) answered the question: What is the best exercise to do? with ONE YOU ENJOY. It has taken me years to finally find a variety of exercises I do enjoy and feeling good when I sweat!
I feel fortunate to have found all of these resources at a time in my life when many people are slowing down and signing out of active participation in life. I plan to celebrate my 65th birthday in April with a 65 mile bike ride and 65 sun salutations.


I really shouldn't complain about the snow.

Friday, February 19, 2010

I really shouldn't complain about the snow. It does make things look lovely and dampens the noises of suburban living.
Today in yoga, our instructor reminded us that winter is a time of dormancy for nature. She suggested we take a page from nature's book and use this time for self-reflection, meditation and stillness.
I love exercise and stillness is a challenge. However, several years ago, I broke my leg quite dramatically 17 pins and 3 plates and three surgeries and 6 months before every thing was functioning again. As you can imagine, I was forced in stillness and learned a lot from it. The snow keeps me somewhat home-bound and the stillness of the gently falling snow reminds me of the stillness that can come into my heart, mind and soul and become a source of energy for facing the challenges of life.
I really shouldn't complain about the snow.

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CELESTEBF 2/20/2010 4:08PM

    That sounds like a really bad break. It sounds like you turned it into something positive - time to reflect and slow down, it speaks to your strength as a person.

I am loving the snow here because I've been out snoe shoeing, cross-country skiing, and taboganning.

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Pain and its message

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Found this on a web site called Dailly OM:
When we feel pain, our first impulse is often to eradicate it with medication. This is an understandable response, but sometimes in our hurry to get rid of pain, we forget that it is the bodyís way of letting us know that it needs our attention. A headache can inform us that weíre hungry or stressed just as a sore throat might be telling us that we need to rest our voice. If we override these messages instead of respond to them, we risk worsening our condition. In addition, we create a feeling of disconnectedness between our minds and our bodies.

Physical pain is not the only kind of pain that lets us know our attention is needed. Emotional pain provides us with valuable information about the state of our psyche, letting us know that we have been affected by something and that we would do well to focus our awareness inward. Just as we tend to a cut on our arm by cleaning and bandaging it, we treat a broken heart by surrounding ourselves with love and support. In both cases, if we listen to our pain we will know what to do to heal ourselves. Itís natural to want to resist pain, but once we understand that it is here to give us valuable information, we can relax a bit more, and take a moment to listen before we reach for medication. Sometimes this is enough to noticeably reduce the pain, because its message has been heard. Perhaps we seek to medicate pain because we fear that if we donít, it will never go away. It can be empowering to realize that, at least some of the time, it is just a matter of listening and respond! ing.

The next time you feel pain, either physical or emotional, you might want to try listening to your own intuition about how to relieve your pain. Maybe taking a few deep breaths will put an end to that headache. Perhaps writing in your journal about hurt feelings will ease your heart. Ultimately, the message of pain is all about healing.


A Real Valentine Story

Monday, February 15, 2010

On Sunday, February, my husband and I attended a Valentine wedding. (The bride's last name was Valentine) held on the 50th anniversary of her parents' wedding which was also on a Sunday. Her mother made her wedding gown and covered it with the lace from her gown of 50 years ago. There was even enough lace left to cover the ring pillows. The bride's nephews were ring bearers. The groom was a widower and his grown daughter was "best woman." The bride's brother was one of her attendants and played a violin accompaniment on an instrument he had created. The love between these two people was palpable at the wedding and reception. I don't think I have ever seen a happier bride and groom or a more beautiful expression of what a wedding and marriage are about. I wish all of you the opportunity to see how love can transform a person, a family and a community.

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    Oh Yes, That is a really nice story, and it must have been a very beautiful occasion. Thanks for sharing this with us. What a wonderful way to begin a new life together. I wish this couple the very best for many, many, happy years together.

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REDGRAMA 2/15/2010 7:09PM

    NOW, that's what I call ROMANTIC. What an incredible real
" Love Story " Thank you so much for sharing that with us,and
how lucky you were to be able to be a part of it,and witness
it first hand.
Hugs & love.

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TEXASFILLY 2/15/2010 4:01PM

    Thanks for sharing a beautiful Valentine's story! This just goes to show that there are no coincidences in life. ;)

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Yoga for Real!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The more I learn about yoga and yoga practice, the more impressed I am by this ancient practice. It is not still around just because it's popular in the West right now. The purpose of the yoga poses originally was to prepare the body and mind for meditation. Now we focus more on the poses (asanas) and give some time to meditation with savasana (corpse pose) at the end of our practice. Today, I had the privilege of have a wonderful FULL yoga practice. We began with 30 minutes of asanas, then sang two different songs in Sanskrit (we had the words on paper), then a chant to start a 20 minutes meditation time. When the chimes indicated the end of meditation, I thought only a few minutes has passed. I walked out of the studio with a deep sense of serenity and power. This experience will encourage me to use more time each day for meditation. I know the feeling of serenity and power is really feeling centered and acting from my center. I wish you all the opportunity to experience such practice. Namaste (the divine in me greets the divine in you.)

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CELESTEBF 2/13/2010 10:26PM

    Namaste CaroleJean64. Thank you for sharing this, it sounds lovely. My teacher went to Egypt for two weeks so I am challenging myself to a more full on home practice while she is away.

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