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123...Balance and Jump

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

emoticonFor many years I could do neither. I taught my oldest grandson to play hop scotch and had to explain the hopping part as I was unable to actually do in. My balance has been awful for a long time, too. I know I have some limitations due to ms, fibromyalgia and arthritis, but it occurred to me that maybe if I just tried to do better I could become stronger and better balanced. So, I started standing on one foot most days for a time challenge. I actually managed to balance for one minute finally on my right foot. emoticon I'm still not there on the left. And, I started doing jumping jacks as one of my commercial activities. At first I really couldn't get off the ground. But, now I can do 25 at a time. What a thrill to see that progress. I think I'll buy a jump rope to see if I can do that as well. emoticon I still can't hop on one foot, but I'm working on that, too. Little by little I'm getting stronger and better coordinated. I know this has helped me avoid some falls. When I've lost my balance recently I was able to catch myself before hitting the floor or trail or pavement. That has been so awesome. emoticon So, I'm learning to try more and more. SP has really helped and encouraged me along the way. emoticon So, a big thank you friends, pros and fellow travelers out there in SP land. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANNE-ELIZ 4/8/2011 12:56AM

    That's great news! So much of the time, once we have difficulty, we drop the activity from our repertoire. emoticon on finding safe ways to try some of these things out!

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Sleepless nights

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Every week or two I seem to have a sleepless night. This night has been one of those. After laying there for a few hours I decided it was time to just get up and do something useful. I blame this night on fibromyalgia and ms exacerbations possibly from a lot more walking/hiking than I'm used to doing. So, time to change it up a bit. No walk today for me. I may hit the elliptical this afternoon, but this morning I'm going to babysit two of my little grandchildren. Rocky, age 6, wants me to play board games, hide and seek and Wii. Ziva, age 16 months, wants me to help her play with her toys and take many pairs of her shoes on and off. So, I know there will be exercise involved in my morning and I'm hoping the change from past several days will be welcomed by this groaning body. Have a great day....and a peaceful night tonight!

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RURAL3 4/6/2011 10:36AM

    Hope your day was great and you did get some rest with those 2. emoticon My mom and my sister both had MS so I can identify with your struggle.

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NURSNANA 4/5/2011 5:49PM

    Hey Barbara, I feel the same way today! It wasn't my fibro or arthritis that kept me awake. We had a storm moving through with high winds, thunder and lightening and heavy rain! We have in the past had 2 trees fall on our home! So, I get nervous when we have a big storm with high winds. My hubby slept through the storm! I plan to get to bed early tonight!

I understand what you are going through my friend. I have to pace myself with exercise, and sometimes I just way over do it. If I have an energy spurt, I just get on a roll and clean everything in sight almost. This can cause me several days of pain and exhaustion and difficulty sleeping.

Hope you get some good sleep tonight.


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GRAMLORI 4/5/2011 11:20AM

    Boy, do I hear you on this one! When I don't get sleep--for any reason--the fibro kicks my behind! Those are the days we need to just take a step back and listen to our bodies. There are some pains that it is not good to work through...and learning to tell the difference is the worst! Hope you feel better, and enjoy those precious grandkids!!

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Hiking in a snow storm

Monday, April 04, 2011

Sunday afternoon the weather turned from stormy to sunny, hooray! emoticon emoticon So, we decided to take a little hike up a nearby paved trail. We read many of the dedications in Memory Grove, but then we started in earnest up the trail beside a little river. It was beautiful with the snow covered trees bordering our path. The sunshine disappeared early on and soon we found ourselves in a snowstorm. emoticon Wind caused the snow to really blast our faces and clothing. Though we turned around a bit sooner than we'd planned, my pedometer assured me I had more than 12,000 steps emoticon and my watch reminded me we had been out for more than two hours emoticon (thanks in part to our exploring the various war memorials). We were cold and tired when we got back to our little condo, emoticon emoticonbut we were elated to have spent the time outdoors and getting a bit of fresh air and exercise. It was a glorious beginning to what I pray will be a very active week. We'll see. Hope your week has gotten off to a great beginning, too. Blessings. emoticon emoticon


Lacing up and heading out

Saturday, April 02, 2011

The sun will be shining in just a few hours here. Though I really should try to get a little more shut eye before starting my day in earnest, I feel a certain enthusiasm that is making me especially eager for the day. The sun has been shining for a few days now which means the trails should be far less muddy than last weekend. So, we'll be off on another fun adventure sometime today. I can't wait to lace up those boots and breathe in that fresh air as we wind our way up and out of the city. Have a great weekend everyone!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 4/2/2011 6:18PM

    Enjoy yours, too!

Nancy...WOW Your Husband team

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I feel sick...I must remember this

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

So, I was cruising along following a healthy meal plan when a disgusting little marshmallowy treat called my name. I bought the box for the grandkids, oops. What makes me think that if something is bad for me it will be any better for those little ones? Anyway, I ate one. It wasn't very big and it wasn't all that many calories in the great scheme of things. But, I realized it did put me slightly above my day's allotment...ouch! Not only that, but I feel so sick at the moment. I'm heading down to my gym to see if I can work a little of this sickness through my body. Did I learn anything? Not really too much new, actually. But, every so often I seem to need to veer off track to remind me of how much better I function and feel when I stay on course. But, the bigger wake up call today was the realization that just cuz I'm Grandma, that doesn't mean I should be feeding those precious little ones things that are so bad for them! Maybe I'll do better next time. Hope so.

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KAZINMICH 3/31/2011 9:53PM

    When it comes to food, I am a horrible mom. I always make sure to have fresh fruit of my daughters choice on hand, and some frozen and canned too. I always encourage the healthy stuff. But I still bought and allowed the bad stuff too. Now my daughter is a teen and I"m eating healthier than I have in my life, and my husband is too, and my daughter, well, she's not too happy about it. I told her I will start little, but eventually all the bad choices will be gone. The horrible ones are completely gone already...

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SUCCESSIN2011 3/31/2011 11:03AM

    This is a really good reminder with Easter just around the corner. Instead of buying the "chocolate" eggs, I am focusing on non sweet treats - I found Play Doh (for the little one) that comes in Easter containers (bunny, chicken) and bubbles in a spill proof Easter container. The older ones are harder - and they do love their chocolate !

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TELLITFORWARD 3/31/2011 1:41AM

  I have three grands. Sure, we go for ice cream once in a blue moon, but we don't have much junk around. Not good for them. They all appreciate things like really good dark chocolate, veggies raw from the garden, brown rice, no high fructose corn syrup, and of course, really good ice cream! There are good alternatives to the total junk, and treats are good for us all sometimes. It's that sometimes I'm working on. :)

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MEADSBAY 3/30/2011 6:24PM

    Why, thank you for the wise words-
I needed that reminder.
We want healthy grandchildren, don't we?

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/30/2011 4:44PM

    emoticon getting to the gym. Way to change those habits!

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RETURNOFSARAH 3/30/2011 4:42PM

    Sounds like a great realisation. I never thought of it like that either. I'm not a Grandma... or even a mum (I'm only 21 hehe).. but what you said makes sense! xx

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