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Restorative Yoga and New Resolve

Monday, March 24, 2014

A little over a week ago I started attending a restorative yoga class that is offered at the fitness center I attend free with my Silver Sneakers benefit to my insurance. Before I started doing it I was finding myself barely able to walk around. My knee was extremely sore along with most of my right leg. I felt I was walking off balance. It made it very hard to get into exercising or doing anything healthy.

After the first hour of the yoga I found myself almost walking normal again. The pain was greatly diminished and I could walk much better. In a couple of days a lot of the pain was back though and I found it hard to sleep again.

The next day I did the class again. It was the same results again only this time the pain and loss of balance did not return as much and as quickly. I did fairly well over the weekend.

I had planned to go to another session today. School is starting up again tomorrow after break and I had a lot to do to get ready. At 11:00 I started to tell myself that I didn't have time for the yoga and that I should just keep working on school stuff. Then I realized that if I did that I would end up back where I was before. I pushed myself out of the chair and went to class. I have to put myself before my school and other responsibilities. I owe myself this hour three times a week.

The yoga class is often difficult. It is not extremely painful to hold some of the poses but definitely uncomfortable. I am wore out after the hour. But then as I walk out I realize the pain is much less and today I even felt a spring in my step.

I plan to continue this yoga at least three days a week and see where it goes. It is offered MWF at 11:30. I have a class to teach on Friday so will no longer be able to attend that one until school is out, but I plan to find a youtube video for it or just do it myself in my exercise room on that day. I might even add in a couple of other days as time goes on.

I can't believe what a difference it has made in how I feel. All of the sitting and grading has paid a toll on my body this semester. I owe it to myself to counteract this. I was beginning to feel like I walked like an 80 year old.

It is difficult for me to get my head around the fact that an hour of uncomfortable effort can result in such a reduction in pain. I look forward to how I will feel six months for now. I need to tell myself that when I make excuses for why I cannot do the yoga.

We deserve time to invest in ourselves no matter what we have to do!

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NORWOODGIRL 3/29/2014 10:11PM

    You always find the most interesting things - about diets, about exercise, about all kinds of things! Thank you emoticon

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SHEENADEE 3/26/2014 5:32PM

    Wow! It's great that you found such a good remedy. I wish I could get my husband to try restorative yoga. I really think it would help some of his aches.

Keep it up!

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1BEACHWALKER 3/26/2014 1:34AM

    That is great!! Good for you! Since doing stretching, and some of the yoga I have found online is in a chair. Just look up chair yoga and it really does help me! Just like the chiropractic is helping me back. I just got to neglecting my back care over the past months-used to go once a month, thinking I could get by and just keep up the walking & other exercise...but, no my back and knees wouldn't have that. So, it does help! So keep it up!
Glad to hear your greenhouse is coming along, by the way. My planting may or may not happen, depends on my husband getting inspired to help with it. He is a minimalist, the less we have, the less we have to take care of. In some ways, that is ok with me, as I get older. emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 3/25/2014 9:50AM

    Good for you! Keep up the good work. I have checked our community center and they do have yoga classes and take Silver Sneakers so I may be signing up to see if I can do this. Thanks for the heads up! emoticon

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SWEETLIPS 3/25/2014 9:06AM

    I too am enjoying restorative yoga and the benefits have so far been beneficial. I so appreciate this form. Soon, it will not be difficult or awkward and you will flow. Best wishes to you. You do matter!

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My New Greenhouse with pics - finally!!

Saturday, February 01, 2014

What a day this has been. I wanted to do the blog yesterday but my ISP was down. I needed to do work on my course today but my computer refused to start. Windows was able to restore to a previous setting but then Norton did not work. After being on Chat with a very helpful Norton Rep for a couple of hours tonight everything work great again. I think he did several things that also make my computer run much faster. I have been having problems with this one for several months now. Figured it was slowly dying.

Anyway, here are the pics of the greenhouse that I promised days ago. One picture includes my hub and my grandson who put the greenhouse up. What a job that was. It took three full weekends.

I am now working on installing shelves in it and then I will start little plants for spring. I am really looking forward to that part.

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NORWOODGIRL 3/29/2014 10:10PM

    Wonderful! I hope you also show some photos of it in use (hint hint hint). There is so much snow here that I can't even get to the door of my greenhouse. Usually I try to get some of my plant started during the first week in April. Not this year....sigh.

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MPN5621 3/8/2014 8:51PM

    What an awesome greenhouse! emoticon emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 2/9/2014 1:30AM

    Lucky you. Ours collapsed during a snow storm a few years ago.

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NORWOODGIRL 2/5/2014 11:03PM

    That green house looks amazing! Mine is much smaller - not nearly as nice as yours - but I love it. Hope you have a wonderful time growing your garden and enjoying the results!

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MICHELELYNN777 2/4/2014 9:25AM

    Wow! They did a great job with the greenhouse! You will have lots of room for baby plants :)

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ALIHIKES 2/3/2014 12:04PM

    Very nice! Love the pictures, and it is a spacious and lightfilled place for your plants

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NELLJONES 2/2/2014 9:06AM

    Looks great!

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HOLLYM48 2/2/2014 8:39AM

    Nice. Can't wait to see what kinds of plants you will be growing in there!

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1BEACHWALKER 2/2/2014 1:20AM

    Wow...I bet that was a job! Very nice! You have lots of room for all kinds of plants!! emoticon
Hope your computer is problem free from now on! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 2/2/2014 12:18AM

    Way cool!! Looks great!!

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-ICANDOIT- 2/1/2014 10:42PM

    Wow! I will hope for some gardening blog updates! Enjoy!

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AMBUDMAN 2/1/2014 9:56PM

    Keep us post on how it works, looks great. emoticon

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DOING-IT4ME 2/1/2014 9:42PM

    Very nice! You'll be able to start lots of plants in that!!

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Should we think of our weight as a range rather than a set point?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Last week while reading (I am not sure where I read it) I read that it is better to think of your weight as a weight range rather than a set point. This makes a lot of sense to me. It can explain the day to day fluctuations that we all have experienced and give us a way to measure anyway without stress.

I like to weight each day. I find I do better that way. If you think of your weight as a normal 3 point spread say you worry when you go over the spread and celebrate when you set the spread lower, but don't sweat the small fluctuations within the spread.

I have been doing that for the last week and find it works very well. I do pay attention to the small ups and downs to see if there is a pattern developing, but don't have the stress when I see changes and am still able to weight each day. It is working for me so I thought I would share.

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JENNY888 1/26/2014 2:21AM

    I notice my weight seems to fluctuate about that amount. I'm not even sure where I read the original article or how much it suggested. I don't think it did.

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NORWOODGIRL 1/25/2014 10:46PM

    I like daily weighing. I've been trying to weigh in weekly but it is driving me crazy - and it seems to make me less accountable about what I eat.
Thanks for sharing the thought of weight as a range. Is the 3 pound range a figure that you picked because it works for you or was it recommended as what is normal for weight to fluctuate?

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1BEACHWALKER 1/17/2014 6:08PM

    The experts say staying within 5 pounds once you reach your goal, you are doing good. So, I go by that even now when I am on vacation (like I am now), or good for holidays,etc. I weigh everyday too, because it keeps me focused. I have tried it both ways, and it works best for me.
Also, your body can reach a set point on its own, that is not good and hard to get off of. I think I am there now, used to be in this weight range 20 years ago for many years and it likes it. Really, it's true...the body uses it as a way to protect itself. Until you work hard to get it below it.
Keep going! We can do it!!! Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend! I will be back fulltime soon.

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STEPH24379 1/17/2014 11:14AM

    I like this......thank you for sharing. I had a great week, worked out, ate good and felt great. Stepped on the scale this morning and I was 2 lbs. UGH emoticon
I try very hard not to let the number get me down. And use the scale as just a tool . I am going to start looking at it as a set point . Have a great weekend!

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GRAMMYEAC 1/17/2014 8:42AM

    Great concept! I shall try to think of it that way too.

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Less stress, more learning, a new attitude -- don't miss TED talks!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

I am generally a very competitive person. I am finding myself in 2014 being much less so. For example when I do Trivia on Spark which I do daily I used to hate missing a question. Now I just look at it as a chance to read more and learn more and don't stress about my average on Trivia. Does it matter? Isn't it the knowledge which really counts.

I am working more on this attitude on everything. I watched an interesting TED talk about how stress is not a bad thing for your health if you looked at it the right way. You have to see it as your body experiencing something helpful rather than stressing over stress. I am not sure I am explaining this correctly and only have a small grasp on the concept, but I do find just knowing about it is making a difference in how I am living my life.

If anyone is interested in the TED talk it is one by Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend. You can go and listen to the talk. If you haven't tried TED talks be sure to do so. They can be very informative and inspiring. I find then one of my favorite things to do on the Internet. You can also get the TED app to hear the talks. If you have a slow ISP connection you can download the talks before hearing and seeing them. I especially appreciate that as my connection is very unreliable.

In the talk it was stated that stress can cause a 43% greater chance of death. In a study those who saw there stress positively did not experience this greater chance of death.

When I heard the talk it strengthened my belief that God knows what is best for me. Stress I might be experiencing might make me stronger not weaker if I look at it that way. What an exciting concept.


January 1 - I must think of it as a holiday

Friday, January 03, 2014

I started the year with the best intentions. I wanted to start a streak of walking 30 minutes a day. Guess what--first day I blew it. First the Rose Parade and then visitors kept me from getting it done. No excuse. I could have done it. That night I felt bad about not even keeping the first day but instead I made sure I did it today. I decided I must have needed one day of holiday before starting. Also I realized I must get it done first things in the day if it is consistently to be done.

I really enjoyed the time on the treadmill. I realized I could plug in my tablet for sound and place it on the small book rack on the front. After watching a Dr. Oz show previously recorded on the TV in my exercise room I played a game of Bingo at one of the online casinos. It was a fun way to pass the running time.


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