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Day 16 - Get enough sleep

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

This one will be easy. We'll be at a motel tonight, with none of our regular responsibilities, and we always get a really good rest. Working hard right now to get the trailer and suitcases packed means we're expending a lot of energy, which will help as well.

I'll write next when we reach Missouri!

Get some good sleep tonight, everyone!

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CHRIMSONFYRE 1/23/2014 6:56AM

    Safe travels!

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WEEDERGOOSE 1/23/2014 1:49AM

    Safe travels! Looking forward to hearing your tales of adjusting to Missouri!

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DEEEBEE 1/23/2014 12:32AM

    Welcome to Missouri!

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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8HABIT 1/22/2014 1:53PM

    I like your goals! They make me smile.

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Day 15 - five 60 second bursts of energy

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

1. Drink a tall glass of water. Too easy! Drinking for 60 seconds????
2. Twist it out.
3. Take a deep breath. Done. As a singer (and former trombone player), I know a lot about breathing deeply, breath management, and how to take little "sips' of air. However, now I have some residual gunk in my lungs from a bad cold, and each of my deep breaths resulted in coughing... I believe that's actually helpful.
4. Do 20 jumping jacks. The spirit is willing but the knees and bladder are weak.
5. Smile
6. Go outside
7. Put on a favorite song
8. Sit up straighter. Done
9.Be grateful. Done
10. Tell a joke. Nah... that's embarrassing! I have lousy timing.
11. do 10 pushups
12. Encourage someone. Done - Went with husband today while he repaired a sewing machine. I talked to the husband who has alzheimer's. All four of us feel better for the contact.
13. Set a goal for the day. To clean off the kitchen desk:
14. Focus on one thing you love. I hope I have time today!
15. Wash your hands. Done.
16. Compliment a stranger. I won't be seeing any strangers today, but I make a game of trying to make sales clerks and wait-staff smile when we are doing business. It gives us both a lift!

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WEEDERGOOSE 1/23/2014 1:45AM

    Wow! You gals are impressive and motivating. Grace, thank you for the modified jumping jacks; I have gout injured joints and can't jump. I'll try those. Now I will need to make a to do list that lists chores interspersed with exercises!

I also love what you did for the Alzheimer's couple. It is a very difficult illness for both the patient and the care giver. My Mom died of Alzheimer complications and I have also dealt with it in hospice work.

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LADYBUG1943 1/22/2014 1:36AM

    "Twist again, like you did last summer.... just twist again, like you did last year." emoticon emoticon

I didn't do them all... just the ones I marked "done." Didn't get the kitchen desk cleaned; made progress, but we've been piling stuff up there all week, so it was 6 inches high.

BTW, did you decide to get the Spark Tracker?

It was the husband that had Alzheimer's, and he is such a nice man. It really make you feel bad, both the one who has it and their caretaker.

Don't know how well I'll keep up with everything in Missouri, but I'm going to try. I'll be reading, even if I'm not writing.

I can do about three regular pushups, and then I'm dead. I do the wall or counter pushups too. Actually, they can be done in rest stop restrooms!


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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 1/21/2014 7:44PM

    Your completed list is mind boggling! I can't do regular pushups anymore, just "counter pushups". As for the jumping jacks, I do "modified jacks". Here's a description from the Livestrong website :

"Your Typical Low-Impact Jack
The standard low-impact variation on jumping jacks is also known as a side jack. Instead of jumping to spread your feet, then jumping to bring your feet back together, substitute a heel tap to the side for each jump out. So instead, your foot movements are right heel out, feet together, left heel out, feet together."

I didn't understand what # 2, about the "twist" meant.

I love what you did for the lady with Alzheimer's. emoticon

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Days 13 and 14....

Monday, January 20, 2014

Check out these easy leg lifts, Day 13 assignment:

I didn't do the leg lifts yesterday, because I'd done fifty lunges [modified] during the days and my thighs were hurting. I am going to do them today, and try to remember them, 'cause they're a handy tool when you've been sitting all day and haven't exercised.

The good news is I've been consistent with exercise so many days that I'm now getting antsy when I've been too lazy. I love that feeling, don't you?

I've had a busy day today. Visit with a good friend and then a vocal lesson, which takes three hours because of the drive distance. So.... voice is back, muscles are fired up and it's only 6:20 p.m. Just got back from a walk. The temperature here is about 60, perfect for a good walk.

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Day 14 - Make time for exercise. I satisfied that with the above walk, planned for in the middle of a busy day. We're packing for our next trip to Missouri, and any "off" time seems to make me a little antsy, with the feeling I should be staying on the task of getting things ready to pack.

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TRUCKERSMRS 1/21/2014 4:12AM

    Loving your enthusiasm and motivation when you haven't been as mobile as you would like.
You're doing great.

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 1/20/2014 9:03PM

    It's refreshing to see how enthusiastic you are. You're a great role model for the rest of us!
We do those leg lifts in my class. We do 8 with each leg, then 4, then 2, then 8 singles and then 2/4/8 again. So we do a total of 36 leg lifts with each leg.
We also did lunges today, but I didn't count them and we don't do them in every class. Next class I'll do chair squats instead.

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8HABIT 1/20/2014 8:25PM

    Way to go!! emoticon

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Day 12 - Interval Walking

Saturday, January 18, 2014

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I've missed a day, so I'll talk about day 11, which was to concentrate on relaxation techniques. I've been doing a morning yoga routine for several years, and have trained myself to know how to relax. As I did my routine this morning, I noticed how much my body needed it, especially after a two day absence. The first thing I did is completely relax on the floor, and it took a while because my body hurt. It's surprising how hard it can be sometimes just to completely relax on the floor. In fact, when I first get up OFF the floor after various stretches, I still hurt, but the lasting effect is being free from arthritic and muscle pain for the day.

I'll be back to talk about Day 12...

Just got back from my interval walk, drinking my spinach smoothie and feeling virtuous. I didn't follow the plan exactly, since the guideline relied on minutes, and I do it by counting steps. One hundred steps is about a minute, but when I speed up with the intervals of hard work, of course 100 steps is a shorter period of time. I love getting out for a walk, so I can't figure out why I procrastinate doing it. Thanks to blogging accountability, I got forced out the door today.

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DEEEBEE 1/19/2014 11:39PM

    Good job(s)! I'm glad to hear that yoga helps with arthritis. I don't have it, but I'm glad to know that. You really are doing well!

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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ARTY1934 1/19/2014 7:26AM

    You said, "I love getting out for a walk, so I can't figure out why I procrastinate doing it." A world class runner once said that often the hardest part of his run was putting his foot out the front door. Many mornings during my fitness walking days, the only part of my long walk I disliked was the warm-up. So you aren't alone in this.

Yoga - when I could get down on the floor I loved the floor exercises, and had a hard time understanding those that didn't like them. Speaking of a good feeling and stretch, I loved the child pose.

I agree with Grace. You ARE doing Great!

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 1/18/2014 8:34PM

    You're doing a great job! Keep it up!

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January challenge: Winter Wellness

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Right now, I'm failing on this challenge, so I'm going to have to start blogging to make myself accountable. I love these challenges, but I'm five days behind on this one. I try to do them in order, but sometimes am tempted to check off the ones that don't require exercise, because I usually do those all the time anyway.

But to get specific..... the challenge I haven't addressed yet is "10 smart ways to Burn More Calories." I'll come back and report when I've read the article and finished the exercise.

The two I've chosen to do are "Focus" and "Don't Work Too Hard." I do need to focus better. I ponder about a million things when I either do yoga (which erases the good meditative effect of yoga) or other exercises. The "Don't Work Too Hard" addresses my consistency. I will neglect exercise for several days then try to catch up by doing too many minutes in one day. I got away with that when I was younger, but now it plays havoc with my joints.

End of Day: I did 20 minutes on the elliptical, and helped my concentration by doing interval workout. My first "all-out" effort was 1 minute to get my heart going, the subsequent ones were 15 seconds at a time, waiting a full minute till the next one. Twenty minutes goes fast when I'm playing games like that. My second exercise was indoor walking, while I walked around the house putting things away. I put real effort into this, borrowing ideas for Leslis Sansone's "Walking Away the Pounds" videos, even having about 15 minutes or so using weights. It's an interesting exercise unloading the washer while doing side-to-side kneelifts! I'm glad there are no hidden cameras in my house.

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8HABIT 1/18/2014 12:20PM

    Congratulations! You are doing great!

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JAOTAO 1/16/2014 3:18PM

    Understand this... I'm looking to build endurance and steps and sometimes overdo it on one day. So now I am focusing on 4000 steps for one month (while keeping up the tracker, water, etc.). I think these challenges keep us in awareness of what we're doing so we don't fall back asleep to good habits!


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GRANPATTIE 1/16/2014 3:09PM

    I completely understand!!!!

Speaking of winter, we actually had snow on the ground when I woke up this morning. Well, it was after 11:00 when I woke up, so I missed seeing it fall, but it was there. It is completely gone now! But it was pretty.

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ANDREA0301 1/16/2014 2:32PM

    You can do it!!!


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