Monday, December 19, 2011
"Above all, do not lose your desire to walk," said SÝren Kierkegaard, the 19th-century Danish philosopher. "Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness."
My sister has invited [and introduced] me to the world of Pinterest. I love some of the ideas or information gleaned so far.
This was quite interesting:
Now I know it's going to be WAY to small so here is what it says:
WALK YOUR WAY TO BETTER HEALTH:
Boosts endorphins, easing stress, tension, anger, fatigue, and confusion in 10 minutes
Reduces glaucoma risk
Halves Alzheimer's disease risk over 5 years
Limits sickness by halving odds of catching a cold
Improves heart health by increasing heart rate and circulation
Improves blood pressure by five points
Engages AB muscles
Limits colon cancer by 31% for women
Improves balance--preventing falls
Works arm and shoulder muscles
Builds bone mass, reducing risk of osteoporosis
Strengthens legs, including quadriceps, hip flexors, and hamstrings
Burns more fat than jogging
Only 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week can make you healthier and happier.
Doesn't that just make you want to GO FOR A WALK????
I also read an excellent article in a Health Magazine today while waiting for Nate's surgery. The name of the article was called, "Stand Up for Your Health" by Arianne Cohen and GUESS WHAT! I found it online. I found this quite interesting and again it makes me want to MOVE, or at least STAND!!!!!
Got LOADS done today in the kitchen--moving, cooking, baking, cleaning for 5 hours, but unfortunately did NOT get my walk in today. Tomorrow I WILL walk!
Thanks again for all your prayers for my sweet son. We got to the hospital at 6:00 a.m. and left at noon. Nate feels GREAT! In fact, against his mother's better judgment, he went to the company Christmas party tonight--his brother drove so that's a positive. Nate is a very hard person to keep down! ha! Anyway, he's doing great, and may even be able to go back to work [no lifting or heavy stuff for 3 months] in 2 weeks.
Love to you all!
Friday, December 16, 2011
LOVE came down from heaven as a baby for US! WOW, taking on the form of human flesh, GOD BECAME MAN--and dwelt among us! The LORD of glory, the Creator of HEAVEN AND EARTH--the WORD becomes flesh! Mind-boggling! I hope that during this busy time of the year, you take a few moments and reflect on the greatest gift ever given to man--Jesus.
And CAN you imagine being Mary--kissing the face of God! Oh, what wonder!
Well, yesterday something very remarkable happened to me too. Heaven came down in the form of a DEAR, DEAR SparkFriend!
We met for coffee during my son's orthodontist appt. She is SO wonderful--my sweet Evelyn [EHADFELD]! It's our second time of spending time together, but somehow connecting through Spark makes me feel as though I've known her all my life! I feel such a bond with this dear lady!
Well, she did something EXTRAORDINARY!! I was amazed, stunned and ALMOST speechless!!!! She spent 30 hours praying for me AS she knitted me a prayer shawl! Can you imagine!
WORDS simply cannot convey the depth of emotion I feel right now!!!!!
Thank you seems so inadequate, but I, with my WHOLE heart, thank you Evelyn! May God bless you a 1000-fold for your generosity and prayers for me! And, thank you, for EVER sparking me with new enthusiasm!!!
Thank you, SparkFriends, for allowing me to share this VERY special moment with you.
P.S. THANK YOU for all your prayers for Nate. He has surgery on Monday! Blessings to you all for your thoughts and prayers during this time.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Well, I had a horrible day yesterday! I have been FIGHTING these hormonal menopausal upsets for days, and yesterday was just 'too much' for me! Everything that I tried to do to keep my mind and hands OCCUPIED failed, and I indulged WAY TOO FREELY in the Christmas goodies! My knee and ankle are *still* giving me grief, so I haven't been exercising [AND this week is the 'consistent exercise--live the good life' challenge on Winter 5% teams]. SAD, SAD, SAD about my lack of participation in the challenge!!!!
Oh, HOPING that today is a better day! I still very blue! And at my ABSOLUTE favorite time of the year! I desperately want to be through this time [menopause] in my life. My mother keeps telling me that 'this too shall pass' and I'm very much looking forward to that time!!!
Since I can't end on such a bleak note, I'll tell you about having my girlfriend over for supper the other night. My dh is gone for a week on a business trip, and her husband is working out of town, so we were able to have a 'girl's night' with the kiddos. She is a retired teacher and ADORES children! We had a lovely time, and she taught me to make wreathes. Here is a picture of the wreath we made:
Sunday we had a very nice 4-H meeting making gift baskets, pizza party and then Christmas caroling at the nursing home. SO nice!
This morning we see a second surgeon to get another opinion about Nate. Since his bone looks like it's about to pop through his skin, we are leaning on the surgery route and it seems that God has given us several confirmations about that. Thank you for your prayers.
Much love to all and THANK YOU for letting me confess to my dearest friends! I feel so enveloped in love with you all! SPARK FRIENDS are truly the 'best of friends'!!!!
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