Friday, August 17, 2012
I had been in the Phoenix area all morning, but early afternoon we drove to the mountains, to our home in Yarnell. After getting a few things done I decided to take Amber for a walk as it was only 79F -- a little humid, but we hadn't walked yet, so we'd be tough.
Got outside, walked down to close the gates at the end of our drive, and even as we were walking, I could feel the sprinkles on my arms. Closed the gate -- went back in.
Looked outside at 6:10 and although the ground was wet, the sky was mostly blue and the clouds seemed to be moving on past us. Now it was down to 72F but about 37% humid. Again, we decided to try it out. Walked the first loop, which is 0.6 miles. Felt good, and just kept walking -- did the long loop which is 1.1 miles. WooHoo, total of 1.7 miles! Amber was puffing, my head was wet, but it was great exercise.
The Silver Lining in the Cloud: "The rain lowered the temperture and made our walk fun!"
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
In an evening class at Stanford University the last lecture
was on the mind-body connection - the
relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (head of
psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of the best
things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman
whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her
health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends. At first
everyone laughed, but he was serious.
Women connect with each other differently and provide support
systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life
experiences. Physically this quality “girlfriend time" helps is to
create more serotonin - a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression
and can create a general feeling of well-being.
Women share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities.
We share from our souls with our sisters/mothers, and evidently that is very GOOD for
our health. He said that spending time with a friend is just as
important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym.
There's a tendency to think that when we are "exercising" we are
doing something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with
friends, we are wasting our time and should be more productively
engaged—not true. In fact, he said that failure to create and maintain
quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our
physical health as smoking!
So every time you hang out to schmooze with a gal pal, just pat
yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good
for your health! We are indeed very, very lucky. Sooooo let's toast to
our friendship with our girlfriends. Evidently it's very good for our
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I wanted to just change positions and go back to sleep! But inside my "little "Get It Done" voice started to nag at me. First it reminded me that I did not do EVEN ONE STEP yesterday -- Just Lazy! Then it reminded me that Amber would get sore hips if I did not walk her regularly. By then I just said OK, OK -- and I slid out of bed, and left my DH to get the extra sleep!
But you know, I actually felt good as I got dressed in my new sports wear. New cross-trainer shoes, new top, new shorts, new sports bra -- even new socks! Yep! I'm ready to go and it's just past 5:30 a.m. Out the door Amber and I went. Me trying to gage just where the sun would be as it came over the mountain -- my right eye is permanently dilalated so I think all the time about how much sunlight there is. That's another reason I love to walk at 5:30 -- it's light out, but no sun! Can't get any better than that! So we head out to do the middle loop at 0.6 mi.
The first loop around felt great, but I wasn't sure I wanted to tackle the long one too, which is another 1.1; so instead I went around the same one again. I figured 1.2 miles would keep Amber in good shape -- and it would be a good start for me for the day! I finished up the second round and Amber and I headed back to the house -- it had taken us about 30 minutes with the necessary stops that she needs to make. Smells plus a few other things!
Back to bed for at least 2 hours, I slept like a baby -- until some weird kind of dream snuck up on me. I dreamed a wolf saw me sitting on this ledge and he jumped up to get me. I timed it just right, and kicked with my legs as hard as I could. He fell back to the ground -- and I woke up! Heart was running a race! And I was definitely awake! Time to get up again -- and the second thing I always do is weigh myself. I didn't expect good news due to the lazy day I had yesterday -- but WooHoo! 137.6 which was down 0.8 from yesterday!
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