Sunday, April 01, 2012
One of the basic exercises to master is the Squat. If you do not master it, you risk back and knee injury. It targets the large muscles and ups metabolism. Let's nail it!
Watch yourself in the mirror. Anchor yourself by keeping your feet flat on the floor.
1. Feet shoulder-width apart.
2. Sit back as if into a chair with face forward (not down).
3. As you squat down, keep body weight on your heels and knees above your ankles.
4. Push into your heels to come back to starting point.
This is basic to many other exercises.
Here are two websites to help you get it -
How To Squat w/ Correct Form
How to Do Squats with Proper Squat Technique
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Cat by Louis Wain
This will be my last blog in regard to my exciting experience of detoxing. Exciting? Well, yes. Let me tell you why.
First off, it is the most amazing thing when another human being is interested in helping ME improve my learning on HOW to take care of ME! The folks at the clinic were and are interested! I felt absolutely pampered! Now, tell me, who (in their right mind) would not benefit from that?! Once I was in the daily routine and understood, more or less, what was expected, I relaxed in the program.
The benefits have slowly come to me as I go about my normal daily routine since those 21 days at the clinic. Of course, I came home every afternoon and tried my best to keep up with necessities. One of the vital things that I learned by doing is how to better choose priorities throughout the day. Many things had to be set aside in order to focus on my new routine. Yes, it was challenging and soo very worthwhile.
So what are the benefits? Here’s my list so far:
* The cloud lifted from my brain. I knew something was in the way. Until I experienced its removal, I did not realize how thick it was!
* A friend asked me last week if I, like he (same age as me), had difficulty with my memory. Well, I have had difficulty with my short-term memory for several years. After thinking for a minute or so, I smiled at the recognition of a miracle and responded with, “You know what? I am remembering things I had forgotten!” It is amazing! Many, many lost memories are returning!
* I was finally able to forgive someone who had repeatedly emotionally, spiritually, and verbally abused me for many years. That ran deeply into my inner being. I have forgiven others and had tried to forgive this person. In fact, I really thought that I had many times over. However, when directly asked to picture one person who had deeply hurt me, this person immediately came to mind. And then the therapist told me to forgive that person. I hesitated, breathed deeply, cried, couldn’t breathe, slowly caught my breath and breathed deeply again, and said, "I can’t!" It was shocking. The therapist began to say all the things that I have already heard about forgiving. Then I said, “Wait a minute. I know all of that, but tell me HOW to forgive!” What I had never understood before is that the problem in this case did not lie with me. The person who had hurt me had problems that were thrown in my direction, onto me, and I accepted those as if they were mine! I finally understood what I needed to do. I finally realized that I needed to return what was not mine! THEN, I forgave and mentally walked away from that person and all the trouble they had piled onto me. As you can imagine, the relief is intense and I will ever be grateful for the guidance that lead me to unchain myself from all of that.
* I am “glowing”! It is amazing that others ask me what is different about me. And, those I meet for the first time respond to my intro, smile with delight, and want to converse immediately! I love this! I have never liked being the center of attention and I do not think that is what this is. Most of my life, I have deeply felt the needs of those around me. This is getting me to their heart more quickly, I think. I have had innumerable opportunities open so that I can offer my story to encourage and give counsel.
* I get more accomplished in my day! This did not happen overnight. It was so subtle that I did not recognize it right away. I needed to get up extra early every day in order to do a few things at home then walk to the clinic (35 minutes). It was a bit of a process to make that hap’n. I have always been a night-person doing my best work after 6 p.m. I went to bed earlier and earlier so that I could get up earlier. I finally settled on rising at 4:30 a.m. and getting to bed (lights out) by 9. After about a week, it became easy. And then, I found that I was getting far more accomplished in my day than I have in ages!!! I am super-proud of myself for making this HUGE change.
* My eating plan is far less complicated taking minimal time for prep. I spend less money on my food. I rarely miss meat, sweets, breads, spreads and condiments, sweet beverages, milk products, oils. I am more apt to crave fruit and vegies or nuts.
* My sleep has improved. By the third week, I was sleeping without waking during the night most nights. We made a trip after that and I slept poorly and have had difficulty since. I decided to return to the oil pulling because one of the benefits of that is improved sleep and “Voila!” I’m sleeping better once again.
* I have been carrying phlegm in my chest for, hmm, so long I can’t remember when! I have a bit in the morning now and usually it’s gone before ya know it! Major deal!
* Also, I can sing again! No not because I am happy but my voice is returning!!! When our son was taken in death (at age 15 - Dec.1999), my voice began to fail. In the past, I had not only joined in congregational singing, but also some solos and groups. I love to sing and this was devastating. A colleague, who is a musician, told me that I was losing it because I was not using it! That hurt deeply. It wasn’t true. I thought it was menopause or resulting from stifling myself to keep from rocking other people’s boats. I went to a specialist, who found nothing wrong, and got some voice therapy, which did nothing. It seems that it was caused by emotional blockage because now I CAN sing again! Some days, it does not work as well as I’d like, but I’m okay with that.
* My emotions are stable. I have faced a few challenges to that in the past couple weeks and found that I am not easily knocked off my feet, so to speak! I have had seasons when I felt strong, but most of my life, I waivered and gave in to others, even when I’ve known I was correct in my thinking, planning, etc. These recent incidents showed me that I am able to maintain composure (and my stance or opinion) to the point of sometimes joking away the tension, leaving the discussion or person, and not internalizing or obsessing on it later. This is a new ME!!!
After all, This is MY Life!
Dr. Brian Clement, the medical director of the Hippocrates Health Institute, one of the world's oldest complimentary health centers, discusses detoxification methods. The program is called "Life Change Program," and runs for 21 days.
Friday, March 23, 2012
WOWZA! Six years with SparkPeople and still going strong!!!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
What else did I do in my 21-day detox?
Vapor Bath – Every day, I sat on a towel on a slatted chair covered with a large vinyl cover while a large pot of water filled with various aromatic herbs boiled beneath me. After 10 minutes, I got up and quickly had a cold shower, then returned to repeat the process. Very relaxing.
Scalding Feet Soak – Every day, I sat on a long bench with many others. We were each given two large buckets, one with cold water, and the other with HOT water. For 20 minutes, we soaked 1 minute in the cold and 4 in the hot. Many times, I had to go back and forth several times unable to hold my feet in the hot. It became easier each day.
Reflexology – I have delved into this via a book and some online info and was surprised; this was not what I expected! For 15 minutes every day, I walked beside lovely plants on a path of beautiful white rounded stones, each oblong stone about 2 x 1 inches. This was extremely painful the first several days and I had to move slowly. It became easier and easier. This works to adjust internal organs and equilibrium.
Trunk Bath – Every day, for this 20-minute bath, I sat in a BIG tub lined with plastic filled with cold water and ice. My feet were in a basin of hot water. I noted that some of the ladies did not like doing this. For me, it was wonderful.
Inhalation – Once each week, I placed a towel on my head and a sheet over that so I could quietly breathe in the wonderful mixture coming from the near boiling water filled with herbal leaves for 20 minutes. Helped a LOT with clearing the sinuses and the phlegm I’ve carried in my chest for years.
Clay treatment – mud from the nearby riverbed is rich in minerals helps with various ailments and as a detoxification treatment. I felt like a kid playing in the mud! Every day, we were s’posed to rest for two hours, but I got antsy after one and a half!
Therapeutic Massage – I had 1 massage each week. It hurt and went deep into my muscles. I wept a few times. I needed it and it was a tremendous benefit! I hope to return for a few more, if possible. We talked as the therapist worked. I was helped to deal with some of the deep emotions that I have not released before.
Meditation – we gathered almost every day as a group and shared some of our concerns, sang simple songs, prayed, and listened to our leader’s thoughts on our emotional, spiritual, physical living.
Phytotherapy – Every day, we started with 1/3 to ½ cup of straight, fresh limejuice on an empty stomach. One hour later, we had a green drink; mine was fresh alfalfa blended with water. In the afternoon, we were given a pitcher of about 4 cups of unsweetened herbal tea to drink, specific for each one’s needs.
It was an amazing experience and I will not easily give up what I have gained.
After all, This is MY Life!
Doctor Cornelius said to Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia): "Everything I told you, everything I didn’t, it was only because I believe in you. You have a chance to become the most noble contradiction in history…”
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