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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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    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.
    1003 days ago
  • LADYBUG1943
    "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!

    1004 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/22/2014 1:38:33 AM
    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
    1004 days ago
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