Daily Challenge Friday Apr. 13, 2012

Flexibility and Posture

Walk tall: picture an invisible string on top of your head that's pulling you straight up.

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    It really helps, I have been doing this invisible string trick for a month now. Ellen K. Told me it was her trick to help her, and I have been doing it ever since.

    "Walk tall: picture an invisible string on top of your head that's pulling you straight up"

    April 15, 2012 at 14:31 UTC
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    First of all, I appreciate all of you. Thank you so much to those of you who prayed with, for me, sent light, love and healing for Chantay Evans Glisson and her family. I know that was what made such a major difference in her being with us now. I posted this FB message to some family and friends:
    Urgent prayer request for the health and full recovery of Chantay Evans-Glisson She has taken a turn for the worse and her family has been called to be bedside. Please join me in praying for her and family.
    This is what I received from Chantay herself about 6:30pm-
    Chantay Evans-Glisson: I'm back Mrs Chris and ready for the March. All the prayers and the Lord has lifted me up to fight another day.
    My response:
    Christian MsRevking King Celebration time is here..come on..Okay..I will let the cavalry know..LOL..there party going on right here..
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    Thank you all for help in making this possibleToday I have grown taller from walking with the trees. - Karle Wilson Baker

    If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking.
    Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk. - Raymond Inmon

    If a walker is indeed an individualist there is nowhere he can't go at dawn and not
    many places he can't go at noon. But just as it demeans life to live alongside
    a great river you can no longer swim in or drink from, to be crowded into safer
    areas and hours takes much of the gloss off walking - one sport you shouldn't
    have to reserve a time and a court for."
    - Edward Hoagland
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    I love the challenge..I do it all the time..I dont know it reminded me of the mountain pose..and one of chakra alignment meditations...Or some really good standing meditation. I really do this quite often now with my mother. When she push her walker, she is leaning over a lot..and I say gently..stand tall..stand tall..I got you..stand tall..I am holding you..stand tall..I wont let you fall..
    Walking Tall
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    Eight Ways of Walking Qigong The Eight Million Footsteps Qigong
    I am still working my way through this website: http://www.egreenway.com/ta...
    While enjoying my regular walks, I also delight in doing a number of supplementary movements to relax, loosen up,
    stretch and energize various muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints in my body. All the movements are done in
    a relaxed, easy going, soft, and non-aggressive manner. As with all qigong methods, the specific breathing
    patterns, specific instructions for the use of the eyes, and specific visualization and imaginative exercises are
    coordinated with the movements. The intent of these 13 Treasures is to contribute to your good health, improve
    your chances for longevity, increase your vitality, engender a positive and creative mental attitude, help you attain
    inner calm and equanimity, and to point out a few spiritual and mystical pathways you might choose to follow. All
    of the exercises, drills, experiments, reflections, and techniques described below are collectively referred to as the Eight Ways of Walking Qigong program.
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    Walk slowly forward eight steps.
    When you lift your leg up the arm on the same side as that leg should rise up.
    Right leg up and right arm up.
    Left leg up and left arm up.
    Lift your heel, then knee, then foot as high as you can, but keep your balance.
    Your foot might be one inch or 12 inches above the floor, depending upon
    your ability and physical condition. Don't strain - go easy.
    Keep your body upright, head up, and relax.
    As you lift a leg up, your weight should be in the opposite leg with the knee bent.
    As you place your foot down place your heel down first.
    Step out only as far from the other foot as necessary while keeping the
    weight on the opposite leg. Don't overstep.
    Step gingerly, carefully, gently, and with caution. Walk like a cat.
    Transfer weigh to the front leg and roll onto the ball then toes.
    Lift your back heel, then knee, then toes. Move the leg to the front.

    Walk slowly backward ten steps.
    When you lift your leg up and back, the arm on the same side as that leg should move back.
    Right leg up and back, and right arm back.
    Left leg up and back, and left arm back.
    Lift your toe, then knee, then heel.
    Lift your leg as high as you can, but keep your balance.
    Keep your body upright, head up, and relax.
    As you lift a leg up, your weight should be in the opposite leg with the knee bent.
    As you place your foot back and down place your toe down first.
    Keep your feet apart and your foot to the side. Don't cross your feet.
    Step gingerly, carefully, gently, and with caution. Step like a cat.
    Transfer weigh to the back leg and roll onto the ball then heel

    Repeat the exercise numerous times.
    Concentrate on some aspect each time: balance, heel placed first when stepping
    forward, same arm as leg, knee as high as possible, walking slowly, shifting weight
    from side to side (empty-full), enjoying learning something new to do with your body
    like a young child, smiling, breathing naturally but fully, retreating safely, gracefulness,
    martial implications, etc.
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    This guy is walking with his friend. He says to this friend, "I'm a walking economy." The friend replies "How so?" "My hair line is in recession, my stomach is a victim of inflation, and both of these together are putting me into a deep depression!"
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    Deciding to take up jogging, the man was astounded by the wide selection of jogging shoes available at the local sports shoe store. While trying on a basic pair of jogging shoe, he noticed a minor feature and asked the clerk: "What is this little pocket thing here on the side for?" And the clerk: "Oh, that's to carry spare change so you can call your wife to come pick you up when you've jogged too far."********************

    A blonde was walking her dogs when a man walking in the opposite direction says "oh my, you have such beautiful dogs.. what are their names?" The blonde replies "Well, the taller one is Timex and the shorter one is Rolex." The man responds "Huh.. that's interesting.. why did you name them such names?" The blonde sighs and shakes her head "Everyone keeps asking me the same thing... duhh, what else can you name your watch dogs??
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    Susan M. we both made it to Day 2 and already headed to hump day..Thanks again for the pact..and being a part of the journey for a couple of days..It truly makes it a lot of fun:
    DCC: Blessings to you:
    B Begin your dαy ωith
    L Love in your heαrt
    E Expect blessings
    S Shαre goodness
    S Shine like the sun
    I Inspire some one
    N Never forgot thαt
    G God is ωith you αll time
    Shalom

    "Walk tall: picture an invisible string on top of your head that's pulling you straight up"

    April 14, 2012 at 6:52 UTC
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    Patti, Cassie, thank you so much for your words of encouragement. I wondered about that string.. but decided since I have ya'll for my backers, I would give this a try. :-))

    And so, even better than an invisible string to pull myself up, I ran my fingers through my hair across top of head, got a-hold of a handful & pulled easy, steady, eyes closed, let neck stretch, my shoulders up... then down straight, felt and imagined my ribs, chest, back.. all moving upward, then my waist line.. ahhh, I sorta jiggled a little to get a few crinkles out and stretch a bit more, , recheck hand-hold, move head side to side, pull a little more, this actually feels good to my scalp.. and then I kept working my "pull taller" string, now at pockets of my blue jeans.. (hope my jeans don't get shorter!) thighs... knees .. calves, ankles, another tug to pull more ankle room.. and on my toes, then I yawn.. an big yawn, which stretched all of me higher. ahhhhhh...... a good one.

    Now when I go to bed I'll slowly release each of these areas from toes back to head.. maybe I will drift to sleep easy. :-) I hope everyone had a great day and have an even better tomorrow!

    "Walk tall: picture an invisible string on top of your head that's pulling you straight up"

    April 14, 2012 at 6:18 UTC
    • Cassie R.
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    • Lauren K.
      Lauren K. replied April 15, 2012 at 15:51 UTC:

      In H.S. our gym class had us all divided into dance teams. We had to create dance steps and pick out a song. Ours was 'Puppets On a String" You just brought those memories back to me. Our team lost.

    • Patti C.
      Patti C. replied April 16, 2012 at 4:03 UTC:

      You are quite welcome, sweet friend!! And I guess that's one way to get a stretch in!! Hadn't thought of pulling your hair to aid in stretching. Hope you got a good night's rest!!!!:)

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    I try my best to always keep myself straight as I walk (which isn't always easy with the 50 pound backpack I carry around), so this challenge wasn't particularly hard.

    "Walk tall: picture an invisible string on top of your head that's pulling you straight up"

    April 13, 2012 at 22:50 UTC
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    i'm late seeing this but found myself doing this today anyway. i will make an effort to do this tomorrow and beyond.

    happy friday!!

    "Walk tall: picture an invisible string on top of your head that's pulling you straight up"

    April 13, 2012 at 22:28 UTC
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      Elise M.

      Rose F. is in a pact with Elise M.

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    • Moneta G.
      Moneta G. replied April 14, 2012 at 15:14 UTC:

      Well done on your "proactive" challenge!

    • Mom C.
      Mom C. replied April 14, 2012 at 20:50 UTC:

      Good for you, Elise! I remember the first time I ever heard the "string" approach was in Home EC in Junior High School - back in the Dark Ages, of course! :-) As soon as I read your comment above, I automatically straightened up, with that invilsible string pulling me up! ...see more

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    Finished my turquois and coral necklace and accidentally added an extra bead to one side so I have to take it apart. It frustrates me when I make a mistake and have to go back and re-do. I have to make a pom pom for one of the baby hats and then I'll sell them to Susan. I was going to just give them to her but she wants to pay me for them so I'll let her. I bought two pink flowers to go on the girl's hats and I want to put a pom pom on the boy' s hat. While I was out I bought a Biggest Loser DVD package with two DVDs and two one pound weights. It contained the 30 Day Jump Start DVD and the Last Chance Workout DVD. I got both DVDs with the weights for $10, I thought that was a deal because the only other Biggest Loser DVD they had was $9.95.Our Walmart had all of its fabric out in the middle aisle and the shelves were almost empty but the associate said they were not closing their fabric department. The other two Walmarts in our area do not have a fabric department and their craft department leaves a lot to be desired. I'm thinking of getting some fleece and cutting it into eight inch squares with four inch centers and four inch strips all around so my grandchildren can make their own blankets by tying the strips together. Today's quote is from the http://www.quotegarden.com/... By the way I lost another pound, fifteen pounds in all and I'm still looking for a pact partner!!!

    A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand. ~Author Unknown

    To all my DC friends (people I haven't yet had the pleasure to meet) and family ( those people not biologcally related to me, but with whom I have mutual respect and love for; they used to be friends but now that I know them, they're family now!!!) stay safe, keep warm, sleep well, be blessed

    "Walk tall: picture an invisible string on top of your head that's pulling you straight up"

    April 13, 2012 at 21:42 UTC
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    Quick check in before I hit the road. Sunny gorgeous day here, hope it's the same on the other side of the state! Got the fish tanks ready, dog supplies all packed (neighbors are taking them in), all packed, snacks for the road, electronics charged...let's assume Friday the 13th will not attempt to sidetrack my drive! ;)

    Day 4 Saija! One more day, it's been a joy pacting with you! Yours today is to climb an imaginary rope. This I was able to do, I never once could climb that darn nope in school!

    Can't spend too long, I will try to check back in later. Happy Friday ya'll and have a GREAT weekend! Looking forward to spending it with my daughter and her fiance and his mom!

    "Walk tall: picture an invisible string on top of your head that's pulling you straight up"

    April 13, 2012 at 21:21 UTC
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