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Joanne P.

Joanne P.

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American (originally from Chicago) living in France and married 42 years to French high school pen pal Paul; Mom to four; a grandson and a grand daughter and twin grand daughters to be born in late summer or early fall. We live in a small town 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) south of Paris. Hobbies include writing (short stories, poems, blogs), reading, traveling, outdoors and working in my kitchen. Blog link: http://amazone779.wordpress...
  • Pat G., Nancy D., Lisa L., and 14 others smiled at this

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    God morning!

    We're going to have cool temperatures and partly sunny skies today turning overcast with rain predicted during the late afternoon hours. This will be a day for relaxing with reading, catching up with mail and maybe get in a short walk.

    Today's challenge - Raise your left knee and tap it with your right hand. Switch sides; repeat five times on each side.

    How to do it - Stand facing forward with your feet under your hips and your arms at your sides. Raise your left knee toward your stomach and move your right arm diagonally across your torso. Tap your left knee once with your right hand, then return your left foot to the floor. Raise your right knee and tap it once with your left hand. Return your right foot to the floor. Repeat this sequence four more times.

    I often do this exercise with my grandson as it is also one of the routines his club does during football (soccer) practice. Occasionally I'll I vary the process; instead of tapping the knees I bounce a ball over and under the lifted leg. Other times I attach light weights to the ankles, adding resistance to the lifting. As it's today's challenge I'll add this exercise to my warm up routine this afternoon.

    Wishing all a good Sunday and new week.

    "Raise your left knee and tap it with your right hand. Switch sides; repeat 5 times on each side"

    September 25, 2016 at 8:23 UTC
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    • Lorraine B.
      Lorraine B. replied September 25, 2016 at 12:03 UTC:

      Thank you Joanne for the encouragement today. I hope you have enjoyed the day.

    • Rita H.
      Rita H. replied September 25, 2016 at 13:11 UTC:

      You've got this covered Joanne! Sounds like a wonderful relaxing day you have in store! Enjoy! Many thanks for the lovely E " sent my way this morn! So appreciated! Wishing you a sensational Sunday my friend! xxx

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  • Vanetta C., Nancy D., Lynn R., and 23 others smiled at this

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    Good morning!

    It's a bright and sunny Saturday morning, with all the signs of a pleasant Indian Summer. Maximum temperature highs will be around 26 C (78 F); you can be sure we'll be spending a good proportion of the day outdoors.

    Thanks so much, Dileep, for the encouragement!

    Today's challenge - Fit in a walk by parking as far away as you can or getting off the bus or train one stop early.

    How to do it - Whether you're heading to work, going out for lunch, running errands at the mall, or hitting the supermarket, park as far away from the entrance as possible. If you take public transportation, get off the bus, subway, or train one stop early, and walk the rest of the way.

    This is a regular habit with us; it's not only good for the walk (exercise) to our destination but also for taking the opportunity to observe life around us, such as the subtle changes in season if we're passing through natural scenery. We'll be doing this challenge later this afternoon when we bring our grandson home.

    Wishing all a good Saturday and weekend.

    "Fit in a walk by parking as far away as you can or getting off the bus or train one stop early"

    September 24, 2016 at 8:49 UTC
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    Good morning!

    At this early hour it's overcast ad cool but as the morning advances the sun is predicted to come out and temperatures rise to around 23 C (71-72 F) this afternoon. We'll be finishing up all work at home and errands so we can spend most of the weekend concentrating on plans for remodeling our small kitchen next month. This afternoon after school our grandson will be staying over night with us as he'll be seeing the family doctor tomorrow morning to get his health certificate for football (soccer) as required for all adherents in local clubs by the national football federation. He's looking forward to starting a new year with his club next Wednesday.

    Thank you, Dileep, for the encouragement; it's appreciated!

    Today's challenge - Stand up straight, take a large step forward with your right foot and slowly bend both knees.

    How to do it - Stand straight with your hands on your hips and feet placed shoulder-width apart. Tighten your abdominals and look straight ahead. Take a large step forward with your right leg. Slowly bend both knees until your right thigh is parallel with the floor and both of your knees are at (or close to) a 90-degree angle. Your right kneecap should not extend further than your toes. Pushing off from your right heel, step back to the starting position. Repeat on the opposite side.

    I love lunges and do them in different variations all the time. It's good for dexterity and balance and work well with breathing synchronization. I found that certain variations of the lunge can be included in modified yoga poses as well. I'll be sure to do this exercise several times during the day and include a short session during my afternoon routine.

    Wishing all a good Friday and peaceful end of the week.

    "Stand up straight, take a large step forward with your right foot, and slowly bend both knees"

    September 23, 2016 at 7:22 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Happy first day of Autumn! For us it's going to be a sunny day with pleasant temperatures (23 C, about 73 F), continuing through to the weekend, rising up to 25 C (77 F) on Saturday. We plan to finish up our errands and get in a long walk later this afternoon.

    Today's challenge - Name the biggest benefit you get from being physically active.

    How to do it - Think about one big benefit you experience when you're physically active. Is your mood improved, your energy renewed, or your sense of accomplishment greater? Are you closer to a goal you've set for yourself? Explain why this benefit matters to you. Tell yourself in a note or letter you can refer to later for motivation, or share it here.

    The best benefit of being physically active is the feel good sensation, of being physically exhilarated and most important sensing the positive overall effects on my health, physically, psychologically, and mentally as well. Keeping active physically does effect the mind, the memory and cognitive development, which may or may not decrease with age. As time goes by this attitude encourages me to be positively motivated to continue remaining physically active and extend the overall positive effect on my health as long as I can.

    Wishing all a good Thursday and peaceful end of the week.

    "Name the biggest benefit you get from being physically active"

    September 22, 2016 at 7:46 UTC
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    Good morning!

    It's going to be a sunny day with pleasant temperatures (22 C; 71 F), perfect for a long walk which hubby and I will are planning for this afternoon. This morning I'll be finishing up some housework before our grandson arrives for lunch, then we're off to his football (soccer) practice right afterwards, hubby and I will do our walk while he's at practice.

    Thank you, Dileep, for the encouragement!

    Today's challenge - Play air-drums to,an up-tempo song that you love.

    How to do it - Clear a space, put on a song you love that has a fast beat, sit down in a chair, and play your air drums! Make sure your drum kit is large enough that you'll have to reach out in front and to the sides to really rock the song. Don't worry if you're not on beat every time, just have fun as you hit those imaginary drumsticks on your invisible drums and cymbals. And if you're still feeling the beat after one song, keep going.

    I'll do this challenge after lunch and include our grandson who loves acting out strong music beats. For my part I'll make sure there's plenty of stretching and twisting to match the music.

    Wishing all a good Wednesday and midweek.

    "Play air-drums to an up-tempo song that you love"

    September 21, 2016 at 6:54 UTC
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    God morning!

    Posting early as we've a few important errands to do this morning. It's going to be damp and overcast, a little warmer but always with the strong possibility of occasional showers during the day.

    Thank you, Dileep, for the encouragement; it's greatly appreciated!

    Today's challenge - Give your neck an assisted side stretch for ten seconds on each side.

    How to do it - Stand and flex your left arm down by your side with your wrist pulled up, as if you are pushing on a flat surface. Tilt your head to the right, reach over to the left side of your head with your right hand, and gently push down. Make sure to keep your left shoulder down and away from your ear. You should feel a nice stretch, but no pain. Hold for 10 seconds, then do the same sequence on the other side.

    This exercise is nothing new; I've been doing it on and off several times this month due to high humidity working on my shoulder and neck muscles. I'll be sure to add it to my afternoon routine.

    Wishing all a good Tuesday and peaceful midweek.

    "Give your neck an assisted side stretch for 10 seconds on each side"

    September 20, 2016 at 6:59 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Today is going to be cool and damp, with possible scattered showers during the day. We'll be taking the opportunity to catch up with errands and grocery shopping, and include a short walk later this afternoon.

    Many thanks, Helen and Margaret H, for your greatly appreciated encouragements.

    Today's challenge - Sit and march your feet fast for ten seconds.

    How to do it - Set a timer on your computer or cell phone, or have a watch with a second hand nearby. Sit in a sturdy chair and march in place as fast as you can, raising and lowering your thighs squarely in front of you. The balls of your feet should firmly touch the ground when you bring them back down. If the timer goes off (or 10 seconds have passed on your watch) and you're ready for more, repeat for another 10 seconds.

    I won't be needing to set any timers to do this exercise. As it goes I do it on a regular basis most mornings and evenings to work up sluggish leg and ankle circulation. As it's today's challenge the exercise will be included in my daily routines today.

    Wishing all a good Monday and peaceful new week.

    "Sit and march your feet fast for 10 seconds"

    September 19, 2016 at 7:32 UTC
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  • Nancy D., Timothy S., Lisa L., and 21 others smiled at this

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    Good morning!

    Today begins a week of cool overcast damp weather with occasional sun as well as scattered showers throughout the coming week. We'll be spending most of the day going over plans to renovate our kitchen, so work can begin the first few days of October. Our eldest daughter (lives in New Zealand) is planning to to come and visit the first week of November so we're taking advantage of getting as much work in the house done as possible during the coming month.

    Today's challenge - Release muscle tension by gently rolling your shoulders five times, both forward and backward.

    How to do it - Today, do five shoulder rolls in each direction. Begin by sitting up straight, relaxing your shoulders, and taking a deep breath. Inhale as you slowly stretch your shoulders back and then lift them up toward your ears. Hold this position for about three to five seconds while breathing easily. Then, slowly roll your shoulders forward and allow them to relax downward into normal position. Repeat five times in both directions.

    I learned this exercise in physical therapy for my shoulders; it has been a part of my regular routine for many years. Since it's come up as today's challenge I'll be sure to add it to my daily routine this afternoon.

    Wishing all a peaceful Sunday and new week.

    "Release muscle tension by gently rolling your shoulders 5 times, both forward and backward"

    September 18, 2016 at 9:41 UTC
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