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Joanne P.

Joanne P.

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American (originally from Chicago) living in France and married 43 years to French soul mate (high school pen pal) Paul. Mom to four. Four grandchildren (one boy and three girls), a grand daughter expected in November. We live in a small country town 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) south of Paris. Hobbies include writing (short stories, poems, blogs), reading, traveling, being outdoors and working in my kitchen. Blog link: http://amazone779.wordpress...
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    Good morning!

    Posting while waiting for our eldest grand daughter to arrive; she'll be spending the day with us as she does most Thursdays. We're back to our dreary autumn days: high humidity and overcast all day but warm with temperatures around 22 C (71 F). We'll get in a little walk after lunch to get out in the fresh air and see autumn colors.

    Today's challenge - Jog quickly in place for thirty seconds, changing your leg and foot positions as your do.

    How to do it - Warm up by walking or marching in place for three to five minutes. Then jog in place as fast as you can. As you do, try changing the position of your feet - for example, widen your feet for a few steps, then bring your feet back together. Also, if you can, try landing one foot slightly out in front of the other, then back to center. Then try on the other foot. Keep going for 30 seconds. Cool down by walking or marching in place for two to three minutes.

    This exercise comes right in time as I plan to do a short exercise sequence right after posting this challenge while waiting for our grand daughter. I'll include the stairs and hall way in this morning routine.

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

    "Jog quickly in place for 30 seconds, changing your leg and foot positions as you do"

    October 19, 2017 at 7:24 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Autumn is here with cool overcast mornings and warm temperatures in the afternoon (today 21-22 C, 69-71 F). Temperatures are in the process of going down as the week rolls to seasonal levels as we reach the third week of the month. In a short while we're off to babysit our three grand daughters (grandson is in school) this morning while their Mommy goes to the first of her eighth month doctor appointment. These are going to be a little more frequent as the due date approaches (18th November). This afternoon we'll bring our grandson to his football (soccer) practice. The weather will be sunny and dry, good for running around the field.

    Today's challenge - Set one nutrition goal for the day, and plan to reward yourself with a non-edible treat.

    How to do it - What's challenging for you when it comes to food? Eating five fruits and vegetables daily? Slowing down when you eat? Controlling portion sizes? Write down 1 manageable food-related goal for the day and try to achieve it. Plan to reward yourself when you do achieve your goal with a non-food-related treat. Some great rewards include an outdoor break, a long chat with a friend, a small shopping splurge, or a night off from your least favorite chore.

    This challenge isn't really applicable to me because I don't have any nutrition problems or difficulties. It should be put in the tracks that specifically deal with this situation. If there is one goal I'll make for myself today it will be to take the time to enjoy my meal and leave out all thoughts not connected with the food on my dish. With everything centering on the up-and-coming birth it's becoming difficult to concentrate on the present activity of the moment: eating and digesting correctly. My reward will be the purchase of a book I've been wanting for a long time.

    Wishing all a happy Wednesday and midweek.

    "Set 1 nutrition goal for the day, and plan to reward yourself with a non-edible treat"

    October 18, 2017 at 6:17 UTC
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    Good morning!

    This is going to be a quickie as I'm leaving in a short while for my physical therapy session scheduled early this morning. We'll be having another fine autumn day with highs around 25 C (77 F). After my session we plan to take our day walk to enjoy the changing season.

    Today's challenge - Count how many whole foods - food that is unprocessed and in it's natural state - you eat today.

    How to do it - Keep track of how many foods you eat today that have not been processed. Whole foods are easy to identify: They don't have an ingredient list. They are the ingredient, in its natural state, without processing. Count fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, milk, eggs, and fresh lean unprocessed meats. Whole ingredients in dishes you cook yourself also count.

    This is an interesting challenge and I'll see what I come up with today. As we grow older and now that there are just the two of us here at home we're more into unprocessed foods than processed, the proof being that we're shopping for fresh foods several times during the week, and preparing and eating them in their natural state.

    Wishing all a happy Tuesday and midweek.

    "Count how many whole foods - food that is unprocessed and in its natural state - you eat today"

    October 17, 2017 at 5:49 UTC
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    Good morning!

    This is going to be a quickie as we'll be taking our daily walk early today to take advantage of the good weather conditions. It's going to be sunny and warm with temperatures hovering around 26 C (78 F) this afternoon. After our walk we'll head to the supermarket to stock up for the next couple of days. Later today I plan to do some baking for the family.

    Today's challenge - Plan to eat at least five minutes of one meal in silence.

    How to do it - Decide which meal will work best for you; breakfast is often a good time for quiet. Turn off your TV, radio, music, computer, and phone. Put away your reading and work. Focus on your food - the tastes, smells, and textures. Eat this way for five minutes, and go for longer if you can.

    This is not a challenge but a regular habit. I'll select a day this week and try eating a good lunch in peace and quiet.

    Wishing all a good Monday and new week.

    "Plan to eat at least 5 minutes of 1 meal in silence"

    October 16, 2017 at 7:17 UTC
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    Good morning!

    The weather today will be pure Indian Summer. In spite of the seasonal high humidity it's going to be bright and sunny with temps hovering around 25 C (77 F) and continuing most of the coming week. We'll be out and about, planning a long walk after lunch and enjoying personal projects.

    Today's challenge - List who you ate with in the last twenty-four hours, and think about how one person influenced what you ate.

    How to do it - Think back on the last 24 hours. Who did you eat with - kids, your partner, other family members, friends, co-workers? Make a list and identify one person who influenced what you ate. For example, did you eat a snack you weren't hungry for because you were with a child? Or perhaps you ordered a salad because the co-worker you were with ordered one?

    This is a really strange challenge, one that I find non applicable in my situation. During the last twenty-four hours I shared my meals with my husband. Neither of us influences the other; we have our own habits and preferences concerning foods, and although we eat the same meal at the table, we respect our differences in eating habits. The same goes when we eat out. It goes without saying for this challenge I must say that no one influences my food choices or eating habits any meal, whether eating out or at home. This also goes for the past, except in certain circumstances (red meat, for example; this choice was influenced by an external health situation). I'm one of those people who enjoy my personal food/eating choices, without outside influences whether at home or eating out, while at the same time respecting others.

    Wishing all a happy Sunday and peaceful new week.

    "List who you ate with in the last 24 hours, and think about how 1 person influenced what you ate"

    October 15, 2017 at 9:13 UTC
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    Good morning!

    It's going to be an Indian Summer weekend, bright and sunny today with temperatures hovering between 24 and 26 C (75-78 F) this afternoon in the Paris region. Many living in the south are planning to head for beach resorts in the south west and south east. Right now the sun is slowly overcoming the fog; the sky will surely clear up just as it did yesterday which turned out to be a really nice day. Today's first activity will be attending our grandson's football (soccer) game this morning then we'll be out and about, taking a long walk during the afternoon, getting some garden work done and relaxing the rest of the day.

    Thank you, Dileep; for the encouragement!

    Today's challenge - Reflect on the tastes and textures of a meal for two minutes after you've finished eating.

    How to do it - After you finish eating at one meal today, sit for a few minutes and reflect on it. Think about the flavors and textures you just enjoyed, and try to determine what was your favorite part of the meal. Was it the smelling the aroma while it was being prepared, the comfort of eating something you love, or the fun of trying something new?

    Since the kids have all left on their own there's no longer any rush to get up from the table at the end of the meal. My husband and I are really enjoying the leisure of spending a few moments longer at the table, no rush to pick up dishes, etc when meal time is over. I'll try this challenge with at one of our dinners this weekend.

    Wishing all a happy Saturday and peaceful weekend.

    "Reflect on the tastes and textures of a meal for 2 minutes after you've finished eating"

    October 14, 2017 at 7:34 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Posting early to finish up the week's cleaning then we're off grocery shopping for the weekend. We're going to have summer like weather today, sunny (cool and foggy right now) and warm this afternoon with temperatures hovering around 22-23 C (71-72 F) in the Paris region, perfect weather for a long walk and then relaxing this afternoon. What's nice is that this weather will continue throughout the weekend.

    Thank you, Dileep, for this morning's encouragement!

    Our last day, Deanna, thank you for the invitation to walk along with you. I hope your day is going well and that you'll have a happy and peaceful weekend.

    Today's challenge - Plan to have a dinner date at home with family members or friends, and put it on the calendar.

    How to do it - Put a date on the calendar when everyone in your household can share a healthy home-cooked meal together. If you live on your own, invite friends over.

    This is a nice challenge. We always have family members coming over for lunch or dinner, for the most part those who live nearby. Next weekend our youngest daughter is coming up from Barcelona attend a surprise birthday party for a close friend. For today's challenge I'll note this as a special family dinner date.

    Wishing all a happy Friday and peaceful weekend.

    "Plan to have a dinner date at home with family members or friends, and put it on the calendar"

    October 13, 2017 at 6:51 UTC
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