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Joanne P.
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Joanne P.

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American (originally from Chicago) living in France and married 44 years to French soul mate (high school pen pal) Paul. Mom to four. Five grandchildren (one boy, four girls). We live in a small country town 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) south of Paris. Hobbies include writing (short stories, poems, blog), reading, traveling, being outdoors and working in my kitchen. Blog link: http://amazone779.wordpress...
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    Joanne P. is taking time away from Daily Challenge and will be back on May 23, 2018.

    I'm taking a break as the coming days are going to be busy family wise. See you all on Wednesday 23rd.

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    Good morning!

    It's a cool and pleasant morning right now, bright and sunny, with temperatures rising to 21 C (69-70 F) this afternoon. This weekend is the last three day holiday weekend before the end of the school year. As Sunday is Pentecost, the following Monday is a national holiday.

    This weekend our grandson's football club is holding a three day international football competition. Clubs from five European countries (UK, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Germany) will be competing. The adults and older kids play today; everyone, including our grandson's group (7-8-9 years old) play tomorrow and Monday. Today we are taking the opportunity to relax and prepare. The weather is going to be warm and clear, perfect for outdoor activities and picnics, a good time for family outdoor gatherings. We'll also be celebrating our daughter's birthday, which is really Tuesday 22nd. Because the coming days are going to be busy I will be taking time off and will be back on DC Wednesday 23rd.

    Thank you, Dileep, for the encouragement.

    Today's challenge - Do eight "Ferris wheel" breaths to open up your diaphragm and chest cavity.

    How to do it - This can be done while seated or standing. Let your arms hang in front of you with one hand gently holding the other. As you inhale, lift your hands out in front of you, with your palms facing your body. (Your arms should make an "O" shape. Exhale and draw your hands in toward your body so your palms are nearly touching your chest. Move them along your torso and back to the starting position. Repeat three times, keeping your movements and breath smooth and continuous. Change direction as you use your arms to send your "Ferris wheel" around four more times.

    This exercise is similar to a Pilates movement that I've added to my weekly routine (performed several times a week). It's good for over all breathing as well as working shoulder joints, the major reason why it's a regularly done exercise. I will add it to my routine today.

    Wishing all a good Saturday and weekend. See you all Wednesday 23rd.

    "Do 8 "Ferris wheel" breaths to open up your diaphragm and chest cavity"

    May 19, 2018 at 9:09 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Posting later after taking advantage of a short walk in the clear cool morning air then tackling some house work. It's going to be a pleasant sunny day with temperatures hovering around 21 C (69-70 F) this afternoon, a little on the cool side for the season but nice and agreeable. After lunch we're off to stock up on food and goodies for the weekend as it's going to be a long one for us.

    Many thanks to Mariela and Dileep for their encouragements this morning.

    Today's challenge - Put your hands on your chest and roll your shoulders six times in each direction.

    How to do it - Place your hands on your chest. Slowly roll your elbows forward, upward, backward, and downward in a circular motion. Repeat five times, then switch direction and roll your elbows another six times.

    I do this particular exercise in physical therapy for my shoulders. The more one does it the better the improvement in joint flexibility and movement. The movements work well as warm ups with breathing synchronicity so I'll do the exercise that way this morning in my short routine before we had out the door to go shopping, then again during the evening hours.

    Wishing all a good Friday and peaceful weekend.

    "Put your hands on your chest and roll your shoulders 6 times in each direction"

    May 18, 2018 at 9:10 UTC
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    Good morning!

    It's a grey morning, breezy and cool, clearing and warming up later on. Afternoon temps will border around 20-21 C (69 F). It's going to be a good day to take care of errands then off to babysit the grand kids while the twins go shopping with their parents for new shoes: afterwards they're going grocery shopping before heading home.

    Thank you, Margaret H, for the much appreciated encouragement.

    Today's challenge - Release tension in your whole body with three overhead stretches.

    How to do it - Stand with your arms hanging loosely at your sides. Breathe out, then breathe in and begin to rise up on your toes. Extend your arms and body upward. Stretch higher and then slowly come back down onto your heels as you breathe out. Repeat two times.

    This is another exercise I do in physical therapy and continue at home. I found that It's best done shortly after rising in the morning. Although I do it in a slightly modified version (due to arthritis) I've seen with continued performance the results are positive and very helpful. I'll add it to my routine this morning.

    Wishing all a good Thursday and end of the week.

    "Release tension in your whole body with 3 overhead stretches"

    May 17, 2018 at 6:48 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Today is going to be bright and sunny, cool in the morning, warming up this afternoon to around 24 C (75 F). As it's half school day we'll be picking up our grandson for lunch then take him to his football practice afterwards. It's a perfect day for playing outdoors. While he's there we plan to take the opportunity to walk around the neighborhood.

    Today's challenge - Strengthen your core and improve spine flexibility with ten seated elbow-to-knee crunches.

    How to do it - Cross your arms in front of your chest, palms facing in. Lead with your shoulder, not your elbow, and rotate your chest to the left, then round your spine in a forward "C" shape and bring your right shoulder toward your left knee. Return to center and repeat four more times on your right; switch and complete five times on your left.

    Even though I prefer to do my crunches on the floor I find this an easy exercise for the shoulders and back. I'll include these movements in my morning routine.

    Wishing all a good Wednesday and midweek.

    "Strengthen your core and improve spine flexibility with 10 seated elbow-to-knee crunches"

    May 16, 2018 at 7:24 UTC
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    Good morning!

    It's going to be a damp grey day, but warming up later this afternoon to 23 C (73 F), a nice change from the previous days' cool afternoon temperatures. We'll be out and about, finishing up work in the house and errands in town later this morning. This afternoon is for catching up on paper work and relaxing.

    Many thanks to Margaret H and Dileep for their encouragements.

    Today's challenge - Loosen back muscles with eight seated lateral pulls.

    How to do it - Sit and raise your arms above your head, with your palms facing forward. Stretch and sweep your right arm out to the side, as if you were tracing half a rainbow, and pull your right elbow in close to your hip. Return your right arm to its starting position and do the same on your left side. Repeat 3 more times on each side.

    This is another exercise I do in physical therapy, except mine is slightly modified due to my arthritic left shoulder. I simply lift my left arm as high as it will go then perform the rest of the movement, no problems with the right arm. When one does these movements often (two to three sessions a day several times a week) there is a sensation of improved flexibility and motion in shoulder joints. I'll add today's challenge to my routine this afternoon.

    Wishing all a good Tuesday and midweek.

    "Loosen back muscles with 8 seated lateral pulls"

    May 15, 2018 at 7:13 UTC
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    Good morning!

    It's good to be back. I did have a busy time with football games, helping with the grand kids and a small get together with my daughter and her family yesterday for Mother's Day. In France Mother's Day is celebrated on Sunday 27th May; it will be a very special celebration for our family as the day before (26th) is our grandson's 8th birthday. Today we'll be out and about, first with bringing our car to the garage this morning for a quick checkup, then grocery shopping right afterwards. It's going to be a cool rainy day so we' plan to spend most of the day finishing up work at home and relaxing.

    Thank you, Margaret H, for the encouragement!

    Today's challenge - Get energized: Flap your arms like a bird for one minute while seated.

    How to do it - Sit in a chair with no arms or on a bed, and start with your arms down by your sides, palms facing in. Flap your arms like a bird by bringing them up overhead and then back down to your starting position. Continue raising and lowering your arms for one minute.

    I often do this little exercise with the grand kids. The baby, six months old, loves the flapping. The older ones can't sit, they jump up and "fly" all over the room. It is very similar to movements I do in physical therapy; occasionally I'll hold or strap on light weights for added resistance. I'll do this challenge with weights this afternoon after lunch as a warm up at the beginning of my exercise routine.

    Wishing all a happy Monday and peaceful start to the new week.

    "Get energized: Flap your arms like a bird for 1 minute while seated"

    May 14, 2018 at 7:46 UTC
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    Joanne P. has come back from her break.
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    Joanne P. is taking time away from Daily Challenge and will be back on May 14, 2018.

    I've decided to take a break from tomorrow May 10th to Sunday 13th, returning to DC on Monday 14th. The coming days are going to be a bit busy for us with a four day holiday weekend beginning with a football game tomorrow Thursday and a family get together planned for the weekend. See you all Monday.

 

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