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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...
  • Irene R., Margaret H., Lorraine B., and 19 others smiled at this

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    Good morning!

    It's a cool dreary morning, not as cold as the previous week. Already we're seeing and hearing birds everywhere, and nests in open trees where before there were none. For the first time this year we were surprised to hear last night the melodious song of a blackbird in the trees next to our house. It was such a pleasant experience as twilight was descending upon us I thought for sure it was a sign that spring won't be too long in coming. As today is half day for schools our grandson will be here for lunch then we'll all head for his football (soccer) practice later in the afternoon. While he's there hubby and I will take the free time for our afternoon walk.

    Today's challenge - Sit and alternately step your feet out to your sides ten times.

    How to do it - Warm up by marching in place as you slowly count to 30, or sit at the front of a chair and alternate lifting your knees at an even speed (not too fast!) 30 times. Sit up tall in a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Step your right foot out to the side, and step your left foot out to meet it. Step your left foot back to the center and bring your right foot to meet it. Repeat with stepping your left foot out to the side, meeting it with your right foot, and bringing them back to center. Alternate sides, repeating 8 more times.

    This is a simple easy exercise I do very often, especially in the evening after long hours standing or after a long day walking around. I'll be sure to add it to my exercise routine this afternoon.

    Wishing all a good Wednesday and midweek.

    "Sit and alternately step your feet out to your sides 10 times"

    February 22, 2017 at 8:23 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Posting later today; it's a special day for us. Early this morning was an early physical therapy session; one more Friday then the winter series is completed. The next series is scheduled for September. Afterwards as today is his birthday I offered hubby a little breakfast treat at one of our favorite cafés. Later this afternoon we'll pick up our grandson at his school; our daughter is having an impromptu birthday party with the kids. We're planning his birthday dinner at our favorite restaurant Friday evening. Our daughter and her partner planned an evening out at the movies and eating out so this coming weekend we'll be having the grand kids here overnight Saturday evening.

    Many thanks to Andra, Lorraine, Dileep, Sandra P and Ginger for their much appreciated encouragements this morning.

    Today's challenge - Lie on your side, turn your top foot up, engage your quads, lift your leg. Repeat four times.

    How to do it - Warm up by marching in place as you slowly count to 30, or sit at the front of a chair and alternate lifting your knees at an even speed (not too fast!) 30 times. Lie on your side with your legs extended and feet together. Turn your top foot slightly toward the ceiling without rolling your hips back. Tighten your quads (the muscles on the front of the thigh that's on top) and slowly lift your leg for a count of three. Slowly lower it back down and relax. Repeat four more times and switch sides.

    This exercise is not new; it's an interesting variation of the floor leg exercises I've been doing all this month. I'll add it to my routine this afternoon which I plan to do in two parts; the first part after lunch and the second in the early evening.

    Wishing all a good Tuesday and midweek.

    "Lie on your side, turn your top foot up, engage your quads, lift your leg, and repeat 4 times"

    February 21, 2017 at 10:33 UTC
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    Sandra N. completed a pact with Joanne P. and won 325 bonus points February 20, 2017 at 17:48 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Posting before beginning the day's work. It's not quite as cold as yesterday yet still grey and dreary with signs of high humidity building up. The weather people predict rain for the day, so we're planing our day accordingly. Later this morning we're off grocery shopping for the next couple of days; the rest of the day will be for clearing papers (one more week and it's March already), creative work (sewing, writing) and general relaxation as well as my daily exercise routine. Kids have gone back to classes this morning now that the winter break is over. In the beginning the break was fun but at the end boredom was taking over; for many kids it was have been good to see old friends at school this morning.

    Thank you, Sybilla and Andra, for your kind encouragements this morning!

    Waving to Sandra - it's hard to believe four days have quickly gone by, and now we're at the end of our pact. Thank you for sharing this journey and best wishes for a happy Monday and new week.

    Today's challenge - sit and lift your knee to your chest, hold for a count of three, repeat two times and switch sides.

    How to do it - Warm up by marching in place as you slowly count to 30, or sit at the front of a chair and alternate lifting your knees at an even speed (not too fast!) 30 times. Sit on a chair that has a level, firm seat. Lift your left knee to your chest, holding the underside of your thigh with your left hand. Pull your knee up as high as you can and hold for a count of three. Put your foot back down to the starting position. Repeat two more times and then switch sides.

    This is a nice overall exercise, good for legs and knee and hip joints. I'll add it to today's routine along with the exercises from the past three days; they are good follow up sequences, done right after the other.

    Wishing all a happy Monday and peaceful new week.

    "Sit and lift your knee to your chest, hold for a count of 3, repeat 2 times, and switch sides"

    February 20, 2017 at 9:12 UTC
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    Good morning!

    This morning dawned cold and very foggy. After opening the shutters in our upstairs bedroom we could hardly see across the street. The weather people say as the day advances and temperature rises (max 12 C, 53 F) the sky will start clearing up to partly sunny which is what happened yesterday making our afternoon walk a very pleasant one. We'll be taking a walk later today then relax the rest of the day with a good book and watching favorite television series.

    Waving to Sandra - already Day Four; time's flying by fast! Wishing you a blessed Sunday and happy new week.

    Today's challenge - Put hands on tabletop, bend, forward, extend one leg back and count to three; switch sides.

    How to do it - Warm up by marching in place as you slowly count to 30, or sit at the front of a chair and alternate lifting your knees at an even speed (not too fast!) 30 times. Stand facing a table or desk with your feet shoulder-width apart. Place both hands on the tabletop or desk and bend forward slightly. Keep your abdominal muscles (the area above your belly) pulled in tight. Slowly lift your right leg straight back behind you with your toes pointed. Tighten your leg muscles and hold your leg in the air for a count of three. Slowly lower your leg to the floor. Repeat two more times, then switch sides.

    I'm very familiar with this simple leg exercise, doing it in a variety of different ways. While holding the table is the easiest, I prefer leaning against a wall. It offers resistance for the arms, shoulders and also the back leg muscles where the pull is the greatest. I'll add this exercise to my regular routine.

    Wishing all a good Sunday and peaceful new week.

    "Put hands on a tabletop, bend forward, extend one leg back and count to 3, and switch sides"

    February 19, 2017 at 10:06 UTC
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    Good morning!

    it's very cold and foggy this morning with a high humidity that will last all day. Temperatures will hover around 11 C (51 F). Gradually, slowly the subtle signs of Spring are overpowering those of winter, like a very slow motion moving picture but we've still a long way to go. Nevertheless the idea of waiting for the new season is unmistakably uplifting and really feels good. Yesterday afternoon we were able to talk to our son in Montreal by Skype; he showed us the new apartment and the snow outside the windows. It will soon be two weeks since he and his friend moved there and so far things are going well. They are in the process of filling the apartment with furniture and getting used to their surroundings and the city of Montreal as well keeping an eye on the job market, although our son's friend has already a job (he specializes in creating software programs). Today we'll be taking a long walk, clearing up files and papers (already mid month) and relaxing this afternoon.

    Already midpoint day, Sandra; I hope your weekend will be a bright and happy one.

    Today's challenge - Sit and squeeze a pillow, rolled up towel or your fist between your thighs fr a count of twenty.

    How to do it - Warm up by marching in place as you slowly count to 30, or sit at the front of a chair and alternate lifting your knees at an even speed (not too fast!) 30 times. Sit halfway toward the front edge of a firm chair with your fist, a pillow, or a rolled-up towel between your inner thighs. Press your legs in and hold for a count of 20.

    This is not new; it's been a part of my routine. I do it every other day, using different squeezable objects. I'll be sure to do this exercise again later today.

    Wishing all a happy Saturday and safe weekend.

    "Sit and squeeze a pillow, rolled-up towel, or your fist between your thighs for a count of 20"

    February 18, 2017 at 9:12 UTC
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      Sandy W. replied February 18, 2017 at 23:40 UTC:

      Hope you have a good rest of this week-end, Joanne. :)

    • Mariela A.
      Mariela A. replied February 19, 2017 at 6:12 UTC:

      Good Morning darling... I'M GLAD YOUR SON IS DOING WELL.. Thank you so much for my E yesterday... It's 2:15am here... Have a fantastic Sunday... and hope the weather will be nicer... Sending BIG HUGS and LOVE ♥

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    Good morning!

    This is going to be a quickie as I'll be leaving for this week's physical therapy session then we may be heading for daughter's to watch the grand kids while she is at the hair dresser. If her partner doesn't have to leave early (he works in a restaurant, lunch or dinner shift) he'll be there otherwise we'll be there ourselves. It's a cold foggy morning with possible rain during the day. We'll be spending the afternoon hours relaxing before the weekend.

    Onto Day Two, Sandra; I hope your day will be a good start to the weekend.

    Today's challenge - Raise your arms in front of your as your stand up, sit down with arms raised. Repeat seven times.

    How to do it - Warm up by marching in place as you slowly count to 30, or sit at the front of a chair and alternate lifting your knees at an even speed (not too fast!) 30 times. Sit up tall on a firm, straight-backed chair, with your backside halfway toward the front edge of the chair. (Your back should not be touching the back of the chair.) Pull in your abdominal muscles (the area directly above your belly). Stand up as you raise both arms in front of you. (If you need to, you can keep your hands on your thighs and push off as you stand.) Slowly lower yourself back into the chair, pushing your hips back so your knees are behind your toes. Repeat 7 times, and don't forget to breathe. If you like, you can make this challenge harder by starting with your arms extended to shoulder height before you stand.

    This exercise is similar to one I do in PT for my shoulders, the slight difference being light weights strapped to the wrists, offering good resistance while rising from a sitting position. There are several variations to this exercise; I'll try a few of them during my daily routine this afternoon.

    Wishing all a good Friday and peaceful weekend.

    "Raise your arms in front of you as you stand up, sit down with arms raised, and repeat 7 times"

    February 17, 2017 at 6:49 UTC
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    Good morning!

    It's a cold grey morning with rising humidity resulting in possible rain this afternoon. Today I'll be finishing up housework then after lunch get some baking done for the weekend. Tomorrow we'll be out all morning first to my early PT session then to watch the grand kids while our daughter is at the hair dresser.

    Many thanks to Sybilla, Sandra P and Dileep for their kind encouragements!

    Thank you for the invitation to pact, Sandra N; we're on our way!

    Today's challenge - Step to the side five times, step back to the starting position and repeat.

    How to do it - Warm up by marching in place as you slowly count to 30, or sit at the front of a chair and alternate lifting your knees at an even speed (not too fast!) 30 times. Stand and begin moving sideways by stepping your right foot out to your side. Next, bring your left foot to meet your right foot. Continue moving to the right, taking four more steps. Return to the starting position by starting with your left foot. Repeat once.

    This exercise is not new; I do these movements all the time, even when cleaning, and occasionally as warm ups. I'll include today's challenge to this afternoon's routine as a beginning and ending warm up.

    Wishing all a happy Thursday and end of the week.

    "Step to the side 5 times, step back to the starting position, and repeat"

    February 16, 2017 at 9:23 UTC
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