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Joanne P.

Joanne P.

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American (originally from Chicago) living in France and married 41 years to French pen pal Paul (we began writing in high school); Mom to four; a grandson and a grand daughter. We live in a small country town about 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) south of Paris. Hobbies include writing (short stories, blogs), reading, traveling, taking long walks and working in my kitchen. My blog link - http://amazone779.wordpress...
  • Andra V., Sue G., Kenneth D., and 41 others smiled at this

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    Good morning!

    Today dawned overcast, cool and fresh after last night's rain. We decided to take our morning walk early and do another one this afternoon. As the morning advances we're seeing the sun peeking in between the clouds; an afternoon walk is planned to enjoy pleasant temperatures, around 23 C (73 F).

    Today's challenge - "Read" while you walk by downloading an audio book or podcast to take with you.

    How to do it - Try reading while you walk today - an audio book, that is! Thousands of books are available online; most are inexpensive and some are even free. You can also download free podcasts in a wide variety of topics.

    Although I will mark the challenge as done, it's something I can't allow myself to do when walking for safety reasons. Due to a congenital hearing disability (wear two hearing aids) throughout my life I've never been able to concentrate on listening and performing an activity at the same time. When I use earphones sounds are necessarily louder than normal and need my full comprehensive attention, thus outside/surrounding stimuli becomes nonexistent. Normal hearing, even with earphones, has the amazing and, to me anyway, the fascinating ability of "selecting" from the cacophony of surrounding sounds while in the act of doing something (in this case walking) and respond to them. For safety's sake when walking I never use earphones/listen to music, audio books or podcasts, even in the company of others. As it goes, I take advantage of my walks to concentrate on and become aware of, the present moment, that is, the process of walking, including the conscious awareness of the sounds and sights within one's surroundings.

    Wishing all a good Tuesday and peaceful midweek.

    ""Read" while you walk by downloading an audio book or podcast to take with you"

    June 28, 2016 at 8:37 UTC
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  • Candace N., Irene R., Rita H., and 37 others smiled at this

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    Good morning!

    Posting later this morning due to taking the opportunity to change passwords on email addresses, Facebook, etc. as I do every three to six months. This week is the last of the first half of the year; already six months have passed. The way things are going the next six will no doubt go by as quickly. This morning is cool and drizzly; according to weather forecasts skies will clear up to partly cloudy during the afternoon hours but scattered showers might still be part of the scenery before evening.

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

    Today's challenge - Get up and go: Choose one morning this week to take a short walk, and put it on your calendar.

    How to do it - Pick a day this week that you'll go for a short walk first thing in the morning. To help make it happen, have your shoes or sneakers and comfortable clothes next to where you sleep. Set your alarm for a time that will allow you to take your walk, eat breakfast, and prepare for your day without feeling rushed.

    No need to schedule walking days on calendars or setting alarms, etc. since we have the habit of taking a walk every day. Our walking shoes are always on a short rug near the front door. Being retired means we can plan our days as they come with open hours for appointments, visits with friends or helping with the grand kids. Today we plan to take our walk this afternoon just before picking up our grandson at his school.

    Wishing all a good Monday and peaceful new week.

    "Get up and go: Choose one morning this week to take a short walk, and put it on your calendar"

    June 27, 2016 at 9:15 UTC
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  • Irene R., Rushley B., Judith P., and 24 others smiled at this

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    Good morning!

    In a short while our guests will awaken to the brunch I'm in the process of preparing. I'm taking a break to check mail and post my challenge. It's going to be a pleasant Sunday with partly sunny skies and temperatures this afternoon around 22 C (about 71-72 F).

    Today's challenge - Add some weights to your walk with small water bottles, cans or one pound (0.5 kilos) weights.

    How to do it - Take a walk today, and bring some weight when you do! Use small water bottles, cans, or weights no heavier than 1 lb. (.5kg), and walk for 10 minutes less than you normally would to avoid feeling sore tomorrow. While you're walking, bend your elbows to lift and lower the weights, one arm at a time. Keep your wrists straight and don't raise the weights higher than shoulder-level. Hold your arms close to your body while you raise and lower them; holding them away from you can put too much stress on your joints.

    The idea of adding weights while walking is not really new; I've not done it in a long while due to taking shorter walks in bad weather. As it goes I was told in physical therapy that in my particular case for best resistance one kilo (2.2 pounds) is good for starters, going up to three kilos (6.6 pounds) as time goes on to build up strength and flexibility in the arm/shoulder muscles/ joints. For our afternoon walk this afternoon I'll strap one kilo weights (I've nothing less) to my wrists and synchronize simple arm workouts while walking.

    Wishing all a good Sunday and peaceful start of the new week.

    "Add some weights to your walk with small water bottles, cans, or 1-lb. (.5 kg) weights"

    June 26, 2016 at 8:02 UTC
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  • Gill B., Vanetta C., Lorraine B., and 23 others smiled at this

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    Good morning!

    Posting early as we've a busy day ahead. In a short while we'll be picking up our grandson who'll be staying with us the rest of the weekend. Our son decided to come today instead of yesterday and is inviting everyone out to the restaurant tonight. We originally intended to get some garden work (including mowing the lawn) done this morning but it rained overnight, totally skipping yesterday's day hours, which turned out to be a bright and sunny day. Scattered showers are predicted for today, so we'll see about getting garden work later today.

    Today's challenge - Change your terrain: Take a walk on a natural surface of grass, sand dirt or gravel.

    How to do it - Do you normally hit the pavement for your daily stroll? Today, seek out a natural surface to step on. Look for a wood-chip or gravel-strewn path through a local park, or hit a nearby dirt running trail. Walk the grassy interior of your local track, rather than the asphalt surface. If you're lucky enough to be near the beach, go pound sand while you walk today.

    This is nothing new. Where I live we are surrounded with open grassy fields, dirt and gravel paths, plenty of hills and open fields. Today's challenge encourages us to take our walk in the grassy open field next to our block. Wild flowers have been planted to attract honey bees and makes a very pleasant walk. We'll do this later this afternoon.

    Wishing all a happy Saturday and safe weekend.

    "Change your terrain: Take a walk on a natural surface of grass, sand, dirt, or gravel"

    June 25, 2016 at 6:51 UTC
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    Good morning!

    This morning is very overcast with no rain at the moment; the humidity is so high I wouldn't be surprised if it rained this afternoon, and as it always does, at the hour the kids come out of school. Our grandson will be continuing school until Thursday 30th, when the teacher will give the kids a folder containing all the work they did during the past year. From this point many kids stop going to school, or if their parents want them to go to the official end (Tuesday July 5th; the recreation center opens the next day), the last days are dedicated to fun and games. In a short while we're off to do some grocery shopping for tonight and the weekend; our son will be stopping over for dinner and stay overnight.

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

    Today's challenge - Take a walk today, and enlist an imaginary coach for a pep talk when you feel like stopping.

    How to do it - Go for a walk today. Once you feel like stopping - whether it's five or 25 minutes into your walk - play the role of a coach and encourage yourself to keep moving for another five minutes. Tell yourself the reasons to keep going: every little bit of exercise helps, and you can do it!

    This isn't really necessary, as I always complete our walk from beginning to end. Our early morning walk is done and went well without any stopping or quitting in the middle. As grandparents we never know when we'll be called to help with the kids or take care of errands, so we take the opportunity to do our regular activities when we're free, and this from the start to the end. We have another walk planned for this afternoon before picking up our grandson, and will follow the same principles as we always do.

    Wishing all a good Friday and safe weekend.

    "Take a walk today, and enlist an imaginary coach for a pep talk when you feel like stopping"

    June 24, 2016 at 8:33 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Posting while doing some laundry for my daughter; we offer to do the larger loads (towels and sheets) especially as they're pretty heavy. It's going to be another sunny and very hot day with temperatures hovering around 32 C (89 F), unusually hot for the north that will no doubt bring thunder storms.,Storms that the northern states along the English Channel will be having during the day will descend towards the Paris region tonight or overnight; it will become cooler beginning tomorrow, closer to average summer temperatures for the area.

    Many thanks to Dileep, Kristina and Lorraine for their encouragements; they're very much appreciated!

    Today's challenge - Give your brain a workout while you walk: Come up with an idea for a bumper sticker.

    How to do it - Take a walk today, and while you're on the move, look to your surroundings for inspiration in creating the perfect bumper sticker. If you're outside, maybe it's something that captures the beauty of the outdoors: "Take time to smell the cedars!" (You can do this on a treadmill, as well: "Take it one tread at a time.") Get creative - and if you can, try to get a chuckle out of it, too!

    I took a moment to read the challenge before posting to have an idea of today's walking activity in advance. Because of the important rise in temperature this afternoon we decided to take our walk early this morning. Walking along a busy street I come up with two distinct impressions: first, the irrespective way some drivers drive, and secondly, the fact that nature can teach us much about working together in peace and harmony. Even though trees, flowers, birds, animals and so on seemingly appear to do their own thing individually, each on their own, they do contribute harmoniously to the whole, without asking for anything in return. Their joint contributions work together to create peace and harmony in the natural world. The bumper sticker I came up this morning is this: "Like Nature we can work together in respect, peace and harmony."

    Wishing all a good Thursday and end of the week.

    "Give your brain a workout while you walk: Come up with an idea for a bumper sticker"

    June 23, 2016 at 9:32 UTC
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  • Pat L., Kim C., Cathy S., and 27 others smiled at this

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    Good afternoon!

    Posting later to take advantage of a long walk this morning before temperatures rose too high. Today is the first day of the annual summer sales, lasting six weeks (to August 2nd). In France there are two annual sales, one in summer and one in winter (beginning of January to mid February) when most items are up for sale at reduced prices. The rest of the year are just temporary sales (clearances, etc.). During the annual sales everything, clothes, electric appliances, televisions, video game consoles, computers, and so on all go on sale, many items are from 70% off. The summer ones are the most popular as clients have the time to use the electronic items they bought. Winter sales are involve mostly clearance of end of the series items to clear out old stock for newly released items in the spring. A few days earlier this month we took the opportunity to look over a few things we've been needing and this morning bought them while they were still there. We also took the opportunity to buy some summer outfits for the grand kids.

    Thank you, Lorraine, Andra, Joanna, Margaret H, Kristina, Rushley, Ginger and Gill, for your much appreciated encouragements!

    Today's challenge - Take a walk and pretend you're in a marching band: Lift your knees high and swing your arms.

    How to do it - Take a walk today, and pretend that you're a member of a marching band. Lift your knees higher than your normal walking gait. If you need to stop for a few minutes during the walk, march in place. While marching, swing your arms. If you're feeling daring, twirl an imaginary baton or play an invisible drum or other air instrument with gusto.

    I'll try this challenge this afternoon after we drop our grandson off at his soccer practice. Today is the last day as club activities close at the end of the school year, and start up again in September with the new school year. After practice the coaches are arranging a little party with prizes and presents for everyone. While the kids are at practice we'll take off on a short walk under the trees in the shade. Temperatures are expected to hover around the 30 C (86 F) mark this afternoon. During our return back to the clubhouse I'll do a minute or two's workout of high stepping and arm swinging.

    Wishing all a good Wednesday and midweek.

    "Take a walk and pretend you're in a marching band: Lift your knees high and swing your arms"

    June 22, 2016 at 11:24 UTC
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  • Starr B., Ginger P., Bev S., and 28 others smiled at this

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    Good afternoon!

    After taking care of important mid month errands, shopping for some veggies and fruits for the coming days and taking a long walk with hubby in drizzly rain, I'm back home answering mail and post my challenge. Between now and tonight the rain will slowly stop altogether bringing dry weather tomorrow along with rising temperatures close to 28 C (85 F), for my area (Paris region, north central France). Here average temperatures during summer are between 23 and 26 C (between 75 and 83 F). The south and southwest of France will have temperatures around 32 C (close to 90 F), relatively average for summer in the south where the greater majority of beach resorts are located near the Mediterranean Sea, attracting visitors and families from all over Europe. Holiday/vacation time is just around the corner; it begins next month (July), with August being the busiest and most crowded month.

    Many thanks to Sue W, Ginger, Lynn R, Rita, Kristina, Lorraine and Rushley for their encouragements; all very much appreciated!

    Today's challenge - Smile while you walk today.

    How to do it - Make walking and smiling go hand in hand today. If your feet are moving, get a grin going, as well. As you walk, try to keep your steps light and your mind clear and calm. Smiling will help you to do this, as will breathing deeply, in through your nose and out through your mouth. You don't need to plaster on a great big beaming smile either, just a small grin will do.

    I always take my walks with a smile; it's a very enjoyable activity. When I need a meditative walk (walking meditation) I start in a reflective mood and always arrive at the end with a positive sense of well being. This morning's walk was begun and ended with a smile, mostly because we'll finally be seeing less rain and more summer sun and seasonal temperatures after a long rainy spring.

    Wishing all a good Tuesday and midweek.

    "Smile while you walk today"

    June 21, 2016 at 12:14 UTC
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