Joanne P.'s Profile
streak 2254 days
streak 2254 days
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This is going to be a quickie as yesterday our daughter asked us to watch the girls this morning while she and her partner go grocery shopping. They prefer to go during the week to avoid the weekend crowds. They'll finish in time to pick up our grandson and we'll bring him to his football practice after lunch. It's going to be overcast and very cold today, maximum 7 C (44 F). The boys will be bundling themselves up with long sleeved shirts and warm fleece jackets while playing on the field this afternoon.
Today's challenge - Choose one source of protein to add to tomorrow's breakfast plate.
How to do it - Think of what you normally eat for breakfast. Now plan to add a little protein to your next morning meal. An egg, low-fat yogurt, or glass of low-fat or nonfat milk are all healthy and packed with protein. If you usually skip breakfast, go for something small, like a handful of nuts or peanut butter on whole-grain bread. Already eat a protein-filled food? You can click the "Done" button!
This is not a challenge as I add low fat yogurt, or my favorite, zero per cent faisselle (similar but not quite the same) every morning to my oat cereal combination.
Wishing all a good Wednesday and midweek.
This morning it's very cold, but bright and sunny. We'll be off to take care of errands and see the grand daughters (grandson is in school). The rest of the day will be free for personal activities as it's going to be too cold to spend time outdoors.
Many thanks to Kristina and Margaret H for their much appreciated encouragements.
Today's challenge - Spend fifteen minutes with someone special today, either in person or from afar.
How to do it - Plan to spend at least 15 minutes of quality time with a friend or loved one today. Before dinner, housework, homework, and the rest of your evening routine gets you too tired, try to take a little time to catch up with your partner, visit with a close friend, or play with your kids. If the person you love isn't close enough to spend time with, make it a phone call, Skype, or email date instead.
This is a nice challenge that comes right in time for this morning's visit with our grand daughters. It's so special seeing their bright smiles when we arrive. .
Wishing all a good Tuesday and midweek.
We're back to winter weather with freezing temperatures (minus 2 C, 28 F, feeling more like minus 6 C, 21 F). Light snow fell during the night but the ground is clear. The rest of the week will be freezing cold with possible showers during afternoon on some days. We'll be out and about today with grocery shopping, then spend the rest of the afternoon indoors.
Today's challenge - Identify an important task and plan to spend your first hour of the day working on it tomorrow.
How to do it - What is the hardest or most important thing you have to do this week? Identify the task, and then plan to spend the first hour of your day tackling it tomorrow. The task could be asking for something you want, making a difficult phone call, cleaning or organizing something, or making headway in a complicated project. Whatever it is, spend the hour giving it your undivided attention.
There are plenty of things needing to be done, now that we're at the threshold of spring (even if winter won't let go). Nothing that's hard or difficult, just priority items. The most important is filling up a new tool box we bought this past weekend, so all the tools are in one place. The box is large and easy to transport, like a mini suitcase, having wheels and a large handle, and fits perfectly in a niche in the pantry. As we'll be busy tomorrow morning with important errands and because I've the time I'll do the challenge this afternoon.
Wishing all a good Monday and start to the new week.
It's going to be a very cold dry day. Right now it's zero centigrade (32 F) with snow flurries falling since early morning; according to the weather report the morning feels more like minus five C (23 F). The grass, bushes and early flowers are all covered with a light blanket of snow, but not the ground, yet; I It will no doubt melt before the day is over. Tomorrow will be a repeat of today. It seems the closer we get to the Spring Equinox the less Winter will let go. Predictions for the coming week will be freezing cold with some clear days, others cold showers. It looks like we'll have to keep our winter woolens out for a little longer. We'll be mostly indoors today with personal projects and relaxing.
Many thanks to Ginger, Gill and Margaret H for their much appreciated encouragements.
Today's challenge - Ditch the three squares: Plant to eat five small meals tomorrow for a steady stream of energy.
How to do it - Tomorrow, break everything you eat into five mini-meals. Go for smaller versions of your regular breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and add a mid-morning and mid-afternoon mini-meal. The key is to not eat too much at any one time; otherwise you will take in too much food overall. Eat until you are just full, then stop. Remember that you won't have to wait long to eat again!
What I dislike about this challenge is that it follows the idea that food/eating is a major source of energy. While that is true in some cases (according to food), there are other ways, as essential and important, to energize oneself. The least should be by eating, simply because of its bad habit reputation. As it goes, here in France we already follow the five meals a day routine: breakfast, usually small; light mid-morning snack; lunch, primarily the largest meal of the day (but not always); light afternoon snack, and finally dinner/supper, small, but variable according to the season, around seven PM. These meals are regulated from childhood, as they are included in the school system. School lunches are always hot and filling (kids don't bring lunch; the meals are offered by the city hall, parents pay according to their family income). There are two breaks during the school day: one in the morning an hour before lunch and another during the afternoon hours, about an hour and a half before the end of the school day, which ends at four o'clock or four thirty , according to whether the school follows a four day or four and a half day schedule. Dinner as a rule is later due to the long school day. These eating habits become the norm even after one works full time since employers are required to offer break periods during the day. For this challenge I'll simply continue my regular eating habits, with our usual five meal plan, as I always do.
Wishing all a good Sunday and peaceful new week.
This is going to be a quickie as we'll be off in a short while to bring our grandson to a football (soccer) game in a town out in the countryside. It's going to be a damp, cold and rainy day. Tomorrow morning temperatures will fall below zero centigrade (32 F), bringing snow in the place of rain.
Many thanks to Nancy and Dileep for their encouragements.
Today's challenge - Eat one source of oats this week, like oat-grain bread, oatmeal or a reduced fat oat-brain muffin.
How to do it - Go for oats at least one time this week. Have some oatmeal for breakfast, or try a reduced-fat oat-bran muffin. Be careful with your muffin if you have one: It should have no more than 5 grams of fat and contain no more than 400 calories (1673 kilojoules). You can even get your oats at lunch and dinner in savory foods, by eating a sandwich on whole-grain bread, adding rolled oats to meatloaf, or using them as a crust for chicken breasts or fish fillets.
Today choice is cereal with cut oats, low fat yogurt and sliced seasonal fruits, sprinkled with cinnamon. Sometimes when I enjoy the same for lunch when we can add other ingredients such as red fruits which I'll be needing to stock up on this weekend.
Wishing all a good Saturday and peaceful weekend.
It's going to be partly cloudy and cold this morning, warming up slightly to 13-14 C (55-57 F) this afternoon, and as usual, a chance of showers. We'll be out and about today, taking care of errands and taking the opportunity to get in a walk in during the day.
Today's challenge- Leave yourself a reminder to drink a glass of water when you feel thirsty today.
How to do it - Write yourself a little reminder to grab a glass of water when you feel thirsty today. Put it on a place you'll see over the course of the day, such as your desk, monitor, or bathroom mirror. When your thirst hits, drink up! Go for the whole glass, not little sips.
This is a silly challenge; it really shouldn't be one. Drinking water when thirsty shouldn't have to be dictated or need a reminder; it's a natural act that needs to be encouraged for everyone. I always have water nearby/on hand when thirsty.
Wishing all a good Friday and weekend.
It's going to be overcast today with strong possibilities of showers this afternoon. Temperatures will rise to 13 C (55 F) during the afternoon hours. Our grand daughter loved her bicycle so much she didn't want to leave for home. It's left here because we have room for it (with her brother's bike) in our shed and also because we have more side walk space for her to ride it. No doubt she'll be asking to come here often as her brother already does. They live in an area where new buildings are recent and the sidewalks are just being set up (trees were recently planted) so things should be better this coming summer. We'll be out and about today, taking care of errands and grocery shopping then after my daily routine relaxing with some baking and reading the rest of the afternoon.
To answer some of your questions: I enjoy baking, finding it creative and relaxing. The other day I made veggie pie and yogurt/apple coffee cake, sharing both with our daughter. Today I plan to make pumpkin cupcakes and tomorrow banana cake for the weekend. As for authorship, I'm neither an author nor have I ever published anything, except as a contributing writer for Lynn R's organizations.
We did well, Mariela; thank you for a wonderful pact.
Thank you, Dileep, for the much appreciated encouragement.
How to do it - Think of your favorite stress-relieving strategy. Is it exercising, deep breathing, journaling, knitting, gardening, or just chatting with a friend? Whatever you choose, set aside at least 15 minutes today to engage in this activity.
This challenge is a repeat from another track. There are a variety of methods/ways/manners I have to relieve stress. Writing is one of them, meditation and walking are others. I also like sewing projects (patchwork, quilting). The most common and immediate way is to stop what I'm doing and concentrate on the present moment. Breathe deeply, block out exterior distractions and listen to the sounds of silence. It takes only a few minutes and really does help clear the mind. If I have a stressing moment today I'll use this last one as it's the most inconspicuous (doesn't attract attention) thus can be done anywhere.
Wishing all a good Thursday and end of the week.
It's going to be bright and sunny today, cold this morning with temps rising to 15 C (59 F) this afternoon. As it's half school day we'll be having our grandson over for lunch before taking him to his football (soccer) practice. We'll be spending most of the afternoon outdoors as his little sister (eldest grand daughter, three years old) will be joining us so she can try her birthday present (bicycle with training wheels). Now that the season is changing the weather will give us plenty of opportunities to ride it.
"Be curious. However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up." Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)
Many thanks to Lisa L and Dileep for their encouragements.
Hello Mariela, Day Five has arrived; time's gone by so fast. Take care and have a peaceful midweek.
Today's challenge - Release tension by standing and gently "jiggling" your body from head to toe.
How to do it - Stand with your arms hanging loosely at your sides. Starting with your head, softly “jiggle” to shake the tension out of your face and neck. Slowly move down the rest of your body, gently jiggling as you go, until you reach your feet.
This exercise reminds me of the "Hokey Pokey" song/game children love to play. Since the older grand kids will be here today I'll propose this challenge using the Hokey Pokey theme and we'll have some laughs at the same time.
Wishing all a good Wednesday and midweek.