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Janet W.

Janet W.

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    2011

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I am a Practical Nurse and Dog obedience trainer.
My interests include; knitting, painting, traveling, horseback riding, County fairs, animal rescue, teaching, and learning anything new.
I am a Witch. No. really! I am a direct descendant of the brother of three sisters convicted of Witchcraft at Salem, MA.
I have been bitten by at least 5 species of animals. Photo is Little Bit reading DC with me.
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    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 with your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your left knee and bring your right heel forward about 10 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm). Touch your right heel to the floor and slowly raise up to bring right foot back to start position. Repeat with left heel. Alternate 10 more times.
    Why it matters

    This exercise calls on you to engage your quads, the muscles at the front of the thighs. Strong quads help to make stronger knees and hips, making them less prone to injury and better able to carry out activities of daily living.

    I really hate not having time to rest here for awhile but I have so much on my plate that I have to say hello and goodbye. Meet you here again soon.

    Aloha April 17, 2014 at 8:13 UTC

    "Bend your left knee, bring your right heel forward and tap, switch sides, and alternate 10 times"

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    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 near a table, desk, or counter with with your feet shoulder-width apart. Raise your heels for a count of five and then slowly lower them to the floor. Hold on to the table, desk, or counter if you find you need support. Repeat four times.

    Why it matters
    Balancing on your toes helps to strengthen the muscles of the calves. Strong calf muscles are less likely to become strained or pulled during exercise or everyday activities.

    Fun fact
    Singer Norah Jones, whose songbook includes "Toes," was born Geethali Norah Jones Shankar. She officially changed her first name to Norah when she was 16.

    It has been a hectic day. A good one but very hectic. Little Bit whose middle name is now Chaos, has finally fallen asleep. My husband, who is not feeling good is going to bed, It has been raining and a little chilly all day; and maintenance didn't show until almost 4pm. Oh, and after he was finished I had to clean the bathroom which was not on my original to-do list. So, it was a good day but busy.
    Late tonight a friend asked me to dog-sit for her tomorrow so tomorrow is busier than I expected as well.

    I am grateful for; rainy days that gives the Earth a good drink.
    I am grateful for; Good books to read
    I am grateful for; being able to knit. It helps me relax.

    Aloha April 16, 2014 at 8:11 UTC

    "Lift your heels and hold for a count of 5, slowly lower them, and repeat 4 times"

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    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 in a firm, straight-backed chair and slide back so your back is supported. Extend your right leg in front of you with your toes pointing up. Slowly lift the same leg 3 to 5 inches (7 to 13 cm) off the seat of your chair. Hold for a count of five seconds and lower the leg. Repeat two more times and then switch legs.

    Why it matters
    Can you feel the muscles of your thigh engage in order to keep your leg off the chair? Strong quad muscles – those at the top of the thigh – help with activities for daily living such as walking and bending. They also promote healthy knees. April 15, 2014 at 7:02 UTC

    "Sit in a chair, extend your leg in front of you, lift your leg for a count of 5, and switch sides"

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    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. This challenge feels most comfortable when it's done on a carpeted floor, towel, or mat. Lie down on your back. Extend your left leg in front of you, bend your right leg at the knee, and rest your right foot on the floor. Tighten the quadricep (the large muscle at the front of the thigh) of your left leg. Slowly lift the leg for a count of three, then lower it for a count of three. Relax and repeat four times. Repeat five times with the right leg.

    Why it matters
    This exercise helps to strengthen the quads. Strong quads help to support the knees and hips, making them better able to resist injury and do the bending, twisting, and turning necessary for everyday activities and exercise.

    Fun fact
    Rod Stewart, the musician who gave the world the song "Hot Legs," became attracted to politics in his late teens and was arrested three times at sit-ins at Trafalgar Square and Whitehall in central London.

    Hi All!
    Its quite late as Little Bit was not going to sleep. Next to playing in the water in the bathroom sink and knocking my water bottle over, he likes to chase balls of paper all over the apartment. The last tired him out enough that I can now type.
    Thank you for all the encouragements. Your concern and cheery notes really lifts my spirits.
    I had a long day and I wanted to go to bed a little earlier. Tomorrow is our Saturday and we look forward to having some fun and getting out of the apartment for awhile.
    I am grateful for; a van that runs.
    I am grateful for; grocery coupons
    I am grateful for; a bed I hope to be sleeping in very soon. LOL

    Aloha April 14, 2014 at 7:34 UTC

    "Lie on your back, extend 1 leg, tighten the quads of the other leg, slowly lift, repeat 4 times"

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    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 on the bottom step of a staircase facing the stairs. Lower your right foot to the floor and back up again – but have your left leg do all the work by engaging the muscles in the left leg and not just dropping your right leg. As you lower your right foot, concentrate on the position of your body so the toe of your right foot comes down roughly even with the arch of your left foot, not way out beyond the step. Switch feet and repeat with the left foot.

    Why it matters
    Can you feel your glutes (the muscles in your backside), quads (the large muscles at the front of the thighs) and calves working hard to power that foot off the step? This challenge activates different muscle fibers to help build overall strength in the legs.

    Lynn, I think the problem is the word "power" implying that a person somehow forces the right foot down. What they actually mean is more like slow the right foot so that one is not using body weight to just drop the right foot. Instead tighten the muscles in the left leg to slow and control the right foot. This contracts the muscles in the left leg. So done.

    Little Bit is going crazy right now, dashing around the apartment like it is a NASCAR race and jumping onto and off anything he can. All this is driving my adult cats crazy and they start to get grouchy. Mayhem ensues. He has just knocked a platter off the top shelf of a bookcase along with a painting and a model fighter plane. Nothing was injured including him. He doesn't seem the slightest bit fazed.

    I am grateful that Little Bit hasn't broken anything lately.
    I am grateful that Little Bit hasn't hurt himself.
    I am grateful for another day of wonderful weather.
    I am grateful that I get to go to bed tonight.

    Aloha April 13, 2014 at 4:55 UTC

    "Stand on a bottom step, use the muscles of the left leg to power the right foot down, and switch"

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      Janet W. replied April 13, 2014 at 7:21 UTC:

      He has toys and I play with him as much as I can. He is out cold right now. Just like a baby he has only two speeds; off and full speed ahead. LOL

    • Chrys O.
      Chrys O. replied April 13, 2014 at 11:46 UTC:

      What a delight to read of the adventures of your precious Little Bit! I can just imagine how tired he is at day's end!
      Thanks so much for your gift of encouragement, Janet....what a treat!

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    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. In the center of a straight-backed, firm chair, sit with your back tall and don't let it touch the back of the chair. Plant both feet on the floor. Extend your left leg in front of you so it's level with your right knee. Contract the muscle at the top of your thigh and hold for a count of three. Relax the muscle, slowly lower your foot to the floor, and repeat with the right leg.

    Why it matters
    Strong muscles at the top of the thighs make things easier on your knees, allowing them to function optimally and resist injury. Stronger muscles also help with activities of daily living, such as standing up or getting in and out of a car.

    Fun fact
    The lifespan of an African spur thigh tortoise, a species that inhabits the Sahara desert, is between 50 and 150 years.

    Thank you Marianne for a great double pact. We got some good points too.

    I am grateful for: and absolutely perfect weather day
    I am grateful for: an honest mechanic that we found to work on our van.
    I am grateful for: books and people that help me grow and learn about myself.

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    Sign in a Birthing Center: We'll give your baby and out-of-body experience.

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    Little Bit is in my change cup trying to pull the coins out so he can play with them. He is good at getting them out, too. Tonight he has already knocked over two of my full bottles of water. I am worn out from a long day and I am too slow to rescue them. I have more to do tomorrow.
    Those with Fibro. know that what happens when we get overworked and that is where I am at now. My brain is a little foggy and I can't focus. I need to go to bed really soon because there are some stuff I have to get done tomorrow. It won't wait. So I am off and hopefully in LA La land soon. Besides, I just can't keep up with Little Bit tonight. lol
    I hope all my DC friends have a great weekend.

    Aloha April 12, 2014 at 5:14 UTC

    "Sit, lift left leg level with right knee, contract quadricep for count of 3, then switch legs"

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    Janet W. completed a pact with Marianne B. and won 396 bonus points April 12, 2014 at 4:59 UTC
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    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 tall next to a table, desk, or counter with your feet shoulder-width apart. Pull in your abdominal muscles (the area above your belly) and bend your left knee up to your chest. Hold it for a count of three and lower it back to the floor. (If you need support as you do the knee lift, touch the table, desk, or counter.) Repeat four times. Do the same with the the right knee. Remember to breathe as you do the exercise, and try not to bend forward or back as you lift your knee.

    Why it matters
    This challenge provides stretches for the glutes (the muscles in your backside) as well as the hamstrings (the muscles at the back of the thigh that help it to flex and rotate). These help with the overall health and strength of the legs. Strong leg muscles help with the function of hips and knees and are an important part of activities of daily living.

    Today I hada very nice visit from a friend and then my husband went to work. I am cleaning up the kitchen and trying to keep Little Bit from destroying the place. He is resting right now, getting ready for a second round. I should have named him Wrecker Ralph but he is just as funny and loving as ever.
    I don't know why but I am very sleepy, so I think I will say goodnight to everyone, finish my chores and go to bed. We are getting close to the end of the week and the end of my pact.
    Hello and goodnight to all my DC friends.

    Aloha April 11, 2014 at 5:50 UTC

    "Lift your knee to your chest for a count of 3, repeat 4 times, and then switch sides"

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