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Janet W.

Janet W.

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    1135 days
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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.
Photo is a Chihuly glass blown items in a real boat. He is amazing.
  • Sally H., Maribeth M., Lynn R., and 3 others smiled at this

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    How to do it
    Take a deep breath and imagine your belly button connecting to your back. Hold the contraction for a count to 10, then let it out. Practice this contraction while sitting at your desk, in your car, while standing at the checkout line, or doing dishes.
    Why it matters
    It's all about the abs! Activating your abdominal muscles - even while standing or sitting - creates a brace for your back and puts your core into alignment. Building your abdominal strength will keep your body in good posture and help prevent injury during exercise or everyday activities.
    Fun fact
    Legend says that tortellini pasta's shape is inspired by Venus's navel.

    This is an easy and fun challenge to do. It was Monday again and we went to the bookstore per usual. Several people showed up and we really had a party. I wish it could have lasted longer but they kicked us out at 10pm. Of course, that is when the bookstore closes!
    Mondays are always long and tiring but so much fun.
    Tomorrow we are supposed to get cold and rain, but at least it isn't supposed to turn to ice.

    here is wishing safety and fun for every one.
    Aloha March 3, 2015 at 8:50 UTC

    "Pull your belly button to your back for a count of 10"

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    • Karen G.
      Karen G. replied March 3, 2015 at 11:02 UTC:

      They don't have too many bookstores around here anymore. Thanks so much for your wonderful encouragement, Janet! Hope you had a pleasant evening.

    • Lynn D.
      Lynn D. replied March 3, 2015 at 14:17 UTC:

      Thank you so much or your words of encouragement and wisdom on my post yesterday, Janet. Thoughts that are necessary to always consider.

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    How to do it
    Take a deep breath and extend your arms to your sides. Squeeze your shoulder blades together. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Hold the stretch for a count of 10.

    Why it matters
    Stretching your chest lets air into your lungs and tension out of your body. During stressful moments, your muscles contract without you even realizing it - especially in the back, chest, and shoulders. Taking a moment to breathe with your arms wide open will tame the tension, add some peace of mind, and give your chest a great stretch.

    Fun fact
    The tallest man in history, Robert Pershing Wadlow, had an arm span of 9 feet, 5¾ in. (2.7 m, 21 cm

    It has been a difficult day with another winter storm with ice coming through. And I frankly feel terrible. I am surprised to realize that I am still feeling the effects of that fall I took two! weeks ago, but my husband and my body convinced me to rest for a little while. I didn't even go outside today and I always feel a bit unbalanced when that happens.
    My cats are raising havoc all day and I have my husband's permission to skin every one of them if they don't give me some peace! LOL The problem is that they are so cute and fluffy and happy that I can't stay too mad at them. Little Bit got in the shower with me today but only to get his feet wet. Usually whenever he gets his feet wet he jumps on any papers I am working on and gets the paper wet before moving on. A couple of my lipstick tubes have gone missing and a couple of days ago I watched Little Bit very gently pick out a necklace from a bowl. I was amazed at how patiently and precisely he used his teeth to pick up the pendant. I stopped the show when he picked it up again and tried to run off with it.

    I did a lot of cooking today. I made applesauce, baked a apple/strawberry pie, cooked enough oatmeal to last us a few days, a vegetable stir fry for dinner. I think that is it.

    While I have been typing Little Bit got into my treat basket that has individually wrapped chocolates (among other things) picked a wrapped chocolate ball where I had it stashed 7 feet above the floor, and dropped it to the floor. Then he jumped down and is now swatting it all over the floor! I think I need to go to bed and pull the covers over my head!!

    I dearly hope all of you had a peaceful evening and a restful night.

    Aloha all! March 2, 2015 at 8:10 UTC

    "Give your chest a good stretch by extending your arms and squeezing your shoulder blades together"

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  • Vickie A., Frank M., Leslie B., and 8 others smiled at this

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    How to do it
    Set aside five minutes and look closely at your shoes. Start at the back. Are either of the heels worn down or compressed on one side? Are there signs of wear (or even holes) inside the shoe? Is the sole tread pattern on the bottom of either shoe worn down? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you may want to consider getting a new pair of shoes.

    Why it matters
    Shoes have often lost their ability to properly protect your feet, knees, and back long before they start to look (or smell!) bad. Shoes have a limited lifespan, and with every step you take, you wear out the tread and break down whatever cushioning and support they have. Wearing shoes that are past their prime won't just leave you looking for foot rubs at the end of the day - it could also lead to shin splints, heel spurs, Achilles tendinitis, chronic knee pain, and even stress fractures.

    Fun fact
    A 100-pound woman wearing stiletto heels exerts more pressure on the ground than a 6,000-pound elephant.

    Sunday we are expecting icy rain storms. In my opinion that is the most dangerous type of weather to drive in and my husband will be driving in it both early morning and at night. Both times will be in the dark when it is the most difficult to see black ice. Even though he is a very careful driver I still worry. I know it is useless and so I work at maintaining peace.
    Not much else to talk about. I have been in the house all day, not doing much. I keep wanting to hibernate by sleeping all day. It is a struggle to stay awake! I really wish that every one stay safe and warm.
    Aloha March 1, 2015 at 4:46 UTC

    "Check your kicks for wear and tear"

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  • Lynn B., Karen G., Luis Manuel R., and 8 others smiled at this

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    How to do it

    Stand up straight and raise your arms out to the sides so they're parallel to the floor. Fixate on a spot ahead of you and walk with one foot in front of the other. With each step, as you lift one leg to move forward, pause while that leg is in midair and lift your back leg's heel for a second. Walk for 10 steps.
    Why it matters

    Tai chi, which began as a martial art, evolved to incorporate physical and mental health benefits. This exercise can help you improve your strength, balance, and coordination, as it calls on you to have your legs do two different things while walking.
    Fun fact

    "Tai chi chuan," usually shortened to "tai chi," has a literal translation of "supreme ultimate fist."

    I am so grateful that I have an apartment to live in and a warm bed to sleep in. I met a local homeless man who fell the week before I did and twisted his back worse than I did mine. But he is sleeping on the ground and has very little to keep him warm. He also doesn't have anything, not even aspirin to help with his pain, nor even a way to get to the hospital.

    I am grateful that I have food to eat every day when so many people don't know if they are going to eat or when.

    I am grateful because I have friends and family to come home to when so many people have lost everyone.

    I hope everyone who reads this is warm and safe tonight.

    Aloha February 28, 2015 at 8:23 UTC

    "Walk heel to toe for 10 steps, and as you pick up your front foot, lift your back heel"

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    I don't cross my legs when I am sitting so this is done. I don't have much to say, but I will come back later tonight.

    How to do it
    For many people, crossing your legs is an unconscious habit. As you sit today, catch yourself before you throw one leg over the other, and plant both feet on the ground instead. Position your body so your hips and knees are in alignment.

    Why it matters
    Regardless of what proper etiquette may dictate, crossing your legs lessens blood flow and throws your posture out of alignment. This places pressure on your joints and can lead to lower back pain. When your legs are crossed, your hip hikes to one side and the rest of your body follows. Sitting square in your chair helps keep your body aligned and centered.

    Fun fact
    According to the Victorian rules of etiquette, if a man was flirting with a woman and she twirled her fan in her left hand, it signified that she loved another.

    Aloha February 26, 2015 at 21:57 UTC

    "Pledge to uncross your legs when sitting"

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    Being that my neck is a little sore this was harder to do than normal, but I am still doing it. Good friends came to eat and visit and then I talked on the phone to another great friend and now I am ready to go to bed!
    Here we go with more snow but it should melt quickly (in a few days) and I am ready for some warmer weather.


    How to do it

    Raise one arm straight above you and bend at the elbow. Reach back and pat yourself on the back, on the same side. Using your opposite arm, reach over and gently push on the outside of your elbow. Hold the stretch for a count of 10. Repeat with the other side.
    Why it matters

    Though they are small, your triceps are important in keeping your shoulders stable. For many of us, stress builds a home in our upper back, shoulders, and arms, and your triceps will feel it as they strain to counter balance. This exercise will help provide a gentle stretch and release tension. Plus, you deserve that pat on the back!
    Fun fact

    "Triceps brachii," the scientific name for this muscle group means "three heads." The tricep is built of three muscle bundles and takes up two-thirds of your arm.

    Aloha February 26, 2015 at 7:25 UTC

    "Go, you! Pat yourself on the back and use the other arm to deepen the stretch"

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    This is an easy challenge that I do whenever I think about it. Its a good thing its so easy because I am really not feeling well today. I am sure I will be much better tomorrow.

    How to do it

    Take a deep breath and lift your shoulders to your ears. Hold for a count of 5. With a strong exhale, release your tension and let your shoulders drop.
    Why it matters

    As anyone who feels stressed-out knows, stress and worry from the day can easily make a home in your shoulders and send you into a slump. Stretching your shoulders with a simple shrug will help in creating better posture, eliminating pain,and surviving a hectic day.
    Fun fact

    Céline Dion, James Brown, and Ozzy Osbourne all recorded songs titled "I Don't Know."

    Aloha February 25, 2015 at 5:11 UTC

    "Shrug even if you know the answer: lift your shoulders to your ears and hold for a count of 5"

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    Brenda, great points.
    I guess I wasn't feeling so well after my fall and I went to sleep before I posted that I did the challenge. I had almost drifted off to sleep again when I suddenly jumped up because I realized what I had almost done. I will do much better tomorrow.
    Aloha February 24, 2015 at 10:59 UTC

    "Feel like a funky flamingo by holding up 1 leg"

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      Brenda K. is in a pact with Janet W.

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    • Vickie A.
      Vickie A. replied February 24, 2015 at 11:01 UTC:

      Feel better tomorrow! Have a sweet sleep.

    • Brenda K.
      Brenda K. replied February 25, 2015 at 0:03 UTC:

      Yes, we did receive good points for our pact, Janet. But even if you had forgotten to finish the last day, it is no matter to me. I still don't understand what benefit those extra points are to Daily Challenge participants...But it is fun to do them...

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    • Janet W.
      Janet W. replied February 25, 2015 at 4:48 UTC:

      @Brenda K. The points don't mean anything at all. One used to spend them to pay for a tract but they stopped doing even that. However, in game theory receiving points is immediate gratification and motivates people to keep playing, even though the points are useless. And it works! ...see more

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