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Jill W.

Jill W.

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I am a retired pre-school/kdg teacher. I taught in the CPS for 32 years. I am a five year breast cancer survivor as of June 2012! I am Jewish My sister is Rae I am a work in progress.
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    Susan P. completed a pact with Jill W. and won 306 bonus points March 27, 2017 at 15:52 UTC
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    Thank you Sandy W and Sally W! E from great friends!

    It is monsoon season in Chicago. My entire right shoulder is kicking me. That is the one that I broke in a fall 3 years ago. I tripped and broke the clavicle, broke a rib and partially deflated my right lung. The end of the clavicle near my throat is out of place. They can not repair the damage. My doctor was out of town. The doctor I saw had x rays done and sent me home. It was a rough recovery. When I saw my doctor he was livid that I had not been sent to the hospital. The doctor I saw is no longer part of this health system. If the shoulder feels better I will attempt this DC. Everyone have a wonderfilled day.

    How to do it

    Sit up tall on the edge of your chair with both feet flat on the floor. Extend both arms out in front of you with palms down. Place your right palm on top of your left hand. Lean forward from your hips until your torso is halfway to your knees. Keep your chest open as you lean forward. Lift both arms toward the ceiling, inhaling as you do, and try to get your elbows by your ears. Exhale and release. Lean forward two more times, then switch the position of your hands and repeat three more times.

    Why it matters

    Bending forward from a seated position improves strength in both your front core and back core. Adding the extended overhead arm press builds both strength and flexibility in your shoulders.

    Fun fact

    According to the American Kennel Club, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog breed in the US.

    "Strengthen your core, both front and back, with a seated downward-facing dog yoga pose"

    March 27, 2017 at 13:54 UTC
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    Thank you Diane H, Sheila C, Joyce W, Twillia C, Ginger P, and Sally W! Hugs!

    This is difficult because I only have half of my r foot. I will hold on to a counter to attempt this.

    It is a rainy day in Chicago. It is Erik's birthday. He is now 39! We will go to dinner with him this evening. This is the baby that I was given when he was 3 days old. His mom was having a nervous breakdown. He came back to my home many times and was placed here permanently when he was 16 by DCFS. He is enormously talented in art and music, but lives on SS disability because he will not take any medication for his bi polar disorder. Life can be very interesting.

    How to do it

    Stand behind a chair, which you can use for balance if you need to. Stand tall on your tippy toes for 3 seconds. Lower your heels slowly back to the floor; repeat nine times.

    Why it matters

    The front part of your lower leg - the shin area - tends to be weaker than the stronger opposing muscle group that works with your calves. Performing simple exercises to improve the strength in your shins improves leg strength and is important for activities like climbing stairs.

    Fun fact

    Maria Taglioni is the first recorded dancer to perform en pointe. She danced an entire ballet on her toes.

    "Stretch your heels and calves by standing on your tippy toes for 3 seconds; repeat 9 times"

    March 26, 2017 at 18:26 UTC
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    How did it get to be day 3 Susan P! Yea us!

    I did 4 loads of laundry yesterday, drove Rae down to work, and went to Catherine's. I got Rae 4 blouses and 2 for myself. The cost was $44.10! I love bargains! Rae is the kind of shopper that goes into a store, buts what she went there for, and leaves. She hates resale, and does not browse. She likes to shop on line.

    The weather in Chicago is in the 40's, but it is monsoon season. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    How to do it

    Sit forward in your chair with your chest up, arms down by your sides, and palms facing in. Keep your body tall and lean to the right side, moving your fingertips down the side of your leg as far as comfortable. As you stretch, think about moving the top of the side of your rib cage toward the top of your right hip. Return to center; as you do so, think about lifting your body back to a tall position by using the muscles on the left side of your rib cage. Do four more stretches on the right, and then do five on the left.

    Why it matters

    Improving the strength and flexibility of your oblique muscles (the muscles along your sides of your body) helps with activities that require you to bend to the side or twist your torso. Strong obliques support the muscles of your lower back and help to improve posture and balance.

    Fun fact

    The oblique column of the leaning Tower of Pisa tilts toward the south at an angle of 5.5°.

    "Stretch your sides with 10 seated crunches"

    March 25, 2017 at 16:08 UTC
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    Thank you Vicky P! ♥

    My computer blinked and I lost my post. Sigh.

    Sunny with a high of 70 expected for today!. Yesterday was lovely. My friend change her sweater for one of the blouses that I gave her! I think that is a homerun! I walked from the parking garage to the restaurant and back again. Two blocks each way. It may not seem like a lot to some of you, but to me it is progress.
    Rae was driven down to work. The first load of wash is in. I would like to go back to Catherine's to shop for Rae and maybe myself. We shall see how quickly I can get things done. I prepared potted chicken yesterday so I have leftovers to heat for dinner. This is such an easy recipe. Season bone in chicken with garlic powder, pepper and paprika. Brown chicken in a deep pot. When you turn the chicken add one onion that you have sliced, When the onion is softened add ketchup that covers each piece of chicken. Add water to 3/4 of the way up the chicken. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour. or until the gravy thickens. Serve with rice and a vegetable. It is a good thing.

    How to do it

    Sit in a chair and place your left heel on top of your right toes. Gently push your left heel toward the floor and pull your toes up against the resistance. Inhale, hold the resistance for 3 seconds, exhale, and release. Switch sides.

    Why it matters

    The front part of your lower leg - the shin area - tends to be weaker than the stronger opposing muscle group that works with your calves. Performing simple exercises to improve the strength in your shins improves leg strength and is important for activities like climbing stairs.

    Fun fact

    The Shins are an American indie rock band from New Mexico. They got their name from the musical "The Music Man," which features a family with the surname Shinn.

    "Strengthen your shins with 2 toe lifts in your chair"

    March 24, 2017 at 14:28 UTC
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      Bobbie D. replied March 25, 2017 at 2:14 UTC:

      Hi Jill. Thanks for explaining about the bags. I have several boxes and other containers of stuff that belong to my older son, Eric, in my garage. He keeps saying he is going to come and go through them and decide what he wants to keep and what to toss. The stuff has been ...see more

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      Diane H. replied March 25, 2017 at 4:26 UTC:

      Good evening Jill, sorry am late. Our computer at work had no Internet at 1p on. Will do better communication tomorrow!♡

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    Jill W. is celebrating an anniversary of Daily Challenge! March 24, 2017 at 7:46 UTC
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    Thank you to Deborah W, Judy A, Diane H, Nicole B, and Annette S!

    I had trouble getting the computer to cooperate today. I had Norton do a full scan and voila I am on and completing my DC!

    Today is the first pact day for Susan P and me. She is a great person and a great friend. Some day we will meet in person! We have spoken on the phone. I would love to meet each DC connection!


    Today is lunch and a movie with my friends that are former teachers. A Thai restaurant has been selected and the movie is Hidden Figures. This will be great fun. One of my friends has a birthday that we are celebrating. I went to Catherines yesterday and caught a great sale! We have a $30.00 limit on presents. I got 5 blouses and a pair of pants for her which should have been about $300.00, but due to the sale and coupons was only $27,00! I think she will be surprised and delighted. The gift even came with a $25.00 coupon that I put in her card with the gift receipt. I had lot's of fun shopping.

    Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    How to do it

    Stand to the side of a chair for balance. Stand with your right foot about 6 inches (15 cm) in front of your left foot, as if you are standing on a tight rope (your legs can be a little wider apart if it's more comfortable). Stand with your weight distributed evenly between both feet. Lightly hold on to the chair or, if you're feeling comfortable, let go and reach both arms out from your sides. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat with the left leg in front.

    Why it matters

    When you're doing this balance exercise, wobbles are good! It means your balance system is working to recover your body from slight (or major) shifts in the change of your center of gravity. Improving balance is very important for reducing chances of a fall and increasing recovery from trips and spills.

    Fun fact

    In 1950, Negus the lion was trained to tightrope walk three meters above the ground.

    "Work on improving your balance by standing still on an imaginary tightrope"

    March 23, 2017 at 15:17 UTC
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