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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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    No one is chasing me.

    Our neighbor died. Mario was a lovely man. He sat outside after work and smoked cigars while talking to our boys. They often took male issues to him while growing up. Last August 2015 he had some difficulty walking. He was diagnosed with a neuropathy problem and fitted with braces. In October 2016 he was diagnosed with ALS. He was 51.His family is still in temporary housing because of the fire. I do not know if they will return to the house once the reconstruction is completed. Life trundles on.

    How to do it

    At several places along your walking route, pick two markers a distance apart. For example, you might choose a tree as one marker and a stop sign a few hundred yards away as another; in the city, you might use the start and end of a block as your markers. As you pass the first marker, you become "It." Increase your speed by walking as quickly as you can. Keep your speed up until you "tag" the second marker. Extra points if you pretend someone's chasing you!

    Why it matters

    Converting a daily stroll into a competitive game - even if you're only competing against yourself - keeps your walk interesting, making it more likely you'll lace up your shoes, even after a busy day at home or work. Playing exercise games like tag provides an added bonus by incorporating intervals into your cardio session. Research shows that intervals, or brief bursts of more vigorous exercise, help you maintain muscle strength and increase cardiovascular fitness better than long endurance sessions. Tag - you're it!

    Fun fact

    The playground game tag has quite a few aliases. Depending on where you're from, this game is called tip, tick, tig, dobby, it, and chasey!

    "Play a simple game of solo tag while you walk today"

    February 23, 2017 at 15:08 UTC
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    • Diane H.
      Diane H. replied February 23, 2017 at 15:50 UTC:

      Very young man sorry for your loss of neighbor and his family. Hope you have a good day today Jill.Looks like we might get some light snow today or tomorrow. Depending on when it is coming in. Have a Wonderful Thursday Jill! ♥

    • Carole G.
      Carole G. replied February 23, 2017 at 22:43 UTC:

      So sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.

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    Thank you Diane H!

    Chicago does not have any real hills. This is flat earth country! There are a few high places, but not very much of an incline can be detected. I will try to go up and down a curb to replace this DC! Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    How to do it

    Take a walk that contains a hill with a medium slope - not too steep, but with enough slope to provide a challenge. When you reach the hill, keep at a comfortable pace, and stop to rest on the way up if you need to. After coming back down, make sure that you walk for at least another five minutes on a level surface so that your body can cool down.

    Why it matters

    As you propel your body up a hill, your leg muscles are fully engaged and you are able to increase the intensity of a walk. You'll also likely feel a healthy sense of accomplishment when viewing the bottom of the hill from your perch when you reach the top!

    Fun fact

    "The hills are alive with the sound of music . . ." The famous lyrics in the title song from the movie "The Sound of Music" have been referenced in other movies, including "Moulin Rouge," "Yellow Submarine," and "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason."

    "Work your leg muscles by taking a walk that includes a medium-sized hill"

    February 22, 2017 at 14:54 UTC
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    Thank you Joyce W!

    One of my mother's favorite sayings was "Stand up straight and tall. That way people have to look you over, not overlook you" Yes, she had us walk with books on our heads. Rae and I would practice this skill quite often as children. I am also noit a slouchy sitter. We were watching the PBS series The Queen last night and Rae remarked that the posture of the actors was very good. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    I am off to have lunch with my ex teacher friends. A Lithuanian restaurant names Dukes is on the agenda.

    How to do it

    Focus on your posture whenever you walk today. Are you slouching? Favoring one leg over another? Leaning forward or backward while you walk? Imagine an invisible string is being pulled gently upwards from the top of your head with every step you take. This will help to elongate your neck and align your spine, knees, and ankles. Try to look forward (not down) while you walk, and remember to breathe deeply, opening your chest and shoulders as you do.

    Why it matters

    Not only can proper posture make you look taller, it can make you feel better, as well. Head and neck strains and injuries are often caused by poor posture, because slouching causes you to hold your body in an unnatural position. Slumped or slouching posture also inhibits breathing, as your lungs are better able to expand when your chest remains open. By walking tall, you'll help to reverse some of that strain and soreness, and take in more oxygen, to boot.

    Fun fact

    "Planking," or being photographed while lying perfectly straight and face-down with your arms at your sides, has become an Internet phenomenon. Celebrities Justin Bieber and Katy Perry have even gotten in on the fun, posting planking pictures online.

    "Walk tall today: Pay attention to your posture and align your body each time you walk"

    February 21, 2017 at 14:54 UTC
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    Thank you Ginger P!

    Today I will walk outside for 1 block. Not much going on today. Lamb chops are on the menu for dinned. I found a powdered rosemary that I want to try. I don't mind rosemary leaves in my food, but Jimmy does. I do chop rosemary very fine when I cook, This could be interesting. I will still need to strip the thyme leaves. I love that all of these fresh spices are available at my local Jewel.

    How to do it

    Instead of taking your car to run an errand, use the opportunity to take a walk instead. Take a 15-minute stroll to the post office, or swing by the pharmacy on foot. If you live too far from your errand to go the entire distance on foot, find a safe place to park a half-mile away and walk the rest of the way. If you take public transportation, get off the bus, train, or subway a stop early so you can fit in more walking.

    Why it matters

    Interested in living a longer, healthier life? Of course you are! Adding bonus physical activity to your day (by walking to run errands, for example) could improve your likelihood of living to an advanced age, according to a recent research study. Bonus: Leaving the car at home saves you money on fuel and cuts down on environmental emissions.

    Fun fact

    The word "errand" - which originally referred to a short but important journey or task - dates back to the 1640s.

    "Leave your car parked and walk to do an errand today, or get off the train or bus a stop early"

    February 20, 2017 at 14:45 UTC
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    Thank you Diane H, Ginger P, Julie O, and Bobbie D! I will not walk backwards outside. I will walk backward in my 40 foot hall. I am ever careful when I walk. Falling is not a good thing!

    There is nothing on my agenda today except preparing dinner. I baked ginger scones for breakfast. They were served with clotted cream and cantaloupe. I am on my second 18oz cup of coffee. Last night was quiche and a salad of olives, tomato, onion, and feta. A touch of pepper, garlic powder, EVOO and vinegar. Delicious! I have no idea what tonight entails. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    How to do it

    Take a walk today and alternate walking forward with turning around and walking backward. A good way to begin is by walking forward for three minutes and backward for one. Be sure to take your walk on flat terrain and in an area that is free of traffic.

    Why it matters

    Studies have shown that backward walking, though it may feel (and look!) a little funny, has serious health benefits for both mind and body. Walking backward burns more energy over a shorter period of time than walking forward at the same speed. It also places less stress on knee joints, which makes it a great option for anyone with knee issues. Walking backward can also give your brain a boost, improving not only balance but, according to a Dutch study, sharpening your thinking, too.

    Fun fact

    German track and field athlete Thomas Dold is a world champion "retro-runner." Dold currently holds five records in backwards running, conquering distances of up to one mile (1.6 kilometers).

    "Change up your walk: Alternate 3 minutes of walking forward with 1 minute of walking backward"

    February 19, 2017 at 16:46 UTC
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    • Julie O.
      Julie O. replied February 20, 2017 at 1:17 UTC:

      Ginger scone sound wonderful. I'm looking forward to English scones again this summer. Most American scones are quite different. I'm impressed that you use clotted cream. Do you make it yourself?

    • Bobbie D.
      Bobbie D. replied February 20, 2017 at 2:57 UTC:

      You certainly do have some delicious food at your house. Good idea to do the backward walking in your hallway. Falls are no fun at all. I'm glad you are taking good care of yourself. It was so nice to hear from you and I have appreciated again and again your advice about ...see more

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    Thank you Sandy W and Ginger P! Hugs to you!

    It is a bright sunshiny day in Chicago. The temps should be in the 50's! Beautiful weather.

    Today is shopping day. I will walk in several stores. Does walking in the produce aisle count as a green space? Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    How to do it

    Make a visit to an outdoor green space - a park, university or college campus, hospital grounds, botanical garden, or even a country road - and take a walk. As you do, notice the color of the sky, the temperature of the air, or the hues of the tree's leaves.

    Why it matters

    Hearing the trees rustle, listening to the birds sing, breathing in fresh air - there's no doubt that exposure to the natural world improves well-being. But taking a turn in Mother Nature proves good for more than a mental boost. Researchers found that people who spent time outdoors reaped a variety of benefits, including faster healing time, improved immune system function, and lower heart rate and blood pressure levels.

    Fun fact

    Originally designed for use in the mines

    "Take a stroll through a park, garden, or other outdoor green space, and enjoy the view"

    February 18, 2017 at 16:23 UTC
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    Jill W. earned the "In Stride" stamp February 18, 2017 at 16:17 UTC
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    Completed 9 challenges in the Wonderful Walks track
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    Thank you Diane H, Ginger P and Sally W! Hugs!

    I have one step into the house and one step at the curb. I go up and down those 2 multiple times per day. If I walk down the block, I will go up and down the curb.

    Very busy day I drove Rae down to work. Had to get gas in order to accomplish that without running out of gas. First load of laundry is washing and breakfast is done. I need to get my taxes finished today.

    Krystyn decided that she needs to go back to Alaska to work on herself. Isaac is devastated, but says this is an opportunity for him to work on himself. They have come to a mutual agreement to part. They say that if they resolve their issues, they may get back together. I am thankful that she did not break up with him in Alaska. That would have been much worse. I think it is good that she has started to repair her relationship with her family. I wish her the best.

    How to do it

    As you plan today's walk, incorporate some nearby stairs. Some possibilities: If you live near a school or university, head to the running track, and after walking, climb to the top of the stadium steps. Or if you work in an office building, take a walk at lunch and use the stairs instead of the elevator to return to your office.

    Why it matters

    Let's get vertical! Walking up stairs uses considerably more muscle fibers than strolling along a flat surface, resulting in stronger leg and hip muscles and better endurance. Adding stairs to your stroll also changes up the pace and gets your heart pumping, creating an even-better-for-you walk.

    Fun fact

    The Jack and Jill who tumbled down the hill in the famed Mother Goose story are thought to be named for the French King Louis the XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette, since he lost his crown and she went tumbling after!

    "Take your walk vertical by adding some stairs"

    February 17, 2017 at 15:17 UTC
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