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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.
  • Catherine T., Sima J., Yvonne G., and 8 others smiled at this


    Go No rice and beans needed and I had them hold the crema(sour cream). od morning! I like planks on my bed.

    I went to lunch with my friends that are ex teachers. They are a wonderful and supportive group. We went to a Mexican restaurant. I had 2 tostadas. I love tostadas! No rice and beans and I had them hold the crema(sour cream). Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Lie face down on a carpeted floor. Extend both arms out in front of your body. Your head should hover over the floor with the tip of your nose just above the floor. Lift your kneecaps up off the floor and draw your belly button towards your spine. Lift your right arm and left leg towards the ceiling, and reach toward the walls in front of and behind you. Hold for 3 seconds and release. Do this two more times, then switch arms and legs.


    Many people complain of low back pain as they age, and sedentary lifestyles can contribute to weaker muscles in this region. This is a great exercise to strengthen the muscles along your spine in your lower back. This can help prevent pain during everyday activities or when you're exercising.

    Fun fact

    Ouch! A stingray's spine has serrated edges and a sharp point, and sometimes contains a deadly venom.

    "Do a spine-strengthening stretch"

    July 29, 2016 at 14:18 UTC
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    Thank EEE's go to Sandy W!

    I do this all of the time on the bed! Rae stays in one place when she sleeps. Her bed just needs a bit of straightening in the morning. I sleep all over my bed! I am just as likely to wake up with my head at the foot of the bed! This exercise helps me get out of bed in the morning. Then I have to untwist the blankets and sheets to remake my bed! I have even been known to fall out of my queen sized bed. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Lie face-up on the floor. (A carpeted surface is most comfortable, but you can put down a towel if you're on a hard floor.) Extend your arms to either side, and put your palms face down on the floor. Bend your knees and lift your feet in the air. Your knees and hips should both be at 90-degree angles. Slowly drop your legs to the left, almost to the floor (or as far down as you can go while still keeping your back on the floor). Lift your legs back to center, then slowly drop them to the right.

    Why it matters

    Twisting your hips is tops! This quick exercise provides a great stretch for your hips, and helps to increase the range of motion in your lower back and pelvis. It also strengthens your abdominal muscles and promotes a stronger core, which is important for good posture, digestion, balance, and injury prevention.

    Fun fact

    The word "torso" derives from the Latin "thyrsus," meaning "stalk," as in the stalk of a

    "Do a hip roll: Lie on your back, bend your knees, and drop your legs to 1 side, then the other"

    July 28, 2016 at 13:01 UTC
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    I did this one sitting down. I did 20 for each leg. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    The plumbing trumps the window treatments. Since the very good plumbers can not fix the lack of hot water in the second sink in my bathroom, we will need to replace pipes. The saving is started for this progect. It will take a while to gather the resources. The floors will wait as well. When you own a home, the work is never done!

    Stand up straight and hold on to the back of a chair for balance. Slightly bend your right knee and lift your left leg out straight and to the side, at no more than a 45-degree angle to your body. Point your toes, imagine your big toe is a pen, and draw 10 small circles by moving your whole leg. Reverse circle directions and draw 10 more small circles. Change legs and perform the same routine.


    Our hip muscles are connected to the muscles of the back, abdomen, legs, and backside. They're also susceptible to wear and tear, so it's important to work those hips. Drawing imaginary circles with your leg strengthens your hips and knees, and your thighs feel the burn, too!

    Fun fact

    Ever heard the children's song that includes the lyrics, "The thigh bone's connected to the (pause) hip bone...."? It's one of many songs inspired by a traditional spiritual called "Dem Dry Bones."

    "Draw 10 imaginary circles with your right leg, then switch and draw 10 with your left leg"

    July 27, 2016 at 13:55 UTC
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      Jean K. replied July 27, 2016 at 17:49 UTC:

      Hot water is much more important than new windows. I am with you when you say one must prioritize the replacements in our homes. I am doing replacements each year, as something always needs attention. I still rather stay in my home than rent an apt....love my neighbourhood ...see more

    • Barbara H.
      Barbara H. replied July 28, 2016 at 9:25 UTC:

      Hi Jill. Thanks for your encouragement. Always so nice to hear from you.

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    Thank EEE's go to Sally W and Judy F! ♥

    My arms are doing very well. I have managed in my lifetime to break my left arm near the shoulder and dislocate and break the right collar bone. I am not a graceful swan. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Find a full water bottle, soup or juice can, or other small weight. Stand or sit up straight and hold the weight in your right hand with your palm facing up. Be sure to keep your wrist straight and your elbow tucked close against your waist. Slowly bend your arm at the elbow to curl the weight all the way up to your shoulder, then slowly bring your arm back down to the starting position. Do this nine more times, then repeat 10 times with your left arm.

    Why it matters

    Performing everyday tasks, like lifting children or heavy bags of groceries, is much easier - and less likely to injure your back and shoulders - when you have good muscle strength. Simple strength-training exercises can help improve your muscle mass and strength, as well as improve your posture, balance, and bone health. They can also help your heart by lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol.

    Fun fact

    The first modern Olympic games in 1896 included weightlifting as an official sport, but women's weightlifting was not part of the games until 2000.

    "Build bicep strength: Lift a bottle of water, can of soup, or dumbbell 10 times with each arm"

    July 26, 2016 at 13:39 UTC
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    Thank EEE's go to Jean K and Jan D! Stay cool my friends!

    I remember playing Giant steps in my childhood! Anyone wearing blue take 2 giant steps forward! Anyone with a key on a chain around their neck take 1 giant step! It was great and pointless fun! It also allowed creative play! Rae and I were very often the leaders of this game. Sweet times. Anyone else remember this game? Was it peculiar to the Bronx, NY where we lived?

    Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    During one of your journeys by foot today, vary the length of your strides. Begin with short and peppy steps (if you're feeling creative and want to get into character, pretend you're a chihuahua that just had a double espresso shot). After 15 steps, switch over to longer, slower strides (maybe pretend you're a stomping giant who forgot to have his double espresso shot!). Switch back, and continue changing your stride every 15 steps until your walk is done.

    Why it matters

    Changing the length of your stride strengthens muscle groups in your legs, ankles, and core that don't get used when you walk normally. And because you're engaging a greater number of muscles than are necessary for regular walking, you'll get your heart rate up and burn more energy. Plus, who knows when you might have another chance to pretend you're a tiny dog and a massive giant?

    Fun fact

    Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was wearing a size 9.5 boot when he took his giant step.

    "Vary your stride as you walk somewhere today, switching from short, peppy steps to long, slow ones"

    July 25, 2016 at 14:54 UTC
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    Thank EEE's go to Sandy W and Ginger P! Stay safe in the heat!

    The plumber was supposed to come to fix the sinks. He called and asked to reschedule to today at noon because his brother was sent to the hospital. Emergency events trump plumbing.

    Today we have 2 birthdays to celebrate at a friends house. Jean and JeanZ are teacher friends of mine. Jean's husband is hosting the party. The group of teachers will celebrate again on Thursday at a restaurant. It is Annette S's birthday as well. If you are not connected to her on DC, she is fantastic! Have a wonderfilled day!

    Sit on the floor. Stretch both legs straight in front of you so that your body forms the shape of the letter L. Slowly bend at the waist and grab your legs as close to your toes as possible. (If it's difficult to bend like this, loop a towel, belt, or scarf around the bottoms of your feet. Pull the towel toward you until you can feel the stretch.) Hold for 5 seconds and then release. Repeat 4 times. Remember to go slowly, and don't stiffen your muscles.

    Why it matters

    Long live the L! This stretch improves the flexibility of the muscles in your back, buttocks, legs, and feet. It even helps work your hamstrings (the muscles at the back of the thighs), meaning you'll be at lower risk of back and sciatica pain. Finally, stretching lengthens muscles, improves your range of motion, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress.

    Fun fact

    The human body has three types of muscles: cardiac muscles, which make the heart beat; smooth muscles, which line organs; and skeletal muscle, which is attached to bones by tendons.

    "Improve muscle flexibility in your legs and backside by sitting and stretching in an L shape"

    July 24, 2016 at 15:51 UTC
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    Thank EEE's go to Sally W, Judy F, and Vicky P <#!

    I like this DC. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    We ran into a problem with the handyman installing the fixtures in 2 sinks. In one, the hot water line is blocked and the sink will not drain. He would not do the other sink. He did not charge me. A plumber will be here today to work on the problems. I hope it is an easy fix! I budgeted $600.00 for this project above the buying of the fixtures which cost &400.00. So, I saved the $1,000.00. and really do not want to exceed that budget!

    Move that butt - while standing still! While working at the kitchen counter, brushing your teeth, or waiting for the bus, slowly clench and release the muscles in your buttocks. Repeat 10 times.

    Why it matters

    You don't need any fancy equipment to build up that bottom! This simple, "anywhere, anytime" exercise strengthens the muscles in your buttocks, which is great for runners and people who do sports that require sprinting and jumping (like basketball or soccer). Not a runner or into sports? You'll still get a booty with more beauty.

    Fun fact

    "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," country singer Trace Adkins' song about a woman's backside, was voted one of the top 50 videos of the last decade by fans of Country Music Television.

    "Squeeze the muscles in your buttocks 10 times"

    July 23, 2016 at 16:05 UTC
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    Thank EEE's to Ginger p! Stay cool!

    I will go as low as I can go to clean out under the 2 bathroom cabinets to prepare for the faucet installation at 2ish!

    The walk through for the windows is done. Sept. 6th is the date set for the installation! I saved more than $2,000 by going with white trim over beige.

    Laundry is on the 2nd load. I am certainly jumping today!

    "Hold on to a chair or table, lower yourself into a frog-like squat, and repeat 4 times"

    July 22, 2016 at 14:34 UTC
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