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Jill W.

Jill W.

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    2011

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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 dog is Liberty. My sister is Rae I am a work in progress.
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    Warm up by walking or marching in place for three to five minutes. Then stand with your feet a little wider than your hips. Make fists with your hands, bend your elbows, and raise your fists so they at the same level as your chin (as though you are guarding your face). Lower to a squat by bending your knees and sending your hips down and back (pretend you are sitting in a chair). While you are still low, shift your weight to the right. Keeping your weight on your right leg, straighten your left leg and point the toes on your left foot (your right leg will still bend slightly). Then squat back down through center and shift your weight to the left. Then straighten your right leg and point your right toes (your left leg is slightly bent). Then squat back down through center, shift your weight to the other side, and repeat. As you switch from side to side, it will be like you are moving in a "U" shape. Do this for 30 seconds. Cool down by walking or marching in place for two to three minutes.

    Why it matters

    Alternating your body weight from side to side while moving down and up (squatting in a "U" shape) is a great way to strengthen the muscles of your inner and outer thighs while getting your heart rate moving a little faster. Add a little speed and your heart rate will climb!

    Fun fact

    In February 2009, a woman from Kansas City, Missouri had her life spared when a bullet aimed at her head became lodged in her weave.


    It was a KO in round 2!

    Thank you everyone for the E! April 19, 2014 at 19:05 UTC

    "Do a bob-n-weave: Put your fists up and shift your weight from side to side while in a semi-squat"

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    Warm up by walking or marching in place for three to five minutes. Then, start in a lunge position - elbows bent at sides, right foot flat on the floor several steps in front of your left foot, both knees bent, and left heel off the ground. Bend your knees as deeply as you comfortably can, and when you feel ready, jump up and switch your legs, so that you land with your left leg in front and right leg behind. Now repeat by switching legs four more times. If you need a little extra support to complete this (or any) jumping exercise, hold on to a chair and go slowly. Cool down by walking or marching in place for two to three minutes.

    Why it matters

    Jumping exercises can seem intimidating to some, but the good news is that you don't have to do a lot to get the health benefits that jumps provide, like building bone density and muscular strength while getting your heart pumping and improving circulation.

    Fun fact

    "Jump" is the only Van Halen song to have reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. It is also reported to have been one of the reasons former lead singer David Lee Roth left the band.

    There will be lunges, but no jumping. I find the marching in place to be boring! I ain't got no room for boring! Love the Muppets! The marching will be all over the house as it is Laundry daThank you Diane H for a great pact. Nice to have your company these 5 fleeting days!

    Everyone have a wonderfilled day! April 18, 2014 at 13:43 UTC

    "Boost circulation and heart rate with 5 lunge jumps"

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    Diane H. completed a pact with Jill W. and won 341 bonus points April 18, 2014 at 13:21 UTC
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    Choose a target "basket" - it can be a wastepaper basket, laundry hamper, garbage can, or even an empty cardboard box - and set it at least eight feet (2 or 3 meters) away from you. Make a "ball" by crumpling up a few sheets of paper. While standing, try to toss the ball into the basket. Retrieve the balls from the basket and continue playing until you've made five baskets.

    Why it matters

    Repeatedly retrieving your "ball" from across the room gets your whole body moving and your blood pumping. Playing a quick round of wastepaper basketball is also a great way to improve hand-eye coordination while engaging both your wrists and shoulders. Another added benefit? It's fun!

    Fun fact

    The first basketball court was set up in a gymnasium at Springfield College in Connecticut. A physical education professor was looking for a rigorous indoor activity for his students. His original hoop was an empty peach basket.

    What fun! Happy hoops to everyone! April 17, 2014 at 15:37 UTC

    "Improve hand-eye coordination and get your heart rate up with a round of wastepaper basketball"

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    Warm up by walking or marching in place for three to five minutes. Then, find a sturdy chair or bench that does not have wheels, and put it next to a wall for extra stability. Sit towards the front edge of the chair, put your feet flat on the floor about shoulder width apart. Cross your arms across your chest, right hand on left shoulder and left hand on right shoulder. Push your weight into your feet, squeeze your belly in towards your spine, and stand up. Then slowly sit back down, keeping your arms crossed across your chest. Do this 11 more times. If you want more of a challenge, go as fast as you can. Cool down by walking or marching in place for two to three minutes.

    Why it matters

    Getting up and down from a chair is a very functional exercise - we do it all the time! But by taking your arms out of the picture, you make it more challenging and help to strengthen your core. And doing several in a row will surely give your heart a little workout.

    Fun fact

    The world's most expensive office chair is manufactured by Pininfarina, creators of Ferraris and other luxury cars. The swanky seat is for sale only in the United Arab Emirates and costs $1.5 million.

    Good to do.

    Passover is well under way . Almost everything is cleaned up. I am optimistic that the weather will improve after the snow and cold of the past 2 days.

    We met Rebecca's parents at the first sedar at their house and they came for the second night at our house. She is Isaac's girlfriend. I like them. I hope they did not find us too overwhelming.

    The flourless chocolate cake went over very well. I think we will keep the recipe. It is nice to know that we do not have to buy one of these. I just wish that the confectioners sugar came in a smaller bag. It was only used to powder the top of the cake. We put raspberries and blackberries around the cake for decoration.

    Everyone have a wonderfilled day! April 16, 2014 at 14:39 UTC

    "Stand up and sit down 12 times without using your arms"

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    Warm up by walking or marching in place for three to five minutes. Then make sure you have a wide, open space. Start with a slight bend at your knees, with your feet at at hips width distance and your hands on your hips. Side-shuffle by stepping your right foot out wide - then, as you step your left foot to meet the right, rapidly step the right foot out again and repeat (almost like you are skipping sideways). Continue shuffling across the floor to the right for 15 seconds. Then, reverse directions and side-shuffle to the left for 15 seconds. For more of a challenge, bend your knees deeply as you move, and add more speed. Cool down by walking or marching in place for two to three minutes.

    Why it matters

    Exercises such as these are often called speed drills, and they are great for building the muscle fibers that naturally decline as we age. Building these fibers also fires up your metabolism, meaning your body is able to burn more energy.

    Fun fact

    Visitors to Florida are encouraged to do the Stingray Shuffle, a dance that involves scooting one's feet back and forth as a means to scare away stingrays.

    I did my best in the hall.

    Our tables are set and all of the food is prepared except for the salad. Rae put the micro plane in the dishwasher and I have to wait so that I can use it on the lemons. Not too bad. I think we are in good shape! Company arrives at 5:30 and it isn't even 3 here! Of course everything needs to be heated.

    We made a flourless chocolate cake. It looks good. I have no idea if it is good. I never made one before. Experimenting on my guests again.

    Everyone have a wonderfilled day! April 15, 2014 at 19:57 UTC

    "Get a boost of exercise by shuffling sideways across the room for 30 seconds"

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    Warm up by walking or marching in place for three to five minutes. Then place your hands flat against a wall in front of you and step your feet back as far as you comfortably can while still keeping your hands on the wall. Slowly (to avoid losing your balance), lift your right knee up in front of you and at the same time, come up onto the toes of your left foot. Step your right foot back to meet your left foot and lower heels to the floor. Repeat on the other side, lifting your left knee and lifting your right heel. Once you have done both sides, you have completed one set - repeat 11 more times for a total of 12 sets. Cool down by walking or marching in place for two to three minutes.

    Why it matters

    Get moving up that imaginary mountain and get your heart pumping! Not only that, the high knee lift mimics strength-building exercises such as mountain climbing, while coming up on the toes of your other foot builds strength in your ankles, calves, and thigh muscles. And coordinating the knee lift and opposite heel raise gives your brain a little workout, as well.

    Fun fact

    26-year-old Alex Honnold is often called the world's greatest climber. He is incredibly skilled in the art of free climbing, which means he scales mountain faces that are thousands of feet high without the use of ropes, harnesses, or protection

    I will try this, but will not go up on my toes. I will get it done.

    Have a wonderfilled day!

    Happy Passover to those that celebrate! April 14, 2014 at 15:10 UTC

    "Get your heart rate up by climbing an imaginary mountain for 12 sets of steps"

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