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Jill W.

Jill W.

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    1423 days
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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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    I had a moment with a doctor 4 years ago about my sternum. I had an MRI and Ct scan during cancer treatment. An anomaly popped up about my sternum. The doc thought it might be bone cancer. Several more tests were done and another Doc came to tell me I had a deformed sternum. I laughed out loud at that. He said "Why are you laughing? I just told you that you have a deformed sternum!" I said "I have lived 58 years and have had no ill effects from this deformity and it sure beats bone cancer!" He laughed at that! DC done! Day 2 Maureen! Going great!

    Thank you Annette S and Sally W for the EE today! Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Stand up or sit in the center of a chair with both feet on the ground. Bend your arms so your elbows are at your side, with your hands held loosely in front of you. Alternately lift each shoulder to your ear, two times on each side. Repeat two more times, but when you lift your shoulder, lift your elbow out slightly to your side. Circle your elbows backward, one at a time. Now hold both arms forward with your elbows bent, cross your wrists, and pull both elbows back as you drop your shoulders and squeeze your shoulder blades together.

    Why it matters

    Stretching the shoulders helps improve their range of motion, making it easier to do things like reach, pull, and lift. This exercise sequence also provides a good stretch for the muscles of the chest and upper back and can help keep them in balance with one another.

    Fun fact

    In humans, the sternum is a long, flat bone in the front of the chest, but in amphibians and reptiles, it's shield-shaped and made not of bone but cartilage. May 29, 2015 at 14:59 UTC

    "Increase your upper body range of motion with a shoulder, chest, and upper back stretch"

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    Today is laundry day. I will practice this many times today! Wt! Everyone have a wonderfilled day!Welcome to Maureen W for what I am sure will be a great! pact! Thank you to Robert W, and Ginx for the big E today!

    Sit at the front edge of a chair with your hands crossed in front of your chest and your feet shoulder-width apart. Stand up slowly to a count of four. Once you're upright, sit back down as you slowly count to four. To help pace yourself, you can pretend you are an elevator in a four-story building. Start (when seated) in the basement, then rise up to the first, second, and third floors. When you reach the top floor, send the "elevator" slowly back down to the basement.

    Why it matters

    The largest muscles in the body are those in the upper legs and buttocks. This exercise can help to strengthen these muscles, making them more efficient at helping you get out of a chair or car.

    Fun fact

    The world's highest elevator is a whopping 1,654 feet (504 meters) and is in the Burj Dubai tower in Dubai. If the elevator car isn't too full, riders can expect to reach the top (160 floors up!) in about 15 minutes.
    n May 28, 2015 at 17:39 UTC

    "Pretend you're an elevator: Stand slowly, imagining that you're stopping at each floor, then sit"

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      Susan N. replied May 29, 2015 at 0:25 UTC:

      Hi Jill ~ May you enjoy a happy day, one that brings you many smiles, fills your heart with love and wonder, and leaves you feeling good inside. For this is what I pray, because someone as special as you deserves life’s happy times, for all the love and joy you give to oth ...see more

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    I did 20 on each side. I like this DC. Everyone have a wonderfilled day.

    Thank you for the E today Annette S.

    This exercise can be done while seated or standing. Extend your right arm to the side at shoulder level. Rotate your shoulder forward with your palm facing back and your thumb down. Rotate your shoulder back with your palm facing up and your thumb out. Repeat four more times. Repeat with your left arm five times.

    Why it matters

    This activity gives a good stretch to the rotator cuff (a set of four muscles that help move the shoulder) and shoulder ball and socket joints. Keeping the shoulder area mobile and flexible is important for many daily activities, including reaching and lifting.

    Fun fact

    American writer and illustrator Sandra Boynton famously said of a favorite treat, "There always seems to be someone looking over your shoulder, just waiting for an opportunity to lecture on The Darker Side of Chocolate." May 27, 2015 at 13:12 UTC

    "Do 10 shoulder rotations to improve flexibility and mobility"

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    I will stand on 1 foot while I hold on to the wall, but not on the phone. Short and sweet on the phone is best for me. I do not like long conversations on the phone. I get easily distracted when on the phone for too long. Have a wonderfilled day!

    Thank you to Buck E, Sheila C, and Ginger P for the friendship and the E today!

    Use a phone conversation as a chance to improve your balance today. As you talk on the phone, stand on your left foot and hold the right one a few inches off the floor for 10 seconds. (Stand close to a table or chair, and use one or two fingers to help steady yourself if necessary.) Switch feet and hold up your left foot for 10 seconds. Repeat 4 more times.

    Why it matters

    This exercise helps to build balance, which is necessary for all activities and helps to prevent falls. In addition, the leg that supports your body gets a bit of a workout, because the muscles in the leg and foot contract to help you control and maintain your standing position.

    Fun fact

    Telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell suggested the word "ahoy" for answering the phone. It was used initially but was later replaced with "hello." That suggestion was made by another inventor: Thomas Edison. May 26, 2015 at 16:08 UTC

    "Balance on one foot for 10 seconds while talking on the phone; switch sides and repeat 4 times"

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    At 3PM on Memorial Day everyone is supposed to observe a moment of silence for our Armed Forces and those that have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    I did the challenge, Thank you Vicky P, Raymond J, Ginx, Becky C, Peggy C Becky C, and Jackie W for the E!

    Sit toward the front edge of a chair and place a small ball, pillow, or rolled-up bath towel between your thighs, right behind your knees. Squeeze the ball, pillow, or towel. As you squeeze, tighten up your gluteal (buttock) muscles. Slowly count to four. Release your muscles and then repeat five more times.

    Why it matters

    This exercise helps to tone and strengthen the inner thighs and the gluteal muscles of your backside. Having stronger thigh and gluteal muscles helps you stand up from a chair and get out of a car with more ease.

    Fun fact

    "Get Up Offa That Thing" was one of James Brown's biggest hits in the second half of the 1970s. It went on to be a staple of his action-packed live performances. May 25, 2015 at 19:14 UTC

    "Do 6 seated inner thigh and backside squeezes"

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    Done. Have a wonderfilled day! Thank you Vicky P for the E! Warm up by walking around the room for one minute. Next, stand in one spot and begin marching in place. As you march, step your right foot forward and back 10 times, shifting your weight forward as you step forward and back as you step back. Go back to a normal march for 30 seconds. Step your left foot forward and back 10 times, shifting your weight forward as you step forward and back as you step back. Finish with another short walk around the room.

    Why it matters

    Getting up and moving helps with circulation and adds a quick burst of energy to your day! And when you switch the direction the body is moving in, it helps improve your agility. Agility is a component of good balance, which is an important aspect of preventing falls.

    Fun fact

    Members of the University of Southern California Spirit of Troy Marching Band wear - you guessed it - traditional Trojan helmets while marching May 24, 2015 at 16:01 UTC

    "Do a modified marching move for a quick burst of energy and agility"

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