Eating smart...making better choices of what and how much I eat.
Getting 8 hours of sleep per night.
Forcing myself to exercise!!%$#@#$!!
Replacing sugared drinks with water and tracking my daily intake WALKING WALKING WALKING WALKING going to bed earlier each night and tracking my progress
trying different fitness routines after watching videos, and then tracking my efforts to do themI
I am 65 years old, married for 43 years, have three grown daughters, and two young granddaughters. I live in Illinois and am retired from a 20-year job as an activities assistant on an Alzheimers' unit in a nursing home.
After retirement I decided to "broaden my horizons" by expanding my activities. I joined a knitting class, volunteered in a kindergarten class, and caught up on my reading. One of the ladies in my knitting group "sparked" me with informatin about this program...and here I am!
Without knowing your granddaughters, I can only suggest what resources I used with my own children, and now what they use with their own...
First of all, if you haven't met your local children's librarian, you should go down and introduce yourself.... they LOVE talking about good children's books, and can put some in your hands so you can get a feel for the authors and illustrators that most children cherish, love, and adore. The Newbery Award is given annually to the best children's book, and the Caldecott Award goes to the best picture book, so you have some fabulous suggestions right there.
I particularly loved using 2 books that guided many of my purchases over the years: "Honey for a Child's Heart" by Gladys Hunt ( http://www.amazon.com/Honey-Childs-Heart-G ladys-Hunt/dp/0310242460/ref=sr_1_1?ie =UTF8&qid=1380165363&sr=8-1&keywords=H oney+for+a+Child%27s+Heart) , and "The Read-Aloud Handbook" by Jim Trelease (http://www.amazon.com/The-Read-Aloud-Hand book-Seventh-Edition/dp/014312160X/ref =sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380165475&sr=8-1& keywords=the+read-aloud+handbook+by+ji m+trelease). Both of these break suggested books down by reading level, and their suggestions are almost always as good as predicted.
Your library probably has both of them on their shelves... but I really enjoyed having them on hand to read at home so I'd know if I ran across a title at a used book store for a much reduced price. (books don't have to be new to weave their magic)
Incidentally, our library has an annual ised book sale and it's a wonderful place to stock up on good children's books at a great discount.... hope you can find one nearby soon.
Good morning Nan, Thanks for the lovely blog comment. Glad you could come on the walk with me.
My knee feels a lot easier today, the swelling's down by about half and the painkillers seem to be doing the trick. I had a short walk yesterday and this morning, just around the village but I've decided l'll do a little bit extra each day as I hope to build myself back up the five miles a day I usually did.
The specialist says it could mean a new knee or maybe I can get away with a repair, even if it's just that I'll need a new knee eventually but it needs a lot of thinking and talking about first!
Hope things are going well with you? Our new grandson is due today but so far nothing...lol...none of the others came on the predicted day so I don't expect he will. I know his mum wishes he would, she says she given him an eviction notice but he's not playing ball...lol...
Hope you have a wonderful day, I'm going to visit my friend who's just nicely arrived back from six weeks in Australia and I want to hear all about it.
It's officially the first day of autumn today but the weather doesn't seem to know that...lol...apparently we're experiencing an indian summer which is very nice after last weeks storm, wind and rain...long may it reign!
DH wants to go to a local nature reserve today, the poor man's experiencing walk withdrawal...lol...it's ages since we've been anywhere so I'm giving it a go. If all fails I can sit on a bench and wait for him!
My knee seems a lot easier, the swelling's gone down a lot and I can now wear my decent trousers, instead of my baggy gardening ones, and get my shoe on again and as they said keep moving it, so it doesn't stiffen up, a gentle walk will do me good...might even get to do a blog and photos!