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Stress Reducers from Woman's Day Magazine.

Monday, July 09, 2012

I read an article here on SP that someone had put up on Woman's Day Magazine has put in their magazine over the years to reduce stress...there was something like 72..so what I did was just put up the 1st 10 with my comments..

1 | Take three deep breaths—5 seconds in, 5 seconds out—to slow your heart rate and the pace of your stress hormones. April 2010 (I do this myself and it does seem to slow your heart rate..And one thing I'm trying to do is to learn to breathe better when I exercise or walk and to breathe deeply with my diaphram instead of my belly)

2 | Copy a cat: Stretch and then shake it out. February 1963 (I have watch our little dog that sometimes acts like a cat and first thing she does when she gets up in the morning is stretch..I've begun to stretch when I first get up and it helps to start my day.)

3 | Sing a favorite song. You'll breathe more fully and the increased oxygen will do your body good. May 2000 (I sometimes put on my favorite CD and sing along..and since most of the time noone hears me but me than I will sing at the top of my lungs.

4 | Hang your head forward as if it were a heavy ball, then move it slowly to the side, back, side and front. Repeat. Circle around twice in the opposite direction. July 1975 (I do stretch my neck and roll it around especially when I'm sitting too long. )

5 | Sit up straight. When your shoulders are back, you open up your chest and breathe more freely. April 2010 (My mom was a stickler for standing with correct posture and now back doctors are telling us the same thing..sit up straight and stand up straight..watch your stride.)

6 | Hold the hand of someone you love. Skin-to-skin touch is calming. September 2011 (I think it is why I love massages..we all need that touch..pets help also.Loving on a pet is almsot as good)

7 | Pop a piece of gum. Chewing loosens your jaw, where you often store stress. November 2003 (Since I've been trying to remove sugar from my diet, I now chew sugar free mint gum..and it really helps me not to want to snack as well as calms my nerves)

8 | Take a mental break—focus on a photo of a loved one, a goal or a favorite place. April 2010 (Taking a walk helps as well...it gives me a metal break from things I think I should be doing)

9 | At work, walk over to someone's desk to talk, go to the watercooler, force yourself to move. It will relieve physical tension. May 1984 (being retired now, I can't do this but I do get up from the computer or if I'm sitting somewhere..I get up and move..Change location and just standing helps to make my blood flow better)

10 | Smooth on hand lotion. The smell and feel is wonderfully distracting. February 2006 (Don't forget the feet...in the summer when wearing sandals, our feet dry out so always smooth on lotion on my feet at nights after my bath..I used hand lotion all day and I keep a bottle in different places all over the house to make it convenient.)

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MCJULIEO 7/10/2012 9:31AM

    Oh, these are WONDERFUL! Thank you! (I'm going to use these right away!)

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Reasons I don't want to exercise!!!

Sunday, July 08, 2012

I gave you my reasons for wanting to exercise so now I'm putting down 5 reasons I don't want too.

1. I'm too tired.
2. It's too hot.
3. I ache expecially my back.
4. I'm too busy.
5. What's the use as it doesn't seem to help anyway.

You know I can use these excuses each day. They would be so convenient. I have come to the conclusion years ago that I DO NOT LIKE TO EXERCISE!!!

But I have my list of 10 reasons why I need to exercise hanging up near my computer desk and on my bathroom door..This way I get a daily reminder of why I need to exercise. I have so struggled with this. Growing up super skinny and then dancing alot in my teens, 20's and 30's I kept pretty active to keep the weight off. So I need to look at the things I enjoy doing in the way of movement and do them again. I danced some yesterday and it felt good but man I couldn't last 5 minutes...but like walking last year....I could only last 10 minutes at a time before the back went out but I kept it up and now can do a 15-20 minute stretch..so I will add 5 minutes here and there of dancing a day and then a good 20 minute walk, and another 20 minutes of stretching and yoga..And I will keep plugging and plugging and plugging way......and just maybe one of these days I will enjoy exercising.

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MENNOLY 7/9/2012 8:20PM

    I really did not like exercising when I got started but I did not like the person I had become either. The way to change the person I had become was to exercise. I may not love it but I love how I feel because I have done it. Push comes to shove it just has to be done. Good luck!

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MISSY455 7/9/2012 1:32AM

    I hope you find an exercise or activity that you enjoy doing, so it doesn't feel like working out. Exercise is kind of like laundry to me, I don't really like doing it, but the alternative is so much worse that I just do it!

I really like the idea of hanging your 10 reasons to exercise where you can see them daily.

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CAKAROO 7/8/2012 6:27PM

    don't give up - you can do it!

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/8/2012 6:07PM

    I was just talking to myself about the same thing. My conclusion was a bit different though. I hate sticking to a schedule. Maybe it is the ADHD in me, but I enjoy being flexible. Just do whatever, whenever. However, I have decided I need to stick to my morning walks, and with this heat it is a early morning walk. I am not a morning person, never have been. So I have been proud of myself for getting up, and going. Today is my day of rest, but I will be out again tomorrow. I have a bad back as well. Except for me, I can't stand for a period of time without it aching. Shopping is ok if it is about 30 mins. You have a great idea of breaking your exercise into spurts. That way you are not overdoing it. Hang in there. We can do this together!! emoticon

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IAMFRANSGIRL 7/8/2012 2:13PM

    I never thought I'd enjoy exercise either,but now I actually look forward to it!

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BELASARIA 7/8/2012 10:49AM

    Great idea about keeping the ten reasons TO exercise where you can see them! When I was going to the gym regularly, I began liking exercise. Then I stopped and I, trying to find the motivation to go back. I'm going to make my lst now....



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DOROTHYBERO 7/8/2012 9:18AM

    Some day it will become second nature.

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BECKYSFRIEND 7/8/2012 8:56AM

    I used to hate the thought of exercise. About nine months ago I started using the Richard Simmons exercise DVD's. I actually look forward to the workouts now. I have so much more energy and I feel great.

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ANGRITTER 7/8/2012 8:35AM

    I now crave the rush of endorphins I get when I work out. I quit smoking in April so this is like my new addiction. And because I know it's time to do something with myself before I just keel over and die.

So now I push off mu workouts, but once I start I can get into the groove and keep going - it's just the starting point I have a hard time getting to.

Hope you learn to enjoy it. It will help out in the long run.

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MYOWNHERO 7/8/2012 8:29AM

    I used to feel the very same way. HATED that awkward, sweaty discomfort.

Now I can honestly say I like it. In fact I am restricted right now from a recent surgery and I am counting the days till I can exercise again. I can't wait to feel that alive feeling again!

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PATTOMMC3 7/8/2012 8:25AM

    emoticon I use to hate exercise....then i found my groove! Now it is a non-issue....I just do it!

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Never too old or too fat to dance!!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

I used to love to dance when I was in my teens, 20's and 30's...I got up today to dance a little and where I used to dance hours...now 10 minutes is about all I can stand to do..back gets to huring and I run out of breath...But for a fat, out of shape old woman, I can still do a little..

Movement is what I'm concentrating on for this 8 weeks of the 10% challenge. I will move as much as my body will allow...whether walking, dancing or hopping around.

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SEASPIRIT1 7/9/2012 12:47PM

    I love the image you attached to your post! It's the joy on their faces that really emphasizes why we love to dance!
I find that my "wobbly bits" tend to keep up the motion when I dance (and I consider that extra exercise!)
Keep dancing!!

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GAYLE119 7/8/2012 2:39PM

    It's hard for me to dance with my knees but I still can in a chair! I used to be a go-go dancer believe it or not! emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 7/8/2012 12:14AM

    I danced this week and weekend, too! The campground had a couple of live bands here to play, and I just couldn't resist! I used to love to dance when I was in my teens through 30's too!
Sure brought back a lot of good memories.............. emoticon

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MISSY455 7/7/2012 11:26PM

    Good for you! emoticon emoticon

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MCJULIEO 7/7/2012 10:29PM

    What a great reminder! Thanks!

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Hot Flashes

Friday, July 06, 2012

I think there is nothing worse than hot flashes on 100F+ temp days...I had hysterectomy when I was 38 and immediately went on hormone replacement. Then several years ago I decided since I was getting close to age 60 that maybe it was time to get off them as well as there being so many reports that hormone replacement wasn't that good for you the older you got. So in 2007 I got off the hormones..the first 3 years were awful and since then it hasn't been as bad..the main thing I haven't liked is the hot flashes in the heat of summer. Last year I even got heat rash under my boobs and also menopause causes itch skin..not comfortable..I have a hard time wearing deoderant as it breaks me out so found the only thing that helps is alcohol. I will put alcohol under my boobs and underarms 2 or 3 times a day. So far this summer it has kept the heat rash at bay..I'm so thankful my husband is hot natured so he keeps the a/c in our bedroom cold at nights..it helps for the night sweats but usually following the flash I get freezing cold so by morning my side of the bed looks like a hurricane hit it..cover on ...cover off...cover on ...cover off. I've tried herbal remedies for the flashes but none really seem to help..The only thing I'm hoping is maybe the hot flashes rev up my metabolism some. Maybe that is a pipedream too!!
Have a good Friday laugh...Laughing is good for the mind, body and soul.

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KALISWALKER 7/9/2012 7:22PM

    Great that you have air conditioning!

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FLEURGARDEN 7/6/2012 3:15PM

    One of those joys I'm looking forward to. My older sister didn't start getting hot flashes until she was in her mid 50s, so it looks like I may have a few more years before I join that club.

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VONBLACKBIRD 7/6/2012 2:57PM

    powder breaks me out more...alcohol is the only thing I can use for heat rash other than prescription cream.

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MCJULIEO 7/6/2012 2:52PM

    Doesn't alcohol dry out your skin, causing even more potential for a rash?

(Have you tried baby powder?)

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BECKYSFRIEND 7/6/2012 9:42AM

    Hot flashes are the worst. This hot weather doesn't make it any better. Just knowing you aren't alone makes it somewhat more tolerable. Red faces and wet clothes!

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MNJONES2 7/6/2012 9:38AM

    I have decided it is a part of life now... sigh. I am lucky that most of the time I can just use my hand fan and get past it... when I can't I just tell myself to breathe.... and breathe again.

Hang in there - Life is good no matter what stage we are in.

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CRAFTYLADY1983 7/6/2012 9:29AM

    I moved from a desert to the Pacific Northwest after starting menopause!! Couldn't take the hot flashes in 100+ heat either. So sorry it is miserable!! It is bad enough here when it's in the 80's!! LOL emoticon

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My 10 reasons to exercise

Thursday, July 05, 2012

1. It helps you get stronger.
2.It burns more calories than not working out.
3. I want to feel good in my clothes.
4. My body was made to move.
5. It reduces backpain.
6. It makes me feel accomplished.
7. Dieting only works so much.
8. It helps me sleep better.
9. It improves my balance.
10. I want to breathe better.

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NIMAWEYGH 7/8/2012 7:28PM

    Love these all.

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IMREITE 7/7/2012 2:29AM

    11. it is enjoyable to mobe the body

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READYBETTY 7/6/2012 6:23PM

    That's a great list which is sure to motivate!

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CRAFTYLADY1983 7/6/2012 9:31AM

    Great list!! I need to post this EVERYWHERE!! LOL emoticon

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MISSY455 7/5/2012 10:49PM

    emoticon list!!!

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/5/2012 10:29PM

    I agree!! emoticon

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JACKIE542 7/5/2012 10:05PM


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    Love it; great list!

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TIDESONG 7/5/2012 9:44PM

    Great list! I think I am going to make my own list and print it out and stick it on my mirror! Thanks for the idea! :)

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