short story

Clearly Stricken

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Peacefully taking in the carefully calculated morsels, pondering about the next moment when she would see his beautiful eyes, blue as the tone of her hands, she knew that it was just a matter of time before he would ask her to be his bride.

Ordinarily, she would not have eaten as much as she did, but the anticipation of a life with her love encouraged her interest in healthy eating and this meant that she would eat some morsels of chicken and an undressed salad; gagging on these morsels, she sighed and drank some water.

Usually her meals would consist of chicken broth and ice water, maybe an herb tea if her stomach rumbled, if she could feel this, a rare occurrence these days.

Noon time, the phone rang, and it was him; sitting in anticipation she twirled her beads and smiled, grinning, in fact, anticipating this would be the time he would ask her to meet for a special dinner date.

Disappointed, she learned that he had plans to be out of town for an extended period, then he let her know that it may, in fact, be several weeks before he came to town, then he said one more thing.

Selecting the best of choice meats, she carefully wrapped the precious cut in butcher paper and placed it in the freezer; this will be the one for him when he returns, she whispered to herself; placing her cup of iced water and chicken broth before her she began to sup, knowing she would have yet another difficult night of sleep.

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There you have it, this is my Six Sentence Story! Please go check this LINK for more stories which dedicated Denise provides each week. Perhaps you would like to join!

TTOT

Ten Things of Thankful – November 15

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Time to come to the table and toast another week of wonderful things to be thankful for and, like last week, I am going to post my daily pics for thankful week. And maybe add some more. Let’s hop to it! Or should I say waddle?

1.-9.

10. And YOU!! Won’t you pull up a chair and join this crew?

Special Thank You to Kristi for keeping this going!

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short story

Scrubs

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An Acrostic

Signing on for yet another long shift.
Caring for the beating hearts and bruised souls.
Reassuring patients and their loving supporters.
Utilizing every resource for excellent care.
Bearing burdens when tears fall.
Staying diligent to care for the needs of others.

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Grateful for all those who put on their scrubs and take care of others. Such devotion is to be honored and I hope I did some justice with this Six Sentence Story with Denise consistently scrubs up yet another wonderful word prompt of SCRUB – As I often do, I decided to do mine as an acrostic.
Would you like to join this challenge? You can go to this LINK and give it a try.

Senior Health

Getting Fit: Chair Yoga

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As part of my effort to lose weight and regain some strength, and overall mental health, I started taking yoga classes via Meetup groups. Fortunately, for me and so many others who have handi-capable body challenges, there are classes to make adaptable provisions. Before knee surgery, I took part in adaptable yoga classes until I felt like I could practice at home, returning whenever I needed to tweak my movements. Knowing that knee surgery would affect my abilities to do mat work I started taking chair yoga classes. Although I took a silly break, I am back at it again.

Yoga helps in several areas, much of which affects my health. As an insomniac from childhood, who NEVER took a nap, yoga helps me to relax which also helps with focus, another long life issue. After years of Yo-Yo dieting, my metabolism has taken a beating and yoga helps get that back on track. Stronger muscles also help with weight loss.

Aging brings with it a chance of bone loss and loss of flexibility. Yoga helps with both. In the long run, this also serves to protect from injury. A long time ago a co-worker asked me why I took yoga classes and I told her it was so I could jump in my pants both legs at a time. Disclaimer: this is not possible, so don’t try this at home. Digestive issues have also been an issue, but yoga helps with this. It also helps not to drink with a straw (free non-yoga tip for tummy issues-and another post).

If you have groups such as Meetup, local recreation groups, gyms, or school programs, it helps to attend so you can get an idea about form and technique. Since this is not available everywhere, I highly recommend checking online for videos. I use YouTube videos for chair yoga. Just go there and search and you will find several videos. Test them out and find what works for you. I have used a variety because I get bored easily with exercise. Plus, a variety helps to focus on different areas of the body.

You Call This Yoga website and article about Chair Yoga

This is a video I tried this morning and love it!

This video is with my local Yoga teacher, Howie Shariff

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and I always recommend checking with your medical professional before attempting changes in activities.

Senior Health, Uncategorized

Getting Fit: The Senior Exercise Edition

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As the pool is closing for the season, it’s time to ramp up the exercise routine for the fall. What’s worked for me is tabata and strength training. It’s a nice mix which I sometimes combine, but often do separately.

With an older body, not making excuses here, there are some quirks that need attention. First, I have physical challenges, including arthritis, bursitis and fibromyalgia, among some other thing. When planning my routines, I have to concentrate on ways to help me manage these without feeling the need to give up. Not a quitter, it’s in my gene pool, I am determined to accomplish goals. This brings me to a list of pointers to help with planning for my workout. Disclaimer: These are things that help me and I take no responsibility for your experience with them.

1. Be reasonable by making challenges within your ability while still pushing yourself

2. Remember this is for you and you are not competing with anybody else.

3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

4. If you are trying to lose weight be cautious about eating your exercise burning calories – there’s a balance in there and you will find it with practice – also good to note is that if you eat food that is high calorie, you are not likely to burn it off with reasonable exercise. Ask your doctor for a guide how much to consume in balance with exercise.

5. Use an app to help. I use MyFitnessPal, but I have a routine so it’s hard to veer away. I like that you can log your exercise along with eating, but mostly, I focus on the eating.

6. Consult your doctor before starting exercise. Mine is one of the best cheerleaders who looks at my weight. She also tells me nice things like how she wish she had more patients like me. I can’t help, though, but feel bad for the other patients.

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7. Find music and/or videos to help you with exercise. I downloaded Spotify and use their Tabata music, complete with timers and even exercise suggestions. There are some great videos on YouTube including Tai Chi, Chair Yoga, Walking and pretty much exercise for any age groups.

8. Senior Centers and other community centers have exercise programs. Where I live there is a city booklet where you can find programs at reasonable pricing and there are even ways to get fee adjustments for those who cannot afford the whole program pricing. There may be community pools open year round.

9. Socializing while exercising is a great way to get your move on and catch up with friends. Joining walking groups or enlisting friends to join in walking are great ways to get your move on. Meetup often has groups with this focus.

10. Don’t overdo it. I cannot stress this enough that you have to listen to your body. Exercise should not bring pain, true pain. Aching may happen, but pain is not good and is a sign to STOP. I have had times when I started exercising and had to stop in five minutes. When you have bad pain days, you have them and it’s time to do something else to take care of you. Maybe a warm soak or hot tea or something in the relaxation realm. Relaxation should be a natural part of your daily routine. What goes on in the mind goes on in the body.

Now, you may have read this list and thought it’s just like any other list you have read. If you got this far, which I hope you did, there is one last and most important thing: YOU GOT THIS!!

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Just a little side note: I am not endorsing any of the programs or apps mentioned in this post, these are just some things that have worked for me.