Gratitude List

Gratitude list

Gratitude list

In honor of Thanksgiving Day, I’d like to remind my readers the blessings they have in their life. I have an ongoing gratitude list and I list what I am grateful for each day.  Having a gratitude list, helps me to see the greatness and possibilities in my life.  My list looks like this:

  1. I am grateful for being alive.
  2. I am grateful for being in excellent health.
  3. I am grateful for my family.
  4. I am grateful for my friends.
  5. I am grateful for my lovely significant other, Eddie.
  6. I am grateful for having a great job that I love.
  7. I am grateful for finishing up at ICA.
  8. I am grateful for connecting with new people at ICA.
  9. I am grateful for being able to blog.
  10. I am grateful for Eddie’s wonderful family.
  11. I am grateful for having time to watch movies.
  12. I am grateful to have extra money to spend on Christmas gifts.
  13. I am grateful to have a significant other cook dinner.
  14. I am grateful to have my coaching certificate from ICA.
  15. I am grateful to be off from work on Thanksgiving Day.
  16. I am grateful to be watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
  17. I am grateful to have Thanksgiving dinner with Eddie tonight.
Share

Yoga is Good for your Health

yoga

Om…….Om……Om……..I have recently re-discovered yoga again after a six month hiatus.  This time I joined The Yoga Room in Astoria, New York.  Yoga has helped me to strengthen my muscles and to help me with stress. I realized that simply breathing in and out help oxygenate our cells to give us increased energy.

My Health and Wellness Community of Practice leader at the International Coach Academy is a health and wellness coach and yoga instructor, Alexia Michaels.  On her website, she listed the reasons why one should at least try yoga once.

1. STRESS RELIEF

Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on the body.  By encouraging relaxation, yoga helps to lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol.  Related benefits include lowering blood pressure and heart rate, improving digestion and boosting the immune system as well as easing symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, asthma and insomnia.

2. PAIN RELIEF

Yoga can ease pain.  Studies have demonstrated that practicing yoga asanas (postures), meditation or a combination of the two, reduced pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, auto-immune diseases and hypertension as well as arthritis, back and neck pain, and other chronic conditions.  Some practitioners report that even emotional pain can be eased through the practice of yoga.

3. BETTER BREATHING

Yoga teaches people to take slower, deeper breaths. This helps to improve lung function, trigger the body’s relaxation response and increase the amount of oxygen available to the body.

4. FLEXIBILITY

Yoga helps to improve flexibility and mobility, increasing range of movement and reducing aches and pains.  Many people can’t touch their toes during their first yoga class.  Gradually they begin to use the correct muscles.  Over time, the ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen, increasing elasticity, making more poses possible.  Yoga also helps to improve body alignment resulting in better posture and helping to relieve back, neck, joint and muscle problems.

5. INCREASED STRENGTH

Yoga asanas (postures) use every muscle in the body, helping to increase strength literally from head to toe.  And, while these postures strengthen the body, they also provide an additional benefit of helping to relieve muscular tension.

6. WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Yoga (even less vigorous styles) can aid weight control efforts by reducing the cortisol levels as well as by burning excess calories and reducing stress.   Yoga also encourages healthy eating habits and provides a heightened sense of well being and self esteem.

7. IMPROVED CIRCULATION

Yoga helps to improve circulation and, as a result of various poses, more efficiently moves oxygenated blood to the body’s cells.

8. CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITIONING

Even gentle yoga practice can provide cardiovascular benefits by lowering resting heart rate, increasing endurance and improving oxygen uptake during exercise.

9. FOCUS ON THE PRESENT

Yoga helps us to focus on the present, to become more aware and to help create mind body health.  It opens the way to improved concentration, coordination, reaction time and memory.

10. INNER PEACE

The meditative aspects of yoga help many to reach a deeper, more spiritual and more satisfying place in their lives.  Many who begin to practice other reasons have reported this to be a key reason that yoga has become an essential part of their daily life.

Source: www.yogaalliance.com

Share

Embracing your Inner Geek

WordCampNYC – Nov 14-15

I know, I know. I am a closet geek.  In college, I can be found in the canteen socializing with everyone rather than actually attending class. I was ashamed to tell people that I was “studying” .  I am a nurse turned computer analyst turned blogger. I am attending my very first Wordcamp this weekend. I spent two days volunteering my time to help stuff bags and alphabetize name cards. It was a great experience and I had the chance to meet many nice people. I am excited about this year’s Wordcamp NYC! If I like it enough, maybe I will go to Wordcamp 2010 in Boston.

Share

I’m Moving….and you should to….

colorado
COLORADO!
Isn’t the picture of Colorado above beautiful and peaceful?
No wonder Coloradians like to be outside….

I watched a news program on television this past weekend. The news reported that Colorado is the most healthiest and fittest people. Many people live in Colorado because of the nice weather, greenery and the scenery.  The news reported that most people in Colorado Springs love to be outside and love to ride their bike or hike.  Parks are very popular in Colorado and every neighborhood has a park in its perimeter.  I can see why.

On the other spectrum, Mississippi is the least healthiest state,  Must be all of the fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, bacon, and fried catfish that Mississippians eat. Southern food is great for comfort food but not necessarily good for your body.  Maybe Mississippians need to move to Colorado.

Share

Power Walking

women walking

What a glorious fall day it is today!  It was unseasonably warm.  The temperature reached 69 degrees today.  What a magnificent day to take a power walk.  Leaves are falling, the air is warm, and the wind silently blows on the tops of the trees, making a crinkly sound.  To be one with nature.  One would not think the nature exists living in the boroughs of New York.
Being in nature actually relieves your stress.  It is the peacefulness of your surroundings, listening to the birds singing, trees waving their leaves majestically, breathing in the fresh air as you walk.  Inhale. 1-2-3. Exhale. 1-2-3. Taking deep breaths relieves your stress since oxygen is circulating throughout your body and  your cells are able to take in that oxygen, thus causing your body to relax.
Power walking is a great exercise for people who do not like to run either to health reasons or knee problems. Not only is power walking free, but is a great way to exercise outdoors instead of being in a stuffy and smelly gym.  And we all know how to walk so it is something that we don’t need to learn.  Power walking is simply taking big strides with both of your arms bent at a 90 degree angle and fists clenched.  Your arms move one at a time – left-right as your legs take gigantic steps.  Try it. Not only will you be stress free, but you will lose weight as well. In order to lose weight, you will need to power walk 5 times a week.

Share

Dining out with Diabetes

Earl Monroe

I was watching the local news this morning and the topic was Diabetes Awareness and I knew I wanted to include the news piece in my blog!  The guest was Earl Monroe, former legend NBA basketball player of the New York Knicks. If you are like me, I am not familiar with the sports legened so I thought, who is Earl Monroe?  But, it is not important WHO he is but WHAT he represents.   Earl is hosting the first Diabetes Restaurant Month.  Not only is this event educational but teaches people diagnosed with diabetes that they can enjoy eating out while making smart food choices.

Click on Journey for Control to find more information on how to Dine with Earl “The Pearl” Monroe.

Read more

Share

Diabetes Statistics

Here are some statistics:

  • 24 million children and adults in the United States live with diabetes
  • 57 million Americans are at risk for type 2 diabetes
  • 1 out of every 3 children born today will face a future with diabetes if current trends continue
  • Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have “pre-diabetes” — blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes
  • There are 57 million people in the United States who have pre-diabetes.
  • Recent research has shown that some long-term damage to the body, especially the heart and circulatory system, may already be occurring during pre-diabetes.
  • Three types of diabetes –
  • Type I (Juvenile diabetes) and diagnosed at childhood
  • Type II (Adult onset)
  • Gestational diabetes (once mother gives birth, blood sugars return to normal)
Share

Pages: Prev 1 2 3 ... 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 Next