Post Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving DinnerThanksgiving Meal with Family

So, how did you do dear readers, with your Thanksgiving Day meal? I am sure you celebrated your holiday feast with family and friends and had a wonderful time.   The turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and all of the desserts was FANTASTIC!  And, I bet you are STUFFED!

HOW ARE YOU FEELING TODAY?  Are you feeling energized, exhausted, guilty? Don’t feel guilty that you overindulged. Remember Thanksgiving only comes once a year. What you can do for yourself is to head to the gym and exercise all of those post-Thanksgivng calories.  Or if you are away from home, take a power walk for an hour. Or if you are planning on shopping today for those Black Friday deals, park your car far away (parking lot will be packed anyway) so you can get the extra exercise in and shopping is an indirect exercise since you will be walking in the mall from store to store.

Post some comments and let me know how your Thanksgiving was.  Happy Exercising!

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More than a Day

Happy Thanksgiving

This post was from last year but I thought I would post it on this blog as we celebrate Thanksgiving with our families and friends.

More Than A Day

As Thanksgiving Day rolls around, it brings up some facts, quite profound. We may think that we’re inadequate, feel like we don’t ever have enough.  But in truth, our riches abound, If we open our eyes and look around. We have friends and family we love; We have guidance from heaven above. We have so much more than they sell in a store, we are truly wealthy and blessed. So add up your blessings, I say; make Thanksgiving last more than a day. Enjoy what you have; realize it’s a lot, and you’ll make all your cares go away.

I really like this poem and it says so much more.  My interpretation of the poem is we all need to feel gratitude for what we have each and every day.  Even though Thanksgiving comes once a year, our blessings are abundant everyday.  May you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and be grateful for all of the blessings that you have in your life.

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Gratitude List

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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.
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Yoga is Good for your Health

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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

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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.

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I’m Moving….and you should to….

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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.

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Power Walking

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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.

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