Posted by: abbiewatters | February 15, 2019

#NYTWellChallenge – 2/15

Today we were exhorted to MOVE.

The New York Times Wellness Challenge for today we’re back to the 7 minute workout. This time they gave some suggestions to modifying the workout. Basically the same Cardio, Upper Body, Lower Body, and Core. The Challenge today is call a “Reward Workout” so I got a couple of Hershey Kisses for completing it.

Cardio – March in place with high knees. – 30 sec.

Rest 15 sec.

Lower Body – I did “sit to stands”. – 30 sec.

Rest 15 sec.

Upper Body – I did wall push ups. – 30 sec.

Rest 15 sec.

Plank – I did a seated plank. – 30 sec.

Rest 15 sec.

Rinse and repeat.

I managed to do the Yoga poses on the bed – 30 sec. each

I was able to go to the Wellness Center and used the recumbent cross-trainer for an hour.

(I also kept up with the Mindful Tooth Brushing this morning, except I decided not to stand up straight because I’m tired of brushing and drooling all over myself.)

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Posted by: abbiewatters | February 14, 2019

#NYTWellChallenge – 2/14

Today we were exhorted to CONNECT.

The New York Times Wellness Challenge is to plan an unusual date with my romantic partner. After almost 54 years of marriage there’s very little that’s unusual that I can figure out to do with my husband (at least anything that legal.) I’ll probably encourage him to take a ride through Point Defiance Park after dinner (middle of the day) on Sunday.

I also sent electronic valentines to my sisters and brother, and to both my sons – keeping our connections up as best I can.

(I also kept up with the Mindful Tooth Brushing this morning.)

Posted by: abbiewatters | February 13, 2019

#NYTWellChallenge – 2/13

Today we were exhorted to MOVE.

The New York Times Wellness Challenge for today we’re back to the 7 minute workout. This time they gave some suggestions to modifying the workout. Basically the same Cardio, Upper Body, Lower Body, and Core.

Cardio – March in place with high knees. – 30 sec.

Rest 15 sec.

Lower Body – I did “sit to stands”. – 30 sec.

Rest 15 sec.

Upper Body – I did wall push ups. – 30 sec.

Rest 15 sec.

Plank – I did a seated plank. – 30 sec.

Rest 15 sec.

Rinse and repeat.

I managed to do the Yoga poses on the bed – 30 sec. each

I was able to go to the Wellness Center and used the recumbent cross-trainer for an hour.

(I also kept up with the Mindful Tooth Brushing this morning.)

Posted by: abbiewatters | February 12, 2019

#NYTWellChallenge – 2/12

Today we were asked to do MINDFULNESS while we brushed our teeth.

The New York Times Wellness Challenge for today.

  1. When you’re ready to start brushing, close your eyes.
  2. Now listen to the sound of the brush on your teeth, taste the toothpaste.
  3. Stay present.
  4. Now, slowly, stand on one leg and keep brushing.
  5. You might wobble, but try to stay present and focus on the moment — the sounds, tastes and feelings throughout your body. Feel the ground beneath your foot. Feel your strength. Be present.

I had a really tough time with this one because, I drool when I brush, so I usually bend over the sink and lean on one arm. I had to create a bib for myself out of a hand towel. I did manage to stand on one leg, most of the time.

I’m not sure how much meditation or mindfulness I managed, trying not to drool all over myself, and not to completely lose my balance, but I tried. I’ll get better at it with practice if I do it every day this week.

Posted by: abbiewatters | February 11, 2019

#NYTWellChallenge – 2/11

Today we were exhorted to MOVE. I’m having a really hard time because it’s snowing – hard!

The New York Times Wellness Challenge for today was a 6 minute workout. Because I’m OLD, and because I have a problem with balance, my knees, and getting down on the floor and standing up again, I modified their suggestions.

Jumping Jacks – I didn’t really jump, but I bounced on my toes and used my arms like I was supposed to. – 30 sec.

Rest 15 sec.

Standing Lunges – I did the lunges while using the wall for support to keep me from ending up on my tush. – 30 sec.

Rest 15 sec.

Kneeling Push ups – I did wall push ups. – 30 sec.

Rest 15 sec.

Plank – I did a seated plank. – 30 sec.

Rest 15 sec.

Rinse and repeat.

I managed to do the Yoga poses on the bed – 30 sec. each

I’m keeping up with my 250 steps an hour by walking around in my house. I’ll have to do some more sustained pacing, obviously, to get 10,000 steps.

Posted by: abbiewatters | February 7, 2019

#NYTWellChallenge – Beginning

Intentions for the 30-Day Wellness Challenge

  • Move
    • Get 10,000 Fitbit steps per day
    • Work with a Personal Trainer twice a week
  • Refresh
    • Return to regular (daily) Meditation
    • Develop a personal prayer list of people I want to pray for
  • Connect
    • Call or email at least one relative a day
    • Check in with someone on my prayer list every day
  • Nourish
    • Continue to prepare and eat real food
    • Reduce the number of coffees I buy in a week (currently 3-4)
Posted by: abbiewatters | January 30, 2019

Intentions Review for January 2019

My Star Word for this year is “Empathy”. The internet defines empathy as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Merriam-Webster says, “Empathy is similar to sympathy, but empathy usually suggests stronger, more instinctive feeling.”

When Facebook sent me my “Year in Review,” the thing that stood out for me was that 90% of the pictures I posted through the year were of landscapes, seascapes, and skyscapes. There were VERY few pictures of people, and very few posts about people. I suppose that’s not unusual for an introvert like I am, but I also realized that I tend to flit through life without getting really close to other folks. It’s part of the shell that I’ve built up to keep from suffering the grief that comes from separation. After the nomadic life that I’ve lived (27 houses in eight states and three countries), I realize that I’ve always just found new friends, and forgotten to tend the old ones. But I’ve never had a BFF. The closest thing I’ve had is my family – siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles, parents and children. I try to keep up with them, but I do a poor job of it. The ones I’m reasonably close to are now living in Washington, California, Texas, Arkansas, New York, Illinois, and Alabama. We gather for weddings and funerals and are able to take up where we left off. Anyway, I’d like to change a little of that this year, and, with my Star Word, try to become closer to the people who matter to me, and closer to the ones near to me.

Here are my intentions for 2019.

Physical Health

  • Continue to eat real food, and, hopefully, lose about 20 more pounds this year. – I’ve done well with the weight loss, and am down 1.4 pounds for the month.
  • Continue to average 150 miles a month on my Fitbit. – Again, I’ve done well. According to my Fitbit, I’ve walked 191.55 miles this month.
  • Continue to work with my personal trainer for strength, balance, and endurance. – Check. She has added more core training, and we do both stairs and ramps, in addition to single steps up and down without a railing.
  • Return to weekly Tai Chi classes – Check. I was out of practice in both balance and stamina, but I’m doing better with each session.
  • You can follow my success (or not) on my blog “Nevertheless I Persisted.”

Emotional Health

  • Practice empathy by taking a picture a day of someone who crosses my path. – I’ve done a pretty good job of taking the pictures.
  • Try to learn the story of each person I take a picture of. – I don’t always get a story to go with each picture, but I’m trying.
  • Post those on a new blog “Tribes“.

Intellectual Health

  • Expand my leisure reading from fluff mysteries to more substantial novels. – Books read this month.
    • The Library Book by Susan Orleans – finished
    • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – finished
    • Becoming by Michelle Obama – finished
    • Womanish Midrash by Wil Gafney – reading
    • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – reading
  • Continue to read the Washington Post and the New York Times for reasonably non-biased reporting. – I scan the headlines and read articles that interest me.
  • Continue to watch the Rachel Maddow Show to feed my angst and resolve. – Check
  • Return to writing. Try writing a story about each person I take a picture of. – My stories are usually pretty short and of the newspaper “who, what, when, where” variety. I’m trying to expand them.
  • Keep writing midrash poetry, as I’m inspired by the Sunday sermon or weekly Bible study. – Currently working on one about Gabriel the Archangel. I’m also writing poems that fulfill a bi-weekly assignment for my creative writing class.

Spiritual Health

  • Continue to participate in weekly Bible study, and weekly Worship. – Check. We will be expanding to two services the beginning of February. I may try to go to the new early service just to be supportive.
  • Try to carve out time daily for intentional prayer and meditation. – I’m not doing very well with this, although my midrash poetry and Wil Gafney’s book are driving me deeper into my beliefs.

Social Health

  • Tend the relationships I have at Franke Tobey Jones. – I still regularly attend the Gazebo Group (the folks who meet on Monday evenings for Happy Hour.)
  • Tend the relationships I have at Bethany Presbyterian Church. – I go to Coffee Hour after church to talk to people I don’t see often. I also regularly attend Bible Study.
  • Tend the relationships I have on Social Media. – I try to keep up with people I call my friends on Facebook. It’s hard when so much of the stuff there is political.

Miscellaneous

  • Keep up with People Power as an Admin. – A new group of people has become very active as admins, and I’m allowing them to take the lead. I keep up with what’s going on, though, and support if and when necessary.
  • Participate in Town Halls and face-to-face meetings with elected officials. – Attended the Environmental Priorities Lobby Day at the State Capital and talked to my state senator and one of my state representatives. The other state representative was busy in a committee meeting, but I met with her intern about my environmental wishes.
  • Attend GA Nominating Committee meetings, both face-to-face and virtually. – Not active yet this year.
  • Support #BlackLiveMatter, #Me,Too, #ThePoorPeople’sCampaign, #ClimateAction, and other social justice movements. – I donate regularly to MoveOn, the ACLU, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. I attend rallies and marches if I’m available.

 

Posted by: abbiewatters | January 1, 2019

Intentions for 2019

My Star Word for this year is “Empathy”. The internet defines empathy as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Merriam-Webster says, “Empathy is similar to sympathy, but empathy usually suggests stronger, more instinctive feeling.”

When Facebook sent me my “Year in Review,” the thing that stood out for me was that 90% of the pictures I posted through the year were of landscapes, seascapes, and skyscapes. There were VERY few pictures of people, and very few posts about people. I suppose that’s not unusual for an introvert like I am, but I also realized that I tend to flit through life without getting really close to other folks. It’s part of the shell that I’ve built up to keep from suffering the grief that comes from separation. After the nomadic life that I’ve lived (27 houses in eight states and three countries), I realize that I’ve always just found new friends, and forgotten to tend the old ones. But I’ve never had a BFF. The closest thing I’ve had is my family – siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles, parents and children. I try to keep up with them, but I do a poor job of it. The ones I’m reasonably close to are now living in Washington, California, Texas, Arkansas, New York, Illinois, and Alabama. We gather for weddings and funerals and are able to take up where we left off. Anyway, I’d like to change a little of that this year, and, with my Star Word, try to become closer to the people who matter to me, and closer to the ones near to me.

Here are my intentions for 2019.

Physical Health

  • Continue to eat real food, and, hopefully, lose about 20 more pounds this year.
  • Continue to average 150 miles a month on my Fitbit.
  • Continue to work with my personal trainer for strength, balance, and endurance.
  • Return to weekly Tai Chi classes
  • You can follow my success (or not) on my blog “Nevertheless I Persisted.”

Emotional Health

  • Practice empathy by taking a picture a day of someone who crosses my path.
  • Try to learn the story of each person I take a picture of.
  • Post those on a new blog “Tribes“.

Intellectual Health

  • Expand my leisure reading from fluff mysteries to more substantial novels.
  • Continue to read the Washington Post and the New York Times for reasonably non-biased reporting.
  • Continue to watch the Rachel Maddow Show to feed my angst and resolve.
  • Return to writing. Try writing a story about each person I take a picture of.
  • Keep writing midrash poetry, as I’m inspired by the Sunday sermon or weekly Bible study.

Spiritual Health

  • Continue to participate in weekly Bible study, and weekly Worship.
  • Try to carve out time daily for intentional prayer and meditation.

Social Health

  • Tend the relationships I have at Franke Tobey Jones.
  • Tend the relationships I have at Bethany Presbyterian Church.
  • Tend the relationships I have on Social Media.

Miscellaneous

  • Keep up with People Power as an Admin.
  • Participate in Town Halls and face-to-face meetings with elected officials.
  • Attend GA Nominating Committee meetings, both face-to-face and virtually.
  • Support #BlackLiveMatter, #Me,Too, #ThePoorPeople’sCampaign, #ClimateAction, and other social justice movements.

 

Posted by: abbiewatters | December 25, 2018

Celebrate

The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
Posted by: abbiewatters | December 24, 2018

Light


Let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven.

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