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I thought I'd open things up today to a broader discussion of health and well-being. Health is more than exercise and eating right, after all. It sometimes involves medications, as the diabetics (types 1 and 2) can tell us. But it also involves the things we do to feed our souls, to keep ourselves on track, and to make sure we can keep on going when the shadows seem overwhelmingly dark.

What are your health-boosting activities?

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Of course, as many of us know, pet ownership boosts health and well-being. Blood pressure lowers when you pet a pet. Does that work for preening as well? I think so. Plus the entertainment value of a pet can be great on its own. And as the more theatrically-inclined of us are aware, pets are GREAT for spurring us on to ACTING.

I preened my cockatiel Vinnie this morning. I also watched my budgies bathing. What do your pets do?

Vinnie and Ernie by Windthin on deviantART

Rachel and Vinnie 1 by Windthin on deviantART

Bathtime Budgies 1 by Windthin on deviantART

As Spring progresses, there are wonderful outdoor places to visit and refresh our minds. Here are a few places we like to go in our area. Where do you go and what do you do there? We usually walk around and look at things.

This is outdoors at our library last Fall.

Zaccia Pumpkinhead 4 by Windthin on deviantART

By one of the lagoons on campus.

We Love Nerds 6 by Windthin on deviantART

Another side of the same lagoon. I love birch trees.

Rachel and the Birch Grove 7 by Windthin on deviantART

Outside one of the older and prettier buildings on campus.

Diet and Exercise Works 7 by Windthin on deviantART

140 on the scale this morning. Going to go out and get some sun? It's free, and it feels good after the deep freeze we were in. I'm beginning to think the people who planned Easter this late this year were on to something. How about you? :D

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  •  I go out wandering in my car. (4+ / 0-)

    It's not exercise, but it does wonders for my morale to find twisty windy roads and drive on them.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 08:09:22 AM PDT

  •  We walk (6+ / 0-)

    With our temps getting close to 100 degrees, we are back to getting up, getting dressed and getting out early.
    The coffeepot has a delay, so I set the timer to start the coffee 40 minutes after we leave and that way when we get back, the coffee's ready!
    We are in the dry heat currently, which means it does cool off nicely at night.
    Once monsoon starts, though, we get no reprieve, but hopefully we get rain!
    We are desperate for rain as it has not rained since March 1st and things are very dry, which is worrisome for fire season.

    Hope everyone has a fantastic Friday!

  •  there's an article in this month's Runners World (5+ / 0-)

    "Sleep - the new cross-training"

    If only I could sleep. My brain won't shut up. It even wakes me up to tell me stories. I keep trying to tell it that those are called "dreams" and I'm actually supposed to be asleep for them.

    Sleep is also supposed to be good for weight loss. Again - if only.

    In Central Texas, we haven't been shut up inside like a lot of y'all have been. Though we've had way more winter than is normal for us. We're having the few weeks of mild weather that we get before summer (when our lows are in the mid-80s)

    •  Is this a condition a doctor could help you with? (4+ / 0-)

      Or is this just the way you're wired?

      It might be worth checking out. Not sleeping is truly detrimental in so many ways to one's health.

      Glad to hear you've been getting better weather. We in the Midwest are still rejoicing in the above-freezing + sunshine. Yesterday I had someone at work complaining because it wasn't 80 degrees...really? 65F is good enough for me!

    •  I have been off track this week - (3+ / 0-)

      On my eating, exercise and sleep. The sleep problems have to do with anxiety and too much noise in the house, mostly because of family members who play TV and movies that get very loud at times both late into the night and early in the morning. They don't believe that the noise and vibrations carry throughout the house. It is one of the challenges of multi generational living. For a variety of reasons I have been very frustrated this week, and took it out on myself. I haven't had a chance to weigh in yet today, but will add a note when I get the number. Whatever the outcome, I am determined to get back on track. In about a month I leave for a trip to visit my grandkids in California, and I would like to drop a few more pounds before I leave.

  •  Well, I am down into 20's, though (4+ / 0-)

    the new jeans I bought are a little tighter through thighs and belly than I prefer. Inducement to watch consumption. And my husband's lost 20-odd pounds over the stress of the disability stuff. Which brings him down to 334 as of Monday.

    Had a massage last weekend that did a lot for me. He worked on me two hours, and only did up to my waistline. But I felt insanely better, and there's not too many trigger points setting up again. And nothing like the pain there was before. So when I can afford it, I'll be getting that regularly.

    I am careful about what I eat (no fruits, no cole crops, no tomatoes, no potatoes, mild fat, watch the fiber percentage, no processed food), drink lots of water, and do Iyengar yoga. Also I keep a positive attitude, and have a husband and a boyfriend who make sure that I am not tense.

    I can manage, medically, to get everything to where I am almost back to where I was, but I still just don't have the stamina that I would if I weren't ill. I can get it to where I can work almost uninterrupted on my feet for four hours, but I still have to have a nap afterwards, and am going to have a leisurely time the rest of the day. That is, if I hope to do it tomorrow. And of course, that assumes the day is fine, and we have neither rain nor cold to set off my arthritis or heat or fast-moving barometric changes to set off a migraine.

    When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

    by Alexandra Lynch on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 10:45:35 AM PDT

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