Sunday, January 27, 2013


I'm 67, soon to be 68. I started to exercise just a little bit on January first. And I am continuing. No New Year's resolutions. I just started.

I look forward from here with a notion of how to make what's left last as long as possible and be as enjoyable as possible. I'm open to a lot of possibilities. One thing I have decided to do is follow in my daughter's footsteps. I have two daughters. One has seen a documentary on how food affects our bodies and she has started to eat more meatless and more fatless, etc. She has children but they are given diets that are appropriate for their ages. Another thing she is doing is juicing. And I am planning to try learning more about both steps toward health. My other daughter, a chef, has joined daughter number 1 in the juicing and is so excited about it. I find my enthusiasm is growing. I need more veggies and that is one way to get them.

I also am actively looking into ways to combat stress. Due to physical problems, a full blown yoga routing is out. But with my diminutive exercise program going I think I'm going to add a couple of yoga poses and see how that works out.

I'm really glad old dogs can still learn new tricks.


  1. Have you tried guided meditaion for stress-relief? I am not talking about the type where you listen to someone's voice drone on and on. The guided meditation I do consists of just being aware of each part of my body, starting with the right side. So, R thumd, index finger, middle finger, ring, pinky, top of the hand, palm, wrist, forearm, elbow, top of the arm, underarm, shoulder, right side, right thigh, knee, back of the knee, shin, calf, ankle, top of the foot, bottom of the foot then each toe. You then do the left side, same as the right. When done focus on the middle. Pelvis, bottom, tummy, stomach, ribs, breasts, chest, neck, chin mouth, bottom lip, teeth, tongue, top lip, space between lips and nose, nose, R eyelid, L eyelid, R eyeball, L eyeball, forehead, R cheek, L cheek, R ear, L ear, scalp.
    When doing this you lay in the "dead man's pose". (On your back, arms extended out, palms up.) When you get through your entire body, count down from 27. Breath in and out and that counts as one. Count down and when you get to zero turn on your right side and just relax. You can do this with a blanket and pillow for your head. Try to stay awake but it isn't terrible if you fall asleep. If you lose track just start again. A wandering mind is perfectly normal so do not scold yourself when it happens. Just say to yourself, (I am) "thinking".
    I have been meditating for several years and this is really the only meditation that works for me. It takes a LONG time to get "good" at it but that said, there is no way to be good or bad at this meditation. Meditation is a practice and you will never get "good" at it. Just the art of trying IS meditation. Meditation is not a place you arrive at, it is a journey.

  2. Oh, I forgot to say that when you are "being aware" of each part of your body, you do not move, or flex or even try to relax that part of your body. It is just being aware of its place in relation to your body and where it is in space.