Archive for January 2012

My First Valentine’s Day   Leave a comment

Here it is almost February, and the first month of 2012 is almost gone.  This year will be the first time I’ve had a boyfriend at Valentine’s Day in….. well, let’s just say it has been over 25 years.  Yup, that long.

My Dad’s birthday was on February 14th, so to me that day has always been associated with a birthday party and cake, not anything romantic.  It never really bothered me if I didn’t have a date or a sweetheart for “the most romantic day of the year”.  The same is true now, even with a most wonderful man in my life.  I have already told him I don’t expect or even want flowers and/or candy. 

Being a card person, I will buy (and snail mail) 2-4 cards to him.  But…. I’m unsure if I should do anything more.  I know he doesn’t want or expect ME to send HIM flowers, and he knows I’m a card person so he expects at least one.  Should I write him a poem?  Take a picture of myself?  I was thinking of leaving little love notes around his apartment.  Is that corny?  Or is it sweet?  I haven’t quite decided what to do, but I’ll let you know. 

I hope your Valentine’s Day is filled with all things that bring you warm fuzzies and tasty treats, so much so that it will overflow to others in your life.

Posted January 31, 2012 by Maureen in Musings

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2 Simple Exercises   Leave a comment

I have had a series of stretching and strengthening exercises I’ve done since I was in High School.  During times of my life I’ve been either disciplined or lazy about doing them.  If I stop, for however long, I always start again.

I’ve also been a walker for many years.  You can do it anywhere, anytime, no matter where you are.  In a foreign country?  No problem.  On a business trip?  Yup – you can do that.  And all it takes is a decent pair of tennis shoes. 

Over the years I have tried to vary and change and morph how I exercise, incorporating new moves or new challenges into whatever routine I had, just to keep it interesting.  There are two exercises I have found to be the most effective for me in terms of raising the heart rate, helping me feel great, and taking inches off. 

These 2 exercises work for me.  They may not work for you, and of course if you have any health issues or problems you’ll want to check with your doctor.  These exercises take no equipment (though you could use some if you want to) and can be done almost anywhere.

The first is simple:  sit straight (in a chair, on a bench, on a rock – wherever) with your thighs horizontal to the ground and put your feet together.  Now hold your knees together.  Can you hold them together for a minute?  Good!  Now try pressing them together for a minute.  Can’t do a minute?  No problem.  Hold them as long as you can – 10, 15, 20, 30 seconds.  Now slowly relax.  Wait at least that long (10, 15, 20, 30 seconds) and do it again.  Do at least two repetitions.  You can do this at the dinner table, on a bus, on a train, at work, even watching TV (if you have the right seat).  Do this consistently, adding seconds and pressure, and the inches will melt off your thighs and you’ll gain muscle.  You can also get “thigh master” type of devices to help you do this, but honestly all you need to do is keep your feet and knees together, increasing the pressure and number of seconds as you are able to.

The second is also simple.  Jump in place.  Yup – that’s what I said.  Feet slightly apart.  Make sure you won’t hit anything.  Now jump up and down – getting your feet off the ground with each jump.  You don’t have to jump high or hard or fast – just jump so your feet are off the ground.  Do this for as many seconds as you can.  When you have reached your limit stop and slowly walk around to keep your muscles loose.  Makes you breathe hard, doesn’t it??  It is a great workout.  Do this consistently and add seconds as you feel you can handle them.  Now – I’m a big girl.  I have to hold onto my body when I jump, otherwise I hurt myself. So that is a caveat with that one.  And because of that I do this exercise in private.  You can also do this exercise with a jump rope.

When I do these two exercises they not only make me feel GREAT, but they help my balance and poise, and within a month I have lost inches from my waist and thighs.  I hope it works as well with you!

Posted January 12, 2012 by Maureen in Randomness

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Resolve about Resolutions   Leave a comment

Happy New Year!  My  hope and prayer is for faith, health, and joy for everyone this year.

I don’t make New Years resolutions.  I have from time to time over the years.  And I’ve never kept them.  Maybe because I will wriggle out from under any label or box someone tries to put me in.  Maybe it is because I don’t enjoy too much doing what I should or have to do.  Or, maybe I’m just lazy. 

So for many years now I have resolved to not have any resolutions each year.  I am always striving to keep my weight down, exercise more, eat better, keep in touch with family and friends better, and contribute to the greater good of mankind regularly.  So what else is there to resolve?  A friend of mine is doing a “12 in 2012” thing.  Something about trying 12 new foods, meeting 12 new people, learning 12 new exercises, and 9 more things I can’t remember the details of.  Which I think is great for her – don’t get me wrong.  If that is what she wants and she enjoys it — then God bless her.  It is just not for me.

What about you?  Do you do resolutions?  And what would they be if you were to?

Posted January 8, 2012 by Maureen in Musings, Randomness

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