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Countdown Begins

"The researchers showed you have to participate in some form of exercise just twice a week to get the benefit. Bump it up to a 20-minute walk each day, and you can cut your risk of having a stroke by 57 percent." Brain Rules by John Medina

I’m in the homestretch with the closing on my condo scheduled for next week. I’ve got most of my belongings packed and ready to go, the checklist is started and I’m enthusiastically looking forward to this next phase of my life.

When I moved 4 years ago to where I currently reside I was in the midst of a divorce and seeking the comfort of much-needed solitude. It was during this transition the plan was set in motion to eventually buy a condo that would afford me the apartment lifestyle with homeownership.

As I look around this beautiful complex that I’ve come to love it is with mixed emotions that I will be leaving. It was here that I became restored after my failed marriage, it was here that I learned how to navigate the world around me with a white cane, it was here that I heard of the birth of my first grandchild, it was also here that I lost my job and downsized my apartment until I could find THE condo, it was here that I had a dream to start a blog for blind and vision impaired women like myself who desire to feel and look good.

Yes, I’m a little emotional because over the last 4 years I’ve felt such a sense of freedom and wonderment of life. I’m very hopeful that in the next chapter God will continue to bestow His blessings on me and to use me to fulfill His purposes.

Focused Pandemonium

Moving is stressful. Moving while managing my other activities like, the committee I Chair for the PA Council of the Blind, Board commitment for Pittsburgh Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services, membership duties for Golden Triangle Council of the Blind, babysitting, blogging and cultivating relationships all contribute to scattered thought processes. I try so hard to be the best I can possibly be that when I feel I’m not it’s difficult for me to focus on the task(s) at hand.

"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live in." Found on Pinterest

This past weekend I decided that there are some things I can do to increase my focus by decreasing time-stealing activities. It began with my Samsung Galaxy Note II Android cell phone – I uninstalled apps that provide instant gratification but also serve as interruptions. I felt that I don’t need to know the latest Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, and <Oh No> WordPress updates instantaneously. My feeling is life isn’t dependent on these updates (at least I hope it’s not) and they will be waiting for me when I eventually get to my computer. Though it’s only been a few days what a relief to not have the phone continuously vying for my attention.

My brother laughed and said “you’re taking the smart out of your smart phone” when I told him what I did but for me it’s exhausting managing multiple devices. Don’t get me wrong, I love technology and the many advances we have made within this realm what bothers me is I believe to some degree I’ve been dummied down. For example, I only remember my aunt’s phone number because she’s had the same number for over 50 years. All other telephone numbers I’ve not felt the need to commit to memory since I can just push a button and voilà call connected. If the internet ever goes down we’re going to be in a world of trouble because it seems we are all held hostage to the world-wide web.

"Slow progress is better than no progress" Found on Pinterest

Since I’ve re-evaluated my personal technology use I’ve been thinking that I need to seriously exercise my brain. Sure I read though most of my reading is done via audio which I find very satisfying but it’s quite different from reading hard copy. Oh well for now I’ll settle for eliminating those things that aren’t necessary to clear space to quality focus.

During the last Workout Wednesday I talked a little on circuit training and I was to follow-up on some of the individual exercises contained within this type training. One of the reasons this training is so effective is that it’s a total body workout that incorporates strength, cardio and abs. Today I’ve outlined three strength exercises.

Squat to Overhead Press – Works quadriceps, hamstrings, butt, abs, shoulders (

  1. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, elbows bent, a 3-pound weight in each hand at shoulder height, palms forward.
  2. Lower into a squat (don’t let knees go past toes); hold for a moment.
  3. Push through heels to stand up, pressing weights overhead.
  4. Return to starting position. Do 3 sets of 15 reps.

Static Lunge With Bicep Curls – works muscles in arms and legs

  1. Start with a 3-pound weight in each hand, arms out to your sides.
  2. While stepping into a lunge with your right foot (lower until your thigh is parallel to the floor)
  3. Curl the weights to your upper arms.
  4. Lower the weights as you press through your legs back to the start.

Single-Leg Dumbbell Row – Works back, shoulders, biceps, abs, quadriceps, hamstrings, butt (

  1. Stand holding a 3-5 pound weight in left hand.
  2. Hinge forward so back is flat and almost parallel to floor.
  3. Rest right hand on a chair.
  4. Extend left arm toward floor, palm facing in.
  5. Lift straight left leg behind you, so body forms a T.
  6. Slowly bend left elbow and draw weight up until elbow is even with torso; hold for a moment, then lower weight.
  7. Do 15 reps, then switch sides and repeat. Do 3 sets.

In preparation for next week’s move I know it’s going to be quite hectic and I may not be able to post for a few days but rest assured once I’ve gotten settled I will get back into the daily routine. For the next Workout Wednesdays I’ll focus on cardio moves within circuit training.

“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” Paulo Coelho

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