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Old 03-20-2014, 11:14 AM   #155
diyana
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Good morning ladies,

Happy First Day of Spring for most of us; Happy Autumn for Shad!

Yesterday, I took Santa to the dog park after picking him up from day care. He had a good time. He still holds his foot up a little, but now it's only roughly 10% of the time.

I've been getting to sleep too late nearly every day this week. Because of this, I haven't decided if I'm going to attend a workshop tonight or just relax at home.

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Terra - Reading the labels can be very eye-opening. Definitely monitor the calories, fats (especially saturated), and if you have blood sugar issues like I do - carbs and sugars. I heard a suggestion that if you don't get a chance to write down what you eat right away, take a photo of your meal (or snack) with your smart phone (if you have one). That way you'll know what you ate and the portions, rather than relying on memory later.

Ceejay - The Breath of Joy is a "warm up" exercise. It's kind of strange. You do three quick inhalations through your nose, accompanying various arm movements, and then one long exhalation. So you don't exhale after each quick inhale, just after you inhale three times. Here's a URL of a video for it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I_RBExOI9w). Here's another video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OZ3v3w1h0g). And here's an article with the steps outlined (https://yogainternational.com/articl.../breath-of-joy). Basically, you do a quick inhalation as you bring your arms forward, then another quick inhalation as you bring your arms to your side, then another quick inhalation as you bring your arms overhead...then you exhale as you bend forward. We didn't move as quickly as this video demonstrates, and we didn't bend as far forward. We did 4 or 5 sets of these to get warmed up. If you get dizzy from the different way of breathing (3 quick inhalations followed by 1 exhalation), STOP. It's easy to get a light headed.

Happy - I hope you have a good time at yoga class. I know it will see strange not going to the thrift store afterward.

to Shad, Annie, Laura and Susie!

Love and hugs,
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My Mini Goals:
1) Exercise 6 days per week at least 45 minutes per day
2) Every day burn at least 500 more calories than I eat
3) Goal weight for bariatric surgery (need to reach by 11/7): 224
4) Make the most of each moment
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