I like a good cup of hot coffee in the morning. Coffee with cream. Coffee with cream and sweetener. I do not care for black coffee. I have tried to care for black coffee (smile) and I do not. When I want to move away from my preferred coffee, foregoing cream and sweeteners, I choose tea. A pretty Tervis tumbler filled with a hot beverage makes me smile. What is fun about tea is that there are so many kinds to try out. Hot tea in the summer time (is that a song?). Some of my favorites are below. Enjoy!
As I continue on my journey, I am focusing on the nuances in the meaning of three words that I sometimes say to myself to shift my mindset toward supportive, self-loving, positive thoughts (and away from negative, self-criticism).
The meaning of limberness:
- Bending or flexing readily; pliable
- Capable of moving, bending, or contorting easily; supple
Lab tests are one tool used I use to assess the state of my health. Normal lab ranges are somewhat generic. Even if your results are show in the normal range, they may not support wellness and disese prevention.
Keeping in mind that our health is very complex and that lab values alone are not determinant, I am sharing my goals for optimal ranges for several specific biomarkers. Much of the reading and listening I do is related to how I can promote my own wellness, improve my physical and mental health and preserve cognition. I have come to understand that we can empower ourselves by taking advantage of the tremendous amount of information available today on the subjects of health span and wellness.
As we age, we lose muscle. A word exists that describes this sobering facet of life: sarcopenia. The International Osteoarthritis Foundation description of sarcopenia reads:
“Sarcopenia is, in its most literal sense, the loss of muscle mass, strength and function related to aging. We are now discovering this loss is a complex and multifaceted process. Most commonly seen in inactive people, sarcopenia also affects those who remain physically active throughout their lives . This indicates that although a sedentary lifestyle contributes to this disease, it’s not the only factor.”
Is 55 a magic number for me? Maybe.
On September 9th, 2019, I began what I will refer to as a movement plan (also known as exercise). A friend asked “why don’t you come work out with me?”, a question she had posed a few times over the past few years. This time I said yes. And the decision was made. I did not realize it but I really was all in.
I came across a picture quote that hit me like a ton of bricks. It reads “Think of your cravings as stray cats. If you keep feeding them, they will never leave”. What a great analogy to describe challenges associated with changing our behaviors and habits. Though the length of time between some strays returning to visit has lengthened, some strays have not quite lost my address (smile). I file this under progress not perfection.
Post Observations 3.9 – Loving-kindness references the Waking Up meditation app that I used to facilitate my meditation practice. You can check out the full subscriber content for free until the end of the year.
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More to come…..
A mortar is a bowl-like vessel in which substances are crushed or ground. A pestle is a heavy tool with a rounded end used for crushing and grinding substances.
The mortar may be shallow like a bowl or deep like a cup. The mortar’s texture may be rough or smooth. It may have a spout for pouring. The pestle is shaped like a club and made of the same material as the mortar. The mortar and pestle may be made of a variety of materials such as stone, marble, wood, porcelain or glass. The mortar and pestle go together; they are a set.
In 2016 Australian orthopedic surgeon Gary Fettke was sanctioned by regulators for recommending a low-carb lifestyle to patients he felt could improve their health by changing their diets. Dr. Fettke was officially forbidden to give diet-related advice to his patients. This decision was reversed in 2018.