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Wednesday, December 3, 2014 • Posted December 5, 2014
I spent a few minutes with one of my favorite clients yesterday. She is 97 years old. We worked to increase core strength and stability, and practiced standing and walking without lateral support. My little client and I have been working together for nearly three years. She is amazing and wonderful.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 • Posted November 28, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving to you! This week, most of us will sit down to a feast; we’ll have turkey and dressing and all the trimmings…and many of us will gain a few pounds between now (well…since Halloween for some of us), and the first of the coming year. (I know the holidays are near when eggnog appears on the shelves at the market; eggnog- one personal weakness of mine…and this year there was eggnog even for Halloween!
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 • Posted November 21, 2014
My granddad used to tell a story about an “Indian boy” who was descending from the mountain top when he passed a snake who spoke to him, saying: “I’m dying here in the cold. Please tuck me into your warm vest and carry me down to the valley where I can be warm and live.” The boy said he wouldn’t for fear of the snake biting him.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 • Posted November 14, 2014
I come from a family of 350lb people. I used to be very close to that, myself. Why? Partly, genetics...mainly, choice. Let me tip you about choice this week. One of my favorite authors is the late William Glasser, noted American psychiatrist and developer of Reality Therapy and Choice Theory.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 • Posted November 6, 2014
There were two tractors. One was shiny and clean; and was housed in a little garage to keep it that way. Once in a while it came out to break up and haul away fallen branches or broken tree trunks…mostly, it was an amusement to the man who owned it…a toy; and owning it made him feel more like a man.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 • Posted October 31, 2014
A well-recognized proverbial phenomenon in life is the ‘crossroad.’ Too often, one passes through the crossroad without having realized he was there until after having passed that way. (Think ‘hindsight is 20/20’). Fortunate is the one who stands at a crossroad and recognizes it for what it is: a point in time when important choices are made; choices that will impact the rest of the journey.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 • Posted October 24, 2014
I’ve said the connection between body and mind are keys to good health. Both must be worked and exercised regularly. Strength and peace are good. I’ve mentioned previously, too, that the life of a farm boy was the inspiration for what’s become known as ‘Loaded Movement’ training... I had the choice opportunity to spend time on a farm today.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 • Posted October 16, 2014
Pain in the back is just…well…a pain, as too many of us know firsthand. A strong, healthy core (think of a tree with a thick, strong trunk), means a healthy back. Low back pain is triggered by some combination of excessive movement, muscle strain or injury to the muscles and ligaments supporting the spine.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 • Posted October 16, 2014
When we experience letting go (loss), and do it well (learn from it), we increase our ability to hold on to that which is still worth holding on to and to handle it well; we become equipped to face the challenges of life from a position of health and strength (more reflections at
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 • Posted October 3, 2014
On Monday and Friday I teach a Fall Prevention class at the Henry House Assisted Living facility in Blanco. One thing willing and ambulatory participants practice is a gentle squat while holding a support for safety and balance. There’s a fine line that needs to be respected with regard to this exercise.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 • Posted September 18, 2014
My dear friend and I stood on the front step of his sister’s home today after ringing the doorbell. From inside, we could hear her literally scream with delight (rejoicing because she knew who was at the door). She came quickly to the door, opened it, face beaming; then suddenly burst through in a rush to chase her little dogs which had just escaped the open door and were making for the street.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 • Posted September 18, 2014
A close friend of mine introduced me to a game show of sorts called “Baggage” (2010-2011 GSN), recently. It’s sort of a newer version of “The Dating Game” (1965-1986 ABC), during which the player picks and chooses whether or not she is willing to accept strange characteristics or behaviors in perspective partners, while preparing to reveal her own ‘baggage,’ in the end.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 • Posted September 10, 2014
I mentioned recently to one of my morning class participants that I’m pursuing a college education and want to be a psychologist when I grow up. After some discussion we decided that at least I can tell people what doesn’t work. We both laughed at that. The thought came to me of a doctor who smokes, telling you to stop smoking; or an out of shape trainer helping you with your exercise program.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • Posted August 20, 2014
All of us hurt ourselves at some time or other. The degree to which we hurt ourselves determines whether or not we’re injured. Injuries always hurt. But hurt doesn’t always mean injured. When we exercise, we often feel a sensation of perceived discomfort, due to micro-trauma to working muscles (which results in growing healthier muscles).
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 • Posted August 14, 2014
Some mistakenly believe we must feel motivated before we can change. There’ll always be a reason to not do what needs to be done. Maybe it’d be easier when school starts, when school’s out, after graduation, after the holidays, after the kid leaves for college, after I get that job, when the slow season arrives, when things pick up a bit; when I feel more motivated… see what I mean?