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End of Week Review 4/1/2016

Never have I been more keenly aware than now just how important mobility is and how much we miss it when it's gone. I have been helping Mom, who is 85, since she moved here. She fell several times before, so we were concerned about her safety. She really perked up and was getting around well with her wheeled walker. Over the winter, she got the croup and jarred her back with some really bad coughing spells. Since then her mobility has almost come to a screeching halt. It was even worse while we waited for new batteries for her power chair because she was stuck in her apartment! She is now dependent upon that power chair. She finds it very troublesome to lose so much mobility because she was always very physically active. Keep this in mind when you encounter seniors out on power scooters or shuffling along with a cane.Please, be kind. They really don't like their limitations.

All it takes is an injury or an illness landing us on the couch for a few weeks to remind us to be thankful for what we can do. A few years ago, when teaching a water aerobics class, I did a power pop and spin with my class in the water. I landed and caught the edge of my water shoe on the pool bottom. I felt a "POP!" in my knee and realized something was wrong. The next day at the doctor's office I discovered not only had I sprained my knee and foot, I had torn my ACL slightly. That knocked the wind out of my sails really fast! UGH! No surgery, but I had to protect it and go through physical therapy. No aerobics or lower body work. I got pretty doggone good at Pilates! I also figured out how to get endurance exercise (not quite as aerobic) with a set of crutches. When you're down, you begin to realize how grateful you are for what God has allowed you to do. Don't take it for granted!

A new page will appear over the next few weeks for sponsors, specially paid advertisements for products, and to do product reviews. The companies and products must not conflict with the mission and vision of Totally Fit 4 Life Ministries. Some of the products I hoped to make available before fell through. It all benefits you.

I haven't put up much about Ryka shoes lately. No, they aren't paying me to plug them. I just love their athletic shoes! I wear them all the time. There are some great new styles for every activity: running, studio, aqua, walking, and more. Their aqua shoes are the absolute best I've every worn! These shoes are made for women by women. Visit them at http://www.ryka.com/,

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In case you missed them:

Exercise Tip: Body Weight Training
Vacation season will soon be upon us. There are exercise rooms in some hotels, but some are pretty chintzy. But guess what? You have a whole gym with you-- your body! You can work out in most any space with your body. From push-ups to Russian twists, squat-thrusts to compass lunges, you can have it covered in 30 minutes. Check out this workout from the American Council on Exercise The No Equipment Needed Workout.

Food of the Week:Dates and Figs

Have you found yourself craving something sweet? Dates and figs just might be the tasty treat you are looking for. I bought some and rolled them in almond flour while they were still sticky. They were awesome! You can also roll them in finely chopped nuts or coconut flakes. If they aren't sticky enough, lightly mist the ones you plan to roll with water and let sit for a few minutes before you roll. Do be careful, though, because 2 dates are 140 calories! Figs are kinder at 110 calories for 1/4 cup (4 figs, maybe?). They are a quick no cook fix to satisfy that sweet tooth.

Figs are packed with potassium, Vitamin A, calcium, Vitamin C, iron, and magnesium.Dates are great with potassium, fiber, protein, Vitamin C, iron, Vitamin B-6, and magnesium. Watch out for the sugars because they have 93 grams compared to 71.3 grams for figs. www.wikipedia.com

Check the label of the nuts, almond flour, or coconut for their nutrition facts for a more accurate view of caloric intake.

May God bless your week!

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