The Friday that feels like Monday

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Registered: 04-07-2008
The Friday that feels like Monday
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Fri, 07-05-2013 - 8:26am

Today feels like a Monday to me. I hope everyone had a great 4th of July. Despite the rain, we had a fantastic family get together. The men ran out to play with fireworks in between showers and to our shock, it seems like half the rest of the town was doing the same. It was one of the most active 4th of Julys I have ever seen in this town. lol 

Does anyone believe in omens or "signs"? My husband is a deeply religious person and I try not to get caught up too much in his signs but we had a strange occurence at our house. Three days ago one of our clock's batteries went dead. It stopped at 17 minutes to 7. The next day, a full 24 hours later, another of our clocks stopped at 17 minutes to 7. It's batteries also died. My husband thinks it means something that both the clocks stopped at the same time a day apart. lol Hmmm, what do you think? My explanation is that we often change the batteries (lightbulbs, etc) in the house around the same time so it makes sense they would die at around the same time. 

Hubby's b-day is this weekend and we bought him a new guitar in celebration of it. He doesn't play much, just strums and sings more than anything, but it was nice to be able to get him something really nice like this. He has played an older guitar for the last 29 years and this is his first brand new one. 

I have to work my other job this weekend so I'm not sure how much time I will get to exercise. If it doesn't rain today I hope to get out and get a good walk in before work. 

What is everyone else up to? 

Karla
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Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Mon, 07-08-2013 - 10:26am

Jean, that is very interesting about the signs. My husband tends to live his life doing that. It's odd how it works out for him. 

Karla
Community Leader
WALKING
EXERCISE and HEALTHY LIVING

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Mon, 07-08-2013 - 8:44am

It's not from being at the computer more - this has been an issue for a while.  I do drive a lot so it may just be poor posture in the car.  I'm trying to pay more attention to my posture while driving.  Having my head slightly elevated seems to be better on my sinuses so I'm trying to find that perfect middle that appeases my sinuses but doesn't make my neck/shoulders angry. 

Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Mon, 07-08-2013 - 6:29am
If you have similar issues to me, my shoulder/back pain is due to posture issues from computer work, standing, and driving. I lie on the foam core roller to stretch out the area, and I even roll up a blanket and sleep on it under my spine at night. I also do stretches where I jut my head forward and backwards with my head in the "standard position. Is your pain due to being on the computer more? We all jut our head forward to see the screen. :O
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Sat, 07-06-2013 - 11:43am

I don't know if I told you all that I used to live my life by "signs".  Major decisions, even. Just before getting married, I moved to Long Beach w/ my husband and was miserable because he was out at sea for months.  I decided to take a sign language class at the community college but there was a waiting list. The teacher pulled two names out of about 15 to bein the class. I decided then that if I didn't get pulled, it was a sign to head back to Boston and not marry into the military. My name was pulled.  I was also on the fence about having a second child. I decided, as I drove down the street, that if I hit a red light at a certain intersection, I wouldn't have another child. It was green so we had another.  I think it was my way of escaping responsibility.  It wasn't MY fault if it didn't turn out, it was the lights, or the teachers. 

I think signs, though, are different from feelings of presences, etc.  The latter would come more from people who are religious and believe in afterlife, I'd think, more than anthiests.






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Registered: 05-08-2006
Fri, 07-05-2013 - 10:00pm
Although I am a super practical person, I totally believe in signs. The day we decided to stop treatment for my Mother, my watched stopped working. I have also had experiences where I felt my mother or grandmother's presence so strongly, with a message for me, that I am sure there is more than we can understand...I think some people are more open to this than others. It is beautiful here on Cape Cod. I have notvworkedout all week..but I am going to Zumba tomorrow...have a good weekend everyone.
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Fri, 07-05-2013 - 3:48pm

FWIW, the quick and dirty breakdown for Corrective exercise from NASM is to identify the tight muscles and overly flexible ones.  Foam roll then stretch the tight muscles (in your case the traps/rear delts). Foam roll 90 secs at least, but 1" per second per muscle/group.  Stretch 20-30 secs. Then strengthen the opposing ones.  That would probably be pulling back the head (give yourself a double chin is probably the best way to describe it).  I'd guess, but you can check, if your lower traps are weaker, which is typical. If so, shoulder blades together and down.  Y, T, W's postural exercises can probably help.  After working the muscle in isolation, work it in conjunction w/ others, eg back row w/ tubes w/ rotation.

If you touch the upper traps/top of shoulders (about where the bra strap sits on the shoulder to the neck), it's theoretically supposed to be as soft as butter, not tense, which most of us are.  I've yet to meet anyone whose is.  Massage could help, too.  






iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Fri, 07-05-2013 - 3:26pm

Yeah, it's in the traps/shoulders.  And I've been rolling like mad with my tennis ball and my rollers.  It doesn't seem to be helping a tremendous amount.  I'll check out the link.  Thanks! 

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Fri, 07-05-2013 - 1:15pm

Is the neck pain in the back area? Have you tried tennis ball rolling?  I like NASM corrective exercises but they do take time and the problem has to be relevant to you:

http://blog.nasm.org/cex/dealing-with-neck-pain-with-corrective-exercise/






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Fri, 07-05-2013 - 1:10pm

I'm back!  I had a great trip to CA and it's hard being back to the heat and humidity.  

Like Kel, I do believe in coincidences.  I also think we look for them and try to make sense of them. And, when we act on them and they turn out, we think, "Hey, it was a sign" but if they don't turn out, we don't remember that we did it.  When we drove across the coutry, we passed four state borders at exactly 11:00am by chance (and Ohio was odd because I thought we'd do it but then we hit traffic but because of the traffic, we ended up making it).  I've had people tell me that 11 must mean something. I actually think there are more "coincidences" like that in our lives but we're too busy to notice.

I'm still on CA timw and had to get up at 4:30 for a 6am client--that's painful on a regular day but doubly so today! I'm going to take a nap!






iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Fri, 07-05-2013 - 10:53am

I'm not a religious person and I do believe many things are coincidences.  I've read (and am reading) several books about the brain lately and it turns out that we are hardwired to look for pattern and repetitions.  Our brains don't like it when things don't make sense so we're always striving to make things fit into a "bigger plan." This is an interesting conundrum for an atheist such as myself.  Wink

I had an uneventful 4th.  I went to movie and spent the rest of the day in PJ's chilling with the kitties.  It was very relaxing.  

I agree Karla - it doesn't feel like Friday at all.  I discovered there are a number of free exercise videos available in our "on demand" content so I'm going to try one or two of those this morning.  I did a kickboxing video yesterday and it was pretty good (one of the less annoying exercise videos I've ever seen).  I've spent a large chunk of the morning writing proposals for writing projects.  No real bites yet but I'm keeping on keeping on.  Today is my day of decadence - mani/pedi, wine bar and steak dinner.  Yum.  

Does anybody have any good tips for loosening and/or strengthening the neck area?  No matter what I do, I always seem to be tight there.  The kickboxing video yesterday had me doing neck lifts (laying on your back and lifting up the head as well as moving side to side).  It sounded very crunchy which is not good.  I get massages regularly but this continues to be an issue.  

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