Terre Pruitt's Blog

In the realm of health, wellness, fitness, and the like, or whatever inspires me.

  • I teach Nia, yoga and stretch! SIX group classes a week!

    Nia: Tues and Thurs at 9 am, Fri at 10:15 am

    Yoga: Tues at 10:30 am and Thurs at 6:00 pm

    Stretch: Thurs at 10:15 am

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Tie-Dyed Bendy

Posted by terrepruitt on January 15, 2018

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He has a tie-dyed shirt on!  So cute!  She made a tie-dyed shirt for him.  She actually “tie-dyed” it.  At first I thought she just found some material that looked tie-dyed and then she used it to sew a shirt.  But nooooo!  She actually used pens and colored the shirt making it tie-dyed.  For those of you who have never taken one of the classes you might not realize that I wear tie-dyed shirts.  They are kind of like my “uniform”.  So this was super cute.  It made me laugh.  We were going to lunch the day she gave it to me and I had to bring it into the restaurant to show everyone.  I also wanted to share it with you because it was so cute.

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-Gumby’s TV debut was on the Howdy Doody Show in 1956.

-Gumby got his own show that year.  The Gumby Show.

-The Gumby Show aired from 1956 to 1968.

-By 1966, Gumby sales break all records.

-It takes 1,440 still-frame pictures to make 1 minute of clay animation.

-In 1988 100 new Gumby episodes were produced.

-There are 214 Gumby episodes in existence.

-Gumby’s first feature film was release in 1995.

So there.  Now you know some Gumby facts.

Do you remember Gumby?  Did you watch him on TV?  Do you remember his side kick?

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A Clowder Of Cats

Posted by terrepruitt on January 12, 2018

My family, students, and friends know me so well. I received such cute cat things and wonderful yoga related things this past Christmas season. Look at these super cute mugs. Such a bright addition to the kitchen. Now, if I could just get the Christmas stuff put away!

Here’s this week’s Friday Photo.

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Mindfulness On Task

Posted by terrepruitt on January 10, 2018

Not too long ago I discovered a way to be mindful quite by accident.  This way to be mindful is also ONLY during a specific task.  A couple of years ago I wrote briefly about Mindfulness because I had come across a video on Facebook that represented an entirely different definition of mindfulness than I think of mindfulness as.  In that post I mentioned walking around while brushing my teeth as not being very mindful.  I am not concentrating on the task (brushing my teeth) at hand.  I am trying to save time by doing other things while brushing my teeth.  The result of that is usually me spending way more time brushing my teeth than I need to because I forget where I have brushed.  While I am walking across the room to get my clothes I might have brushed the top front, but then by the time I get to my clothes I have moved onto the top sides.  When I grab my clothes I forget if I did the front.  So I think I end up brushing and rebrushing.  So in effect NOT saving any time at all.  Plus the fact that I am just not being mindful of the task at hand.  Well, quite by accident I found a sure fire way to MAKE me focus ONLY on brushing my teeth.

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So, for a bit now, I have been standing at my sink brushing my teeth – JUST brushing my teeth.  For those of you that do that normally, I am sure this sounds ridiculous.  But I know there are a lot of others out there like me who do other things while brushing their teeth and it sounds ridiculous, even unimaginable, for other reasons.  Well, yup . . . there it is – FORCED mindfulness.  I think it actually saves me time.  As I mentioned, before there was unnecessary brushing.  Now there is not and so it is much more efficient.

Now, if I could just let this cross over into some of the other things I do.  There are moments with some tasks where I am very focused, but some tasks just don’t seem like they need my full attention.  And then that is when I end up with spilled liquid, a broken nail, a misplaced item, or something else unwanted.

Do you have any tips or tricks for staying focused and being mindful?

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Wet Socks DO Work

Posted by terrepruitt on January 8, 2018

So how are you all doing? My hubby and I got hit with something. I don’t know that it is/was the flu. I can’t tell the difference. Except to me, I always think of the flu as affecting your stomach and digestion. We haven’t had that, that I know of. So to me it was – is – more of a cold. I woke up with it on Saturday and I was miserable. So Saturday night when I went to bed I decided to try the wet sock treatment. Heard of it? You can read about it by clicking here (Wet Sock Treatment). I woke up feeling much better. I felt pretty good throughout the day, but just like with anything, was a little tired and worn out by Sunday night – even though I didn’t do anything. So I decided to do the treatment again Sunday night.

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Sunday night I turned the heat down a bit and I was able to sleep with the socks on the entire night. AND I slept with my feet under the covers. Saturday night I kept putting my feet out because I was so hot. The heat just closes up my sinuses and makes me too hot.

The first and last time I tried this was in 2011 and it wasn’t for a cold. It was for an injured toe. This time on Saturday night my feet were so cold I did warm them first, but not in warm water. I just used a space heater. The second night my feet weren’t cold so I just jumped to #3 and put the wet socks on and got in bed.

I do think this treatment IS a good cold remedy and really helped me feel better faster.  I think I am going to try it again tonight!

I did think to look at my blog for the tea . . . . Sick People Tea . . . the one with lemon, ginger, and oregano . . . but I didn’t have any fresh ginger. I could have used powder, but I didn’t want to go outside to get a lemon. So I didn’t try the tea. But, I might still. I have to go outside tomorrow so I might pick a lemon on the way in.

How are you holding out? What do you do to help speed your recovery along after the flu or a cold?

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Cool Wreath

Posted by terrepruitt on January 5, 2018

Well, since it is not yet the Epiphany, maybe I can eek out one more Christmas decoration. And actually, I did not plan this at all. I was waiting at the reception desk at the community center today after teaching Nia and I saw this wreath. I think it is gorgeous AND a great idea. I am so bummed I got rid of all my dad’s books. This is exactly the kind of thing that would have been perfect to make with them. It would have been beautiful and reminded me of my dad. Well, maybe there is one or two left that I can use. So, that is another reason I want to post this as my Friday Photo, as a reminder of a craft I would like to attempt for Christmas this year.

What do you think? Do you think it is cool?

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Happy 2018

Posted by terrepruitt on January 1, 2018

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I have two new ones from Pilgrim Imports. You may have read my post about Lenox ornaments. I used to get their annual snowflake ornament. I did it for years. But the quality started to decline and I was rethinking that whole thing. Then one year I received one that was poorly painted and the little gems were all crooked so I asked to exchange it. Well, they sent me another one that was almost as bad as the first. So I stopped receivingDance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFit their annual ornament.  And asked them to stop marketing to me altogether. Their regular ornaments might be better quality, but if they can’t put out a good quality for their annual ornament I stopped being a customer. I discovered Pilgrim Import ornaments. They are metal ornaments with sparkles attached and bobbles hanging from some of them. I love them. If you’ve seen any of my post about Christmas ornaments before you have probably seen one or two of them. This year I received two new ones. A jelly fish with pink and blue “pearls” attached. And a giraffe adorned with glass beads!

And . . . as I said, Lenox’s regular ornaments might be fine because we receive a beautiful glass Angel that says HOPE from my sister-in-law.  It is also not the regular porcelain (or whatever the snowflakes are made of) type of ornaments I used to collect.

I also was gifted a silver star and a beautiful blue butterfly. The angel I received on Christmas and our tree is a little too droopy for me to trust her on it.  I don’t think the branches would hold her safely. But the star and butterfly are not as fragile so they went on right away.

I am looking forward to decorating with them next Christmas. I am not looking forward to taking down the tree and all the decorations. So much so that I haven’t even started yet.

Happy 2018.  Is there anything you are looking forward to in 2018?

 

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Christmassy Cat

Posted by terrepruitt on December 29, 2017

Here is a picture of my lighted cat with a Christmassy bow.  I have wanted to post about her before (I don’t think I have).  She is very pretty.  She is pretty when the light isn’t on, but even more so when it is.  And now here she is in a fancy bow all decked out for Christmas.

December’s last Friday Photo.

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Fill A Box And Give It Back

Posted by terrepruitt on December 27, 2017

I learn a lot of things from Facebook, how about you? In fact I learned about the service this post is about on Facebook, you might have, too. Have you heard of GiveBackBox? A woman named Monika Wiela founded it in 2012 after she saw a homeless man on the streets of Chicago asking for shoes. Her company, at the time, had a lot of empty boxes. And her researched showed that tons of unused goods ended up in the landfill. So she came up with an idea, a way to help people, reduce waste, AND give those boxes a second life. You can fill up a box with stuff you want to donate, then print a label and it will get shipped for free.

There are retailers that have partnered for free with GiveBackBox. They help promote the service. Customers fill their empty boxes with clothes and household goods around their houses that they want to get rid of. If you are particular about what charity you are donating to then you might not want to use this service because they ship to the closest participating one to you. But if you just want to have a box of donations picked up and shipped for free, this is an amazing way to do it. You can also drop off the box at a post office or UPS store.

Yeah, you just fill up a box with stuff you want to donate, then print a label and it will get shipped for free. Some partners, such as eBags, request that you donate “bags”. Things like purses, luggage, business cases, backpacks, and duffels. Then they will give you a $25.00 credit to buy one of their bags.

I think this type of service would help reduce the number of us that drive around with stuff to donate in our trunks for longer than we care to admit. Right? Have you done that? I had thought I was the only one until I started to see memes about it. Then I knew that it was just something many of us do . . . .for whatever reason. Well, this could solve that.  Instead of filling up a box and letting it sit in your trunk for months. Fill up the box, print the label, then get it picked up! Sounds too simple to be true, huh? Well, perhaps it is. I don’t know, I have not used the service, but when I heard about it I thought it was a great solution to a lot of situations.  I thought that maybe not everyone saw it on Facebook, so I could post about it to help get the word out about it.  I think having the boxes I receive stuff in be used to get filled with items I want to pass on – and being able to print a label – and then have someone come pick it up – yeah, a lot of things taken care of right there.

What do you think? Is this a great idea? Will this help you get some of those items you want to donate out of your house and on their way?

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Christmas 2017

Posted by terrepruitt on December 25, 2017

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

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Ornaments On The Christmas Tree

Posted by terrepruitt on December 22, 2017

Ahhhh.  A few days before Christmas.  I hope you all are able to enjoy at least a few moments.  Here is my Friday Photo, just a close up shot of our some of the decorations on our Christmas tree.

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