Terre Pruitt's Blog

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

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    Stretch: Thurs at 10:15 am

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Facebook Most Recent

Posted by terrepruitt on August 15, 2018

Ok, so it is not all about Facebook, but you know how it is (well, maybe you know how it is) when you are looking into something about a subject other things similar come up? I was on Facebook the other day looking into the Legacy Contact thing and I was annoyed about the “top stories”. Why won’t Facebook just allow us to set “most recent” as the default and just let it be permanent? Why does it default back to “top stories”? So frustrating especially since Facebook is the one that decides what is “top” and what is not. They are the ones that force the feed. Well, I Googled it and a post came up that had a suggestion on how to see the top stories – permanently. Unfortunately it only works on a computer — well you can do it on a mobile device, but it doesn’t work on the application that Facebook has.

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The way this is a permanent solution is that you always have to log on to Facebook through that URL. That way it will always show you the most recent.

Again, this will work through a browser, so if you want to use a browser instead of an application to access Facebook use that URL. But it won’t work with the applications made for the mobile devices. I was able to change the URL in my “Top Sites” in my browser and bookmark it. I do access Facebook from my computer a lot, not as much as my phone, but I do use my computer.

Interesting, yes?  I think so.  Anyone still use a browser to log onto Facebook?

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Legacy Contact On Facebook

Posted by terrepruitt on August 13, 2018

I just received an e-mail from Facebook. My husband had mentioned the subject to me via Facebook messenger while he was not home so we couldn’t talk about it right then, and then, of course, I forgot about it. Then I received the e-mail. Your husband “has chosen you as his Facebook legacy contact”. Of course I don’t really know what that means because he just had typed “Facebook now lets people choose a legacy contact to manage their account if they die” (aside from the idea that we could talk about it). No information as to what that means. So, I thought I had better check it out because the e-mail made me wonder.

The e-mail says:

Hi Terre,
Your husband has chosen you as his legacy contact. This means that you’re currently selected to care for his profile after he passes away and his account is memorialized. This is something that you might want to talk about in person with your husband.

A legacy contact can respond to new friend requests, update their profile picture and pin a post on the person’s timeline. A pinned post is often used to announce things to the community, like details for a service.

There are a few things about being a legacy contact that you should know:

• Legacy contacts aren’t able to log into memorialized accounts, post as
that person or see their messages.

• Legacy contacts can’t change the privacy settings that were in place
before the account was memorialized.

• The account must be memorialized in order for you to take any actions
as legacy contact.

The best way to protect the account of a loved one who’s passed away is to request memorialization for the account as soon as possible. This will keep the account secure.

Learn how to set your own legacy contact.

The Facebook Team

Interesting, huh? Makes sense. I, unfortunately, am friends with a lot of people on Facebook that have died. It is not unfortunate that we were friends, it is unfortunate that they have died. Not sure what the “rule” is regarding those that have died prior to this “Legacy Contact” being put into place, but at this point “A legacy contact is someone you choose to look after your account if it’s memorialized.”

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The information on Facebook regarding legacy contacts, clarifies that the legacy contact can pin a post, but that is only if the person allowed for post on their timeline. It also states that you – when setting your legacy contact – have the option of allowing them to download a copy of what you have shared. It also states that they can update your profile and cover picture. They can also request that your account be removed altogether.

In addition to the information in the e-mail, the information online says a legacy contact can’t remove or add new friends or add an additional legacy contact.

Facebook also states that they may add to the capabilities to a legacy contact in the future.

A legacy contact only gets access after an account has been memorialized. The information on Facebook about that says, “If you don’t choose to have your account permanently deleted, it will be memorialized if we become aware of your passing.”

Now, I don’t know how my husband found out about this because I didn’t know about it. I have never heard of it. So . . . as usually, I am sharing things with you that I learn about.

Did you know about this? Are you going to appoint a legacy contact?

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Giant Dipper

Posted by terrepruitt on August 10, 2018

This made me laugh. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has a roller coaster called the Giant Dipper. This pictures was from a long time ago.

A beer for today’s Friday Photo.

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A Time For You To Relax

Posted by terrepruitt on August 6, 2018

It is funny how time is. It might seem like you just saw a friend a couple of months ago, but it turns out to be a year or two. You might think you just got your nails done – because they look good still, but it has been three weeks. You might think you just saw a movie, but it turns out it have been years. The same kind of thing bleeds into writing a blog, at least for me. Sometimes I think I want to write about a topic and I think, “I just wrote about that.” Then when I look it up it was years ago. Or the really funny ones to me are when I can’t even find that I posted about it at all! I have been wanting to write again about shavasana, but I was thinking I had just written a post about it. But it turns out I posted about it four years ago. That is so amazing to me because I can hear and see the person (the one I mentioned in the post) talking to me. Anyway, I wanted to say some additional things about shavasana.

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I feel it is very important to have this time in the day. Especially with the busy-ness of society. Just taking about 8 minutes to do nothing can help with so much.

Since I whole-heartedly consider this time to be sacred I ask anyone that has to leave before the class is over to leave before shavasana starts. The best way to go, if you have to leave, is to gather your stuff as quickly and quietly as you can and go. None of us mind putting away any props that were used (we only have chairs available) because the remaining students want to get on with their relaxation. When someone leaves – and there are times it is necessary – it kind of changes the atmosphere in the room so the sooner the departure the better so we can get back to the calm.

I usually talk for three to five minutes, slowly having the students focus on relaxation from toe to head. Then they just relax as the music plays. This is the time where the body is allowed to enjoy the sensation – even on an unconscious level – of the poses they just practiced. It allows the body time to adjust before it rushes back into the go-go-go. It is the same for the mind. Shavasana is time and space for the mind to rest. That doesn’t mean that thoughts won’t crop up, but it is the time where you are allowed to just give thoughts a nod and a little push, so they go away and you focus back on your body and your breath. This is the time when you can also take a break from emotions or just let them flow. Also a time when your spirit gets to rest and relax. No need to exercise anything but stillness.

I know it is so difficult for some people in the beginning, but just like with any practice it gets to be something one can do.  And just like all poses some days you may be “better” at it than others.  It is all great, because it is all part of the practice.  The important part – at least to me – is to not skip it.

What are your thoughts on shavasana?  Do you like it?  Do you not like it?

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My Favorite Tea Mug And My Favorite Teagan

Posted by terrepruitt on August 3, 2018

“The Best Things in Life are the people we love, the places we’ve been and the memories we’ve made along the way.”

Yes this might be a blurry Friday Photo, but I love this mug and the cat lying in the background probably wondering why I am taking a photo of a mug!

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Big Mousse

Posted by terrepruitt on August 1, 2018

Mousse. Not the edible kind, but hair mousse. Do you use hair products? I do. My hair is really flat and I am always trying to make it look BIG. Yes, I am a lover of the big hair days of the 80s. I sometimes use gel and sometimes I use mousse. I am on a mousse kick now. Sadly I do not get any compensation for any of the post of any of the products I post about. I just post because I want to share or sometimes I am amazed. In this case I am amazed and I want to share. I have used several mousses (?) throughout my history of using them. I don’t even remember all the different brands, but the one I was using most recently was Fructis Style Sky-Hi Volume Mousse. It works good, or so I thought. I stumbled upon got2b fat-tastic Instant Collagen Infusion Mousse and now I know the difference.

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Anyway . . . this got2b fat-tastic Instant Collagen Infusion Mousse was an add on item and I thought, “What the heck for $4.00 I’ll try it.” Well, it is pretty cool. At first I was using way too much because when I spray the other mousse in my hand it somewhat expands, but then the second I put it on my hair it disappears. It is as if the expansion is really just air and the second it touches something it disappears. With the got2b fat-tastic mousse, it does expand when you spray it but it doesn’t disappear when I put it on my hair. It is almost as if it gets thicker.

I thought my hair was getting hold and volume with the Fructis Style Sky-Hi Volume Mousse, but then I noticed my hair was really flat and lifeless one day. It didn’t occur to me that it was probably the Fructis until I went to use got2b fat-tastic mousse the next time. Since I have a bottle of the Fructis mousse I am trying to use it up so that is why I am going back and forth. Now I will only use the Fructis Style Sky-Hi Volume Mousse when I am staying home because if my hair is flat and lifeless at home — whatever. I will stick to using the got2b fat-tastic Instant Collagen Infusion Mousse when I am going out.

It really makes a difference. Also since it actually expands so much I use a lot less of the got2b mousse than of Fructis mousse. I know this is an odd post, but every time I spray this stuff into my hand it amazes me. I figure why not share what I have experienced. I always like to save money and waste less, and this stuff makes me feel like I am doing both because I am using less product on my hair. I like the result so much more too.

So? What products do you use on your hair? Do you use a mousse? Does it do that expanding thing in your hand?

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Who Ya Gonna Call?

Posted by terrepruitt on July 30, 2018

Have you heard of Uber? Or Lyft? They are the driver services where you hire a private driver in his/her own car to pick you up and drive you to where you need to be. Supposedly it is less expensive than a taxi. With the applications made for smart phones it is supposedly really easy too. You can order a driver, see how much it will cost, how long it will take, and watch the driver’s progress to your location. You might think of using Uber or Lyft to take you out to dinner or to an event to avoid having to pay parking or even when you are visiting another city and you don’t want to rent a car. But do you know what else these services are being used for? Non-emergency transportation to the hospital!

A paper authored by an assistant professor of economics at the University of Kansas and an internist at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego says that cities that have Uber available have reduced their use of ambulances. Noted in the paper, the present health care system has slowed ambulance response time down, so calling for an Uber/Lyft can get you to which hospital you want to go to. Ambulances are usually required to take you to the nearest medical facility, whereas if you hire one of theses private driver services they will take you where you want to go – and possibly faster than an ambulance.

I think it goes without saying that you would save money considering medical transportation is often costs hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Also, in non-emergency situations, you could be freeing up an ambulance for an actual life-threatening emergency. Someone who REALLY NEEDS the ambulance could get it!

In Texas, Tarrant County Emergency Services is actually using Lyft instead of ambulances. When some calls 911 they can speak to dispatch and a triage nurse. The callers are able to have a Lyft driver dispatched to pick them up and take them to a medical facility of their choice.

I think if you have an advice nurse or a triage nurse (as it seems to be called in Texas) available to you, it might be a good idea to call them and see what they think. There are many reasons one might need to go to the hospital and they are unable to drive themselves, but it is not necessarily a need for an ambulance. Of course, always call 911 when there is an emergency.

What do you think about using an Uber/Lyft type of ride to the hospital?

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Capitola Wharf

Posted by terrepruitt on July 27, 2018

I posted a picture of the ocean from the wharf back in April, but here is the entrance to the wharf. It was a beautiful day, but most days are when you can spend it with your Sweetie at the ocean.

A Friday Photo of the Capitola Wharf Entrance.


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Bringing More Fun Into Class

Posted by terrepruitt on July 25, 2018

Sometimes we end Nia class with the laughter “exercise”. You know that saying “fake it ’til you make it?” Well, since the brain can’t tell the difference between fake laughter and real laughter it releases the “happy hormones” regardless. There are many additional benefits to laughter:

–it can trigger the release of endorphins (the “happy” hormones mentioned)
–it can help lower your blood pressure
–it can reduce stress hormone levels
–it can give your abdominal muscles a workout
–it can help improve cardiac health
–it can improve your immune system by boosting T-cells
–it can give you a sense of well-being and help you look at the world more positively
–it helps relax the body
–it burns calories
–it may even help relieve pain

What better way to end an exercise class than laughter?

There are a lot of ways to do it, but one way is by laughing and “cooking all four sides”. Debbie Rosas uses that saying when referring to being on or using the “sides” of the body; front, back, left, right or tummy, back, left side, right side.

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After about one minute roll to a side. Stay there and laugh for a minute. Just keep it going even if there are moments when it is not that real-from-the-belly kind of laugh. Then after a minute, roll to the other side. Stay there laughing for about a minute. Keep it going. Then roll to your tummy. Here is where you might start really sensing it in your belly, after three minutes of laughter your abs might already notice and when you roll on the belly and laugh more, they probably will be getting your attention a bit.

This is a really fun way to end the class. It reminds everyone that participates how fun laughing is. It reminds everyone how contagious laughing is. It reminds everyone that no matter what is going on there is a chance for laughter. It also reminds everyone that laughter can be a bit physical.

Of course you don’t have to be in a class to do this exercise. Perhaps there is someone in your home that would like to participate with you. Also you don’t have to do it for a minute on each side.

So what do you think? Is this an exercise you can enjoy?

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Five Ways To Help Relieve Pain

Posted by terrepruitt on July 23, 2018

Not only am I receiving my dad’s magazines, but my neighbor had some subscriptions that he is no longer using so he is passing them on to us. I have a lot of magazines. Most magazines are just advertisements. Even the “articles” are just ads disguised as “information”. I used to go through a magazine and just rip out the advertisements the second I got it, but now I am passing magazines onto one of the community centers where I work so I don’t rip out the advertisements. I have been perusing the magazines to get information to pass onto my readers. An article I read recently in Good Housekeeping was titled 5 {WHO-KNEW WAYS} to Fight Pain. Well, many of us knew, but sometimes it is interesting to see what others are saying. And some of them were NEW to me.

The five things are Diet, Sleep, Reframing, Relaxing, and Exercise.

The first thing they recommend to help ease pain is change the diet. One of the main causes of pain is chronic inflammation.  I am not sure if you have ever noticed that some days you might wake up a little sore. Could be that you didn’t even do anything the day before to make you sore. But when you get out of bed you notice that your joints feel a little stiff. A lot of people attribute this to the aging process. While aging probably has something to do with it, I know plenty of young people that wake up (or sit for a long time) and have a difficult time moving right after. For me, I believe it has a lot to do with what I have eaten. Next time you wake up sore without having lifted weights or done anything to warrant it, think about what you had to eat the day before or even the day before that. Just keep an idea in your mind of what you had. Then see if you are sore the next time you have that same food. I believe that for some people gluten causes joint pain. There are a lot of foods that can trigger an immune response and they (the foods) are different for everyone. So switching up your diet might help alleviate some pain. There are Anti-Inflammation Foods you might want to add to your diet.

Lack of sleep can increase inflammation in the body. And we have already stated that inflammation is one of the main causes of pain. Also, the article is saying that sleep deprivation can change how people experience pain. Studies have shown that getting an hour’s more sleep before surgery has helped patients need less pain medication.

Then there is “reframe the pain“, as in stop talking about it, stop dwelling on it, stop focusing on it, and start thinking about it differently. Instead of just thinking about the pain and expecting it to be bad, think about something else. Focus on something positive, kind of distract yourself from the pain. Or instead of saying something like, “Oh this is going to be awful, it is going to hurt so bad.” Perhaps think, “This is something that I can handle. It will not be that bad. I can easily get through this.” I found an online article about “Reframing”.

Then there is relaxing. The article mentions Biofeedback with electrodes or classes that you can take the help you be more mindfully relaxed. I believe that breathing techniques like Pranayama might help. Focusing on relaxing tense muscles can help bring ease into the body.

There is also mention of exercise. When you exercise your body produces endorphins which give you that happy feeling and that can help fight the pain. Exercising for pain management really depends on the type of pain, of course. You have to be able to move and make certain you are not further injuring yourself. People often ask me after an intense workout that has left them sore, what is the best way to get better, and my belief is to keep moving. Some people don’t think that way so we all need to deal with DOMS in a way that you feel is best. While you want to let the muscle recuperate sitting around and doing nothing isn’t necessarily going to make the aches and pains go away.

What type of pain can these five things help?

Diet: Chronic pain due to inflammation

Sleep: Any kind of pain

Reframing: All types of pain

Relaxing: Chronic pain

Exercise: Mild to moderate Chronic pain, especially muscles pain (DOMS)

So for many of us who would rather not reach for a pain killer in the form of a pill, these ideas might be something to try. What do you think?

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