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  1. I should clarify that it wasn't always with a strap. Sometimes you would just use another part of your body to force one part of your body beyond where it could move. Like in my example of stretching the hamstrings, maybe you would just grab your ankles or feet with your hands and pull. I took quite a lot of ashtanga yoga, and there were no straps or blocks at all, because you're just moving too fast to fiddle with them. But there was still a lot of using your hands and arms to pull yourself beyond your range of motion. In other yoga classes, though, people did use straps to pull. That makes sense! On the contrary, you gave me a lot to look into and think about! (Edited for stupid spelling.)
  2. I do have a foam roller but don't really know what to do with it! Haven't heard of the "melt method" so I will look into that. Don't really know what classical stretch is either, though the name certainly sounds like it should be obvious! :lol: Thanks! My gym offers: Hatha, Vinyasa, and Iyengar yoga. The descriptions on the website are not helpful at all in determining which would be best. Any suggestions as to which one I should try first? In any of those, would I be able to just do the motions as far as I can naturally, without lots of pushing/pulling? Of course I can go and actually talk to the instructors, but if anyone has a suggestion as to which class I should start with, that would be great.
  3. Just to explain the background of my question a bit: years ago I got really into yoga. I mean, really into it. And I got super bendy. And I also was hurting all the time, with muscle cramps and aches and whatnot. I finally figured out that stretching should not be an extreme sport, so I quit and I felt better. I have no desire to ever be that flexible again, but now I'm starting to feel that I'm not flexible enough. I walk a little more stiffly than I used to, and 41 is too young to be shuffling around like an old lady! So, I tried an "Active Isolated Stretching" class last Tuesday at my gym. And my left shoulder and neck have been in agony ever since. :( I thought that since this was "dynamic" rather than "static" stretching it wouldn't hurt me. Apparently I was wrong. So I'm developing this theory that my body strongly objects to me stretching a muscle beyond the point where the opposing muscle can move it. Let me see if I can give an example of what I mean. If I reach down to touch my toes, I suspect that's probably fine. If I wrap a yoga strap around my feet and PULL myself down toward my toes, forcing the muscles to move beyond the point that they are actually capable of moving on their own, that's probably not so fine. It's just a theory. I would like to know what people who are knowledgeable about exercise think of my theory. And I would also like to know how to maintain/improve flexibility without stretching. Any ideas for me? Are there forms/types of yoga that don't have you *pulling* yourself into stretches, but just moving through your natural range of motion? Is there something besides yoga that I should consider? I tried Tai Chi a few times, but it didn't really seem to do much. Maybe I need to give it more of a chance?
  4. I'd be grateful to hear about what types and brands of notebooks people have been using, and what you think about the quality. I'm still using my original Moleskine with graph paper, but I'm not as impressed with the quality as I'd hoped to be. It's looking pretty worn, and it creaks when I open it! :lol: It's not a big deal, and I will buy Moleskine again if there's nothing better. But if there is something better, I'd love to hear about it!
  5. Still using mine, and loving it. I bought a nice mechanical pencil, and harder lead to go in it, and that works well for me. It's eraseable but since the lead is a bit harder, it doesn't smudge. I'm using Motivated Moms now for household chores, so that's a separate system. But I'm using the bullet journal for tracking other to-do items, my diet and exercise, appointments, etc. It works better for me than any other system I've ever tried.
  6. Oh, I am so sorry to hear this. I did not realize that she was ill. How awful for her husband and daughters.
  7. I've been meaning to thank you for this. I set mine up this way and I love it!
  8. Margaret, I tried electronic organizing for awhile, and must have downloaded and tried out at least a dozen different apps (sometimes free ones, but sometimes paid). But I seem to find myself drawn back to the old-fashioned methods. There is something about the physical act of writing that is satisfying and "secure" feeling to me. I realize that probably sounds very silly, but it's true! Writing cements things in my memory far better than typing does. I wish I had better penmanship but that's another story... But, like you said, it's not like I'm a technophobe or anything. I love my iPad! But I'm not willing to give up pen and paper just yet. :)
  9. Thank you, ladies! I probably should retrain myself to write more lightly and gently. But, realistically, I probably won't! :lol: If I could retrain myself to have beautiful penmanship that would be nice. Hmmm, maybe those are related???
  10. Great idea! I think I have some little makeup cases in my luggage. I looked for hard lead refills for a mechanical pencil, but I didn't find any. Maybe I can order some online. Do you have any problems with the ..5mm breaking? Maybe I write with too much pressure, but I found that I was always breaking .5mm leads in the standard #2 type. I wonder if a #3 would be tough enough for me.
  11. Yes! Why didn't I think of that? That's a great idea too! See, I knew you guys would be a lot more creative about this stuff than I am. ;) Thanks!
  12. I'm only on day three of using the bullet journal, but I have to say that I really like it so far. Previously, I had a calendar, a to-do list, a journal where I would track diet, exercise, and health-related stuff (like when I would get a migraine, etc.), and a chart reminding me which bills are typically due on which day of the month. It's really nice having all of that integrated into one system. As of now, I still have my chore chart separate, because I have that in a plastic sheet protector, and I mark things off in wet-erase marker as I go, then wipe it off and start over. I like that system so I'm not sure I'll change it. Has anyone come up with clever ideas for the little bullet symbols next to your listed items? Beyond just the dot, square, and circle that he originally recommended, I mean. I've added one (didn't require any cleverness on my part, it was pretty obvious) for church events, feast days, friends' name days, when I went to confession, etc.: a little cross. I was trying to think of a special symbol for my health-related stuff, but I can't think of anything that's simple and quick to write/draw but says "health". Not that it matters much. I can just continue using dots. But I thought I'd ask. I've been using the only hard-lead pencils that I could find at Staples, and I like them pretty well. They write nicely and don't smudge. The only problem is, how do I carry a pencil in my purse without it writing all over the inside of it, or the lead getting broken? I might switch to the erasable pen that TeacherZee mentioned (thanks for posting that!).
  13. Thanks for mentioning this! I was conflicted about what to use. I'm so picky that I know if I mess something up in pen, I'll be furious with myself and feel like the whole page is ruined. But I hate the smudginess of pencil. I've never tried a hard-lead pencil, so it's worth a shot!
  14. Connie, thanks, I really appreciate you mentioning your concern. College admission requirements are a huge concern for me too! I should have explained my situation in more detail. I'm actually looking to use this with my 8th grader next year, to get her ready for high school level science. We've always done science in a pretty informal, interest-led, topical kind of way. Her Dad and I both have science backgrounds, so it was the one subject where I felt comfortable doing that rather than using something more structured. She loves science and does really well in it. BUT now that we're getting closer to high school, I'm concerned that I may have unintentionally left some gaps. So I thought it would be good to spend 8th grade using a textbook that covers all the bases, so to speak, to make sure she's got the foundational knowledge she needs to do each field of science more in-depth in high school. But when I tried googling for 9th grade level general science texts, all I was finding were things like biology or earth science, rather than one book that would cover all fields, but that we could still manage to get through in one year. I found the text that klmama mentioned at such a fantastic price that I couldn't resist ($8 including shipping from Better World Books). But it might be silly to attempt a college level text with an 8th grader! Once I get it, if it looks like it's too much, then I will order one of the McGraw-Hill texts that you mentioned instead, probably the 9th grade one. That probably would have made more sense, but I had already ordered the other one when I read your reply. I'm not usually a spontaneous shopper when it comes to curriculum. But when I find a used textbook at a fantastic price, I usually jump on it. Many times I've gone back just a day or two later to find that the price has increased by 50 or even 100% -- drives me batty! I appreciate your (and everyone's) help so much!
  15. Thank you, Connie! This has been such a huge help. I was starting to think that what I wanted didn't exist. But you have given me several options. I really appreciate everyone's help!
  16. In other words, not a biology textbook, or a chemistry textbook, but one textbook that covers the basics of all the major branches of science?
  17. I am the exact same way. But that can actually have an advantage in this situation. Practice and memorize ONE statement that can clearly and firmly steer the conversation in another direction. Like Twigs said, be a broken record. Every time they bring it up, you respond the same way. Don't try to think of a million brilliant arguments, because you won't be able to remember them in the moment. Just memorize your one redirection, and use it over and over and over. The advantage to that is that you're sending a clear message that you won't discuss it. If you were able to remember all of those brilliant arguments for homeschooling, you'd actually be doing the opposite: you'd be telling them that if they come up with a more brilliant argument, you're open to being convinced. By refusing to discuss it, you give them no opportunity to believe that they can out-argue you and convince you of their view. Good luck. And welcome to the world of homeschooling! :grouphug:
  18. Two that I just learned: MbtP: Moving Beyond the Page LBC: Living Books Curriculum
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