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Welcome to Move it Monday on February 1rst! Time to open your hearts, and do something kind for yours! Show me the love and get your heart pumping and your nutrition in check and YES…. that means chocolate! A day without chocolate is like a day without sunshine in my book….. (sorry but it has to be dark for the antioxidants benefit). Did I just hear you say “I hate dark chocolate”? I did from some of you I know and I’m just going to say, “you’ll get used to it and your heart will thank you, trust me”.

Last year at this time, most of us were cruising along with love in the air getting ready to celebrate Cupids arrival, beckoning us to romance and love with no thought of the dreaded C. Yes, it was so sweet B.C.

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Before Covid we were simple and free
Love was in the air, candy kisses and shopping sprees
Dinner reservations, a romp in the sack with our beloved
A blind date, roses with anticipation and hope
Pop the champane, give lots of hugs and kisses
Masks and distance wasn’t even a thought
Nor did we know
It would even be a thing

11 months later it’s more than a thing and the reality of it brings heartache and sadness to so many. We are so ready to abandon ship and get out and kick up our heels, but not so fast.

I know you’re at your computer, on a deadline, checking your comments, writing in deep train of thought but I want to invite you to Stand UP and join me for a quick mini movement break. Come on I promise it will take 3 1/2 minute of your time. PROMISE!!! COME ON PLEASE…. PRETTY PLEASE WITH A CHERRY ON TOP.

Harry is ready for bed after a Reiki session

Last month we talked about building up to 30 minutes of cardiovascular workout and some strength work out. How many of you are doing it? Have you started? If so BRAVO!!! If not, why? Seriously, I want to know. For many of you, you’re young and it’s not even a thought and you’re busy with studies etc. For those of you who are older, there’s a thought of “why bother”? I’m here to tell you it matters.

Covid is a real thing and for those who have gotten it, you know. For those of you who haven’t that’s awesome. Building a healthy immune system is your best antidote for keeping your body healthy and perhaps keeping symtoms lower. If you have gotten Covid, it’s really important to keep immune function strong and there are a few ways to do that. See this list below.

Strong Immune Fuction:

  • Exercise: Regular exercise at a moderate degree have reduced markers of low-grade inflammation, more robust immune responses to vaccines, enhanced immunosurveillance, and a reduced risk of illness. There is controversy over overduing exercise for people that have been exposed. General guidlines are to listen to your body.
  • Nutrition: Boost your immune system by eating lots of vegetables, fruits (think all the colors of the rainbow) and whole grains and proteins including nuts, yogurt, milk (unless you have allergies etc). It’s always best to get your vitamins in foods and making sure you have adequate levels of A, C, D, E, and Zinc. All of these are all helpful for your immune system. I personally am taking a homeopathic once a week and another once a month as well. Avoid processed foods, cakes, cookies, animal fat, etc.
  • Hydrate: Stay hydrated with water, herbal tea, fruit smoothies, broth, seltzer, electrolyte drinks. Avoid alcohol and coffee which are dehydrating.
  • Stress: Stress taxes our immune system so the more you can find ways to soothe yourself the better which also helps elevate your mood. Play music, read, stretch, sing, knit, walk, dance, breathe. All of this helps our parasympathetic nervous system stay calm.
  • Sleep: There is a lot of talk of sleep disturbances during the pandemic which can be exasperated by people working in bed, oversleeping, anxiety, etc. It’s critical to get enough sleep and most experts concur that 8 hours is about the right amount of hours to get a day. Our brain can rest and we can work out issues through dreams, anxiety and depression is reduced and setting yourself up by turning devices and lights out, avoiding alcohol and stimulants such as caffine. Don’t nap all day or you will have a harder time at night. If you still lay tossing and turning after 20 minutes get up and pour some tea and read come back to bed.
  • Meditation, Deep Breathing and Yoga: Brain waves change when you do these 3 things. More oxygen is received through the cells and brain and your systems and organs take a mental vacation. You can add affirmations and positive self talk to reframe and change your mind set.

There are still many unknow factors of the risk on the heart and covid in general. Refer to your doctor of course to determine the best course of action. Listen to your body and rest when resuming activity with clearance. Refer to the chart below and refer website below for a plethura of information regarding exercise.

This is a great chart from American College of Cardiology regarding exercise in Athletics in the
Covid-19 Pandemic Era with exercise guidelines.

Figure 1
Β COVID-19 Return-to-Play Algorithm for Competitive Athlete and Highly Active People. COVID-19 indicates coronavirus disease 2019; hsTn, high-sensitivity troponin I; RTP, return to play.

Happy Moving on Monday! Get up out of your chair at least every hour and remember to get moving and eat your dark chocolate!

7 Proven Health Benefits ofΒ Dark Chocolate

1. Very Nutritious
2. Powerful Source of Antioxidants
3. May Improve Blood Flow and Lower Blood Pressure
4.Raises HDL and Protects LDL From Oxidation
5. May Reduce Heart Disease Risk
6. May Protect Your Skin From the Sun
7. Could Improve Brain Function

Have a great Monday and thanks so much for reading, liking (if you do of course), commenting and or sharing if inclined. I do hope you found it helpful. Stay fit, keep moving and Eat healthy.

Blessings,

❀️

Cindy

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orededrum
5 months ago

Great post, Thank you ! Happy February !

The One Who Always Talks
5 months ago

BC. Before Covid.

That’s sooo clever!!! Amazing poem you got there!

Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections
5 months ago

Happy February, Cindy. Thanks for the reminders, rips, and the 3 and a half minutes. On to more chocolate! Stay safe.

Nawazish
5 months ago

Haha! Wonderful post Cindy. Dark chocolate is love. Post covid life was simple and easy. Life with visible mask is tough for peopleπŸ˜…

Nawazish
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Haha! You go out with your date🀣

Nawazish
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Now you could go out on a date….never too late to tryπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Nawazish
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

I’ll sleep it off and take rest after a tired schedule and lots of studying🀣🀣🀣

I don’t drive anyone crazy…they are crazy themselves🀣🀣

Nawazish
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Haha! Thank you…you are a good sport too. Love the banter🀣🀣❀

Nawazish
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

You could ask us the translations🀣🀣

Nawazish
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

You could use Google translate🀣🀣

Nawazish
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Haha🀣🀣

Athira
5 months ago

Wowww CindyπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

Athira
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Most welcome Cindy

Athira
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Thanks a lot Cindy…Have a great day!

Athira
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

Navin
5 months ago

Good pointers…thank you….yeah, if I start breathing like you (your pic), then I’m done πŸ˜‚

Navin
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

🀣 Have a good evening ✨😊

Prakaash inspiration
5 months ago

Wonderful tips.I like the tip of “Positive mental affirmation and self talk ” for sound sleep.

Ingrid
5 months ago

Thanks for all the great tips and lovely photos! Reminds me I have a great one of me and the kids in β€˜reverse tabletop’ πŸ˜‚ I marched them along the beach and up the cliff face today too so I think we’ve done enough activity for one day πŸ˜…

radhikasreflection
5 months ago

Great tips Cindy. BC is very clever πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ»
And I love dark chocolates πŸ’–

radhikasreflection
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Ah, thanks for the chocolates Cindy β€οΈπŸ˜‹

Offshorewriter
5 months ago

Useful tips Cindy. πŸ‘ You always come up with such great posts that I always love. Happy new month Cindy ❣️❣️❣️

Yernasia Quorelios
Yernasia Quorelios
5 months ago

β™‘ Awesome Article Cindy; the Energy Path Works for Me and EveryOne Be Careful and Very Cautious if YOU!!! CHOOSE!!! The Energy Path…recently I Fell Over and had plenty of Bruises and Lacerations; as a Rugby Player this didn’t really bother Me (it would have bothered My Mom πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜…πŸ˜†πŸ˜πŸ˜„πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜€πŸ™‚ hence My Appetite and Circadian Rhythms ARE Way Off ‘NORMAL!!!’

…β™‘β™‘β™‘…

Yernasia Quorelios
Yernasia Quorelios
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

β™‘ I didn’t tell my mom Cindy; tho’ I did get a mouthful from HER!!! recently as I AM now Parenting HER!!! and SHE!!! is behaving like a spoilt brat of a girl at 78 πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜…πŸ˜†πŸ˜πŸ˜„πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜€πŸ™‚ more seriously I AM Wondering, Gender Neutral, about Mental Health that has Us Departing this Plane, Laid to Rest in a Grave after a Dotty Old Age, THOUGHTS!!! ARE very Welcome EveryOne πŸ€” ?

…β™‘β™‘β™‘…

Yernasia Quorelios
Yernasia Quorelios
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

β™‘ I AM NOT!!! Religious Cindy; but AMEN!!! AnyWay πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜…πŸ˜†πŸ˜πŸ˜„πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜€πŸ™‚

…β™‘β™‘β™‘…

D. Wallace Peach
5 months ago

I stood up and stretched for 3 minutes and it felt great.
Wonderful tips for staying healthy, Cindy, especially eating dark chocolate! Lol

K.L. Hale
5 months ago

I got up and stretched with you! And I begin each day with a routine of meditation, stretching, mixing up a bit of yoga/Pilates, and try to eat as healthy as possible. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE and encouraging us! Take care and Happy February!

K.L. Hale
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

❀️❀️❀️

akshita1776
5 months ago

Great post!

Swarnali
Swarnali
5 months ago

Great tips.. Thanks for sharing with us..

https://swarnaz.com

Stuti Prajna Patra
5 months ago

The tips are just great. Thanks Cindy!!!

michnavs
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Yey i did the 3 min quick break exercise with you…i am a fitness enthusiast like you. I do road run and yoga and i am a gym regular (before covid). And i swear by its health benefits especially in building up strength and our immune system..

Thank you for this post Cindy

michnavs
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Your an inspiratio too Cindy…i hope we get to inspire more women out there..

michnavs
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

😊😊😊

365dniwobiektywielg
5 months ago

The dog stunnedπŸ˜†

365dniwobiektywielg
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

I love visiting youπŸ₯°

365dniwobiektywielg
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

You tooπŸ‘Œ

365dniwobiektywielg
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

So much positive energy flows from youπŸ₯°

365dniwobiektywielg
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

πŸ˜™

seankfletcher
5 months ago

This is an awesome post, Cindy. I reckon it could convert into a nice booklet or wall chart/poster (I would then stick it up on the wall overlooking my work station as a constant reminder).

Our eldest son made a curry recently and put dark chocolate in it. I have to say we were all amazed how good it tasted.

That aside, you have got me thinking about what I need to do regarding getting some moderate exercise underway. I do make sure I take those regular breaks and getting better at regular hydration 😊

Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet
5 months ago

Thanks, Cindy, for a wealth of information and motivation. I eat dark chocolate every day. Those who are diabetic or watching sugar intake might enjoy Lily’s chocolate with stevia. πŸ™‚ Take care. <3

Jeff Flesch
5 months ago

Excellent post, Cindy. Keep moving and dark chocolate. I can do that! 😊😊😊 Have a great week! ❀❀

Jeff Flesch
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

You’re welcome, Cindy! Always. Ah, yes, that it does. Love that. Digestible. Exactly so! Thank you. β€οΈπŸ™

Ladysag77
5 months ago

Happy February my love ❀ What a lovely post Cindy!! You know I can get down with all the breathing adviceπŸ˜‰ and I love the picture of you stretchingπŸ₯° whonever doesn’t indulge in dark chocolate doesn’t know what they’re missing πŸ₯°

Ladysag77
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

YAY πŸ’ƒβ€ πŸ™Œ Such a huge hug that is from you. See you tomorrow night for yogaπŸ˜˜πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈπŸ’œ

Samreen Asad
5 months ago

Another great post Cindy, thank you so much for sharing ❀️ And dark chocolate, oh how not to mention thatπŸ˜πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹ BC, I love your interpretation of itπŸ˜‰πŸ˜„ Take care dear, sleep tight and wake up to a beautiful day πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—β€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈ

Samreen Asad
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Pleasure is always at my end, aww thank you so much, I would disagree and would say, you’re the BESTπŸ˜€ Thank you sooo much for the chocolates πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹β€οΈ you too take care dearπŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•β€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈ

Samreen Asad
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

πŸ˜€πŸ˜…πŸ€— Thank you and Big hugs to you tooβ€οΈβ€οΈπŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

Samreen Asad
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

πŸ€—β€οΈπŸ€—β€οΈπŸ€—β€οΈπŸ€—β€οΈπŸ€—

Markus + Micah
5 months ago

Is there anything better than dark chocolate, Cindy? I think not.

Eromonsele Emmanuel
5 months ago

Happy Moving On Monday Cindy! You’re very correct on the importance of exercise, nutrition and peace of mind. I hope I take these more seriously too.

As for dark chocolate, I don’t think I’ve ever tried any. I’m too busy munching on Snickers, Twix and Mars chocolate bars.

Maybe someday tho.

Eromonsele Emmanuel
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

I’m guilty as charged! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
I live in Lagos, Nigeria and it’s definitely a big city.
Good luck finding me. πŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈ

Eromonsele Emmanuel
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Just had some Snickers bar now. Please forgive me. πŸ€—

Goff James
5 months ago

Thanks for a great post, Cindy. Ah, that reminds me time to do my exercises too! Happy Day.

Goff James
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Cheers.

A Star on the Forehead
5 months ago

So much goodness in this post Cindy! I love the video. I did some πŸ™‚ I love the doggies – they are the best!
I wish we lived closer! I know we could do stuff online but I lack the discipline for that so bad. But I am going to think about it πŸ™‚
Thank you for all the motivation! A blessed week to you! β™₯β™₯

A Star on the Forehead
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

baby steps, starting with the mini, then perhaps a whole 30 minute video πŸ™‚
Thank you for the offer and I am mulling over it ! β™₯β™₯

Curt Mekemson
5 months ago

Great, Cindy. You inspired me to get up and do my Qigong with Peggy. πŸ™‚ I’ll save the dark chocolate for tonight. It’s lunch time now, after which Peggy and I will get out and do our hour up the mountain mailbox walk. I’ve planned out a new route. It goes right through where Peggy and I discovered really BIG bear poop and scattered deer bones. πŸ™‚ Seriously, thanks for your focus on keeping people healthy. All of your suggestions are good. So important. –Curt

Curt Mekemson
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Harry and David’s dark chocolate truffle. Mmm, mmm good! I allow myself one per night, Cindy. πŸ™‚ I buy them in quantity since Harry and Davids plant is only a few miles away! And yes, Peggy is a trooper! She loves adventures as much as I do. πŸ™‚ –Curt

Curt Mekemson
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

πŸ™‚ On the other hand, Cindy, a week of backpacking makes it easier to justify dark chocolate and a six-pack. At least once.

Jonathan Caswell
5 months ago

Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford.

Rising Star
5 months ago

Ooooo, Wowww, that’s sooperb dear Cindy my friend. Really enjoyed reading a d the tips as I will try my best to do during the Quarantine.
Second I like dark chocolate very much and thanks for sharing its wonderful benefits.
Blessings to you sweet heart

Rising Star
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Awwww, that’s so sweeeet of you πŸ˜˜πŸ’πŸ˜˜πŸ’

Rising Star
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Thanks dear πŸ˜πŸ˜˜πŸ’ž

Introverted Thoughts
5 months ago

Those are incredible tips! But as you said, school takes up much of my timeπŸ˜‚ but I look forward to doing something when summer break comes around! Lovely post!πŸ€—

Marsha
5 months ago

Yes! I did it. It felt great, Cindy. That’s about the level I’m super comfortable with doing! I used to do that with my students, both children and adults every so often, especially for all day inservices. πŸ™‚

Marsha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

I’m sure they get reminders, just like I do from people like you that tell them they need to exercise. πŸ™‚

Marsha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Exactly!

Thegirlwithapuzzledmind
5 months ago

Awesome post Cindy. Dark chocolate is always love. I love β€˜bc’..that was smart.

marlene ford gf Sesse
marlene ford gf Sesse
5 months ago

A day without chocolate is like a day without sunshine . Sending love and thanks for the short video .just enough to get the juices flowing πŸ™β€οΈπŸ’•

Marsha
5 months ago

Reblogged this on Marsha Ingrao – Always Write and commented:
Hi friends, I loved this post so much because of the adorable video. I couldn’t help but to join in. If you read this, don’t sit idly in your chair, click on the video and get out of your seat. You’ll be glad you did. πŸ™‚

Marsha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

It was such a fun post. I had to!!! πŸ™‚

Marsha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

And you are helping me to keep it healthy, Cindy! πŸ™‚

Lisa at Micro of the Macro
5 months ago

Look at those big stretches! Wow! Impressive! Fantastic post, my friend. 🌞

Lisa at Micro of the Macro
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

You look mahhhhvelous, dahling!

Sanisa Patrikar
5 months ago

Dark chocolate is pure bliss!!! Thank you sooo much for writing about itπŸ˜€
Amazing postπŸ™ŒπŸ»

Ruelha
5 months ago

Wow Cindy….you are superrrrrr flexible. I should start working out again soon. It’s been a 3 year break for me. But there’s so much I want to restart and do….so so much. You truly are an inspiration……muaaaahhhh…
Btw….I love the BC acronym….its just too cute…πŸ’—πŸ’–πŸŽ€πŸ’ŸπŸ’—πŸ’–πŸŽ€πŸ’ŸπŸ˜‰

Ruelha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

I guessing next month on….I’m ready to pump it up….I’ll keep that in mind CindyπŸŽ€πŸ’—πŸ’–πŸ’ŸπŸŽ€
I know….right!
Who would’ve thought…..cheers πŸ˜ƒπŸ€©πŸ’—

Ruelha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

Thank you CindyπŸ€žπŸ’—πŸŽ€

Kritika
5 months ago

Dark Chocolate with 55% cocoa is my favourite and I have it with me always. That is an incredible fold Cindy and the shoulder stand, stunning. Very much important for us to take out time for our hearts. We are alive because of it. πŸ˜€
Motivating post.

Kritika
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

I will surely try all. Always my pleasure πŸ™‚ (Hearts)
Happy Day !

jonicaggiano
5 months ago

Amazingly helpful post my friend. Wow, you have got some great flexibility. I loved your exercise video and all your tips. My favorite was the getting up and moving when your working. I need to do that more. I stretch mostly and do a recumbent bike for 1.5 hours. My husband is always telling me to move more when I am working. I know he is right and great video for a short
Workout and great way to stretch, oxygenate the body, and the chakra think was something I knew nothing about. Thank you for all the great tips my friend. Now I am going to know I can keep eating those few dark chocolate chips every night. Great job Cindy thank you very much. Love you sweet girl. πŸ’•πŸ€—β€οΈ Enjoy your weekend too. Joni

PoojaG
5 months ago

Really great tips! I think everything you mentioned is super important especially exercising regularly and making sure you’re eating a healthy diet.

PoojaG
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
5 months ago

My pleasure πŸ’•

da-AL
5 months ago

lovely post & great video πŸ™‚

theresaly520
5 months ago

I didn’t realize you were back to writing! Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips. I’ve been enjoying your videos as well!

mommyjuicechronicles
5 months ago

Great post very motivating!
All the things you mention are so important to your health. I have started a path on the things mentioned except for the dark chocolate not quotes there yet.

Loreeebee
5 months ago

I loooooove dark chocolate! In fact, I will no longer eat milk chocolate. I have 2 separate bags of chocolate chips for baking in my cupboard, as my granddaughter says “mine and her” bags

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