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My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is … Barb Keefe!!!

Barb Keefe (#5355) has received a certificate of achievement in Make it Easy for earning a Beginner & Intermediate Level Let’s Get Physical Merit Badge!

“My goal for this badge was to get in some exercise 4 days a week, starting gradually and progressing. Daily exercise would not be realistic. I purchased a calendar book to document what I did.

My routine started out with a total body range-of-motion exercise program since I had not been active for a long time. I did each body part for 7 repetitions.

For strengthening, I did the following exercises targeting uppers one day and legs a different day. For the most part, I did 2 sets of 12 repetitions and if I felt real good, I did 3 sets.

Upper exercises:

-Bicep curls, starting with 3 pounds and progressing to 8.

-Triceps, starting with 3 pounds and progressing to 8.

-Press, starting with 3 pounds and progressing to 8.

-Bent over row with scapula retraction, starting with 3 pounds progressing to 8.

Lower exercises:

-Straight leg raises, starting without weight and progressing to 7 pounds.

-Hip abduction, starting without weight and progressing to 5 pounds.

-Hip abduction, starting without weight and progressing to 5 pounds.

-Hamstrings, starting with 5 pounds and progressing to 7.

-Bridges, starting without weight and low reps, progressing to 10 pounds 3 sets of 25.

-Abdominals, variety of curl ups, “100’s”, bicycle, planks

After 2 months of this, I needed a change and started yoga at home. I bought a couple of books and watched some programs on TV. It is much harder than it looks! It was very motivating to get me to do something, and I am still at it.

I continued with my exercises as described in the beginner level and started really paying closer attention to what we are eating. I did some Googling around on GMOs, all natural make-up, organic fruits. I subscribed to VeriaLiving channel on DISH for $5 a month. This has really increased my knowledge about many areas of health that are more holistic. I have started a home yoga routine. My groceries are changing to more organic, such as apples, spices, bulk tea, and herbs. I bought a ¼ beef from a local farmer that does not use hormones or antibiotics and I buy my eggs from a friend or get the organic-fed, cage-free variety even though they are more costly. I have yet to find any local chicken, however. In the long run, it evens out because I am not purchasing a lot of junk food.

While shopping at a second-hand store, I was able to “upcycle” a food dehydrator and am trying that now. Normally, I do not cook with beans very much and have tried a couple bean dishes and am planning on starting meatless Mondays. Moving forward, I want to drink more water and have started to drink a glass when I get up, at lunch, and when I get home from work. From now on when something needs refilling or replacing, I am going to do it with the most healthy natural choice.

This has changed a lot more than I thought once I was writing it all down to report. One thing at a time will make it easy and it does add up. It has increased my awareness and will make me healthier.”

Way to go Barb, keep up the good work!

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Wow, Barb! You are an inspiration to all of us! Congratulations on all of your accomplishments!

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