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Monday, July 26, 2010

Getting a New Start On A Healthy Lifestyle

I’ve just returned from a stay at Weimar Center for Health and Education. I was a guest for the 18-day NEWSTART Lifestyle Program. I felt this would help me get on a healthy diet and exercise program, since I was diagnosed with diabetes the day aftter my stroke in April. The program promises to:
Reverse Diabetes
Restore Hearts
Relieve Arthritis
Renew Immune Systems
Shed Pounds
Lower Cholesterol
Increase Energy
Enhance Vital Capacity

We had private rooms with bath, (and fresh towels and bath mat daily) hydrotherapy and massage, health lectures, cooking school, walking along trails, getting to know the other guests, many of whom became wonderful friends. We encouraged each other, and celebrated when anyone lost pounds, lowered cholesterol, lowered blood sugar, etc. Our delicious meals were made from "whole foods eaten whole." We were happy to take home a thick recipe pack prepared by the cafeteria staff, the Newstart Cookbook, and other recipe handouts.

The Weimar campus is in northern California and I enjoyed the beauty of the setting – towering trees, shrubs, and flowers. It is truly a haven with the stately Ponderosa pines and other tree varieties, many types of shrubs, and bright flower beds.

The first mosaic below shows:
The flagpole (2d photo) stands in a circle where guests walked round and round. There were also twelve miles of walking trails.
The Gazebo was site of early morning Stretcherizes. This was followed with a walk around the Half Mile Loop.

The second mosaic shows
Sections of the Half Mile Loop Road

The final mosaic includes:
Magnolia tree in front of Weimar Inn
Sequoia tree
Daylilies on right front

Today’s post is linked to Mosaic Monday hosted by Mary at Little Red House. Go there for links to other shared mosaics.


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Pretty mosaics Carrie. this looks like a wonderful place to get healthy! Keep up the good work. laurie

Porch Days said...

I like the photo of the tree looking up the trunk with that rough bark. It sounds like a nice place to retrench and get back on track. We are trying to do that on our own but there are so many temptations. Best of luck!

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Loveky mosaic!! I am hosting a Giveaway on my blog and would love for you to stop by.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

That sounds wonderful. What a great jump-start to a healthier lifestyle; and a much needed break for you, I'm sure. The best of wishes for this new beginning.

Pondside said...

What a great way to mark the start of a new, healthy way of life - and to celebrate your survival and triumph over the stroke. It looks like a peaceful place - we could all use a week or two there!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

How wonderful you were able to do this! You'll have to share some of your progress with us!

How are you feeling now?

The pictures are beautiful, especially the ones in the first post!


Regina said...

Great captures and mosaic.
Enjoy a great day.

nannykim said...

Well, do share some recipes, will Ya? Let me know if you do!