©2012, American Heart Association. Also known as the Heart Fund.
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Today is February 3, 2012, which happens to also be the first Friday of February. Although this day isn’t important to some, for others it’s symbolic. Symbolic of a loved one, friend or maybe even your own battle. Perhaps you are one of the others that find it is an ordinary day?
I stand as one of the individuals who find February 3, 2012 as a symbolic day. Today is Go Red for Women Day. It is a day that I try to get the word out about heart disease. Heart disease is the number 1 killer in women and potentially a silent killer. You see, it wasn’t too symbolic to me until I lost my mother to a sudden heart attack. That was when the light bulb went on that something HAD to be done in my life to ensure I wasn’t a statistic.
My first step was education. I needed to find out myself what I could do. Luckily, I learned there is a lot I can do, which means there is also a lot you can do as well. I beg you to not sit back and think there is nothing you can do to prevent heart disease. Yes, even if you believe you are perfectly healthy or know it’s in the genes. According to Web MD, here are the risk factors:
- Gender (Male have higher risks)
- Age (older you are , the more risks)
- Family history
- High LDL
- Low HDL
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Physical inactivity
- Uncontrolled high diabetes
- High C-Reactive protein
- Uncontrolled stress and anger
Now that you see the list, think about what you can change and what you can’t change. The only items that you can’t change include the first five. All the others are variables that YOU can make or break.
As my mom always told me, pick your battles wisely. I choose to battle heart disease. After all, the only risk factor I have that I can’t control is family history and age. So there is no reason to stop me making my body instead of breaking it.
Go Red, it’s worth it!
I wanted to make sure I noted this for others looking for the little achievements. As we all know the scale doesn’t always move like it’s meant to on certain weeks. Keep in mind the little things you do or the little things that others notice can also be achievements.
I’ve been frustrated this past few weeks because the scale is NOT moving. I mean really, I work my butt off, but no movement. Then this weekend happened. My husband and I were visiting our families and we were discussing something about the gym and it turned into a conversation about clothes. As you can tell, I really don’t remember much of the conversation. BUT I remember one part of the conversation where he said, “Ya probably, since you’ve been getting skinnier.”
1. You think I’d say what, you called me skinnier?
2. You’d think I’d say, Thanks.
Nope what came out of my mouth was, “Really, I haven’t lost a SINGLE pound in the past 3 weeks.” That’s when it happened…
The husband gave a blank stare and had to pick his mouth up off the floor. I wanted to say, “Hey, I think you dropped something”, but I refrained. He was so stunned that I really hadn’t lost a pound. His only response was, well you know they say muscle weighs more than fat. That’s all he had to say.
For me this was an achievement, I mean really, anytime you can get your significant other to notice you, that’s great, right?
So with that, remember those little achievements can be just as important as the big ones.
So at the gym they are doing this punch card. You go to so many fitness classes and you have a chance to win a gift card. Win free stuff? Heck, I’m in! I’ve been doing it since the beginning of the month. My activity choice? ZUMBA! They just started classes this month, let’s just say its a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Well, realistically, even going to Zumba 4 days a week won’t allow me to achieve the punch card goal.
So one day I went to a stretch class because it was before I go to work. I think I was the only one under the age of 60, so I skipped that the next time. I should have known considering it’s during the work day.
Instead I added kick boxing into the weekly rotation. I am enjoying that although the instructor is scarily muscular. Finally, I needed another class to add into the mix to ensure I get my points, I decided a core class was a good option. I mean really 15 minutes, I’m at the gym already, PIECE OF CAKE! Ya, that’s not what my quivering arms, legs and abs told you. That class meant business. I enjoyed it though so I’ll be back.
Anyways, the punch card thing has been a motivator and quite fun. I’ve tried classes that I never thought I’d try. If your gym is offering any incentive programs, take them up on the offer. You’d be amazed at how motivated it might make you.
I don’t know how many others are scared of Thanksgiving, but I have to admit…I kind of am! Why? Well, eating junky food has some mad affects on me. I’m sure you’ve experienced the Thanksgiving overload yourself at least once in your life. So all weekend, I’ve been researching what I can do to avoid the overload. I’m really trying to find my survival guide for the big weekend. So far, I’ve decided that working out before and after will be included in my Thanksgiving day options. I’m also going for recipes that are friendly for me. I’ll post back what I’m thinking but I’m still researching.