Stories from the heart

June 23, 2010 No Comments

Quote of the Day

“In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest.” – Henry Miller

 

365 Days to a Balanced Life – Day 23

Well this pedometer seems to be doing its job.  It is making me aware of how little I move on a daily basis if I do not schedule in some form of exercise.  The first few days I did not get over 5700 steps, with most of the days being around 3-4,000.  That is considered sedentary.  Granted I have had a few things going on this week, and the weather has been bad blah blah blah.   Today I scheduled a walk with my friend Paula, who walks with a whip to keep me moving faster and climbing higher.  I am happy to report I have walked 7000 steps and it is only 9:30am.  Hmmmm, I also feel very energetic and in a good mood, I wonder if there is a connection??:)

By chance one of the gazillion emails I subscribe to had a timely article on heart health for women. After reading these stories, I realize how sloppy I have become in my own care after my stroke.  When the weather is bad I make excuses and don’t get out and move as much.  Even though I try to watch my cholesterol and eat clean I know I could do so much more.  Starting today, no excuses!!!  I will have my cholesterol checked tomorrow morning and work towards a normal result within 3 months.

I have reactions to statin drugs (of course I do, why would it be easy for me) so it has been difficult for me to get things under control for the past 18 months.  I have tried natural supplements and diet but never consistently.  I have the added complication of my blood thinners conflicting with natural solutions.  For me it takes more time and diligents to correct this but for you it may be easy if you don’t let things get out of control.  When is the last time you had your cholesterol checked?  And if you are thinking you are too young, think again.  My 21 year old son has elevated cholesterol.

These stories are worth reading – take 5 minutes now – it might save your life.

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/educational/hearttruth/about/stories-heart.htm

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