Once you discovered you had high cholesterol and made the decision to approach it naturally with lifestyle changes, supplements, meditation, exercise, or yoga, did you turn into that person who wanted to educate everyone else? I did. That’s how this blog started. But it’s not an easy road, is it? Often people are resistant even argumentative and defensive. Did your words fall on deaf ears? As frustrating as it may seem, remember each of us is on a journey ... our own personal walk ... leading by example can work, but not if someone else isn’t ready to commit to a change. Change is hard for many people. Personally, I embrace change ... love it ... but I’m in a very small group. My mother once – ok, more than once – told me ... "those of us who are superior can afford to be gracious." Now, before you click that ‘x’ in the corner, understand I’m not more superior than anyone else specifically, but through my journey I may be able to use my experience to help those who ARE READY TO BEGIN THEIR JOURNEY. There are people in my life who are on a different type of journey and I feel fortunate to be able to enhance my journey through them.
An example of the roadblock I face often is in my own family and close friends. I love them dearly but have had to take a step back while they embrace their own journey. I can afford to be gracious because I can allow them to step into their lives when they’re ready and share my thoughts and opinions when an opportunity presents itself without being condescending. There was a time when I’d force my journey on them, only to discover resistance.
So what are we ... those of us who are well into our journey ... supposed to do while the rest of the world catches up? Take a deep breath ... really B*R*E*A*T*H*E and know we can’t change the world in our time frame. Be gracious, helpful, non-judgmental ... yeah, that’s a hard one. I find myself thinking ‘if someone knows they have high cholesterol, why wouldn’t they own it?’ The answer is simple ... they’re not ready to face it ... denial? Confusing information? Too many options? Options too hard? Or inconvenient? There are many, many reasons people just plain don’t bother. One way I have learned is to address one question at a time when someone approaches me about their high cholesterol. The conversation often starts with someone stating a general complaint about the side effects they are experiencing with a medication. Sometimes the comment comes unsolicited like they are searching not only for a conversation, but a solution. Usually I let them talk keeping quiet until I am addressed specifically. Then once I answer one question they start spewing rapid-fire questions hungry for the bottom line. When I tell them the first thing is to admit ownership I lose a good many. It’s much easier to blame their doctor who gave them the medication. They don’t want to research they want a simple answer. Medication can appear to be a simple answer, but often is not. Even the packaging on statin drugs encourages a healthy lifestyle of exercise and healthy foods and their doctor is likely to encourage the same thing ... and then there are the side effects for which a patient is likely given another medication or they play the “let’s try ‘this’ medication” game.
If you are a seasoned reader of this blog you know firsthand that owning your own health is the first step to success. All the information out there can be overwhelming and confusing ... I know ... I’ve been there! But all the information energized me and I enjoyed sharing my journey with others. You can read previous posts for all sorts of information from exercise, recipes, struggles, and joys!
Where are you on your high cholesterol journey? Are you just starting out or are you a veteran in the world of controlling high cholesterol? Have you had success? Or are you still experimenting with what works for you? I’d love to hear from you about what you’re doing and how it’s working for you.
Do we really have to be told to eat 5-a-day? Or eat at the family table? Or to read to our kids? Don't we already know this? Why do we have to be reminded? Well, I don’t know either, but I was thinking about the 5-a-day thing earlier and decided to see if I made the cut. Reviewing the last week and depending entirely on my memory (OK, and my menu list posted on the frig) I discovered I do indeed eat five servings of fruit/vegetables every day. In fact, it’s more than that. Am I odd? Apparently. I asked several random people at WalMart how many servings of fruit and vegetables they ate last week and was shocked to hear some of their answers!
Oh, America ... heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer? What will it take to become accountable for our own health? And, hold each other accountable? Death? Too late. Have we gained no knowledge from our ancestors and their medical histories? Apparently hindsight is not 20/20 or we would have learned something!! My paternal grandfather died of lung cancer - I do not smoke, never have. My father colon cancer ... I eat a high fiber diet, get plenty of exercise, and partake in routine colonoscopies. What's in your family's history? What have you done to address that history? What changes have you made?
I thought maybe if some of my readers struggled to get 5-a-day - I'd list some ideas that work for me ... so, let’s get started ...
For breakfast, it’s easy ... a banana on your whole grain cereal with lowfat milk or milk alternative, apple slices with peanut butter, oatmeal with fresh fruit or canned peaches in juice with a dash of cinnamon or have ½ a grapefruit, a bunch of grapes, or whatever you like and a piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter and/or jam. Having eggs? A seasonal fruit compote only takes a minute to put together or alternate layers in a tall glass with a good low fat plain yogurt and some low sugar granola and you have a great breakfast that only takes a minute.
Lunch is easy ... if you’re having a sandwich, double or triple the veggies on it ... romaine lettuce, fresh spinach, several slices of tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, green peppers ... my favorite sandwich is a salad sandwich usually in a pita with a dash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar sprinkled over top. Having a salad for lunch ... try fresh spinach, plenty of tomatoes, diced red and green apples, yellow, red, and/or green peppers, dried fruit (cranberries are especially good), mandarin oranges, fresh pears, feta or bleu cheese, and a fruit dressing, used sparingly, of course. Add some grilled chicken, salmon, tunafish, or ham and you have a whopping serving of vegetables and fruit.
American dinners are often fast-food - on the way to a kid’s game, dance class, etc. - or it's the biggest meal of the day. There is truth in the saying, ‘eat like a king at breakfast, a queen at lunch, and a pauper at dinner.’ Eating a heavy meal at the end of the day isn’t a good idea. So, what’s the best way to get fruit and vegetables at dinnertime? Salad would be the obvious answer ... but there are other options: pile on the vegetables next to a 3 or 4 ounce of lean meat. And don’t be afraid to toss some vegetables on the grill ... cut zucchini in half lengthwise is great on the grill. Or make a vegetarian stir-fry with bok choy, fresh mushrooms, peppers, onions, snowpeas, carrots, broccoli, water chestnuts, bean sprouts and the list goes on and on - then serve it on brown rice with a splash of low salt soy sauce or liquid aminos is even better!
One of my favorite dinners is a huge, fresh, red-ripe tomato. I cut the top off and scoop out the seeds and fill the tomato with whatever I feel like ... salmon salad, tossed salad, tuna salad, whatever and enjoy!
Snacks? Too easy .................. grab an apple, a bunch of grapes, a banana, and those are just the obvious ones ... step outside the box and eat a kiwi, mangos, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, and the list is endless!
Hungry? Reach passed the chips, crackers, cookies, and soda and dive into the wonders of fruits and vegetables ... you won’t be disappointed and your body will thank you!
I’d love to hear how you incorporate fruits and vegetables into your meals ... want to share? Leave a comment!
A dear friend of mine just learned she needs a heart catheter because of a blockage - nothing major yet but she’s often out of breath and has some minor chest discomfort. “But I eat right,” was her comment to a mutual friend, “I don’t eat fried foods at all.” With all the information out there between magazines, newspapers, television, radio, billboards and the INTERNET ... why are people still so ill-informed? Ah, a simple question with a complicated answer. Is it that they just plain don’t want to know? Or that available information is just so confusing they don't know where to begin or what to believe? Or is it that they believe the only option is to take a pill (the side effects aren’t THAT bad, right) and stop eating fried foods. When will we take the initiative to take better care of ourselves? I ask myself that same question sometimes and no, I’m not perfect ... I have my downfalls, too!
While shopping the other day, I noticed the hype on a box of Cheerios which prompted me to do a bit of research. The question: Does eating a bowl of Cheerios really reduce your cholesterol? Well, despite what television commercials tell you, and according to a site I found, it’s not so simple ...
Consumers don’t be fooled!
Soluble fiber plays a major role in lowering high cholesterol. Specifically, Cheerios a leading brand of cereal has had minimal effects on lowering blood cholesterol levels. The recommended intake of 3g of soluble fiber or more can substantially lower blood cholesterol if consumed in addition to a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Therefore, Cheerios recommends that eating 1-1/2 cups twice a day or roughly 3 cups of Cheerios per day Cheerios will lower blood cholesterol because the cereal only contains 1g of soluble fiber per cup. This means that consumers would have to eat 3 bowls of Cheerios per day in order to obtain its positive effects of soluble fiber. However, while adding fiber to their diet, consumers would also be adding sugar and three times as many calories. Thus, eating 3 cups of Cheerios in order to achieve the recommended 3g of soluble fiber is not a practical approach. Therefore, Cheerios does not realistically produce the substantial benefits of lowering cholesterol as advertised by General Mills.
Disappointed? Well, remember the old adage,“There’s a sucker born every minute” – erroneously quoted by P.T. Barnum (yeah, he never really said that - I thought he did, too!), well, it’s not that we’re really suckers, but rather so desperate to find answers that it’s easy to want to believe what we read ... including right here!! I have to believe it is not anyone’s intention to purposely mislead, but come on! Do we really believe a bowl of cold cereal with cow’s milk is the answer to a healthy heart? Of course not, but wouldn’t it be nice? Even the ad for Cheerios says you have to have a low fat diet in addition to the cereal, but it does not mention the need for exercise, reduced sugar, a wide variety of colorful foods, etc. But, should it have to? Don’t we know better? Is it really anyone’s responsibility to take us by the hand and walk us through the tons of misguided, misleading, and erroneous information? NO! Once again, it’s up to us! And, the information is plentiful. Recently, my sister was told she had high cholesterol. I gave her the best information I had and she countered with an article offering the opposite information! It’s so easy with the Internet, to find the answer YOU WANT rather than the truth! And what is the truth? Again and again we read one thing here and another there. If it’s written it must be true? Don’t believe everything your read ... check it out for yourself ... ask yourself “Does what I’m reading make sense?” And remember, new findings happen all the time ... stay in touch ... question the findings ... prove it for yourself. You know best!
So, my friends, here’s the bottom line ... and I know you’ve heard it before ... IT’S UP TO US! Moderation ... wide variety of colorful foods ... low fat ... low sugar ... eating to live and not living to eat ... moderation (yeah, I know I already said that, but it’s very important - and my biggest downfall) ... exercise (at least 30 minutes a day - yeah, another downfall of mine) ... blah, blah, blah ... you know the drill.
Got a comment? Feel free to share your thoughts ... I’d love to hear from you.
We're talking about cookies!! As the holidays quickly approach, I know my downfall will be cookies!!! I love all kind of cookies and there are some holiday favorites that I may just have to pass on if I’m going to maintain my plan for eating for a healthy heart.
But fear not, my fellow heart-healthy eaters ... I have options!!
Last year we made a simple holiday treat that were the hit of our neighborhood ... in fact, some of the local kids have already asked me if I had any yet! Ah, no ... but soon. Obviously I’m going to have to make more than I did last year!
Now, how about your beloved gingerbread men? Some recipes can provide a whopping “oh-oh” to those of us watching our fat and cholesterol. I found a recipe that cuts the fat, not the flavor. These gingerbread men use half the butter normally used in most gingerbread cookie recipes. Applesauce helps the cookies retain their moisture and gives them a soft texture while making them more heart-healthy.
Cook Time: 10 minutes / Total Time: 10 minutes
Per serving: Calories 94, Calories from Fat 16, Fat 1.8g (sat 1g), Cholesterol 11mg, Sodium 48mg, Carbohydrate 18g, Fiber 0.4g, Protein 1.5g
Want an even better one, nutritionally speaking? Try this site.
Need more options?
Want vegan sugar cookies?
How about Cranberry Almond Biscotti?
Whole wheat Spice Guys aka Gingerbread Men?
Now let’s really step outside our holiday box ... up to trying something new? Try Chocolate-Chile Mole Meringues
Most holiday cookies are loaded with butter, sugar, and white flour ... there’s really no escaping the temptation, but you can make smarter choices by going vegetarian to avoid typical holiday fats plus by limiting the number of cookies you eat/make AND making sure you have plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, healthy combination of nuts and dried fruit, and get your daily exercise AND PLENTY OF WATER!!
During most holiday get-togethers food is the center of attention. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the just one more attitude or gee, I’ve never tried these before, or I’ll start my healthy eating plan after the holidays dialog with yourself ... so ... take a step back and remember you are important enough to start right now ... holiday or not. If you are hosting a holiday party, try to make the focus of your event something BESIDES food ... like caroling ... ornament decorating party ... bonfires (if you’re lucky enough to live where snow is only a memory of your past) ... games ... or go for a drive and see all the decorations and lights ... bottom line? Make good choices ... you’re worth it.
Oops ... I found myself enjoying my weekend a little too much. Do you ever to that? Do you wonder what you can do to repair the damage of your overindulgence? It's easier than you think.
Last night when I went to bed I was feeling a bit ... well ... stuffed ... though I walked all day long at a museum with my daughters and grandson, and I ate well for breakfast and lunch my "oops" day began with eating a bag of movie theater popcorn. OK, I had water with it, but nonetheless a full large bag, minus the teeny bit my daughter ate wasn't the smartest idea.
Though I had a water with me, I had no place to get ice, so I didn't drink as much as I usually do. After dinner I was all set thinking I hadn't done too badly all day. The popcorn, though riddled with yukky fats, flavors, and too much salt, did offer some fiber so I wasn't going to beat myself up over that! Plus when we returned to my daughter's house I spent a couple of hours in the pool swimming laps, treading water, and playing. After dinner fresh strawberries and homemade whipping cream were offered which were wonderful and I enjoyed a serving size. Then my grandson brought out something near and dear to me ... chocolate ... and not the 'good for your heart dark chocolate ... but milk chocolate! Before long I had overindulged and felt sluggish when I went to bed. But all was not lost!
I recalled reading somewhere that one way to kick start a day of better choices should begin with water. So, this morning, I got up and downed a big glass of water and am back on track. So if you find yourself overindulging ... don't despair ... grab a hold of the new day with a vengeance and you'll be fine! A blog I wrote not too long ago reminded me that I am not perfect and when I reread it, I knew I was going to be all right. Read it here.
When you enjoy life a bit too much ... flush out the toxins of your choices with some water and keep it up! Water has some amazing benefits. Oh, want proof?
Read about the 9 great reasons to drink water from the Dumb Little Man!
Drink more water and lower cholesterol.
Maybe if water was more expensive, people would pay more attention to consume enough of it on a daily basis. We are living in a dehydrated world of carbonated beverages, caffeine and alcohol. Read more about this on the Ririan Project site.
Need a way to get your kids to drink more water ... read "Why is Water the Way to Go?"
So, there you have it ...
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Well, my faithful friends ... how many of you managed to maintain your eating plan on Thanksgiving? Did you enjoy a little of everything without over-indulging? I am happy to say I did quite well and I learned something new about myself ... I CAN DO IT!! Granted I will have my moments when I will make poor choices, but I was thrilled to look at my Thanksgiving dinner plate and see 2/3 of the plate filled with roasted vegetables, a mere whisper of white meat turkey, a small serving of spicy sweet potatoes and some Heritage Lane Cranberry Sauce. There was even some space between my food and alas ... no gravy. My son sliced the pumpkin pie - my major downfall - and I noticed there were two sizes ... adult size and child size (½ of the adult size) and a small dollop of whipping cream. I opted for the child's size and I can’t tell you how wonderful I felt when I went to bed. I checked my Facebook account before I went bed on Thanksgiving night and noticed the number of friends who were STUFFED! I was so pleased with myself ... I went to bed with a smile on my face!
One thing I believe helped me stay focused is a bit of Internet research ... did you know the extra calories you eat don’t show up on the scale for several days?? The sites I found weren’t medically managed, but more blog-like with people’s experiences about how overeating affected them ... and it wasn’t good. Most said they noticed an increase on the scale days after they indulged. I sure didn’t want that - I’m still trying to fit into my skinny jeans! But more importantly, the effect of overeating on my heart was what made me stop.
Understand that overeating can have effects that you may not directly associate with eating excessively. For example, eating too much can lead to fatigue, insomnia and mood swings. It can also affect your joints and cause shortness of breath and chest pain. (Read more: How to Understand Overeating Effects.)
If you’re like me you don’t over-indulge every day so you’re probably not at risk of chronic overeating, but I think you, like me, should be aware of the downside of poor choices. Lifestyle changes are never easy and the obstacles you face ... relatives ... friends ... holidays ... provide a challenge every day. They say you can create a new habit after twenty-one days ... I find it takes even longer for me because ... well, just because that’s who I am! Who are you? How well do you know yourself? How willing are you to make a change for your heart’s health? How well do you know what challenges you face and how you will face them? A website I love is Zen Habits which provides me with a gentler way to reach personal goals. And if you're searching for another approach, try How to make new habits stick. Either way - or a way all your own - OWN IT! Asking yourself some important questions may shed some light on the solution you need for your health. C ‘mon ... you’re worth it!
Thanksgiving is just days away so to give you a leg up I’m here to cheer you on and while you likely have every intention of doing exactly what is right for your body, temptation is only a second helping away. I mean, really, it’s only once a year, so what the heck, right? Wrong.
Start with asking yourself a question, “what is your diet issue?” What is it that sets you off to eat either the wrong food or even too much of the right food? Know yourself and what triggers failure. Be prepared to be challenged and accept that challenge.
Here are a couple of tricks you can play on yourself to avoid the pitfalls of holiday eating:
So, here’s the bottom line - give it your best shot and ... should you indulge a bit more than you planned, don’t beat yourself up ... tomorrow is a new day.
I love pie. All pie. But pumpkin pie is probably my favorite. If I stopped at just one piece of pie I'd be fine, but I don't. During the next two months I could easily eat two whole pies all by myself! I know it isn't a very good idea and each year I promise myself I'll only have one piece at Thanksgiving and one piece at Christmas. And, for the record, I have never succeeded. I'm the kind of person who, once I have eaten one piece there's no stopping me or I avoid a piece all together and therefore succeeding. Why can't I just have a piece and call it a day? I had to find a better way to succeed and I think I have this year! If I could eat pumpkin pie that wasn't so fat/carb/calorie laden perhaps having more than one serving wouldn't be so bad. I hit the Internet in search of the perfect pumpkin pie and was amazed at what I found!
Heart Healthy Pumpkin-Maple Pie
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 h 10 mins
• 1 can(s) pumpkin
• 1/3 cup(s) maple syrup
• 1 tablespoon flour, all-purpose
• 1¼ cup(s) flour, all-purpose
• 2 packet(s) sugar substitute, heat-stable
• 1½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
• ¾ cup(s) refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed
• 1 cup(s) milk, fat-free evaporated
• 1½ teaspoon vanilla extract
• frozen light whipped dessert topping, thawed
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• ¼ cup(s) milk, fat-free
• 3 tablespoon oil, cooking
In a medium bowl stir together 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Combine 1/4 cup fat-free milk and 3 tablespoons cooking oil; add all at once to flour mixture. Stir with a fork until dough forms. If necessary, add 1 to 2 teaspoons additional milk. Shape the dough into a ball.
Calories: 216, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 153mg, Dietary Fiber: 2g, Total Fat: 6g, Carbs: 32g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Protein: 8g
Exchanges: Dairy: 0.5, Starch: 1.5, Fat: 1
Carb Choices: 2
Crunchy Pumpkin Pie
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Nutritional Info (Per serving): Calories: 177, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 153mg, Total Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 24mg
To make Oat Crunch:
To make Pumpkin Mousse:
Obviously, there are endless ways to eat pumpkin pie even while keeping an eye on your heart's health; one simply needs to Google healthy pumpkin pie recipes or heart healthy pumpkin pie to net a wide variety of options.
So fear not, my friends, as the holidays approach stand firm, stand strong and fill your heart's desire with holiday delectable edibles … the heart healthy way.
What to do, what to do!! I love to eat all my childhood favorites, especially around the holidays! What is a person to do to maintain a heart-healthy eating plan with all the holiday fare within arm’s reach? Fear not, my friends, help is just a click away! I love the Internet ... I love the vastness ... I love the accessibility - I love to research!There are so many websites offering a lighter fare for food prep, but where do you start? How about one at a time. Let’s start with Thanksgiving. Assuming you are not vegetarian you will be preparing turkey. If you are vegetarian/vegan I have a hunch you can find recipes to keep you faithful to your choice. For those who just want to lighten up those heavy holiday meals, I’d start with Vegetarian Times. Why, I hear you ask? Because taking your side dishes up a notch will get more veggies into your meals with little effort.Stuffing ... dressing? What’s the difference? Even famous chefs around the world cannot agree, but it is my opinion that if it's cooked INSIDE the bird it's stuffing and if it's cookout OUTSIDE the bird it's dressing. Now, back to the issue at hand. Is there a ‘good for you’ stuffing? Remembering moderation is important regardless of its health value (I often forget that!) ... but yes, there are some much better than others.
Fruit and Toasted Almond Stuffing
This recipe, created by Ricki Blau, won third place in Vegetarian Time's 2009 Reader Recipe Contest. Blau's family and friends range from omnivores to vegans, so when they gather for holidays she likes to prepare food they can all share. Blau put this recipe together last October when she hosted a few Canadian-American families for Thanksgiving dinner.
Per 1/2-cup serving: Calories: 343, Protein: 8g, Total fat: 15g, Saturated fat: 2g, Carbs: 46g, Cholesterol: mg, Sodium: 380mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugars: 17g
Looking for some side dishes to replace or enhance your usual dishes? I’m sure you know all about the sweet potato casserole that finds its way to American Thanksgiving tables ... you know the one I mean with the cute little marshmallows sprinkles on top? Right? Well, here on Everyday Health, I found a great recipe that’s a bit more heart-healthy.
Smashed Spiced Sweet Potatoes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Nutritional Info (Per serving):
Calories: 113, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 243mg, Dietary Fiber: 3g, Total Fat: 2g, Carbs: 22g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Protein: 2g
Carb Choices: 1.5
Recipe Source: Eating Well
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 h
Rest Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 1 h 20 mins
Now, let’s talk about cranberry sauce. I hope you’re not opening a can of processed cranberry jelly or even the canned whole cranberry sauce that’s also available. This only takes a minute and uses heart-healthy walnuts, too! The sugar is still there, but you can substitute whatever sweetener you like.
Heritage Lane Cranberry Sauce
"I grew up on a secluded dirt road called Heritage Lane and every Thanksgiving my family would pick wild cranberries and make this sauce for our guests," reminisces Eden Hommes, who received honorable mention in VT's 2009 Reader Recipe Contest for this recipe.
Per 1/2-cup serving: Calories: 290, Protein: 3g, Total fat: 13g, Saturated fat: 1g, Carbs: 41g, Cholesterol: mg, Sodium: 4mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugars: 36g
All in all, most everyone needs to make a change. Many people make the decision to “blow it” because it’s the holidays and come January they’re beating themselves up. I'd rather pat myself on the back for a job well done! Wouldn't you?
More holiday recipes coming next week. I plan to stay true to myself this holiday season and keep my eye on the ball ... staying heart-healthy!
I don’t know about you, but I’m a leaner. I lean on the counter ... on my car ... on my husband ... on my desk ... on my desk chair. So, guess what? All that leaning has allowed my belly to get bigger and bigger because I’m not using my abs properly. Granted, I’m not fat by normal standards, but I feel I’m carrying about 20 pounds more than I should. Posture is something we all take for granted. I also slouch, do you? I ask you this and before you straighten up at this mere suggestion, look at yourself. Are you slouching with your belly resting on your lap, you shoulders drooping and your back rounded? Or are you sitting up tall, back straight, tummy tucked in, feet planted squarely on the floor? I didn’t think so. I am now, but I wasn’t. So let’s be honest here and challenge each other. Starting right now, I will demand an improved posture of myself ... and of you.
First, while sitting up straight at your computer, read some interesting information I found on Everyday Health. While you at it ... take a deep cleansing breath and sit up ... I also found a website that outlined how bad posture affects heart health and I saddened to realize it was describing me! Both articles made it perfectly clear to me that I had some improving to do! How about you?
Need some other ways to “make it work”? I did so I kept pushing myself to find ways to make good posture work for me. I wonder if it would help to put full length mirrors wherever I am ... in my bathroom just may not be enough. When I walk past a store window and glance my reflection’s way, I am amazed at that little old mannish looking person gazing at me! Geez, when did I turn into such a slouch?? So here’s the deal ... it’s time I made my body work for me instead of the other way around. What do I mean ... well, this morning, I dropped the soap in the shower. When I bent to retrieve it I placed my palm on my thigh to ‘give myself a boost’ to a vertical position. Huh? Are you kidding me? When did my back and abs become so weak I need assistance to return to an erect position? Enough! I pulled out my Wii Fit, weighed in and realized I hadn’t really changed much. My WiiFit age was acceptable but that’s because I’m somewhat coordinated and could “beat” the system with my talents. So, I pushed myself a bit. All the way to twenty minutes of pretty intense stuff, sucking in my abs all the way and breathing correctly! Whew! So that’s what a workout feels like! To cool down, I did some balance games that forced me to twist and turn, reach and stretch. So as I reviewed my workout I realized I likely didn’t really stand as tall as I should have or reached just beyond the comfortable position or twisted just past the “ohhhhh” position - tomorrow is another day and I will step outside my body and view myself from another point of view. I can do it, can you?
I am ...
... a former blogger for a health site, which means eating healthy aka heart smart
which has become a passion for me. I will start at the beginning when I first
discovered I had high cholesterol.
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