Editor’s note: This is a repost from today’s pinkwellchick.com
Heart Month has come and gone! Did it impact you in any way? What did YOU do to challenge yourself or others to be heart healthy? It was a tough month, but I made it!
My goal, as motivated by Star Jones, was to do 28 days of fitness! I mapped out my plan, got a calendar, some weights, saw a trainer and got to work. It was harder than I expected! Who wants to exercise for 28 days straight? Not me! But I was determined to try. If Stuart Scott could work out right after chemo, I could at least try! It got a little complicated when I started getting transfusions…often! But despite a February of 6 transfusions, and 3 chemo treatments, I finished!
I completed 24 of 28 days of exercise!
It may not seem like a lot, but it required commitment and determination. There were days that I lifted light weights before being hooked up to a machine. Other days when I rolled out of bed, walked, then, rolled right back into bed!
Why did I do it?
- Most times, I felt better after exercising. Isn’t that what all the doctors tell you will happen?
- I have metastasized cancer in my lungs. I need to increase my “lung strength” through exercise.
- I wanted to set a good example for my daughter, and prove to myself that I could do it.
- Heart disease KILLS!
The best thing to come out of this, is that I continue to exercise! However, I have scaled back my ambition. I now work toward 5 days a week of exercise. That is still tough! But the doctors say that is a good goal and possible to maintain.
Just because Heart Month is officially over, doesn’t mean you should go back to old habits! The 1st part of this month had me in the hospital 3x in 1 week getting transfusions. I was worn out! Over it! But, this weekend I participated in the local Heart Walk! Determination! It was great to see FAMILIES walking together. My daughter is in her 3rd week of trying to be a vegetarian! A 10 year old who is willing, albeit begrudgingly, to try new veggies! I couldn’t be happier!
What else can you do?
If you are in the Phoenix area, join me and other Go Red Ambassadors at the 2013 Red Dress Cocktail Party on April 3, 2013. Check out www.2013reddresscocktailparty.eventbrite.com for more details.
Not in Arizona? No problem! Contact your local American Heart Association and help us continue to educate others about heart disease.
Or, just eat right, and work out! You can do it!
Remember, it’s an exercise in…SELF determination!