Found this quote yesterday, and created this image. I have it printed out and up on my fridge. It reminds me how I need to turn my body around and take care of my health and get back in shape!
Last week I excitedly announced that I was chosen to be one of the new Shaklee 180™ bloggers! I can’t tell you how many times I checked back on the Shaklee site to see if this was real. Was my blog really listed? Am I really going to be a Shaklee 180™ blogger? It wasn’t long before the email popped up in my inbox confirming so. I then quickly posted to let my readers know the news and my excitement. With 460 applicants, I feel honored and humbled to be chosen as one of the 90.
Last night it started to hit me how real this is, and how bad I really do want to get in shape. I’ve done various programs in the past that have worked short term, but this time it seems different. I’m preparing for a life style change, and I couldn’t be more happy.
After a nice birthday weekend, I received an even better gift earlier this morning! I saw another blogger post on Facebook that Shaklee announced their newest bloggers for the Shaklee 180™ program. Browsing the list, I was beyond excited to see my blog listed! Few minutes later, I received the confirmation email that indeed, I was selected.
In efforts to raise Heart Disease awareness among women, the American Heart Association, along with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute created National Wear Red Day! Each year, on the first Friday in February, which is TODAY, millions wear red to show their commitment to fighting this deadly disease.
In 2004, the American Heart Association additionally created the Go Red For Women campaign. This initiative was designed to help empower women to the steps they need to ensure a happy and healthy heart. The social campaigns educates women on the risk of heart disease and provides them with the tools to take action and reduce their own risk.
Since the first National Wear Red Day 10 years ago, tremendous strides have been made in the fight against heart disease in women, including:
- 21% fewer women dying from heart disease
- 23% more women aware that it’s their No. 1 health threat
- Publishing of gender-specific results, established differences in symptoms and responses to medications and women-specific guidelines for prevention and treatment
- Legislation to help end gender disparities
Tips to Prevent Heart Disease
- Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes at least 4 days a week
- Don’t smoke or use tobacco products
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Eat a heart-centered healthy diet by decreasing your intake of saturated and trans fat
- Ensure your diet includes eating antioxidant foods
- Get regular screenings for your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as diabetes screenings
- Reduce stress
There are still thousands upon thousands of women who die each year from heart disease. So today let’s wear red, and show our support! Help raise awareness because even just educating one person on what they can do to help their heart is worth it!
What efforts do you take to prevent heart disease?
As someone in their late 20s, it won’t be long before I hit the big 3-0! Just last week at lunch with a friend, she started teasing me on entering the new decade. She said it won’t be long before the laugh lines, crow’s feet, and spider veins appear. I just laughed it off. Well that is until later in the week I was cleaning out my desk and happened upon a little photo album from high school. Wow I wish I had my 17 year old legs again! Maybe my friend was right. My body is not in the shape or form as it was 10 years ago, and I accept that. Though it doesn’t mean I can’t make an effort to prevent or fix anything I deem unsightly.
As we age, our bodies will change, and varicose veins (spiders veins) maybe quickly appear. However it isn’t just the appearance that can cause concern. Varicose veins can often cause issues such as fatigue and swelling. Plus they can become down right painful! As the condition worsens, you may feel burning and itching, or start to feel ill if you stand on your feet for long periods of time.
Luckily, there is the Vein Clinic of America, who not only specialize exclusively in vein condition treatments, but they are the largest group of vein specialists in the nation. With access to such a highly trained network of physicians, what would hold one back from pursing treatment?