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February Heart Health

Thursday, February 09, 2012


My husband bought me a heart rate monitor in December. I love it, and have been learning how to use it to get the most out of my workouts. For example, when I lift now and my heart rate starts to drop too low, I stop and jump rope just to raise my rate 10 or more beats back into my zone. I have been using it often and checked my resting heart rate this week, it was 54.
A decade ago, my doctor took my heart rate, it was 111. He asked if this was high for me, but being young and not seeing a doctor very often I didn't really know. He said nothing else about it and I left the clinic and didn't really think about it again until today.

What this means:
For a 36 year old woman, my heart rate is now in the athlete zone! Athlete! I went from being in major risk for some serious heart issues, to someone with a healthy heart. I still have genetic predispositions for heart issues, but Sparkpeople has helped me overcome many of the other risk factors, being overweight and sedentary. I love you, Sparkpeople. Thank you for helping my heart to be healthy and strong for this Valentine's Day, and many others.

  


100 Ways to Stand up for Your Health

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

I recently read an article by Dr. Levine that gave goals to get us moving. I thought I'd post these for inspiration, with stars next to what I am doing and exclamation points next to goals I will add.


100 Ways to Stand Up For Your Health

!1. Hide your remote. If you must watch TV, at least stand up to change the channel.

2. When cooking or baking, ditch the hand mixer and use a wooden spoon instead.

*3. Take each family member's laundry upstairs separately.

*4. When tidying up, put things away in multiple small trips rather than one big haul.

*5. Chop fresh vegetables instead of buying frozen ones.

*6. Invest in quality pots and pans; the heavier they are, the more energy it'll take to use them.

7. Paint, hang curtains, or finish any other home-improvement task on your to-do list.

! 8. Stand up and march during your favorite TV shows.

! 9. Rather than yell toward family members in other rooms, walk over to talk.

! 10. Stand while styling your hair and putting on makeup.

*11. Walk around your home, yard, or neighborhood while on the phone.

12. Hand-wash dishes instead of using the dishwasher.

! 13. Wash your car instead of taking it through the car wash.

*14. Put most-used items on top or bottom shelves so you have to reach for them.

! 15. Leave your cell phone in one location, so when you need it, you must go to it.

16. Start a compost pile in your yard.

17. Help your kids clean their rooms.

18. Organize a closet.

19. Rake the leaves as a family.

20. Give the delivery guy a break; when you order food in, pick it up yourself.

*21. Take a shower instead of a bath.

*22. Walk to the mailbox instead of checking the mail from your car.

*23. Plant or weed a garden or care for indoor plants.

*24. Ask for the paper to be left at the end of your driveway instead of by your front door.

*25. Give your dog a bath instead of paying someone else to do it.

*26. Instead of sitting and reading, listen to books on tape as you walk, clean, or garden.

! 27. Preset the timer on your TV to turn off after an hour to remind you to do something more active.

28. Slide a small trampoline under your couch and pull it out for Real Housewives marathons.

29. Put up more Christmas lights.

! 30. The next time it snows, up your karma and shovel your neighbor's sidewalk too.

! 31. Turn on tunes and dance while cooking.

This is a three part story, and I'll pass along more tips later. I want to focus on just three new goals to help me move more.

1. 30. The next time it snows, up your karma and shovel your neighbor's sidewalk too.

2. 27. Preset the timer on your TV to turn off after an hour to remind you to do something more active.

3. 15. Leave your cell phone in one location, so when you need it, you must go to it.

I'll check in next week, to see how it goes!

PS- The 5K training is going great! Thanks Sparkpeople and Couch to 5K!

  
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LATTELEE 1/4/2012 1:09PM

  WOW

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Training for a 5K!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

My children and I are running our first 5K in June. Run for Your Lives is a Zombie themed run. We're excited! I have never excelled at running, but there is a first time for everything, right? I am excited to find a fitness activity that the children and I can do together. June 23 will also be the halfway point from my husband's deployment to Afganistan. I am proud to be a fitness role model to my kids! They make me so proud!

  


My Son is Fourteen!

Friday, March 12, 2010

I cannot believe that my son is fourteen. I remember when I was fourteen feeling the awkwardness and worrying about being too weird. I'm proud that he knows how to be healthy, a gift that a lot of us didn't get until we were older. More importantly, he is the most interesting person. I cannot wait to see him transition into adulthood. He will make a fantastic adult, just as he has been an amazing infant, toddler, preschooler, school age and teenage SON.

  
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SAGE150 3/13/2010 9:08AM

    They change so quickly don't they. My nieces continue to impress me every time I see them. New little people becoming whoever they are going to become. It's so great to see them make good choices for themselves and to feel that you had (in my case) at least a part or a lot of responsibility (in your case with your son) in helping to give them to tools to grow into healthy adults. Congratulations on having such a great son!

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FURBALLDTH 3/12/2010 3:46PM

    emoticon It never ceases to amaze how fast they grow! Enjoy it!

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Spring Break

Friday, March 05, 2010

It's finally warming up here and if the temperature makes it into the 50's consistently I get to ride my bike! I miss riding my bike to Butler. This summer I hope to ride out to the farmer''s market in the next town. Hooray!

  
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FRANCESCANAZ 3/6/2010 9:36AM

    Oh I can't wait to get my TREK back on the road! The sun is shining here in the Adirondacks and the birds are busy at the feeders, it is up to 40 degrees! emoticon I am shuting down the computer now and going fro a run with Timothy. emoticon

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