Thursday, August 01, 2013
Well, two heart attacks and a major bleed from angioplasty later, here I am. On Saturday, July 27 I suffered a heart attack, had a stent placed, then clotted in the stent causing a second heart attack, had that stent cleared and on Sunday, July 28 I experienced a major bleed from the procedure the day before. I'm 45 years old. It can and will happen to anyone at any age. Please, please, please, please....if you don't already, please have your heart checked regularly, pay attention to your body, let it speak to you. Mine screamed to me last Saturday presenting first with chest pains radiating down the inside of both arms, then with cold sweats. Within 5 minutes of the first symptom my son was calling 911, within 30 minutes I was in surgery.
Never, ever just assume you have something else going on such as indigestion. It doesn't matter one lick if you go to the emergency room and they give you a Tums and send you on your way, you could do that 10 times, so what, it doesn't matter...every single symptom counts, every single second counts. Please, know the signs and listen closely to your body, know and clearly report your family history. Stay on top of your health, if you don't no one will.
I am so very blessed to still be here, standing on my soapbox, preaching. I will not be quiet and I will probably get on the nerves of those around me but I will forevermore be a champion for heart health, early warning signs, and listening to your body. God gave me a second chance, I have no intention of throwing it away!
Happy sparking everyone!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
I am my own worst enemy. Only I can come up with excuse after excuse to not exercise and not eat right. I don't understand why I keep doing this to myself. I need to wake up every day and tell myself not to sabotage myself.
Day 1 (AGAIN) - I will track everything and I will get my 10,000 steps today. I am on my 3rd tobacco free day....go big or go home.
I am the maker of my own destiny, if it is to be it is up to me. No more excuses.
Hope everyone is well.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Pour me something tall and strong
Make it a Hurricane before I go insane
It's only half past twelve, but I don't care
It's 5 o'clock somewhere!
Happy Friday folks! Have a great weekend!
Friday, January 18, 2013
Thank God it's Friday! It has been a fantastic week for me. Hopefully, all of my hard work will show on the scale tomorrow. Even if it doesn't, I feel FANTASTIC so I guess that is all that really matters!
My accomplishments this week:
I stayed off the scale! That is AMAZING for me! Yay!
I'm working towards starting the C25K program and week 1 begins with 5 min warm-up, 1 1/2 min running, 2 min walking (repeat until the 25 min mark), 5 min cool down. I've been working up to this because just 2 weeks ago I couldn't run for 30 seconds straight. So, two weeks ago I did 30 sec running, 2 walking (repeat) for 30 minutes. Last week I did 60 sec running, 2 min walking (repeat) for 30 min. I decided to do that this week as well because I really didn't feel I was ready for 90 sec running, 2 min walking....until this morning. I actually did it! I can't believe it! I'm so excited about that! So, next week I will begin the actual program. You're supposed to increase the time you run and decrease the time you walk each week as the program progresses. I am NOT trying to kill myself so I've given myself permission to do each week twice (only if I need to). I can't tell you how thrilled I am that I actually did it today. I'll probably be pretty sore tomorrow but who cares!?!?
I stayed within my calorie range every day this week.
I'm wearing my son's Raven's jersey today for Purple Friday at work. I just dribbled grapefruit juice down the front of it. He's going to smell like a grapefruit on Sunday!
I have to make a purse this weekend. I've had this darned design swimming around in my head for weeks now, it is time to pull it out like Dumbledore pulled his memories out of his head and put them in the Pensieve.
I really, really need to organize my bedroom this weekend. I mean, I REALLY need to organize my bedroom this weekend.
First I have to clean the house. Saturday is deep-clean day.
When am I going to make that darned purse?
When am I going to organize my room?
If that is all I have to worry about, I guess I'm doing quite well!
I guess I have to work at some point today. 5 o'clock can't come fast enough. I'm heading to the Good Will store tonight to see if I can find any hidden gems to transform into purses, art work, or home decor. As if I need more to do.
Happy Sparking my sparkly friends!
Thursday, January 17, 2013
It's a great day to be alive, I know the sun's still shinin' when I close my eyes, there's some hard times in the neighborhood and why can't every day be just this good.....
Hopefully the snow stays south and I can keep on keepin on.
We're gonna keep on, keep on, keep on dancin' all through the night, we're gonna keep, on keep. on keep on doin' it riiiiggghtt. We're gonna keep on, keep on, keep on movin', gonna keep on, keep on, keep on groovin, keep on singing and dancing all through the night!
Careful there, Barb, your age is showin!
Have a Sparktastic day everyone!
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