I remember the moment because I felt so darn bad. I was just returning home from Colorado, where I had been shooting my TV show and I felt just awful. Stepping on the scale confirmed the one glaring fact that I managed to push to the very recesses of my brain.
I weighed too much.
I had been able to conceal it from myself and, in most cases, others with slightly bigger clothes and artful cropping of photos.
You know who wasn’t buying it?
Breathing was already difficult while we were on location; the base elevation of Breckenridge is nearly 10,000 feet where the air was very thin. The extra padding around my hips and waist was not doing me any favors.
That was the beginning of a convergence of things.
I realized just how bad I felt, even at sea level. I didn’t like the way I looked. I have a big birthday coming up and I remembered how heart disease killed my father in the very decade I am now entering. Something had to change.
On Christmas day I decided to get my weight under control. Though I was a little fluffier than I’ve been, not too many people noticed. But I knew if I continued on the way I was going, this story would not have a happy ending.
My situation is not unique; there are a lot of women, wives, mothers and others who, like me, are so busy caring for others they forget to care for themselves. So how about this? For American Heart Month, here’s a quick look at 10 things you should be doing for your heart.
Remember, your family needs you!
Control your weight 1 of 10
Check your blood pressure 2 of 10Do you know your numbers? Do you know where they should be and what they mean? Furthermore, do you know what to do to get them there? If you don't, time to speak to your doctor. photo credit: Creative Commons: Zeusandhera
Know your cholesterol numbers 3 of 10A cholesterol test should be a part of a regular health screening for children and adults. Pay special attention if you have family history. photo credit: Creative Commons, naturalhomecures34
DON’T SMOKE! 4 of 10Is there anyone out there who DOESN'T know smoking is bad for you? Do yourself and your heart a favor; just don't do it. photo credit: Creative Commons, FloorS Photography
Get moving! 5 of 10For a healthy heart, you should aim to get 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. photo credit: Creative Commons, Flicking'Ability
Eat a heart-healthy diet 6 of 10
Limit alcohol use 7 of 10
Know your family history 8 of 10
See your doctor regularly 9 of 10
Get some 10 of 10Okay, really now. How can you take care of everyone else, if you don't take care of you? Caring for yourself, including time alone, is not only good for you, it's good for them too. <a href="photo credit: Rene Syler
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