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High Five Friday

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It’s Fri-YAY! Time to celebrate the good from the week with High Five Friday. No clue what I’m talking about? Get all the details HERE and link up with your own High 5.

5 from Instagram – I share more pics on Instagram. Are you following me?

1. The most gorgeous sunset after a snowstorm last week. The colors were amazing! Btw – there’s no filter on that photo. It’s all natural!

2. Winter wonderland on my run.

3. Why not Crow Places after a run?

4. You guys need to get this limited edition Stonyfield Oh My Yog! It’s wicked hard to find but the New England Maple is THE best. You know it’s going to be good when you pop the lid off and smell nothing but delicious maple syrup.

5. The wind may blow. The weight may be heavy. But I am strong. I am a warrior.

5 Things

1. Being Present: Creating a Memory – When I first read this, all I could picture was Alec Baldwin when he guest starred on Friends as Phoebe’s boyfriend. He wanted to take mental snapshots to remember every moment. This article is kind of like that except that it points out the bigger picture – When you are experiencing an enjoyable time (traveling, eating, etc), be present in that moment. I think that’s something we all need to work on.

2. Re-Imagining Chinese New Year for my children – I’m so happy for Christine! Her writing is outstanding and I’m glad that more people are seeing that. This is just one of her many wonderful pieces. And I think it’s a topic that we all can relate to. Are you passing on your families traditions to your kids?

3. Don’t Focus on the Dog Shit – This piece is a couple of years old but it still fits. “Don’t focus on the guy who hates you. You don’t go to the park and set your picnic down next to the only pile of dog shit.” Look for the good – it’s always there!

4. When Schools Teach Meditation, Something Amazing Happens – I’ve been adding a little meditation into my life recently. It’s hard to shut off my brain chatter but I really do think it’s needed for every single person young and old. After reading this, I think so even more.

5. What My Father’s Escape From Cuba Taught Me About Being An Athlete – And I’m so happy for Allie! I loved reading the story of her how her father came to the U.S. and the life lessons he has passed on to her. Now I know why she is so awesome!

Heart Disease and Women

Heart disease is the number one killer of women. Get the facts and reduce your risk!  happyfitmama.com

As some of you may know, I work as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist in Cardiac Rehabilitation. When I went into this profession, I had no real reason. My family does not have a strong history of heart disease. I just liked exercise, talking about exercise and counseling others on how to live a healthier life. Over the years, my reasons have changed. One of the big reasons are the people who become my patients that make me enjoy my job.

When someone has a heart event, often times they feel scared, alone and not sure of what the future holds for them. Cardiac Rehabilitation is a medically supervised program to help patients recover quickly and improve their overall physical, mental, and social functioning after an event. Essentially, it’s an exercise, education and support program to help patients learn how to live a healthier life. Research shows that patients who participate in Cardiac Rehab live longer and have a better quality of life than those that don’t.

I’ve seen a wide range of people who have been affected by heart disease whether it’s from Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (CABG), Myocardial Infarction (MI), PCI/Stents, Stable Angina, Cardiomyopathy, or Valve Replacement/Repair. When I first entered the field 14+ years ago, most of my patients were at least 70 and older. While we still see older patients, we have also begun to see people in their 30s and 40s. The youngest patient I ever had was in her late 20s.  It was scary that she was actually younger than me!  And it’s not just here and there that we see younger patients. We recently had 8 patients out of 16 total who were 50 or younger. Most of them were otherwise healthy, exercised daily, ate “right” and were not overweight. The common link? All of them had a very strong family history of heart disease.

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Unfortunately, you can not change your genetics. But that doesn’t mean you should start chain smoking, stop exercising and eat nothing but donuts and beer, either. Imagine if those patients of mine did not exercise, ate horribly day after day and were severely overweight? They most likely would not have survived their heart event.

So what risk factors can you control:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Manage your blood sugar
  • Get your blood pressure under control
  • Lower your cholesterol
  • Know your family history
  • Stay active
  • Lose weight if overweight
  • Eat healthy

Heart disease is the number one killer of women.

Stop for a second and reread the sentence above.  Did you get that? Heart disease is the number one killer of women. Most women fear breast cancer.  I know I do since my mom had breast cancer. Women routinely get their mammograms and do self checks each month.  But what about your heart?  Most women, especially younger women, think heart disease is something you don’t have to think about till you are at least 70.That’s not the case at all.

  • Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
  • 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
  • Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen.
  • The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women vs. men, and are often misunderstood.
  • While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease.

Source: Go Red for Women

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Media has conditioned us to believe that the telltale sign of a heart attack is extreme chest pain. But in reality, women are somewhat more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. Other symptoms women should look out for are dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen and extreme fatigue.

Even if you’re a yoga-loving, marathon-running workout fiend, your risk for heart disease isn’t completely eliminated. Factors like cholesterol, eating habits and smoking can counterbalance your other healthy habits. You can be thin and have high cholesterol. The American Heart Association recommends you start getting your cholesterol checked at age 20, or earlier, if your family has a history of heart disease. Also, keep an eye on your blood pressure. Both high cholesterol and high blood pressure have no symptoms.

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If you are already active, great!  Keep it up! Physical activity is something that is linked to all the controllable risk factors of heart disease(diabetes, overweight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stress, etc.).  Make time for exercise by scheduling it in like you would a doctor’s appointment. You are worth the time!

I’m not trying to be Debbie Downer with all of this information. Heart disease is scary and it’s real. It can happen to anyone. But with the proper nutrition, exercise, knowledge, and awareness throughout your life, you can find the key on how to love your heart and have it love you right back.
For more information about heart disease, please check out the following links:

Go Red For Women Campaign

American Heart Association

Did you know heart disease is the number one killer of women?

How are you reducing your risk factors for heart disease?

Five: A Random Blog Survey

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If you’ve read HFM for any length of time, you know that I love a random blog survey. I saw this on Julie’s blog recently and had to play along. That and I had a crazy marvelous weekend, full of writing deadlines, activities and having fun. This is about all I could muster enough brain strength for.

What better way to beat the Monday blah’s than with randomness, right?

Five Places I’m Dying to Visit

  • Australia
  • Iceland
  • Fiji
  • Norway
  • Germany

Five Foods I Eat Every Day

  • Almond butter
  • Banana
  • Oatmeal
  • Apple
  • Stonyfield Yogurt

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Five Talents I Wish I Had

  • Play a musical instrument
  • Staying injury free
  • Photography
  • Spatial design
  • Juggle

Five Healthy Food Bloggers I Wish Would Cook For Me Every Day

Five Instagram Accounts I Love

Five Things I Wear (Almost) Every Day

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Five Movies I Can Watch On Repeat

  • Pretty in Pink
  • Legally Blonde
  • Charlie’s Angels
  • Breakfast Club
  • Serendipity

Five Random Things I Ate Yesterday

  • Fish Taco Burrito in a Bowl
  • Gummy Dinosaurs
  • KIND Bar
  • Oatmeal
  • Kale Chips

Your turn! Pick a topic and let me hear your 5 things.