It's back by popular demand! Sorry it upset some of you that I took the End of Week Review away. It seemed like a good way to reduce my load over the summer while making a lot of changes in the background. That didn't go over well, so here it is!
My world is abnormally normal, if you know what I mean. This week was no exception. My mom, who is 86 years old, texted me Monday evening, "Char, come over right away." This made me wonder what was up, so I called her to find out. She was having trouble breathing. Hubby and I quickly went over, CPR mask in hand, to see what was up. When I saw her, I knew she needed to go to the emergency room. Zero speeding tickets later, we discovered she had a heart attack and was beginning congestive heart failure. She has never had heart problems, probably due to being so physically active all her life. Here are your take-aways: 1)Call 9-1-1 if you or someone you know is having trouble breathing, a crushing sensation in the chest, a feeling of indigestion while looking pale and being cold and clammy. These are the more subtle symptoms of heart attack. We didn't suspect heart attack because she has been short of breath for other reasons. 2) Get CPR training as an average citizen because someone's life may depend on it. The American Red Cross and American Heart Association both offer courses on CPR. Do the hands-on live class because CPR because pressing a mouse button is not the same.
By the way, we are excited that a bike lane showed up in our town. After the Road Closed signs came down, there it was. According to a book I am studying for CECs, communities that have safe, accessible places to walk, hike, run, bike, etc. are more physically active communities, which means smaller waistlines and happier hearts.Evidently community leaders saw the need here and responded. There is a short trail piece that is ride-able by bike, but the rest of it is only good for horseback riding and hiking. Most of the time, it is overgrown. Also there was a survey from the the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy asking questions about our trail here. Do you wish your community had a trail or a park where you could safely get outdoor exercise? Send letters and emails to your community leaders. Contact Rails-to-Trails to find out what is available in your neck of the woods.
We are gearing up for Healthy Lifestyles! I've been putting the word out on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ as well as the end of blog posts. Groups begin September 15, 2016. Sign ups end midnight September 12, 2016. I need a head count to have everything ready. For more information and to register, go to Healthy Lifestyles. Questions? Email me.
Guts 2 Gallons also begins September 15, 2016 with registration ending at midnight September 12, 2016. I know this is a niche group, but there really are a lot of pilots and co-pilots out there. If that is YOU, make your insurance company happy and sign up!
In Case You Missed Them:
I found some really delicious crackers recently. Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers are gluten-free,,soy-free, vegan and Paleo-friendly.Some flavors are dairy-free. If you are looking for a nutritious, tasty cracker with some protein added sans gluten, this is it!
Have a blessed week!