It's been almost 3 months since my heart event and I'm doing so much better. Thank you for your patience with blog posts and other social media interaction. For those who are new to Totally Fit 4 Life, I had a coronary artery spasm that escalated into a heart attack in March. It is a rare form of heart attack that leaves no damage, but certainly knocked the wind out of my sails. It happens more often in otherwise healthy people. I've experienced more exhaustion and slightly different than fibro since February. Between both, I gained an extra 10 pounds. Unfortunately, 10 pounds of fat weight looks more like 20 pounds on me at 5'1'' with a small body frame. I can happily tell you I've been able to stay more steady since Memorial Day with my exercise plan which helped me drop 5 lbs. Some of my clothes are still snug while others fit. I can totally relate to the frustration some of you feel when you've had success losing weight then experience a setback that causes you to put some of it back on!
My hubby and I hit the bike trails last Sunday afternoon, one of my exercise wins! We did 17 miles on a local trail. Usually we like to ride 20-25 miles which takes us about 2 hours. It was absolutely gorgeous outside. There were quite a few people out hiking, walking, biking, and rollerblading. Some were individuals, but mostly we saw couples and families. Another exercise win was getting back in the swim of water exercise. Because your whole body works with the resistance of the water, it wore me out in an hour. But what a good hour! But, of course, came a slump. A couch day took the place of exercise with low blood pressure and heart rate. The next day was light in the fitness center, but it was exercise. If I can encourage anyone in any way, it is this: Setbacks happen. Some are longer while some are shorter. Patience, paying attention to your health symptoms, and persistence do pay off over the long haul.
Another message for you is that I am still on the upswing. Even though I try to pre-post to keep consistency, it doesn't always go according to plan. As much as I prefer to be up blogging and posting at 6:30 am, it doesn't always work right now. I want to be consistent and timely, but right now, it's not always possible. Thank you for understanding my current status.
Support the Movement- Rails to Trails
Speaking of bicycles and trails, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is asking for support in voicing our concerns about the future of our trails with the budget cuts at national level. I'm not hired to help them, I'm just another concerned person who enjoys the trails as much as everyone else who uses them, too. You can check out what's happening at Capitol Hill here.
Relay for Life Events
Almost everyone has been affected by cancer, either personally or through loved ones. A good way to support cancer research and other related needs for cancer patients and their families is through the Relay for Life. You can run or walk with sponsors making donations based on how far you run/walk or you can sponsor someone. I suggest walking or running to support the American Cancer Society. Relay for Life events here.
In Case You Missed Them
Also, if you missed this one, I also had a post on Consumer Health Digest:
I will be out now through Tuesday, so some of the posts will be spotty due to wifi availability. I will be connected to social media off and on, so feel free to say, "Hi!". Many blessings to you!