Not just another New Year's resolution and not just for the Get Healthy in the Rain blog challenge...
I thought of you today, Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, and your GET HEALTHY challenge. It drove me to the health club, not for the usual New Year's weight loss resolution, but for a far bigger reason. As I have written about several times in my recent blogs, I had a quadruple coronary bypass in October. My cholesterol and triglicerides were in the normal range, my blood sugar was in the normal range (though I do have Type 2 Diabetes), and my blood pressure was well-regulated (with the help of medicine).
What, then, can I do to make my prognosis better as I move on to the next phase of life with my mended heart? Well, for starters, I now have to take a number of new medicines to make all of those numbers even better. I have to see a cardiologist regularly. It seems that one of the PERKS of getting older is adding new doctors to your personal roster!
AND I have to change my sedentary lifestyle and lose weight. I cannot keep putting off a healthier lifestyle until next year. I have lost weight. I need to lose more, and food choices certainly play a part in that. As part of working on my blood sugar level, I had started counting carbohydrates before the heart issue was diagnosed. Due to that, I actually had been losing weight. I lost more weight when I had the surgery. I managed to keep all of it off during the holidays and even lost a little more.
While extra weight impacts both diabetes and heart disease, that is not the goal that is uppermost on my mind in the next few weeks. I am about to "graduate" from cardiac rehabilitation. CR is a rigorous, 36- session course that has kept me on track, as I work on increasing strength and making exercise a regular part of my life. They hold me accountable, three times every week.
If I don't show up, they call me to see if everything is alright. I've only failed to show up twice (once for my mother-in-law's funeral out of state and once when I injured my foot in a fall); but I was late a couple of times, and I did get that call. Both times that I missed sessions entirely, I notified them ahead of time. You see, I spent a lot of time as a student and over 20 years as a teacher, and I simply don't miss class without a valid reason. Oh, and did I mention that I have to weigh in every time and report my weight? I've been held accountable, and I can be a good student.
Now, however, the rest of my life starts, without my CR friends holding me accountable. Now, I have to hold myself accountable. My goal is to keep up my three times a week exercise routine when nobody's watching. I started it today, eventhough I still have a few more days in CR. Maybe this Active Rain challenge will help me do that!