Not just another New Year's resolution; not just another AR challenge!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO 2004008944

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. good student

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!

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Praful Thakkar
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Liz, great goals - good luck for accomplishing it - in fact, I was going to write almost similar goals - plus a check on my sugar intake and control a1c - which is still normal.

Feb 02, 2013 01:18 PM #1
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Praful~I really want to drill down on that A1C. Before heart surgery, I was trying to cut down my medicine and maybe even eliminate it. Now, I guess I'm resigned to accepting new medicines in my life. That doesn't mean that I cannot work on cutting down the doses. Good luck in your challenge, too!

Feb 02, 2013 01:30 PM #2
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Best of luck with your goals, Liz.  I am sure that you will be extremely successful with your health as well as financial goals for 2013 and beyond.  Cheers!

Feb 02, 2013 01:50 PM #3
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Liz Lockhart
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Thank you, Ki! Best of luck to you, too, in 2013 and beyond.

Feb 02, 2013 01:56 PM #4
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
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Good luck, Liz. I'm rooting for you!

Feb 02, 2013 09:00 PM #5
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Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
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Glad thinking of this challenge drove you to the gym.  We are all here to help support you as you transition from rehab.

Feb 02, 2013 10:07 PM #6
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Marjorie Taylor
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We will help you stay accountable.  Good luck Liz!

Feb 02, 2013 10:32 PM #7
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Liz Lockhart
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Thanks, Jean Marie!

 

Stacey-Ann~ Your before and after photos are such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing and for the great challenge.

Feb 02, 2013 10:34 PM #8
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Marjorie~Thanks for being part of my AR team! Just knowing the challenge is there will help me stay committed.

Feb 02, 2013 10:36 PM #9
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Dianne Goode
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You go, girl!  Now that I have a Fitbit to keep count of my steps, I realize how very inactive I am when I'm "in the office" for the day.  There just isn't a lot of movement required of us, in routine daily life.  So -- we have to make it so with a commitment.  I look forward to hearing about your success  over the next three months.   Onward!    

Feb 03, 2013 02:11 AM #10
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Liz Lockhart
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Thank you, Dianne! I will report back in, from time to time.

Feb 04, 2013 12:37 PM #11
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Go for it, Liz. We want you to stay with us here at ActivRain.
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