Each Spring I embark on some kind of personal renewal. Some years it’s a fresh outlook on an old problem, other years it’s a new wardrobe. This year, I’m blogging as part of the BetterU
program from the American Heart Association. Each week I will post some of what I’m working on to create a healthier future for myself.
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of women in America. One in three women will develop some form of heart disease in her lifetime—that’s not a hopeful statistic! Even scarier is that often women having a heart attack don’t know it’s happening and then wait far too long before getting help! That can lead to a debilitating condition, even death.
My purpose in sharing these facts isn’t to scare you (ok, maybe a little!). Mostly, it’s to inspire you to make a change this week that will lead to a healthier future. It doesn’t have to be drastic (no marathon workout sessions or pledges to NEVER eat salt again). It does have to be something you can live with, something sustainable that, over time, will add up to a big change.
This week, I’m pledging to figure out why I sometimes don’t put my health first—and then I'm going to blast through my excuses! I want to start on the inside before adding exercise and diet goals. I know myself and I know that unless change starts on the inside, the chances of making that change permanent will fail. I’m not unlike many of you. I’m a woman, I work, I have a family and I’m at the end of my rope some days.
That’s why I like what BetterU has to offer—a chance to press an internal “restart” button and tackle the things that need tuning with my health. The website is easy to navigate, it’s bright and encouraging and, best of all, you can connect with other women who are doing the same thing. Now, I won’t promise something I can’t deliver. You won’t see me pledging to lose 50 pounds in 6 months. Been there, done that! Each week, you will
read what I’m working to change about my habits. I hope you’ll join me on this journey. The 12 week online program is free
. Please start today, c’mon girl!!!