I almost let February slip by without an American Hearty Month blog post. This month is special to me as a heart attack and triple coronary bypass survivor. I have been able to refocus my energies to make a healthier life for me over the eight years since these life changing events.
In the northern states, leaves and temperatures are falling. Jackets are giving way to sweaters and coats. Comfort food and casseroles take the place of healthier lighter meals. Winter holidays that celebrate excess food and drink are approaching fast. The north is preparing for winter hibernation.
People who have lost considerable weight see a new person in the mirror. It’s not uncommon after dropping 100 pounds that the person actually looks at their reflection in the mirror after avoiding it most of their life. As the pounds drop and the self-confidence grows, life takes on a new look.
On a beautiful October day in 2005 I came face to face with the reality of my poor health. The morning started with me leaving work with flu symptoms. By noon, I was in an ER surrounded by doctors and nurses treating me for a heart attack. The news was not good. Two days later I was in cardiac intensive care recovering from triple cardiac…
For most Americans, today is the day after the 2012 Presidential election. The press, workplace and family chatter is all about the election results. Today also happens to be National Eating Healthy Day. That fact almost slipped by until I came across a tweet about this commemoration on my Twitter feed buried in the sea of election tweets.
October 15 is has held some significance in my life for the past seven years. On this day in 2005, I underwent a triple coronary bypass open heart surgery. Three days earlier I had experienced a mild heart attack. The days after surgery were far from routine. Complications kept me in cardiac intensive care for ten days.
This past weekend I cycled the 165 mile 2-day Bike MS Pedal to the Point bicycle ride with some good friends and a new friend, Luke. I had chatted with Luke on an Obesity Help message board. Through our chatting, I found out that like me, Luke had found cycling as a love after weight loss surgery. Luke had also chosen to ride in my…
There are times when I question if I am obsessed with my weight. As a weight loss surgery post-op, tracking the pounds on the scale dial was an easy way to define success in the months and years after surgery. As time has gone by, I have grown to understand that other non-weight related successes sum up more than the pounds lost on the scale.