Thursday, October 28, 2010

Not me...

This wasn’t supposed to happen to me…
Two weeks ago tonight I went into the hospital because I was having chest pains – it turns out I had a heart attack. Let me back up a minute before I go on…

All my life I have struggled with my weight – it is truly has a yo-yo effect. People find comfort in many things, I find comfort in food. Being single, cooking has never been a fun thing to do, so eating out has been a common practice for me – often drive thru food. I have been on every diet you can think of and am even a Lifetime Weight Watchers member (you wouldn’t believe this looking at me).

The next thing that has been a struggle for me is exercising. While many people love to exercise, I can think of many other things I would rather do than exercise. I have tried many different forms of exercise, and really haven’t found my niche. I joined #temt with the hope it would inspire me to workout more. It did in the start, but like in the past, it worked for a bit and then there were many things “ that got in the way” of me having the time to exercise.

All of this has not made me the most healthy person. Looking back there were many warning signs that I wasn’t feeling well, but ignored them or really didn’t notice them because feeling crappy was my norm. I never thought at 43 yr. old I would be having a heart attack.

Like I said, I went in 2 weeks ago today, I think I actually had the heart attack on Monday. I didn’t feel well, had chest pains – but I knew I had a lot going on that week and I needed to push through and keep going (BIG MISTAKE). So I continued to work, presented at a school board mtg., traveled 5 hrs. south to a site visit to Van Meter, Iowa. When we got back from Iowa, I was still having pains, but I didn’t go in until I opened this picture from my niece thanking me for taking to Berenstain Bears the Musical(picture above) – it was then that I knew I needed to go in because there were 7 children (my nieces and nephews) who I want to be there for in the future. So I called my sister…

To make a long story short – I had 3 blocked arteries – one 100% blocked and two 70% blocked. I had 2 stents put in, a three night hospital stay and some big lifestyle changes ahead. The result: I am feeling awesome, but have a long road ahead. I have a new heart healthy diet, am going to cardio rehab two days a week and have many dr. appointments ahead.

What do I want from the #temt?
1. Get an annual physical – I had not been to the dr. in years, this could have been prevented.
2. Please share any heart healthy (low fat, low sodium) recipes and/or websites – especially small portion recipes.
3. Continue to share and support each other in exercise – I really don’t want this to happen to anyone else:)

This has been a bump in the road for me, but nothing I can’t handle – especially with the support of others.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing your story! I am so glad that you are here to make that road to recovery and get healthy!
    Reading your story re-inspires me to check in more often with the #temt crew. I have been so busy with my new school that I have neglected the support system here. Nothing is so important that it is worth compromising our health.
    Take care and stay in touch. I am thinking positive thoughts for you as you recover and build your health again. Take care :-)

  2. Thank you for sharing your story, a reminder.

    As for #temt: A hashtag will never solve our problems but it may just get us to look at familiar things with (perhaps) unfamiliar eyes.

    Stay healthy and positive, best wishes!


  3. Wow...So glad you're doing better! I know that my exercise has been lacking lately and this will provide me with great motivation! Thanks for sharing your story!

  4. You are very courageous to share your story with us . Thanks for wanting to help others avoid this situation. I am trying to make life changes at my age too and I can relate with the up and down weight and struggle with it all my life cause I definitely feel better when I am at my average about 140-150 lbs . I am probably 50 lbs overweight right now but if you are interested in learning to live a healthier lifestyle , why not try eating raw food ? I have lots of recipes on my blog and website resources you can check out . The food is really good believe it or not .

    Here are two websites
    and here you can check them out for yourself . I am just beginning and it would be nice to do this together but I am also hooked up with the awesome rawsome live food meetup . I have a badge on my blog.

    I don't know if you are familiar with Raw Food but it is a good way to lose weight. The Green Smoothie Queen also is helpful but she can be a little greedy for money it would seem since she's always charging people at a price for all her programs and I just can't afford it .

    Have you heard of Victoria Boutenko? She is the lady who started the green smoothie revolution . I love green smoothies , they are so good for you and delicious . In fact I love raw food . It tastes better than anything I've ever tasted before and the best thing is that it's healthy!

    God Bless and stay Healthy!

    ps: my 12 days to christmas cookies on my pages are all raw recipes . yum