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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Going red

Well, now didn't this new color scheme just up and grab ya?! I should have uploaded it yesterday, since it was February 1, but better late than never. I know it's a bit garish with the purple and green, but I've got limited skillz, people. Of course, the change is in honor of February being "Go Red for Women" month!

Go Red for Women is, in my own estimation, about two things. First, it's about raising awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States (Joanne in Canada - I'm sure it's bad, too, so don't turn me off!). Second, it's about stepping up and making a pledge to keep your own heart healthy.

To those ends, here are some ideas for you:

  1. Become a fan of Go Red for Women on Facebook.
  2. Get a free red dress pin, then tell others why you're wearing it.
  3. Read the inspirational stories of others who are living with and fighting against heart disease.
  4. Participate in national Wear Red Day, this Friday, February 5.
  5. Make your cell phone Go Red, too, with wallpaper and a Go Red ringtone!
  6. Answer the casting call to become a Go Red for Women national spokesperson.
Stepping Up
  1. Take the Go Red Heart CheckUp. A few minutes of time could mean years on your life.
  2. Sign up to work toward a BetterU.
  3. Check out some new -- and delicious -- heart healthy recipes.
  4. If it's been a while, go to your doctor for a check up. Vow to know your numbers.
  5. Attend a Go Red luncheon in your area. If you attend the Indianapolis luncheon (February 26), please look for me and introduce yourself (if I don't already know you). This is no ordinary lunch, but a 1/2 day filled with workshops aimed at getting and keeping your heart healthy.
I've been really, really lucky to have been able to participate in this heart healthy challenge with my local chapter of the American Heart Association. Having access to the cardiologist, the trainers, the gym, the dietitian and the rest of our great support team has been fabulous. But don't wait for all the stars to align to set out on your path to heart health.

I was really inspired by my friend Sharon who reached her goal weight without the assistance of a team of specialists and a fabulous gym. Let Sharon inspire you, too.

Heart health is not necessarily about losing weight. It's also about good nutrition, getting enough rest and not smoking. Whatever you need to do to love your heart, I hope you do it -- today!

And if you wear red on Friday, February 5, e-mail me a pic at 4thfrog70 at gmail dot com and I'll post it here.

Oh, and I'll just leave you with a celebratory pic from the gym today:



Marine Wife said...

It's not garish. It's festive!

Eternal Lizdom said...

Good job, good job!!! Love the new pic, too! Oh lala!

How on earth are folks in Indy supposed to wear red on Friday??? Before the Super Bowl? Really? Ack!

Amy said...

Liz, I did not even think about that? Annie has a red Payton Manning ProBowl jersey. I might have to see if I can squeeze into that. Otherwise, perhaps it will be red shirts with Colts pins or hats? Or Colts jerseys with red ribbons?

Michelle said...

Hooray for your gym accomplishment!!!
And love the new picture! :)

Sharon said...

I am so touched for the link. Thank you, friend. :)
I find you to be quite inspiring, too. Half of the reason I've shredded so much lately.

LOVE the new profile pic. You can really see you've lost weight! Awesome.