Almost two weeks ago, I wrote a post about my Nan and my quest to discover a little more about heart health.
The fact is, as I get older, I’m starting to worry a little about that old ticker…and with a family history…I worry that much more.
So, I joined the Jamieson Vitamin #ChangeofHeart challenge and have been following their daily challenges to try to educate myself and make a few changes in my life.
While the daily challenges will continue for the entire month, here are the challenges to date…
Day 1 – Tell us why you want to have a #ChangeofHeart. You’re more likely to succeed if you set a clear goal for yourself.
For me…I started the #ChangeofHeart challenge to find out a little more about heart health…and kick my butt in gear to make some changes!
Day 2 – Start your day off right and swap your bagel for a breakfast low in sugars. This morning, opt for a bowl of oatmeal and berries.
Sad to say I’m not a big breakfast eater…but I should be able to at least pile in some yogurt and berries in the morning and have done this MOST of the days since I’ve started.
Day 3 – Grab a colleague, friend or pet, and take a 10 minute walk at lunch today.
Zucchini hardly knew what hit her! We took a quick little tour around our slippery side-walked neighbourhood. I think, when the snow clears, I’ll make this part of my daily routine.
Day 4 – Try to get your 8 hours of sleep by going to bed a bit earlier than you usually do.
Sleep and I have an issue! I’ve stopped drinking caffeine after 3 to see if that will make a difference and I’ve been making my bed each morning to make things a little more comfortable.
Day 5 – Before you sip on your morning cup of java, grab a cup of green tea instead.
GREEN TEA! Ummm…I’m kind of fond of my Tetley!
Day 6 – Dessert doesn’t have to be high in sugar and refined ingredients to be delicious. Try this quick and easy heart-healthy chocolate pudding instead.
I didn’t make this. But I will. I made a chocolate cake this week though! And I drew a heart on it…does that count?
Day 7 – Remember to enjoy everything in moderation. Whether you’re relaxing at home or enjoying a night out, have no more than two alcoholic drinks.
I tend not to drink during the week at all so this isn’t a big issue for me. And…I’ve read the stories about red wine being better than white wine…so I might investigate that a little further. I’m a bit of a white wine drinker.
Day 8 – Run your errands on foot. Leave your car at home and walk to and from the grocery store, bus or train station. Or, take your car to a point that allows you to make at least 30 minutes of the trip on foot.
I’m doing this from now on. Gone are the days of searching for the closest parking spot. I’m going to park a little further away to get in a few more steps.
Day 9 – Look at your upcoming social calendar, and cancel one event.Taking some time out to relax can help reduce stress and keep your blood pressure in check.
I did have to cancel things this week…because of a cold. However, it’s incredibly true…sometimes I’m very over scheduled chasing kids and work contracts…I need to take a little time for myself.
Day 10 – Tonight, avoid eating, drinking alcohol, and doing work and chores a minimum of 3 hours before bed.
Another difficult one. I’m usually working right up until I get in bed…and quite often, working while I’m in bed. I have to do better at fitting a work day into some regular hours.
Day 11 – Swap your midday snack with this super easy, heart-healthy option instead. Just slice an avocado in half, sprinkle with fresh lime juice and ground black pepper. Enjoy!
YUM!!! I love Avocado…eating it straight up with black pepper and lime juice is a definite treat!
Day 12 – Sitting all day constricts your circulation, slows your metabolism, and puts you at risk for heart disease. Stand at every chance you get. On transit, while on the phone, even in meetings and while watching TV tonight.
I do try to get up and move around. I learned that long ago when I first started working on the computer…while it might be good for your circulation, it’s also good for you neck, your back and joints…and just your mental well being.
Day 13 – Pick up some heart-healthy dark chocolate in place of milk chocolates and candies for your sweetheart (and you too, of course!).
Ummm…dogs aren’t allowed chocolate!!
So far, I’m 13 days in and along with making a few simple changes, I’ve been taking Jamieson Vitamins OmegaRED™ Super Krill every day…hoping it will make a difference.
WIN A $200 PRIZE PACK (Including a FitBit!):
To help you get started with your own #ChangeofHeart challenge, Jamieson Vitamins is giving away a $200 Prize Package (including a Fit Bit, salad bowl, towel, sleep mask, Vitamin D, Super Krill and some tea) to TWO lucky readers!
It’s simple to enter, just fill in the form below…make sure to comment on THIS POST letting us know one of the #ChangeofHeart challenges you can incorporate into your daily routine. (Pssst, make sure to comment on the actual post, but put your NAME in the comment box on the form.)
Contest ends on February 28th, 2015. The winner will have 48 hours to respond and we’ll ship your package to you. This giveaway is open to residents of Canada, 18+ (excluding Quebec). All entries are verified.
Good luck and THANKS to Jamieson Vitamins for giving away this fantastic package! AND…for educating us on our Heart Health!