Sometimes it seems like ten years have gone by in a blink of an eye. Wasn’t it just yesterday we brought tiny twin girls home from the hospital? Other times, it seems longer.
Yes, it took me a while to lose the 80 pounds I gained while I was pregnant. It also took a while for me to get back the strength and stamina I’d lost during my months on bed rest and to recover from heart surgery. But, I’m still here – beating the odds yet again – and I’m grateful to wake up each morning and get to hug my daughters and kiss my husband.
I have a surgically repaired heart – which means I’m always going to be at higher risk of another heart attack. Each day I try to do things to limit my risk: eating well, moving around, and keeping my stress under control. Over the years I’ve found some tricks to fitting those healthy habits into my busy life. After nearly five years of blogging – you can find most of them here.
Perhaps the biggest change for my health has been sticking to a very low salt diet. Yes, I miss the salt on the rim of my margarita and eating on the road is a challenge – but it is still a small price to pay to make sure my heart is strong.
What healthy changes have you made over the last ten years? Please leave a comment below if you’ve made a change, even a small one, based on something I’ve written or said. That would be a great anniversary gift!
Wishing us both good health in the next ten years –
Eliz Greene survived a massive heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins, struggled to lose the 80 pounds gained during her pregnancy, and searched for a way to hold on to the perspective and passion she found in her near-death experience. Drawing on her background as an adaptive movement specialist, Eliz developed simple strategies and tips to help other busy women be more active, eat better and manage your stress.
As the Director of the Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative, Eliz travels the country energizing and inspiring audiences in keynotes and workshops on women’s heart health. She writes one of the top 50 health and wellness blogs. Find more at www.EmbraceYourHeart.com.