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Wakeup Call: Heart Attack

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A close friend, someone I've known for 2 1/2 decades, had a mild heart attack several days ago. I think we say 'mild' just because it softens the blow a little. She had a heart attack. Mild or not, its pretty serious stuff! A real eye opener.

My friend is young - she'll be 38 next month - and has kids ranging in age from 5 to 18. She is very much overweight, and has not been in the habit of putting any priority into taking care of herself in ages. Now that has to change. She told me the hardest part is going to be 'the diet'. Taking pills is easy, of course. Changing lifestyle: not so much. I reminded her of a pretty good motivating factor... The desire to live. The desire to see her 5 year old daughter enter her teens, her 20's and beyond.

She is to stay at/under 1600 calories per day. Doctor's orders. I put together a list of tips, ideas, meal suggestions and sent them her way. Perhaps it will help her get off to a good start on changing her eating patterns. I imagine they will have her add in exercise soon - but for now she is to take it easy.

I intend to stay in constant touch, and lead by example. Kind of encourages me to keep doing the right things, and makes me glad I decided to make positive changes to my life before I absolutely had to.
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  • READNKNIT
    Get her started on sparkpeople! She won't feel so alone that way! You're a great friend to do so much of this for her!
    3654 days ago
  • STACI_HEREFORME
    Amen on portion sizes... I suggested she get a scale. Maybe I'll send one her way actually - I am not sure its something she would bother with on her own.
    3654 days ago
  • SRAGEE1972
    Good luck with your friend, I hope she gets well for herself and her children.
    3654 days ago
  • CALIKIKI
    Send her information on portion sizes too. That is most important when relearning how to live after a heart attack. I learned that with my mom.

    Best of luck to your friend!
    3654 days ago
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