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.