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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Wake up call...

I was wondering what to publish in a blog and have decided to make this one, my first one.

"A person's risk of developing heart failure is inversely related to their level of physical activity. Those who achieved at least 500 MET-minutes/week (the recommended minimum by U.S. guidelines) had lower heart failure risk than individuals who did not report exercising during their free time; the reduction in heart failure risk was even greater in those who engaged in higher levels of physical activity than the recommended minimum." -wikipedia.org

So why am I bringing this up?

I got a call today that my Dad is dying from heart failure. He has suffered countless strokes and heart attacks. His condition is getting worse daily and his quality of life is taking a turn for the worse. He spent his entire adult life smoking, drinking, and putting on the pounds. Since I have a similar health risk and have already suffered a heart attack, I am highly motivated to get fit and stay in shape. This is why I am here at SparkPeople. To whip myself back into shape, and it's working.

I know I won't last forever, but at least I can take steps to improve my quality of life. I do this for me, myself, and I. I also do this for my family as I know they want me to stick around for as long as possible.

All I can really say is, Keep *SPARKING*!
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  • no profile photo CD3409143
    Sorry to hear about your Dad.I actually just lost my Mom September 02 to the very same disease.
    1378 days ago
    Thanks for posting this message, though it is surely difficult. I just went to your home page to welcome you to the Rowdy Rebels and "met" a determined and enthusiastic Sparkperson. You are SO on the right track, and I'm glad you'll be on our flight! Blessings! emoticon (for "Still Becoming our best selves)
    1494 days ago
    Sorry about your dad and sorry you've experienced a heart attack yourself. I'm glad you have the oppurtuniy for another chance.

    Weight loss is slow for me and I hate exercising so it's all I can do to make myself do it even tho I know I need it and it's good for me. SP are doing their best to motivate me. This challenge is so important ti me cause I feel its going to keep me honest about exercising .

    I'm 64 and have been over weight and lazy my entire life. Oh I've tried and failed many diets so SP is my lifestyle change and this journey is for life for me. I will either succeed or die trying (whichever comes first). I even played the $30 for lifetime membership. Can't find better deal than that.

    I hope you will find the support, encouragement and many friends here on SP. Have a wonderful journey and let's board that plane. emoticon

    God bless you.
    1495 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13772741
    Not the best way to get the wakeup call, but glad you've decided to listen to it. A little stronger every day. Every day a little better than the last.
    1495 days ago
    So sorry to hear about your dad.We are here for similar reasons. it's all about the quality of life. I wish you the best on your health and wellness journey.
    1495 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Welcome to SparkPeople. We are all here for the same reason, no matter what our personal story is. We are here to help each other to get to that healthy point we want to be in our lives. It is not going to be easy, but it is attainable. Make small goals and they will lead to big successes. You have to make you #1 and tell yourself that you are worth it. If you don't take care of yourself you can't take care of anyone else. If I can help in anyway, feel free to reach out to me! Try to change your attitude that you won't be here forever, to you are going to be the best you ever. This is not a diet but life style change to become the best you ever! You can do it! We are here to help! Welcome and get active on this site. emoticon
    1495 days ago
    Sorry about your dad, you can do this.
    1495 days ago
    Sorry to learn about your dad, but good for you for listening to that wake up call.
    1495 days ago
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