It's Heart Health Day!
Our parents are our greatest teachers.
There was so much about my mom that I wanted to be like- not only who she was as a person and a mom but in how she worked.
I often hear her voice when I’m talking to my own kiddos or working on a project.
But there has always been one area where I didn’t want to be like her.
From the early age of 16, I was eager to help her get healthy.
Remember those VHS tapes with Tony Little? Yeah, I would do those with her in the living room.
And Richard Simmons!
It didn’t matter. I believe at that time she was recently diagnosed with Type II Diabetes and she was trying to work on herself and I was all in with her.
But over the years her commitment to herself took a back seat.
To life circumstances
Over the years I kept trying to help her but I really didn’t know what I was doing.
So the obvious choice for me was to change my major from Art Studio and Art History to Exercise Science and Nutrition.
She was my why
She was my everything
And anything I could learn to help her was my mission
It was this mission that I started to look at my own health habits.
I was extremely active but didn’t really think about the foods I consumed and if they were healthy or not.
I mean, I lived of off Frontier, Saggios and tacos so it couldn’t have been that bad!
Shortly after my new journey began she suffered a heart attack. 90% blockage.
2 stents and an amazing cardiologist later she was gifted 7+ more years of life.
And it was in those moments where I knew this lifestyle thing was indeed for life.
Take extra special care of your heart now and every day.
And if you need help along the way, reach out, I’m here for ya.
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