Walking To Prevent Heart Diease

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This week’s American Heart theme is to move more. Move more and sit less! Building into daily activity is one step at a time. Walking is one of the easiest ways to move more! For most people, it’s safe, easy to stick with, and low- or no-cost. It doesn’t require any special skills or equipment. For such a simple activity, it has so many benefits.

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. That is 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.

If it’s been awhile since you been active, simply start walking. Park further away to increase your daily steps. Grab a friend or family member and go for a walk. Start slow but also listen to your body, if are experience any discomfort, stop and discuss with your doctor. Other non-impact exercise is swimming and cycling to incorporate into moving more.

Research has shown that walking at a lively pace at least 150 minutes a week can help you:

  • Think better, feel better and sleep better.
  • Reduce your risk of serious diseases like heart disease, stroke, diabetes and several types of cancer.
  • Improve your blood pressure, blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels.
  • Increase your energy and stamina.
  • Improve your mental and emotional well-being and and reduce risk of depression.
  • Improve memory and reduce your risk of dementia.
  • Boost bone strength and reduce your risk of osteoporosis.
  • Prevent weight gain

American Heart has a great article “why is Walking the Most Popular form of Exercise”. Which provides additional resources.

Want to create your own walking club American Heart has a article on this topic. Start or Join a Walking Club

Adding a pedometer is a great tool to help increase those steps. Pedometers aren’t 100% accurate but I believe it’s a great tool to help gauge your daily steps and set goals week to week to increase your weekly average steps. I love my Fitbit but here are some other budget friendly watches

Letsfit Fitness Tracker HR, Activity Tracker Watch with Heart Rate Monitor, IP67 Water Standard Smart Bracelet with Calorie Counter Pedometer Watch for Kids Women Men
Lintelek Fitness Tracker, Slim Activity Tracker with Heart Rate Monitor, IP67 Waterproof Step Counter, Calorie Counter, Pedometer for Kids, Women, Men and Gift
Fitbit Inspire HR Heart Rate & Fitness Tracker, One Size (S & L bands included)

Unique Valentine Gift for Your Single Friends

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On the hunt for that perfect valentine gift for your single friends? Well what about the girlfriend or boyfriend pillow! Or better yet, buy this for yourself for when your significant other is away or this could be a perfect gag gift!

“Perhaps your partner travels on business often or works the opposite shift as you. Just spray the t-shirt cover with his preferred scent and it’s almost like he never left!”

Amazon product description

Boyfriend Pillow
Girlfriend Body Pillow Pink
Muscle Man Pillow
Watch the information below!

Colorado Sunset 2.1.2020

Colorado put on a amazing show as we needed our first day in February. I captured a video, it’s breathtaking. Stand in silence, look around, and be gratiful for another being given another day here on earth. Hug your loved ones and tell them you love them!

Check out my Instagram posts below.

Join the #OurHearts Movement

#OurHearts is an inspiring way for The Heart Truth®to get people across the country to join together with friends, family, coworkers and others in their community to prevent heart disease.

Heart disease was one of my families #1 killer along side diabetes. My dad had both. My dad’s passed away due to congestive heart failure (CHF) and an ejection fraction (EF) of 25%. Granted he had another diagnosis which exacerbated his CHF but his death was related to his heart disease.

The words can be misleading. “Heart Failure” doesn’t mean the heart has stopped working. It means it can’t pump properly—so it doesn’t fully support the body’s need for blood and oxygen. Heart Failure is a chronic condition that worsens over time and can lead to hospitalization and even death. Annually, more than 900,000 hospitalizations have a primary diagnosis of Heart Failure—that’s nearly 2 hospitalizations every minute.

Keep It Pumping,

My dad had a long history of heart related diagnosis’s. Heart attack in his early 50’s, triple heart bypass, multiple stents, CHF, and the list goes on. But I will never forget the day we were told his EF was at 25%, as a nurse my heart sunk I knew what this meant. But my world was crushed when we were told a EF of less than 30% means hospice care. Means there was nothing more they can do. My dad always had a saying, “I have one foot in the grave and one on a banana peel” and well I guess this is it.

I will never forget the fear in his eyes as we moved through the transition into hospice. My hero was dying and now it was time to make his last journey on earth peaceful and painless.

Being a women approaching my 50’s within a few years, I realize due to family genetics and being a women, I have a high risk of an attack. I make every effort to exercise, rest, reduce stress and eat healthy. Am I perfect, no but I try.

I am trying to fight against my family history of heart disease and hope I can change our family story.

The first step in fighting against heart disease is education and awareness, why I have made February my mission to help spread the word about #ourheart.

What Are Your Risk Factors for Heart Disease?

The information in this section came from National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), click on the hyperlink to go learn more.

Risk factors are conditions or habits that make a person more likely to develop a disease. They can also increase the chances that an existing disease will get worse. Important risk factors for heart disease are:

Some risk factors, such as age and family history of early heart disease, can’t be changed.

For women, age becomes a risk factor at 55. After menopause, women are more apt to get heart disease, in part because their body’s production of estrogen drops. Women who have gone through early menopause, either naturally or because they have had a hysterectomy, are twice as likely to develop heart disease as women of the same age who have not yet gone through menopause. Another reason for the increasing risk is that middle age is a time when women tend to develop risk factors for heart disease.

Family history of early heart disease is another risk factor that can’t be changed. If your father or brother had a heart attack before age 55, or if your mother or sister had one before age 65, you are more likely to get heart disease yourself. Preeclampsia is another heart disease risk factor that you can’t control. However, if you’ve had the condition, you should take extra care to try to control other heart disease risk factors.

Being more physically active and eating a healthy diet are important steps for your heart health. You can make the changes gradually, one at a time. But making them is very important.

You may wonder: If I have just one risk factor for heart disease—say, I’m overweight or I have high blood cholesterol—aren’t I more or less “safe”? Absolutely not. Each risk factor greatly increases a woman’s chance of developing heart disease. But having more than one risk factor is especially serious, because risk factors tend to “gang up” and worsen each other’s effects. So, the message is clear: Every woman needs to take her heart disease risk seriously—and take action now to reduce that risk.

My Message:

As a women, we tend to neglect ourselves because we are so busy taking care of others. We don’t have time to exercise or make time for your annual physical with your doctor. We are exhausted but keep going, chasing kids, parenting teenagers, working, cooking, caring for our parents, and etc. The list goes on, right?

Women your health is important! Find ways to add healthy habits into your lives. Find ways to relax and reduce stress, here is a great link to American Heart Association in reducing stress. Make 2020 about a healthier you!

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“Love is the capacity to take care, to protect, to nourish. If you are not capable of generatng that kind of energy toward yourself – if you are not capable of taking care of yourself, of nourishing yourself, of protecting yourself – it is very difficult to take care of another person. In the Buddhist teaching, it’s clear that to love oneself is the foundation of the love of other people. Love is a practice. Love is truly a practice.” ~ Nhat Hanh

Research has shown that having social support and personal networks makes getting regular physical activity, eating healthy, managing stress, and quitting smoking easier. During American Heart Month, assemble your squad and use #OurHearts to share how you’re working together to be heart healthy. NHLBI

Gather your family and friends, make a commitment to make some changes to prevent heart disease.

Please check these amazing resources.

  • Keep it Pumping – To learn more about CHF
  • NHLBI – Join the #OurHearts movement
  • NHLBI – Education and Awareness programs
  • NHLBI – Want to know the number of people affected by heart diease in your state
  • Skinny Taste – I find this site helpful in finding healthy recipes based on your nutritional needs and also provides weekly meal plans which is half the battle.
  • Go Red for Women – Learn more about women’s heart awareness
  • American Heart Association – Women’s health

Dedicating this page to my hero…..my DAD

Wine and Cards Against Humanity Night

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I hosted a wine and Cards Against Humanity night. But is the reality, see my Instagram post below. Amazon also offers expansion packs to add to our current Cards Against Humanity game

Overall, we had an amazing night. Many moments of laughing until you cried. What a great combination event to do with your close friends and family. This party was a hit!!!

For the party, I served nuts, variety Bella Rosa European cheese, apple slices and caramel, grapes, variety salami, and crackers. I provided the two wines below.

Pairs well with cheese and fruit. Dry but yet slightly sweet
I personally didn’t have an opportunity to turn but from those who did loved it.

Camera Sling Packs – My three top picks

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Anyone who has a camera back pack understands the frustration of having to remove your pack to access your gear. It’s frustrating and can be cumbersome when you are trying to capture that unexpected photo opportunity, and then your really upset when you missed the shot! UGH Who hasn’t been in that situation?

Since I am in the market in replacing my 13 year old day pack, I thought I should considered a sling pack instead. My current pack, although 13 years old has held up very well I am seeking a sling bag for convenience and easy access to my camera.

My old pack

My top two picks is the Altura Photo Camera Sling Backpack Bag and the Lowepro Passport Sling III – A Protective Sling Bag for a Compact DSLR or CSC. The gear is easily accessible and based on the measurements would fit the gear I use when out walking around and attempting to capture that perfect photo.

Altura Photo Camera Sling Backpack Bag for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras (Canon Nikon Sony Pentax)

Features
- Curved, padded sling strap allows bag to rotate to front of body without removing
- Designed to fit DSLR cameras and lenses, mirrorless cameras, DJI Mavic Pro Drone and accessories
- Side-zippered main compartment with customizable, sturdy, padded dividers
- Top compartment for flashes and other shooting essentials
- Mesh interior pockets for smaller items
- Tripod/monopod holder on exterior
- Dimensions: 8.5" x 5.5" x 16" (LxWxH)
Altura Photo Camera Sling Backpack Bag for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras (Canon Nikon Sony Pentax)

Lowepro Passport Sling III – A Protective Sling Bag for a Compact DSLR or CSCFits Gear: CSC (such as Sony NEX 6 or similar) OR compact DSLR (such as Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm lens) ; Extra lens or flash ; Tablet ; Smartphone; Personal items. This one even has a pocket for a water bottle. Dimensions: 17.3 x 5.7 x 16.1 inches. Space for your camera. Space for your personal gear. Space for your tablet. That’s what you get with the discreet, protective and versatile Passport Sling III. The impact-resistant, removable camera insert adjusts to fit a compact DSLR or CSC, and the expandable compartment increases interior storage by 30% with a quick unzipping. The CradleFit System tablet pocket with floating-foam construction suspends and protects your device within the pack, while the interior zip mesh pocket secures smaller items within bag. The adjustable shoulder strap with cam lock buckle and removable shoulder pad allows for extra wearing comfort. The outer pockets are roomy enough to store water bottle or other quick-grab items. The Passport Sling III fits a CSC (such as Sony NEX 6 or similar) or compact DSLR (such as Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm lens), extra lens or flash, tablet, smartphone and personal items. – Information copied from product company

Next is Paul lightweight sling is great if you are wanting to carry your tripod and are not need a lot of space

The DSLR Camera Bag Waterproof Camera Sling Backpack with Rain Cover Outdoor Travel Backpack Camera Bag Case for Laptop Canon Nikon Sony Pentax DSLR Cameras,Lens,Tripod and Accessories – ◆Multi compartments to keep things organized: This camera Sling backpack provides spacious room for handy storage and convenient organization. Inner camera bag size: 9. 4*5. 5*14. 2in, Fits 1 camera body, 2 lenses, Chargers and accessories; The front Velcro pocket for your memory cards, batteries and small things; 1 side mesh pocket for water bottle, the other side pocket for your phone up to 6″; the back pocket for mini iPad up to 9. 7″; the tripod can be fixed at the bottom detachable strap.◆Well made to offer premium protection: The DSLR camera bag is made from highly dense nylon material which is dustproof, waterproof, anti-pressure, reinforced stitching at stress points, smoothly track Dual metal zippers and the padding on this sling backpack is super thick to fully protect the camera, lens, laptop from accidental shocks and scratches. The included waterproof rain cover which stored in the back bottom pocket to protect the sling camera backpack from heavy rain.◆Adjustable padded dividers to fit your needs: The inside padded dividers of the sling camera bag is adjustable to suite the layout your want, fit all kinds of DSLR camera body, camera lens, battery and other accessories. You could also take the cushioned dividers out to convert the DSLR camera Sling backpack into leisure outdoor travel backpack bag to storing your various daily objects such as iPad, umbrella, cellphones, wallets and other daily necessities.◆Padded shoulder strap for comfortable fit: adjustable soft padded CROSSBODY shoulder strap provides a comfortable fit for wide range of people sizes, makes this sling camera backpack with laptop compartment suitable for men and women At any ages. The extra detachable chest strap adds stability for your gear by minimizing camera movement during activity. Breathable mesh cotton back support to keep your back cool and dry.◆100% Satisfied: zipper with thickened metal, high dense & Scratch-resistant & waterproof nylon material, strong stitching at stress points will you a perfect protection of your camera and accessories. We believe our camera case is the best out there and that you will be 100% satisfied with it. If the waterproof camera bag could not meet your expectations. Information copied from product company.

I am leaning more toward the Lowepro Passport because it offers more space and its expandable. I can carry a few additional personal items which is important to me since I tend to use my current camera backpack as a purse to hold my cell, keys, and sunglass, which is a must have feature for me.

Subscription Gift Ideas for Her

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Amazon subscription gift ideas for her birthday, anniversary, or Valentines just around the corner. The perfect idea for gift giving all year around.

TheraBox – Self Care Subscription Box




Skivvie NIX Box – Underwear Subscription Box: Rump Roast


Sock Fancy – Surprise Pair of Socks Subscription: Crew Socks

BRĀV BOX – Premium Healthy Snack Subscription Box – Giving back to Veterans/Military

Healthy VEGAN Snacks Care Package: Plant-based, Non-GMO, Vegan Jerky, Snack Bars, Protein Cookies, Crispy Fruit, Nuts, Healthy Gift Basket Alternative, Snack Variety Pack, College Student Care Package

Amazon Valentine Ideas – 2020

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Found some great Valentine ideas gifts for the wine or whiskey lover in your life and wanted to share my Amazon finds. My two top favorites are the Champagne Confetti Fashion Pink Glitter Tapered Zinc Wine Accessory Set of 3 and WHISKEY STONES STAINLESS STEEL FOOTBALLS SET OF 6 IN A LUXURY BOX Reusable Chilling Rocks Stone Ice Cubes Beer, Wine Chillers. Cool Birthday Gift Sets for Him Man Father’s day Dad or Rugby Sports Fan.

Champagne Confetti Fashion Pink Glitter Tapered Zinc Wine Accessory Set of 3

Barluxia Wine Tumbler with Lid Set of Two – 12oz Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Stemless Wine Glasses with Lids, Straws, Straw Cleaner, Wine Cubes & Travel Pouches in Bamboo Gift Box (White Glitter)

PortoVino DayPack (Black), Backpack with 1.5 liter party pouch reservoir
PortoVino City Wine Purse (Pink) – Fashionable Wine Tote with Hidden, Insulated Compartment, Holds 2 Bottles of Wine!
Solander Skelf Bamboo Cheese Board with Drawer & 4 Stainless Steel Cheese Knives Luxury Set | Deluxe Extra Spaces Serving Board Slide-Out & Utensils Gift Set | Extensive Serving Set Large 100% Bamboo
Wine Carrier Bag With 2 Stainless Steel Wine Tumblers With Lid – Insulated Leather Wine Bottle Carrier Bag With Adjustable Shoulder Strap | Best Wine Gifts for Women and Men – Picnic and Travel Tote

Barluxia Stainless Steel Ice Cube Gift Set of 8 Polygon Reusable Metal Ice Cubes, Ice Tongs & Storage Tray – Whiskey Rocks/Chilling Stones for Whiskey, Wine, Cocktails or any Drinks

Whiskey Stones and Drinking Glasses Gift Set – 8 Granite Chilling Stones, 2 Premium 9 Ounce Whiskey Glasses, Display Case, Chills Drink, No Dilution, Perfect Birthday Gift for Him or Barware Accessory
WHISKEY STONES STAINLESS STEEL FOOTBALLS SET OF 6 IN A LUXURY BOX Reusable Chilling Rocks Stone Ice Cubes Beer, Wine Chillers. Cool Birthday Gift Sets for Him Man Father’s day Dad or Rugby Sports Fan.

Craft Night – Paper Flower Shadow Boxes and Wine

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What did I do this weekend: Well take a look, from my Instagram post, it appears I was drinking wine, making paper flowers and shadow boxes.

Here is a list of some great DIY Blogs I found on Pinterest which helped me create the one below:

Cricut current sales valid through 1/28. save 20% off mats. Save 30% off Craft tools. Save 30% paper. Save 50% off EasyPress Totes. Save 30% off vinyl. Save $20 on Cricut Explore Air 2 Machines. ~Remember deals only valid through 1/28.