Category: Lifestyle

When Things Go Very Wrong.

Wouldn’t it be nice if every decision you made, every change you experienced and absolutely everything else you ever did, was right?  In other words, perfect, high-five, fantastic, ideal.Life would be a whole lot easier wouldn’t it?I’m not going to lie, the moment you realize you made a mistake, a bad choice, went in the wrong direction — to put it bluntly — SUCKS.Whether you allowed a less-than-ideal client to sneak it; didn’t make the room look quite as perfect as you wanted it to; or trusted the wrong person to support you; the feeling that something has gone wrong can throw you off your game.

You trusted your gut, your intuition, you were absolutely sure that this was the right thing to do and what did that get you?  It got you a big fat problem, aka a collection of things that suck.

The good news is that there is a solution.  It’s one that works even when you’re tired, overwhelmed and ready to give up.

Do something else.

Change your mind.

Make a new decision.

Look at it this way.  Now that you know what you don’t want, you’re one step closer to getting exactly what you do.

Even if you’ve made the same mistake before, obviously, you didn’t learn what you were supposed to the first time which is why this is happening again.  That seemingly bad decision, change or choice was actually just information, information that you can use to change course.

Because if you’re absolutely sure that you’re supposed to do, be or have something and that desire is coming from deep inside of you, often inexplicably, then trust that you are.  Believe it or not but that thing that went wrong is actually trying to get you closer to doing, being and having.So on those days when you feel like you might as well give up, remember that what went wrong is trying to show you how you’re getting in your own way so that next time, you can get it right.

Aren’t I Too Young For A Heart Attack?

I recently read an article by a 37-year-old woman who was experiencing symptoms of severe heart problems but was repeatedly misdiagnosed by doctors who never tested her for cardiac issues.

She was thin and athletic, after-all. Her extreme shortness of breath, dizziness and weakness were attributed to an allergy, asthma or anxiety by various doctors and emergency room staff. Even after an EKG showed she had had a heart attack, a hospital cardiologist dismissed it as a false positive. Only after she insisted did her regular doctor put her through extensive tests and discovered she not only had had a heart attack but was suffering from a serious, life-threatening condition as a result of not having been treated.

We think of heart disease as a “man’s” disease or one more likely to occur over age 65. Yet, each year in the United States, about 9,000 women under age 45 have heart attacks.

Many younger women, in particular, don’t believe they are having a heart attack. This is partially due to the fact that the symptoms in women are different from the chest pain associated with heart attacks in men. Women are more likely to experience a feeling of indigestion or burning, tightness and pain in the jaw or arm, shortness of breath or extreme fatigue.

Unfortunately, several studies have shown that women do not get the same care and treatment as men after being diagnosed with heart disease and are more likely to die as a result.

Control your risk factors

Your chances of having a heart attack or stroke in your lifetime depends on certain risk factors you have at age 45. Women with two risk factors – elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or smoking – have about a 30 percent chance, according to a study conducted at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Obesity and lack of exercise further increase your risk. The American Heart Association notes that if you can avoid the conditions that put you at risk for heart disease until you turn 50, chances are good that you may never develop it.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in America. The time to take your heart health seriously is now. Eat right, maintain a healthy weight and stay physically active. Plus, begin tracking your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, so that you can be treated early if need be, particularly if there’s a history of diabetes or cardiovascular disease in your family. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends you start getting your cholesterol checked at age 20.

February is American Heart Month. To learn more about cardiovascular disease, visit the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women website.

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Can’t Lose Weight? Eat More.

According to a recent study, overweight adults eat less often than people with normal body weight but take in more calories. They are also less active over the course of the day. Findings published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association support this saying that normal weight adults, including those who had lost a lot of weight and kept it off, ate more often.

Assistant professor and lead researcher Jessica Bachman in the department Nutrition and Dietetics at Marywood University in Pennsylvania, says that more than 60 percent of U.S. residents are obese or overweight. The relationship between the number of meals people eat each day and the ability to maintain weight loss, however, has remained unclear.

Bachman’s team followed about 250 people for a year, analyzing data collected in two large studies. On average, the normal weight subjects ate three meals and a little over two snacks each day, whereas the overweight group averaged three meals and just over one snack a day. People who maintained their weight after weight loss, consumed an average of 1,800 calories a day while normal and overweight subjects took in 1,900 and more than 2,000 calories a day respectively.

What you can learn? Don’t wait more than 10 hours to eat a meal. Snacking at least twice a day. It may help to prevent weight gain by staving off intense hunger.