When you think of heritage, rarely is heart disease one of those things that comes to mind first. In my family, though, we have a heritage of heart disease. My Grandpa had several strokes, as well as heart attacks, in his late forties and early fifties. My Mom had her first heart attack at age 48, preceded by a stroke at age 45. Mom is now in her mid-sixties, and had a second heart attack a little over a year ago.
When Mom had her last hear attack, I knew that I better make some changes, else I would quickly follow in her footsteps. I started my own journey to fitness, and last year, I lost over sixty pounds, and felt great.
Then I injured my knee. I got frustrated because I couldn’t work out like I wanted. I started to see the scale inch upward, despite working out. I did what any normal frustrated person would do…
I quit counting calories. I quit working out. I just quit.
And I gained back part of what I lost.
I realize that winners never quit, and quitters never win. So, here I am. I am starting again. With the help of friends, I am going to do this. I am going to lose what I gained back. I am going to get to a healthy BMI. I am going to quit this heritage of heart disease!
Joining the MapMyFitness Quaker Challenge is just one of my steps towards becoming a healthier me. Now I’m curious to know, what motivates you to stay healthy?