Honesty is the best policy!
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve noticed people looking at me with a little sympathy in their expressions. I had assumed it was because they knew I had been away recuperating after the Heart Attack, and they felt sorry for me.
I could understand it… if I was in their position, I’d find it difficult to know what to say. I’d probably have mixed emotions. I’d be glad they were “OK” and back at work but relieved it didn’t happen to me, and a little concerned that it could happen in the future. That made sense.
Today, someone was honest with me…
“I thought you look like you’ve lost weight because you’re really sick!”
I didn’t realise trying to get fit would result in such a harrowing experience for others! Sorry!
I feel good. Better than I have in a long time.
As I’ve said previously, I tend to lose weight in my face first, so a little weight loss may look a bit more extreme than it is in reality. I can assure you, there’s still plenty of scope for slimming down before I get anywhere near my fighting weight.
I guess it’ll just take a little time for people to get used to the new, evolving shape of me… and get comfortable with the fact I’m not just fading away!
Wake up! Wake up! Get a move on!
Before I had my Heart Attack my day started in a rush. My goal was to get to work as quickly as possible. Time was money. Every second counted.
I didn’t do breakfast.
I’d grab a coffee (and “back in the day”, a cigarette) as a “wake me up” when I arrived at the office.
I realise now that this set the rhythm of my day. I was rushing from the minute the alarm went off. This typically lasted until I’d finished work, usually a couple of hours after arriving home.
A healthy and happy start to the day!
I now have a new routine, enforced by the need to take my morning medication. After that, I sit and eat. I don’t eat anything special, fruit, yoghurt, wholemeal toast, cereal, etc. but it really sets me up for the day. The time I take to sit and eat, just a few minutes, allows me to gather my thoughts, helping establish a more sustainable rhythm for the day.
A recent study published American Heart Association journal emphasises the importance of a healthy start to the day. Men who reported missing breakfast had a 27 per cent higher risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart disease than those who reported eating a morning meal. (Click on the picture below to read more).
Breakfast, but not the healthiest option!