Week 12!

When I look at this photo I posted for Week 1, I realize how much has transpired in the past 12 weeks!

Based on my health check yesterday and the profound changes I have made in my daily routine, I have made great progress!

I automatically include vegetables and fruit in every meal and I have not skipped a meal for weeks. I also integrate at least 30 min of some type of exercise or movement into my daily schedule, often more. I lost a few pounds that had congregated around my mid-section. With all of this in place, managing unexpected stress is now key to reducing my risk of heart disease, and I have learned many tools which I practice every day. As I always say to my students, “life happens.”

One thing that has really helped me recently is cultivating my sense of humor. I  laughed so hard my eyes teared when I read this: “I learned about stress management from my kids. Every night after work, I drink some chocolate milk, eat sugary cereal straight from the box, then run around the house in my underwear like a monkey” (p. 238). {From Mastering Stress 101 – A Lifestyle Approach by Barlow, Rapee & Reisner}

On a more serious note, I also appreciate the wisdom from Dick Gregory in his autobiography: “If you walk through life showing the aggravation you’ve gone through, people will feel sorry for you, and they’ll never respect you. She {his Momma} taught us that {a wo}man has two ways out in life—laughing or crying. There’s more hope in laughing” (25).

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as one of the spokeswomen for Go Red! this year with Provena and the American Heart Association. I hope to keep in contact with the great people I have met throughout this adventure.

I just purchased a Mother’s day gift online, and I look forward to attending the fabulous luncheon next Friday with one of the most important people in my life – my Mum :-).

Just in case – here is the link for further information. I hope to see everyone there!

I wish everyone many wonderful heart-healthy moments and just remember –

“This ain’t no place for the weary kind;
this ain’t no place to lose your mind.
This ain’t no place to fall behind –
pick up your crazy heart and give it one more try!”
– Lyrics sung by Bad Blake {Jeff Bridges} in Crazy Heart.

~Nina 😉

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Where does the time go???

It’s hard to believe that we have reached week 12!  I can honestly say that I have learned a lot about being heart healthy, about the other Go Red women and about myself.

I had set goals for myself and overall, I would say that I did ok.  But I had some moments that I am trying to learn from…  I know when I did not make very wise food choices…I wasn’t very kind to myself.  (And that is definitely not helpful.) So, I tried to focus on moving forward from those moments.  I know that stress is a key factor for going backwards and I am still trying to figure out better ways to cope . On the other hand,  I have found joy in being physically active…exercising!  It’s kind of like a game where I can steal some time away for me.  Those moments are precious and it gives me a chance to reconnect with myself…so, I can refocus and  get on with all the other things that I need to accomplish.

Hooray for the Go Red Challenge!  Mary Beth 🙂

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No way – Week 11 already?!

I am really in disbelief that we are in Week 11 already! I wish we had more time – it has flown by so fast! I am doing pretty well with most of my goals — but still have {as the experts would so diplomatically word) “room for improvement.” 😉

I just read this short article — please click here –– it is really worth it everyone! I have been sharing this research with colleagues, family and friends and over one year ago requested a sit/stand work station for my office 😉

I look forward to our meeting this evening and seeing everyone!

Best to all and Happy – even-in-the-rain – Monday!


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It’s official week 9 and week 10 have morphed together!!!

I don’t know how it happened.   First, I am working on week #9’s lesson on the BetterU site and “BAM”!  The next thing I know it’s the middle of week #10!!?!? 

I admit it’s been a rough couple of weeks with… trying to maintain my focus on kids, healthy eating, excercise, school lesson & paperwork, home tasks and much, much more!  I know that I have been hard on myself and giving myself a lovely guilt trip about my eating habits…YES, I do know that doesn’t help!  I know I need to look at the positive … I did keep up with…EXERCISE.  Ahh, yes, my sweet relief!  I love it!  It’s an ideal mental break for my brain and it enables me to change gears to regain my focus.  I really crave this time!

…now I need to figure out how to do that consistently with my eating habits.  ( I will get there!) 

Fortunately, for me, I have the drive to bounce back and keeping chugging along…

This week, I have learned when things get very, very hectic…it is essential for me to stop and take a few minutes and plan a well balanced meal.

Happy days!  Mary Beth 🙂

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Week 10

Greetings everyone!

It is so nice that the sun is shining today – don’t you think?! I managed to squeeze in a pleasant morning walk and hope I can get out again this evening.

This week our material covered genetic disposition and the significance of the choices we make. Frankly, I just came back from an appointment with a pediatric cardiologist and I have been giving this great thought – not only for myself but for my entire extended family, and all the young people I have worked with over the years!

This is a great resource – check it out 🙂

I just made smoothies with frozen berries, plain yogurt, Stevia, lowfat, low sugar ice cream and a fresh pot of soup is simmering downstairs for the next course. I enjoy the challenge of examining and improving my daily intake, and I can’t wait to see everyone again to tell you’all a real funny story – a tale from the field of culinary choices!

I hope everyone is having a great week.


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End of Week 9

Dr. Duly and Co

Is this the end of week 9 already?! Whew! How time flies when you are . . .

I have had quite a few surprises this week — and many deadlines to meet. I still squeezed in a bit of time to read more about some of the topics covered in our weekly materials and would like to share these with you’all {I lived in VA once upon a time 🙂 }

The power of small changes


 Tips for Slimming


The Power of Whole Grains – Dropping More Body Fat


Type 2 Diabetes


I found this info helpful and hope you’all do too. I look forward to our next meeting and a chance to catch up with everyone!

I wish everyone a pleasant weekend!


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Week #8…

Chug, chug, chug…chugging along!

All aboard…

During this week, our Go Red team had a group meeting.  It was sooo good to see everyone again!  All of us shared  a little bit about our experiences so far as well the goals that we have set for ourselves.   It was very interesting to listen to each person and hear their perspective on this Go Red challenge.  At times, it was very comforting to hear that many of us had similar struggles/challenges.  Everyone shared our thoughts with each other to help problem solve or just gain a new perspective on “things”.  I loved it!

As I  was walking home that night, I began to get re-energized  and certainly re-focused!  What an amazing group of women!  I can’t wait to learn more from them!

These ladies rock!

Happy days!  Mary Beth 🙂

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