As a mother of three children, ages eight months, three, and 10, I have two simple messages for women who are struggling to make health changes: No more guilt. No more excuses.
My wake-up call came a few years ago, after a physical when my doctor warned me that I needed to make changes if I wanted to live long enough to see my children grow and meet my grandchildren. Getting healthier became even more important last year after my father passed away from a heart attack.
My father died before he was able to meet my youngest child and I really struggle with that. I was passionate about this topic before because of my own health issues, and now, I am on a mission to help stop heart disease.
MY JOURNEY TO A HEALTHY HEART & LONGER LIFE My journey to better health began after my second child was born in 2010. I was extremely overweight and battling high cholesterol. My shame about my appearance combined with my doctor’s recommendation that I take cholesterol medication made me realize it was time to change. I asked myself at that point: “Why would I take medication for something that I knew I could control with diet and exercise?”