Monthly Archives: November 2014

Inspirational Words

I don’t normally buy decor for my home that contains quotes and words of inspiration, but I saw this today and thought it was just too perfect.


I love that “heart” and “life” are the core of this quote and seem to carry a whole new meaning for me.

This is now hanging in my bedroom where I can read it before I go to sleep at night and when I wake up first thing in the morning.

Good words for me to live my life by now!

Oh, and if you’d like to get one for yourself…”I got it at Target; it was on sale”.  (No, really, it was.  lol.  A little Ricky Bobby humor for those of you who are fans.)



My Favorite Holiday Beverage

As I was strolling through the grocery store today, I noticed that the milk coolers were stocked full of my favorite holiday beverage…Egg Nog!

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Oh, how I’m going to miss this.  Let’s see…what’s wrong with it, you ask?  Oh, just the fact that it’s dairy and egg yolks!!!  NOOOOOO!!!!!  I don’t know how I will make it through the holiday season without Egg Nog.  It’s usually a staple in my refrigerator starting about this time of year all the way until the last jug is available in the grocery store in January. I’m so sad.

Christmas Day will be my December cheat day, so I will allow myself to divulge in my favorite beverage on that day only (the lowfat option).

But in the meantime, I also found THIS in the milk coolers…Silk Holiday Nog.  Not as thick or as creamy or as “bad” as Egg Nog, but this will have to satisfy my taste buds for now.  And it is dairy-free and egg-free!

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What is your favorite holiday beverage?

What a Healthy Weekend!

I feel like I’ve had a healthy weekend yesterday and today!

On Saturday, I woke up, let the dogs out, changed into my workout clothes, and went running/walking in my neighborhood for 30 minutes.  I did this before I could talk myself out of it or before I could talk myself into saving it until later in the day.  Afterwards, I drank a bottled water and went out to breakfast to this super cute local diner called “Nothing Fancy Cafe”.  For the first time ever, I ordered an omelette!  I know, I’ve always been an old-fashioned eggs girl (scrambled, over easy, or over hard), so this was totally new for me.  I realize I’m a little late to the party.  I ordered an egg white veggie omelette (contained onions, tomatoes, spinach, and bell peppers) with no cheese.  This came with 2 sides, and I selected fresh fruit cup and dry whole wheat toast.  YUMMY!!!  It was so good!  I actually made a sandwich out of the omelette and the toast, and it was scrumptulicious (my own word).  My breakfast was so good and filling that I didn’t even get hungry again until 6 hours later!

On Sunday morning (today), I weighed myself and lost 1 pound!  Not sure it will last, but it certainly motivated me to quickly put on my workout clothes and go running/walking in the neighborhood again for 30 minutes!  Yay!  Workout done and over with at the start of the day!!  Afterwards, I went back to the diner and ordered the exact same breakfast.  Super YUMMM!

I won’t be able to to keep this up everyday (I’m on a budget), but I feel like I’ve been super healthy this weekend as a result!  And I’ve realized that I love egg white veggie omelettes!

What heart-healthy choices have you made this weekend?

Go Wild


This is what I’m currently reading, and so far, it’s really good.    It is about the evolution of our civilization and how our bodies have not yet evolved to fit the modern lifestyle.  I’ve always been a big believer in a lot of the theories presented in this book, and I firmly believe that many of today’s ailments (heart disease, cancer, etc) are a result of how our civilization has evolved.

I’m hoping that it inspires me to eat and live better…or at least make a gallant effort.  I’ll be sure to write more when I’ve completed the book and will let you know what changes I’ve made.

My Social Support Network

Social support is so important after a heart attack.  I wanted to take a moment to recognize a few friends and family in my social support network and how they’ve helped me.  And I want to thank everyone who has been there for me, supported me, listened to me, and prayed for me.



They spent every single night in the hospital with me…sleeping on a cot or in an uncomfortable chair.  My mom fed and let my dogs out twice a day every single day.  When I was released from the hospital, my parents insisted that I stay with them for a while before returning home.  I stayed with them for about a week and a half, and during this time, my mom cooked whatever I wanted every single day.  It was quite the experiment because I was trying to be “vegan pescetarian” at that time, so we did a lot of research on recipes.  When I finally returned home, my parents brought me lunch and dinner every single day for almost 2 weeks!  Once again, my mom cooked whatever I wanted.  I am very lucky that they live so close and were able to help me through all of this.  My dad is also a survivor – he had quadruple bypass surgery about 7 years ago – so he can relate to what I’m going through, which has really been helpful.



They live close by, as well, and they’ve been great from making me laugh in the hospital to making me laugh in recovery.  We occasionally go out to eat together or they get me out of the house for a movie.  They’re so much fun!


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Two of my best friends, Kim and Chrissey, have been there for me from the beginning…literally.  They actually drove me to the hospital and spent the first couple of nights in the waiting room with my family while I was in ICU, brought me TONS of flowers and balloons to brighten up my hospital room, played games with me, provided comic relief for my parents, and have all around been such a great support system for me and my family.  I don’t know what I would do without them!!  Seriously.


One of my best friends from college, Shay, has also been AUsome (lol)!  From entertaining me for a few days on my first “vacation” post-heart attack, taking me kayaking for the first time since I was like 10, to always being a phone call away when I need someone to talk to.  She always lifts my spirits and makes me smile.

Two of my best friends, Jennifer (from high school) and Kim (from college), also made the multi-state drive from Texas and Alabama, respectively, to visit me in the hospital.  That meant the world to me! It was so special to spend time with great friends during the scariest time in my life.  I so appreciate ALL of my friends.



These two!  Kenobi (the German Shepherd mix) and Mace Windu (the Terrier mix) are my life.  I credit them with much of my recovery in the beginning.  When I was at my parents’ house, I was in bed or on the couch most of the time and was excited to walk across the street to the mailbox for exercise each day.  As soon as I came home to my house, there was no more sitting around for me, no matter how fatigued I was.  Kenobi and Mace were so excited to see me that they always wanted to play or love on me, they constantly had to go outside to go to the bathroom, and always needed their food or water dish refilled.  This kept me busy getting up and sitting back down, getting up and sitting back down, getting up and sitting back down; and I think this helped build my strength quicker than if I had stayed at my parents’ for longer.

My social support network has been incredible and has stretched around the world with friends and family.  I didn’t list everyone here.  Now that I am meeting other heart attack survivors like me, I feel that my social support network is growing!  Surrounding myself with all of these people has truly been a blessing and has helped me in more ways than they will ever know.  



Side Effects

I’m on so many medications that honestly, I confess, I have not read all of the side effects and warnings for each and every single one.  Normally, this is something that I would do any time I was prescribed a new medication.  But since all of these meds came at one time, and it was a little overwhelming, I figured if I read ALL of the side effects, I would become even more paranoid about every little thing I felt.

I have had a few “side effects” that I think I can attribute to my new meds.  Some of these I’ve looked up, some of these I have not.

One that I have looked up is the fact that my hair is falling out!  Seriously!  I’ve noticed for the past month or two that my pony tail was much thinner than normal, and I quit wearing my hair in a pony tail because it looked so bad.  The last few weeks, I’ve noticed that when washing my hair (I don’t wash my hair everyday), clumps are falling out!  It’s so super gross.  Especially since I have a phobia to detached hair (could that be a side effect?  Because this phobia has gotten so much worse in the last few months).  I am definitely losing more hair strands than I typically should be losing daily.  I read that anti-clotting drugs,  high blood pressure medication, and cholesterol-lowering drugs can all cause hair loss.  GREAT!  I’m on all of these, which is probably why my hair loss is so severe right now!  This will be on my list for my next cardiologist appointment.

Another “side effect” that I’ve had is ocular migraines.  I had my first one the day of my heart attack but didn’t know what it was.  Since my heart attack, I’ve had more than 5, and I think that is odd.  Not sure if it could be caused by any of my meds.  None of my doctors seemed too concerned when I told them, but I’M concerned!

One “side effect” that I have not looked up yet is the fact that I crave ice daily!  Yes, ice.  I know this is normally a sign of pica, but I don’t have any of the other signs of that.  I have to eat about a cup of crushed ice everyday.  I know it’s terrible on my teeth, but I can’t help it.  At least it’s one way to “drink” water!  haha.  (since I’m not a huge fan of water).

And I still have the normal side effects that most likely are caused by my meds such as severe fatigue.  My doctors are completely aware of that and even decreased my carvedilol to see if that helps.

Hopefully these side effects will go away over time as my medications are adjusted.  Fingers crossed!!

On the Road Again

It’s amazing what a difference it makes to run outdoors vs in a gym on a treadmill.  For the past 5 days, I’ve gone running/walking outdoors in my neighborhood for 30 minutes each day.  It feels so much better than the gym, and I can actually feel it in my legs (actually, I can feel it in my entire body).  Three days ago, I increased my total running time from 8 minutes to 10 minutes, and I still feel great and my heart rate looks good from what I can tell!!

I purchased a Skechers heart rate monitor, but I’m sending it back.  It is extremely inaccurate and I have to press my thumb and index finger on the buttons for sometimes 10+ seconds to get a wrong reading.  Cardiac Rehab suggested a Polar heart rate monitor.  They are pricey, but the ones they suggested have the chest strap which allows for more accurate readings.  So, I’m shopping for one of those now.

By the way, the cool weather this weekend really helped my running!!!  I hope it never ends!  But if you live in Florida, you know that it will.