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National Wear Red Day is February 3, 2017!!!!

Posted on January 20, 2017 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Countdown to National Wear Red Day 2017!

For those of you that don't know me personally, I'm relatively private about my health struggles.  I'm trying to be more open about them as I find sharing my struggles may actually help or inspire someone who may be going through the same thing.  I've always had an irregular heart beat for as long as I can remember but with age it has gotten more noticeable.  I initially had a slight murmur which over time was followed by arrythmia and angina in my 20's and of course after several doctors and specialists... most of which said "You're young.... you're fine..." I'm now in my late 30's with the same fears and concerns.... and taking extra precautions now that docotrs are LISTENING to me and considering my age.  Fortunately, I took an active role in taking charge of my health early on.  I made major life style changes on my own regardless of what doctors said.... Being in my 20's and feeling as though I was having a heart attack was NOT normal.  Nor was the discovery that I have a heart valve that doesn't pump as it should, causing me to feel like I have a butterfly in my chest at times. I'm 38 years old now...  (yes! and proud of it) I'm fitter than I ever was in my 20's and feel more aware and in control of my body.  I still have bouts of illness once in a blue moon but I allow my self to REST and RECOVER.  National Wear Red Day is important to me because I do fit the criteria for risk of heart attack or stroke.  If I can do anything to help bring awareness to the seriousness of this... or to help find answers/resources in order to save a women's life, including my own; I'm all in.  

This National Wear Red Day marks 15 years since the initial National Wear Red Day, which was first observed to bring national attention to the fact that heart disease is the #1 killer of women, and to raise awareness of women’s heart health. Over the years, bringing awareness to the cause has brought a lot of progress such as....

 

1. Approx. 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.

2. More than one-third of women has lost weight.

3. More than 50% of women have increased their exercise.

4. 6 of 10 women have made changes to their diets.

5. More than 40% of women have had their cholesterol levels checked.

6. 1/3rd of women is now developing heart health plans with their physician.

7. Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day.

8. Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years.

 

Still.....1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year. Awareness of the cause is very important, so are the contributions that are made to support Go Red. Go Red supports the educational programs to increase women’s awareness about risks for heart disease and stroke. It also supports critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health.

 

In support of the Go Red movement please wear RED on Friday, February 3rd to show your support.... If you wish to know more about Go Red... or to make a monetary contribution vist the website https://www.goredforwomen.org/fight-heart-disease-women-go-red-women-official-site/get-involved/" target="_blank">Go Red For Women

 

Please post your "Go Red pics" on social media!!!!!!! #GoRedGetFit #FitNHappyDiva

Peace and blessings,

Liz

The Fit & Happy Diva


October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on October 14, 2016 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual campaign to bring awareness of the disease.  There is still a need for promoting education and research efforts for breast cancer.

What is Breast Cancer?  Breast cancer is a term that refers to a malignant tumor that has developed from cells in the breast.  Cancer is a result of mutation, or abnormal changes, in the genes responsible for regulating the growth of healthy cells. Overtime, mutations can activate certain genes and "turn off" others in a cell.  This changed cell could now have the ability to continually divide without control, producing more "rogue" cells just like it and forming a tumor.  Tumors can be benign (not dangerous) or maglignant (potential danger exists).  Benign tumors are not considered concerous as they are close to normal in appearance and grow slowly.  They don't spread to other tissue or other parts of the body.  Left unchecked, malignant cells can eventually spread beyong the original tumor to other body parts.

Did you know that:

  • 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime (it's the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women)
  • Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women (Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women)
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,600 men will be diagnosed (approx. 440 will die each year)
  • Some women are at higher risk than others because of their personal or family medical history or because of certain changes in their genes.
    • 5-10% of cancers are due to an inherited abnormality
    • 85-90% of breast cancers are due to genetic abnormalities that occur as a result of the aging process and the "wear and tear" of life in general

On Average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.

There are steps everyone can take to help reduce your risk of getting cancer; such as, eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, maintain a healthy body weight, avoid toxic activities (unnecessary stress, exposure to carcinogens, smoking, alcohol, etc.)

Make sure you do regular self-examinations and schedule checkups with your physician. For women between the age of 40-45, the American Cancer Society recommend getting a mammogram. The main expert you should consult with is your own doctor, who will consider your particular situation and medical history to determine when is best for you to start getting a mammogram. Early detection is the best defense against breast cancer.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with breast cancer, know that it is not your/their fault for developing breast cancer.  Blaming yourself/themselves that breast cancer happened because of something you/they did. or anyone else did, is not productive.  You are not alone in this. 

Here are a few resources...

http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/37136.php

http://www.breastcancer.org/

http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/

http://www.hisbreastcancer.org/

http://www.cancer.org/


Love & Blessings,

Liz

The Fit & Happy Diva




June 5th, 2016 "Mutt Strut" - University Park, MD

Posted on June 2, 2016 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Mutt Strut 2016

Sunday, 6/5/2016, 9-10:30am

University Park Town Field

6544 Queens Chapel Rd., University Park, MD

Please join us at the University Park soccer field and take part of a walk around town with our lovable, four-legged friends. Registration is only $5 and includes a t-shirt.

 View Registration Form

 

For more information, to help volunteer, please contact Ms. Linda Verrill at 240-472-1983 or [email protected]

For information about the University Park Civic Association, visit UPCA




Body Image Issues

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The "skinny craze" is horrifying and its global. It's not cool, nor is it healthy. We need to stop comparing ourselves to others because in reality we will never ever be happy in the pursuit of what some think is the ideal look and/or standard of "perfection". Let's get one thing straight, we were born beautifully imperfect. So for humans, there is no physical perfection, only ones perception of that concept. Be happy with who you are and how God made you. Focus on being healthier inside and growing your spirit first... Your exterior is usually a result of your interior�� nothing wrong with a little "home improvement" but some people are literally killing themselves do the most just to emulate images being idolize by social media, tv and magazines. Please know SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY are amazing and most of what you see is NOT REAL nor ideal. Don't harm yourself in order to compete with what technology and science have created. Ladies (and gents) removing ribs, starving yourself, taking a ton of pills, wearing a waist trainer so tight your organs can't function, getting shots of chemicals in your body to create shape and other unhealthy practices.... All to look like a human Barbie? ��:/:(not good ladies. Love yourself enough to stop the madness. Please... If not for yourself, do it for the younger generation watching�� and learning this behavior from you. Know and believe,  YOU ARE UNIQUE & BEAUTIFUL!

Be Healthy,

Liz

The Fit & Happy Diva



 

This Is YOUR Journey

Posted on April 10, 2016 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy Sunday all... Luckily our neighbors know we are fit freaks or one might think I'm just crazy but either way... The older I get, I care less about what people think and more about how I feel. Fitness is a major part of my life... I'm that person doing bodyweight exercises in front of the TV when I have time to catch up on shows I enjoy. I'm that person that will be doing jump squats at my desk if I sit too long. Not because I have something to prove or I want to show off, but my body and joints literally ache if I sit idle for more than an hour. Some people make comments like "girl you doin too much..." Or "why are you obsessed with working out?"... I used to think that way many years ago... When I was unhealthy, unhappy and NOT DOING ENOUGH. I'm not going to judge anyone's efforts but my mindset has always been go hard or go home in everything. Each workout I try to beat my last best... I'll admit it's addicting when you beat personal bests.. I tell my clients, progress is not always found in how much weight or inches we lose but in your fitness level too. Improving strength and endurance with each workout is great when you can look back to where you started as a newbie and see how far you've come. Don't compare your progress to someone else's... We are all different... Focus on yourself and your journey because YOU are your competition. And never judge someone else's journey because you don't know what they went through or know how far they've come to get there. We were ALL beginners once and we all still have our vices and insecurities regardless of what stage in our journey we are at. The journey is ongoing and we all have to just keep at it no matter what anyone else thinks. Have a great day all. 


Today is Diabetes ALERT Day!!! Know Your Risks!

Posted on March 22, 2016 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

What is the American Diabetes Association "Alert Day" and why is so important?

American Diabetes Association "Alert Day" is meant to bring awareness of course or "SOUND THE ALARM" so people can take action and get the medical care they need to live well.

Diabetes is a very serious disease. Nearly 30 million people (adults and kids) in the United States live with it every day.  More than a quarter of them don’t even know they have it and simply aren’t getting the medical care they need.

Did you know that an additional 86 million people have prediabetes?  That means they are high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  People with prediabetes have blood glucose (sugar) higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

It's so very important to know and understand your risks so you can take the necessary steps to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.  Please me and the Watch Me FLEX Fitness family, to help bring awareness to the seriousness of Diabetes! It starts with YOU! Today, you can take a quick easy, annonymous online risk test at the following site Diabetes.ORG/TAKEAMINUTE   

Please remember to share this information with your colleagues, friends and family!

In Good Health,

Liz

"The Fit & Happy Diva"

 

Never Let Negativity Consume You

Posted on November 22, 2015 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)


We focus a lot on physical health but let's not forget what's really important. Make time to reflect and heal spiritually and emotionally. Living a healthy life should be done so with a holistic approach.   Think about it... How often have we tried to "get fit" then quit or "fail" because of some emotional baggage or internal situation we have yet to rid ourselves with?  I'll be the first to admit that I have a daily internal struggle with whether or not to let go of certain things or react to it.  

When I was younger I was very reactive, aggressive and confrontational. I held many grudges... Over time it left me quite empy, cold and sometimes insensitive to situations.  Most considered me very intimidating because of my overbearing and controlling demeanor. It took some soul searching and drawing myself closer to God and appreciating that some things were meant to be left alone or "released".  Negative things or people don't DESERVE your attention and energy.  Don't let it draw you in... The more you let it, the more of your energy it consumes.  Eventually, it becomes so overwhelming that you become that very energy.  You feel it, you think it and ultimately you spread that negativity to other areas of your life to include other people.  Negative energy is like a virus and it's very contagious. If you do not feed it, it will starve, die and/or go away. If you find it difficult to avoid or ignore, turn your focus inward and upward for spiritual guidance. Remember this, if it doesn't make you happy or healthy, it serves no purpose.  Let it go and leave it to God to handle.  

Regardless of your beliefs, pray for strength and peace of mind. If you don't pray, at least practice quieting your mind with meditation and breath awareness to calm you and ground you. That's a start, just do your best and try not to let anyone steal your joy or shift your spirit, focus and energy on to unproductive and negative things. It's just not worth it.

You are better than that and you do have a positive purpose. Have a blessed day!

Peace & Love,

Liz


The Fit & Happy Diva




Flex Friday MY WAY... Be FLEXible

Posted on September 4, 2015 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy #FlexFriday... My flex for today is about staying flexible on your journey. Whatever your goal is... Always remember that your only limits are those in which you place on yourself. Keep at it (work that brings you closer to your goals) and you'll get there. Progress comes with practice and perfection exists when you finally accept the imperfections in the process. Love, Liz The Fit & Happy Diva

Thoughts and Reflections For Spiritual Nourishment (8.30.15)

Posted on August 30, 2015 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (1)

The current path of this world is not really set for comfort and easy living for all. We tend to get caught up in the images and/or perception of the media and others as to how we should look, what we should buy and wear or how we "should" be living... There is a false sense of happiness and security that fulfilling these desires could bring. When in reality, this feeds our negative thinking and fuels deepset insecurity. We are constantly being force fed these influences that make us think we need or must have more, or that we as individuals are not good enough so we must change our image, who we are and how we live in order keep up with next person or compete with one another. WE HAVE TO STOP THIS. Our health and happiness are at risk when we continue this negative cycle. Negative thoughts create negative behavior and habits. REFOCUS your priorities and change your thoughts to reflect inward. See the beauty in simplicity and imperfection. Imperfections and differences... These are things that make us beautiful and so unique. Don't take life so seriously all of the time. Keep in mind that life normally isn't easy for most so never compare your struggles or number of blessings to others. Focus on creating a life of purpose and gratitude that truly feels good on the inside... Not just one that looks good on the outside.

Love & Light,

Liz

The Fit & Happy Diva


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