I Have a Confession to Make

It’s been awhile since I have written a post so I thought it was about time. I have been knee-deep in writing my book.  I have wonderful amazing friends that stepped up to help with reviews and editing and so it’s been an endless cycles of reviews, rewrites and cleanups.  But is all going to be worth it in the end.  I think I really have something here with this book and I know it can help people navigate their past relationships and online dating. You can see the website for the book here.  Here is the cover:

But enough about that.

My confession is about my exercise routine.  At the beginning of October I took up Jazzercise again.  I have been going 3 times a week, so that is three hours of dance exercise fitness each week and haven’t missed one yet.  I am up to 17 session so far.  Where the confession part comes in is that I have been letting  my heart rate up higher than my doctor recommended.  I wear a heart monitor when I exercise so I can tell when it is higher than he wanted.  I feel great when I exercise, not out of breath or exhausted afterwards or anything and I do slow myself down when it is really high, but not enough to take the fun out of doing it.  I do really love to dance and stiffling that seems like such a waste.  I was supposed to be exercising all along but at a much lower heart rate and did that for a while with fitness tapes but that just didn’t keep my interest.  So it was Jazzercise or nothing as far as I was concerned.  Fun Tip: I have found that if I tell myself I am “going dancing” rather than going to exercise I get totally hyped up about going to class.  The thought works to propel me along while in class too.

My logic on the heart rate issue is that I have been taking A LOT of vitamins as prescribed by the doctor for 5 solid months.  And I can’t help but thing that has already improved my heart function (I just haven’t had the test yet to prove it).
Here is a picture of them, aren’t they pretty.

I take them morning and night plus some other powders and potions.  Overall I feel so much better:  I sleep solidly through the night (I suspect cutting out caffeine has helped that as well), I don’t feel like I am in a constant state low-grade panic anymore and my digestion is really good.  But it’s hard to know if that is because I removed the stress of a 9-5 job from my life or because of the vitamins and diet adjustments.  It is probably a combo.  But the bottom line is I feel really good.

I pushed my Echocardiogram test to the first week in December so I could hopefully have the book done and not be distracted by the test results before then.  The goal is to have an ejection fraction higher than 45. If I do it means my heart is stronger and is pumping blood out as it should and I can cut back on the vitamins and stop worrying about my heart.

It’s been an interesting journey quitting my job and putting myself and my health first.  I couldn’t have done this without amazing support from my family and friends and most of all from Dave.  I don’t know what I did in my last life to deserve him but I could have never gotten this far without him.  He’s a total keeper.

About Cija

I am a 40-something feisty, outspoken Aries woman. I will never be accused of being too quiet or of being unclear about my point of view. My happy place is where I can help people put their challenges into manageable focus and give them a chance to be heard. I have more pounds on me then I feel is healthy and I want to connect with people that are just trying to cut the crap and be happy with their bodies in whatever size or shape that is. I had a health scare that became a reality check for me to make my physical and mental well being on the top of my priority list. I’m not looking to become a size 6, I just don’t want to grunt when I put my shoes on. It’s a work in progress.

4 thoughts on “I Have a Confession to Make

  1. cijablack says:

    Great job Cija Love the moon shot. I like the total blackness The moon is so important to our survival that not many people think about. My new song has the moon in it. Im proud of you and your exercising . looking forward to our visit. Keep up the good work. Hello to Dave. Love Dad

  2. Trina says:

    I’m excited about your book, and have a friend in Portland who needs it, and as soon as I can I plan to buy her a copy.

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