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Achieving a Lower Resting Heart Rate


Exercising for health has always been a priority for me, since my father had open heart surgery, at the age of 49.  He underwent a quadruple by-pass. At the time I was 12 years old and it had such an impact on my life.  Not only did it change the way our family ate at home, but it awakened a passion in me. I was determined to learn more about the heart, its function and how to keep it strong, healthy and plaque-free.

As I got older life happened.  I began to put on weight and discovered that it was due to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.  I have been battling the bulge ever since.  It is a constant source of aggravation for me, but one thing I  am determined to do is exercise, eat right and keep my fat intake to a minimum.

Stress plays an awful role on your visceral fat, and I have a tummy as evidence of that.  In those weak moments, chocolate becomes my comfort and then I head in a downward spiral.   Stress and Chocolate – these are things I need to overcome. *sigh

However, in spite of all that, and my battle with fat, I do try to keep a balanced exercise program and I am so happy with my results.  I am trying to achieve an excellent Resting Heart Rate. Today when I checked my weekly RHR status I realized I was on the cusp of that!  This is quite exciting for me and I hope to get there in the near future.

Heart health is a top priority for me. Without a strong and healthy heart I can expect Heart Disease and I am trying to beat the odds in our family.  Keep tabs on your heart by checking your RHR.  It is a good indicator of how strong your ticker is.


chart: https://www.belmarrahealth.com/resting-heart-rate-chart-factors-influence-heart-rate-elderly/


A Liebster Award


What a pleasant surprise I got, this morning, when I went onto my computer!

Nina over at http://healingwithfoodblog.com/2015/02/16/a-liebster-award/ nominated my blog for a Liebster award.  I am, both, flattered and honored, that she would choose healthyglowchic to be one of her nominees.    A big THANKYOU is sent her way.  I would encourage you to head over to Nina’s gluten and dairy free blog and check it out.  She has a myriad of recipes from Fluffy Watermelon Ice to Sago Pudding with Lychee & Pineapple.

These are the Official Rules:

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

  • Thank the person that nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  • Display the award on your blog.
  • Answer the eleven questions about yourself provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  • Provide eleven random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate five to eleven blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers.
  • Create a new list of questions for the bloggers to answer.
  • List these rules in your post.
  • Inform the bloggers that you nominated, that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post.

Here are the 11 questions that Nina asked me:

1. Why did you start this blog?

I started this blog to share my experiences, with others, as I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to share information that may be beneficial for others.  I think this is a great avenue to meet like-minded people who have similar interests and challenges.  This blog keeps me focused and accountable. It also allows me to get support and give support to others who are striving to live a healthy life.

2. What’s one thing that always makes you smile?

I think, hands down, that would have to be my FAMILY.  I love my husband and children.  My lips curl upwards to form a massive smile when I see, hear or think about them.

3. How many places have you lived? 

I have lived in 3 different homes, but the same area my whole life.  Boring right?  Actually, I love living in Canada and prefer to travel.  I’ve travelled to England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Poland, Bahamas, Playa del Carmen, Florida, Las Vegas, California, Virginia, Michigan, and even Banff Alberta.

4. Do you have a favourite quote?

“We change our behavior when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing.” (Henry Cloud)

5. What’s one piece of advice you’d give your younger self?

Don’t sweat the small stuff, life is too short!

6. What things are you passionate about?

I am passionate about health and fitness.  I am passionate about outdoor biking.   I am passionate about my faith and volunteering in my local church.

7. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t done yet?

I’ve always wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride, but haven’t.  I think it would be such an exhilarating experience; perhaps one day I will get the chance to do it.

8. What’s your favourite way to relax?

My favorite way to relax would be on a beach, under an umbrella, soaking up the sun and listening to the waves roll in.  However, that is only available to me for a portion of the year.  The other favorite way to relax is in a big comfy chair, by the fireplace, listening to some music playing softly in the background.

9. Where is your dream holiday destination?


10. Who would play you in a movie about your life?

Lisa Whelchel.  She recently starred in the reality tv show “Survivor” and was a star on “The Facts of Life” in the 80’s.

11. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?

I would have to say the most unusual food I have eaten is Buffalo.  I had buffalo meat while I was in Alberta and quite liked it.

11 Random Facts about Me: 

  1. I enjoy decorating.
  2. I am a vocalist.
  3. I have never gone downhill skiing.
  4. I love history and science.
  5. I can body surf. (I know eh?)
  6. I cut my own hair (gasp).
  7. I love browsing around antique/thrift shops.
  8. I’ve sailed in a glass bottom boat to view beautiful tropical fish.
  9. I had a Quad pregnancy.
  10. I enjoy photography.
  11. I have two older sisters and no brothers.

The blogs I would like to nominate for the Liebster Award are:

Celebrating Sunshine

Lorie Shaefer

Marpay Fitness


Fuchsia Outbursts

My questions for the nominees are, as follows:

  1. What inspires you in life?
  2. What is your favorite song?
  3. If you could save only one book from a burning library what would it be?
  4. Where is the most exotic place you have visited?
  5. Who would play you in a movie?
  6. What’s your most embarrassing moment?
  7. What’s your favorite exercise?
  8. How many times a week do you exercise?
  9. What is the most unusual food you have eaten?
  10. Do you have a goal you want to achieve in 2015?
  11. What one character in history do you admire?

Happy Family Day!


Family is,
heaven sent from our father above,
bonded by the power of love.
No matter what family has each others back,
when push comes to shove.

Family is,
understanding, never demanding,
all for one and one for all,
I will never leave you alone standing.

Family is,
one in itself, my love is your love,
your pain is my pain, my wealth is your wealth,
I promise to never leave you by yourself.

Family is,
the strongest team, the strongest unit;
if love could be visualized,
family would be the blue print.

Family is,
forgiveness and patience,
it’s sweeter than the sweetest fragrance,
the power of family is a reflection of Gods compassion and magnificence.

Family is,
never turning our back, and never shames,
lend my helping hand and not a finger pointing the blame.

No matter what a family bond can never be broken,
even through a nuclear explosion,
if one of us lives we all live.
Forever to eternity, we are family.

Dream Reader ~ That’s you!

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Dear Dream Reader my assignment today, in “Blogging101”, is to talk specifically to YOU.

You know who you are, so don’t be shy.  You are the one that accidentally stumbles across my blog and reads what’s on my mind.  You are the one who likes a post, or decides to follow me.  You are the one who gives me a like or shares a comment with me.

Dream reader, you inspire me.  I babble about subjects that keep me healthy from the inside out.  Things from food to exercise equipment, to beauty regimens and kitchen utensils that make food prep easy, to quick healthy snacks that satisfy, to smoothie and food recipes.  I even tell you when I’ve derailed from my healthy eating habits and that I’m left with a holiday bulge, yet you don’t judge me.

Dream reader, you are the one who wants to be healthy, stay healthy,  and eat food that is “alive” and full of nutrients.  You are the one who is filling your mind with mantras like “you are what you eat”, “garbage in equals garbage out”, “I eat to live, not live to eat”, “a moment on the lips, forever on the hips”, “know your limitations and then defy them”, “clear your mind of can’t”, “strive for progress not perfection” etc.……

You are the one who knows you have a lymphatic system and that your skin is the largest organ. You know that sweat removes toxics and drinking lots of water flushes them out of your system. You know what lycopene and tryptophan is, what antioxidants and probiotics are. You are the one who doesn’t have a clue what those are.  You are the one who is informed, and you are the one who wants to be informed.

Dream reader you are also the one who stumbles and falls and picks yourself up.  You are the one that keeps pushing forward even if your derailment has set you back 10, 20, 30lbs or more.  You are the one who has faced stress, anxiety, frustration, disappointment, sadness.  You are the one who has experienced joy, love, peace, happiness.  You are the one who clings to hope, who keeps the faith, who looks in the mirror and is happy with you.  You are not perfect, and you are ok with that, but you will continue to push yourself to be as healthy as you can be.  You are the one who wants to glow from the inside out.

Dream Reader have you figured out who you are yet?  Well, let me tell you who you are.


It’s You, the one who is reading this right now, the one who inspires me to write things that inspire you, and encourage you.  You’re the one who takes an interest in what interests me. You encourage me to be the best me. You are the one who comes in all different shapes and sizes, genders and colors. You are unique and you are you.

Dream reader, I want to say thanks.  Thanks for reading my rants and babbling.  Thanks for coming over to my neck of the woods and giving me a high five.  Dream Reader your initials are DR. and you are the best medicine this blogger could have each and every day.  Thanks for inspiring me, you are the best.

A New Year ~ Starting fresh towards a Healthier Me!

Christmas has come and gone.  What a wonderful time of celebration it was with family and friends.  The food was wonderful and the turkey is a gift that keeps on giving.  Turkey sandwiches, turkey casserole, turkey stew, have all been a part of our eating plan over the last few days in our house.

Homemade cookies, desserts and chocolates have also been part of the celebrations.  I, confess that I did indulge in some of the goodies offered, but did well, considering, the array of sugared treats I had to choose from.

As the year comes to a close, I have time to examine my eating habits over the course of the year and assess how I did, and where I can improve next year.  I am looking forward to a clean slate and as always will make the New Year’s resolution to be a “healthier” me and to “exercise” more.  The key is to keep on track, and stay motivated to attain my goals. I can’t allow the stresses in life, to derail me, which they have at times this year.

2015 brings a fresh start, new hope, and a promise for a healthier me.   I will be keeping myself accountable through this blog and will keep encouraging all those who strive to be healthy on the inside and outside as well.

I know I shared a parody before Christmas, but here is another one for your enjoyment.  I know it’s not a month after Christmas…but it’s never too late to start focusing on making those tight clothes loose again.  Enjoy!

Twas the month after Christmas,

and all through the house,

Nothing would fit me,

not even a blouse.

The cookies I’d nibbled,

the eggnog I’d taste,

At the holiday parties,

had gone to my waist.

When I got on the scales,

there arose such a number!

When I walked to the store,

(less a walk than a lumber).

I’d remember the marvelous,

meals I’d prepared;

The gravies and sauces,

and beef nicely rared,

The wine and the rum balls,

the bread and the cheese,

And the way I’d never said,

“No, thank you, please.”

As I dressed myself,

in my husband’s old shirt,

And prepared once again,

to do battle with dirt,

I said to myself,

as I only can

“You can spend a winter

disguised as a man!”

So-away with the last,

of the sour cream dip,

Get rid of the fruit cake,

every cracker and chip.

Every last bit of food,

that I like must be banished

Till all the additional,

ounces have vanished.

I won’t have a cookie,

not even a lick.

I’ll want only to chew,

on a long celery stick.

I won’t have hot biscuits,,

or corn bread, or pie,

I’ll munch on a carrot,

and quietly cry.

I’m hungry, I’m lonesome,

and life is a bore-

But isn’t that what,

January is for?

Unable to giggle,

no longer a riot.

Happy New Year to all,

and to all a good diet! (Anonymous)

Battling the Bulge

For anyone who has struggled with a weight issue you understand the myriad of emotions that come with weight gain, especially after you’ve worked so hard at losing it.   These emotions leave you feeling exhausted and defeated. You don’t know whether to accept defeat or press on to victory.

Battling weight is something I have done for many years now.  It has taken its toll on me both physically and mentally.  I am worn down and want to put a stop to this battle once and for all,

With that being said, I looked at the pile of diet books I had in my bookcase and realized each one of these diets had led to weight loss but, not one had given me long term victory.   Something had to change.  I couldn’t continue stocking my bookshelf with more diet books.

I sat down and questioned why I wanted to lose weight in the first place.  These answers came to mind.  I want to be thinner. I want to look good. I want to fit into clothes that are fashionable and not from the plus size rack.  I want to feel good about myself and be able to run around with my kids. I want to be a healthier me.

That was it! I wanted to be a healthier me.  Above all else I wanted to be healthy and that’s what I began to focus on.

I decided to remove the word “diet” from my vocabulary and replace it with “lifestyle”.  In doing this simple shift in words, food is no longer my enemy but my friend.

I research how food impacts my body and what role it plays in my overall health.  Eg. (Beans are high in fiber and remove cholesterol and fat from my body.  Cucumbers on the other hand relieve bloating and act as a natural diuretic etc.)

Having this knowledge allows me to make wise food choices daily.

Before I eat,  I ask myself “is this food beneficial for me?”  “Is it going to nourish my body?”  Then I can choose to eat the food or abstain.

This way of eating is allowing me to  master food, rather than it mastering me.   This change is shifting me closer to a healthier me.