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This issue will take about 3 minutes to read. Issue #22
Exercise Lowers Blood Pressure REGARDLESS of Weight!
You Don't Have the Time

Exercise Lowers Blood Pressure REGARDLESS of Weight!

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fifty-four studies' combined data put the weight of evidence behind the benefit of aerobic exercise to control blood pressure.

Exercise pushes down blood pressure, regardless of age, weight, or what blood pressure was when the person started to exercise, according to a statistical analysis of the studies.

Click here to read more!


You Don't Have the Time

In a recent Healthy Lifestyles Group we talked about some of the benefits of taking care of ourselves. We explored all sorts of self-care, from relationship skills to positive thinking. I want to share with you a part of the discussion about self-care regarding healthy eating and fitness. These are just a few of the benefits of self-care that we came up with:

  • increased energy
  • better sleep
  • fewer hot flashes
  • increased self-esteem
  • better mood
  • more able to do ANYTHING physical
  • LESS focus on food
  • MORE enjoyment when eating
  • reduced menstrual cramps
  • LESS PAIN of all types
  • increased optimism and more hopefulness
  • ... What other benefits can you feel from self-care in your life?

What does this have to do with TIME????

Well, just think about it.
If these are the results of self-care, then you don't have the time NOT to take care of yourself!
You literally can't afford all the wasted time on feeling bad, or blue, or hurting, or having low energy.

When you feel like you don't have the time to shop or pack your lunch or workout or walk ... remember that you cannot afford NOT to take care of yourself.

You deserve the care!
Self-care is a great use of your time!


Although we have both guys and gals in our Healthy Living Community, I thought the following message would be of value to us all of us, even though it is from a woman's perspective ... In honor of women's history month and in memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer.

(Written after she found out she was dying from cancer.)

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains. I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner."

There would have been more "I love you's." More "I'm sorry's." But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute ... look at it and really see it ... live it .... and never give it back.

Stop sweating the small stuff.

Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what. Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.

Let's think about what the Universe HAS blessed us with. And what we're doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally, as well as spiritually. Life is too short to let it pass you by. We only have one shot at this and then it's gone. I hope you all have a blessed day and a Beautiful Women's Month

  • Age 3: She looks at herself and sees a Queen.
  • Age 8: She looks at herself and sees Cinderella.
  • Age 15: She looks at herself and sees an Ugly Sister (Mom I can't go to school looking like this!)
  • Age 20: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly"- but decides she's going out anyway.
  • Age 30: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" - but decides she doesn't have time to fix it, so she's going out anyway.
  • Age 40: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" - but says, "At least, I am "clean" and goes out anyway.
  • Age 50: She looks at herself and sees "I am" and goes wherever she wants to go.
  • Age 60: She looks at herself and reminds herself of all the people who can't even see themselves in the mirror anymore. Goes out and conquers the world.
  • Age 70: She looks at herself & sees wisdom, laughter and ability, goes out and enjoys life.
  • Age 80: Doesn't bother to look. Just puts on a purple hat and goes out to have fun with the world.

Maybe we should all grab that purple hat earlier.

Take Care,
Kelly Bliss
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