The Gift of Good Health

I’ve always believed that good health is a gift. I would prefer good health than money any day. Of course, we do need money to live a good life but then, a good life is worthless if it comes with a terrible sickness that could ruin it any time.

I just found out last week that an officemate’s spouse has been diagnosed with kidney failure and would need to undergo dialysis twice a week. What a nightmare that came very early! The patient is only 41, for goodness’ sake.

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Brisk Walking as a Form of Exercise

When I got so busy at work in the latter part of May and the entire month of June, I forgot about zumba. I don’t know if we could resume doing it because our zumba instructor left already (and so did the other participants). For now, brisk walking is my form of exercise.

The hubby and I have started walking briskly recently. We do it every night after dinner. These days, we get to walk as long as 3.7 km every session. Brisk walking does not only help us get fit and healthy, but it also helps us relax. It’s also a great bonding activity for us after working the whole day on weekdays.

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The Glasses-Wearing Couple

I never thought there would come a time that I would need to wear glasses. I’ve always believed that I inherited my grandfather’s sharp eyes. He wore prescription glasses only when he reached 60+ and that was mainly due to ageing. Amazing, isn’t it? In this age of advanced technology where we get exposed to all sorts of chemicals and radiations everyday, our eyes aren’t spared from harm and eventually become vulnerable to damage.

yours truly trying to get the hang of it

The hubby and I still have 20/20 vision (I have sharp eyes, after all!) but we’ve recently found out we have a mild astigmatism to monitor. Astigmatism is a common condition of the eye that causes blurred or distorted vision. I have it on both eyes while he has it on the right eye only. This meant we needed to wear glasses already. And so we did, just over a week ago. The optometrist said we didn’t have to wear glasses all day but only when our eyes are working hard like when we are in front of the PC, reading books and watching TV.

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Heart Scare

I think I have the most paranoid and anxious husband in the world. Last Tuesday, he got super worried and nervous because of the heart palpitation he felt after every meal time which would go away on its own after several minutes. I seriously thought it would have gone away faster than that if he remained calm and didn’t overreact. I know heart palpitation is a serious matter (it could easily lead to a heart attack!) but reacting negatively to it by getting nervous and all never helps. At all.

After a quick medical check-up, we found out that it was due to the high potassium level in his blood. (A few weeks ago, he started to eat lots of bananas and apples for a healthier diet.) While potassium helps greatly in the proper functioning of the heart, high amounts of this blood electrolyte can cause palpitation to some people. According to the doctor, the fact that the palpitation is temporary and goes away on its own means it’s nothing serious. Oh, thank God for that.

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Weight Loss Update: 6 lbs. Lighter

So, from 136 lbs. (heaviest recorded weight last month), I’m now down to 130 lbs. Losing six pounds in one month is no joke. I worked hard for it and I’m glad my efforts paid off. I ate healthier food, moved a lot and did zumba twice a week. I think I’m getting there. My ideal weight of 120 lbs., that is.

Last Friday, I attended a knowledge sharing exercise at work. It was organized by our HR department. They invited Slimmers World people to engage us in a 2-hour health and fitness seminar. The speaker (a health buff guy with strong, big muscles all over his body) taught us a lot about how our body works to get fit: anatomy of the muscles, metabolism, immune system, energy, proper exercise and all. He also shared some exercises that we can easily do in the office, which I think are really easy to perform. All we need to have is discipline to make sure we do it on a regular basis to get fab results. Haha.

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My Form of Exercise

Losing weight is hard, getting fit and healthy is harder. But as they say, if there’s a will, there’s a way. Currently, I’m still 14 lbs. away to my ideal weight but I know I’ll get there soon. How soon? I don’t know. Haha.

I’ve been doing zumba with my officemates for several weeks now and so far, I’ve been enjoying it. I also want to do yoga (and get myself one of those sturdy yoga bolsters!) but I think I’m not yet prepared to do the various poses and I’m still lacking the discipline to do it on a regular basis.

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