30 weeks, another 8 more weeks to go before #mylilparasite arrives, panic mood on? Most definitely and now my doctor visits are going to get more frequent, that also means extra $$ coming out on top of the giving birth fees. Feeling the pinch alright, but it is necessary for me (doctor says so) to closely monitor my parasite's last few growth phase as anything can happen right now D:
Speaking of heart beats, think mine has always been slower than average which explains why i can't get enough oxygen in my blood hence the dizzy spells and shortness of breath on a daily basis. When is the last time any of you visited the hospital to get a full body check up?
And i'm only diligent enough to go for check ups now after finding out that i am expecting, if not i couldn't be bothered as well lol. I'm one of those kind of people who are totally chill about this until shit hits the fan which is too late to do anything, not a good example so please do your body a favor and go for annual check ups just to be safe than sorry.
You might see me complaining about working almost 24/7, on top of my full time job, i have other freelance projects and my blog to manage as well so i do understand the excuse of "too busy & no time to go for check ups".
But to think of it, all you need is a half day leave (you can request from the doctor a time slip) to get the necessary checks done and you only need to do that 1-2 times a year at most. And by doing so you are actually saving your own life!
Being busy shouldn't be an excuse to neglect your health, and I of all people should be the last one giving this advice because i barely even sleep lol (hypocrite i know) but i do try to get as much rest as i can whenever possible la as i've learned the hard way and suffered the consequences of taking my health for granted during my college days.
You might have a muffin top, or borderline obese which i don't blame you because our Malaysian food is just so rich in fats, oil and santan (coconut milk). But as a person you have the choice to make wiser food decisions, of course occasional indulgence is a must but everything in moderation as always. Did you know that 1 out of 2 Malaysian adults are suffering from high cholesterol and 42% of Malaysians who have high cholesterol are barely even 40 years old!
So much for "enjoying" life when you are diagnose with heart related problems before you are even a parent or grandparent!
Here are more stats to scare you guys to get you cutting out on those fatty food and to also start walking more on a daily basis lol
- Individuals as young as in their 20s are diagnosed with heart disease
- Cardiovascular disease is responsible for one-quarter of all hospital deaths4
- Nearly half of heart attack patients (45%) have three or more risk factors5
- 77% being obese
- 65% having high blood pressure
- 46% having diabetes
- 38% being smokers
- 37% having abnormal cholesterol levels
Don't let your lazy excuses take control of your life, remember that making poor choices is something you can change easily especially when you put your mind to it, before reaching out to a bag of chips do ask yourself "do you deserve this reward?" or you can even snack guilt free by making your very own potato chips using minimal oil & an airfryer. That's how i get my potato cravings satisfied, airfryer might be an expensive kitchen gadget but it's always good to invest in equipments that could make your food 80% less oilier than usual. And by planning ahead your meals for the week, you have no excuse to eat fast food takeouts, sometimes excuses are just made by humans to trick the mind into thinking that it's OKAY to be lazy.
Being lazy has its consequences, not to say they are good too.
Aside from that, you can also try drinking milk with added plant sterols (can be found in Nestle Omega Plus) to block the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream and manages it, if you are already diagnosed with mild high cholesterol readings but even if you don't have it yet, best to maintain as that by also drinking this milk. Anyway milk is a good source of calcium, and the added plant sterols is just a bonus function in the milk.
When you get the food habits down (that's usually the hardest part), moving on to basic workouts shouldn't be much of a challenge for you guys already. My advice is to always start slow, results may not show in the first few weeks or 1-3 months but with consistency results will prevail, so don't beat yourself up if you are not reaching your target as expected (always keep expectation standards realistic) don't give up and keep pushing!
Start with slow walks, increase your speed pace instead of immediately breaking into a run or jog as your body is not yet accustomed to the sudden changes. Increase your activity gradually over time.