When I saw my cardiologist seven days ago, I asked him why I was called back to see him again. (Last year, I had all the regular heart tests run because two of my brothers, both of whom are runners, had to have a stent installed in one of the arteries of the heart because, in the heart of both brothers, it was 99% blocked.) This post is an update on Miracle number 3 that I worked on in “I Am A Miracle Magnet”. For those of you who haven’t yet read the book, miracle number 3 is this: “I weigh a healthy weight, and I maintain a healthy weight for the rest of my life.
The message the heart clinic left on my cell-phone last year was that my tests were normal.
He explained to me that it was my stress test that was normal. The arteries of my heart do “have a lot of calcium in them, but it hasn’t affected you yet.” He explained that I needed to pay attention to any shortness of breath, and if I experience that, I should call him immediately.
Then he very seriously asked me if I would lose 20 pounds before I see him again next year. I said yes, of course. He also asked me if I would exercise more. Again, I said yes. He told me that if I would lose 20 pounds, it would lower the chances that I would have a heart attack.
At that moment, I felt overwhelmingly grateful for this miracle magnet process, and that I had already started working on this issue! I noticed when I got weighed at the doc’s office that I had already lost 4 pounds, so I was already on the way to attaining a healthy weight.
The next thing that happened was that I noticed something that felt miraculous to me. I find that I’m eating differently, I would describe it as “mindfully.” I stop when I’m full, instead of finishing what’s on my plate. I find that I have no cravings. I’m taking the time to make the food for which I’m hungry. I also pay attention to what I want. I often want fish when Mac grills lamb chops or steak. I used to eat what Mac eats; now I eat what I want. I feel better.
The final thing I want to tell you about is what happened at my exercise class this morning. Mac and I started going to a place called “Orange Theory” last week. Mac, because he had to mostly sit all summer with a broken ankle and he wants to recover some strength, and etc. Me, because I want to get a jump start on this weight loss and exercise that I promised the cardiologist that I would do. We decided on Orange Theory because someone would be working with us, telling us what to do, and monitoring us during the class.
This morning, as I was working on the treadmill, doing this alternating thing of 3 minutes hard (incline on 6 and pace of 3.5, which is a very fast walk for me), then 1 minute regular pace, which is incline on 1 and walk on 3.5. Music blasts loudly the whole time. This is what happened when the Bruno Mars song, “Just the Way You Are” came on. When the lyric came to “When I see your face, there’s not a thing that I would change, cause you’re amazing, just the way you are,” I felt the song being sung inside of me, by me, to the cells in my body—to my heart, my lungs, even to all of the fat cells. For the first time in my life, I felt like I absolutely love my body, no hold backs, no limits.
It felt like a miracle. It is a miracle for me.
I am so grateful!
CL (Choose Love),