Seven special weeks

This seven-week holiday stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can be either the best of times or worst of times for our wellness journeys.


We have shorter and colder days.

We have feasts, football and loads of tempting festivities to enjoy.

We may have hassled and frustrating travel.

And holiday cheer may actually be subverted by stress from many angles.

By no mean is weight gain the only measure of holiday success or failure. • Yet those 2 pounds (average)  that creep into our bodies and unfortunately remain, despite New Years resolutions are something to consider and avert.

How might each of us survive and thrive in this seven week stretch?

Well, Covey reminds us to begin with an end in mind.

Having a wellness plan, with daily goals and  journaled activity is key to many like me for that “end result.”

My plan, which I am now sharing with clients, family members and friends is first to measure my vitals – resting heart rate, blood pressure and waist-to-hip ratio before and after these Holidays-starting today. My plan is to keep meal portions and tempting seconds under control.

Even when crunched for quality workout time in this Holiday season, I will manage to squeeze in body weight exercises and core work.

I will laugh lots, share many hugs and memories. I will carry out a few random acts of kindness.

Parting wishes for this most wonderful time of year:

Merrily stress-not, sleep well, stretch and sweat.

We can and should avert those 2 pounds of excess baggage gained from food, drink and relative inactivity.




Sus Corazones

It may well seem funny to a reader that I am blogging about our HEARTS on the American holiday for tricks and treats.  Then again, our hearts, souls and emotions can serve as either or both challenging tricks or satisfying treats for wellness.

Why is it that elder spouses often pass quickly after their deceased partners? I don’t have firm statistical evidence for that “often” – yet you likely know cases in your spheres where this is so. Broken hearts can take one’s breath away – permanently.

According to Power of Positivity, “f your wife or husband dies, your mortality goes up and stays elevated for years. So you can almost ‘catch’ death from your spouse. It’s not a coincidence, it’s an effect…” Check this youtube video: 

Five (5) adverse effects of broken heart syndromes are:

  1. sleeplessness
  2. weakened immunity
  3. depression
  4. physical pain and
  5. weight and body composition.

Even your humble scribe sees these five effects as being wellness takeaways. He also advocates physical activity to help avert premature death (heart disease in America’s biggest killer) and to help cope if someone you know, or you, suffers from a broken heart syndrome. By the way, this “stress cardiomyopathy” may also be triggered by the loss of a dear pet, or even a big sports win.


Be well.