I am on journey this summer.
I have been a fan of Mizfit’s for over a year now. I admire the journeys that she takes her readers on. I am always in awe of the community responses she elicits. She has been my blogging hero. Someone who I aspire to be like. So I find it amazingly cool that my summer’s journey has taken a side road right through “Mizfit-land”. Yah Hoo!
(MizFit note: backatch. Im the one who is honored. entirely)
Wait – let me back up. I need to give you the story from the beginning.
My name is Lori.
The World knows me as Miss Lori, but Lori will do.
I have been in the national public eye ever since I was named the first-ever live host of the PBS Kids Preschool Block in 2006. I did that for three years until 2009.
But being Miss Lori started long before PBS – first, in the parks of Chicago where I would take my children to play, then, in the dance studios where I started my teaching my classes, and finally in the schools where I ran my programs.
And now Miss Lori exists in my CDs, DVDs, television interstitials and live performances. It’s a wonderful life, but the truth is – it could be better.
I spend so much time encouraging children to lead an AWESOME life utilizing “Active Play, Healthy Food and Peaceful Sleep.”
I sing my way into their consciousness about healthy choices and an activated lifestyle. But along the way, with all of my hard work, my own health slipped to the bottom of my priority list.
Even though I have been extolling the virtues of activity and healthy eating to children for many years, I myself seem to have missed the boat.
The hours that I work, the stress that I carry on my back, and the pace that I am forced to keep as a self-employed person have taken a serious toll on me.
The saying is, “work your ass off.” What do I have to show for it? Well, I have a business that I am very proud of, but when I look in the mirror my heart doesn’t swell with pride.
Well, the truth is though I have “worked my ass off” for the last 5 years I have actually worked my ass ON!
Now I don’t want you all to worry too much about me.
I’m not sliding off the deep end of despair.
No, that’s not how I roll. I don’t give up, I take action. Which brings us back to why I am guest blogging here today in glorious Mizfit Land.
In honor of my 40th birthday in May, I have become an Ambassador for The merican Heart Association’s Go Red For Women BetterU Program.
Why, when I have so many things on my list to do?
Because, it’s time that I moved myself and my health up on the list of priorities.
Let me ask you parents out there a question.
How many of you hope that your children will grow up and put themselves last on their priority list for health?
Go ahead, don’t be shy. Raise your hand.
No one dreams of that? Really?
Then how come we are teaching our children to do that simply by our poor example. Oh, I am including myself in this as well. Don’t worry.
That was my huge realization that brought me to this place. I realized that by working myself to death, piling on the stress, depriving myself of good sleep and exercise, I was teaching my own children that in order to be a successful grown up you have to put yourself, and more specifically, your health, at the bottom of the totem pole of priorities.
(Say What?!) Yes indeedy. Miss Lori was leading her own children astray. (The horror!)
So when I found out about the Go Red BetterU Program I knew that it was a journey that I had to take if I wanted to become the parent that I truly long to be.
Over the course of twelve weeks I am gaining insight about myself and the changes I need to make in order to be BETTER. I am eight weeks into my journey.
Week 1 I learned that heart disease is number one killer of women. NUMERO UNO! So took stock of my life and the warning signs of disaster.
Week 2 I learned my numbers. My cholesterol, my blood pressure, my body mass index (BMI) and my weight. (UGH!) But the fact of the matter is these numbers are my friends, or at least they need to be.
Week 3 I realized that I wasn’t taking as many steps in my life as I need to so I needed to JUST WALK!
Week 4 I identified my “TEAM” ready to pick me up, kick my butt and cheer me on on my journey.
Week 5 I started tracking the food I am eating, making sure it’s working for me.
Week 6 I worked on squeezing exercise into my day. Always being dressed for healthy success.
Week 7 I returned to the lesson of week 2 and worked harder to formulate a plan to keep my cholesterol low.
week 8 I made changes to my stress load to keep my blood pressure normal.
I have four more weeks to go. At the end of which I will celebrate in New York City at the BlogHer Conference on August 6 & 7.
There, I will openly share my journey with attendees in the Expo center.
I am really looking forward to the big event. Even though it will be the technical end of my program, I don’t think it will be the end of my journey.
My health is definitely moving up on the priority totem pole. And my children are benefiting from the change now and hopefully forever. And that definitely makes me feel… Better!
How about you?
Are you ready to feel better, be better, live better?
Why not embark on a journey of your own? No BETTER time than the present.
What have you got to lose, other than bad habits, and hopefully a few points off of your cholesterol score!
Just leave a comment below about a change you have or hope to make to be BETTER and you could win your very own BetterU Fit kit:
– Red BPA-free water bottle
– Jump rope
– Pilates band with workout instructions on it
You know, writing things down always helps you be more successful, as does sharing with a group.
So join my team, make a comment, share your goals, and we’ll all be BETTER for it.
winner announced 8.2.10