Monday, January 23, 2012
I have a good heart.
I spent time with an amazing, patient, understanding and supportive friend this weekend. She has successfully talked me off the ledge of insanity with my slow breeding numbers obsession - as detailed in recent blog posts...
And in chatting with her, I remembered the thing that used to make me most excited about this new healthy lifestyle, I had forgotten.
Shortly after I started working out and eating better in August 2009, I took my resting heart rate to find out that it was over 80 beats per minute - placing me in the 'poor health' category. I remember feeling ashamed, and discouraged by that number...not fully understanding what it meant, or knowing how to change it for the better.
And now?!? After learning to run, cycling until my thighs are on fire, and ellipticalling through endless songs, playlists, movies and Dexter episodes, my resting heart rate places me in the 'athletic' category.
You may never say it by looking at me, and that is okay....but you cannot dispute the fact that I! Jennifer Bennett! am athletic. Period.
Now that is one of the coolest things I never thought I'd hear myself say!
It also didn't go unnoticed that my physically healthy heart, is running parallel right alongside my much healthier emotional heart.
Do you know your resting heart rate?
P.S. Thank you J.T.