Be the master of your fate, be the captain of your soul, but do not hesitate, should the chance befall your, to be the slave of your heart. -- Robert Brault
Valentines Day is my favorite holiday. What's not to love about all the red, pink, lace and chocolate, let alone celebrating the act of love and loving? As a relaunch my blog this year after my year of health disasters, I am dedicating this coming month to not only heart related craft projects, but also heart healthy recipes and all things red.If you've been following this blog for some time, then you know that last February I had a stroke. And in October I had a heart attack. I am now in cardio rehab, trying to get stronger. Eating a Mediterranean, heart healthy diet is important as is getting plenty of sleep and exercise. I've been eating a mostly organic vegetarian diet for 25 years. I never smoked and I drink little ( now not at all). I walked a mile a day and did pilates twice a week. So what the heck happened??? Genetics. There is a strong strain of cardio vascular disease on my maternal side of the family, plus auto immune disease. I can't negate my genetics, but I am hell bent to neutralize it. So I eat healthy, get lots of sleep, try to destress my life, and now go three times a week for 2 hours a day to cardio rehab. Cardio vascular disease kills more woman per year than all the cancers combined. Think about it. Pretty darn scary. Scarier yet is that strokes are the leading cause of disability in this country. Don't let it happen to you! Please! Take it from me, stroke and heart attacks suck! If your doctor says, no more smoking, then learn to quit. Don't roll your eyes at your doctor. You could end up in a coma in bed for the rest of your life. Sure there is quality of life vs quantity, but is being in a permanent coma really worth the cigarettes or extra order of fries? I'm not saying go crazy, just try to start modifying your habits to become healthier. End of sermon.
The project above is one I designed for eHow.com. It's a hand knit hand warmer to tuck in your pocket to keep your hands warm while you are in the park taking a walk. Though if you do have heart disease - stay indoors and walk your local mall to stay warm. I designed it to keep my daughters hands warm while waiting for the bus.