Sunday, December 15, 2013

Marvelous Monday: Heart Health and Family

Congrats to Amanda aka Miss Zippy for winning my Gigantic Giveaway!  I am so glad everyone enjoyed it!  Hopefully we can make this an annual event!  

There is so much that makes Monday Marvelous but I'm talking Heart Health and Family today!  I have always been very aware of the fact that I run a high risk of heart disease and when I started noticing some pretty drastic swings in my heart rate, I got a little worried.  (see Heart of the Matter post)

I went to a cardiologist and had an Echocardiogram (pictures of my heart), a stress test (a really expensive run on a treadmill) and 24 hour heart rate monitoring.  So, I got the results this weekend and...

  • Yes, I do have a slightly irregular heartbeat but nothing to get worried about.  
  • Yes, my heart rate does beat faster than the norm in all scenarios. Resting and working out but there are no signs of additional stress as a result of it.  In fact, I explained MAF training to my cardiologist who had his reservations at first but during our phone conversation & follow up he had said he looked into it and based on what he read and what my goals are, he thinks I should target a heart rate of about 168 given what we learned in all these tests.  That made me SUPER happy!  So, I've been given the "thumbs up" to start Half Ironman Training whenever I want.  YEAH!

Knowing all that makes this Monday Marvelous.

Family, as if I have to say it, makes everyday Marvelous but this weekend was full of family time.   I traveled for work last week and when I get home, the kids are always just a little clingier than normal so this weekend, I really couldn't go anywhere without at least one munchkin hanging around.

So when it got yucky on Saturday, I worked out at home and E was there "ekercising" with me.  That's pretty marvelous!
We went to a party which meant I got to dress MiniE up. That's pretty marvelous!
In case you missed Saturday's post, it's a little more of the same.  Just some marvelousness that you won't want to miss.

Hope you have a marvelous Monday! What is marvelous for you today?


  1. Yay!!! Glad you are back on track. Go get it girl! My kids have discovered the fun of the treadmill too. Part of my workout yesterday was blocking them from jumping on while I was on it.

  2. and sometimes...lottsa times I LOVE LOVE LOVE the clingier than normal :-)

  3. So glad that it was good news!! MiniE looks precious!!

  4. this is the last week of school (work!) before winter break!! woot woot!

  5. The fact that today, I'm officially on holidays :)

  6. I am so happy you got things figured out! I am happy because Chris is officially on half days for work and goes back on leave next week :)

  7. That's really great news! And can I say I am jealous that you can be at a 168?!

    Winning the giveaway made my Monday marvelous--thank you!

  8. That's awesome news! What half IM are you doing? What has made my Monday marvelous? The fact that the sun is shining (even though it's freezing) and that I only have 4 days of work left this week and then I'm off for 2.5 weeks. Happy Monday indeed!

  9. YAY for heart health!! I am so happy you did this! Did you decide which IM you are thinking of doing?! WE GOT THIS 2014!!

  10. Oh yay!! I'm so happy to hear this Katie! I too am jealous that you can be at 168!!