It all started with a pair of jeans that were just a wee bit too tight.
I noticed almost absentmindedly about a month ago that I had to do the dreaded sucking in of the stomach just to button my favorite pair of jeans. Obviously my lack of exercise during the scorching summer was coming back to haunt me. Then I had my annual physical and realized I had gained almost 10 pounds in just a few months. Not to mention my cholesterol was creeping up into the 200s again.
I'm cursed with some bad genetics that make my family a cardiovascular nightmare, and my high cholesterol was discovered when I was only 9 years old. Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet have always been enough to keep my cholesterol within acceptable limits, but falling off of both the exercise and the healthy diet during the summer was enough to send my cholesterol into the unhealthy range.
After a stern lecture from my primary care physician I realized that while my current lifestyle was unhealthy for me, it was also setting a really bad example for my kids. I had to make changes. There is no better time than now. Fall is here. The weather is cooling down, and there are no excuses to stop me from making healthy, smart choices part of my everyday life.
My family is fortunate enough to have wonderful health insurance through a Blue Company, and I was recently introduced to a really amazing program called Blue365®. Blue365 is a national program offered by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association to members of participating Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Companies that offers access to savings on a variety of fitness, nutrition, health, and even travel options.
It's the perfect way to add healthy, fun activities into your life, even on a budget. The program offers discounted products and services each week, all designed to help you make healthy lifestyle choices. Members receive a weekly email detailing the current featured deals and the discounts are also promoted on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Facebook Page. This program is unique to Blue Companies and really shows their commitment to helping their members live healthy, happy lives.
There could not have been a more perfect time for me to find this program, with my new determination to get healthy and provide a better example for my kids. With the Reebok deal that I found on the Blue365 website, I purchased a pair of fabulous running shoes for myself at a great discount!
Every single night my family and I will be out running on the trails in our neighborhood. Not only will these nightly runs help us get back into shape, but they also provide a chance for some family time. With kids who are getting older it is harder to find activities that everyone actually enjoys so I was pleasantly surprised that the kids are just as excited to get out and run as I am. On the nights when it rains or we just can't get out and run, we will be using the Elliptical machine that has been serving as a great clothes hanger for the past few months. Mase is especially fond of the Elliptical!
If you are a member of a Blue Company, I encourage you to sign up for Blue365. It's free and the deals are great! If your company isn't yet participating in the Blue365® Program, you can still sign up and be notified when your Blue Company joins the Blue365 movement!
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