February 12, 2010 at 10:29 am , by Julie Bain
I love this photo of myself—even though a friend tartly commented that it looked like I was auditioning for a feminine hygiene commercial. But I was truly filled with joy when my niece snapped me on the beach at Sanibel, Florida, about this time last year. No stress, just long walks looking for shells, swimming, reading—all fueled by fresh-squeezed orange juice, grilled local fish and some of the reddest, juiciest strawberries I’ve ever eaten.
That was then. This is now. And we’re in the midwinter doldrums, with much of the country covered in snow and slush. It’s easy to cower under a blanket in front of the TV, craving chocolate, chips, spaghetti and meatballs. Am I right?
But spring is coming. And I know what I need to be doing. You probably do, too. So let’s make a pledge for better health. It’s part of a national campaign starting now and focusing us toward National Women’s Health Week, May 9-15. Putting it in writing can help motivate us to keep our sacred vows. We’ve made it easy for you. Just add yours to our Health Pledge page.
You can see what others have promised by clicking on the map. They include these:
• Stop using bad food as a reward for good behavior.
• Start taking the stairs.
• Walk to work every morning.
• Eat fewer doughnuts.
You get the idea. I’m going to go there now and make my pledge to try to get back to my healthy and stress-free Florida self.
Promise you’ll do it, too. In fact, do it right now!
Pass this link on to all the women in your family—and friends, too. Let’s do it for our health! And tell us what you pledged in the comments below to help inspire others.
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