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Week 4: Staying Motivated

28 Days, 28 Ways to Love Your Heart, UW Health, February 2014


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Week 1: Change Your Mind, Change Your Life

Week 2: Emotions and Eating

Week 3: Get Inspired to Get Moving

Week 4: Staying Motivated



Saturday, February 22



"Because the heart is more than just an organ, it is what allows us to connect to one another."

Don't be silent about the No. 1 killer of women. Connect with your community and share this message from Go Red for Women to raise awareness about heart disease in women.



Sunday, February 23



Sherry and Dr. Mirgain


Sherry Henseler took her first steps towards a healthy lifestyle in November 2011. Today, she’s almost 100 pounds lighter and filled with new found energy that fuels an active lifestyle. In the past, Sherry found that her motivation faded after just a couple of months. This time, her approach and most importantly – her attitude was different. 


If Sherry did it – you can, too! Read Sherry’s tips for success.




Monday, February 24



It’s sometimes called the "sophomore slump" – we start strong, but our motivation to maintain our new, heart-healthy behaviors can fade overtime. Health psychologist Dr. Shilagh Mirgain offers some words of wisdom on how to rekindle the fire that motivated you to take those first steps down the path to good health.


If you're having a hard time sticking to your goals, ask for support. SHARE this post and your goals and ask your community to support you.




Tuesday, February 25


The environment we live in can have an enormous impact on how easy (or difficult) it is for us to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Surrounded by sweets and snacks at work? Are your kids picky eaters? Is socializing with friends an excuse to binge? How about engaging your kids in meal preparation…walking with friends instead of eating…or coordinating healthy routines with your co-workers like "fruit salad Friday?"



How can you create an environment that supports your health and well-being? Share your ideas on the UW Health Facebook page.


Wednesday, February 26

You might find it helpful to use a smartphone app or online tool to track and assess your progress, but which one to use? Registered dietitians review the top-rated free iPhone and Android apps for weight management.


Have you found success with one of these tools? Share your experience on the UW Health Facebook page.



Thursday, February 27

During the average lifetime, the human heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times. Health psychologist Dr. Shilagh Mirgain will inspire you to make each heart beat count. 


What have you done to take better care of yourself that’s made you feel proud? What’s the next step for you? Share your thoughts on the UW Health Facebook page.
Friday, February 28
As February – Heart Month – comes to a close. It's time to celebrate! You might not have been perfect, but every single step counts. What did you do to love your heart this month? How will you celebrate your success? And what will you do to love your heart for the next 28 days? 


Sign up for the UW Health "At the Heart of It" e-newsletter. Stay motivated throughout the year and be entered in a drawing to win our 28 Days 28 Ways to Love Your Heart basket: "The American Heart Association’s Complete Guide to Women’s Heart Health," a red leather journal and the latest Go Red For Women Cookbook.