"I was experiencing shortness of breath. I put it out of my mind and chalked it up to lack of exercise. Walking to and from conference sessions I was giving that day, my breathing got worse. Given my obvious intelligence, professionalism and medical prowess, I responded to the situation in an entirely appropriate manner. I ignored it."
That was a few years back. It was this experience that when I finally addressed it (thanks to the persistence of my loving wife) drove me to the realization that I had to lose weight, get in shape and take responsibility for my own health before it was too late. The paragraph above is now the first one in the preface to my book, The Healthy CEO. February is Heart Month, and it is a particularly special month for me because it is when I take the time to reflect on my own experience and the reasons for doing what I do; motivating others to take responsibility for their own wellness and become the CEO of their Health.
It is a special month for the folks at the Heart and Stroke Foundation as well and I hope you will join me in recognizing their hard work and dedication to saving lives and preventing heart and stroke. Their website http://www.heartandstroke.ca/ is loaded with all kinds of tips and ideas for healthy living including strategies for preventing heart disease, living with heart disease and even heart healthy recipes. Show your heart this month, make a donation, wear a red dress, log on to their website and get some tips for living a healthier, happier life. Put your heart in it.