Hey y’all… it’s Valentine’s day today as I’m sure you well know. They’ve had decorations up in Target since before they took all the Christmas decorations down. It’s all about the Benjamins folks.

So, this year, per usual, I don’t have a Valentine. However, I AM someone’s sweet-heart. I can’t tell you how great it feels to know that Jesus cares for me very deeply and truly has my heart. My relationship with Him matters above all else. Sure, would be thankful for an earthly love. I would be thankful to be blessed with someone who not only loves me with his whole heart and sees a future for us… but it’s more important that he shares my faith and that we grow together in our walk with the Lord.

I am so very blessed that although I do not have a relationship of flesh and blood I have something greater. God will never let me down. God loves me unconditionally.

Because I definitely do not feel I’m equipped to give you any words of wisdom regarding relationships, as I’ve made my share of mistakes and am certainly no expert, please allow me to share with you last year’s post.

You may know that this month is American Heart Month so I’m going to re-do my series of posts on keeping your heart healthy. No need to reinvent the wheel and I know that it’s not very often (if ever) that anyone goes into my archives. Hope you’re okay with me recycling a few items but I think they’re well worth it.

So, without further adieu… here you go…

According to the American Heart Association (AHA) – Cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, are our nation’s No. 1 killer. To urge Americans to join the battle against these diseases, since 1963 Congress has required the president to proclaim February “American Heart Month.”

Take 5 with these healthy alternatives:

  • Five fish to try for better heart health – salmon, trout, albacore tuna, mackerel, and herring.
  • Boost your fiber with these five items – barley, grapefruit, oatmeal, lima beans, and apples.
  • These five nuts are the healthiest – almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, and pecans.
  • Five great sources of antioxidants – oranges, blueberries, red kidney beans, cranberries, and sweet potatoes.
  • Add these whole grains to your diet – whole grain bread, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, popcorn, and quinoa.

Here are some tips to help get you headed in the right direction:

  • The “Start!” program is an initiative launched by the AHA that offers helpful tools, including a log and personalized walking plan and perhaps most valuable – a connection with other walkers.
  • Make the most of your time by visualizing your time in chunks so you can see  what portion of your time is really committed, clock your chores and errands to see how long they really take so you can better estimate how long you will need to do something, and plan for playtime because downtime is crucial to our well-being.
  • Aerobic exercise makes you breathe hard, your heart beat faster, and your body’s large muscles move for a sustained period. Make sure you get at least 30 minutes daily (even if broken up throughout the day in segments of 10 minutes or more), make sure you get exercise at least five days a week, and make sure you perform at least with a moderate intensity (for example, when walking you can talk but are too winded to sing).