Happy Valentine’s Day!

This Valentine’s Day is three times as special for me because today happens to be National Donor Day and today is also my birthday! I am so excited to celebrate with my friends and family later today. This year, they’ve surprised me by making contributions to my 5K team in lieu of birthday gifts! BTW…my team name is NJ Sharing Network, in case you’d like to join our team or contribute to my personal fundraising page! 🙂 I can’t think of a better birthday gift or way to celebrate National Donor Day! I also think this is a wonderful idea for those of you who are looking for fun and creative ways to raise money for your teams. For more fun ideas, make sure you check back often! If you haven’t registered, what are you waiting for?? Go to 5K.NJSharing Network.org today!

Heart-healthy tip of the day: I LOVE birthday cake, but cake is not good for my heart (or my hips) so do as I did and “bypass” that sugary snack and grab some fresh fruit instead! But if you simply can’t resist that yummy dessert, cut the piece into thirds and share it with your friends!

Wishing all of you a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Wishing all of you a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Let’s Get Physical!!

Love my color-coordinated workout gear! :-)

Love my color-coordinated workout gear! 🙂

I can’t believe that January is over already!  Time flies when you’re having fun and I am having a blast!  I’ve started off this year running…literally!!  As you know, I’ve decided to be healthier this year so I’ve been walking and jogging to get myself ready for this year’s 5K Walk/Race on June 9th!  It hasn’t been easy…I think I overindulged a bit too much over the holidays, but the 5K is about 20-weeks away so I am confident I will be in shape by then.  By the way, I hope you’ve started your 5K teams and registered already!  The registration website is up and running and it is super easy to use!  Simply go to 5K.NJSharingNetwork.org and start your FUN-draising! J

Heart-healthy tip of the day: Park your car at the far end of the parking lot. The short walk to and from the building helps your heart. And if you’re at the mall, it may save you money as well.  Who wants to carry all those bags anyway? J

Are you wearing Red today?

Today is National Wear Red Day for Women’s Heart Health and I am super giddy with excitement!  Not only is red my favorite color, as you all know, but having a healthy heart is very important to me. I don’t like to feel sick, so I wouldn’t want any of my girlfriends to be ill either.  Did you know that currently an estimated 43 million women in the United States are affected by heart disease?  That’s 43 million too many in my book!  That’s why I’ve decided that this year I am going to focus on having a healthier lifestyle and I hope you will join me!  We can start off small and work our way up and the best part is that we have our 5K Walk/Race on June 9th to look forward to and we can make it our goal to be in the best shape we can by then.  I can’t think of a better goal, can you?  So let’s start our healthy lifestyle with my first heart-healthy tip: Take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator at work, school or the mall. Just start with one flight. Soon, you’ll be ready for two!

Ms. Pumps XOXO

Me and my friends at NJ Sharing Network sporting our red today! We're also gearing up for our biggest heart-healthy event - our 5K Walk/Race on June 9th!

Me and my friends at NJ Sharing Network sporting our red today! We’re also gearing up for our biggest heart-healthy event – our 5K Walk/Race on June 9th!