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A couple of months ago I got on the scale for the first time in over a year and if I’m being honest with you guys, it kind of rocked my world. I knew I had gained some weight this year, but other than my jeans being snugger than normal and not feeling as confident in pictures, I didn’t think much of it. I’ve been trying to embrace my body and love the skin I’m in, but I have been living in denial.
I admitted to Brandon that I’d gained about 30 pounds, was feeling really insecure and was now worried about my overall well-being. In an effort to change and get back on track with living a healthier lifestyle, he agreed to support me in losing weight and developing healthy (and heart-healthy) habits. We sat down together to formulate a plan of attack. My top priority was to begin being proactive and start doing things that would help support my overall health.
The top 3 items on our wellness plan were:
- Focus on meal planning and healthier food choices
- Add supplements that help support my heart-health to my daily routine
- Increase physical activity and/or join a gym
I began by stocking our refrigerator with healthier food choices and started taking nutritional supplements to help with my heart health efforts. During my recent trip to Walmart, I picked up Nature Made® CholestOff® Plus because it’s clinically proven to lower cholesterol.* I also purchased Nature Made® Omega-3 500mg EPA+DHA, Burpless supplements, because it includes active ingredients in fish oil that provide heart healthy benefits.† Now at Walmart, you can find a selection of Nature Made® Omega-3 supplements that clearly call out the amount of EPA & DHA Omega-3s on the front of the label.
As we get ready to head into 2019, living a more healthy lifestyle is a top goal for me, because I intend to enjoy many, many more years with Brandon and our dogs. I know to live a healthy lifestyle I have to eat healthy, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy weight, so I have changes to make.
I’ve started dedicating Sunday’s to meal planning and grocery shopping so that I’m cooking more at home and being more aware of what we’re eating. Between working full-time and running my blog it’s easy for me to fall into the trap of cooking quick foods and making unhealthy choices. Sunday meal planning has us eating more lean protein, vegetables, and whole grains which has been really good for us. We also joined a gym near our home and have been going together in the evenings during the week. Brandon enjoys running which I have yet to connect with. However, I have fallen in love with the rowing machine, which is a great cardio workout and could easily spend an hour on it.
I’m also supporting my health goals by including Nature Made® Omega-3s and Nature Made® CholestOff® Plus supplements in my daily routine to help support my healthy heart.† If you’re interested in learning more, text OMEGA to 555888 and watch a quick video from Nature Made® on their Omega-3s at Walmart. Start saving money and supporting your heart health today by purchasing your own Nature Made® items on your next shopping trip to Walmart!
I’m choosing foods that are lower in cholesterol, working out again, and taking the Nature Made® CholestOff® Plus supplements because they help reduce the amount of dietary cholesterol absorbed into the bloodstream. I’m scheduled to go back to my doctor in March for a follow-up wellness check. I’m excited to see where I’m at in my weight loss, cholesterol, and blood pressure goals. I’m hoping to see improvement and confirm that I’m on the right track.
If one of your goals for the new year includes a focus on heart health, Nature Made® CholestOff® Plus is guaranteed to meet your high-quality standards. It is made from carefully selected ingredients under strict manufacturing processes and includes colors derived from natural sources (no synthetic dyes), which is important for me since I’m allergic to some dyes. These supplements also have no artificial flavors, no preservatives, no yeast, no starch, and are gluten-free. A few months ago we learned that Brandon has to eat gluten-free, so I’m happy to know these heart-healthy supplements are safe for him too!
What’s the best omega-3 supplement for you? While I highly recommend the Nature Made® supplements Brandon and I love, you may want to discuss your health with your healthcare professional, especially if you have heart concerns. Nature Made® Omega-3 supplements at Walmart make it easy to meet the recommended dose in as little as one softgel per day (depending on the formula you choose), which is easy to slip into your daily routine. They’re a great supplement option for healthy adults looking to help support a healthy heart.†
*Products containing at least 400 mg per serving of plant sterols and Stanols, eaten twice a day with meals for a daily intake of at least 800 mg as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. One serving of CholestOff® Plus supplies 900 mg of plant sterols and stanols per serving for a daily intake of 1800 mg.
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.