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National Wear Red Day/Feb.1, 2013

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  1. February 6, 2013

    On the First of Feb, 2013 I was in Kingston Mass., at Norse Boys Scout Camp. I chose to wear my red Red dress I made and lit up for FTF. Yes it snowed a bit and was very cold, but I got a chance to talk about why I was a part of Follow the Fifty and why heart health is so important to me personally; how taking care of myself has changed the way I eat and my life style. Thank you!

  2. February 3, 2013

    I had everyone in my office wearing red! Doctors and all! I wore my red shoes and shirt and pin…go RED!

  3. February 3, 2013

    I sent an email out to the college asking them to support their family, friends and colleagues by wearing red and many of the staff did!

  4. February 2, 2013

    I wore my FTF hat and my dark red coat to the surgeon’s office in Farmington. I got the 52 (yes, I said 52) staples removed from my total knee replacement surgery. And I got medical clearance to take the trip to NYC. While in physical therapy, I recited the FTF pledge in front of clients and staff as I continued my grueling therapy and learned to climb stairs. A couple of people asked me about the pledge, and I was able to share the FTF message of living a heart healthy lifestyle.

  5. February 2, 2013

    I wore a red sweater to teach my Basic Life Support class at Quinebaug Valley Community College where we were learning Cardiopulmonary Resuscition (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use. After I finished there, I went to the gym to run 3 1/2 miles on the treadmill and did a little work on the elliptical before retrieving my children from school. Talked about what kind of exercise we would be doing this weekend together.

  6. February 1, 2013

    Today, Lucas and I donned our red shirts with our “Follow the Fifty” pin and met friends for a lunch of grilled chicken salad with unsweetened ice tea. It doesn’t sound like much but when your three-year-old looks at you and says “Do you have your Follow the Fifty red dress pin, Mommy?” You know something stuck! 🙂

  7. February 1, 2013

    In supporting National Wear Red Day today, I was sporting a new red top, a size smaller then I was at this point last year, along with my fabulous red dress pin. I also made sure that each of my three beautiful children were also wearing some sort of red to school today to also show their support.

  8. February 1, 2013

    Today at my store we are all wearing red hearts on our uniforms. We also kicked off our heart health month by taking our blood pressure and posting it on the fridge. I created 28 pages of heart health information and fun facts on a festive flip calendar in the break room where everyday our staff will learn a bit of the knowledge I gained at FTF. Our plan is to educate ourselves and take our BP again on the last day of the month to see how heart smart we have become. I am really proud of our team here at ULTA Beauty in Lisbon they are behind me 100%! We also have several models who are clients of our skin and hair team and it is a tremendous feeling to help them look and feel their best!

  9. February 1, 2013

    Today I am dressed in red and wearing my red dress pin to work!

  10. February 1, 2013

    Here we are on National Wear Red Day! Our FTF journey started a year ago and I am proudly sporting RED in the Mayor’s Office today.

  11. February 1, 2013

    Today, I’m sporting my smaller sized “FTF” shirt at my job as a teacher at Three Rivers Middle College Magnet High School in Norwich. Promoting the National Wear Red Day campaign to my students has afforded me the opportunity to talk to my students about heart health, and many of them have shared the links and resources I’ve given them with their own families. This morning, 10 of them (out of 33 total students in our school) showed up wearing red.
    I’m also wearing the jewelry that was given to me by my boyfriend, who I started officially dating the day of the campaign kick-off. He has given me a beautiful diamond pendant and ring, which has a logo similar to our FTF.
    As I got dressed this morning, I couldn’t believe that a year has gone by already, because this past year has been a whirlwind. Last January, I was morbidly obese and suffering from depression, anxiety, and crippling low self-esteem. I had just found out that my position had been eliminated, had just ended an abusive relationship, and felt very alone in the universe. I responded to the ad in the Shopper’s Guide because I so badly needed positivity in my life.
    And it feels like from the moment I clicked “Send” on that initial email that a tornado swept me from the black and white life I was living and set me and my house down on the Wicked Witch named Unhappiness in this Technicolor world. Just like Dorothy with her ruby slippers, my red t-shirt and I have been journeying through a yellow bricked world full of singing, dancing, new, healthier foods, and obstacles that threatened to lure me off the path. But thanks to the help of my FTF sisters and my coach (my mom) and my cheerleaders (my sister, boyfriend, best friend, and other dear friends) I’ve been able to stay on the path, never once feeling like I was being judged for my missteps. When I took the stage on November 30, it felt like I had just been given Courage, a newly-wired Brain, and of course, a new Heart. I was sad that the official journey was over, but knew that the real work—maintaining this healthy lifestyle.
    I cannot believe that this journey will continue to Oz— a.k.a New York City—to be a part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. It feels like I’ve come full circle, from being the obese, depressed woman on her couch last January, eating junk food, watching Project: Runway, and dreaming about being a model to rocking a fabulous red dress at the same show I wanted so badly to be in. I along with the other FTF models will be walking the runway in spirit besides Cindy Parsons.
    I’ve changed so much in the past year, changes that have nothing to do with the 90 lbs that I’ve lost. I’ve begun riding my horse again, after years of being afraid and then ashamed of how much weight I’ve gained. I’ve realized the importance of having true friends and loving family in my life, and have moved away from the “emotional vampires” that were sucking me out of the positivity, self-confidence, and happiness. My relationships have been strengthened, and I have more energy to be a better teacher. Social occasions out to dinner and drinks have been almost wholly replaced by non-food centered occasions like hikes, trivia nights, or shopping trips for new clothes in a much smaller size.
    Follow the Fifty has been one of the most influential, positive factors in my life, and I wear red today, not only to raise awareness for heart disease, but in celebration of how 183 women refused to become a statistic. And on the one official one year anniversary of the Follow the Fifty Counter Attack in the community, I pledge to continue promoting heart healthy behaviors in my family, friends, and community.

  12. February 1, 2013

    For National Wear Red Day I am wearing my red pants with my red shoes with my black sweater with hearts on it. I teach 9th grade Health at Woodstock Academy so I plan to use this day as a teachable moment. I will stress to my students to reduce or eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages and drink more water. I will remind them to get their 60 minutes of activity every day.

    • February 1, 2013

      I also wore my FTF shirt and pin to the gym this morning and I posted the photo to Facebook and Twitter.

  13. February 1, 2013

    I am going on a job interview today and I have added my Swarovski red dress pin to my lapel. This year it is more than a fashion statement it is more of a personal statement that I care about my heart health. Thanks FTF for helping me to see that my heart, my health and my happiness are in my hands.

    • February 1, 2013

      Good luck on that job interview!

  14. February 1, 2013

    My plans for National Wear Red Day are underway! I will continue my journey of healthy activity with my husband working out at the gym this morning and speaking with my mom, who like so many other women, has chronic heart disease. I will check in to see how she is self managing her nutrition and symptoms.
    I will continue to make heart healthy nutrition choices including a diet high in greens, healthy protein and low gi carbs.
    I will also continue to work to reduce my stress by reflecting on my abundances including all my FTF Friends and Family!!!! 🙂

  15. February 1, 2013

    Today, on National Wear Red for Women Day I am thrilled and proud to be watching my husband sport HIS red! It is just another example of how what we have accomplished has affected not only each of us individually, but our loved ones and our community as well. I will be proudly sporting my FTF tee shirt with of course my Swarovski Red Dress Pin and will be giving out Heart Truth cards to everyone I come in contact with! Celebrate the day!

  16. February 1, 2013

    Happy Heart Health Day! I’m starting the day off with a walk (brrr – it’s still windy out there!) with my faithful dog and two of my even more faithful cheerleaders. I’ll be wearing a bright red shirt today along with my red dress pin. The “heart truth” is that this is a journey and every day I need to think of ways to act and be healthy.
    I feel so much better than I did a year ago and I plan/hope/pray to feel even better next year.
    Wishing all a happy, healthy day! 🙂

  17. February 1, 2013

    Of course the red outfit is ready!! On National Wear Red Day, it is going to be a day of reflection and I will wear my red with PRIDE because it’s been a wonderful journey this past year with my wonderful “Follow the Fifty” friends and it’s going to be an even better year to come! My life has changed forever for the good and I plan on living it HAPPY and HEALTHIER! And to all of my FTF Sisters: Thump! Thump! 🙂

  18. February 1, 2013

    I joined a teaching friend on her run last night (she needed to slow down her run per her training, so what better way to do it than running with me…the tortoise!!). As she chatted and jogged (while I huffed and puffed), she reminded me where I was back in July when I did my first Couch to 5K workout. Here I am today, seven months later, running 2 miles in 22 minutes without walking once!! I am STILL running, something that amazes me, but I know it is because of the incredible support of my FTF Sisters. It is those sisters who have laughed with me, cried with me, and cheered with me through every step of this incredible heart health journey. So, today I celebrate Wear Red Day with a whole new purpose and meaning. It symbolizes my FTF journey over the past year as well as my new-found commitment and drive to live a hearth-healthy life, one that includes regular exercise!

    I have sent the Wear Red message out to the entire staff at KMS, so I’m hoping to see a Sea of Red in our school halls today. I will be wearing my red dress pin, as well. My daughters are planning to accessorize their coaches shirts with red ties borrowed from Dad! Their continued support makes my heart go thump, thump <3

  19. February 1, 2013

    What a year! Who would have thought a year ago that I would be in training for a triathalon! Or that I would be signing up for a 5k race? Not me! Thank you so much Follow the Fifty for giving me the confidence to do these things and for giving me back “me.” This program has given me so much that I can’t even begin to describe how much there is. I am so grateful for this program. My weight loss has not been significant, but that is not what I signed up for. My health benefits far outweigh the weight loss. There is a renewed sense of being that cannot be measured on a scale. I have met some fantastic people and made some new friends and became reaquainted with some old friends and for that I want to thank Follow the Fifty. I’m not going to give up on myself anymore and have taken the word “can’t” out of my vocabulary…now I say-“I’ll try” instead and when I am ready to do something. It’s given me the confidence in myself to know that I can climb that mountain…so, bring it on! Thank you again! Thump, Thump!

  20. February 1, 2013

    I am wearing my Follow the Fifty shirt to school, and have asked all my classes to wear red, too. We have a school “red dress” initiative thanks to our school nurse, but this year it means more than ever.

    I lost my brother suddenly on January 2nd and I am devastated. Although I made some good progress with most of my numbers during the campaign, I didn’t make enough progress in the area of my weight. My adult son and I had the conversation just last night about how I finished the heart healthy campaign and a month later, my brother dies. He has asked me to get a complete work-up, and to make even more changes, because he’d like to have children one day and he wants his kids to know me. How blessed I am to have both my son and daughter who really care! Mike’s passing has made me take yet another look at my health and helped me to realize I need to do more. Now I know the campaign for me has not ended; it has just begun.

  21. February 1, 2013

    I am working 3rd shift in ER at Day Kimball Hospital and so my Wear Red Day starts at 11:00 pm on Thursday. If anyone comes in the middle of the night I am sporting my beautiful red blazer to signify Heart Health and how appropriate to be in the ER where we take care of our residents of NE CT:)

  22. February 1, 2013

    This past year has been amazing! I applied on a whim, never expecting the life-altering experience it has been.
    Although the weight loss has been slow, my numbers are steadily improving. My doctor was thrilled to see that my good cholesterol went from 17 to 48….that alone was reason to celebrate! 🙂 Just as important to me is the support system that has evolved from this. I have met so many amazing women, shared experiences that none of us would have imagined, and I’ve seen a true sisterhood develop…I am so proud to be part of Follow the Fifty!
    And the beat goes on…!!!

    • February 1, 2013


      I totally agree – I also never expected such a life-changing experience! Follow the Fifty has helped to change so many lives in such a profound way.

      Kudos to you on all the positive changes! Thump, thump! <3

  23. February 1, 2013

    I am going to proudly wear my Follow the Fifty red t-shirt on National Wear Red Day, as well as the red beaded bracelet and red dress pin that commemorate the experiences and transformation I went through this year – thanks to Follow the Fifty and all their partner organizations and individuals!

    I am also going to prepare a heart-healthy dinner for my family, including my daughter & her fiance, and will deliver a red rose to my coach to thank her for her time, dedication, and encouragement (…but shh! Don’t tell her! <3 )

    Of course, the day won't be complete without some physical activity – maybe a stop at the gym or a Wii Just Dance session with the kiddos! I'd also like to take a few moments of quiet time to thank God for the amazing blessings and people He's brought into my life, and especially for the life-saving knowledge and behaviors I've developed over the past year, that I will continue to share with others for the rest of my heart-healthy life.

  24. January 31, 2013

    On National Wear Red Day, I will wear red with pride! In honor of being heart-healthy and as a thank you to my co-workers for supporting my year long journey, I will bring a beautiful fruit platter to work with delicious strawberries, melons, grapes, apples, oranges and of course, almonds on the side!

    And as a way to celebrate being physical active, I am bringing a walking DVD so we can ALL take a mile walk together at lunch!

    • February 1, 2013

      So proud of you. Keep up the good work. You are a wonderful person.

  25. January 31, 2013

    I’m starting out National Wear Red Day by wearing my favorite red shirt…my Follow the Fifty t-shirt in its smaller size! I’ll get my healthier heart pumping at Body by Design in the new WILLPOWER & GRACE class. After, I will be wearing my favorite red sweater all day with my Swarovski Crystal Red Dress Pin so everyone knows that I’m a model of heart health!

  26. January 31, 2013

    On National Wear Red day, I will proudly wear my FTF shirt, along with my beautiful red bead jewel bracelet with the heart charm that my daughter and coach bought as a matching set for both of us to mark our heart healthy journey. I even plan on wearing my red shirt to yoga class tomorrow night! I am inviting everyone I know to wear red tomorrow and talk about the positive changes we can all make to be heart healthier! As the day approaches, I come to the full realization that my heart healthy journey was not just for a year, but for a lifetime, and as I was given so very much support while committing to a healthier lifestyle, I am now charged with sharing this gift to help others become healthier too!

    Thump, Thump – Lisa


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