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Getting Healthy with Blue365

It all started with a pair of jeans that were just a wee bit too tight.

I noticed almost absentmindedly about a month ago that I had to do the dreaded sucking in of the stomach just to button my favorite pair of jeans. Obviously my lack of exercise during the scorching summer was coming back to haunt me. Then I had my annual physical and realized I had gained almost 10 pounds in just a few months. Not to mention my cholesterol was creeping up into the 200s again.

I’m cursed with some bad genetics that make my family a cardiovascular nightmare, and my high cholesterol was discovered when I was only 9 years old. Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet have always been enough to keep my cholesterol within acceptable limits, but falling off of both the exercise and the healthy diet during the summer was enough to send my cholesterol into the unhealthy range.

After a stern lecture from my primary care physician I realized that while my current lifestyle was unhealthy for me, it was also setting a really bad example for my kids. I had to make changes. There is no better time than now. Fall is here. The weather is cooling down, and there are no excuses to stop me from making healthy, smart choices part of my everyday life.

My family is fortunate enough to have wonderful health insurance through a Blue Company, and I was recently introduced to a really amazing program called Blue365®. Blue365 is a national program offered by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association to members of participating Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Companies that offers access to savings on a variety of fitness, nutrition, health, and even travel options.
It’s the perfect way to add healthy, fun activities into your life, even on a budget. The program offers discounted products and services each week, all designed to help you make healthy lifestyle choices. Members receive a weekly email detailing the current featured deals and the discounts are also promoted on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Facebook Page. This program is unique to Blue Companies and really shows their commitment to helping their members live healthy, happy lives.

There could not have been a more perfect time for me to find this program, with my new determination to get healthy and provide a better example for my kids. With the Reebok deal that I found on the Blue365 website, I purchased a pair of fabulous running shoes for myself at a great discount!

Every single night my family and I will be out running on the trails in our neighborhood. Not only will these nightly runs help us get back into shape, but they also provide a chance for some family time. With kids who are getting older it is harder to find activities that everyone actually enjoys so I was pleasantly surprised that the kids are just as excited to get out and run as I am. On the nights when it rains or we just can’t get out and run, we will be using the Elliptical machine that has been serving as a great clothes hanger for the past few months. Mase is especially fond of the Elliptical!

If you are a member of a Blue Company, I encourage you to sign up for Blue365. It’s free and the deals are great! If your company isn’t yet participating in the Blue365® Program, you can still sign up and be notified when your Blue Company joins the Blue365 movement!

How are you planning to stay healthy through the Fall and holiday season? Leave a comment and let me know to be entered for a chance to win one of two $500 Visa gift cards, courtesy of BlogHer!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07086108389535799006 Karine Traverse
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07086108389535799006 Karine Traverse

    I am trying to stay healthy by watching my eating and not over eating all the amazing fall and holiday treats

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14479931141787004294 ♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬

    I tweeted
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14479931141787004294 ♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬

    I am going to join an exercise class and will go faithfully!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04118851688053132564 marybug2

    I also tweeted


    marybug2 @ yahoo . com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04118851688053132564 marybug2

    I am going to walk more, including the treadmill and watch what I am eating.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04010414262878841914 Carmen Nuland

    Well, I’m hoping to get back on my exercise routine. I’ve been down and out with a nasty, nasty cold the last two weeks – plus, with the time change it’s tough to exercise after works so I need to make some different plans

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14364373508248645326 Ashley T.
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14364373508248645326 Ashley T.

    I’m trying to keep running regularly and eating healthy
    ajoy1332 at yahoo dot com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06951746256818369427 Anash


    anashct1 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06951746256818369427 Anash

    I plan on taking it easy on the hydrogenated fats and taking walks..thanks for the great giveaway
    email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03806962451307531215 LSeales

    Currently using a website that tracks your calories and exercise in order to lose weight.

    lorie.seales at gmail dot com

  • Anonymous

    the plan is to move body more,walking my puppy dog,and lifting weights,for more strength,martha…..berrycherry63@hotmail.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01953458148984054704 tara1965

    By training for a running race.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09018331104564225358 Kerry

    tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/266367976683474944

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09018331104564225358 Kerry

    I love to walk, so I will be doing that outside until the snow falls. Once that happens, I will have to resort to my treadmill.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13860000573216929103 coriwestphal
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13860000573216929103 coriwestphal

    I’ve got a good friend who is a personal trainer, and she’s got me signed up for my first half marathon in April. I’m planning strength training twice a week, and 15-20 miles in my fave kicks!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12083861824169704973 sy
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12083861824169704973 sy

    I plan to eat healthy and not too much during the holidays, also want to try some new workouts with exercise ball and weights. Thanks for the giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

  • Jackie H.

    I plan on staying healthy by continuing to exercise everday, drink lots of water, take my vitamins and indulge in holiday treats in moderation! :)

    jackierwood83 at yahoo dot com

  • Norma

    I’ll try not to overindulge on holiday goodies!
    bingomamamnorma at gmail dot com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06086760588998808494 LAMusing

    Walking and eating healthy!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10473742692331938774 wizardewu

    I tweeted this at https://twitter.com/wizardewu/status/265306352778354688

    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10473742692331938774 wizardewu

    I’m going to work out at the gym or hike to stay healthy through the Fall and holiday season.

    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08491681502102208047 Robyn Welling

    We do okay with mild activity, since we walk to and from school every day, but I could stand to do more cardio. What I really plan to do is make healthier food choices; it’s all too easy to grab something prepackaged (and fattening), snag a handful of chips when I pass through the kitchen, or snack on the couch in front of the tv after a long day. Paying more attention to what, when, and why I eat is a realistic step I can take in the right direction.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17914437921590307387 One Frugal Girl
  • http://onefrugalgirl.com/ One Frugal Girl

    I plan to bundle my son up and take him to the park or playground each day. onefrugalgirl at gmail dot com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12727997760503416112 jakiesmom

    i am gonna start retakking my vitamins and eating healthier

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03723073003001470464 Shelly Leatham
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03723073003001470464 Shelly Leatham

    I’ll stay healthy by drinking lots of water, eating right and getting plenty of exercise!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05561420112652542706 Tomi Clark

    LOVE YOUR POST! Our dog helps keep up healthy on these cool Autumn evenings by insisting on a family walk every night after dinner. It’s a great to get everyone up and moving!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15630487551293996857 Deb Anderson

    Increasing my water intake and getting more sleep helps me stay healthy through the winter.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18395691728192716148 suburban prep

    Eating healthy. Watching the sweets. Walking. Taking vitamins. I already got a flu shot as I am near my young nieces and nephews a lot and I tend to older parents. I am trying to get enough sleep. I am trying to stay hydrated with water. I use a stepper when watching tv. I also make sure that I have time with my husband and friends. I also have a signed up for yoga and I do acupuncture once a week. My husband and I try not to use sodium and we try to get fresh fruit and veggies in each meal.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16028783133065306748 Melissa O.

    I am sticking to meal planning, as I often fall into eating comfort food when it gets cold and dark. I am also going to keep my commitment to exercising at least 4 times a week.

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17015823388145768483 Nicole
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17015823388145768483 Nicole

    When the weather starts getting cold around here, I like to do exercise DVDs in my home. Some of my favorites are Jillian Michaels’ 30-day Shred, the 10-Minute Trainer, and Turbo Jam. We also make a lot of healthy crockpot meals and try to avoid eating fast food. I also use a small plate and fill it with veggies at holiday parties, so I am less likely to overeat!

    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16414515636074673221 samdaleo

    I plan to stay healthy by drinking more water, walking my dog every day and trying to only eat when I am actually hungry.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06787034070768958499 bdiane34
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06787034070768958499 bdiane34

    I am trying to get healthy by having regular Dr. visits, eating better and exercising as much as I can.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07184002992830971663 Karina

    i’m looking forward to using my new jogging stroller this fall

    karinaroselee at gmail dot com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07184002992830971663 Karina
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18082798717699003150 Amy @ A Little Nosh

    I plan to stay healthy by getting my flu shot and washing my hands often. Also, I need to stop kissing my 5 year old all over his face. I have a feeling that’s how I get sick! LOL

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15348138101865209901 jenspurg
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15348138101865209901 jenspurg

    I plan to keep exercising, eat right and get a flu shot.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04400063082643848678 Howell
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04400063082643848678 Howell

    I plan to take walks and play lots of tennis to stay healthy this season.

    hlee99 (at) gmail (dot) com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04586577540883795046 Georgia Caudle
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04586577540883795046 Georgia Caudle

    I am drinking more water, getting more sleep and watching what I am eating.

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03869957980531757626 Susan C

    More water, less soda – staying away from the desserts and just taking better care of myself in general – eating right, taking vitamins.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15478351631098779137 traciet

    I am increasing my water intake and starting zumba classes, tracietrump@yahoo.com

  • Jennifer

    I have started working out 3 times a week for 20 minutes on the stationary bike. I am working on getting it up to 5 times a week for 20 minutes. I am targeting having 2 pop-free days a week (I don’t drink a lot of pop, about 20 oz. a day but I want to cut back on that). I am also trying to cut back on other sugary snacks/processed food.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00658465271130715589 Chelsey – The Paper Mama

    I have not been as healthy as I’d like to be…. I’d like to get back into Yoga. I always feel so good when I’m working out. :)


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13115730343687745202 Lisa Brown
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13115730343687745202 Lisa Brown

    I am planning to stay healthy this fall and holiday season by eating right, getting enough sleep, and not letting the stress of it all, get to me.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10007343234060201428 Robin M.

    I plan to get outside and walk. Plus, getting enough sleep and trying to eat right.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13934487269515074092 Teresa

    I have started walking at the local track. Ive lost 10 pounds since school started and hope to lose 20 more by Christmas. I’ve also cut down on the amount of food I consume.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14451369690796528357 ramsaygrace

    We’re actually just trying to get out in the neighborhood and walking more. The beach is only a block or so away, so there’s really no excuse. But I actually stopped by for another reason….to tell you I nominated you for a blogger award. Don’t kill me. :-) I picked my favorite blogs that make me laugh and just HAD to put you in there. You can read the details here: http://ramsaygrace.blogspot.com Hope you have a great day!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03845446576703097607 Amanda Cobb

    I actually just started a new workout routine at the beginning of September, because I had that same dreaded moment with a few pairs of jeans where I realized they didn’t really fit anymore (my thighs are the trouble area). The new workout plan is 3 days a week, with a different focus every day (legs, arms, core). I’m also trying to eat healthier, though time and budget don’t always align to let that happen. I definitely don’t snack as often anymore, which I think will be a big help.