I go up and down the stairs at home a few dozen times a day, sometimes with my arms full of stuff. About a month ago, I came up the stairs empty-handed and I had a hard time getting my breathe. I figured it was a sign that I needed to start getting back in shape. It's happened a couple of times since then. Most of the time I'm fine though. Then this weekend, on our way home from our trip, husband & I are walking up a trail when I got hit hard with the shortness of breathe and my heart pounding like crazy. I knew something was wrong then. Saw my Chinese medicine guy today. He says I have a heart flutter or start of A-Fib. My blood isn't pumping out of my lower chamber all the way. This is something that is new...as of this year. The last EKG I had the doctor was impressed with my heart. So, I need to make some rapid lifestyle changes, not a couple of month changes, but LIFE-time changes. If my Chinese medication doctor doesn't see rapid improvement over the next week or two, I'll be going to my regular doctor. (the guy that thinks if I keep my ears warm all the time, as in wear ear-muffs ALL THE TIME, I won't get any more sinus infections - yeah....trust him with my life?) So, this morning was my last cup of coffee. No more coffee, avoid sugar, and keep animal protein to under 10% of my overall diet. So, no coffee, sugar or meat??? I'm going to be a grumpy person. But, I scared husband enough on our walk that he's willing to eat or not eat whatever it is I have to do. (he's not willing to give up coffee, but he says he won't drink it in front of me) This really knocked the wind out of my sails (nice way to say scared the *&^# out of me). Want to know the weirdest thing? Two years ago, when all the stuff hit the fan with Steph, the accupuncturist that was treating me said that if I didn't get my anxiety under control that I would have a major health crisis in two years.