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11/14/12 12:11 A

Thank you and congrats on your success as well. It really is a good feeling knowing that I have accomplished this goal thus far. I wish you further success on dropping that other BP medication.

11/13/12 4:59 P

What a terrific success success story! I had a similar Dr. visit after I started SparkPeople. Isn't it wonderful to be able to know we are doing such great things for our bodies? I'm on BP medicine and was able to drop one of two I was taking. I'm working toward dropping the other one. I think that is the BEST outcome of our weight loss journey! Great job! Keep on Sparkin"

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11/12/12 10:32 P

Thanks and I should have mentioned that. I think its probably a little of all of the above. My diet since I started Sparkpeople is definitey healthier with more fruits and veggies (I try to get at least three veggies and/or fruits in each day whether its an apple, pineapple chunks, or a salad) I have done my best to stay at the low end of my calorie evel during the week, banking calories for weekends. I stil eat a lot of the things I enjoy, I just portion control myself or find healthier alternatives. For instance, I love chocolate and could never just not eat it, but I don't want to eat a huge chocolate bar. So I have a quaker chewy bar or a 90 calorie fiber-one brownie. Satisfies my chocolate craving, but isn't filled with too many calories. I do a lot more cardio than I was before starting with Sparkpeople as well. I've added in 5ks and have even done an 8k and a 12k. I'm sure the medication helped. I track my cholesterol of course and I try to keep it below 200 each day as well. I was completely amazed really that it jumped down so much cause triglycerides were something my father struggled with keeping under control.

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11/12/12 10:20 P

Not yet. I go back in three months and if its still good at that visit, they will lower the dosage. They don't take you off the meds right away, they sort of ease you off it.

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11/12/12 8:25 P

Wow. That's really great. I am happy for you.

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11/12/12 7:08 P

Fabulous! You didn't mention what you attribute it to most: general diet, more fruit, more veggies, more exercise: more strength trng, more cadio/aerobic, more walking or what.
Your effort really paid off, and, though I don't have either b/p or cholesterol issue, I am sure others who do would love to know the secret to your great success.
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Edited by: NGREGOR at: 11/12/2012 (19:09)
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11/12/12 6:55 P

I am so glad for you. Are you off the medication now?

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11/12/12 4:18 P

I had a WooHoo moment today at the doctors office. Okay so, when I went for my first physical my Total Cholesterol was at 258 (High Range), HDL was 49 (Not bad, but not in the optimal range), Triglycerides was 323 (way too high), and my LDL was 144 (Borderline high). These were not good numbers. The doctor put me on medication for it called Fenofibrate. Now comes todays annual physical. Total Cholesterol:166 (Desirable range), HDL:63 (Optimal range), LDL:91 (Optimal range), and Triglycerides which were through the roof the first time, today came back at 58 (way normal range). I was in shock at that number, from 323 to 58. That is huge. Definitely an amazing woohoo moment. Sort of balances out the "aww crap" moment I had Saturday when I lost one of the lens from my glasses and still can't find it.

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