Saturday, August 13, 2011
I’m not leaving Spark People but saying goodbye to high cholesterol (my life-sucking enemy).
For the past year, I’ve been battling an extreme low thyroid level and a rising cholesterol level. In July my thyroid level finally came back normal however my cholesterol was at my record high. My doctor wrote a little note on my report stating that “we need to talk” at my physical next month. I knew exactly what that meant….medication. No way, Jose! I’m not going on cholesterol medication. It’s time for a fight.
High cholesterol is my enemy and I was determined to win this battle. I had four weeks before my annual physical. The very next day I started Sparking. So for the next four weeks I ate more whole foods, stayed within my calorie range, and walked (and walked, and walked, and walked). I logged over 60+ miles.
At my dreaded physical I explained to my doctor what I was doing. He never heard of Spark People. Well, of course, I had to spread the Spark. I was surprised when the topic of medication never came up. He told me that he wanted to give me a fighting chance.
Yesterday, my cholesterol report from my physical came in. After only four weeks of Sparking:
• Total Cholesterol dropped 22 points
• Triglycerides dropped 30 points
• HDL improved by 13 points
• LDL improved by 9 points.
Note from doctor stated to “continue same diet and exercise plan”. Woo hoo! I can handle that.
I’m not out of the woods yet. I still need to improve my numbers more but I know I’m heading down the right path. I have 3 months until my follow-up test and I’m going to do it.
Take that High Cholesterol!
Fight the good fight.