The scales finally tipped this morning and I'm out of the 180s. Hello 170s, it has been 4 years since I've seen you. I plan to stay for a little while and eventually will say goodbye to you too. I'm one determined Sparker who is going to reach her goal by the big 5-0!
Now I'm off to the gym for my big workout!
Once again...thanks to all my spark friends for keeping me motivated and inspiring me. You rock!
My test cholesterol results came in the mail on Friday and I was in shock. I did it!!!! My total cholesterol is normal. My hard work and dedication has paid off.
I can’t every recall my total cholesterol ever in the 170s. I’ve have always been border-line high.
Last June, a month before my scheduled physical, I received test results for my cholesterol re-check. My doctor wrote on my report: “We need to talk about your cholesterol at your next physical”. I knew exactly what was coming….medication. So I had one month to start seriously doing something. That was the day I really officially started spark people (joined in February but never really committed).
Four weeks later, I went in for my physical and my doctor took out his prescription pad. I said “NO”. I explained that I was following a online nutritional & fitness program called Spark People and I have walked over 55 miles since I started. He put away his prescription pad and said that he would give me a fighting chance. That day I was more determined than ever to prove to myself that I could get to normal level without medication.
Since June, I have:
• Lost 17 pounds
• Been eating more healthy whole foods
• Limited dietary cholesterol to 300 milligrams a day
• Walked over 340 miles
• And lately been putting in 2 hour daily workouts (over 2500 fitness minutes in November)
I was hoping that my November test would be the one that dropped below 200. Yes, it was. Woo Hoo….
My HDL (good cholesterol) is low which has me a little concerned, so that is what I’m targeting the next 4 months. I’ll be researching ways to improve my HDL a few points. HDL for women should be above 50. Exercise and taking Omega 3 supplements are two ways to improve HDL, but I’m already doing both. Any other suggestions out there?
Today I hit my half way point to my goal weight (15.6 lbs lost)! I’m so excited that I’m feeling the results of my hard work, dedication and commitment to myself and a lifestyle change.
In the past this is the time I would start losing my motivation to complete the other half of my journey, but I’m committed to reaching my goal. What is different this time? It is this wonderful community.
Thank you to all my spark friends, you inspire and motivate me!!!!!
My doctor for the longest time has told me that my waist-to-hip ratio (WTH) is a good estimator for my health. Where you store your body fat is a predictor of health risk. So I checked to see if spark people had any information on this and quess what? Of course there's info (and a calculator).
I remeasured myself today and lost 7 inches total and improved my WTH score a little. I'm still an apple shape which means I'm at high risk. Time to kick it up a notch. I want to be an avocado by the end of the year.