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My coach, my hero

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I just learned my running coach passed away on Sunday. I didn't know him long and I surely didn't know him well, but this quiet, soft-spoken man changed my attitude, my vision, and my life. He is my hero and I am so sad he is gone. Countless others feel the same way, and none can say it any better than Indianapolis Star report Barb Berggoetz in her blog at blogs.indystar.com/fitforlife/2012/0
4/22/running-icon-tom-hathaway-dies/


RIP Coach.

  
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YIWEN39 4/25/2012 6:37PM

    Very sorry for your loss. You have been blessed to know him. emoticon

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PATIB13 4/25/2012 12:09PM

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Loss is hard enough but it is even worse when it is someone who has touched our lives...pass on what he has shown you and let his memory live on through you. emoticon

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CAROLZ1967 4/24/2012 9:41PM

    So sorry to hear about your coach passing away. That would be so tough but focusing on all he taught you is the best way you can honor him.

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MARISPHERE 4/24/2012 9:21PM

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I'm glad you got to share in the blessing of knowing such a wonderful man.

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JOANNANOW 4/24/2012 8:09PM

    You were blessed to have such a wonderful mentor. Keep him in your heart. So sorry to think of you feeling so sad. emoticon

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MTULLY 4/24/2012 1:39PM

    You were truly blessed to have had someone like that in your life, even if it was for a short time. He sounds like a man who very much made a difference in your life and, no doubt, countless others. So sorry for your loss. emoticon

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BOBINVA 4/24/2012 1:39PM

    So sorry. How wonderful a legacy of him resides now in you. Hope you get the opportunity to pass on those lessons you have learned from him.

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CINDHOLM 4/24/2012 12:46PM

    Sorry for your loss. emoticon

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123ELAINE456 4/24/2012 11:30AM

  So sorry about your loss. Your coach was a great man. He will live on through the thousands of live he has touch. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week

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CITYGIRL27 4/24/2012 10:53AM

    Wow. I have tears in my eyes reading that article and the comments that follow. Such an inspiration to so many. Thanks for sharing. I'm sorry for your loss. His spirit will live on through everyone he touched.

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DEARTOMYHEART 4/24/2012 10:49AM

  I am so sorry for your loss. He sounds like he made a great impact on you for the short time you knew him. His spirit will live on in your heart. emoticon

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PIXIEWIXIE 4/24/2012 10:41AM

    I'm very sorry for your loss. I'm sure his spirit will live on through you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Practicing my "no"

Sunday, April 22, 2012

A while ago, I was reading a book about codependency (turns out I have been codependent for years, but since it was never related to alcohol or drugs I never had any idea). The author, a licensed psychologist, was telling of a case study from his practice. He mentioned that the client came to the office one day and said, "I need a new no. Mine doesn't work." That describes me to a T! No makes me feel so terribly guilty and selfish.

Today, I received a Facebook friend request from someone I was friends with over 20 years ago. He and I even went on one double date, but nothing ever happened from there. Later, things went very far south. We never patched things up, although once or twice we saw each other at an event and we were not unpleasant to each other. I harbor no ill feelings toward this man and have forgiven him for the hurt he caused. However, I have no desire to have any kind of relationship with him, even on Facebook. I thought about it and wondered, "What harm would it cause to accept his request?"

Then I decided today is a day for me to practice my no. What good will it do to be his FB friend? There may be no harm done, but neither would there be any good done. One has to draw a line somewhere and because I need to practice my no, this is my line in the sand. On my way to work today, I practiced saying no over and over again, as many different ways as I could. I even practiced telling myself no ("No, I don't need that ice cream today").

I have also decided not to tell my husband about this. Not because I am worried in any way, but because I know he would back me up on my know. I think he would not like me being friends with this guy, and would tell me just not to accept the request if I don't want to. He would give me more strength to say my no. But the problem is that I have a hard time telling my husband no too. I need to learn to use my no all by myself, without his muscle behind me. If I am tempted to cave, I will ask my husband for his help, but today I am practicing my no alone. I can do this!

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BABIESTEPS 4/25/2012 8:05AM

    AMEN!

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YIWEN39 4/23/2012 7:06PM

    emoticon Practice will make a perfect NO ;-) For all occasions when it's needed! emoticon

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MINDA31807 4/23/2012 6:20PM

    My no doesn't work either, so it is time for me to practice saying no as well!

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BABY_GIRL69 4/23/2012 4:05PM

    As long as it is on your terms & if goofs up again, unfriend him.

God bless,

Dee

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CINDHOLM 4/23/2012 12:59PM

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DEARTOMYHEART 4/23/2012 10:20AM

  Way to go!! We all need practice saying that word NO!! Good for you, keep up the great work. It will get easier over time. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VALERIEBARBER 4/23/2012 9:23AM

    saying NO will get easier and another saying for me is "NO THANK YOU"
i say it often to myself and coworkers! by saying "NO", my clothes are loose, my knees feel a lot better and i have more energy and i just feel better about ME!
WE CAN DO THIS!
HANG IN THERE!

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SUSIQZER 4/23/2012 7:52AM

    YAY to getting your "no" on!

I love that you're starting small, with a FB friend request. Get a little practice, and it'll get easier over time.



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PIXIEWIXIE 4/23/2012 7:04AM

    NO, I like it. I tend to say "no" to almost everything at first, then sometimes re-evaluate and say, "maybe". "Maybe" I need to start practicing my "YES". Great blog tho, food for thought. Oh ya, no food... forgot there for a moment... hehe.

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DAVEYSHADOW 4/23/2012 4:52AM

    emoticon Facebook does have it's own social problems!

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SUNRISE14 4/23/2012 1:37AM

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123ELAINE456 4/23/2012 1:15AM

  Awesome Blog. We all need to preactice saying the word no and meaning it. You can do this. It is the WAY TO GO!!! God Bless and Have a Wonderful Week.

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LESLIE9V 4/22/2012 11:54PM

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MTULLY 4/22/2012 10:20PM

    You have put a lot of thought into your decision, and you have definitely made the right choice. This is the perfect place to start practicing your "no". Good for you!!!

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SONYALATRECE 4/22/2012 9:47PM

    You certainly CAN do this. Just say no by thinking of the worse case scenario as the consequence.
Hopefully this will make your "no" easier.


Sonya

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THEEXERCISER 4/22/2012 9:44PM

    You can do this!

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Motivation Momentum

Monday, April 16, 2012

I need help! I am still on-target for my 1000-miles-in-one-year goal. This goal has become so big in my mind that quitting is almost incomprehensible. Yet with all my walking, and even stair climbing, my body shape just won't change. I don't lose weight, my hips don't shrink, and my waist remains the same. Why? Oh, I know why.

It's my eating. I make a commitment to a nutrition goal (sweets-free, tracking, water intake, healthy breakfast, freggie intake... you name it, I've committed to it) and break it within two or three days. I've reasoned with myself: being lighter will make my walking (someday running) easier, I'll feel better, I'll sleep better, I'll look better. I've even got very reasonable weight-loss goals and benchmarks like my 10-year-wedding anniversary to give me motivation, but they have nothing on the siren song of ice cream or a good meal. I need nutrition motivation! Any thoughts?

If I had half the motivation momemtum for eating right that I do for walking, I'd be unstoppable!

  
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SPARKSPEAKS 4/22/2012 10:00PM

  Hi
Have you ever considered asking your self if the awnser to thequestion feels heavy or light ??? If the awnser feels light then it is a double yes and if its no then well there you have it...

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JUSTA123 4/20/2012 11:54AM

    Oh I know you can do it, it's not easy, but nothing good comes to easy, there are plenty of healthy options for sweets, my favorite is a 60 calorie yougurt mixed with frest strawberries or blueberries. I love peanut butter in fact I eat it almost every day, but I found an alternative called :Better then Peanut Butter it is all natural with half the fat and calotirs I eat it on a fold it with banana satifying and nips the sweet bug in it's track. I am not perfect lord knows I falter regularly, but small changes one at a time will get me there. Hugs my friend! emoticon

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SUZIEW27 4/18/2012 6:51PM

    Man, I have the same issue!!! I get plenty of exercise but it's the nutrition that is killing me. I can do good for about a week and then I reward myself (with food) for that good week!! Sometimes I almost thing it would be better to just go off all of the bad stuff cold turkey but everyone says not to do that!!

I do think there is a flip side of not bringing junk in the house, it's keeping the healthy options in the house as well.

I know you read the blog I put up last night, I have a couple other little things like that I've shared with my BLC team over the past couple of weeks. I'll find them and email them to you this evening. They may help, they may not but sometimes you find a little help in all of this information we have on diet!!



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CITYGIRL27 4/17/2012 8:30PM

    TRACK, TRACK, TRACK!

Truthfully, the best thing for me is to stick to the rule that I must track my food BEFORE I eat it! Often that makes me realize what I'm about to eat is going to ruin my totals for the day, and I change my mind.

Temptation is everywhere, and if it's not in your house, it's still at the office, as you drive past those drive thru's, etc. So, I always have snacks in the house for my daughter. But just like I wouldn't let her do it, I don't allow myself to go overboard. I'm a big believer in portion control. If you just have to have something that's not too good for you, track it, and then just have a little bit.

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SUNRISE14 4/17/2012 11:18AM

    You got to have a plan ! If i can help let me know ! emoticon emoticon

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TOOTHFUL99 4/17/2012 9:53AM

    I agree with everyone who says not to bring those things in the house. If you have to keep your husband in snacks, buy him the things that you don't like, so you won't be tempted. That's what I do.

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VERNITA4 4/17/2012 8:28AM

    Don't bring it in the house....and when you do, make sure it's a small portion.

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CAROLZ1967 4/17/2012 7:35AM

    Getting the junk out of the house is a necessity if you can't resist it or keep it in moderation. But you have to look at what is going on mentally too. I think that the way we think about food, the way we value it, etc. all makes a difference in our weight loss success or failure. I think you are still looking at those tempting "bad" foods (not really bad, but you know what I mean..."unhealthy" foods) as something so good...someone you are being deprived of, like you are being punished in this new lifestyle, if you can't eat them. You are the one missing out and changing your diet to a more healthy one is like the "negative part" of switching to this healthier lifestyle, right?!?! Be honest now! I think most of us when we were overweight or if we are overweight and maybe are new to this journey feel this way, have this "mindset". And that some day must change!! One day it might just click, like it did for me. I finally realized that, that thinking is all wrong! I am really NOT valuing my body by eating that way! I am really not valuing myself by shoving "junk" in my mouth that I KNOW is bad for me! I am intentionally hurting myself!! And by eating healthier, that is valuing myself, truly loving and caring for myself, my body! But as long as you view this eating healthier plan as a punishment and a "negative", you may always struggle with eating right, eating these junk foods in moderation only. Might want to give that all some thought. P.S. Even in maintenance stage, it is still tough. Every day is full of choices and they may get somewhat easier, but there are still struggles. Each day I still have to work hard and make that commitment to focus on my goals, even if it's "maintaining".

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JMERLAU 4/17/2012 6:55AM

    Here's the deal. YOU have an addiction.. NO different than that of a smoker or alcoholic, it's an addiction. Food is just as dangerous and more so than the others, it's typically even MORE readily available to us.

I know that because I have the same addiction, FOOD! Remove the temptations, don't buy them or allow them in your house anymore. Is that an overwhelming thought, YES, I get that. I'll ask you to make ONE small change a day, maybe it'll take a week, but make one small change. You know the change I'm talking about is in your head, right? MAKE a change and make it a HABIT! Make IT, whatever IT is a lifestyle. Those small changes WILL make a huge difference in your life and add to great success and changes.

I'll leave you with this thought
you CAN NOT out work a poor diet. Simply can't be done. Walk till you are blue in the face, poor eating choices will catch up to you every time.

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MILLERGIRL719 4/17/2012 6:41AM

    Remove all temptation...clean the house of all junk........if you are nowhere near the song you can't hear it!

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BOBINVA 4/17/2012 6:27AM

    If the bad food is in my house I have a hard time not eating it. Try starting to remove some of your temptations from even being a choice.

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123ELAINE456 4/17/2012 5:03AM

  I feel for you. But you need to get back on track and just keep going on your journey. Read all the motivaitional blogs here on SparkPeople. Do differant exercises than what you are doing. You will be able to do it. It is the WAY TO GO!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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PATIB13 4/17/2012 1:20AM

    I feel your frustration! I am in the same boat. I know what needs to be done, I have done it before...but why can't I do it now. The one thing that really helped me in the past was Weight Watchers, I lost 40 lbs on weight watchers and what I really like was that it was easy and I could eat that bit of ice cream or a pepsi....it worked in my life. Maybe something like that would help. Finding the right instructor was key. I had an awesome one.

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MARISPHERE 4/16/2012 11:47PM

    I've been thinking of trying calorie cycling or Volumetrics. The biggest problem is a serious lack of time for meal prep, weighing and measuring food. I need something absolutely idiot proof.
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SUCCESS!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

I did it! I once again met my monthly mileage goal! That's three months in a row, and it means I am still on track for my 1000-mile resolution for 2012 (Actually 6.21 miles ahead of schedule emoticon). My goal this month was 61 miles; I logged 61.2! emoticon Pretty impressive when my goal for October was 30 miles and I only managed to get in 24.45. I feel like I've really come a long way.

I had set another goal to work on my consistency: no more than seven days in the month with no activity logged. I did it! One day, I only had 0.72 miles, but it was still activity. There were only six days in March that I did not log any activity at all.

My nutrition choices these past fews have been lacking. (Is it wrong to eat a half gallon of ice cream in two sittings about 24 hours apart? emoticon) It was tempting to think, "Why waste my time working out tonight when I've been eating like crap?" Rationally speaking, it's easy to see the faulty thinking here. I didn't eat badly BECAUSE I was going to work out; I would have made those choices no matter what (stupid hormones). At least my workout could help reduce the negative effects of my poor choices. But what really got me to do today's workout in spite of the ice cream and tortilla chips was my monthly goal. And my previous success ("success breeds success"). I didn't want to mess up my streak of meeting my monthly mileage goal, even though I knew I could afford it and still be on track for my year. Who wants to give up a great streak for one lousy night of feeling bad about herself? Yay goals!

My goal for April is 67 miles, with no more than seven days of no activity (there are five Sundays in April).

  
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BOMBCHELL23 4/12/2012 5:30AM

    What an inspiration you are for the attitude of sticking with it. I am glad to hear you are doing so well and accomplishing so very many goals. I am on springbreak this week and honestly resting more than I normally would be and trying to catch up on homework.

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ELIZACG9 4/10/2012 11:24AM

    I think your doing really good, I don't track miles but, maybe I should keep an eye on that more. emoticon emoticon

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GOODGETNBETR 4/8/2012 2:50PM

    Congrats on the mileage success! emoticon The food part will work itself out in time.

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WENPLUSKEN 4/6/2012 10:21AM

  May you find even more little successes this month even besides your walking goal. May you find awesome reminders during the month of oh so how worth it all it is and have those in your life that would help you to keep on keeping on!

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MOSTMOM1 4/6/2012 10:12AM

    OH YEAH!! STREAK ON!!!

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CELLISTA1 4/5/2012 10:59PM

    I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading this blog! Your joy is absolutely infectious! Congratulations!

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PATIB13 4/5/2012 12:07PM

    Good luck!!! Hormones, yea they do cause craziness, but good for you for stilling getting your activity in and not just saying awww who cares.

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IONA72 4/5/2012 4:56AM

    Good luck on your journey, stay strong.

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XRSIZE18 4/5/2012 12:34AM

    WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! This is awesome! You are darn tootin' Success breeds success (so maybe you should make some babies...) haha.

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CITYGIRL27 4/2/2012 10:46PM

    Great job!! You should be very proud!!

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CAROLZ1967 4/1/2012 9:54PM

    Great job!!

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CAROLZ1967 4/1/2012 9:52PM

    Great job!!

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SUZIEW27 4/1/2012 9:25PM

    emoticon! emoticon You did it!!!

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MARISPHERE 4/1/2012 7:17PM

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Here's to an Awesome April!

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MRFUZZ 4/1/2012 2:41PM

    You are on a roll! What a streak! Sometimes it really isn't "wrong" to eat the icecream. You are no longer in the all or nothing thinking about diet and exercise. So these are long term changes. Your consistency is so impressive! Great role model!

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BEATLETOT 4/1/2012 10:16AM

    Awesome job!!! You are doing wonderful!

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DANILYNNG 4/1/2012 10:04AM

    Great job in March and great goals for April! emoticon

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Speaking for themselves

Thursday, March 29, 2012

My health charts speak for themselves, but I'll add a little commentary anyway. That's just the way I am. emoticon


I've never had a problem with my cholesterol level, but it is still exciting to see the steady decrease over time. All this exercise and eating right is paying off somewhere! emoticon


I thought I would see more of a drop in my blood pressure, but you can see here that it has stayed relatively the same all along. Still, this is good because I've always had good numbers in spite of my increased risk due to Mom's high blood pressure and Dad's heart disease. I'm sure my level of activity has helped keep my pressure from creeping up too high. I have what they call a "quiet" pressure, so it's hard for the machines to read my numbers. Who knows, but my bp may have been a little elevated from the frustration of having sat through four or five tries to get the machine to read it.


This is the most disappointing chart. I would think my exercise would have reduced my pulse over time, but here it seems to have steadily increased. Boo! This was taken almost two weeks ago, so it's hard to say if maybe I may have walked. If so, maybe my pulse was elevated because of that. Still, it's not a bad number, so I'm not too upset. It's just a number I want to watch over time.

  
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MARISPHERE 3/29/2012 9:21PM

    I love how attentive you are. Those results look good, don't worry about the pulse! emoticon

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TWINSFITBY40 3/29/2012 11:44AM

    It's great that you keep tabs on your health the way you do. It is important for us to see how our health is changing along with our waist size. It's a good idea to keep an eye on anything that you feel may be a bit increased so you can sort of nip it in the bud. Still you are doing very well. Good job and keep up the good work!! Maria

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CAROLZ1967 3/29/2012 8:26AM

    The pulse can be affected by anything in the moment so you do have to consider possible contributing factors (walking fast/hurrying, stress, etc). But cholesterol is reflecting the long term, not changeable minutes beforehand. So that's great! It's an important one too, especially your HDL number. I believe they put more importance on that number than the overall, now. You probably got the breakdown, right...HDL, LDL, the ratio (important too) and overall number? Ask for it if it wasn't on your info given to you. I'm sure they got it. Great job though! :-)

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MAGGIE101857 3/29/2012 6:40AM

    The pulse will drop..you were probably just excited about posting these great results!!! Super job!!!

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