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Cholesterol Demon

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Last year my cholesterol numbers rose above the minimum. I thought that I was doing good but not good enough because the numbers have not budged. So for two weeks I am following the Spark food plan. The major changes are reducing the amount of meat and increasing the amount of oatmeal, reducing the amount of margarine I use and increasing the amount of fruit, and finally eliminating full fat cheese. I love cheese, wine and coffee. Reduced fat cheese is just not the same but I am willing to do this for two weeks. The wine and coffee stay. I have lost another pound so this may work out. I have added interval walking every other day. So three days down and 11 to go.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/25/2012 12:37PM

    I'm a retired coronary nurse. I don't worry much about total cholesterol as it is not a true indicator of heart disease risk. Most of the cholesterol in your body is manufactured by your liver, only 15 t0 20% of it comes from food. C-reactive protein is a much better indicator of heart health. The important things to concentrate on your lipid profile are your HDL, triglycerides, and HDL/LDL ratio. The best way to lower cholesterol is to not smoke, limit alcohol, exercise, lose weight, consume omega 3 oils, get fiber, and cut back on the worthless carbs. Coffee drinking raises cholesterol.

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Future planning is hard

Saturday, October 06, 2012

My mom is in an assisted living facility and has been having trouble adjusting. It is getting better but watching her makes me realize how hard change is as you get older. I find that inertia really sets in and it is easier to just stay with things the way they are. Unfortunately everything is always changing and all of a sudden you find yourself surrounded by new issues. Keeping healthy is just the best plan and I am really using the Sparkle to keep me motivated. But staying involved is important and I find that I use excuses to be less involved. Not good, because being social is another way to stay healthy. At least the weekend is nice and planning to have a fun Sunday.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/9/2012 10:56AM

    I like routine and have a problem with change as well, but you are right, it is inevitable and those who do best are those who are flexible.

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TEACHING1ST 10/6/2012 6:04PM

    My mother volunteered for asst. living within 6 weeks of my dad moving into an Alzheimer care unit in the same facility. She's remarkably resilient and has made lots of friends and does a lot of things that we've never seen her do before. I hope your mother will take a chance and join in some of the activities. Our quiet, sedentary mother, now 91, came into her own once she was free of 'responsibilities.' Hugs to both of you as you go through this next phase of life, Sunny!


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Stuck again

Friday, October 05, 2012

Stuck at my weight again. I went off to help my daughter for a week and couldn't find the time to do a good walk each day. Put back on 1.5 lb and have not been able to get it off. The weight gain is tied to a lower number of exercise minutes. Next week we are going off for a few days and I am afraid that I will not put in the exercise time. Somehow this slow weight rise is a symptom of my inability to make sure I get out and move. Just need to keep thinking it through and getting my mind around it.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/5/2012 11:09AM

    My body requires the exercise component as well. Diet is not enough for me.

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LISAHW 10/5/2012 12:06AM

    I know how frustrating that can be - but even the simple act of thinking about change will lend itself to you getting back out there! It's a process and you will get back out there! Hope all is well with your daughter,

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DOLPHINSINGER72 10/5/2012 12:04AM

    Do you watch tv? Even an hour? During the commercials do a jog in place or quick march. It is a way to get in a little extra movement. I have noticed it really helps when I am lacking some motivation or can't get out like I would like to.

And keep staying positive!

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Approaching Birthday

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Next month I am 65. The birthdays happen every year but it is amazing when you reach a number that seems to define the next stage. My health is good and there are no overwhelming money worries and I have a very loving family. So the basics are covered which is really important and they are not by chance but being conscientious always. Working took up so much of my life and time that when it ended a few years ago I took on part time work to fill the hours. Now I have hit a place where I am looking at what to do for the next years. Some of the activities I thought would be a part of my life have been eliminated because of husbands physical limitations. I can and do go off by myself but it is not the same. It is surprising how little time I have ever spent thinking about what I like to do and it is hard to figure it out.

Also the NUMBER is a mental stumbling block, something I am working with right now. At least it is a beautiful sunny day and everyone is relatively healthy. emoticon

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DEDE824 9/30/2012 6:03PM

    Hope you enjoy this milestone birthday! Just think of it as having the 5th anniversary of your 60th birthday!! It's a real blessing to be healthy. I turned 70 this August and that really did sound different. Even tho my husband had been in his 70's for several years, it was different when it was my age!!

Have a blessed year, and think about your "bucket list". emoticon

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    It is hard to contemplate what to do with your life when you retire. I found that balance is the key. It keeps me from getting bored and boredom and lack of exercise are what kills people our age. These are the golden years when you should do what is important to you and leave the rest behind.

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TEACHING1ST 9/30/2012 5:53PM

    It's hard to tell anyone that it's 'only' a number----it's a big one, Sunny! Maybe think of all you've accomplished and like you said, you are comfy in many ways. Can you find a hobby that you've neglected? What about volunteering for something, taking a community college class, join a bookclub----these are all things I can't wait to do when (and IF) I ever get to retire! Money is a huge issue since my husband passed away but once I can tap into IRA's and other funds I know I'll be okay. I hope you can find somehting to take up well deserved rest time!

Happy early birthday!


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Making a commitment

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

I am trying to redo the way I live with food. Food is entertainment and a friend when I am bored, anxious and lonely. To be healthy and have more energy, food must play a smaller roll in my life. Cooking has been fun and a way infill up my time. But with husbands multiple health issues I have had to just stop and keep it plain and very simple. Food problems restrict our ability to go out to eat with friends which has made it difficult. Struggling to work this all through.

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TEACHING1ST 9/4/2012 7:21AM

    Could you fix it 'plain and simple' and fix 'the works' on the side, assuming it would be healthy but 'more' than what he can eat? I hope it works out---that's a problem, I'm sure!


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