Thursday, March 20, 2008
168. 85. 140/78.
Those are definitely not my bust/waist/hip measurements. But they are good for the most part. My office is offering free blood workups all this week, and I figured if I'm going to make a conscious change to my lifestyle, I ought to have an idea of where I'm starting at. It's pretty nice that it coincided within the first two weeks of my SparkPeople plan.
So, 168 cholesterol looks pretty good on paper. I do not know what the HDL/LDL counts are, but I figure that I'm leaning towards an unhealthy combo of the two--with HDL being low and LDL being high. I know how I eat...
85 is my fasting glucose levels. And it falls nicely within the normal range. I do wish they would have checked my levels after I ate something, too, but I can always push my doctor to do those kinds of tests.
140/78. I'm sure you figured out it's my blood pressure. I'm not worried about this as I've been in and out of the doctor's office lately and it always varies from 110 to 140 systolic and always sticks just under 80 diastolic.
So, there they are. I've asked to be placed on a waiting list for a free physical at my office, so maybe I'll get an even better idea of my current state of health. But I feel pretty darn good...though fat and out of shape. I think I'll see some very positive changes when I check again next year.
Diabetes is the one disease that frightens me the most and with good reason. Both Type I and II runs rampant through my extended family. My mom was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in her mid-40s and she is actually a healthy weight, eats healthy, and exercises somewhat regularly. I just don't want to be another one that gets caught.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Cranky. Bloated. Achy.
Woke up to an oh-so-happy day. I didn't get much done in the way of exercise, since I really detest exercise when I'm at my worst during a period. Happy periods? Ha. As if such a thing could ever exist.
I did stroll around my office building. I guess that might count as getting 15 minutes of exercise. Not very good exercise though.
I also felt food challenged today. I was craving sugar horribly, so I reached for a bag of red vines. I only had like 6, but it was probably more than I should have had. It's like 130 calories just for 4. I think I'm going to need to figure out how to fulfill cravings in a healthier manner. Maybe some dried fruit and nuts? Calorie rich but better than red vines I imagine. I guess this is what Sparkpeople is for.
My workplace is what some books would call a "sabotager". Today I was offered: bags of pretzels, cheesecake, beer, and assorted fried and sugary appetizers. My workplace was hosting one of its favorite events, the beer bash, and wow, it's a total diet buster.
I did manage to triumph over adversity though. I reached for the pretzels and sidestepped the cheesecake. And despite the urge to go, I completely avoided the beer bash and all its perilous yummy companions. Yay me.
Tomorrow my workplace is offering even more free food: fruits & veggies and BBQ. I'm telling you...sabotager.
Maybe tomorrow I'll take a longer walk at the park next to my office. It's time I set some goals.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Fat butt. Sleepy mind. Hungry tummy.
Yeah, I've got some serious work to do. But I'm going to take it sloooow at first. Like turtle slow, and if this rushes at me too fast, I'll close up in my safe comfy little shell.
I think I ought to address food first. I'm shaking off the last remnants of a flu and have been just too doggone tired to actually do much in the way of exercise. I know it's a flimsy excuse, but it sounds good on paper (Internet paper...it's shinier).
I had a croissant for breakfast. Probably not a good start. But I had a so-called healthy frozen meal for lunch (Kashi, so of course it's good! *nods sagely*) and a nice noodle-less vegetable lasagna waiting to be baked, so I think I might be okay there.
Like I said...sloooooow. I've got 60 excess pounds to conquer, my own giant gorilla in the room. I know I've got a long way to go, but change doesn't happen in a day. Or it can but it doesn't stick.
Here's hoping that blog post #365 will be filled with happiness and rainbows and puppies. And maybe a turtle at the goal line.
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