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Day 10: Numbers game

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.

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LOSINGJANE 3/20/2008 11:36AM

  Yeah, I have a fear about diabetes too. It doesn't run in my family, but I wouldn't want to be the first one to get it because of my former unhealthy lifestyle. Congrats on taking the steps to avoid it!!

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Day 3: Feeling fruity

Friday, March 14, 2008

Hiccup. Hiccup. Hiccup. (sorry, they're attacking me as we speak)

I woke up this morning and the theme song to Winnie the Pooh Adventures started running through my head. It might've been because I was working my last late shift for a long, long time... Or perhaps it's because I'm starting to feel really optimistic about this new healthy life I'm pursuing.

I gotta get up... I gotta get goin...

Today I hit my target of eating a lot of fruits and veg. I felt really good doing it too. The fact that my saboteur office was hosting a fruit and veggie day helped quite a bit. I skipped the dips and just sunk right into a mix of the good stuff. Carrots, broccoli, grapes... I even had a field greens salad for dinner alongside some fish and skillet potatoes. Eating right's alright.

I'm gonna see a friend of mine... Hiccup.

I'm thinking that next week I might make it a goal to brown bag it every day and include an assortment of crunchy veggies to munch on. Maybe I'll see about concocting a healthy dip to go with. Hummus maybe... A nice red apple for dessert. Mmmm, apples...

Still low on the exercise quotient. My other goal is to walk the treadmill after work every day next week. I think once I really get going, I'll really start to like it.

Hiccup. (seriously, they won't stop.)

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SKYFYRE 3/14/2008 12:36AM

    I won't annoy you with annoying remedies for the hiccups, but I feel for you!
Congrats on incorporating the healthy yummies, I went to Costco and purchased a boat loat of berries: strawberries, blackerries, and bluerries- so your title made me giggle, I myself have been feeling a bit fruity! Ha!
Keep up the good work, and positive attitude!

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Day 2: Yasmin lies

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.

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RESHAPEMYLIFE 3/13/2008 1:50AM

    Get a plan in place
Set long term and short term goals - they will keep you focused and motivated
get a beginers or easy yoga tape
-stretching and deep breathing are great for monthly stress


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Day 1: Approach with Caution

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'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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COLEMANSR 3/11/2008 5:58PM

    Great blog #365. Hope you get the happiness, rainbows and puppies.
Hope you have a great day.

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