Tuesday, April 20, 2010
So, last week was my annual check-up. My doctor did a double-take when he walked into the room and saw me. He could tell I looked different than last time he saw me. Then he saw in my chart that I have lost 23 pounds since last year, and he wanted to know how I did it. Well, of course, I told him about SparkPeople! He was intrigued. I told him about how I have been tracking my calories and exercising and reading health articles, taking my supplements, getting 7-8 hours of sleep, etc and he said he HAD to check SP out.
I also told him that I had taken up running, beginning the Couch to 5K program. Well, Doctor is also a runner and this started up another excited conversation!
Doctor felt confident that I may be able to go off the blood pressure medicine that I've been on for the last 15 years. He says the exercise and weight loss have a huge impact on most people's blood pressure. He is tapering my dosage down and we'll see how it goes. Doctor was giddy that one of his patients might be able to go off of blood pressure medication. He said it made his day!
Now for the best news of all. My blood work results came in the mail today along with Doctor's comments. For the first time in 5 years, my lipids and cholesterol are normal instead of borderline high! His comment was that the lipids are significantly better because of the diet and exercise.
Thank you SparkPeople for helping me get healthy!