Tuesday, September 07, 2010
I just got my blood test results from my physical last week and I am happy! Two years ago my health was abysmal. Here are my numbers from then:
Weight: 248 lbs
Blood Pressure: 135/95
HDL (good) cholesterol: 24
It was all bad news. My doctor wanted to put me on two different cholesterol meds - one to lower my bad cholesterol and one to raise my good cholesterol. She also felt I was nearing the point where I needed blood pressure meds and she diagnosed me as pre-diabetic on the fast track to diabetes. I was 248 lbs - morbidly obese and very sedentary. Walking a flight of stairs left me huffing for breath. It was pretty grim. I told her I wanted to hold off on the medications and give me a chance to do this on my own.
Well, two years and a whole lot of determination and work have turned things around for me. Here are my numbers today:
Weight: 165 lbs.
Blood Pressure: 110/70
HDL (good) cholesterol: 43
I am so very happy!!!! All my numbers are now in normal ranges with the exception of cholesterol. They like to see that under 200, but I am pretty dang close now. My mother had high cholesterol so I think genetics are working against me there, but my lifestyle has certainly helped tremendously. My doc says I have successfully turned things around without medications. This makes me even more motivated to lose these final few pounds. It's never too late. Life is good!!!