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Thursday, October 21, 2010

I had my blood drawn for labs and I went to get the results this past Tuesday. Pretty much everybody in my family has diabetes. My mother also takes medicine to control her cholesterol. Well, on Tuesday, my Dr told me that my cholesterol is high. The good thing is that it's not way out of wack. However, I do need to bring it down and guess what he said......"you need to lose weight". Another good thing is that I re-started my journey to a healthy lifestyle on Aug 7 (funny how I remember the date being that I'm bad with dates). So I've already lost 15lb. He told me I need to lose 30lb. Coincidentally that's my goal. So in 3 months I have another appointment to get labs done again and see if it's gone down. At first I was back and forth (emotionally) about this. I would get mad, then I'd get motivated. Yesterday and today it's been more motivation. I've decided to increase my exercise and hopefully lose it faster. My goal was and still is at least 1lb per week but I am striving for more. One thing I have to do is plan out my dinners cuz that's what's sabatoging me. I don't plan and prepare and so we end up eating out. My goal is to be at 199lb by Nov 16 and eventuall 180lb-185lb by the end of the year. Time to sign off and get to planning.
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DESTINEDTOBFIT 10/21/2010 4:04PM

  Isn't it great to know that you preempted this discussion so that it had less adverse impact? Imagine how you would have felt pre-August 7th? Like it would have been a chore to try to think about losing weight. Now you're already well on your way and you have motivation to keep going. Good for you!
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SPARKYWATSON 10/21/2010 2:28PM

    Awesome! I cut my cholesterol significantly by diet and exercise with some weight loss thrown in but not much. Here's what I did:

I cut out trans fats completely (I know some might have snuck in but if it was listed, I avoided it).
I cut out saturated fats as much as possible. I didn't have an exact number but if I splurged for an item, I tried to balance it out by having less elsewhere.
I allowed myself a lot of monounsaturated fats and some polyunsaturated fats.
Since I had to cut out a lot of meat, I added a lot of beans (and rice).
Lots of veggies and fruit.
Different forms of oats (oatmeal, steel cut oats, etc...)
At least one brewed green tea drink a day.
Increase my cardio exercise.
And added supplements:
Red yeast rice (at lower than recommended levels)
Fish Oil
Fiber
Niacin (biggest benefit, raises HDL or good cholesterol)

Research it and find out what works for you.

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