Sunday, January 13, 2013
Slightly bummed by my cholesterol results from my annual blood test. Total cholesterol is way too high – 255. I think that is up from last year.
However -- My HDL (good cholesterol) is GREAT at 91; and my ratio is excellent. So my doctor is not too concerned; but the American Heart Association recommends looking at the TOTAL numbers instead of the ratio. I know this number will improve as I continue to lose weight. New goal for next year: drop bad (LDL) cholesterol by at least 10 points. I didn’t save my numbers from last year so I don’t know if the increase in total cholesterol was solely related to an increase in GOOD cholesterol .
On the good news front is my glucose, which has dropped from borderline diabetic (pre Spark), to just inside normal (last year), to excellent this year.
Weekly Update: I exercised every day; had some challenges with eating healthy but overall did very well. I struggled a lot with my acid reflux this week, which was frustrating because I have made major dietary changes to try and control the problem. I ate 95% on my eating plan which is very good (for me). Kept up the dance challenge to dance every day. Stretched 3 times – goal met. Successful at limiting alcohol to 2 drinks total for week – goal met. Organized kitchen cupboard and top pantry shelf; continued with closet clean out. GOALS MET!
Yesterday (Saturday) I over-exercised): one hour Zumba, then a one hour ski class with my friend Pat, then Pat wanted to ski a loop that was much longer and harder than I expected. 4+ hours of exercise and I was at the end of my energy (bonk alert!). I limped up that last hill from the Nordic lodge like someone who’d been mugged. We returned so late the lodge was locked and closed and we couldn’t retrieve our warm jackets from the locker room. It was warmer when we started, but by the time we returned temperatures had plummeted and we were encased in a thin misting of ice. Pat is a great friend, and always up for any outdoor sport, but she is a marathon runner and likes to go farther and faster than me (really she likes to go further and faster than ANY of us). The ski class was focused on downhill control, so we were constantly going uphill and downhill; it was a good workout! I think I actually got fooled because I was better at the class than she was (news flash: better balance and control does NOT equal better endurance and speed!). On the plus – it was a beautiful day, and I enjoyed myself, and I made it!