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Reality Check

Sunday, November 24, 2013

On November 11th, I participated in an optional health screening offered through my employer. Weight, height, blood pressure, and bloodwork were taken. The results were available 72 hours later. Many of them were what I expected. I have recently been fighting with my insurance about the lack of adequate prescription coverage benefits; requirement for mandatory 90-day subscription, and poor coverage of non-generic prescriptions. Both my Synthroid and Lexapro are supposed to be filled at brand name necessary, as specified by my Dr. So, since my medications had become cost-prohibitive, I began skipping and sometimes stopping them altogether. It didn't help that I spent time out of state with my Dad during his last three weeks at Johns Hopkins and a Maryland Hospice losing his fight with Pancreatic Cancer.

Needless to say, I wasn't surprised when I read my results:

Weight- 207 (office scale)
Blood Pressure- 128/82
BMI- 34.4
Glucose (fasting)- 98 mg/dL
Cholesterol (Total)- 207 mg/dL
HDL Cholesterol- 52 mg/dL
LDL Cholesterol- 130 mg/dL
Triglycerides- 125 mg/dL
Cardio CRP- 3.1 mg/L
TSH- 6.83 mlU/L
T-4 Free- 0.9 ng/dL
HgA1c- 6.2%
Iron (Total)- 21 mcg/dL
Iron Binding Capacity- 437 mcg/dL
% Saturation- 5%
Ferritin- 4 ng/dL
Hemoglobin- 10.3 g/dL
Hematocrit- 32.0%
MCV- 76.4fL
MCH- 24.6pg

I decided it was time to join my company gym (since it's only a $10/month payroll deduction), take my measurements, and start tracking my food and exercise again. Also, I am taking my Synthroid most of the time and have restarted my iron pills.

As of 11/17/13, here is how things look:
Weight: 202.8 (home scale)

Neck: 14.25"
Bicep: 14"
Chest (across fullest part): 42"
Chest (under): 38"
Waist (smallest part): 40.5"
Waist (at belly button): 43"
Abdomen (2" below navel): 46"
Hips (at hip bone): 46.5"
Thigh (10" above knee): 27.5"
Calf: 15"
Waist to Hip Ratio: .86

After my first week, I am down 3 lbs, and have seen some inches lost as well. Because my fasting glucose was just under "risk for pre-diabetes" and HgA1c was in the pre-diabetes range, I decided to change my nutrition settings to the Diabetes Nutrition program. This will help me keep a better gauge of my carbs. I also joined the 8-week Diabetic Weight Loss Challenge and am beginning week two.

Since my Dad passed on 10/20/13, only my Mother will be coming up for Thanksgiving this year. My husband and I will be cooking for about 10 people. Being pescetarian, I will not be partaking in the turkey. However, my downfall is usually the side dishes. Our department is bringing in various breakfast dishes during the week, as well. So, with the exercise I get in this week, I am hoping to at least hold steady.
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AQUAGIRL08 11/27/2013 6:51PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. I imagine the holidays will be difficult this year. My dad passed away 5 years ago at this time of year and this is the first year that it hasn't been difficult. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/25/2013 9:16PM

    I'm sorry about your dad. You certainly have had a lot to deal with and it's hard to take care of yourself at times like these. You labs actually weren't that bad but there is a lot of room for improvement. Good luck with your goals.

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NATPLUMMER 11/25/2013 11:47AM

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SHEILA1505 11/24/2013 11:26PM

    Hi there .. Good to see you back .. Looking forward to watching your progress as you make yourself a priority
Hugs xxx

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