Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Today is my wife's birthday, so let me start out this blog by wishing her the happiest of days. Of course, it is my responsibility to make her feel as special as she is to me.
I lost 2.4 pounds during my 11th week, bringing my total weight loss to 38.9 pounds since December 4th. This week's loss was a big surprise because I have been feeling a bit peak'd with my cold that I had early in January returning. The rains that Oregon is noted for finally arrived and last week we were dumped on. We've received nearly 4 1/2 inches of rain the last 7 days and with the snow melt from the prior week, the rivers have risen to flood stage. It is so bad here that our dog Rosie's favorite place to walk is closed because it is literally under water. She hates walking in the rain, which made out local walks that much harder to get in because she would quickly want to retreat to home the quickest that she could. Despite the rain, the returning illness and all of the other aches and pains I still got 32+ miles in thanks to exercise equipment.
I got my blood work back from the clinic and here are the vitals that I promised to post:
A1c were 5.9% - continuing to keep my blood A1c's at this level will result in the reduction of my Type II Diabetic medication
Blood sugars are in the mid 80s - again... this could result in a reduction in medication needs
Total Cholesterol was 126mg/dl - my goal is to be below 170mg/dl
HDL (good cholesterol) was 40mg/dl - The minimum for this is 40mg/dl so I need to raise this number
LDL (bad cholesterol) was 72 - The goal is to be between 74 and 100mg/dl - so this may be good and bad results.
Triglycerides were 89mg/dl - goal is to be between 25 and 151. This is just about in the middle.
These are numbers that my family physician find encouraging along with the weight loss. I see my cardiologist in 3 weeks. We'll see what he has to say.
I need to drop another pound to reach my February weight goal. I have 10 days to do that. Cross your fingers folks.
Tonight I am taking my bride to Brazil Grill in Portland for dinner Brazil Grill is like Fogo de Chao. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Brazilian steakhouses, this is a dining experience - not for the faint of heart. This will be a great way to see just how committed I am to continuing on with the weight loss program. I am certain that I can eat healthy yet still enjoy.
Wish me luck...