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Friday, December 07, 2012

While I've felt healthy for a while now, I had some concerns about my health and I have been working hard to be as healthy as possible. In 2010 I had a physical after I'd lost about 40 pounds. My cholesterol and triglycerides were high and I had a fatty liver. My blood pressure wasn't great and I was close to needing medication. I had an extremely low vitamin D level. My Dr told me to continue with losing weight and we'd re-check everything. I started taking a supplement for Vit D which did help improve my energy over time.

I had another physical the next year and my cholesterol was good, but my triglycerides were still high, although they had improved some. They had me monitoring my blood pressure at home because I have white coat syndrome, and that was better too. I'd lost a lot of weight, but things still weren't where they should be. The Dr. recommended that if after my next physical that my triglycerides weren't normal, that I be put on medication. That is not something I wanted, I mean I was only 31!

So, I decided I'd keep working at it. I started running more and more. I read that vigorous exercise can help lower triglycerides. My eating was healthy overall (I don't eat perfectly and have never claimed to) and I took my vitamins and fish oil, along with an OTC Vit D supplement. By the time this fall came, I'd lost 140 pounds. I had to re-schedule my physical, and I just had it the other day. They did my blood draw last week and I came in on Wednesday to do the physical and go over the blood work.

Everything is normal now! In fact, my cholesterol and triglycerides are in the optimal range. My triglycerides used to be over 200 and now they are 60. The Dr was amazed. She said I am the perfect example of transforming your body with good old nutrition and exercise. She said my liver and kidney function are excellent, potassium levels, insulin levels, iron, etc, are all excellent! I was so worried before I went in. I have worked so hard to change my life over the last 2.5 years, and if things weren't good I would have been disappointed. It's nice to see the numbers and the proof all my hard work. Hard work does pay off, even if it takes a long time!

I feel so good to know I am healthy. I no longer go to bed at night worried about my health and the pains in my back, knees and ankles. I don't worry about how I will keep up with my kids. I don't worry that I will die early in life like the people in my family. For the first time in my life, I feel good about who I am and I'm proud of what I have accomplished. There is nothing like just feeling good, and the better I eat and more regularly I exercise, the better I feel emotionally and physically.

For the first time in my adult life, I can buy clothes pretty much anywhere. I wear a large now. Just today I bought myself a pair of fleece pajamas at Kohl's and they fit well. I can buy clothes I like and want instead of settling for what they have in my size. I can walk around and shop for hours (I got a lot of Christmas shopping done today) and I am not even tired. Years ago I would be exhausted and my feet would be killing me, and now it's no problem. After I ran the half marathon, I realized that I really can do anything I set my mind to. I wanted badly to lose weight, and I did. I wanted badly to improve my running and do the half, and I did. I wanted to be healthy, and I am.

I am so thankful every day that I decided to make my health a priority. It's so important to me now, and it's important to me to set a good example for my kids so they grow up healthy.

Wednesday was the first time I've gone to the Dr. and had good news. There is nothing wrong with me. I have more energy than I've ever had. This wasn't done overnight, and I am still working on losing the last 30 pounds, but I know I'll never go back to being that overweight. My Dr. even told me not to worry about the scale, and just keep doing what I am doing, because it obviously works.

"I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better." Maya Angelou
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