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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!
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    Holy cow you are doing a lot! I tried Zumba and lasted 6 minutes! LOL. I also tried downhill when I lived in Alaska and thought it was crazy to go downhill that fast on ice and snow! I guess I'm more of a low key exerciser. Using my Fitbit is good for me.

    Good luck you are doing very well.
    1977 days ago
    Good Job Ali! I'm impressed by your ski workout! and your glucose numbers.

    I bet if you asked your Doc, or the lab, they would have past cholesterol results so you could see how much your HDL has improved!
    Sounds like with the New year, we'll be seeing a new YOU!


    Happy, Healthy New Year to the New You!
    1982 days ago
    Your day with Pat sounds like me with my husband, he can outdo me in endurance and gets carried away with our walks/hikes and just wears me out! I have those days when I can barely move afterwards after he urges me to keep going! Later on, when I realize I didn't die from it, I am glad he does keep at me!! emoticon
    That cholesterol is so hard to figure out sometimes! Mine does the same, one part improves, the other is worse. LDL just shows us how bad we eat. HDL is how well we exercise. My Dr. said she wasn't too worried either with my total being 225. She even told me even with chicken, you have to stay away from all dark meat, it is too fatty! Every little thing counts! Working hard to do better also!! emoticon
    1983 days ago
    I am so impressed with your progress! It is wonderful that your sugar numbers have improved so much, and I bet you will continue to see improvements in the cholesterol numbers as well. I can't believe how well you did with the ski class! I would be a bit put out with my friend, I think. :)

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    1983 days ago
    Conratulations on your great week! I hope you managed to get your warm jackets today, and enjoyed the movie... what did you see? I want to try to see some of the Oscar nominees before the awards are presented.
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    1983 days ago
    Your week sounds great, and I bet you slept well last night!! You're doing so well - great job!!
    1983 days ago
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