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8/3/16 12:29 A

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Hi Catherine - Welcome :-)

Make sure that WHEN you decide you would like to come off your medication, discuss it with your Dr or Registered Dietitian first, because it COULD be unwise to stop.

My cholesterol HAD always been very high, and even high on medication. I had always eaten a very healthy diet, too. I have a family history of high cholesterol issues, and a very strong family history of heart disease.

When I had lost a lot of weight my cholesterol levels all came back into the healthy range. I talked with my Dietitian about going off the statins but she said that altho' my LDL, Triglycerides etc. were normal, my HDL (the good cholesterol) was very low normal. She said that IF I were to go off the meds, I would end up with a problem again because the others would go up, but not the good one, so that would make the ratio far too high again. My Dr had intimated the same thing.

As far as my weight-loss was concerned, all I needed to do was to reduce my calories a little because I was already eating very healthily.

Don't be discouraged if your weight doesn't come off as fast as you would like. In fact, it is a GOOD idea that it not come off fast, because those types of weight losses generally go back on again and faster, or to a higher weight than originally.

Just make gradual changes. This means changing only one or two things to start with and only when your mind/body has gotten used to the changes, add something else to the mix. It might be as simple as reducing soda/juice and increasing water. Or it might be eating an extra piece of fruit/vege in your day and reducing take-outs, cake or sweets. If your body is not used to any exercise, then just start by mobilizing more in your day. If you are already relatively fit, then increase the intensity and duration a bit. Don't forget - 2 main types of exercise. Those which get the heart rate up like brisk walking, and those that develop muscle - such as weights. They both benefit us in different ways so it is important that both types be done.

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7/31/16 10:15 A

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Welcome! Glad to have you on the team. Be careful about dropping your meds. Hope you have some alternatives planned like oatmeal, plant sterols, fish oil, and fruit with skins still on. Realize that this process is one of those two steps forward, one step back things that require patience and perseverance.

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Hello Spark People Family. My name is Catherine Antoinette Wright. I am currently a 36yr old and finally decided that it is time to take care of myself for myself. I have decided that I don't want to take any more cholesterol pills. I have decided that I am tired of looking at belly fat. Finally I am tired of not feeling sexy anymore and it is time fore a make over. The next 30 days will be hard, but once I have passed that hurtle then everything will be routine. During those thirty days I have decided to do things a little different. I plan to take pictures of my progress on a monthly basis. I also plan to weigh myself every two weeks and if my goal has been met I will reward myself. I think with this I will create excitement for this process. I am looking forward to overcoming this challenge and get my body back.

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