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The results are in!

I’ve been a bit absent ~ I apologize! The past 2 weeks have been busy.  One week I was spending lots of time with the kids during their last week of summer break, and this past week was their first week back!  I imagined that I would have loads of “free” time…and with the girls at school I did, but I ended up doing a bunch of things both in and out of the home that left me with not a lot of blogging time [or too tired at the end of the day to write something coherent!].

My girls and I after a long day of rides and nature hiking!

So what did we do?  On the last week of vacation we visited the local pool 4 different days!  At the start of the week we took a trip to a local little amusement park where the girls rode lots of fun rides and we enjoyed a nice day of sunshine.  That afternoon we also hit a local wildlife sanctuary next door to the park.  It was a fun filled day [and we were all exhausted!].  The only thing that would have made it better was if Dave could have joined us.  But alas, the week before school starts for a guy who administers the whole university’s ID card system is a busy time! :)

Back to school! [a bittersweet day for me]

And last week I …

  • Did great working out each morning! [30 Day shred levels 2 or 3 & running + ab work]
  • Canned 27 jars of green beans
  • Held our first mom’s group meeting
  • And finally… scheduled and went in for my follow up cholesterol test!

A refresher on this last one… In May I went into the dr. for a cough that wouldn’t die and my Dr. was a new-to-me Dr., so he and I chatted a bunch about my medical history, health, etc.  Because I have a history of high cholesterol [hereditary] and it had been awhile, he ordered a lab test just to see where I was at.  So I went and it came back at 230.  I received a call from his nurse a week later saying that the Dr had reviewed my test and due to my age wanted me to … start on meds. :(   I think she could tell that this option did NOT thrill me!  She said that if I wanted, I could take 3 months to work on my diet, etc and see if I could make some changes and retest in 3 months.

Since I was already planning to start the Jillian Michaels Body Revolution the next week, I told her that I would do that.  The Body Revolution was 3 months which meant that a cholesterol retest would fall right after I finished with it!  As you may have seen from my last post, I worked hard all summer and lost 13 lbs and lots of inches.

So Fri I went in and here are the results!

May Test Sept  Test (3 mon)
Total Cholesterol (<200)
 230  205
 HDL (>39, <60)  58  56
 LDL (<130) 161  138
Weight 137 124

(#’s in () are recommended levels. Oh and my
triglycerides are just fine, that has never been an issue.)

I was quite pleased to see the difference!  While my total is still over the “bad” limit, I was so excited to see the difference.  I was pretty sure that based on the inches I lost around my abdomen [where high cholesterol people tend to carry it] that I would see a positive difference.  And because I still have more “padding” ;-) that I could lose to slim down and lower my body fat %, I’m hoping that after some more healthy eating and working out that I will see even more improvement.

Though I have not heard back from my Dr. yet!  I just had the test done on Fri and I can see my results online, but it will likely be at least a week before I hear anything from their office.  I’m hoping that he is pleased with this progress in 3 short months and will allow me to keep working on this and possibly test again in a year to see how its going.

But I tell you – if that isn’t motivation to keep exercising and eat healthy, what is?  Avoiding meds is a huge plus for me.  I would much rather exercise than rely on a drug for my health.  I realize that at some point in my life as I get older that even being really fit and a good weight may not be enough to out-fight my genetics, but until that point comes I’ll keep fighting and doing my best to be the best, healthiest person I can be!

On to September! :)

Comments

Comment from Shelly
Time September 10, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Wow! Big difference! That’s great!

Comment from Laura
Time May 22, 2013 at 9:32 am

I have just found your post as I have been reading up on all things Body Revolution. I had a similar experience. My doctor called me at the beginning of January to say that my cholesterol level was extremely high and that if we didn’t do something about it we would have to go on statins (I’m 38 years old with a family history of stroke and heart disease). My partner and I decided to do everything we could do reduce it naturally and within 3 months of doing Body Rev, eating healthy etc I am proud to say that I am now within the healthy range. My doctor has said that she wishes everyone would do this instead of just agreeing to the meds! Jillian Michaels has turned my life around and for that I will be eternally grateful – even though I know that this is a way of life and not just a 90 day diet/fitness regimen for me. I wish you all the best with your health.

Comment from Steph
Time May 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Laura – That is fantastic! I’m so happy for you! You are right that it is a life commitment, but it is so worth it to find health through good food & exercise instead of medicine. Great job on your hard work!

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