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!].
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! :)
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)
|HDL (>39, <60)||58||56|
(#’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! :)