Tuesday, February 26, 2019
In the summer of 2016 I weighed 113; I dieted and exercised for months to get there. I promised myself I would never again get above 120 without making an immediate correction to my eating habits. I promised myself I would weigh-in every morning and control my weight and my health. I promised myself I would maintain my weight and would eat in a healthy manner and continue to exercise regularly. Well, I am very ashamed to admit that I didn't keep my promises. Yesterday I had a doctor's appointment to discuss the results of my blood work and my cholesterol level is 300; below 200 is ideal and over 240 is high. So my level is through the roof. My doc wanted to put me on cholesterol lowering meds, but I said I wanted to bring it down through diet and exercise. He gave me 3 months to make a significant difference. This morning I stepped on the scale (for the first time in months) and was horrified to see 141.2 pounds. I don't know why I was surprised. None of my clothes fit. Every morning dressing for work it is like stuffing a sausage in casing. Of course, I wear sweat pants on the weekends! I am not only angry with myself, but very ashamed. I debated long and hard about admitting this to the Spark Community, and decided coming clean was a good step to take. So I have made a new pledge to myself to eat in a healthy way to bring down my cholesterol. I have purchased 2 books on the subject to both learn and motivate myself. I have 14 weeks (next doctor appt is the first week of Jun) to drop weight, get more fit through weight training and aerobic exercise, and bring that cholesterol number down. My plan is to primarily eat fruit, vegetables, brown rice, quinoa, oats, legumes, flax & chia seed, limited fish, and limited nuts. My plan is to incorporate running into my twice daily dog walks. My plan is to work out with weights at least 3 times per week (my husband has a whole weight set-up and works out almost daily). My plan is to ride my horses on a regular basis when the weather turns nicer. My MAIN plan is to be at a point where I am happy, healthy, and NOT on cholesterol-lowering meds. Thank you all for listening and for understanding. Shame is a terrible emotion. I'll report back in June (if not before).