To remind you, my measurements in September were as such:
- Weight = 164 pounds (although I was 166 when I started my diet)
- Triglycerides (TGs) = 667 (Less than 150 is preferred)
- Total Cholesterol = 260 (Less than 200 preferred)
- HDL (good cholesterol) = 41 (Greater than 40 preferred)
- LDL (bad cholesterol) = Unmeasurable due to high TGs (Less than 130 preferred)
- Weight = Less than 150 pounds
- Triglycerides below 300
- Total cholesterol less than 175
- HDL around 45
- LDL, no goals set, but was hoping for below 130.
- Weight = 151 (close enough…lol)
- Triglycerides = 107
- Total cholesterol = 138
- HDL = 60
- LDL = 57
And so is my doctor. He sat flabbergasted as he read my results, telling me he'd never seen such a turn-around. Then he floored me when made one statement. "How did you do it?"
I told him about my diet, and he literally wrote down the foods I ate and even the recipe for the ricotta cheese dessert! Naturally, the medication of Zocor and Niaspan was a major factor in my results, but the good doctor was quick to point out that there is no way I could have had these results without my changes in diet.
So, at this point, I'd have to say my diet has been a success. My goal was met, but that doesn't mean celebrate with a 4-pound bag of M&Ms and a tray of cupcakes. No, my celebration will be to continue to live as I have for the last 3 months. I'll still crave those snacks; much like an alcoholic craves a drink. But when I fall off the wagon, I plan to be smart about it (like the single servings enjoyed over Thanksgiving). Christmas sweets and snacks will be enjoyed to a minimum and healthier snacks will take their place. I've learned that it's possible to live within this lifestyle, not just exist.
As for new goals, my next appointment is in 6 months (June 4, 2008 for blood work). My goal is to be a couple of pounds lighter (under 150) and to maintain the same blood levels. Right now, I'm still wearing the same slacks. They might be a bit looser now, but not as much as one might think. I hope to be down to that 33-inch waist in 6 months and hope to be in a better exercise routine.
Thanks to everyone who has offered encouragement, recipes and stories of your own over the last 3 months. My fight for better blood is not over, but will continue the rest of my life. I look forward to having you join me.