Monday, December 10, 2007

The Results Are In

If you recall, back in September, I was presented some alarming numbers regarding my blood health. Basically, my doctor accused me of "streamlining carbs" or "going on a drinking binge" because my cholesterol and triglycerides were so out of whack. After the appointment, I set some goals to improve my health, specifically the blood health, by my December 5 lab appointment. Well, the results are in.

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)
My goals for my December appointment were:
  • 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.
My results ARE:
  • Weight = 151 (close enough…lol)
  • Triglycerides = 107
  • Total cholesterol = 138
  • HDL = 60
  • LDL = 57
For the first time since I've had my blood checked (20 years or so), my good cholesterol actually exceeds my bad cholesterol. And my TGs have NEVER been as low as 107. Needless to say, I'm pretty happy!

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.

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