“You're in pretty good shape for the shape you are in.
I've been moping around all week because it was time for my bi-annual blood work and doctor's appointment. Last time I visited the doctor it didn't go to well. I was actually excited to go because I had started a new health regime; becoming vegan and started exercising seriously. But when I got the result of my lab tests, it showed that my cholesterol was high. They made it sound like I was near to having a stroke, but in truth it was on the high end of normal. But it was up. I was disappointed to say the least, and embarrassed because I was sure that doctors thought I was lying when I said I really was trying. But who knows how high it would have been if I hadn't started doing those things?
So anyway, I dragged my feet getting the lab work done. I kept to my health regime, but on occasions, such as Christmas, I really faltered; I ate Swedish meatballs with a huge dollop of sour cream and plenty of cookies made with real butter. Everyone consoled me, saying once you passed fifty, high cholesterol was inevitable. I really didn't want to become one of those people that carry around a pharmacy with them. I was already taking thyroid medicine for an underactive thyroid. After Christmas, I really got serious, with the doctor's appointment looming in the future. I kept a journal and wrote down the cholesterol amount of every food I ate, trying to keep it at zero, although sometimes I would have a sprinkle of cheese on my vegetarian chili, or a bit of butter on my oatmeal. I ate oatmeal with Salba seeds everyday for breakfast. Salba seeds have more omega-3 than salmon. Omega-3 increases the good cholesterol. I wrote down how much I exercised. And you know what? It really wasn't that hard. I started to feel better. Clothes that were snug, became loose, although I wasn't doing this to lose weight, it was a nice benefit. I don't have a scale because losing weight for me is such a challenge, I found that the never-moving scale needle just depressing so I can't say for certain that I've lost weight, but it looks and feels like it.
Well today the doctor's office called. My cholesterol levels were wayyyy down and my good cholesteral was up. Such good results the nurse didn't even give me the numbers. She just kept remarking that she never saw such improvements. I asked about the doctor's appointment. "why would you need to come in?" she asked.Well I suspect it was because they didn't expect my numbers to improve and I would need to go in and get scolded and a prescription. After consulting with the doctor, she told me I only needed to come in for my yearly check-up! No new prescription plus no extra doctor's visits equals more money in my pocketbook. And the numbers prove, I'm healthier. As for wiser, it took some scares for it to get through my thick head, that yes, what you eat and do, does matter. Hope this will motivate others that are struggling. My new motto is, "Don't live to eat, eat to live". Being healthy truly is thrifty!