Saturday, January 30, 2010

I love it when my hard work pays off

I have struggled with my weight for a long time. Along with that, I had associated health issues in the beginning stages, i.e. elevated blood pressure and cholesterol. Thursday, I had a physical and some of my lab results were available while I was there. A year and a half ago, my cholesterol was 241. In all honesty, it had probably been higher between then and now, because I had put on some weight since then. Thursday, my cholesterol was 180! My LDL (the bad kind) went from 169 to 101.

As for my BP, I was on mild meds for it several years ago. I don't remember what it was at my last physical, but they usually mention that it's up a little, probably due to "white coat syndrome." Thursday, it was 130/80. I'm very pleased with that!

I know that my diet and exercise are responsible. When I did WW a few years ago, I really concentrated on the points and not much else. Of course it worked, the math worked, but I have learned this time around that WHAT you eat is as important as the calories. SP is so helpful with that in the nutrition tracker.

Another payoff I noticed yesterday had to with my "functional fitness." Our driveway slopes down from the road to the house. I had to roll the trash bin up to the road yesterday morning. It's not light, and in the past by the time I got to the road, I was huffing and puffing. I noticed yesterday that I zipped right up the hill with no heavy breathing. How cool is that?

I know I am getting more fit in addition to losing weight, which is just as important. My calorie burn is getting lower (boo!) because my weight is going down and my fitness level is improving. My most important muscle... my heart... is so happy these days. I've made it's life easier!

While the scale is a very important indicator of success, these non-scale payoffs are simply amazing.

I'm going to get to my goal, and I'm going to stay there and live a strong and healthy rest of my life.

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