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Blog 2 for the day, Numbers, veganism, 6 month outlook.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

thing one: if you subscribe to someone's blogs, you have to click the link you get in your email to stay subscribed. for that reason, when folks post more than one blog a day, essentially you are guaranteed to get kicked off of their blogs.

So here I am doing something that drives me nuts when other people do it.

Sigh. Being a hypocrite is so difficult.

Anyways, here's the skinny:
Part of my health insurance plan includes a wellness program-- wherein you complete tasks to earn points, and these points accumulate to a discount on your health insurance premiums. You can do things like volunteer, take a healthy cooking class, get phone health/weight coaching, complete x number of bike commutes, complete x visits per month to the gym, etc. etc. etc.

One part of this is a "biometric health screening"-- you get your numbers. I wanted to post mine here, as a reference point to draw on for the future. The university provides these health screenings at no cost throughout the year, such that I could take another screening periodically throughout the year.

Which is exactly what I plan to do.

Firstly the numbers:

cholesterol 160
HDL 48
LDL 97
Triglycerides 77

BP 110/76
Glucose 89
Weight 215*
Body fat 42.6% ***(edited for this: in sparks, if I enter my weight and height ratio, it shows me as 32% fat. that is a HUGE difference. I was looking at being overweight at 198 in sparks-- according to this weight device, it's going to be a lot more to become overweight. hm.)

*I am NOT entering this weight on my tracker-- as its not my scale and actually is lower than what I got at home. But I will say this was a nice surprise.

So, essentially, I'm fat, but all of my other numbers are perfect. Which was something the nurse couldn't believe given how fat I am. She literally took my blood pressure three times.

VEGANISM for the win. This happens to me often-- my bloodwork is good, and people can't believe it. Both my mother and father have high blood pressure etc. my mother is actually a healthy weight, but has to take BP medication. My mother eats paleo. My father is a vegetarian. This is not genes folks, this is pure diet. And I have the numbers to show for it.

Now for the plan.
I'll be honest, I'm eating a vegan diet, but I've been eating a lot of crap. Ben and Jerry's/ Hagen Daas, French Fries, Potato Chips, Daiya cheez, earth balance mac and cheez, Chao cheez slices, field roast vegan sausages, gardein meats, just mayo and just ranch-- just processed high fat crap. All vegan, yes, but really processed (and DELICIOUS). For the next 6 months, I'm going to really work at getting off some weight. I'm staying vegan, but knocking off the sh*t vegan food-- 5 days a week. 7 days a week is not realistic, nor is it a lifestyle for me. But I can do 5 days of good whole food veganism. The goal would be obvs 7 days a week, but that's not enjoyable or tenable for the long term-- there are going to be days where the three year old kills me and the house is a train wreck and I'm exhausted and just want to order pizza. It's going to happen. Better to work that into my plan than to force it and fail.

-- and notes here: JELLO, as in gelatin, is NOT vegan, but some pudding mixes are. Oreos are vegan-- unless you talk to a level 20 vegan who tells you they're aren't. then a level 30 vegan tells the level 20 vegan they're no longer vegan because they used the "O" word. Vegan is flexible and simple, folks. sh*thead level 20 vegans are just noisy complainers, and don't represent veganism at large. Compassion is the goal, veganism is the vehicle.

And in 6 months, I'm going back for a bio-screening. We'll see how it works.

Anyhoo, that's the that of it. I love being vegan. I love watching people balk at my numbers. I love it when doctors get huffy recognizing that I'm actually a pretty effing healthy fat person.
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    I am your sister in walking the Vegan Food Path of Danger!

    Oreos (yeah I get it about the sugar and buy organic for home but...come on.) All the fried stuff you mentioned. Amy's frozen mac and cheeze.

    I've been doing it for over three years.

    So impressed with your determination AND your numbers! Thanks for posting. I will check the email mark for your blog!

    (though for me, "Friend Feed," when I can find it, lists everything from everyone I follow... not for you?)
    996 days ago
    Those chao slices are great!
    I am heading back to plant based. I think I use having my grown kids back around to buy the processed stuff...anyhow-

    I think that is ridiculous about nurse retaking BP sheeesh
    998 days ago
    outcome will be interesting
    998 days ago
  • KAREN608
    I think doctors are amazed if someone over the ideal weight is fit and has good blood work. They are dumbfounded that someone walks to their appointment, just a mile away, and carries their groceries home, from same distance. They see someone fat and assume what a person is eating.

    I clicked on my email link for this second blog, I know how the system works.
    999 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/29/2017 12:31:59 PM
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