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All the World Over, So Easy to See

Monday, April 18, 2011


Actually, it's not easy to see. Heh, that's what I'm here for, I s'pose.

Anyway, I went to my doc's last week. I was weighed and measured in all sorts of lovely ways.

First, the bad news. I've gained 20 lbs. since my last checkup. I weighed in at 204.4 and learned that my scale is overreporting my weight by .4 lbs.

And ... that's it for the bad news.

Now for the GOOD.

My blood pressure is a staggering 98/70 (normal is 120/80 and it's the lower # that really needs to be kept low). My pulse (and they checked this by taking a baseline EKG because it was so unbelievably low) is 52.


John Havlicek (look him up!) had a pulse in the low 40s.

I suppose I should work on my jump shot, eh?

Hence, my pulse, yeah (shaddap!), is comparable to a world class athlete's. The doc said it was easily better than a good 99% of her patients, as was my pressure.

And now let's look at cholesterol, and compare it to the last few years.

Year Overall chol HDL LDL Ratio Trig Weight
2008 156 40 3.9 346
2009 167 33 113 5.1 105 229
2010 173 38 112 4.6 113 186
2011 194 53 124 3.7 87 204.4

You want the HDL to be high, and the LDL to be low. You want the ratio to hit below 5 (it's just overall/HDL). Trig is triglycerides; you want them to be low. Weight is self-explanatory. Overall cholesterol obviously should be below 200.

By exercising like a fiend I was able to finally get my HDL # up to where it needs to be.

My doctor told me -- you do not look or act like an obese person. Your body does not act like an obese person's body. Except for the scale, you are NOT OBESE. SO STOP BEATING YOURSELF UP ABOUT THINGS.

We agreed, hey, maybe my body's hit a set point. Perhaps this is where it wants to live.

Right now, except for the statistical BMI # and my own vanity, there's little reason to head below 200.

Interesting .....

Anyway, rather than rest on my laurels, I am going to see if I can kick out of this plateau.

I have been somewhere between 201 and 206 for the past, I kid you not, 31 weeks. It might even be more, as I had a broken scale in there.

Therefore, I have decided to see what SP has in store for me if I up my calories. I definitely feel it is counterintuitive, but so are any number of things about weight loss.

This is the experiment. I will continue working out like a fiend and will do this until July 1st unless I see I am experiencing a runaway weight gain. And we'll see how it all shakes out. It may turn out to be trickier to do this than you might think, as I am very used to eating the way I do, plus sodium, for example, is not increased. How to get in the extra calories and not eat junk? Plus, I am a semi-vegetarian -- how do I up protein without just eating two turkey burgers at once (sodium issue) or more tuna (ditto) or tofu (fat issues)? Please don't suggest wheatgrass, whey powder and the like; I will never eat them (and, yes, I have tried).

I will also change my goal to 196 (I think it's 166 right now, maybe it's 146), to reflect a different mindset. This may change, and right now that's purely cosmetic but I want to embrace this attitudinal shift fully.

Here are my older nutrition goals:
Calories: 1600 - 1800
Fat: 45 - 60 g
Carbohydrates: 203 - 293 g
Protein: 45 - 158 g
Cholesterol: 0 - 300 mg
Fiber, total dietary: 25 - 45 g
Vitamin A, IU: 100 - 500
Vitamin C: 100 - 500
Calcium, Ca: 100 - 150
Sodium, Na: 0 - 2,400 mg
Iron, Fe: 100 - 150
Fatty acids, total saturated: 0 - 20
Trans Fats: 0 - 10

And here are the new:
Calories: 1,740 - 2,090
Fat: 44 - 77 g
Carbohydrates: 224 - 323 g
Protein: 60 - 174 g
Cholesterol: 0 - 300 mg
Fiber, total dietary: 25 - 45 g
Vitamin A, IU: 100 - 500
Vitamin C: 100 - 500
Calcium, Ca: 100 - 150
Sodium, Na: 0 - 2,400 mg
Iron, Fe: 100 - 150
Fatty acids, total saturated: 0 - 20
Trans Fats: 0 - 10

It's only calories, fat, carbs and protein that have changed. I am now going up 140 - 290 calories; up to 17 g of fat; 21 - 30 g of carbs; and 15 - 16 g of protein. That's it. Fiber, vitamins, minerals, salt and sat fats and trans fats remain the same.

Meals are going to get interesting around here. Stay tuned.
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    More protein without that other stuff = BEANS!
    I've been pondering adding more to my own nutrition, so I thought I'd drop off my two cents. :D

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    What a cool doc!

    You are just ROCKIN' the SPARK! :-)

    Your song reminded me of another one I like:


    No cool video to go along with it, unfortunately...

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    I can't focus on my numbers so yours are harder yet to grasp--but it's a good thing!
    3514 days ago
    Great report from the doc! Good luck with your new nutrition plan! emoticon

    - Karen
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    No matter what, it's always great to hear the doctor tell you how healthy you are. Good luck on the new nutrition goals!
    3514 days ago
    Woohoo for being healthy! As nice as it may be to fit a certain size, without the health anything else is worthless so you definitely have cause to celebrate.
    3514 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    Congrats on the overall good doctor's report. Upping your calories is counterintuitive - but I've seen it work before. You're exercising like a fiend & if you don't fuel that properly, you're body starts holding onto it's existing energy supply. I'm interested to hear how it goes for you, so please let me know. Healthy nuts - cashew, almond, etc are a great way to up your calories, protien & healthy fats.
    3514 days ago
    Sounds like you have a plan! Glad your appointment went well!

    3514 days ago
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