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Chugging Along - Anxieties

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Diet and exercise. Diet and exercise. Last year my diagnosis of Gout kicked off another discovery - that my cholesterol, more specifically, my triglycerides were incredibly high. The Doctor referred me to a specialist, as my LDL wasn't terribly bad, but my triglycerides were off the hook, and HDL too low. He sent me on my way with the common prescription - diet and exercise.

I slashed my pop addiction from 4 cans a day to 1, and started keeping an eye on how many bags of chips I consumed.

By the time I got into the Heart Institute my triglycerides had come down a great deal - my bloodwork had gone from an interesting anomaly that needed a specialist to the run of the mill "high". The specialist reasserted diet and exercise with a "Lose 20 lbs and see you in one year."

I started at 220, and joined SparkPeople in October at 215. This Sunday's weight in was 205, so I am 5 lbs away from the goal the specialist set, and 10 lbs away from the goal I have for myself. I would like to hold at 195. 185 would be fantastic, but I am not hoping for miracles.

Still, as I approach my goal weights I seem to have a sense of anxiety that my bloodwork will not improve. Also - not much time or effort has been put into what brought me to the Doctor in the first place, the agony of Gout. The truth will come out in a month with my next lab results, but even seeing incremental results on the scale does not have me convinced.

I guess I just have to keep telling myself to do the work and trust - and if there are no results, there is medication. At least I will have tried.
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    547 days ago
    Trust the process and keep on the healthy path. You will feel better and the bloodwork will hopefully catch up.
    549 days ago
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