Day 10 of The 30 Day Shred - Health News

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

It was late in the day, however, I completed Day 10. LEVEL ONE is complete. Wow. Have I really done this and been successful in it? Yes. One Level = Success. IT FEELS SO GOOD TO SAY THAT!

Today I really thought I would end up skipping it. Let me explain briefly.

At work we had a free health screening. Glucose testing, sun damage on the face, blood pressure, and cholesterol. My Glucose was in the Normal range. Sun Damage was a good result, just need to pay extra attention to the tip of my nose. Blood pressure was 120/73 which I thought was great considering it was spur of the moment in the middle of a work day which is always a little stressful (normally my top number is lower).

Then came the Cholesterol. My Total Cholesterol tested at 266. Less than 200 is desirable and anything over 240 is high risk for heart disease, heart attack, and/or stroke.

This may sound stupid, however spark people, here is some sheer honesty for you. I felt like I had just taken a fitness test and FAILED. Big time. And it's a little scary. I've read many articles and different reports about how women are "discriminated" against in the medical field and that a woman is more like to die from heart disease than a man because she is more likely to NOT get diagnosed in time to try and "help it' before it becomes too big of a problem and causes too much damage.

I also have heard from several people because this was not a FASTING test that it cannot be considered accurate.

However, at that particular moment, I just felt like a big fat FAIL. My response to me? Again, here is pure honesty..... I ate a handful of mini-twix bars, sweet tarts, and three musketeers marshmellow filled chocolates.


Every other Wednesday night we go to our church for a church dinner. Tonight I had the single helping of dinner, however I went ahead and got desert instead of skipping it. Oh yes. Ice cream cake and half of one of my son's cookies.


Then I came home, googled some information on high cholesterol and got some feedback about it. Made the decision to call my doctor tomorrow to schedule a fasting blood work be done. Wondered how many other people under 30 have had this problem and briefly worried about having to go on medication. This young? REALLY?

After procrastinating as much as I could, my darling and loving husband said to me "Ok honey, go ahead and get your work out done and quit stalling. You didn't come this far to give up now."

And he was right.

So day 10 is done and I feel good about it. Nervous and excited to start Day 11 and level Two. Will continue to write my updates and will also update what the results of the fasting bloodwork is as soon as I can get it booked. Here is to hoping that with some more diet modifications and continued dedication to working out and making these life changes I can tackle on this potential new challenge I've been met with today!

Hope you all had a wonderful day and a good workout,

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    You didn't fail anything! Wait and see what the fasting test says, and even if that comes back high as well, you didn't fail. You're doing what you need to do to improve it!
    3443 days ago
    Thank you everyone for your comments and support!!!! I REALLY APPRECIATE IT!!!! ^_^ I did call my doctor today and am waiting for him to put in for me to get the fasting full on test done. This way I will know what I am REALLY working with as opposed to a free little wellness check that many people have shared with me might not be accurate. Hoping I can stop by the lab Saturday morning to get it done and have results as early as Monday!

    I also added cholesterol to my nutritional tracker so I can at least get an idea of where I'm at on a regular basis. One of my co-workers brought me in a bag of steel-rolled oats. I thought that was so nice! Will certainly be on my breakfast list!!!!!

    Level Two starts tonight when I get home. I know I am probably going to feel the burn, however am looking forward to it! Nothing like a new challenge to gear up for the oncoming weekend!!!!! Will blog the results after the workout tonight!
    3443 days ago
    My husband does the same thing to me. I am on day 23 and he has pushed me so many times to get it done, especially last night when we got home late. I worked out at 8pm! wow!

    Good Luck on Level 2. It's a tough one. I actually like Level 3 better so keep your head down and trudge through Level 2. The planks demand so much more out of your body! EEK!
    3443 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/28/2011 7:22:59 AM
    i don't know much about cholesterol in the body but i do know that eating right and exercising is the best thing you can do. so just keep doing what you're doing. everything will work out.

    good luck tomorrow! bring on level 2!
    3444 days ago
    You are not a big fail... you keep doing your workouts even when you don't feel like it or something gets you down, that is determination!!! You will rock level two!! As for your health, every day you are working to better it. Wishing you well emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3444 days ago
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    Good job on completing your workout! Jillian Michaels is one tough cookie. I've been thinking about trying the 30 day shred again. I totally understand where you're coming from when it comes to cholesterol. I took a health assessment at work back in January and like you, all other nunbers were fine except my cholesterol. My level is border line high risk.....I'm only 29. To be honest it freaked me out at the time but I haven't done much to fix it. Today I offically started over and I am taking the steps to be a healthier person. Don't be hard on yourself. Continue doing what you are doing and make some improvements that will help lower your cholesterol :o)
    3444 days ago
    I am so glad you completed the workout today, even though you had a lot going on! I just want to tell you that I have a number of friends in their early 30's that have high cholesterol and their doctor pretty much has them watching their diet (which you already do) and add certain things like oatmeal. They also have them exercising (which you also do). I bet it was just from it being in the middle of the day!! try not to worry to much! Easier said then done I know!! I had to get my hormones tested recently and when I got the results back I was freaking out but we are taking a natural approach and hopefully I can get them turned around... maybe this is will be just as easy!!
    I am excited to start day 11 and level 2. I have been going along with the days you have been doing and I really appreciate reading that we are going through the same things. Today was my first day doing "boy" push ups and I did 10 but then I got nervous that I would not be able to finish so I went back to the girlie ones!!
    Have a great evening!! emoticon
    3444 days ago
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