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,