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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The hatred of the scale is going around Spark these days!

For me, I was 262 yesterday morning. 262 at the doctor's office yesterday evening. (!!!) Usually I weigh more, sometimes a LOT more, at night, so I was pretty happy with that. Even though I'd so rather be 250 and dropping...

I got some other numbers yesterday, though. BETTER numbers!

It's been years since my last annual physical (leading to me joking about going in for my "semi-decadal" physical...). So I had my cholesterol tested then, and the last couple of times I gave blood, which I also can't remember but were at least a few years ago.

Last physical: Cholesterol (total) around 190-200
not high, but could be lower.

Giving blood: after losing some weight? or starting to eat better? I forget which? 180

Yesterday, the numbers from my blood draw the week before: 165


I knew my blood pressure had gotten better (from 140/80 to 120/70 to 114/70) from my annual gyn appointments. That change happened as I started working out more. My resting pulse has also gone down.

But this is the first time since I really started getting healthier that I've had my cholesterol checked. I was all worried about my bloodwork for a couple of reason:

1) I'm coming off a few months of on-and-off as far as healthy eating goes, and what feels like ages of crap eating, which I know was really only a week.

2) I have this weird thing for the past couple of years where I can't eat as much sweet stuff/carbs or it makes me feel lightheaded. I used to love pancakes or waffles for dinner, with lots of syrup! Starting a couple of years ago, if I had pancakes or a waffle as my dinner, I would start to feel lightheaded or even nauseous afterwards. I started getting eggs on the side for protein, getting a single waffle instead of a stack of pancakes, only eating half, and putting on less syrup. Healthier overall! But mostly to avoid that awful "dying of sugar" feeling. That feeling made me scared! I was starting to think maybe I was pre-diabetic or even diabetic.

Anyway. My blood sugar was fine. Should be 65-99, mine was 90, which is on the high end, but not over. So even more incentive for me to eat healthy & exercise to keep it there!

Also, boring story even more boring, my last physical a few years ago + a coworker once commented that my thyroid looked enlarged. Blood test shows it's fine. Yay!

Basically everything looks good. So I may have one number I'm not happy with (weight!) but all my other numbers look good. I may be fat, but I am healthy! I'd to stay that way, though, so more healthy foods & workouts! Less grouchiness and crappy snacks!

Additional incentive - my total cholesterol & triglycerides are good (triglycerides are kind of awesome - 57!!!! that DEFINITELY used to be much higher!), but my LDL could be lower (111, could be less than 100) & my HDL could be higher (43, over 60 is better). Neither are bad, just not "ideal." But I bet I can improve them even further with more veggies & more sweating!

Partially related update - we got air conditioning last week!!! (ductless, but way better than window units!) so I can have my morning living room dates with Jillian more easily now. Muahahaha. and ow. she hurts me. LOL.

Yep. Way more fun than the scale. This is where I see my hard work of the past year and a half, not the scale or the pants size.

To help me break free from scale related grouchiness, I am rereading one of my favorite blog posts of all time (hence the title of my post!). Here is a sample to entice you to read the whole thing!

"If you were trying to learn Spanish, you’d understand that your progress was best measured by looking at a variety of factors, right? Your vocabulary, your reading comprehension, your ability to speak and be understood? You wouldn’t stand there tracking the number of words you understood on the Spanish-language news broadcast that night and do all the math, and if you understood 46.7 percent tonight as compared to 47.2 percent last night, you wouldn’t conclude that all your efforts were in vain and the enterprise was best abandoned, right? And you wouldn’t conclude that you needed to spend $500 on Spanish immersion classes, right?

And yet.

I don’t know how it works in other places, but Weight Watchers measures weights in 0.2 pound increments. So they’ll tell you you’re up 1.2, or down 2.4, or down 0.4, or whatever. It used to be, of course, that nobody tried to get any trickier than a half pound. No more. Someday, I’m sure, scales will go to four decimal places, so that they’ll be able to tell you, “Congratulations, you lost 2.4337 pounds this week!” And I can equally guarantee you that someone will react to that development by saying, “But last week, I lost 2.4339 pounds! Why are my losses getting smaller? Why? WHY, WHY?”

And they won’t want to hear the answer, which will be, “Because the underwear you wore this week was more linty.” "

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    I love your blog. We can do this.
    2531 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12380606
    Hooray doctor's visit!!

    I used to dread them, because my doc would just tell me to lose weight, but wouldn't actually tell me how to do it. It's like "Duh, thanks! But HOW????"

    My triglycerides were very very high, even though most of my other cholesterol was ok. They were talking about putting me on medication or it, and that was something that initially spurred me to get more serious about my health.

    So, I'm very happy to hear that your bloodwork got better! If you keep it up, I'm sure the blood sugar will come down even more :D

    I know that "UGHH BLAH GROSS" feeling. I get it from eating too much sugar/ too many processed foods. I get it a lot from... pringles. :x Pringles are an abomination to God, but they taste good :( Seriously, one measured serving makes me feel like I'm dying. I noticed that those Special K popchips do it, too. I tried them once when they first came out, because I really thought they'd help with my weight loss. They just made me feel sick. Just goes to show how much "diet" food is unhealthy and bad for you!!
    2540 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13287288
    NON SCALE VICTORIES are very exciting- especially when we see our health improving. We only get 1 body, we need to take care of it!

    Great work! Keep it up! Results are coming!

    2540 days ago
    SO. Now that the two teens I now have think I am totally insane for laughing like a maniac, I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July.

    I was honestly laughing so hard I had to grab my inhaler. Wonder how many calories that burned? emoticon
    2543 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12383123
    Boo for linty underwear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2545 days ago
    emoticon You're doing great, and that quote from the blog post is awesome! Just a tip, if you want to increase your good cholesterol try taking fish oil capsules. I've been taking it for years because of a condition I have. It will increase your good cholesterol, which helps remove bad cholesterol from your body, so it's a win/win. Or you could just increase the amount of fatty fish you eat too if you don't like supplements.
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    2545 days ago
  • MINEA999
    Nice numbers lady!
    My numbers in that realm are all good. It's just this damn scale number that rattled me this week.

    I'm SO glad you're still here. I just don't know what I'd do without your rambling blog entries. LOL

    2545 days ago
    Hee hee - I am sure that I have had weeks where "linty underwear" was the reason I went up 0.2. I will have to tell my WW meeting leader about that, lol.
    2546 days ago
    And they won’t want to hear the answer, which will be, “Because the underwear you wore this week was more linty.”

    This made me lol, seriously. It really is true though! There are SO many factors to weight loss that a gain just isn't worth worrying about unless you're trending up over time. So many people just see a gain and FLIP OUT!

    I'm so glad you're feeling better this week, and your numbers prove you HAVE improved your health.

    (BTW, you not having air conditioning for a while could definitely have contributed to a water weight gain. Especially in the Jersey humidity. Is it AWFUL up where you are today, too?!)
    2546 days ago
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