Monday, March 12, 2012
On June 26, 2010 I began my lifestyle changes for once and for all. I am following the sound advice of nutritionist Marion Nestle to eat less, move more, eat lots of fruits and veggies and go easy on the junk food. Last week I had my annual physical. I am thrilled to share with you some of my results.
Labs: One of my initial motivational factors when I started my lifestyle changes was my acknowledgement that I was at high risk for diabetes. My mother and brother both are Type II. When I started to get healthy my blood sugar came in just at the top of normal. I am happy to report that my fasting blood glucose level is down 15 points. The good news does not stop there. My lipid panel shows great improvement, too, with cholesterol levels down 23 points with my LDL (low density lipids) down 15 points, both back in the normal range including my LDL. My HDL (high density lipids) cholesterol is at 50. So nice improvement overall.
My test results are evidence that eating less and moving more are making the difference for me in both visible and invisible ways. I am a slow and steady loser. Overall I lost just under 40 pounds (that 3 pound gain from my three week break is now down to 1). Given that I started on June 26, 2010 (20 months ago) that makes an average of only 2 pounds a month. Not much by the month on the scale overall, but over time it has added up. I do nothing extraordinary except count calories, exercise and eat a ton of fruits and veggies. I have learned to plan for events in my life whether a birthday party, a concert, sporting events or just coffee with colleagues. I budget calories for that event or I bring my own food. This is my life. I chose to partake in all my normal life events and do not let the food control me.
Because I can: This year I will celebrate my new emerging health and fitness in two ways. Diabetes is quickly becoming our nation’s greatest health risk. Besides the two adults in my family with Type II, my godson has Type I. Because I believe that I have, for now, side stepped this chronic and debilitating illness, I will continue to build awareness and raise money for research by participating in the Tour de Cure. This year I will ride in Minneapolis on June 2. I am planning a metric century ride of 100 kilometers or 62 miles. That ride will push my level of fitness. To date my longest ride is 32 miles. I start my official training program on March 31. I am sure that the trainer cycling and cross-country skiing are helping me to get ready for my official training. I hope to ride in the Venus de Mile in Boulder, Colorado at the end of August, too. It is a great fundraiser for greenhouse scholars. I am targeting either the 51 or the 67-mile ride. The Boulder ride will stretch me farther as a cyclist because this ride features elevation (1400 to 2600 feet depending on the ride). It is an all women’s ride and promises to be quite the event. Both event logos are found in the side bar. I welcome your generous support!
Two years ago, I could not have even dreamed that I would be fit enough to do things like those two rides. Now exercise is part of my everyday life and I target physical events as a way to challenge myself but, more importantly to raise money for causes that I believe in. Participating in these kind of events are a win for me and a win for the organization. To me getting healthy and working toward better fitness paid off in ways that I could never imagine. I am planning these two rides because I can. Now.
What about you? How do you celebrate your emerging fitness?
Have a graet week! Thanks for reading. TTFN,