I just found out my cholesterol is high. I’m about (bleep) pounds overweight and I haven’t been exercising. Guess its time to finally break down and start taking care of myself. No more late night trips to Braums. No more okra deep fried in oil. No more fried chicken. Its not like we eat a lot of fried chicken. But this time of year we do LOVE our fried okra. I occasionally indulge in breakfast from McDonalds – no more. Too high in calories and fat. Fast food in general is out. I went to Fast Food Facts http://www.foodfacts.info/ and was appalled at how many calories are in a sausage McMuffin with egg. And the fat content – wow. Even my “healthy” Arby’s Market Fresh Chicken Salad sandwich is packed with bad stuff. Sigh….
So, on with the new plan. Exercise of some kind EVERY DAY. And counting calories until I get a handle on what is low cal and what is not. I know myself well enough to know that I can count food things and stay on a strict regimen only so long. At some point, the looking things up in books and keeping charts gets old and I start sliding. I hope increasing my exercise level from 2 days a week – sometimes – to 5 to 6 days a week will make a big difference. My doc says 40 minutes 7 days a week to lose weight. Totally unrealistic right now. I will have to work my way up to the 40 minutes and 7 days a week is only do-able sometimes.
So, I have 3 months to lower my cholesterol or the doc is going to suggest meds. I don’t want to start taking meds for the sort of thing that can be controlled other ways. I’m not willing to give up my liver at this point. My future quality of life depends on taking care of myself now. I don’t want to end up like my father who is pretty much chair bound because of his diabetes.
Life just sucks sometimes. But let’s look at it this way. When I got the call yesterday, it could have been so much worse than just high cholesterol. We just lost a co-worker to cancer. I think I’ll count my blessings this time around and try to get my head on straight about all this. I will pout for a while (like I said, I know myself pretty well) but what are my choices? Eat like there is no tomorrow today and there will be no tomorrow a few years from now or nip this thing in the bud while I have the chance.