Not that kind of going down, sheesh!
Nope, this is the kind of going down that’s the result of making some positive behavior changes, and oh yeah, taking a little bit of medicine too.
You see, I got some unhappy news back in June when I went to the doctor, so I had to make some changes. More veggies, lean protein, and most important of all, a lot fewer sweets have passed my lips since that day. I’ve also upped my exercise game. Well, I move a lot more, anyway.
A couple of weeks ago I had my physical, and today was the day I went in to review the results with my health care provider (he’s a PA, and I’m a big fan of his). Well, the results were good. Really, really good. We did a happy dance in the office, and my visit ended with a hug (seriously, he was as thrilled as I was). I’m not sure I’ve ever felt that happy leaving the doctor’s office.
Weight is down.
Cholesterol is down.
Blood sugar is down.
Risk factor for a cardiac “event” is down.
I’ve never felt so up about being down.
So yes, I can do this, and yes, it’s worth it. I feel better, I look better, and I have more energy. I’m also doing myself a big favor by making these choices. Some days it’s easier than others, and yes, I still mess up, but overall I’m doing pretty well. I hope you are too.
The things that have helped the most are:
- doling out my medicine into one of those pill sorter thingies… I used to think they were for doddering old fools, until I needed one
- jogging in my pool… this is still the only exercise that I truly enjoy and I plan to keep doing it as long as the water stays warm
- mostly switching from Starbucks frappucinos to the coffee at work (with some delicious flavored creamer, but hey, it’s still way better than a frappucino).
- cooking at home more…this way I have control over the ingredients
- weekly fitbit challenges with my friend… he regularly kills me, but it does keep me moving
What keeps you on the right track? I’d love to know.