Friday, November 13, 2015

Healthy Living Update: The Results are In...(Cholesterol Levels)

Well, I went to the doctor for another checkup to see how my cholesterol levels have changed since my last visit in July.  (I've been trying to eat much more heart healthy since then which I posted about here and here.)
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And the lab results said....

That my cholesterol levels went down!  Good news!

But the bad news is that they are still high!  Ugh.  What this means for me is that I am recommitting to eat even better.  My doctor said that some of my levels could be lowered by exercise and I laughed.  I asked her if I was supposed to run 10 miles a day instead of getting my average 19,000 steps.  I don't think being inactive is my problem. (I really don't get 19,000 steps every single day, but that's my fitbit average.)

Anyway...she doesn't want me to put me on statins just yet, which I agree with.  I'd like to see how things are after another 6 months.  

I was listening to a talk by Quentin L. Cook  the other day and this thought stood out to me:

 “Self-control is like a muscle: the more you use it, the stronger it gets. 
Avoiding something tempting once will help you develop the ability
 to resist other temptations in the future.”

My new goal is to work on my self control and NOT eat chips or desserts everyday.  Just eat them occasionally instead.  The more I exercise self control, the stronger I'll get!  

Another thought that I've had is in order to stop an old habit, it needs to be replaced with a new habit.  Maybe I need to find some fabulous flavored water or something else.  Or exercise more during the day...that makes me feel less like eating.

I need to remember these two main things:  
  1. I don't want to have a heart attack or any of the other problems that might happen.
  2. If I can help it, I don't want to take medication for the rest of my life.  (If it's necessary, I'll take it though!)

Anyway...Hopefully me being so open about all of this might be helpful for some of you!  Hyperlipidemia is very common (over 3 million cases each year).  Blogging about it helps keep me more accountable.  You can find all my cholesterol related posts here.  

Thanks friends!
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