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Friday, September 20, 2013

It's been a crazy year, both good and bad. In about three weeks, it will be the one year anniversary of my Mom's death. Still coming to grips with that. I also lost my mother-in-law at the end of June to cancer. I never in a million years thought that my husband and I would both lose our Moms in the same year. It's been a really tough year.

That being said, my weight has stayed the same throughout the year. I haven't been tracking, and I only weigh myself every few weeks or so. I tried to stay active. I recently started lifting weights again because I like the sense of accomplishment it gives.

Earlier this week, my husband's health insurance offered free blood tests to test for all kinds of things. It says I have borderline high cholesterol, which floored me I've never had high cholesterol before (had it tested 2 years ago and it was fine). Part of me still thinks it could be a mistake... So I'm back so I can start tracking my food again, just to make sure my cholesterol intake isn't too high. The only things I can think of is eggs and ice cream, honestly. I don't eat fried foods often because it gives me heartburn/indigestion and I don't eat much meat.

Maybe I'm just one of those people that has naturally higher cholesterol. Because I'm fairly active and at a healthy weight for my size, so there isn't a whole lot else I can do to lower it. Sleeping enough and lowering stress would help, but those are difficult when you keep losing people you love...

My husband also had boderline high cholesterol, but his count was different. With me, it was my overall cholesterol that was 204 (ideally it should be under 200) and my HDL (the good one) was nice and high but my LDL was high, too. Hubby's LDL was also too high and his HDL was too low, but his overall cholesterol was okay.

Anyway, I guess I'm glad to be back. I did enjoy my break from tracking, though. At least I've learned that I can trust myself with food choices and not gain weight back.
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    2430 days ago
    Welcome back!

    I'm very sorry about your losses this past year.

    As for your cholesterol, it could even just be what you ate that particular day or so beforehand. That happened to my husband. They ended up putting him on meds for it, which he ultimately decided not to take, and all his subsequent tests have been perfect. Definitely keep tracking your nutrition and being active, but I wouldn't become overly concerned with it until you have a second high test result.
    2434 days ago
    emoticon emoticon I am so sorry to hear of your Loss! I can't imagine the pain compounded like that with Two Major losses like that. The only "Silver Lining" would be that You and Your Husband had Each Other so you didn't go through that alone
    emoticon Congratulations on Maintaining your weight!! That is AWESOME!! If the Cholesterol Reading is Accurate, I know you will get it back under 200 quickly!
    2436 days ago
    I'm so glad to see you're back! I just recently started getting back on here and started getting myself in gear once again.

    My heart goes out to you and your husband. It is definitely difficult to deal with the loss of your loved ones, especially so when the losses are so close together. 2010 was the year I lost my dad, and my husband's step-father passed away a couple of months after my father.

    Even though it's been three years, I'm still having a difficult time with the loss of Dad. His cancer diagnosis, battle, and death caused so much emotional stress on me that I just let myself go, and I regained all the weight I had loss. Now I'm starting over to find my way back. I'm so happy that you didn't let that happen to you.

    Sorry to hear about the cholesterol issue, but don't stress over it too much. Healthy eating and exercise works wonders on your cholesterol levels. If you can't control it with diet and exercise, medication may be needed; however, I'm sure you'll be able to control it with movement and healthy eating.

    Good luck and welcome back! emoticon
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