Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Big changes ahead

This morning was my follow-up visit for my hip/leg/back/whatever pain. The good news is that it should be treatable with physical therapy. The bad news is it probably won't ever go away completely. The doctor said he'd consider 80% improvement a success.

Since this is also my new primary care doctor, I had blood work done last week for an overall screening (something my old doctor never cared about, even with a close family history of diabetes and my history of hypoglycemia, which he never seemed to believe happened). Everything is in the normal range, BUT not great. My cholesterol was fine overall, but the "good" kind is too low and the 'bad" kind is too high. I was surprised, because I am not a meat fan, don't eat a lot of fatty or fried foods, and the thought of a fast-food hamburger and fries makes me want to vomit. I do like cheese, though.... and ice cream.
Also, and surprisingly related, I'm "pre-diabetic." My glucose reading was on the high end of normal, but much higher than it was just a few years ago.

Neither problem is at a point to be treated by medication, but a diet change will work. And is necessary. I only have one body and one life - I want to take care of both. We'll have to make a drastic change as a family, though, in what we eat and what we do. I'll need to go back to meal planning so I'm not scrambling to cook a meal after work; when I was doing this it was easy to shop for and make healthy meals. Also - a huge cutback on pasta.I realized today we either have a pasta dish or potato dish with every dinner. I need to learn other options. More vegetables.

It turns out that my signing up for My Fitness Plan was perfect timing!


  1. Wishing you health, happiness and continued success with some of the changes you've begun to implement. Hugs.

  2. Good luck and good health! I'm sending lots of good thoughts your way for an easy transition to a new lifestyle and great results from PT.

  3. Wishing you lots of luck. I've picked up some health problems along the road (high blood pressure seems to run in my family - my grandmother died from it back in 1937- my father was a diabetic and I seem to be traveling down that road too). I am sending a cyberhug with this comment.