Saturday, May 07, 2005

So, what's the first thing you notice about me?

If you ever get to see me in person, you'll probably notice that I am short. I'm 4'11''. My almost-twelve-year-old neice is taller than me. I am shrimpy.

The second thing you'll probably notice is that I'm....not Calista Flockheart.

I'm built pretty much like my Grandma Hilda (Dad's mom). She died when I was 4 of a heart attack. Dad's dad died when my dad was nine of a heart attack. My mom's dad (still going strong at age 95) had a heart attack. My dad (very well now, thank the gods) had a heart attack in his thirties. One of his brothers had a heart attack.

So, I found out several months ago that, unless I start exercising and eating right...which I knew but was denying.

My triglycerides were in the 400's. Even on medication. They're supposed to be below 150. In the last few months I got them down to the mid 200's.

How? Two small changes.

1. I got a pedometer. I started walking more (taking the stairs and parking at the far end of the garage). I record my steps at http://www.americaonthemove.org.

2. I drink 60 oz of water everyday. Keeps me hydrated, eating less, and walking more (to the kitchen at work to refill my water bottle and to the bathroom.)

My friend Preludes and Nocturnes and her fiance (who's our long-time friend from NYC) also helped me get more aware of some food decisions, so I started eating more veggies and fruit.

Because my triglycerides are still a tad too high, my doctor wants me to exercise more and lose some weight. So, along with my sister (up in New England) I joined Weight Watchers on-line. And you know? It's not bad! I'm not hungry and I seem to be losing some weight. I'll let y'all know how it goes after my next appointment.

9 comments:

Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

I've heard very good things about WW. A bunch of my friends from law school did it (and still go to meetings and count points when they think they've gained a little too much).

And, ha ha, I'm taller than you. ;-)

Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

Barely.

liz said...

My sister is 5'1". Sigh....

Phantom Scribbler said...

Oy! Don't get me started on the cholesterol police!

But a big "good for you!" for taking some, ahem, steps towards better health. Muffin Man will thank you for it.

I'm a giant! 5'3"! Whoo-hoo!

corndog said...

My wife lost 60 pounds on WW, so she swears by it. Happy Mother's Day!

SuzanH said...

Good for you, on all counts. I think it's great that you're doing things at your own pace (sorry, just majorly step related puns going on).

I feel like a giantess-I'm 5'3".

Also, just wanted to let you know that I love Sharyn McCrumb. She's awesome.

liz said...

Sharyn McCrumb is definitely awesome. And thank you all for being so supportive!

New food added to family repetoire tonight: Quinoa. Yum.

Yankee T said...

OK, if I'm 5'1, its a tall day. Congrats on the lifestyle changes.
Good move!

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