solutions week 15

March 2, 2008 at 11:08 am | Posted in solutions | 11 Comments

Friday– I ran 2 miles in 21 minutes at the gym and then into the weight room for some core work.

Thursday– Finished eating at 6:15pm and then I went on a 45 minute walk.

Wednesday– Another early morning 3 mile run in (just under) 32 minutes. I should have gone to the weight room today, but registering my kids for kindergarten put me in a weird funk so instead I got their Easter basket stuff.

Tonight I’m having dinner with some friends, we are eating at 7pm. I am hoping to go for a early walk before dinner.

Tuesday– I got up early this morning and ran 3 miles in 32 minutes. Finished eating at 6:15pm and then went on a 30 minute walk.

Monday– This morning I went to the gym. Ran 2 miles on the treadmill and then Crystal and I worked our upper bodies and abs in the weight room.

Finished eating dinner at 6:15pm. No walk tonight, dear hubby is at the Sharks game.

Sunday– A year ago, I had high cholesterol (okay, not scary high, but high for me). And embarrassingly enough it wasn’t a wake up call. I continued to make poor choices.

But that all changed 15 weeks ago. I started to make small lifestyle choices, better decisions. I’ve seen my weight drop. I’ve measured my waist getting smaller. And now I’ve got the blood work. Here’s a look at what was going on a year ago and what is happening today:

Lipid Panel (standard range)

2007

2008

Cholesterol <239

191

141

Triglyceride <199

240

176

HDL >45

43

42

LDL <129

100

64

My cholesterol dropped 50 points!

My triglycerides dropped 64 points!

My LDL dropped 34 points!

Okay, my HDL (the good stuff) still needs to come up a bit…something to strive for! According to my doctor, “You can raise HDL by consuming more omega-3 fatty acids“. Flaxseeds and walnuts are high in omega-3s. While I eat these foods every day, looks like I’m not getting enough. I (finally, thanks to Mary and Whole Foods) found Living Harvest Hempmilk, also a good source of omega-3s and omega-6s and will be trying that this week. But still feel like I need to supplement my diet with fish oil tablets.

Overall, I am exceedingly pleased with these results. So I’m going to keep on.

Here are my solutions for this week:solutions-week-15-sm.jpg

  • Run 13 miles
  • Weight room 3 days
  • Drink water (and just 2 cups of coffee)
  • No eating after 7pm
  • Walk after evening meals
  • Avoid hydrogenated fats
  • Avoid high fructose corn syrup

I’m 5’4″ and still hanging on at 148 pounds.

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