March 26th, 2012
I feel smaller today. The mirror is telling me I look a little trimmer in the middle, and I think my face looks thinner. It’s possible that my ever expanding goatee is making my face look smaller; in fact my goatee is getting big enough that it may make even make my torso look smaller.
I’m sticking with my less coffee/more water plan today. Interestingly enough, I have not turned into a newt or fallen over in a feint having had only half a pot so far today, and it’s 5:00 P.M. already! Yep, there’s still half a pot left in the kitchen…oh, then again I did have a tall coffee at Starbucks this afternoon. That counts? Oh okay well yeah I suppose it does. When I was at Starbucks I checked the snack case for anything I could munch but the closest contenders I found were packages of mixed fruit. Every single one of them contained some kind of melon, which I find to be quite foul, thank you very much.
Last Friday I called my doctor’s office to say that I was switching up my eating habits instead of getting the prescription filled, and that I would like to come in for a blood test after 30 days, instead of after 90 days like the doctor recommended. I’ve read that dietary changes can significantly impact cholesterol levels in even just two weeks, so I figured a month would be good, just to either give myself some peace of mind, or if there is no change then to hurry up and get some meds. When I made my request, the gal at the doctor’s office said, ‘oh sure you can certainly try reducing your levels first without the meds’ and proceeded to tell about her boyfriend in a ‘similar’ situation. Apparently, boyfriend had a total cholesterol right about 1000. That absolutely made me choke on my bean sprouts, so when I recovered my composure I asked her to repeat that, and she said ‘oh I know that doesn’t sound like a real number for cholesterol, but in rare cases it can be.’ Of course I had to ask how on earth a person’s cholesterol level gets that high, figuring (hoping?) that it was genetics. Her answer? “Well he ate lunch at Taco Bueno every day, or had cheeseburgers, but now that he only eats at Taco Bueno once a week his cholesterol is all the way down to 300.” Then I asked her for her boyfriend’s address, drove to his house, grabbed him by the front of the shirt and screamed “JUST PUT THE GREASY SACK DOWN, TACO BOY!!!!” Or maybe I just thought that in my head, and instead murmured a polite, ‘mmm, uh huh I see…’
The doctor’s office called back today after checking with the doctor, and he had said ‘tell bean boy to just come back in 90 days, then we’ll strap him down and riddle him with pills!!! Why, we’ll shoot pills at him with a bazooka until he’s covered in painful welts!’ Or maybe they said the doctor still wanted to just see me in 90 days. Anyway, the lady did sound a bit condescending when they said ‘good job trying it on your own.’ Can you really blame them though? My guess is a lot of people just take the meds. I can’t find fault with that either; does everyone even know there are alternatives?
How’s your cholesterol anyway? If it’s high, what are you doing for it? Some feedback and discussion here would be great!
March 25, 2012
medium bowl of cereal
a few almonds
potatoes with veggies, salad with avocado
a few more almonds, some carrots
pasta and marinara sauce, broccoli, salad, bread
hmm, just a couple short blocks of walking, unless going up the stairs at home counts?