Thursday, February 2, 2012

Nothing like a visit to the Doc to brighten your day...

To say today has been interesting would be an understatement.  I mean, I had a lot on my plate today and I think I am in some kind of surreal world in my calmness.  First I had to fast for 12 hours in prep for my doctors appointment this morning.  Ummm... so when checking in at the doc's office and was asked "how are you today?"... I said, "I have not eaten in 12 hours, I am hungry, and have not had anything but water... can we hurry this up."  Seriously... I am cranky in the morning anyway, but no coffee or diet coke and no food... GROWL!!!... actually, I was not that bad... Xanex before bed last night helped calm the nerves.  So, went in for my follow-up on the acne face and other things... I am now cut back on antibiotics, once a day now...YAY!!  In discussion with Doc, I was a bit concerned about my weight.  I have all but cut out all my soda's and juices, minus my one little Diet Coke in the morning and have been going to the gym 3 to 4 times a week for over a month and have actually gained weight and not the muscle kind.  After a bit of discussion on diet and looking back at my charts to when I was about 20lbs lighter, we figured something out.  During diet discussion, he kept mentioning adding protein and watching carbs (along with cutting back on alcohol, so do say it)... then I thought... hey, when I was 20lbs lighter I was....

Grillin's steaks about 3 nights a week and ordering them when ever we went out... Protein... and I asked Doc about it and he agreed that it probably helped...along with exercise, blah, blah, blah... so tonite on the way home from work, I stopped and got Jeff and I a couple of steaks and some asparagus and grilled out (see pic above)... I mean, shit, it was 60 degrees outside in February, why the hell not.  And I am afraid, we will continue to grill out steaks often no matter the temp.  But not so much as to over do it... just need to add more meat to the diet that is more than chicken or turkey...

Jist of the visit was to also draw blood and pee in a cup.  I am 41 and it is time to start checking things out.  My blood pressure has been good the last few visits, as opposed to the last round of visits over a year and half ago... Doc was happy about that.  The adult acne clearing up very nicely was good for him too.  Now we wait for the results of the blood and urine stuff.  Due to family history, we decided to do the more intensive blood work.  Kind of a preventative type deal where they look deeper into cholesterol, glucose and other levels to see if there is anything starting to peak that may be able to be controlled before it really peaks... I can tell you now, in a week or two I will be on here crying the blues because my cholesterol will likely be bad... obviously the liver functions will be horrible and Lord knows what else will be out of whack.  So in the meantime, I am going to make changes to my diet. Continue to go to gym (though physical therapist was prescriped by the Doc for my lower back pain, insurance will not cover it until I cover my deductible, which I am no where near, so that will have to wait in hopes of continued exercise will chip away at the pain like it already has). Also, cut back on the drinking. I know I have said it before, but I really do need to watch it.  And since I have found the lovely MIO water additives, I am loving it.  It is all I drank this week and it was fine.  SOOOO enough about me... I will blog about something else in another post after this one that is more dear to me and adding to a bit of anxiety for me...

4 comments:

Sean said...

Red meat may raise you cholesterol. Think about adding grilled mahi mahi, talapia, shrimp and scallops - higher protein and no carbs.

anne marie in philly said...

oh happy day - I see the words GOING TO THE GYM! (stands up and cheers for kelly)

I hope your results will be awesomesauce!

Ur-spo said...

Actually it is saturated fat that raises your cholesterol.
Welcome to the 40s; where everything you eat and drink is now a health benefit/risk evaluation.

Will J said...

Do remember to save and set aside the money that you would have spent on liquor and soft drinks. You will need it to buy clothes that fit you when you get all svelte and stuff. Good luck and keep going.