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Old 11-05-2008, 07:46 PM   #1121
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Alan at least you had the courage to get on the scale. I am fearing it right now myself.
That's the engineer in me - I need feedback to affect control although I know what you mean - 10 days of over-eating and no exercise makes getting on the scale pretty scary, I take a peek out of one eye to get the bad news
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Old 11-05-2008, 09:09 PM   #1122
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All time high - 262 (2005)
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07/08/08 - 238.4
08/06/08 - 234.4
09/10/08 - 231.0
10/08/08 - 229.8
10/15/08 - 229.2
10/22/08 - 228.6
10/29/08 - 224.6
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Looking good. Still moving in the right direction. With luck I'll get to my first goal before my birthday. That would be sweet!

Doctors appt Friday. Went in yesterday for the lab work. My HMO posts the results on the web so I've seen some of my numbers already. Ha1c 5.5 - excellent! No diabetes meds for Harley. HDL 27, LDL 144, TriG 138. Not so fab, but much better than a few months ago. It will be interesting to see what he has to say. Hopefully no other surprises.
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Old 11-06-2008, 01:21 AM   #1123
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Harley, how did those cholesterol numbers compare to with what the home test you took showed?
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Old 11-06-2008, 08:50 AM   #1124
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It was in the ballpark, and I had another week of extremely good behavior between the two. I'm not sure how much difference a week can make. The differences were HDL 27/25, LDL 144/178, TriG 138/157. I'm not at home, so I can't swear to the second set of numbers, but it's pretty close. When I get home next week I'll do another test, see how the machine calibrates up against the lab. I'll let you know.
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Old 11-07-2008, 03:52 PM   #1125
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Update:

After weeks/months of worrying and working on my weight and blood numbers, I finally went in to see the doc. I had been convinced I was going to get put on diabetes meds, and probably cholesterol meds too. Shows what I know.

He was thrilled with the blood tests. No diabetes meds. He said not to worry about the morning high blood sugar readings, the HA1c is more important and mine is excellent. He also said that if my preliminary tests in 2005 hadn't been so high he'd be wondering if they had misdiagnosed me. That was great to hear!

As far as my cholesterol, he wants my LDL (bad) lower. He'd like my HDL (good) higher, but that's genetic and not much help for it. But my triglycerides were low enough he is going to take me off my med for that. He wants to get a baseline reading on it without meds in 2 months. Then he wants to maybe put me on Niacin. He said it's useful for raising HDL, lowering LDL and triglycerides, if you can deal with the side effects. Sounds like DW won't be the only one having hotflashes.

He also said if my blood pressure continues to be good, he'll take me off that med too. So instead of being put on more and increasingly powerful meds, I'm going to trade 2 for 1, with that one being less intensive. I'm a happy camper. And I've got great incentives to continue kicking @ss and losing weight. Woohooo!
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Old 11-07-2008, 08:09 PM   #1126
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Well done indeed Harley. Really excellent news, just shows what can be done.

Thanks for posting your health background and targets and for keeping us posted. Now that you have passed very this important milepost, do keep doing what you have been doing and it will get even better. Remember that good health is a marathon, not a sprint.
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Old 11-07-2008, 09:01 PM   #1127
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Good for you Harley. Glad to hear that lifestyle really can reverse/improve things so meds are no longer necessary. I haven't gotten to the point that I need meds yet, but I will honestly say that I have been to lazy about my health until six or eight months ago.

I finally dropped another pound (230 now) after a long plateau. I had been running/jogging a lot before a I went to the states and europe a few weeks ago, but my legs always hurt. I got a book on running (by Jeff Galloway) which advised the same as I had heard here shortly before my trip, to have rest days between running. He also advises that runners should iinclude walk breaks in their run, so I've been running every other day, and running 4 min walking 1 min. I find that I can go a lot further without tiring out, and I don't hurt like I did when I am finished.

I also read Younger Next Year...good book for learning about the processes that are going on in aging and exercise to slow it. Learned a lot of things I never knew, but at the same time, enjoyed a fun book. Bottom line: like Alan said, its a marathon, not a sprint, and ya gotta work at it every day.

Oh, got my bloood checked a couple days ago. LDL 129, HDL 55, Triglycerides 48. I need to work on the LDL a little, it seems. It not bad, but not optimal. All the other numbers were fine...with my weight, I was worried about glucose and metabolic syndrome, but doc said just keep exercising and don't worry.

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Old 11-08-2008, 08:22 AM   #1128
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Well done Rambler. The blood work must be very encouraging and I'm sure the weight will slowly move down if you keep up the good work.

I also think Younger Next Year is an excellent read with lots of good advice given in a very readable format.

Unfortunately I sprained my ankle on Monday (not exercising, just walking home from the car) so I haven't exercised all week and been working long hours on a project. Need to get back to it as soon as I can.
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Old 11-12-2008, 12:47 PM   #1129
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1/23: 196.8 17.1% body fat.
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7/30: 191.8 16.0%
8/06: 190.0 16.0%
8/13: 192.0 15.8%
8/20: 192.6 16.4%
8/27: 194.6 16.2%
9/03: 195.4 17.1%
9/10: 195.6 16.2%
9/17: 195.2 16.7%
9/24: 194.6 16.4%
10/1: 195.8 15.6%
10/8: 198.0 16.9%
10/22: 195.6 17.1%
10/29: 196.0 17.1%
11/05: 195.0 16.9%
11/12: 195.2 17.1%

Goal: 190.0 15.3%

Treading water. Not too horrible, I suppose, for eating a bunch of Halloween candy leftovers. Holliday season is coming up, so unless I make a concerted effort here, I won't make any progress towards my goal.
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Old 11-12-2008, 07:20 PM   #1130
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6' 1" Target range 170 - 175.

Highest was 210lb (2002)

07/31 - 174.5 10/15 - 176.5
08/06 - 177 10/22 - 175
08/13 - 176.5 10/29 - away
08/20 - 177 11/5 – 180
08/27 - n/a 11/12 – 176.5
09/03 - 176
09/10 - 179
09/17 - 175.5
09/24 - 177
10/01 - 174.5
10/08 - 176

Recovered some of last week's excesses but next 2 weeks I'm away on business followed by vacation.
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Old 11-12-2008, 07:50 PM   #1131
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128#, as expected! Had fun on our weekend out-of-town trip, though!
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Didn't really weigh myself this week. I went to the doctor last Friday (see previous ecstatic post). But Saturday my throat was sore, and by Saturday night I as sick as a dog. I swear I caught this nasty cold at the doctor's office.

I went in again yesterday for some quality cough syrup since I hadn't slept in 2 days. When they weighed me it came up 234. So either I gained 11 lbs in 4 days (probably mostly snot ), or the scale was off. I'll try to get back on track for next week. Gonna go overdose on cough syrup and crash. See you tomorrow.
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I hate to admit this, but having a salad for dinner (with low-fat dressing) seems to have a high correlation with my losing a bit of weight. I'm somewhere around 161.
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Old 11-13-2008, 05:48 AM   #1134
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Down a pound this week to 229...ran and walked a total of 40 miles this past week, 30 or so of which were during time designated as exercise time. Started back with the weight machines today after laying off for about 7 months...we'll see if that helps.

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Old 11-13-2008, 08:45 AM   #1135
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Weight is 156 today, about the same, but improving on the diet front and have exercised hard all week.
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Down three pounds from my initial weigh-in a month ago. I'll take that as a good sign!
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1/23: 196.8 17.1% body fat.
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7/30: 191.8 16.0%
8/06: 190.0 16.0%
8/13: 192.0 15.8%
8/20: 192.6 16.4%
8/27: 194.6 16.2%
9/03: 195.4 17.1%
9/10: 195.6 16.2%
9/17: 195.2 16.7%
9/24: 194.6 16.4%
10/1: 195.8 15.6%
10/8: 198.0 16.9%
10/22: 195.6 17.1%
10/29: 196.0 17.1%
11/05: 195.0 16.9%
11/12: 195.2 17.1%
11/19: 195.0 17.0%

Goal: 190.0 15.3%

I'm getting to be remarkably consistent, though that's not a great thing. Still, after last week where I didn't have the energy to do some of my normal workouts, at least I didnt go up in weight. My shoulder separation is healing and feels pretty good, so I can't really use that as an excuse any more.
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'nuther-one bites the dust...228 this week. Only about 20 miles of exercise this past week due to business trips getting in the way of things...not bad I guess, but would like to do better. Really wanted to break the 100kg barrier before Christmas...might be tough with only 5 weeks to go and my slow rate of return. Will keep plugging away at it.

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Old 11-19-2008, 06:26 PM   #1140
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Just walked in the door & checked the markets. Tonight it's comfort food all the way - grabbed my grandmother's ol' cast iron skillet - fried chicken, cream gravy, mashed potatoes, biscuits, & green beans....the hell with it all!
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