It’s been a little over a year since I started my quest to get me out of the funk and awful rut I was in. My general doctor and my naturopathic doctor both agreed it was time to see how my blood work reflected all my hard work and clean eating. I am feeling amazing and was so excited to find out my results.
Then the results came in.
And then I got angry.
And then I started to get resentful and disheartened.
And then I started to question my intentions.
And then I started thinking over the last 12 months and how far I have come.
And then I realized, I was being a big whiny baby. There are so many good things that have come in my life as a result of following the strict diet and exercise. I need to look at those results and see them for what they are.
And THEN, I need to take into consideration that my blood results are still all within normal ranges. But I will share those that made me reconsider my current diet regime.
- Lost and maintained a loss of 34lbs
- No longer taking Adderall
- No longer taking Prozac
- No longer drinking sodas or energy drinks
- Can sleep through the night
- Reduced (nearly eliminated) chronic pain (especially low back pain)
- Been more involved with my family
- Discovered new interests
- Found the self respect I had tossed under my bed in the midst of a giant bout of depression
All of those good things are things I don’t want to give up. I want to keep them going. And I won’t let a little slip in my blood test results get me disillusioned.
Here we have the test name, the “Normal” range, one year ago, and now.
- Hmmmmmm, my cholesterol went up.
- HDL went down.
- LDL went up…significantly (in my opinion).
I may have had a few moments of weakness with a french fry over the last year, but nothing that could even compare to the fat and cholesterol I was shoving in my mouth over a year ago. There were many 3am snacks that had as much fat in them that I consume in two days today. So what is going on? Is it that I am eating more egg and red meats? I have no idea. I really don’t think it is, since the amount I am eating hasn’t increased much over what I was eating previously.
I’ve decided I am taking this with a grain of salt. For today.
For today, I am going to enjoy all of the benefits my lifestyle changes have given me. I will retest to find out if this was just a fluke. I can’t imagine I am causing my body damage today compared to the damage caused by the shit storm of chemicals and crap my body was processing just a year a ago. I am sure this will fix itself. Soon. I will update you when I go to the doctor to see what they have to say about it too.