Despite not taking my cholesterol medication regularly, not exercising regularly, and my inconsistencies with my almost no sugar & no bad fat diet, I am healthy. Well, mostly healthy. My bad cholesterol was in the 190s and it is now in the 130s. It has to be under 130.
When my doctor realized that I was not taking my meds consistently, she said that the lower levels had to be from other lifestyle changes, since it takes three months for the meds to work. As I eat my "Super Seed Fruit Granola" from Hannaford and drink water, I realize that I have changed. I may not be where I want to be, but, as my statement by my sweaty pic conveys, I am better than I was yesterday. Every little change I made, even with the slips, made a difference. My doctor took me off of the meds and encouraged me to continue whatever it was I was doing.
I have never looked forward to a follow-up doctor's appointment, but I cannot wait to see my numbers in September. By that time, I hope that my hot yoga practice and healthy eating have become my new normal. I plan to load up on some Pu-Erh tea, which is supposed to help reduce cholesterol because it contains tiny bits of lovastatin, the cousin of the medicine I was prescribed. I think Pu-Erh tastes horrible, but I have found a few AMAZING exceptions:
The Whistling Kettle's Aztec Spice Pu-Erh
Adagio Pu Erh Spice
I will be sampling more of this earthy tea, now that I have a mission to bring my LDLs way down.
A tip: One thing that I have learned is that it is better to buy the pricier thing that I will eat or use, rather than the inexpensive thing or service and not use it. Throughout this process, I fell in love with Cacsadian Fruit and Nut Granola. I can finish a box in 2-3 days. They do not seem to make this product in bulk.
Similarly, I used to have a membership to a gym, but I would never go because they did not have group classes and I am a group class kind of woman. I realized that I was just giving the gym money as if it was a loan shark. I cut that bad habit. A year of that gym is a little bit more than the 25 class pass I have for hot yoga. Still, I go to the hot yoga classes. So the extra expense is worth it because I use it and it works.
So, assess what you are doing to reach your goals and eliminate whatever does not produce.
In the mug: Water.
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