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A Health Setback

23 Jan

If you’ve been following along on the blog, you’ll know that I found out in early-September that my cholesterol was crazy-high. Like, OHMYGOD high. So, my doctor put me on a low dose of medication and had me meet with a nutritionist to figure out a diet to help lower it back down the normal zone.

I followed that diet pretty faithfully for September, October, November and December and was actually looking forward to getting my follow up blood test on December 20th to show that I had finally gotten everything under control.

Except, I had NOT gotten everything under control.

When I got my results back the following week, my cholesterol had actually gone up higher. I was crushed.

I had followed the diet so well and only had a couple servings of red meat over that last month. I felt like I had been depriving myself of food I enjoy for so long…but it was worth it, because it was making me better.

So when I found out that it wasn’t helping, I fell off the wagon a bit.

I didn’t go out and devour 30 steaks and gorge myself on fried food, but I did have way more than my share of cookies. I ate my feelings away. And then, ate some more.

I felt pretty terrible. Not only that I had failed at getting my cholesterol under control, but then I followed that up with failing on my special diet.

I finally had a chance to talk with my doctor a couple weeks later to put together another plan of attack. I had done some reading and found that losing weight could positively affect cholesterol. In the course of following the nutritionist’s diet, I’ve lost about 7 – 8 pounds since September. My goal is to lose 10 more pounds over the next few months, in the hopes that it helps my cholesterol lower down a bit.

I’ve recommitted myself to the healthy diet (with only a couple servings of red meat a month), but I’m also keeping an eye on the sugar I ingest. And cutting back on treats. And adding regular workouts.

I’ll go back to the doctor for (yet another) blood workup in 3 months. So, after a bit of a setback I’m working towards yet another goal of getting this damn cholesterol under control.

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A Better 2018: Unfollow the Hate Reads

9 Jan

Instead of doing specific resolutions for 2018, I’m just trying to make each aspect of my life a little better. For example, instead of having a goal like “run 100 miles” like I did last year, my goal is to do the 5k and 10k races I really enjoyed last year… and then add a few more to try out. Instead of “delete all my social media apps from my phone” I’ve decided to do some medicinal unfollowing.

I don’t know about you, but there are a few people on Instagram and Facebook that I kind of just follow for a hate read. Every time I see one of their posts I either feel bad about myself, or I roll my eyes and snark about each post. So, I decided to just hit the unfollow button. I unfollowed a few accounts on Instagram last week and it really feels so much better! I also ‘muted’ a few friend accounts on Facebook and WOW does that help.

So, for today’s little tip… if a social media account doesn’t make you feel GOOD, then say bye!

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Revisiting 2017: Top Random Posts

28 Dec

With the year coming to a close, I thought I’d take this last week of 2017 to revisit some of my most popular posts from the last 12 months. So join me in checking out my most popular Random Stuff posts… maybe you missed them the first time around so it’s all new to you!

Why I Decided to Stop Trying to Grow My Blog
This post was one of the most commented on posts of the entire year!

Countess Von Nibbles
Introducing our pet groundhog.

A Countess Von Nibbles Family Update
And her family.

More Ink: A Tattoo Update
I thought I was done, but then I wasn’t. Now I’m really done. I think.

I hope you enjoyed looking back at some of my favorite posts. Earlier this week I posted my Top Family Posts and my Top Fashion posts of 2017. I hope you enjoyed this week of looking back at 2017!

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2017 Goals: End of Year Grades

19 Dec

Back in January, I decided to give myself three goals for 2017 (you can find the full post here).

Now that it’s the end of the year, it’s time to look back and grade myself on each goal…

Goal #1: A+
I kicked this goal’s butt all up and down the road. I hadn’t had a physical in years (um…or ever?), so I wanted to go to the doctor and make sure everything was okay. Well, in 2017 I had 4 doctor’s appointments, 4 blood draw appointments, 3 nutritionist appointments, 1 ladybits doctor appointment, 2 mammograms, 1 dentist appointment and a partridge in a pear tree.

Let’s just say that I’m GOOD on doctor’s appointments or being poked-and-prodded for the time being. At my physical I found out that I have high cholesterol, so I’ve been on a special diet, medicine and working with a nutritionist since September. I actually just had another blood draw appointment this week, so I’ll find out next week whether my cholesterol is finally back down into the normal zone. Fingers crossed!

Goal #2: A
My second goal was to take 18 more credits for my Master’s program and I totally earned myself an A on this one. I successfully completed Marketing Management (3 credits), Legal and Ethical Issues in Global Communications (3 credits), and Introduction to Accounting & Financial Management (0 credit prerequisite) in the spring. I muscled my way through Financial Decision Making for Managers (3 credits) and Consumer Behavior (3 credits) over the summer. Then, I kicked butt in Statistics for Managerial Decision Making (3 credits) and Brand Management (3 credits) in the fall.

I was really worried about Statistics and started off super poorly by failing the first couple quizzes (tantrum here). but I found a couple great tutors and got though it with a super-low A. So yeah, 18 more credits DONE towards my degree. I have 6 more credits to take in spring 2018 and my last 6 credits will be completed in summer 2018!

Goal #3: C
My last goal for 2017 was to run 100 miles… and I did not meet that goal. At best count, I think I ended up with 49.5 miles this year.

While I didn’t succeed in running as many miles as I had wanted to, I did have a great time with some races this year. I did the SuperRun 5k with my friend LeeAnne where I got to wear a cape, I did the Old Bay 5k with my brother and got the COOLEST goodie bag, I ran the 5k at the Baltimore Running Festival and Jack did his first fun run, and I actually did 6.4 miles for a 10k over the Bay Bridge with my friend Lindsey! All in all, it was a really fun running year and I can’t wait to revisit some of those races again in 2018.

How about you… did you accomplish your goals for this year?

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