|Ask not for whom the phone rings...
||[Sep. 11th, 2004|11:33 am]
I'm Bob, and this is the story of why I've joined you fine folks here.
I'd gone to my doctor for a physical on Thursday, and last night they called me with the results of the blood work. I didn't know doctor's offices called people at 8:00pm on a Friday night, but mine did. And just to make the festive weekend mood complete, the lady on the phone dropped this little surprise on me:
"Your triglyceride level is too high. The doctor wants you to lose 15 pounds and come back in December for a recheck."
Once I'd picked my brain up off the floor and put it back in my head, I asked the nice lady how I was supposed to do that. "Try cutting back on the amount of fat in your diet," she suggested.
Okay, for those of you who don't know me as well, I have the world's worst stomach. People ask me if I'm lactose intolerant, and I tell them that I'm everything intolerant. I can't cut the amount of fat in my diet, because there's hardly any there in the first place. My system simply won't digest it.
As you can probably imagine, I was pretty frustrated at that point, and somewhat at a loss as to what to do. So I did what I usually do in these situations - I went online and looked up "triglycerides" on the web. What I found made a lot more sense than what the nice lady told me. Yes, triglycerides can come from fat (which I can't eat) and alcohol (which I can't drink), but they can also come from refined sugar and white flour. And guess what I eat and drink when my stomach is throwing one of its tantrums? A lot of breads and cereals made from white flour, and a lot of drinks with a lot of refined sugar.
So I have two tasks ahead of me - figure out a better way of treating my stomach trouble and figuring out a better choice of what to eat and drink even when my stomach is acting up. I just got some new meds to try for my stomach, so that's one plan already in motion. Now I need to start experimenting with foods and drinks again.
I weighed in at 193 on Thursday, which means my goal is 178 - but I'm not going to keep checking my weight because that will just make me crazy. If I can change my diet and exercise enough to get my triglyceride level down, my weight will probably drop as well. I don't really care how far it drops as long as it drops enough.
Gosh, see what fun you have to look forward to when you turn 40???