It’s time to get my butt in gear

I just got the results from my recent blood work.


Level: 224 (Bad cholesterol is normal, good cholesterol is low)

Analysis: This means I’m borderline high-risk for developing heart disease.

Treatment: Avoid tobacco smoke, maintain a healthy weight, and get at least 30–60 minutes of physical activity a day.


Level: 386 (High)

Analysis: This means I am at risk for heart disease and diabetes.

Treatment: Change my lifestyle. Control my weight, eat a heart-healthy diet, get regular exercise, avoid tobacco smoke, limit alcohol consumption, limit food/drink with added sugar.

My doctor suggested that I take Omega 3 fish oil supplements, which have been shown to lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol.

Author: Brian

Blogger. Bookworm. Michael Jackson fanatic. Lives in Kentucky with partner of 12 years and three fabulous felines.

9 thoughts on “It’s time to get my butt in gear”

  1. Aghgh!!

    Glad you’re taking it seriously, though.

    As for fish oil, I hear they are amazing little pills. My pharmacology professor swears by them. He fully admits that his cholesteral is not what it should be, but he has avoided being put on the hardcore meds by taking fish oil every single day. I have heard you can also try flax seed oil but if you have definite high cholesterol, I’d go w/ the fish oil, instead. Keep the pills in the refridgerator if you have problems with fish burps, and make sure you get the ones that don’t have mercury in them (should say on the bottle that they’re certified or something.)

    I don’t take fish oil right now (I am finishing a bottle of flax seed oil and then I might switch) but I try to each fish 1-2x a week. Salmon is really easy to cook, relatively cheap if you’re cooking for two, and super healthy.

    Hang on, I’m going to email you a really good, really readable article on fish oil. I’m obsessed with this kind of thing. :)

  2. I’m guessing that from here on out we’ll be going to Fred’s Tofu Hut and Fish Oil Emporium rather than the BBQ place. That’s OK, I actually enjoy tofu.

    I eat a souped up version of oatmeal every morning to help keep my stats in check. I’ll give you my recipe when I see you next.

    For anyone’s who contemplating using flax seed, keep in mind that 1) it’s of little use unless it’s ground and 2) it needs to be refrigerated. Flax seed turns rancid very easily. And rancid oil is FULL of free radicals…big baddies.

    There’s a lot of help to be found on Dr. Andrew Weil’s website. He’s got it goin’ on.

  3. Brian,

    I’m sorry to hear your numbers are high. If you eat good stuff and start moving and you’ll be surprised how quickly you get to a healthy weight and your levels get where they need to be. If I might offer one word of advice…don’t put it off, start today.

    love ya, man! You can do it!


  4. Thanks for the advice and encouragement, everyone!

    My doctor didn’t actually tell me anything about how to fix this problem. One of the nurses left a voice mail telling me that my levels were a little elevated and that I should take the fish oil supplement every day.

    I had to call back to get my levels, and then I started researching what needed to be done online. That’s where the “analysis” and “treatment” sections of my entry came from.

    It scares me to think that continuing to eat the way I do could result in really bad health problems later on, especially since so many things run in my family.

    I have maintained my weight pretty well, although I’d like to lose about 10 lbs. I get almost no exercise at all and sit in a chair all day at work. We go walking occasionally, which I enjoy, but is nearly impossible to do everyday because of weather/appointments/etc. We’ve discussed getting a treadmill, which might make that a little easier.

    I don’t drink or smoke, so those things are irrelevant. However, I LOVE eating junk food! In fact, it’s breakfast time right now and I’m craving some cookies and a SunDrop. Isn’t that pathetic?

  5. Dude, this post is on the WP front page thing.

    Good luck. Those habits are hard to break. I’ll do my part to help you out by confiscating all your cheddar bay biscuits Saturday night. Of course, only for your well being. LOL.

  6. Alyson,

    I can best describe my feelings about you swiping my Cheddar Bay biscuits with the following monologue from The Nutty Professor:

    “Come on, Cletus! Come on! You might walk over, but you’ll be limping back!”

  7. LOL. Seriously LOL, I mean if I don’t quit laughing they’re going to realize I’m not really typing a price quote back here.

    Ok, since I have no desire to take the kids trick or treating on crutches, I’ll let you have them. But don’t blame me when you cholesterol is out of whack.

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