So yesterday I had my annual doctor's appointment. I was SO excited for this appointment! I used to dread doctor's appointments, especially since they always start with the step on the scale. Now I don't have to be embarassed about stepping on and seeing the nurse move that stupid weight thing up and up and up.
I had my blood drawn last week for all the labs. With all the exercising I do and how well I eat, I was 100% certain that my blood results would be fantastic.
BZZZZZTTT....WRONG! THANK YOU FOR PLAYING.
I am absolutely broken hearted. While most of my blood work - kidneys, thyroid, glucose - were fine, my cholesterol levels are bad.
Overall cholesterol was 205 (over the ideal). LDL was 133 (borderline high). HDL was 58 which is good and trigycerides were 76. I'm glad about those last 2 numbers, but the LDL bothers the shit out of me.
I fricking am running 35+ miles per week. I eat almost NO processed food. I cram myself with fruits and vegetables and healthy fats. I eat red meat once per week and it's the leanest cuts. What more can I freaking do?
This is a perfect example, I think, of genetics kicking my ass. As I've told you guys, my father dropped dead of a heart attack at age 42. His father dropped dead of a heart attack at age 49. My mother's father had heart problems and had bypass in what, his early 60's (Mom, help me out here!)
I'm trying not to totally over-react. I know these are not catastrophic numbers and overall, I am very healthy. With no other risk factors, I think I'm good. But it is still very discouraging.
So in consultation with the doctor, here's the plan. I'm going to start taking fish oil - my Boxers take one every day, so I'll just take one with them. We'll re-draw blood in 3 months and see where I am at.
On a good note, apparently the scale heard about my bad day and felt sorry for me, because I was just under 2 pounds down from yesterday, putting me in a better place mentally and physically.