The Results Are In! Drumroll Please….

So I received a phone call from my doctors office a couple days ago. They had the results back from the tests they ran from my visit last week. They basically retested everything that they originally tested on the first visit back in December.

Here are the results!

Blood glucose
December: 135
Now: 100

They like to see it 100 or under, so I’m definitely proud to see that improvement.

HDL cholesterol
December: 41
Now: 35

The HDL is the good cholesterol. They like the HDL to be greater than 39. It went down just a little but they said that was ok.

LDL cholesterol
December: 152
Now: 129

This is the bad cholesterol. They like it to be under 100. It went down 23 points so I’m slowly getting there!

Cholesterol Total
December: 241
Now: 205

They like the total cholesterol to be between 100-199, so I’m so close to being in the good area on this one.

Triglycerides
December: 242
Now: 203

The triglycerides number should be under 150. It’s down 39 points, and I definitely expect to see this number continue to drop, especially since I’m eating a LOT less fat than I used to.

A1C
December: 6.4
Now: 5.9

The A1C is the average of the blood sugar over 3 months. The goal is to be between 4.5-5.7, but the doctor said under 6.0 is good. I’m sure over more time, it’ll just get better!

And last, my kidney and liver functions are both good! The numbers are all in the good range and they’re not concerned about my liver enzyme levels being elevated anymore, so yay!

And for more good news…

Not sure if you’ll remember, but a little over a month ago, I went out and bought a new outfit to wear to my sister’s baby shower. Here’s the outfit.

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I decided last night to try it on just to make sure it still fits. And guess what? It was too big! The blue shrug top still fit ok, but the floral top was loose. I had to go exchange it today. I called before hand and they didn’t have it in a 26 (I bought it in a 28 originally) but they did have a 24. I thought, hey, I’ll go try the size 24 just to see. The size 24 totally fit! It was maybe a bit snug, but I’ve still got a little over a week before I wear it. I couldn’t believe I was in a size 24 again. It’s been a while since I’ve seen that size, at least a year or two.

While I was exchanging my top, I came across some super cute dresses at the store. They were 30% off and since I was feeling pretty good about myself (I had just found out the size 24 top fit!) I decided to try on a few dresses.

I think the last time I wore a dress was to my sisters wedding in Dallas… It’s been a while! I ended up buying a super cute dress (size 22/24!) with a shrug cover up to go with it. I don’t have a picture of myself in the outfit, but here’s what the dress looks like.

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The shrug to wear over the dress is a coral color. I love to wear that color because I always seem to get compliments when I do. 🙂

I can’t wait to wear my new clothes over the next few weeks! As soon as I do, I’ll be sure to get pics and post them so you can see the progress I’ve made so far.

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Diet, I Cheated On You

So…….I had a cheat meal. Like full blown, deep fried, covered in gravy cheat meal. Literally. And it tasted so dang good. Here’s a picture of what I had. Caution! If you’re dieting and easily tempted, don’t look, just keep scrolling! Ok, you’ve been warned.

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After the cheat meal, I sure was full. I expected to feel disgusting and possibly sick to my stomach, but I didn’t. In the past when I’d eat heavy, fattening foods, my stomach would be upset and I’d feel like blah. This time, I felt ok. I felt satisfied. I guess if you consume more fattening foods only occasionally it’s not so hard on your stomach. Either way, after I ate the cheat meal, I was already back to thinking about healthy eating.

I know on a lot of diets, people are allowed cheat meals, and now I see why. Sometimes, you just get that craving of wanting something. If you deprive yourself, you’re going to end up with cravings ten times worse. My craving that day was the fried something and mashed potatoes. The meal came with 2 sides so instead of having 2 unhealthy sides, I chose the cabbage to get at least a little bit of veggies in. 🙂

So what does one do after they fill their self up with a cheat meal? Well they go clothes shopping of course. My sister’s baby shower is in less than 6 weeks and I really needed an outfit for it. Since I haven’t been buying clothes in the past year, I don’t have many clothing options that fit me. I seriously dread clothes shopping, but it really wasn’t so bad this time. Since I’ve dropped some pounds, the clothes actually fit a little better. Here’s what I ended up picking out.

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I am in love with the periwinkle blue color of the cover up and shoes! And even though I’m obviously still very overweight, for the first time in a LONG time, I actually felt good about how I looked. It’s nice to SEE the progress and I’m excited for it to continue.

To continue with the great weekend, I made some super delicious homemade chicken noodle soup tonight! I’m seriously a soup-makin machine. It was just what I needed since I’ve been feeling a little sick all weekend.

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Mmmm, it definitely warmed my tummy!

The great weekend continues tomorrow with Church, then lunch with my dad (we’re making healthy shrimp and grits!), grocery shopping, relaxing, dinner at my moms (Allan’s making spaghetti and homemade meatballs!), and then I’ll finish the Sunday off with The Oscars. Ah, life is good! 🙂