The long and winding road to fitness, day 27

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Twenty seven days, can you believe it?  Fast approaching a month on this journey!  I had some blood work done today for insurance and my results were fabulous…the NP was even surprised.  I don’t know how much credit I can take for it, a lot of it probably has to do with genetics.  But I do believe the exercise and healthier eating doesn’t hurt.  At least now I’m sure where I stand as far as blood glucose and cholesterol are concerned. 

I woke up today feeling so much better than I did yesterday.  Who knows what caused the flare-up yesterday…just one of those days, I suppose.  I was able to accomplish all the running around I needed to do today and still made it home by noon.  At least I’ve now accomplished everything I wanted to get done this week.  Well, except for heading out to the farmers market tomorrow morning.  I’m looking forward to that.  I’ll take pictures tomorrow, as long as I don’t forget to take my camera.  I want you all to see how nice our local farmers market is. I will be there and gone before the huge crowds hit though, I don’t like walking around not even being able to see the various vendors’ booths.  I definitely want to buy some fresh corn, tomatoes and peaches.  I don’t need peppers, cucumbers, or zucchini because my little garden is producing plenty for my use.

Today I ate 1625 calories, walked for 60 minutes and did a little stretching.  Dinner was awesome.  I had fish, corn on the cob and sugar snap peas…double yum!!  Oh yeah, and I had a cold chai latte…I think this is going to be my favorite summer drink.  It tastes like you’re being bad, but you’re really not.  And it has to be better for me than a diet Pepsi (no, I still haven’t given them up.  My plan is to finish what I currently have in the house and not buy more…I sound like some kind of addict, don’t I?).

So…what’s everyone else got planned for the weekend?  Out and about?  Stay at home?  Fun?  Chores?

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I admit it, I’m a procrastinator.  I don’t know why I wait until the last minute to do things that I know I have to do.  What?  Am I waiting for the task fairy to come along and mark everything off of my to-do list?    I think she must be busy somewhere else, because she never seems to show up at my house.  Anyhow, today was the last day to get the biometric screening done for work.  I didn’t have to do it.  No one forced me to do it.  I even considered not doing it.  All of the usual excuses, it’s inconvenient, cost, no time…and so on.  The thing is, I’ve been on vacation since Tuesday, so I can’t really say I haven’t had the time.  Yesterday was pretty much a wash because I was in so much pain all day, but I woke up today feeling much better.  Cost?  Co-pay was all I was going to have to pay, so that’s really not a very good excuse.  Inconvenient?  Well, yeah, going to the doctor (or the clinic, if your doctor can’t see you soon enough because you waited too long to call to make an appointment) is never convenient.  It’s not convenient for anyone, but we all have to do it at times.  I thought about not going, but man, I really, REALLY didn’t want to have to pay that $10 per paycheck surcharge for my insurance…that adds up to $240 over the course of a year.  $240 that I could use for something else.

So, I did it.  I got up, got ready and headed across town (inconvenient).  I got there about 7:55 and they opened at 8.  As I was signing in, the practitioner came in.  She invited me in just a few minutes later.  When I told her what I needed and why, she understood completely.  We talked about my weight…obviously I’m overweight…can’t really hide it.  When she did the tests for blood glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, and so on, I think she was somewhat surprised that all of my results were so good.  It’s always been like that, though.  I think that’s one of the reasons that I never really worried all that much about my weight, I had never had any negative medical test results associated with being overweight (okay, obese).  We talked about that, about family history, how I eat, how much I exercise, all the usual topics.  She said I was obviously doing some things right, but that weight loss would still benefit me (uh, yeah, I know, I know).  I forgot to tell her that I’ve lost 11 pounds in the past three weeks…oops!  Anyhow, weight loss is definitely something I’m going to discuss with the new doctor I’ll be seeing.  I’m hoping this new doctor will be someone I can work with to take care of this once and for all.

I was very impressed with how quick and easy the clinic visit was.  I won’t hesitate to utilize this particular Minute Clinic again if the need arises.  The nurse practitioner was awesome…yes, I completed the online survey after I got home and complimented her, everyone deserves a little recognition for a job well done.  So, lesson for me…just do what I need to do, stop putting things off, get up, get out and get it done!!  That’s my new motto…much better than “just do it”!