Remember when I posted about not feeling well? I’m happy to say I finally got some answers as to what’s going on with this crazy body of mine. Some of you all have been asking what I heard back from the doctor and I appreciate the concern, support, etc. I went to the doctor to get the test results back from my blood work about a week a half ago and have had a sense of relief ever since then. Not that I really should be 100% relieved because I have some issues going on, sigh, where to start, where to start?
1) High Blood Sugar….ugh.
2) Cholesterol….double ugh.
3) Higher level of testosterone-Jigga what? I’m a *ahem* developed
woman, why do I have all this testosterone and what’s going on? My
doctor told me straight up that she doesn’t have a lot of
experience with testosterone and my levels were some of the highest
she’s ever seen. To be honest, that last part freaks me out a little.
I mean I know I joke about being Italian and how my hair grows fast
but I’m never serious about it and a little perplexed how I have so much testosterone in me. She referred me to an endocrinologist to proceed
so I need to book an appointment with them soon. I’ve been doing some
research on it and turns out that both high blood sugar, diabetes and
high levels of testosterone in women are all linked to PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) so that may just be another thing going on with me. But at least I said before, I have some answers as to what’s going on so that’s half of the battle.
The thing is, I’m pissed off……at myself. Rightfully so because I really have no one else to blame regarding how I eat, activity level, etc. Regarding the blood sugar and
cholesterol, it’s all stuff I know I should have been doing but just
didn’t. I know to avoid anything white like flour, grains, sugar,
exercise regularly, etc. but just have slacked off in the past. I
figured that I was feeling ok and my blood pressure always good that
everything on the inside was business as usual and normal. I
completely avoided the fact that not only diabetes but also heart
disease runs in my family.
So what’s going to happen now?
I’m cleaning up my act because you know, the little thing called my
health is helluva more important than indulgence. So the following have been taking place starting last week:
Cutting down on carbs I’m not doing low carb by any means but I am
looking to start out at keeping my carb intake between 50-100g/day to
see how I feel. I’m cutting down on them slow and steady and eating
less fruit but instead focusing on veggies instead. The kicker is that
we got a new roommate this past week and what does he do for a living? He’s
a frickin bread delivery man! Are you kidding me?
Exercising more. This is something that I’ve been slacking on in the past few months and desperately need to get back into my schedule of going after work. In the meantime I’ve been going for daily walks on my lunch break and an afternoon walk during my break each day. I can tell a huge difference in my energy level just by doing this for the past week and want to make it a part of my daily routine. Pair that up with walking after work and I’m getting about three miles a day in. Hooray!
Cut down on drinking. Not that I drink a ton but I don’t need to have a glass of red nightly (as much as I love to justify that it has antioxidants, it has sugar too. So I am going to have a glass sparingly and go from there. I’m not saying goodbye to the hooch forever but just taking a short break from it.
For now, that’s it. I’m hoping this leads to some weight loss which is much needed and an all-over improvement in my health. I’m going back to the doctor in a few months to do blood work again and compare what my levels are then compared to this past month. I’m going to try to do everything in my power to bring my numbers up, pay more attention to my health and body because God knows I don’t want to go meds for the rest of my life.