Homer's Travels: And The Numbers Say ...

Friday, March 16, 2018

And The Numbers Say ...

I had my annual blood test a week or so ago and the numbers were not good.  The past year of low activity and poor eating habits gave me numbers that roughly match my worse numbers ever.  My worse were back in 2009 before I started training for my Caminos, RAGBRAI, and the Appalachian Trail.

The specific numbers giving me trouble are my high LDL Cholesterol (207 vs less than 200), high Glucose (128 vs less than 100), and pre-diabetic A1C (6.3 vs less than 56).  These have always been my trouble spots.

So it's time to hear this wake up call.  I have successfully tackled these numbers before.  I know what I need to do.  Watch my diet.  Reduce my carbs.  Get off my butt and exercise.  Lower my weight.

I'm getting older and, not having a goal to work towards like I 've had for the past five to ten years, I'm sure it won't get any easier.  I never have been very good at self control and maintaining an exercise regime.  Hopefully the twenty miles I walked this week will be a good start.  But keeping it up has always been hard for me and, frankly, is not getting any easier with time.

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