Time to lower my cholesterol again!

Cholesterol info chart1About nine years ago, I reached my heaviest weight ever. It happened so quickly! I blamed a combination of the depression I had experienced that year, and the weight unfriendly medications I was taking. In addition, being overweight was not exactly rare in my family.

My depression, at that time, was so stubborn that I was urged to get a series of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) treatments. The treatments actually did alleviate my depression, but then the doctors put me back on the same weight unfriendly and ineffective mix I was on before the ECT. The depression came back. I was also told that I was pre-diabetic, had high cholesterol, and very high triglycerides. Really, enough was enough! I luckily had a major medication overhaul and my general practitioner (GP) was giving me lectures about my diet and lack of exercise.

I was actually lucky that the new medication mix I was given was a lot friendlier than the previous one. My depression lifted and I was nearly as hungry all of the time. But I had no clue how to go about improving my blood work results. I asked about seeing a dietitian, and was fortunate that my GP prescribed it (I needed that for my insurance to cover it).

The dietitian prescribed a specific diet that I was very faithful at sticking to. Again, the medication changes surely made my compliance possible. It took me only six months to lose 40 pounds and reach my normal BMI range. At that time, I was due for follow-up blood tests. When my GP received them, he was so excited that he called me himself the same day. Everything was normal! I was again healthy and a real hot chick, to boot!

I retained most of my weight loss for a number of years, but with a new medication added, the weight very slowly crept up. Oddly, even when my weight was still fairly normal, my cholesterol and triglycerides became a bit high again. Though I have normalized my triglycerides at times, my cholesterol levels have been a bitch to lower. Do I really eat so much saturated fat? Or is it true, that one of my medications is affecting me metabolically? I’m thinking a bit of both.

Bread and butter
A little less chléba s máslem (bread with butter)!

I think that more than anything else, having bad blood work results makes me feel middle-aged, when otherwise I still feel pretty young. I’m back on MyFitnessPal, which is a food and nutrition tracking tool. The challenge is for me to stick to the tracking and do my very best to keep within it’s recommended guidelines. If I do, I certainly hope that February’s blood test results are good. Maybe I’ll lose 10 pounds or more, as well. Oddly, my current weight doesn’t bother me half as much as the health concerns. Right now, I’m not as heavy as I was at my heaviest. In fact, I’m 20 pounds less than that. But yes, I did put on 20 pounds since I lost all that weight nine years ago.

Wish me luck! And, my hubby, too.

5 thoughts on “Time to lower my cholesterol again!

  1. bookmeetsgirlblog.com November 6, 2019 / 9:12 pm

    Good luck
    I’m in a similar situation. Medication causes weight gain. Just started cholesterol medication because all of mine were so high after fasting 12 house. Very unhappy with myself. It’s nice to hear someone overcame so much thats out of your control

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    • updownflight November 6, 2019 / 9:33 pm

      I hope the cholesterol medication helps you! My GP keeps bugging me to lower it with diet and exercise. Sometimes that’s easier said than done, isn’t it? My psychiatrist doesn’t understand why my GP is so hesitate to prescribe a statin. My husband just learned that his cholesterol is high, too. That’s hopefully going to be an extra push for me to adjust our eating. Exercise is my biggest challenge. It’s strange because when I was younger, I exercised a lot. My meds are a bit sedating.

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      • bookmeetsgirlblog.com November 6, 2019 / 9:38 pm

        My husband and I have have healthy diets. Dr told me I have bad genes causing it. I’m not to mobile. MS and back issues. Better days ahead. My Dr didn’t even suggest diet.

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      • updownflight November 6, 2019 / 9:56 pm

        That sucks when you are genetically vulnerable to conditions! That’s good that you have a good diet, though. I wish you didn’t have the mobility issues. It makes me realize that I have a pretty lame excuse for being sedentary. I almost think my barrier to that is a bit psychological.

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      • bookmeetsgirlblog.com November 12, 2019 / 2:16 am

        Everyone is entitled to their own problems caused by different reasons. Some not even know. Yours are no less than mine

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