March 28, 2011
Since November when I started this blog, I have gotten healthier. As I research each article, I learn more about myself. It is hard to teach healthy habits and not practice them. The articles on the Mediterranean and DASH diet (3/22 – 3/23/11) hit home. I have had elevated cholesterol and, like most men, have managed to ignore it. The article on why men don’t go to the doctor (3/13/11) hit home as well! After all, I see the doctor in the mirror every morning and night when I brush my teeth.
When I published “Spring” (3/24/11), I decided it was time to clean my own home. I have been on a combination of the Mediterranean and DASH diet for one week and am thoroughly enjoying it. While I have always enjoyed fruits, vegetables and grains, I have stayed away from them. I have always thought they were too high in carbs and would lead to weight gain. Instead of eating correctly, I convinced myself that beef and a high protein diet was good for me. Since starting on my new diet, I am 4 pounds lighter and have more energy. The blueberries (Fruit and Fiber, 2/15/11) have been excellent this season and I can have a lot of them. I have had fish four times in the past week and have truly enjoyed it. I reviewed my article on fish oil (“Fish Oil for Everything”, 3/15/11) and I am taking Lovasa, an FDA approved omega 3 supplement.
I’ve started exercising (“Setting Realistic Goals”, 2/13/11) again. I have been on the treadmill seven out of the last seven days. Being a male, I ignored my own advice. “Pain, No gain” is indeed wise at my age. I did too much on Friday and now have a gnawing ache in my left knee. Hopefully, ice and Aleve will come to the rescue. I re-read my article on exercise and have slowed down a lot. In time, I hope to be able to spend an hour a day in the gym and not hurt myself.
I am going to schedule an appointment for a full physical and a CT of my coronary arteries (3/25/11). I will do my fasting lab work this week. I hope my hsCRP has improved since my last test 3 months ago. I am also scheduling an appointment with my dentist (2/8/11) as gum disease leads to heart disease. I had my colonoscopy (Prevention – Colon Cancer1/11/11) last year.
May is my next escape (“90 Day Plan”, 1/30/11). I get to take a week off and celebrate my son’s wedding. A week off celebrating with family and friends keeps “An Attitude of Gratitude” (2/11/11) on my “Blessings List” (11/17/10). Live Wellthy is my mantra; prevention is the name of the game. The life I save may be my own.