Monday, February 27, 2017
In May 2015 I ended up in the hospital for 2 days undergoing tests for chest pains, including a heart catheter. The cath results showed my heart as being completely normal, so the cardiologist suspected sleep apnea & sent me for a sleep study.
Also in 2015 my GP put me on blood pressure meds as well as 2015 was my 5th year being type 2 diabetic. So in 2015 I hit the trifecta for obesity-related illness: type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea. I finally decided to go ahead with bariatric surgery, something I had considered off and on for 10 years. I had the vertical gastric sleeve done in October 2015.
I also decided to get serious about becoming a jogger, a cyclist, and a swimmer. I decided to enter mini-triathlons.
Fast forward to December 2016 and my 1 year follow-up with the cardiologist & my 6 month check up with my GP:
Total weight lost since 2010: 93 lbs.
A1c: 4.7 GP emailed me to get off my diabetic meds NOW, normal blood sugar levels are not that low.
Cholesterol total: 164 - desirable
HDL (good): 75 - protective
LDL (bad): 73 - optimal
Cardiologist told me to get off the statin, a medicine I've been on since my 40s. Said he only wants to see me again if I'm experiencing heart issues.
A hip issue side-lined me from swimming and jogging, but I rode my bike like a fiend.
Activities In 2016:
I biked 1533 miles
I wogged 137 miles
I swam 47.6 miles
I plan to bike 2000+ miles, an avg of 38-40 miles a week (gulp!). I also hope to ride my first century.
I plan to wog over 300 miles this year, an avg of 6 miles per week, or 3 2 mile wogs.
I plan to swim close to double the distance, or 166400 yds, for an avg of 3200 yds per week, or 3 1100 yd sessions.
My weight is hovering around 180 right now. I am chalking this up to too many cookies and cheetos this winter and not enough exercise. So, I am back to training and I am back to tracking what I eat here on Spark.
As always, thanks for listening.