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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.
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  • JOAND1911
    Wow that is amazing! What an inspiration to read this in the begging of my journey to better health! Thank you for posting this and letting us all know that it is possible! #wegotthis #goals
    1540 days ago
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