Had an unanticipated visit with my doctor this week, after experiencing some funky symptoms last week that may have been signs of potential heart problems. (Was really really annoyed re. same, for reasons you’ll read about at the end of this post…)
- Since May 14, my blood pressure went from 138/80 to 117/75
- My resting heart rate was
7672, down from 80
- Passed the EKG with “flying colors”, according to my doctor
- My blood sugars are back into ‘all normal’ ranges, as ongoing tests indicate
- Finally, I’ve lost 18 lbs since mid-April
So the dizziness/lightheadedness that kicked in last week (and continues even today)? Nope, it’s not high blood pressure, or anything else related to my (formerly-unhealthy) lifestyle. Instead, it’s vertigo – or BPPV, as it’s listed on my Official Results Sheet (unofficial translation? I have rocks in my head..)
How am I doing this? I jokingly refer to it as my ‘clean living’ plan, which loosely looks something like this (caveat – this is what’s working for ME. YMMV):
- No sugar or processed foods. (I shop at the farmer’s market/outside aisles of grocery store for my stuff, and am not even tempted at the kids’ stuff. Honest.)
- Minimal, minimal dairy (greek yogurt), fruit and grains (steel-cut oatmeal 3X a week). Yes, this means no cheese or milk in my coffee. (And no, no soy products, either – I’m using coconut milk instead).
- Plenty of vegetables, plenty of protein – from meats, nuts and eggs, mostly. (Nope, no beans either.) If it’s starting to sound like paleo to you, well, it’s pretty close – I’m calling it “modified paleo”.
- Alcohol restricted to wine or vodka/soda only, and no more than 2-3 times a week. No mixers, add-ins, etc. No sodas or sweetened beverages (juices, even), plenty of water/herbal tea, iced coffee in the AM only.
- “Good fats” allowed: olive oil, avocado, bacon, walnut oil, butter. No bad (trans-fat, etc.) allowed.
- Exercise. Lots and lots of varied things to move more & get the blood pumping.
So – after making all of these changes (including 2.5 mile walks during my lunch hour 3X a week, for example), you can imagine how annoyed I was to think that I was giving up cheese (my biggest weakness) for naught. Not hardly, as it turns out…!
What else have I lost along the way? Well, that’ll be part of the next update…