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>About the numbers

>Went to the doc this week for a follow-up chat about my annual blood testing.  The word is, my cholesterol is just a bit high, and has been for a few years now.  However, a closer look at the most recent test shows that my HDL’s (good cholesterol) are really high, 83.  That’s 20 points higher than 5 years ago . . . and way above the recommended 40.   Since all the cholesterol numbers are added together – the good and the bad – mine is considered healthy.

Today I donated blood.  The tech who tested to be sure there was enough hemoglobin (Hb) commented on my Hb number – as in, “Oh, wow, that’s really good!”.  And, my blood pressure was 102/60 – nice and low.  Did I mention, I’m in my mid-50’s and not taking any prescription meds at all?

Some of this may be due to all the exercise the last few years, or just good genes.  Maybe.  I don’t have copies of all the cholesterol tests, but two in the last 5 years had my HDL at 64 and 62.  Now it’s 83, markedly better.  And I know my blood pressure even a year ago was more like 120-something/70-something.  Today’s numbers were exactly the same as at the doctor’s office on Tuesday – 102/60.  Markedly better.

So what is new during the last year that would make such a big difference?  Last year I was running, on average, 25 miles a week.  I’ve run very little since late August because of the neuroma in my foot.  Really little – less than 25 miles total in the last 3 months.  My weight has gone up about 5 pounds since I’m not running the calories off. 

I’m not trying to make a case for getting less exercise and gaining weight!  That’s not what I think made me healthier.  I started using Beachbody’s Shakeology product in August.  Every day – one scoop a day, mixed in milk or water, 140 calories (with water), TONS of nutrition.  Most days I drink a shake at breakfast because it is quick.  I used to skip breakfast, or eat something like a protein bar and a cup of tea.  Now I have plenty of energy to get through the first part of the day, along with all the other health benefits of Shakeology!

Check out this video for more info.  The first minute or so gets to some information about what Shakeology does for cholesterol levels, but I thought the whole video was interesting.  Let me know what you think!

http://teambeachbody.com/watch/products/shakeology

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>Start where you ARE

>Starting at the beginning:  This blog is about getting fit, staying fit, enjoying a long and healthy life – and starting from where you are today.  Right now.  This very minute.  After all, how could you possibly start from anywhere else??

Are you as healthy, fit and energetic as you want to be?  For most of us the answer is no, no, and NO!  Get ready.  That can all change if you decide you want more AND if you are willing to take action on that decision.

Here’s my story, going back just a few years.  At age 50 or so, my daughter signed me up to run Bay to Breakers with her.  This was on Mother’s Day – one week before the 7.5 mile run.  Uh oh.  How many women of 50 or so can just go out and RUN 7 1/2 miles?  Well, I was not one of them : ) 

After Bay to Breakers (which we walked due to my lack of fitness), said daughter told me she had always thought of me as active and fit.  And, she continued, I’d better get busy and get back in shape! . . . and by the way, I was getting fat and should do something about that too.

Ouch.  So what did I do?  I started walking around the block a few nights a week.  Then I started running a little bit, maybe 100 yards here and there during my walks.  Then I joined a gym.  The next year we really did RUN Bay to Breakers together – my Mother’s Day gift to my daughter this time.  And, on the way home, we (including three 20-something friends of Kristi’s) made plans to run a half-marathon later in the year.

I was scared to death!!!  RUN 13.1 miles??  Me?  I tried to play the age card – after all, the others in the group were more than 20 years younger.  No go.  Yikes.  So, I got busy and worked harder at being in shape.  We RAN the San Jose Rock & Roll half-marathon in October 2007.  Wow!!

A year later, I ran my first full marathon, the San Antonio Rock & Roll.  After running my 4th full marathon in San Francisco in July 2010, I started having severe pains in my left foot.  Turns out, I have a neuroma – an inflamed nerve – that makes it painful to run.

Doctor said, find a new sport.  I said . . . I will find my own ways to stay fit and healthy and to continue the activities I love.  Last weekend I walked the Malibu half-marathon.  Next year, my plan is to run the Detroit Free Press marathon! 

From starting to walk around the block until the first full marathon was about 2 1/2 years.  Along the way I discovered I had a food sensitivity and should not eat anything that contains wheat, rye, barley, or oats.  My diet has evolved and I am healthier for it.  I discovered an incredible company called Beachbody, producers of P90X, Slim in 6, Turbo Jam, and Shakeology – among other fitness products.  More to follow on these things.  And, I found new friends who are on their own fitness journeys.  We support and encourage one another, and also have a good time along the way!

My message to you is, no matter where you are starting from, just start.  There is a huge amount of help available to you.  Talk to me about your story, your challenges, your breakthroughs.  You can find me here, and you can find me on my Beachbody coach web page, http://beachbodycoach.com/esuite/home/gailschal.

Parting thought for today:  Who will you be one year from today?  You can choose to take action and be more than you ever thought possible if you are ready to get started.  Time will continue whether you make a change or not.  What is keeping you from moving toward your goals?  More to follow!

Gail

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