10%

This morning I had my annual checkup. My labs were good except for my cholesterol. My triglycerides were a still a little high so they upped my dose. One of the many side effects of diabetes. My “good” cholesterol numbers are low too. I need to start eating more fish, nuts, olive oil, and avocadoes. Whole grains are supposed to help too, but carbs are not a friend to me.

The interesting news, well I guess not so much news as a reminder, is that if I can lose 10% of my body weight I could stop some of my medications. On the surface that sounds do able, but with the Holidays it will be a challenge. Still I have made that my goal. Without giving you my actual weight, 10% is roughly 25 to 30 pounds. My next checkup is in six months, so on the high end we are talking 5 lbs. a month or 1.25 lbs. per week. It doesn’t sound so bad at the weekly level does it?

On the surface that sounds do able, but with the Holidays it will be a challenge. Still I have made that my goal. Without giving you my actual weight, 10% is roughly 25 to 30 pounds. My next checkup is in six months, so on the high end we are talking 5 lbs. a month or 1.25 lbs. per week. It doesn’t sound so bad at the weekly level does it?

This means low carbs. This means not just having a gym membership but going there 3 times a week. This means avoiding all the Holiday sweets, or at least limiting their consumption. I love stuffing but maybe more turkey is in order. I am sure I can squeeze in a desert, like pumpkin pie or chocolate chip cookies, just not a whole pie or a dozen cookies. We have 3 weeks before all this stuff really starts getting in the way. If I can lose 5 lbs. in those 3 weeks I am off to a great start.

We have 3 weeks before all this stuff really starts getting in the way. If I can lose 5 lbs. in those 3 weeks I am off to a great start.

Vodka Brined Smoked Wild Caught Salmon

Vodka Brined Smoked Wild Caught Salmon

Next I need to find some recipes that incorporate some of those “good” cholesterol items. Fish is a hard thing to find around here. Mainly because I am picky. It needs to be wild caught and not fried. This also makes it more expensive. And I hate the way the smell stays in the house for days. Sacrifices are not always about food, but my environment as well.

Wish me luck, and I will share some of those recipes as I try them out.

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