I can't even...I don't know where to start.
I decided to go in for a yearly physical. I thought since I'm working on loosing weight and I have some big goals, I should go in and get a baseline, or starting point if you will. It's no secret I need to loose weight. I've been working on it. Before I got pregnant I had lost 20 lbs. Awesome. I'm officially down 30 lbs from summer 2011, but I've got quite a ways to go.
I got a call from my doctor's office yesterday. I have moderately high cholesterol. Wait, what? No I don't! My blood pressure is amazing, how can I have high cholesterol?!? I could go out and run a couple miles right now if I wanted to, how can I have high cholesterol?!? I don't smoke, how can I have high cholesterol?!?
I have a shitty diet, that's how.
It hit me with a ton of bricks. Not at first, but as I started doing research and seeing exactly where I'm at on the scale of things and what I need to do to get better. Yikes! I'd never paid attention to cholesterol info before. I never thought it would affect me. Type 2 Diabetes? Sure, I love sugar. It wouldn't be a good thing, but I would've been mentally prepared to hear that. But cholesterol? Really?
Now, thanks to dead beat dads I only know 1/4 of my family health history (side note: I prefer it that way because my dad is the best and I wouldn't trade him for anything!) so I don't know if I'm pre-disposed to having high cholesterol or not. But, like I said before, I generally eat like crap. That changes now!
It scared the crap out of me, more than anything else, to think I could literally have a heart attack at any moment and leave Karyanna without a mommy...or she would grow up calling someone else mommy. Still brings tears to my eyes to even consider. And then it spiraled when I thought of the what if's...like what if I hadn't decided to go get everything checked out? I wouldn't have know. It would have gotten worse.
I guess wake up calls happen for a reason. Well this chick is wo-ken-up! Fast food? Done. Pizza? Done. Casseroles? Done. I know I will feel so great making these changes, but now I have to learn so much. Reading labels now goes from just looking at caloric content, but fat and cholesterol too. I firmly believe in moderation, but this stuff has to be out until I'm in a normal range again.
Any helpful, kind feedback is appreciated. Does anyone else have experience with this?