Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Wednesday Diet report

Cliff and I each lost 1/2 of a pound this past week.  Disappointing, isn't it?  But it beats gaining a half-pound.

The really good news is Cliff's cholesterol.  Although his total cholesterol was never high, his good cholesterol (HDL) was too low, and he's been taking Niaspan for that problem.  At one time he was told to double up on the amount he was taking daily, although he never did, because he hates taking pills.

Yesterday we got a call from the doctor's office, and Cliff's HDL is in good shape; the doctor said, "Tell him to keep on doing whatever he's doing."

It's the walking we're doing that's turned things around, I'm sure.  Some of those hills in the pasture are KILLERS!  Cliff's thinking about ditching the Niaspan, and seeing how his next blood test turns out.

He'd hoped to eventually get off at least one of his blood pressure meds, but the doctor told him that's highly unlikely; it seldom happens that a person can get off blood pressure pills.


madcobug said...

Thats good that you have lost more weight. It is better than gaining like I have been doing. I am going to leave off those vitamins I have been taking for a couple of months now. I have been hungry all the time and that is not good because I am putting on weight intsead of taking it off.
That's good about Cliff's cholesterol. Helen

chat2missie said...

I'm a strong believer in walking!  I think it's the best thing for your body not only physically, but mentally also!

readmereadyou said...

Some weeks, when your losing weight, you reach a plateau and then the following week or the week after, you lose more. I don't know why that happens but it seems to with everyone I know.

deslily said...

wow, good news all over the place!  Congrats!

hmmm, curious as to if the doctor said why it's so seldom that anyone can get off of blood pressure pills??

plieck30 said...

I think its good you lost 1/2 pound. Its better then staying the same and we put it on slowly so if it comes off slowly maybe it will stay off. Paula

lv2trnscrb said...

WTG on Cliff's cholesterol increasing! That is awesome and it is the exercise that mainly brings up the HDL cholesterol (that and niaspan like he's on and a glass of red wine nightly if one likes to drink it). I have typed (I do medical transcription) reports of patients getting off of their blood pressure meds and controlling their blood pressure by diet and exercise, however, each patient is different. Hoping maybe Cliff can some day.

I think 1/2 pound gone is good. Sometimes our bodies need a week or so to readjust from previous weight loss.

Keep up the good work :)


siennastarr said...

Well, whatever you and Cliff are doing.. KEEP DOING IT!  And, yes, it's better to be going DOWN that scale, no matter how slowely, vs going UP!

Congrats to Cliff on his Cholesterol drop!


am4039 said...

great job on the weight loss for both of you and happy about Cliff's cholesterol. Yeah.  

naturegirlfromny said...

Excercise is great for cholesterol.  I need to get off my butt and do some.  Linda

shayshaydc said...

After doing regular exercise I got off one of my blood pressure pills... instead of taking two.. I now take one!!!! I'm working toward half a pill right now and then maybe none!!! Exercise really helps alot!!!