I am a 56 year old female with a ballet background and one who has loved to workout in the past. After a personal tragedy, an empty nest and an emergency hysterectomy, I began a season of 6 years without exercise. Though I don’t eat horribly, I wasn’t accountable to any plan and so I began to watch the pounds stack up. I found myself in a place that was a vicious cycle… I had no motivation to exercise so I didn’t, which caused me to be more unmotivated. I tried a few times to get back in the good-habit of exercise but each time I failed after a few weeks.
Things changed when I visited my doctor and through a routine exam she found my cholesterol to be high. This is no surprise to me as I have a generational tendency towards high cholesterol, until I heard the number! 268 total cholesterol and triglycerides at a whopping 199 . With total cholesterol, anything over 200 being a danger zone, she said she would like to put me on a statin drug to help that come down. I was not in favor of drugs being the answer unless I had tried everything else first. I told her to give me 6 months to see if I could make a difference with diet and supplements. Of course I excluded the idea of exercise because I was perfectly happy with my life as it was…. sedentary! It sounds so peaceful doesn’t it? I added a high-grade liquid fish oil to my diet and red yeast rice which works like a fish oil on cholesterol. Six months later I was back down to my typical 206 total cholesterol and triglycerides at 119. The Doc was happy, but not satisfied. She wasn’t threatening drugs anymore but wanted to continue to see me every 6 months to monitor me.
So I began another 6 month journey to see if I could reduce the cholesterol number and maybe even work on the excess weight I was carrying. I started slow. Yoga was my first attempt at easing into an exercise program. That established my ‘routine’ without too much pain. From there I added a 30 minute light-resistance weight routine which began to edge the weight a bit, which was encouraging. They say there are 3 stages to exercise: First, you hate it!! Next, you rise to the challenge, and lastly you actually begin to enjoy the feeling of being fit. It took me a full 3 months to get to the second level and I would say now, I miss it when I have a day I can’t workout.
The last few months I have added Radical Fitness to my routine. That’s what made all the difference in my weight loss. I have lost a total of 13 pounds and have my eye on another 7. When I returned to the doctor just recently my total cholesterol was at 198!!! I have never been below 200. Triglycerides plummeted to 78, my blood pressure was 100/78 and I was 100% oxygenated! We were both very pleased and I don’t need to see her for another year. Exercise makes all the difference, but when you add it to eating well and proper supplements, you have the whole package and you can’t help but succeed.
Thanks Radical Fitness for the role you played in my return to health.
~ Debbie Bishop