It is about more than just how much you weigh.

I have been sorting through paperwork today. I have a file where I keep all my medical records. In the front of the folder I found a paper where I have recorded some of the results from my blood tests, going back to 2006.

This paper just has the dates, my weight at the time and a column for my total cholesterol, LDL, HDL and Triglycerides.

Next to one row is a note that the doctor wanted to put me on a statin drug. I remember that conversation. I told her no. I didn’t want to be on medication. I had a patented supplement I was going to start taking and I was also motivated to get more active. I was sure I would be able to get my cholesterol under control without medication. That was in August of 2011.

In December of 2011 my husband and I got new life insurance and had to get blood work done. My results from that test were better than my August results. LDL was down some, HDL was up a little and TriGlycerides were down too. My weight was also down by about 10 pounds. I guess I was doing a good job at working to get healthier. I am not sure what happened exactly after that but I got out of focus.

I haven’t looked at this paper for a while, over a year in fact. I wish I had kept it posted on my refrigerator so I could be reminded that weight is just a number and it isn’t the most important thing. There are other ways I will benefit from getting healthy and eating better and exercising.

I am not going to beat myself up for having lost focus. I am going to post this paper on my refrigerator and I will see it every time I do weigh myself. (My scale is next to my refrigerator.)

It is the time of year when the health fair is held in our town. I will sign up again for blood work. I am a little worried about my results since I have been out of focus for so long. At least I know that a year from now my results will blow my doctor away. I will be so much lighter. My cholesterol will be in a healthy range and so will my blood sugar. (more on that later, maybe) I can’t wait to see the look on her face!

So remember: It really is about more than just looking better or being able to buy cute clothes.  It is about feeling better from the inside out and being healthier.

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