Sunday, May 26, 2013

My Recent Blood (Cholesterol) Tests

Hello Everyone!!

Dawn (this week)

Late afternoon (this week)

Yikes - I didn't realize it had been 3 weeks since I last posted!

I was really good about posting on Sunday after my weekly weigh-in along with what I ate all week when I was participating in Heather's Bobmshell Transformation Program (I'm linking you here to her new blog.  She has an EXCELLENT cardio/sculpting workout and also has a post showing you how to put together your own workout - a must read)!!

We entered all of our food into an online program and it was easy to copy and paste it here.  But since the program ended,  I've tried My Fitness Pal but it was too much work to enter all the veggies that I was eating (ie salads, etc..).  I've been super busy the last few weeks but when things settle down, in the weeks to come, I may start logging my food there again.  Someone was once curious if with Clean Eating we counted calories so I was curious myself as to how many I consumed each day.  While logging into My Fitness Pal I noticed that my daily calories were all over the place.  From 1100 to 1800.  I don't count calories but I do watch my portion sizes.  I've found that overeating is never a problem because I'm eating so often.  I'm rarely ever very hungry and never, ever "starving"!  Super happy eating like this - it feels so normal and natural and I couldn't ever imagine eating any other way.  I can also eat like this no matter where I am (restaurants/buffets, parties, etc..).  I just love it! 

I've been keeping my Sunday weigh-ins updated on the right side bar.  This morning I was 139.8!!!  I haven't seen the 130's since before I was pregnant with our 2nd son and that was almost 13 years ago!!!!  When I got pregnant with our 2nd child, I weighed 127.  I gained 70 lbs and went up to 197.  After I had him the lowest I ever got before getting pregnant again was 140.  I was also 140 when I got pregnant with our 4th and was 150 when I got pregnant with our 5th. So, as you can imagine, I am ecstatic about this! :)  My weight loss has "averaged" out to just about 1lb per week. I just finished week 17 and have lost 16.2 lbs.

Anyways, my husband and I had to get some blood tests done since we're switching life insurance companies.  I wanted to share with you my blood test results since my cholesterol went down - yeah!!  The first set of numbers listed were my numbers from last summer  (which were already lower from the year before from doing the BFC) and the next set are from April 28th of this year.  What a difference 3 months of Eating Clean and exercising can make!! 

July 2012 / April 2013

Total Cholesterol: 224 / 190
Triclycerides: 123 / 109
LDL (bad cholesterol): 150 / 111
HDL (good cholesterol): 50 / 57

In other news, we have been busy with end-of-the-school-year activities and programs.  School ended for our two oldest kids this past week and the ones that I am homeschooling have about another week.  I still plan to work with all of my boys on spelling and writing throughout the summer since all three will be starting at the same school that my daugther goes to this fall.  It's pretty rigorous and I don't want them to fall behind from the get go.  Brooke will also start preschool two days a week this fall (at the same school) and I may either take a pre-requisite for the nursing program while she's at school or I may just stay and volunteer in her class (if they'll let me).  Not sure yet.  I just know that I won't like the quiet around my house :(   I would have homeschooled forever, and actually planned to homeschool them all they way through high school, but it just felt like it was time.  You just know when it is.  Our daughter has LOVED high school. She is in 10th grade and has loved every minute of it (except the late nights she spent doing homework).... but, atleast she'll be more prepared for college ,right? :)

I hope everyone has a fabulous week!  Love (and healthy eating) to you all! XOXXO


  1. You are doing awesome!!! 139!! You are going to catch up with me so soon! Great job!

    1. Thanks Dawn! You, as well as the other ladies, are wonderful inspirations for me! :)

  2. Wow great job - I hope you are having a nice weekend :-)

    1. Thanks Rosalie! Always love your words of praise and encouragement - you are a huge inspiration to me :)

  3. I know you have written on my blog before how you would love to be 139, and are!!!! I am so happy for you! I was hoping that you weren't taking a break from eating healthy when you didn't blog more often. Don't do it, if you think about taking a break, DON'T!!! I am really struggling to get myself back on track and now I am even eating cookies....lots of cookies, chips, bread, more bread, more cookies....CRAZY!!! INSANE!!!
    Keep on keeping on and doing wonderful!

    That is great with your blood work! Doesn't it feel good, to feel good?
    I'm going to check out the transformation program, thank you:)
    Have a great week! I am just so darned proud of you!!!

    1. Thanks for the kind words Kay! I didn't realize that it had been so long since my last post. It was just so much easier when I had my food to post and now I don't have access to that program so I got a little out of sync.

      I feel bad that you are struggling to get back on track. Can I help you in anyway? Don't tell yourself you have to give it all up... just save it for a "cheat meal" and eat great the rest of the week (I hate that phrase since I am not a "cheater" of any kind - ha!!). I have so many tips and tricks that may help you so please let me know!!! I love all of my blogging buddies (especially you) and want us to all be in a place where we are happy weight-wise and feeling healthy and great!

      Love ya and, again,thanks for the kind words of praise and encouragement!!:)

  4. Hi Kim! Glad to have stumbled upon your blog! I was wondering if you feature guest postings. Thanks and have a great day!