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Serious start to better eating and exercising habits 12-27-2004 - 06:26 PM
My dad died of a heart attack when he was 49 - I'm overweight, have very high cholesterol, and I just turned 49 - I'm scared. My DR at first agreed to let me try modifying my diet to see if that brought my cholesterol levels down. Nope, not enough to make much difference. So he put me on a cholesterol lowering drug - Zetia, which isn't a statin and doesn't have the same liver threatening potential. After a year on that my levels were up, plus I had gained 10 pounds. He switched me to Lipitor, and I'm seeing a nutritionist. She listened to me and what I normally eat, what I like to eat, etc., and wrote out what, how much, and when to eat meals and snacks. I need to get more exercise - My 3 yo DGS is with me every day from 7:30 til 4:30-5. Anyone who has ever tried walking with a 3 yo knows it can be slow going. This morning it's 10*, no way would I take him out for long anyway. And trying to do an excercise tape - again, anyone who has tried it with a 3 yo around - hahahahaha. He thinks I want to play, and I get pounced on.

Dany said at 12-27-2004 - 06:34 PM
((((Mary Lou)))) I can relate to how scare you are re: repeating your dad's history. My dad had his first "serious" heart attack at age 48 and ended up having a heart transplant in 1990, when he was 60. I turned 48 last September and I've been having the hardest time maintaining my weight: the combination of stress eating and complete and utter lack of motivation has resulted in a mega cas of the yo-yo dieting syndrome.

Where exercising is concerned, I think that the :key: to success is finding a program you truly enjoy and can stick to. And, if you're like me, I find that very hard to do in the Winter: I'm an outdoors activity kind of girl... but I hate the cold

Do you have Curves or other 30 minute circuit type of place near you? That may be the answer for you: something you can do either before your DGS drops by or after he's gone for the day





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