If you’ve been one of my blog readers for a while, you may remember how I’d struggled with high cholesterol. It was a problem that began in my early 20’s. Genetically, I’m prone to it, and I’ve had to constantly watch my numbers.
During my 14 years yo-yo dieting, when I was “on” my diets, my cholesterol would go down. The only problem was my improved cholesterol numbers would only last for 3-6 months until I fell off the wagon and got out of control with my eating again.
My last hard-core diet (my fitness competition in 2012) got my cholesterol super low (a total of 121 mg). It had never been that low!! Anything less than 200 mg is in the “good” range. I was thrilled. But I rebounded quickly after ending the strict diet I’d been on. My weight went back up and so did my cholesterol.
PAST TEST RESULTS
When I struggled with my eating after that last diet and rebound, this is where my cholesterol number started to creep up to…
This is the actual copy of my cholesterol test after I “fell off the wagon.”
At this point, I was clean-eating during the week, but struggled with binge-eating and splurging on weekends. My total cholesterol number went up to 221 mg.
This cholesterol number was not as high as it was during my early 20’s when my doctor wanted me on medication, but my doctor said I had to watch it since it was continually going up.
I was a personal trainer… a nutrition coach… and embarrassed! …especially when I’d already shared with clients about my previous low numbers.
My doctor and I had that heart-to-heart. She told me I needed to change. I said, “Give me a year.”
I FINALLY MADE A CHANGE TO MY EATING & EMBRACED A “FOREVER-FIT” LIFESTYLE INSTEAD OF FAD DIETS
Instead of going hard-core with my previous dieting ways again (of course, the thought crossed my mind), I instead said I’d ditch the yo-yo (hard-core) diets and start my #NoBannedFoods lifestyle of moderate eating.
I followed the exact strategies that I share with you in these Friday emails.
I embraced health, but WITH balance and moderation.
I scheduled my follow-up cholesterol test after working on my moderate diet a little over a year, but I was honestly scared to have the test done.
I’d increased my “PVW’s “(protein, veggies and water), but I was also eating small amounts of chocolate and other treats I loved daily to stay satisfied.
No more fad diets for me.
Since I didn’t feel deprived with my eating, I was no longer binge-eating on weekends.
My eating looked the same 7 days/week – for the first time ever!
My eating felt effortless. I wasn’t white-knuckling my way through, but I worried, “What if my cholesterol actually went UP??”
Honestly, I was even prepared to get on Lipitor if my cholesterol went back up. I just couldn’t do the hard-core diets anymore! I was done.
These were my follow-up results from that test in 2014. My total cholesterol dropped to 187 mg instead of 221 mg! Success! As you can read by my doctor’s note, she was happy, and so was I!
BRAND NEW TEST RESULTS IN 2018: CONSISTENT AND IMPROVED NUMBERS WITH MODERATION
The best news is that I just had another physical. Once again, still following my #NoBannedFoods health plan. There’s always that little part of me scared prior to the blood test (what if this moderate way of eating stops working?), but instead I kept trusting the process – and I got great news!
Here’s my cholesterol test from this month. My total cholesterol dropped again!! To 167 mg!
My doctors are pleased! I am pleased!
Most of all, I’ve been able to maintain my weight and my eating effortlessly for the first time in my life! My results are going on 5 years now! A huge accomplishment.
WHY AM I SHARING THIS? (with FREE NUTRITION GUIDE)
If you’re struggling with cholesterol, binge eating, yo-yo dieting, or a similar health struggle, I want you to know you are not alone. I know how frustrating it can be when you try so hard to eat healthy, but can’t seem to stick with it.
I know what it’s like to binge-eat or feel like you can’t control yourself around chocolate.
I know how discouraging it can feel to get test results that show you may not be as healthy as you’d like to be.
I understand, and want you to know you don’t always have to struggle.
If you are interested in starting your own #NoBannedFoods eating plan, and you haven’t downloaded a free copy of my Forever-Fit Nutrition Guide, that’s a good place to start.
You can download my free “Forever-Fit Nutrition Guide” by clicking here: http://foreverfitwarriors.com/forever-fit-nutrition-guide/
Also, CONTACT ME if you have additional questions about your own health situation. I love hearing from you all, and I read and answer every response.