Why are Good Test Results Demotivating?

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Two weeks have flown by since I got the great news that my lo-co lifestyle changes are working to drive my cholesterol down.  But instead of motivating me to stay on track, I’ve gone haywire.

Here’s what’s happened since I got the results:

  • I have only cooked ONE lo-co dinner.
  • We’ve eaten take-out Pizza, Chinese Food and Indian Food nearly every night.
  • I have not made (or even ordered out) a single salad for lunch or dinner.
  • Consuming Phish Food ice cream while prone on the sofa watching The Biggest Loser or some other TV show is still a nightly treat (though in truth,

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The Siren Call of Girl Scout Cookies and Easter Candy

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In a cruel twist, the day after I received my directionally-positive cholesterol news, the 9 boxes of girls scout cookies we ordered arrived.

Yes, nine. Yes, that’s embarrassing (though in my defense, we like to support the neighborhood girls. And yes, I realize we could have given them the money and donated the cookies. Somehow, though, that’s not what happened.)

Sadly for my lo-co goal, only 1 was a box of “Tagalongs” – the peanut butter cookies I despise. All the rest were Thin Mints and Samoas – which to me are the very definition of irresistible.

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Downward Dog Bit Me

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I bit the yoga bullet this week, fully expecting to quickly feel the benefits of all that balancing and stretching on my over-tight achilles, calves and hamstrings.

Instead, downward dog bit me.

Let me start by saying how embarrassing it is to get hurt doing yoga.  Especially since I’m a good athlete…and I’ve done yoga before.  I mean, I’m no pro or anything and it’s been years since I’ve ‘graced’ any yoga studio with my presence, but I do know the basics.  And it’s not inherently dangerous like tennis (last week a friend got hit in the face with the ball.)  So while my legs felt great after the yoga class,

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Red Yeast Rice Study

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Bright and early yesterday morning, I had my fasting blood test.  After 2 months of low-fat, low cholesterol dining, along with a somewhat increased exercise plan, I’m hoping my LDL and Total Cholesterol numbers will have declined.  But I am expecting them to have held steady or increased, given: a) my not-quite-total commitment to lo-co lifestyle — Phish Food still included, exercise hasn’t hit that holy-grail daily level, and b) the ‘Roller Coaster‘ experience.

In preparation for the phone call I expect from my doctor, I dove into the June 2009 Red Yeast Rice study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  

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An Informal Scorecard

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So at a pot-luck dinner Friday night (I brought the CL-Asparagus Salmon Orzo dish), my friend Cindy said she was enjoying my blog but if I was still eating Phish Food ice cream every night, didn’t that mean I was failing?

Yikes!

Luckily, much wonderful wine was available (thank you Jill), so I was able to avoid thinking about that.  Until today.

Here’s the thing – I am hoping that the many other choices I am making will result in lower cholesterol.  That I can still have my cake ice-cream and eat it too.

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