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I’m Completely Normal

At least that’s what my doctor tells me all my test results say. I’m not so sure about my normalcy, I somehow doubt that I am anything close to normal, who wants to be normal anyway right? Normal is boring.  Now my blood work on the other hand, is normal and this is amazing news! I figured I’d share this letter from my doctor with you all.

“Dear Ms. Williams

The results of your recent tests have been reviewed and are summarized here for your information.

Blood counts showed:

WBC (white blood cell count) is 9/3 10^9/L which is normal. (Normal range is 3.5-11.0)

Hemoglobin (a measure of red blood cells) is 14.1 which is normal. (Normal range is 11.7-15.7)

Hematocrit (a measure of red blood cells) is 42.5 which is normal. (Normal Range is 34.9-46.9)

Platelet count (cells that help stop bleeding) is 240 10^9/L which is normal. (Normal Range is 140-444)

The electrolyte results showed no abnormalities.

Kidney function tests were normal (BUN was 13 and Creatinine was 0.59)

Liver tests were normal (ALT was 35 and AST was 20)

Your blood sugar is 108 (Normal range is 70-100). This is normal.

Your blood sugar is 108 (Normal range is 70-110). This result is acceptable.

Your HgbA1C is 5.3 (target is <7). This indicates that your blood sugar over the last 3 months has been well-controlled.

The cholesterol result is 137 (Normal <200).

The HDL (good cholesterol) was 31 (Normal >40).

The LDL (bad cholesterol) was 88 (Normal <100).

These results are acceptable and require no further treatment.

All tests excellent keep up the good work.

Please do not hesitate to call us should you have any father questions or concerns.


Colin McDonough MD”

Now when you consider that my HgbA1C back on July 10th was 8.4 and that my blood sugars pretty much ran consistently in the 200s and sometimes into the 300s, having a blood sugar of 108, and a NORMAL HbgA1C after not taking insulin, Avandia or any other type of diabetic medication since surgery, is pretty damn amazing.

For those that don’t know this a Hemoglobin A1C or HgbA1C let me quote from ( A website that asked me to remove their link on my page )

The hemoglobin A1c test (HbA1c) is a blood test used to determine how well diabetes is being controlled. The HbA1c test measures the control of blood glucose levels in people with diabetes over a 6 to 12 week period. Most physicians think the HbA1c test is the best way to monitor how well a person is controlling diabetes through treatments and medicines.

Here is a chart that shows you what your blood sugars average at the different HgbA1C levels.

As you can see my blood levels fall totally in the green zone! I’ve got “excellent” HgbA1C results.

This is all very exciting to me. There is a big \O/ going on right now and out loud it sounds like “Yaaaaaaaaaaaay!”

My Personal Trainer Says It won’t Always Hurt

For the love of God I hope she is right, but it’s really not too bad, it really only hurts when I try to… you know… MOVE. My workout with Suzie was so much fun last night, it was hard, really hard, but I felt so accomplished afterwards and I felt good.

I’m so dedicated to the exercise thing, really. I worked out with my Personal Trainer Suzie from 5-6pm then I was off to the gym at midnight to swim. My time has increased in the pool with the addition of the Underwater MP3 player that I got for Christmas. Apparently the music gets me going faster. I’m up to 27 laps in 60 minutes. My goal is to get to 35 in fewer than 60 minutes. I’ll get there someday. After swimming I stayed up working late and then hit the gym at about 8:00am to get my 60 minutes of cardio in. I took it a little easy on myself because I knew that I was already sore instead of doing the whole hour on the “Weight Loss” program, I decided to do 15 minutes normally, 30 minutes on the “Weight Loss” program and another 15 minute normally. I just didn’t think my thighs could handle 60 minutes of that on and off level 8 resistances after what Suzie did to them yesterday.

So back to my work out with Suzie, truly freaking amazing! I can’t even recall everything we did, but we did stuff with kettle bells, medicine balls, resistance bands, we did squats, lunges, we used some free weights, we did step ups, and we ascertained that my balance sucks and I can’t do a push up to save my life, but Suzie promises that will all change if I stick with this, and well, when it comes to exercise I’m pretty damn dedicated so we’ll see what happens, I’m excited to see the changes and progress that this will bring.  I’m glad I made the decision to work with Suzie, I don’t think I’d ever have had the confidence to even TRY some of the things she’ll get me to do without knowing there is someone there making sure I’m doing it right.

So in other news today I once again used the amazing Ninja Kitchen System that my mother got me as a Weight Loss Surgery gift. This is probably the most used appliance in my kitchen. I used it constantly. I used it for everything from mixing, to chopping, to pureeing. There really just isn’t much this thing can’t do. My mother is great at picking out kitchen appliances for me. Several years ago she gave us a Rotisserie for our wedding anniversary, and Jason and I have used the hell out of that Rotisserie, no kidding, used the hell out of it. The only thing she’s ever got me for the kitchen that I didn’t like was the Mandolin Slicer, yeah I got rid of that thing after trying it a handful of times and just wanting to chuck it out the damn window.

I’m happy to report that I made a scrambled version of yesterday’s omelet with about ½ the ingredients and added some avocado slices. It was a super yummy breakfast.  I also made up a batch of Shelly’s High Protein Avocado Dip I used 0% Fage instead of the 2% to get the fat down a bit, but I’m telling you this is an AMAZING Avocado Dip. You can’t even tell there is cottage cheese in there, and you can hardly taste the greek yogurt. I wanted to add a little salsa but I was afraid it would make me scarf it down rather than just enjoy it a little at a time. There is a small margarine tub size ( about one cup ) of this avacado dip sitting in my fridge waiting for me to find something to put it with for lunch tomorrow!

Dinner tonight was a recipe I got from my friend Xeniak over at Thinner Times, I’m calling it Xeniaks General Tso Chicken. It was so delicious; I couldn’t eat it all but it was seriously yum. I only had about ½ the Riced Cauliflower that was on my plate and left a couple pieces of chicken behind, but Jason finished his plate and when I can get him to do that on a pouch friendly recipe, that’s a damn good thing! So Thanks Xeniak, this is definitely going on the list of things I will add to the approved list.

I’m off to take a nap before I drag myself to the gym and try to loosen up these muscles swimming and then soak them in the tub a bit. I’m sure several of my friends could find plenty of jokes to make about my thighs hurting right now, luckily they are all too quite about commenting on my site to post them!

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