Tonight I am reintroducing you all to my fit fiance! It has come to my attention recently that… 1) He is not my boyfriend anymore and 2) He is pretty healthy now! So my formerly skinny-fat boyfriend is being retired as we move forward, being replaced by my fit fiance! Wes has moved into a maintenance phase with his diet and health. Below are his improved lab results, giving you an idea of the major changes made to his diet and lifestyle:
LDL: 149 (-15 points)
HDL: 36 (+1 point)
Trig: 155 (-158 points)
Fasting blood sugar: 91(-21 points, normal range!)
Insulin level: 6 (-11 points, normal range!)
Wes should consider himself lucky… had he not had an intervention he likely would be put on cholesterol medications and end up with diabetes sooner rather than later. There is so much to say about the power of food and what it can do for our health. Wes still doesn’t eat salads, and we probably have about 10 more years before that becomes a reality. BUT, he has drastically reduced his intake of processed foods, saturated fats, simple sugars, sodium, and junk foods (including beer). He has cut out the excess carbs with his meals and eats lean proteins with all meals and snacks. I also haven’t seen one of those awful energy drinks in a long time either.
In this maintenance phase, Wes doesn’t argue me anymore when I sneak shoestring carrots or broccoli into our meals. He typically eats the same couple items for breakfast (he eats breakfast now!) and rotates between a couple items for lunch. He is even learning to cook and has become quite helpful around the kitchen (besides just doing the dishes;).
My fit fiance and I are 6 weeks out from the Ft. Myers ½ Marathon. This will be Wes’ second ½ marathon, and the first one since he has changed his eating habits. He no longer complains about getting up early on Saturday mornings for long runs and he relates that he is more focused and productive at work during “training season”.
Wes is your living, breathing example of using lifestyle change to improve health. Medications may appear convenient and easy, but they will just start piling up. Wes also loves to go check his blood pressure and pulse at those pharmacy machines these days too, because guess what? He isn’t prehypertensive anymore! I am so excited and happy to have a fit fiance to take on life’s adventures with, and glad he will be around just that much longer!
Never underestimate the power of food.