OK, I finally remembered to call about my lab work. They didn't call me because they've been inundated with calls about swine flu, no surprise. They were going crazy with the phone when I was there on Monday, and they suggested that I check back because they figured they would be treading water.
Everything is in good shape, inside the normal limits, except for one. Blasted old cholesterol. It's not bad. the triglycerides are good, the HDL is good and is way up there on the high side (that lowers my chances for heart attack), the LDL is good (also on the high side when it shouldn't be, but several points within the range), but the total cholesterol is over the desired total at 214 (should be under 200). This has been true for me for a long time. Because the HDL is so high, it pushed the total over the top. It's not a big concern thanks to the HDL, but I still need to work on getting it under 200. That means low fat cheeses, low fat milk, no chicken skin, no marbled red meats, eating oatmeal every day. Those are not a big problem. I don't like low fat cheese because it doesn't melt will in cooking, and low fat milk goes bad before I can drink it, but I'll adjust. I won't stop eating butter because margarine is just nasty, but I will cut my intake by at least half. I was eating oatmeal 4-5 times a week and got away from it a few months ago, and I'll start that again. For the most part the adjustments I need to make are small ones. she told me not to quit eating "the good things," just to cut the fat contents and least them less often. Very doable.
Since I'm increasing my exerce, that should help, too. As weight comes down, so will the cholesterol. It's kind of a natural process. By cutting the easy corners of fat intake, it won't seem too drastic. As I adjust to low fat, then I'll move to as many no fat items as I can.
Since it is not in the alarming zone, she was not highly concerned, but said if I want to check it again in three months, it can be done. She felt that just the minor changes as we discussed would bring it under 200 in the 90 day period. Sounds good to me.
So I'll live. Sorry, but that means I will continue to blather on in this blog. And of course you are required to continue reading. That's all there is to it. ;D