The cold, hard numbers

Today was the first step of the Fittest Loser contest–the “before” doctor visit. I tend to be a slight (or possibly major ) hypochondriac and my anxiety surges every time anything feels remotely “off” healthwise, so I was a little nervous.

Overall, the results were sobering. While I’m ashamed to share them, the accountability factor is exactly why I created this blog, so I’m going to just put the info out there. My blood sugar is 111, which is too high and dangerously close to pre-diabetes, if not already there. My blood pressure is 140/90–and that’s with some medication controlling it already. Weight is 261 and pulse rate is 79.

If I wasn’t already motivated to kick some A-Double-S in the contest, I sure am now. I have WAY too much to live for to let my health continue on this dangerous path. While the doctor was concerned about the numbers, he is confident that I can get them all within normal range by the end of these 12 weeks.

He also gave me some interesting insight into my digestive issues. For as long as I can remember, I have felt sick after nearly every dinner. More times than I can count, I’ve had to leave events early to rush home and use the washroom. It is humiliating and prevents me from doing a lot of things, like traveling with friends. I thought I might have lactose intolerance and took some lactaid before consuming dairy, but that didn’t help. According to the doctor, I may have been treating the wrong cause. He suspects a gluten allergy.

My reaction to this news surprised me. I thought I’d freak out at the idea of a low-gluten life. Instead, I’m thinking this could be the motivation I need to eat a Michael Pollan-esque diet: real food, not too much, mostly plants. The human body was not really designed for gluten and there’s very little nutritional benefit. If I can cut way back (giving up isn’t reasonable in my opinion–it would likely result in a gluten overdose i just a few short days), I will by default eat more lean meats, veggies and fruits. Not a bad thing, even if it turns out that I don’t have an allergy!

But that’s enough of my bleak health picture. Here is a more exciting number to round out the post: my humble blog hit 1,000 visits today! While that’s not exactly huge, it sort of stuns me because I created this site to be my personal journal. Who knew anyone would actually read it?

While I intended to end on that note, I want to take a second to urge you to go for a checkup if you haven’t had one in awhile. Aside from a good guess that the numbers would be bad due to my weight, I had no idea that I was in prediabetes range. For yourselves and your family, make your health a priority. That’s exactly what I will be doing for these 12 weeks and the rest of my life.


About Kristen K

My life has always been pretty darn fantastic--except for one thing: my weight. Not too long ago, I tipped the scale at 283 pounds. I'd gain some, lose some and gain some right back, and I was so frustrated. When I saw a notice for a Biggest Loser-style contest in my local paper, I applied on the spot and I felt like I won the lottery when I found out I was one of the five contestants chosen. We worked out four times a week with trainers and followed a clean eating diet, and my life completely transformed. I've lost more than 60 pounds and I'm feeling confidence for the first time in my life. I'm 29 years old with a great husband, a rewarding job, two adorable dogs and fantastic friends. Weight loss continues to be a struggle now that the contest has ended, but this time I know that I can do it and I'm fully committed. This blog has seved as an accountability tool as I journey from a happy, but fat, person to a happy and confident person. And for the first time in my life, I'm no longer putting it off until tomorrow. This time, I'm starting this minute.
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