This week my mom is sharing her story about her high cholesterol and the 5K running program she's started.
Hi, I’m Tony’s mom and he asked me to share my story about running a 5K program. The biggest reason I decided to tackle the 5K program is because I went to the doctor in June and found out that I have high cholesterol. To tell you the truth I was kind of surprised at that. I’m 5 ft. 2” tall and I weighed 111 pounds. How can I have high cholesterol? But did you know that you don’t have to be overweight to have high cholesterol? And sometimes overweight people have low cholesterol. Go figure!
My fasting Cholesterol level was 290. Wow. Normal cholesterol levels are supposed to be fewer than 200. I always thought I was a rather healthy eater. I don’t eat a lot of junk food, fried food, or soda. I usually eat a lot of vegetables and some fruit on a daily basis. But I also eat stuff I probably shouldn’t, like lunchmeat, donuts, cookies, and cheese! I love cheese – cheese is my downfall. I will also eat hot dogs and hamburgers with fries – not every day, but once or twice a week. So when I heard 290, I was blown away. It was time to clean up my act.
The first thing I did was have Tony put together a list of good foods/bad foods for me. I am now eating a LOT more fresh fruit and vegetables every day. In fact, I try to put more fruits and vegetables on my plate than meat most of the time. Instead of having ice cream for an evening snack, I switched to smoothies made of fresh fruit and yogurt or a bowl of watermelon or cantaloupe.
The next thing I did was look at my exercise routine. I get outside a lot and do a great deal of walking/hiking. I had been going to the gym and working out with weights, but once summer hit I had slacked off at the gym – a lot. You know how that goes. My husband went out and got me a treadmill last spring and I started walking on it every day. I’d usually walk about 2 miles at a moderate rate with a high incline. Tony told me I needed to change that and start running a little in order to get my heart rate up. Well, I’ll tell you, I’d run on the darn thing for about 30 seconds and I’d be done. Finished. I’d be gasping for breath and slow it down to a walk and think “Oh my gosh, how can I be this out of shape??”
Please come back Wednesday and read part 2 of my series on starting my 5K running program.