So I told you last August I went vegan to lower my cholesterol.
Yesterday I had a biometric screening for my insurance- my employer requires it for me to get lower insurance costs. I get a basic health exam and if the health professionals find something wrong, like say high blood pressure or diabetes, I would have to agree to work with a health coach to get it under control, otherwise I’d have to pay more for coverage.
And how’s that vegan thing going?
I’ve lost a total of 25 pounds in the last year. I’ve gone from no exercise to regular exercise.
My blood pressure is normal and my heart rate was good. My glucose was within the normal range (almost right smack dab in the middle, actually).
Oh, but the cholesterol? What about the cholesterol?
My total cholesterol has gone down 25 points in the past 7 months! I am thrilled! All my levels were within the normal range, and none were barely hanging in there. I am proud of myself for all the hard work I’ve done for… me!
I gotta tell you that I feel mighty strange talking up my accomplishments at the same time as I’m hurting so over Rumpy. But in a way it’s all related. I’m determined to improve my life. That means I’m taking steps to improve my physical health. Through this I’ve internalized that I deserve to treat myself with respect, and I’m expecting others to treat me with respect as well. I’m not putting up with other people’s stuff. You have a right to be where you are, but that doesn’t mean I have to deal with it.
Today I will advocate for Rumpy and for myself. I will be here for him just like I am here for me. Together we will decide what steps we should take for his health.
FYI, the next time you hear someone ask what’s the point of going vegan, send them my way. I got lots of reasons I can share.