Hello, hello! I’ve been away for forever and a little bit, I know.
I had an exceptionally good day today and I thought, “Hm. Why not share this on the blog?” I’ve been meaning to get back in the proverbial saddle so why not do it when you’re in a particularly good mood?
My day started out with a killer spin class with Kate Hickl at Flywheel. I managed to snag a front row bike which always makes it that much more fun – I love seeing Kate rock it out and get in our faces. Her energy is infectious and always gets my day off to a great start despite the early wake-up.
Right after class, I received an email saying my recent lab results were available online. Last Friday, I had my bloodwork done before work and I’ve been really anxious to see these results because they’re my bi-annual cholesterol test results.
To give you a quick history, I’ve had genetic high cholesterol since I was a senior in high school, but it wasn’t until it reached an all-time high (251 mg) in June 2012 that I started getting really serious about my diet and my exercise routine. I started going to the gym regularly to run and lift weights, taking barre classes, and cut out red meat, shellfish, most dairy, and some processed foods. In December 2012, I had my cholesterol tested again and found that it’d gotten a little lower (233 mg). Since then, I’ve discovered a serious fitness obsession and started strength training, taking spin classes, and doing yoga and pilates. I also cut back on drinking and went mostly plant-based. I feel so much better now than I did last December and I was really hoping my cholesterol reflected that.
Weirdly, it almost felt like I needed these test results to validate my lifestyle. As I’m sure anyone who’s ever made a major lifestyle change knows, you’ll always have friends, family, or coworkers who have to voice their objection. It wasn’t hard for me to ignore those objections, but I just wanted to know that I really was improving my own health and wellbeing. Well, validation given! I was absolutely psyched this morning to find out that my cholesterol had gone down to a nearly normal level (206 mg)! Yay!
Good thing #3 that happened today: I gave blood for the first time! At lunch, a friend told me about the blood drive my company was holding so I decided to head over after lunch and do some good. It was a little nerve-wracking and took a little longer than I expected (about 15 minutes for the actual donation), but I feel great about having donated. And I rewarded myself with some coconut water – yum.
Last but not least, I’ve been stressed about needing to find two roommates to fill the other two rooms in my apartment since both of my current roommates are moving out at the end of October. Yesterday, two of the girls who had come by to take a look at the rooms each decided to take one. A huge weight off my shoulders!
Oh and I almost forgot. After about a month without The Cinnamon Snail, I finally got to give them a visit at the Jersey City Farmer’s Market after work today! I picked up three doughnuts (glazed with coconut, apple cider, and chocolate) and a pecan turtle bar. Just the cherry on top of a fantastic day!
Sometimes it amazes me how the little things can add up to such a wonderful day! So important to remember to recognize those little positive moments in life. Have a Friday full of little positive moments tomorrow!