Archive for August, 2011

24
Aug
11

Leadership Thought for a Wednesday

Tim Ferriss shared this yesterday. Had to share it with you.

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” – Lao Tzu

Enjoy your Wednesday!

23
Aug
11

Thought for the Day: A pessimist sees th

Thought for the Day: A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – Winston Churchill

22
Aug
11

Thought for the Day

“The more concerned we become over the things we can’t control, the less we will do with the things we can control.”-John Wooden

17
Aug
11

My Four Hour Body journey continued: Blood Work results: Cholesterol, Sugar, etc.

As mentioned previously, I wanted to see what effects the slow carb diet is having on me internally. The Slow Carb diet is outlined in Tim Ferriss‘s book, Four Hour Body. To recap, I’ve lost 57 lbs. to date in just a few months and my blood pressure has dropped to well within normal range. So, to continue this journey, I requested to have blood work done.

I received my results yesterday. I anxiously ripped open the envelope from our local hospital like a kid on Christmas morning. Without trying to brag, let me just say, I think this report is “fridge worthy”. No, it’s not on there yet, but if I can find an empty spot on our refrigerator, it will be.

Here’s my “look at what I did today” moment. First off, ALL of my numbers, except one, were within the “normal” range. From my last post, the big number everyone wanted to know was on cholesterol. That number is posted below. I’ve included only the sugar and cholesterol numbers for this post, because that is what everyone was most interested in. Here are the results.

Amazing. Bottom line: the plan works. If there are any numbers not represented here that you’d like to see, feel free to ask.

Needless to say, to steal the words from the kid in this video, “I feel happy of myself.” Oh, and if you need some additional inspiration, watch the video below. No matter what challenge you are facing, this speech will motivate you.

14
Aug
11

The journey continues:Looking under the hood

Performance is important. You can have a great looking car, but if the car isn’t running properly, the value decreases significantly. If you’ve followed my journey the past few weeks while following the slow carb diet as outlined in Tim Ferriss‘s book, Four Hour Body, you know that I’ve lost 57 lbs since early March. This diet has driven me to take  more responsibility for my own health and chart the diet’s effect on me in various ways. Previously, I’ve already covered it’s effect on my blood pressure. So, I wanted to know the effects on some of the other health areas, as well, such as sugar, thyroid, cholesterol, etc. This is my own attempt at “taking a look under the hood” to see how my body is functioning.

I started off binge day this week by heading to our local hospital for some blood work. As you may recall, I visited my doctor on Monday to ask for this to be done. Why do it on binge day? A few reasons:

  1. It’s the farthest point from my last binge day
  2. I had to fast prior to having it done
Note: I went to the hospital prior to beginning my binge.
I arrived early in the morning so that I could 1. get this done and 2. get on with binge day! I’m not at the hospital very often, but let me say, we have a great local hospital that serves our community well. They do a great job.
I signed in and headed to the lab. Amazingly, they only needed two vials to collect what they needed. For some reason, I thought it would be more. Oh well. One “little pinch”, two vials later, one cotton swab and some tape, and I’m out the door. I should have the results in a few days.
If you’ve done something like this, or have any questions, please feel free to ask. What numbers would you be most interested in seeing?
12
Aug
11

Thought for the Day from one of my favor

Thought for the Day from one of my favorite authors: “Why fit in when you were born to stand out.”–Dr. Seuss

08
Aug
11

Four Hour Body’s effect on blood pressure

First, let me say, I’ve enjoyed connecting with many fellow 4HB’ers through both Facebook and Twitter, since last Friday. Thanks for all of your words of encouragement and support. We’re in this together. Moving on…

I’ve been tracking my weight loss to this point, but was curious as to what changes may be happening internally, due to the Four Hour Body diet. Previously, I would NEVER go to the doctor, unless I was sick. This was of my own doing. 🙂

As I sat in the waiting room, I was trying to remind myself why I was so excited about this trip, just a few short weeks ago when I made the appointment. I reminded myself that this was for my own good and long term health. Aah, it’s my turn to go back. Here we go!

I requested a full work up of blood work, which will be completed by week’s end (probably right before I commence binge day). 🙂 As is customary, they took my blood pressure. I asked the nurse to look up my previous results from the last time I was there. Here are the numbers:

Last visit: December 2009, 162/102

Humbling and frightening numbers. This was pre-4HB and pre-ever thinking of a diet. I remember pleading with my doctor that I would control my weight and get that number down. I just didn’t know how I’d do it yet. Just to give some perspective, here’s what the numbers should be:

So what did the numbers look like today? Here you go:

Today: Monday, August 8, 2011, 128/82

A blood pressure reading well within the “normal” range. Let’s put the numbers side by side:

Last visit: December 2009, 162/102

Today: Monday, August 8, 2011, 128/82

Which blood pressure reading would you rather have?

Now, do I still have weight to lose? Most certainly. But, is my health heading in the right direction? Yes, both externally and internally.

If you have any comments, or suggestions, please feel free to leave them below.

Thanks for stopping by.