Heart Lesson #1 HDL and LDL Cholesterol

on Sunday, August 9, 2009

Welcome to lesson 1 - I hope these will be informative, inspirational, and life changing snippets to get us all into a healthier lifestyle...that's our goal. We will focus on three main parts of reaching our goal everyday: Exercise, Eating and General Heart Healthy Knowledge. So dive in and enjoy the ride with me.

- First of all don't freak out...don't put all this pressure on yourself to go out and run a marathon the first day or ever. Most of this heart stuff is all about the mind...changing your mind to live a different way.
Homework: Just do something. That's it. It can be one push up or one sit up or 5 minutes of jumping jacks, even walk your stairs an extra time, check the mailbox again even though you know you've already brought it in....it doesn't matter...just so you get in the habit of doing some exercise everyday. There are many days I crawl in bed at night with no exercise done that day. I, then, make myself do a few sit ups right there in the bed. Cheating? Not for me...I did something. There are other days I do yoga or run 20 minutes or only do weight training. But, there are far more days that I just get by with the minimum. It's a process of changing your mind. I'm still working on it.
Bottom Line: Do one thing a day for exercise. Anything.

Eating - for now, let's take it slow and easy....just think God food. By that I mean, whatever you can get from the earth...God made, not man made. This will get you out of the processed food department. At the grocery, shop on the outside walls of the store...the stuff on the inside aisles is mostly packaged....but yes, you will need a little packaged food, not much thought. Mrs. Dash makes a great line of sodium free spice blends. But, for the most part, you'll buy fruit and veggies and meat, or fish.
Bottom Line: Think God, not man.

General Heart Healthy Knowledge - Today, let's talk cholesterol. Did you know that there's good and bad cholesterol. Most folks focus on the total NUMBER....anything below 200. That may be OK but if it's all bad cholesterol...that's not great. The real measure is the RATIO of total cholesterol to good cholesterol. I'll talk more about that later or click here.

For now I want to talk about trucks and trash. Good cholesterol is called HDL or I call it "Happy Cholesterol". These are your trucks...garbage trucks to be exact. Now, LDL is the bad cholesterol or I call it: "Lousy Cholesterol", the garbage. That's the stuff that clogs up your arteries and gives us strokes, heart attacks, etc. The trucks, the HDL, actually carry away the garbage, the LDL. Make sense so far? Your goal is to have more trucks than garbage. Thanks to my statin (cholesterol lowering medicine), I have a ton more trucks than garbage.
Are you with me, so far?
Bottom Line: Think Ford F350 when you're at the grocery store.

This is just the beginning of our heart adventure. There's more to come, recipes, things that work for me and others that didn't, thoughts on doctors etc. Remember, it's all a work in progress and changing the way our minds think about food, health, and how we relate to our environment. That's about how we handle stress. More on that later....for now...just enjoy!

6 Comments from you:

Clevelandgirlie said...


Clevelandgirlie said...

I just left a huge comment - where oh where did it go? I said....

Good for you for putting this out there. I've exercised my entire adult life (about 3x per week) but about 3 months ago I made the life changing leap to committing to an EVERY DAY workout routine. Some days it's extensive (bootcamp extreme), others - it's just a matter of 30 push ups and a 1.5 mile run. But I do it every single day. Holy cow - my body let me know in a hurry that it LOVES this every day thing. In three months I've dropped more inches, lowered my blood pressure to an incredible 116/74, my resting pulse is 73 and I've lost about 8 inches - all in the last 3 months. It's incredible the difference doing something every single day makes. People don't want to hear it - as it can seem daunting at first - but it quickly (within three weeks) becomes habit and if I don't work out for some reason one day, I feel horrrrrrible.
Wonderful of you to publish these lessons. I am going to be a good student and keep coming back to learn more!

Anina said...

Thank you Lindsey! You are inspiring me to get off my butt and start exercising again. I used to be really good about this but things have slipped...

Judy Alexander said...

Great advice and thanks for reminding me how lazy I have become when it come to exercise. I have no excuses and have plenty of time. I will let you know how I do. Also, I do belong to the ECGQ. Do you?

Nanci said...

Well geez Lindsey! Here I am just thinking of doing something and you blog about doing it. I am trying to ride the stationary bike at least 3 times a week for 10 minutes. I am sticking to it so far, but all this talk of excercising is making me tired and hungry....

Quilter Going Bananas said...

Just found your blog and read your story. All I can say is WOW! and thatI'm glad you're blogging and quilting :^)
I like your approach. My problem is consistency, I do well for awhile and then not :^(
I'll be following this topic! Thanks for posting!

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