For about the past week or so I have been having really severe back pain. It’s been weird pain because nothing seemed to help it and then the pain turned into stomach pain as well. So I did something I don’t do very often.
I went to the doctor.
After describing my pain, he told me it doesn’t sound like anything to do with my back. It could be my kidneys or pancreas or a few other things. I got some tests done and everything was normal. The actual pain I was having was actually coming from either acid reflux or an ulcer. My bet was on reflux as I’ve had that most of my life.
Time to start a round of Prilosec.
One of the tests actually did come back negatively. My cholesterol was 248. Apparently that is pretty high. Even worse, according to my doctor, was that my good cholesterol was low and my bad one was high (whatever that means).
The doctor said high cholesterol could come from family history, which was very nice of him because he gave me a good excuse to use! Then he said it also could come from diet. My acid reflux comes from my diet as it always gets bad when I’m not eating well.
Here is what I have eaten in the past week or so:
- McDonald’s (multiple times)
- Burger King
- Wings, lots of fries
- Chinese food (the fried kind)
- P. Terry’s burgers
- Some donuts
- Oh yea and at least 2-3 sodas a day and Red Bull. I love Red Bull.
After thinking about my diet lately, it’s no wonder I have had such bad pain from acid reflux. And it’s no wonder why my cholesterol is so high. The doctor gave me an excuse by saying it could be due in part to family history (and yes it is true that I do have a history of high cholesterol).
But the real reason why my cholesterol is 248 is ME. I have made the decision to eat the way I have been eating. I’m actually drinking a Red Bull and eating a donut as I write this blog.
Being healthy is not on my goals list and it really isn’t a priority for me. But maybe it should be? When I think about the pain I have been having this past week I wonder if my diet is worth it? I wonder if I need to quit eating for convenience and taste and start thinking about what the food is doing to my body?
I am working to be the Boss of my life and to help other people become the Boss of their lives. Being the Boss means taking personal responsibility and that is what this post is all about. I take responsibility for my poor eating habits. My high cholesterol is my fault and it is up to me to lower it. Perhaps it is time I became the Boss of my health?
We are now in the final quarter of 2015. It’s crunch time. It is also planning time. I am beginning to think about my 2016 goals. I have not really set a healthy eating or a fitness goal in the past 8 years or so. Now is the time because I would like to see my doctor again next year. I would like to be the Boss of my life for a long time, not just for a couple more years.
We only do things in our lives for two reasons: to gain a benefit or avoid a loss.
I am going to set a healthy eating goal because I want to avoid a big loss. But there are also many benefits. I can become pain free. I can sleep better. I can get more energy. I can be a better husband to my wife. A better friend. A better everything.
I know why my cholesterol is 248. It’s not because of family history, but because of ME.
It’s time for a change. The buck stops here.
Let me know if you have any advice that can help me improve my eating habits and lower my cholesterol.