Closing in on 9 months....
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|Sat, 11-01-2003 - 3:42pm|
It's still hard to believe that the whole thing happened at all! The major change in my lifestyle has been diet (I was doing most of the other stuff that's supposed to help prevent heart disease already). It's been a struggle at times, but I'm surprised to discover that I'm usually OK not having the things I thought would be really tough to do without. My quality of life is just as fine without donuts in the office or beef 4 times/week, for example. I do miss whole-milk cheese (I have it some, but infrequently now).
I'm also trying to work on my stress management.
It's strange, though, I just always seem to be aware that I have heart disease. Not that I'm always walking around frightened that I have it, or resentful that I have it, it just seems to be there a lot.
I'm happy to report that I went for a stress/echo a couple of weeks ago, and everything showed OK! Big relief. Cholesterol was below 160 (I'm on meds for that now, guess I will be for life, even though I think my cholesterol would be in the normal range w/o medication with this new healthy eating. But I guess once you've been stented, that's that.)
This will be my first holiday season on a heart-healthy diet, and I know that will be a challenge. I need to keep telling myself that it's only food, it's not such a big deal, there are other things I can do in life to make me happier than stuffing my face with apple crisp....
Happy autumn everyone!