First of all, I’d like to wish you all a very Happy New Year! I hope you had a lovely celebration wirh your loved ones and that you’re as excited as I am for the coming year!
When we think New Year, we think goals and resolutions, fresh start, detoxing our mind, body, home, life, relationships and more.
For me this, 2018 is about HEALTH as I’ve neglected it for long enough. It all started by having my annual blood tests and health check-up. As I see myself as being pretty healthy, I assumed my blood test results would be normal until I received a phone call from my GP telling me that my blood count was low, my cholesterol was slightly higher than normal plus I was diagnosed pre-diabetic.
This of course made me very worried and I was getting stressed out. Once I managed to calm myself down, I saw this as a wake-up call and made the decision to make my health my main priority. After all, if not now then when? So for the last few days, I’ve been doing a lot of research on my two main ‘diagnoses’; high cholesterol and prediabetes.
Getting diagnosed with prediabetes is a serious wake-up call, but it doesn’t have to mean you will definitely get diabetes. There is still time to turn things around.
- Move more / exercise
- Lower your weight
- See your doctor more often
- Eat healthier
- Make sleep a priority
- Get support
- Having the right mind-set can help.
Many different factors can contribute to high blood cholesterol, including lifestyle factors like smoking, an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise, as well as having an underlying condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
Your lifestyle can increase your risk of developing high blood cholesterol. This includes: an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise or physical activity, obesity, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol and smoking.
Now … I see myself as being pretty healthy but what I realised was that for the last 3 months, being active has kind of gone down-hill. I used to walk 20000 steps a day, 15 minutes yoga and 15 minutes HIIT. But lately, I haven’t even hit 6000 step count, forget about the yoga about the HIIT.
So… if you haven’t yet booked your annual health check, please do so as soon as you can. And if you’ve been wanting to change your diet, eat healthier and be more active – make it a priority and get
- Taking action
But remember; accept that you won’t do things perfectly every day, but pledge to do your best most of the time.
Make a conscious choice to be consistent with everyday activities that are in the best interest of your health. Tell yourself you’re going to give it your best. You’re going to make small changes over time.
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