Stoked! Fairly clean bill of health...
Two or three weeks ago I was experiencing some intermitent numbness in my left foot, even off the bike, and that prompted me to go get a physical (first one in five years). This involved two visits, some blood work, etc. I've just come back from the second visit.
Basically, everything is pretty darn good. The first visit revealed some high blood pressure, so I was prescribed some medication, and that has already knocked it down (the high number was 180, today it was 140). My choleresterol is 208, which the doc thinks can be addressed through diet.
Otherwise, everything looked good to him. No evidence of diabetes, heart was good, colon fine, etc. etc. etc. Only thing he said I needed to do was LOSE SOME WEIGHT!
And he's right, and it's time to get serious about that. Two and a half years ago, I got serious and quit smoking. Little over a year ago, I got serious and began cycling and getting some exercise. Now it's time to address the weight issues by adding more fruits and vegetables, cutting WAY back on red meat, eliminating as much junk food as possible, cutting WAY back on milk (my secret addiction, although I at least drink 2%), and knocking out the salt. No special diet, just common sense. As he reminded me -- "You know what you shouldn' be eating, you don't need a fancy diet." And he's right of course.
Anyway -- feels good to know that all the major systems are AOK, and with a conscious effort in the food department, I can be even better.
Oh -- and the numbness in the foot? By the time I got my appointment with the doc, it wasn't happening, and hasn't happened since. It's like the noise in your car that disappears when you get to the mechanic.
congrats on good report: my own 2 cents
that's a really good report and gives you some goals to integrate into your lifestyle - it's always reassuring to find out that yes, you're in good shape for the coming year of riding your bike!
Genetically I'm blessed with low cholesterol so blood pressure control is not my issue.
Since many others have added their 2 cents about weight loss, I'll put in what worked for me:
I changed what I eat for one meal a day: for breakfast I eat fiber cereal + fruit + 2% milk. Before I used to eat whatever I could find. My wife calls this "Change One" for changing one meal's content daily. Lost 8 lbs. over a 6-month period and haven't gained it back. While at 6' 5" I still hover around 216 - 218 lbs, all my clothes fit. The fiber cereal (Shredded Wheat Bran, Cheerios, whatever with NO sugar) has helped my 'regular habits' and I actually look forward to breakfast these days. Eating our 'hearty Texas fare' like eggs, bacon, etc. makes me feel loggy most of the day & when eating breakfast out I'll try to eat oatmeal or something close to my regular fare. For lunch I ALWAYS pack a sandwich, lowfat chips, part of a dark chocolate bar (Lindt 4 squares), & a diet soda. Sometimes at 3 pm I eat a South Beach protein bar to keep my blood sugar up until dinner. Dinner is whatever I want in moderation.
Just 'change one' & see if it helps...