One year later…

So I had my annual physical exam today, and I don’t think it could have gone better. The doctor seemed incredibly surprised at the progress I’ve made over the last 12 months. According to their scale, I’m down 73 pounds. He said, “Wow… I mean, that’s a small child. Actually, that’s a large child! So what are you doing?” I shrugged and said, “It’s just calories in, calories out.” To which he said, “It’s amazing how simple that is.” And we both agreed that while simple, it’s also not easy.

He then mentioned – and seemed a little concerned – that my blood pressure was on the low side this morning. Especially after I told him that I’d been to the gym and had two cups of coffee before getting to his office. Fortunately I’ve been able to stop in at the grocery store blood pressure kiosk a few times over the last couple of months so I could show him those numbers too, which were similarly low. So we’re going to try stopping the blood pressure medication (YAY!!!!) for a little while to see what happens. He said it’d take a couple of weeks to work out of my system, but I’ll start doing weekly checks again to make sure that’s on track.

And we went over the numbers from the blood lab work they did a couple of weeks ago. He’s super happy with my cholesterol levels. HDL is up by 17 points, which he said is usually indicative of lots of exercise. I told him that I’m working out six days a week and he said, “Well, that’ll do it. That explains why that number is so much better.” My cholesterol/HDL ration is also markedly improved.

He asked about my exercise routine. I explained that I do three days of running and three days of lifting each week. He was surprised – again, pleasantly so – to learn that my joints aren’t giving me any trouble (yet) with the running, as that’s common as we get into our 40s. Yeah, my knees are a little stiff from yesterday’s 10.59km run. But that’s to be expected as I push for longer distances. (Incidentally, I’ve also registered for the Cinco de Mayo 10k again. So I’ve got that to look forward to.)

There were only a couple of things “out of range” which he wasn’t too concerned about. My phosphorus was a touch low, but my previous test it was right in the middle of the acceptable range. He said many things could cause that to fluctuate and if they did another test today, it’d probably be back up in the normal range again and really isn’t anything to worry about.

My bilirubin was also a touch high, as it was on my previous test as well. In fact, I had the exact same level as last year. He explained that this is usually linked to something called Gilbert’s Syndrome, which is a hereditary condition in which the liver does not properly process bilirubin. It can cause people who have it to appear jaundiced, but otherwise it generally isn’t anything to worry about.

So, yeah. That was a pretty great morning. Doctor said I was making him look good. I’ll take that.

Oh! I’m also realizing I never updated here with the results of my Blacksmithing for Beginners class from a week ago! Well, I enjoyed it. Very much a lot. There were seven of us, eight including the instructor. Everyone was really cool. Very chill vibe. We got to make candle holders. Here’s mine:

I’d intended the top to be the bottom, but the balance is funky so it won’t stand that way. I kind of like how it looks like it shouldn’t be able to stand this way. It’s also got a sort of Lovecraft meets Tim Burton vibe, so that’s cool. 

I definitely want to take more classes there, but I’m going to have to save up the cash for it. This is not going to be an inexpensive hobby, methinks.

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