I have a confession to make. I am 36 and have a cardiologist. Why? Well according to him I am genetically disadvantaged. Which is basically a nice way of saying I am screwed genetically. My cholesterol is pushing 300 (though my good is 57 which is good). My heart also has problems. My mitral valve leaks, most likely cause by infection that I didn't even know I had. It was discovered about three years ago when I noticed my other problem and went to get checked out. My heart skips and adds extra beats and then stumbles to get back into rhythm. The good thing i have going is that my blood pressure is perfect. So it was time to get serious. I am try to avoid medication because of side effects so I was basically told to get it together and I have 6 months before I go on medication. It's up to me doc said. If I do nothing I'll mostly likely have a major heart attack within 10 years. Talk about wake up call. So for the last 6 weeks I have been eating healthy. I mean really healthy. I was told to lose weight, eat right and the dreaded e word exercise. Thing is I was also told this by my primary doc, and my back doctor so I guess maybe I should listen. So to strengthen my heart I started running. Yes I said running. If you know me you know how much I hate running. I am doing the couch to 5k and here's the scary thing I am actually enjoying it. Now I have had to start real slow but I have logged in over 27 miles. My deadline is February when I go back to the cardiologist. My primary is keeping an eye on me and so far I have lost a little bit of weight but like she said I am building muscle which is heavier the fat so the weight number isn't everything.
I just hope this all works because basically it's scaring the crap out of me.