Update 2018-01-13 - New Blood Work, the Flu, and what…no Booze?!
My wife came down with the flu on New Years Eve, and 5 days later I started have symptoms. I picked up a prescription for Tamiflu the next day, and was able to coast through the flu in about 5 days. While I was sick, I was able to work (from home), and walk ~4 miles per day to keep from feeling like a slug.
With her being sick, followed by me being sick, something cool came out of this…
I have not had any booze since New Years Eve
So what, big deal? I typically avoid social libations Monday through Thursday anyway, saving them for the weekend evenings. I wasn’t planning a “sober January” or whatever, but It’s now 13 days in, and my blood work and blood pressure have improved. Of course, it’s too soon to tell if the lack of booze is the direct cause of the improvement in my numbers, but hell…why not see where it goes? I’m sure my liver will thank me anyway . Check out the blood work and BP numbers below…
I had my blood drawn on 1/9 for a Lipid and Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (no CBC). My previous panel was done in May of last year. A major change since May was going in to bulking phase and actually monitoring my calories and macros. We also pretty much eliminated cardio. My numbers still, for the most part, improved. My diet did improve as the result of watching macros; so that could have been a factor. But I suspect 10 days of no booze made a difference, too.
Most notable improvements were total Cholesterol, LDL, non-HDL, and Glucose Fasting. On the other hand, HDL dropped. Since I didn’t do CBC, I didn’t get MONO% and MPV.
You can view the full blood work here, but here’s the notable ones. (values in red are outside “normal” range)
As a side note, importing the blood work into an analytic format was a bitch. The reports are too different between the labs to write a script to automatically extract the data. So I gave up and did it manually.
The new year has brought a local downward trend in my BP, mostly on the systolic numbers. I am cautiously optimistic that reducing calories and elimination of booze are the reasons for the improvement. I have seen improvements like this before; so we shall see how it goes.
Full chart is available here. Here’s the daily averages since the New Year…
You can see that once I got up to around 205, I had trouble gaining much more weight, plateauing around 207. Fortunately, I was out of time for bulking anyway, lol . And as soon as I stopped bulking, the weight seemed to just drop off. I know it will progressively get more difficult as my weight and body fat reduces. But damn, I love this chart!
This is the first time I’ve ever tried to track macros. Even during the bulking phase, my focus was on minimum protein and maximum calories. Now, I have to watch everything. But I’m getting better at it every day. I’ve been finding it best to undershoot my macros with my meals and snacks during the day, then topping off with whatever I need after dinner.
Daily targets (no change)