Friday, April 06, 2012

It's Alive!

Y'all, I am so not into this new interface Blogger's got going on.  I'm sure I'll adapt (hey, it's free, I guess I shouldn't gripe), but good grief it's annoying.  If it ain't broke... *grumblemuttercurse*

Anyway, here's the annual birthday picture:

It's a bit dark (I don't know what's up with the photo quality -- grainy!) and Hound (aka Teddy) refused to look at the camera, but it'll do.  It's better than last year's which, although it was sharper, also shows that I wasn't doing my resistance exercises.  It shows in my face.  Well, to me at least.  There's only about a 7 pound difference between me then and me now, but I'll take now any day!

In other news, I got the results of my bloodwork in.  My cholesterol (both HDL and LDL) is outstanding, my blood sugar couldn't be better if I'd studied for the test, my thyroid is normal, all is well on that front.  However, my B12 is on the lower end of normal which, my doctor says, can cause one to become symptomatic for Vitamin B12 deficiency, and my Vitamin D levels are abyssmal -- 12.2 ng/ml, when the lower threshold is 30... which is still considered insufficient.  Optimal levels are from 50 - 70 ng/ml.  And one of the big symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency is (drumroll please) fatigue.

At least I have an explanation.  My doctor and I went over my diet and food-wise I'm taking in what I should for good health, so it appears we're dealing with an absorption issue.  I'm now supplementing with 5000 IU Vitamin D and 1000 IU Vitamin B12 daily.  We'll be rechecking in 3 months and go from there.

I'm not noticing any improvement in my stamina yet, but I have hope.

Regarding the belly dancing class, it was fun!  I'm also just as uncoordinated as I remember.  I can do the foot movements, or the hand movements, but putting them together just ain't happening yet.  And when you add "traveling" to the entire shebang, holy crap.  It's all done.  Remember, I trip over carpet lint people -- this is no joke.  I walk into doorways I know darned good and well are there.  So "grace" is not my middle name.  But I'll never improve unless I try so I figure I'll keep on and give it a whirl.

Have a great Easter weekend!


Norma said... Vitamin D was 8 back in October -- but I never had any issues with lack of energy, etc. They put me on 50,000 IU once/week for 9 weeks and then I've continued with 5,000 IU daily since. VitD is just one of those things we can't get enough of from foods, no matter how well we eat (and I don't drink dairy milk so there's that). Hope they get you feeling better soon! Awesome about your other labs. Happy Easter!

The Ninja said...

What a great picture!

Congrats on doing the class, I had that same issue with Zumba for at least the first month, it takes awhile to get the coordination down.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

I take Vitamin D because my dietician told me that everyone in MN needs it! I hope it helps!
Yay for the BellyDancing! Someday I may try it...Maybe.

Super Earthling said...

I've heard that belly dancing is an excellent exercise--strenuous but also lots of fun. Good for you, Amanda! :)

I think vitamin D3 is an important supplement to add for so many reasons. I also take a B12 every few days. Started doing that when I was eating vegan for a year because the B12 is lacking in that way of eating.