Week 1: 190 lbs
I hate to admit it but I have been going without disability insurance for some time now (well, actually I’ve never had it). Seeing as how I’m the only one working and with benefits for my family I finally got off my lazy ass and put the wheels in motion to get some disability insurance. Actually, to be honest, I actually inquired and started to put the wheels in motion back in February 2008, they just didn’t roll very far. So finally in October I contacted the same disability company again and asked for them to renew my quote and adjust a few things.
I took about a month and a half to two months from start to finish from the paperwork phase to the approval phase. Last week (a few days before my birthday) I got some paperwork from the insurance company. I assumed it was the final paperwork that I needed to review, sign and send back. What it turned out being were the test results for my blood work, which they send out as a formality and “for my records.” The strange thing was how many things fell into the abnormal or high column (I forget the exact working at the moment). Aparantly my cholesterol is pretty high (total was like 250 or 254). I guess from what I’ve seen from my research that over 200 total is in the “high” category.
I’ve never really had any problems with cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc. I guess the past few months of not going to the gym and eating like total crap have really caught up with me. I haven’t yet gotten the final paperwork from the insurance company based on these results, but I’m assuming that these “risk factors” will probably make the rate they quoted me slightly higher. I guess I’ll now need to decide if I go and get re-tested in a few weeks or just pay the higher rate, hoping that I can get re-assed and lowered later when I’m in better health.
My previous excuse for the exercising at least has been that I’ve been working a ton of hours lately (~65). I used to go during lunch on work days which was a nice break in the day. Now I’ve been working through lunch and not leaving myself any time to exercise. Starting this week I’ve decided that I need to stop making excuses and to get my ass up an hour earlier during the week to get to the gym.
As stated at the start of the post, my weight at the start of this week was 190 lbs. My ultimate goal would be to get down to 170, but I don’t think that’s realistic. I’d be happy with 175. We’ll see how it goes. Not only am I going to get back into the gym habit but I’m going to cut out fried food and really watch what I eat. The biggest problem for me will be trying to cut out beer. I may just have to work out a little more/harder to make up for that vice. I guess we’ll see how things go!