Today I went to the doctor for an annual physical.
I'm pretty healthy, and left to my own devices would only have a physical every couple of years. However, last year I changed doctors; the new guy's office sent me a card reminding me that people of 'my age' should check in once a year. I called and made an appointment.
In preparation for the big event, last Friday I stopped in at a lab (after having fasted overnight) to have blood work done so the results could be incorporated into my office visit. The past tests have always been normal, so I didn't spend a lot of time wondering about what they'd show this time.
When I entered the doctor's office today the nurse practitioner performed the standard weight-blood pressure-health assessment questionnaire. She left, and I waited for the doctor. I've only met this doctor one other time, but he seems like a nice enough person. He asked me about my diet (which is better than last year--less processed foods and more "whole" ones) and exercise habits (not quite as good--if I were being graded on them, they'd be about a B).
I was pleasantly surprised when he told me that my diet changes outweighed the exercise slips. My "good" cholesterol had increased from just acceptable to five points higher than that.
Now I just have to figure out what I've been doing so I can continue it.
Five years ago today: New Thing #225--Virtual Style