A Beloved Friend Returns

Hi, remember me? :)

Sorry for the brief absence from blog world. Last week ended up being one of those that got away from me. Life’s just like that sometimes.

When last we met, I was on my way to the doctor’s office for my annual physical. I’m pleased to report that I seem to have passed all my tests! In the voice mail I received Friday afternoon, the nurse said that my total cholesterol was 160 and my HDL was 63 mg/dL–a new personal record for me and one I was most pleased to see. While I’ve never had a problem with total cholesterol, my HDL has been low in the past (I started at 35 mg/dL), and I’ve kept one eye on improving it as I move along. These results are the pay-off. (If your HDL numbers need improving, you might want to check out 10 Ways to Help Boost Your “Good” Cholesterol.)

Unfortunately, the nurse didn’t leave any other specifics so that I might compare to last year’s results. She just said everything was “well within normal ranges” and that I should “keep doing whatever it is you’re doing.”

Yeah…about that. Whatever it is I’m doing…

If we exclude the birthday celebrations and weekend road trip (and I am excluding those), whatever it is I’m doing is kind of…well, boring. Lots of fruits and veggies, lean proteins, healthy fats, whole grains, plenty of exercise (usually), periodic-but-regular visits to the fro-yo shop, yada, yada, yada. I’m grateful for the availability of all of those things, but they’re routine now. I do them because…they’re what I do to feel good. In and of itself, that’s a nice payoff, but it occurred to me last week as I emerged from the sugar/carb high of birthday/travel fun, that the day-to-day of it all was just not that exciting. Necessary? Yes! Set my heart fluttering? Not so much. Solution?

Cake Day Returns!!

In case you missed its creation, Cake Day is a challenge I set up for myself years ago as a motivator for adding exercise into the dreary months of winter. And because I wanted some cake.

In short, I accumulate “points” for going beyond my regular exercise requirements. When I’ve collected enough points and if I’m sticking to my nutritional goals, I award myself the grand prize: a slice of cake (or a brownie or a cupcake or whatever bit of decadence presents itself.) And then I start over. :)

I’ve had a lot of fun with it over the past few years, and fun is what I’m looking for right now. I’ll tweak the original version for the New!Improved! Cammy, and start collecting points today! In fact, I should start getting ready for the gym now.

What are you doing to keep things interesting?

16 thoughts on “A Beloved Friend Returns

  1. Oh, I’m liking the idea of “cake day”. I have to go read that post.
    Can I copy you?
    I’ve been baking for my family and haven’t had so much as a lick… It would be much more fun to share once in a while. I know I need to incorporate some way for that so that I don’t just get fed up and go cake crazy at some point.
    I’m happy your test results were good!

  2. Can I play too! I love cake, cupcakes and anything to do with cake. (batter and icing included)!!! :)
    Congrats on your blood work!!! Those numbers are by far more important that any scale could ever say!

  3. Cake day! Come on up here with your bike and I will take you on a 45 mile cupcake ride. You can even have 2 😀

  4. You crack me up, Cammy. Next thing I expect to see is a cardboard sign with your head peeking over the top, inscribed “will work for cake.”

  5. I think I better wait till maintenance for a go at Cake Day. Afraid I convince myself I’d earned enough points EVERY day!

    I’ve changed the tone and focus of my blog a bit as I was getting bored with everything always being about food and eating. Thought if I allowed myself to write about other things it would help keep things interesting for ME.

  6. Congrats on that doc appt. Cammy! You work dang hard at it while managing to enjoy too so you deserve a big ole gold star like when we were kids! Heck, I think we ought to do that for adults!

    I love the idea of cake day. I actually do cookie day every week so I can have 2 every weekend! :-)

  7. I really like the notion of collecting points and should probably do that. It is kind of what I did when I was actively losing weight — I did really really well all week and then had one free meal per week including dessert. But lately (meaning about 18 months), I’ve been gaining and losing and gaining and losing the same darn 20 pounds. It’s time to kick things back into gear.

  8. You make me think about going for a checkup, I have not been to a doctors in 20 years but I can imagine how nice it is to hear you are doing well. At the same time I think I have done a good job by staying away!

  9. Can’t wait to see what you’ll do for cake day! I also love baking. Unfortunately I also don’t do anything interesting throughout the week, so the only thing that I can do to spruce up my time is bake! Recently I’ve been trying to perfect this one recipe out of this cupcake recipe book that my friend gave me as a present. It’s a chocolate, lime, and coconut cupcake. Still working on it though…

  10. I just might adopt myself a “cake day!” I love this idea so much. I will be blogging about my own physical and blood work results and the shocking results soon. Stay tuned.

    You are so full of great ideas Cammy and you continue to inspire me. Thanks for being you!

  11. Cake Day is brilliant! Hmmm… I’m not really doing much to keep things interesting, except munching on those hummus chips – can’t wait for your post!

  12. I think this is a great idea. It takes the “diet’ out of the equation. I actually did this yesterday. I went into my local bakery and had one slice of Berry pound cake. Yep, probably a 1M calories. However, I also went for a 4.5 mile walk that evening and the evening before and the evening after. If I had been exercising and monitoring what I was eating all along, I would have never gain an extra 20 lbs.
    I have now lost those 20 lbs. by doing the above. When I tell family and friends this, they can’t believe you can lose weight by cheating sometimes. :)

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