In recent months, I have been trying to spend more time taking care of myself. Most of the time, this means working out either with EA Sports Active or Leslie Sansone. If you had asked me a few short months ago what I thought of exercise, I would have complained. Now I know that it makes me feel better. I have energy and love knowing that I did well when I am sweaty. Who knew that I would ever feel that way.
Another part of this was finally making an appointment for a physcial. It had been a LONG time since I had done this. I finally made the appointment and had the papers for blood work to do before seeing my doctor. She warned me that since I am still nursing JSL my numbers may be elevated in triglyceroids and cholesterol. I went the Saturday morning before my appointment early in the morning since I had to fast for the tests. In addition to the CBC, the doctor also wanted a lipid screen, A1C (my mother is diabetic), kidney function (I have gout), TSH (thyroid was enlarged when pregnant), and Vitamin D levels.
I went last week to see my doctor. My blood pressure was fabulous and she was happy to hear about my lifestyle changes. Of course, she was most thrilled that I had lost almost 30 pounds and was exercising regularly. The day I went I was quite sore after just starting EA Sports Active. The nurse went to track down my test results. As expected, my triglyceroids and cholesterol levels were slightly elevated. Most likely they are due to nursing. The part she was not happy with was the low good cholesterol number. In addition to that, my Vitamin D numbers showed that I have a major deficiency. This has become something that more doctors are looking into now with people using sun screen all the time and blocking the much needed Vitamin D into their body.
At the end of the appointment, I left with a list of vitamins to get and how much to take each day. Here is my new routine. Each morning, I take 3 Fish Oil capsules with Omega-3 Fatty Acids, 1 Calcium w/D, 4 Vitamin D, and a multi-vitamin. At dinner each night, I take 3 more Omega-3 Fatty Acids and another Calcium w/ D. For those keeping track, that is 13 vitamins each day. Below is a photo of my mini-pharmacy which also includes my inhaler and allergy pills that I take for a few more weeks (still boosting up my lungs after the allergic reaction to walnuts at Disney World).
In three months, I go back for a recheck on my lipid test along with the Vitamin D levels. With any luck, the combination should help get everything back on track. The best news is now that I know about the Vitamin D and work on it I may have more energy. I always assumed the exhaustion was from being an overtired Mommy. Sure, that may have been part of it, but my extremely low levels were a huge factor.
So my question for you this week:
Do you take vitamins daily? If so, what do you take and are you good about taking them regularly.
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my prenatal vitamins…and USUALLY its daily! :)
Yep. One a Day and Calcium.
I do have a bottle of multivitamins in my cabinet, but taking them every day? I usually forget. Your post reminds me I have a lab slip to get my vitamin d checked. Oops!
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I take a prenatal (even though I am not pregnant, but I am going to use them up!) and a vitamin D supplement. Occasionally I take other things (C, B, Fish Oil). Happy Friday!
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I’m not good about taking my vitamins, but I’ve been making much more of an effort lately. I take a multi for women, iron, calcium citrate, and…. hm. I guess that’s it.
I don’t do viatmins. I use to while in college years ago, but then I just quit and figure I’ll get the vitamins I need from what I eat. Thanks for stopping by my blog :) Aloha
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I am bad at remembering to take my vitamins. If I remember I usually take a centrum multivitamin.
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i’ve recently quit taking any pharmaceutical meds and am looking onto taking vitamins and supplements exclusively. i’ll keep you updated because i’m still doing research.
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I take a multi-vitamin each day. I take the berry flavored VitaGlide by Viactiv. I have the worst time swallowing large pills so the flavor coating helps a little.
I tend to do really well remembering my vitamin Monday – Friday as I take it with breakfast but Saturday and Sunday I often forget. I need to make a checklist so I check it off each day.
How do you like EA Sports Active. I have been thinking about getting it but wasn’t sure if it was worth the $60 price tag.
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Alright thanks for reminding me that I still have yet to order vitamins for my husband and I lol My kids get the best vitamins out there..and yet I forget about us lol UGHHH I think I need to do that.
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I should but I haven’t yet
I take a Flintstone Chewable, a sublingual B12 and Zinc (disolved in orange juice – because it tastes terrible). I feel sluggish if I forget to take them, I just do!
And, drink lots of water and orange juice!!
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I take a Women’s weight loss multi vitamin. It’s supposed to be every day but I normally remember 5-6 days a week.
I take One a Day for Women, Iron and Fish oil. I just started this past week. I’m terrible about taking pills. I just forget. lol
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I take Calcium and Vit.D – I eat lots of fruit, broccoli etc, so I don’t take other vitamins. When I feel a cold maybe coming on I do take Airborne (also take that when I travel) Haven’t had a cold in 5 years?! (Because of radiation treatment to both sides of throat – my airway is 40-60% comprimised and it is very hard to swallow big pills!) Have a happy wk-end!
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I am still on prenatal vitamins since i am nursing, and I think I get enough vitamin D cause we go for walks almost every day…and if we are out there for a long time I put sun screen on…
I try to remember every day, but sometimes forget!
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I take these: E, Coral Calcium, Super B Complex, Chromium Picolinate, C, Magnesium, Zinc, Potassium. and acidophillus.
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I take a daily vitamin. It’s made by Amway. I’ve taken it for years now. It a great product.
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i don’t. i should. i know it. but i hate the way vitamins taste
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I take a multi-vitamin for women, glucosamine and calcium every day, after I brush my teeth in the morning so I don’t forget.
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I always forget but sometimes take some of my 3.5 yo’s gummi vitamins, that should count for something!
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I take a multi and then an extra calcium supplement since osteoperosis runs in my family
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I take a multi-vitamin, fish oil and iron. I am religious about it.
i was so good at taking my prenatals for all my pregnancies. but i just can’t figure out how to get my vitamins and calcium supps into my regular routine!!!! ugh.
I take a daily dose of 500mg Vitamin C.
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