There’s actually no “but” to follow. I still have an incredible amount of weight to lose, and every time I think about how big the numbers are I feel like throwing in the towel. I don’t feel as energetic and awesome as I did when I weighed 50 pounds less, but I realize that I still have the same power to change that as I’ve had all along.
This week I participated in a health screening, and these are my results:
Blood Pressure: 132/70 – Yikes! Last time I gave blood it was 118/78, which is where it typically falls. My guess is that a lack of exercise and an incredible load of emotional stress has played a role in my higher systolic over the last two months. I’ll be checking it frequently to see the pattern.
Oxygen Saturation Level – 98% According to the medical staff, the acceptable range is 94% to 100% so I’m okay there.
Resting Heart Rate – 59 bpm I’m not on any medications so I’m not sure why my heart typically beats less than average, but I’m guessing that it’s the five years of pretty consistent exercise. I’m not a doctor, and I haven’t asked Google to explain it either so it’s just a guess.
Fasting Blood Sugar – 97 mg The American Diabetes Association says that 70-126 is acceptable.
Total Cholesterol – 164 Less than 200 puts you at a low risk for coronary health disease.
HDL (Good Cholesterol) – 53 Less than 50 means a major risk of heart disease. It looks like i made the cut, but not by much. I’d like to figure out what I can do to make this number higher.
LDL (Bad Cholesterol) – 88 Less than 100 is optimal. Whew!
TRG (Triglycerides) – 114 Less than 150 is normal.
In my limited understanding of this information, it appears that my numbers are pretty good (especially for someone who weighs as much as I do.)
I’d like to make these numbers even better, and I know that it will take time, consistency and sweat. In addition to exercise, I’ve been eating more vegetables and fruits. That’s something that I haven’t done consistently in ages, but I’m doing it now. I crave the organic green juice that I mentioned in a recent post, which is awesome because I get added nutrients when I drink it without taking a big caloric hit.
When was your last health screening? Are you happy with your numbers? Are you doing anything in particular to improve them?