My employer offered a free health screening which I participated in today. I was nervous stepping on to the scale. I have been exercising consistently for the last three weeks (5 days/week), so I wasn’t pleased to learn that I weighed 175 pounds. That’s 5 pounds higher than usual. Five pounds may not sound like anything to fret over, but I go hard in my workouts. Either the scale is off or my diet needs to catch up to the excellence of my workouts.
Once I had my biometric results, I couldn’t care less about 5 pounds. My numbers were #flawless.
Desirable/Optimal Range (for females) Actual
Total Cholesterol 125-199 mg/dL 168
HDL ≥ 46 mg/dL 72
Triglyceride less than 150 mg/dL 60
LDL 55-99 mg/dL 84
Non-HDL less than 130 mg/dL 96
Total Cholesterol/HDL ≤ 5.0 2.3
Glucose 65-99 mg/dL* 80
Blood Pressure less than 120/80 mmHg 110/76
Waist Circumference less than 35 33
BMI 18.5-24.9 28.2
*If you did not fast for the screening, less than 140 mg/dL
Everything was spot on with the exception of my BMI. Body mass index, aka BMI, is an inaccurate measure of body fat content. It does not take into account muscle mass, bone density, overall body composition, and sex differences.
I’ve had an active lifestyle for my entire life so the numbers don’t surprise me. It’s still nice to have confirmation. I’m so thankful for the blessing of good health. I’ve always had this weird desire to live to age 100 (as long as I’m not in pain). My paternal grandmother is still living at the age of 95. My great, great grandmother died at the age of 110. If family history is the biggest indicator of life span then I’m well on my way. The Lord can take me whenever He sees good and fit, but I intend to live a very long life.
I enjoy running but not in cold weather. I have a gym membership but have been exercising at home for the last few months. I watch a lot of YouTube videos. FitnessBlender is my favorite channel for home workouts. They don’t require equipment and mix cardio with strength moves. I’m also a fan of the Atlanta based fitness trainer Rahman Grayson better known as Mr. Shut Up and Train. He frequently has workout challenges posted on his site and FaceBook page.
I love food just as much as any other American. The only way I can keep my intake in check is by making sure the majority of what I eat is something I’ve cooked/prepared at home. I also try not to drink my calories. If I’m not drinking water then I may have skim milk, chocolate milk, or juice. I have alcohol socially. Dieting in terms of restricting calories and certain food groups is difficult to sustain. I’ve never been on a successful diet that didn’t conclude in me regaining part or all of what I had lost. The 80/20 rule and moderation works best for me.
Live well. Be well.