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Body Snapshot 7/6/12

Posted: August 6, 2012 in Stats
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I was going to wait to do more body updates until I had broken my next weight “bracket” (aka, once I got a scale reading below 150) but progress has been slow (though consistent!) but I’ve got a few numbers to share with you.

See, I’m lucky enough to work for a company that views our health as high importance. We have an onsite gym, discounts at local gyms, organized sports teams, we take part in Bike to Work month, encourage and organize volunteer work (including some physically demanding tasks), hold “Wellness” fairs and most recently, a “Wellness” reading that they refer to as a “Blueprint for Health.” The idea is that you receive four numbers as a snapshot of your overall health: glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and BMI.

Generally, I find the BMI to be complete and utter bullshit. BMI stands for Body Mass Index and it is literally a chart, which is meant to apply to all adult ages and genders, that tells you whether or not you’re fat based on how tall you are versus how much you weigh. It does not take muscle into consideration. Based on the BMI, a number of bodybuilders are considered obese, despite having very little body fat – getting an actual body fat percentage reading is far more accurate. Let’s not even get into the discussion of how having body fat can put you at risk for certain complications, but doesn’t necessarily make a person unhealthy.

So, no surprise that my results came back with a big ol’ WARNING! button for me to click on that linked me to a warning that I’m fat. Thanks for that.

Anyway, more importantly, all of my other readings came back looking pretty good! My blood pressure is in a decent range:

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My glucose levels are a little close to high, but I also forgot to fast the night before so although they took that into consideration, it may not be entirely accurate:

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Last, but certainly not least, the readings I was primarily interested in, my cholesterol:

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This is HUGE for me. The last time I got my cholesterol readings, my LDL’s were higher, my HDLs lower. I’m still right at that cusp, but my numbers are still down (plus, again, forgot to fast – whoops!) and overall I’m looking good! This has been one of my major goals behind treating myself better. I just need to work a little bit harder to get my LDL’s a little lower, my HDL’s a little higher, and keep them that way. My long term goal is to never have to take medication for my cholesterol.

I also have some progress pics!

 

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Why yes I DO rock a Sparkly Soul pink headband and sparkly pink laces on my Chucks on weights days.

Again, I was going to hold off on these, but I threw this image together on a whim for a friend who hasn’t seen me in a while (which is why one of the pictures is grainy. I had to do some rescaling – in MS Paint). I have better progress pictures on hold, where I’m wearing the same (or similar) clothes in each one, standing the same distances from the mirrors. I’m saving that for about another 20lbs/two sizes/ideal body fat %/whatthefuckever.

I’ve got a couple of things I want to discuss soon, namely the challenges of weight lifting and getting enough protein on Weight Watchers, as well as a product spotlight on the Sparkly Soul headbands I wear during every workout.

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