The “Whole” Picture

untitledSometimes I get hung up on my weight, and it takes a more holistic look at my body composition to make me see my body for the “temple” it really is.

Sure, I’m X lbs from where I want to be, but yesterday I had a wellness/biometrics screening at my husband’s employer (and have another one at my employer next week!) and I found out, I’m healthier than I think.

Though I’m borderline again for BMI (given my gain since last year), the goal the nurse set for me is exactly the goal I had in mind. It’s doable, and won’t kill me to get there.

My blood pressure, glucose, tryglycerides were all great. My good cholesterol (HDL) was up a point (hurrah!) and my bad cholesterol (LDL) was in the desired range. My total cholesterol was bumped a little (the nurse said due to the HDL), but again, the ratio was still in the desired range. (Phew!)

The overall message was I’m not as badly off as I feel sometimes. And so I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing: working out daily, adding good fats to my diet, eating lots of fresh produce, lean proteins and dairy, and eating oatmeal for breakfast as often as possible.

I’m losing again (slowly), but even if I don’t make my March 3, pre-Mexico goal … I know I’m doing things that will take care of my body and protect my heart in the long-run.

Since heart disease, diabetes and cancer all run in my family, it makes me feel good to know I’ve been focusing on these preventative measures for the past five years.

We can’t control every little thing the future may hold, but one thing we can do is take steps to protect our hearts and our health.

How about you? When is the last time you had a physical?

4 thoughts on “The “Whole” Picture

  1. Great insight. Eating healthy and excercising smartly are so important to overall health. When the scale doesn’t budge despite my best efforts I try and remind myself that my healthy eating and great exercise habits ARE doing something that is even more important than weight loss. Good health is priceless.

  2. Healther as someone with hypochondriac tendencies I have to say that your job would be my dream job LOL blood tests on demand. love it.

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