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Sunday, May 18, 2014

This weekend for my Azure Destinations team we were challenged to essentially measure our current level of health. We measured resting heart rate, calculated our target heart rates, took our blood pressure, found our hip/waist ratio, calculated our BMI, and measured our body parts.

Sorry, friends...there is no way in H-E-double hockey sticks that I'm sharing all of those numbers. They. Were. Frightening.

My BMI and waist/hip ratios weren't a surprise, and better than they were when I rejoined Spark in March, which is great. I JUST measured my body parts (waist, hips, bust, biceps, thighs, and calves) a week and a half ago, so nothing exciting or unexpected there. I am a little nervous that my resting heart rate and blood pressure were above normal...not scary high, but not great; I haven't been able to get a Drs appointment for a physical until June 30, though I'm calling around again tomorrow--I'd prefer sooner if I, even temporarily need meds.

Of course, both COULD be high because I've been on a steroid inhaler for my bronchitis, and the BP COULD be off because I used a machine at Walmart, which isn't always accurate, especially since I should be using a large cuff.

I'm not exactly the model of perfect health, being very plus-sized and all. I'd rather be safe than sorry. I'm really glad we did this challenge because it's pushing me to be more aggressive in finding a Dr for a physical.
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    Measurements of all sorts are important. Some make us gasp! But we came to SP because we wanted to become healthier, didn't we?

    Look at these measurements in a different way... Any measure, or photo, that shows something we don't want to acknowledge as being ours -- that is a GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY for IMPROVEMENT! Trust me, you will want to save those stats and take them periodically to see how you have improved.

    Just before I came to SP early June, I saw my doctor. He gave me a mournful look that said (to me): "I know you know what to do, but only you can do it." He actually said, "I can give you a few more months and we will evaluate if you need to go on Lipitor despite your reservations about the drug."

    I started building my endurance on our newly purchased treadmill. I re-entered SP's world and joined the Summer 5% Challenge, and I committed to doing the best I could do, to see just what this body could do. By mid-July I had blood labs drawn, and their improvement was impressive! Furthermore, when I saw my doctor again at the beginning of August, I said, "I am still 15 pounds away from a healthy weight, so I expect to see further improvement in my next labs." He concluded our visit by saying, "See you in 6 months." Now I want to continue exercising and eating cleanly to see just how good my labs can be!

    It's important to measure and to acknowledge that these measurements are ours, but that we CAN do something about them. Take "Before" shots, and progress shots. It doesn't matter whether you share them with anybody else, but look at them. My June "Before" shots were an eye-opener for me. My reaction was "1. Well, my legs look pretty good, and 2. The camera didn't break." When I took shots at the end of the Summer 5% Challenge, I could see lots of improvement, but I also saw GOLDEN OPPORTUNITIES for IMPROVEMENT.

    By all means, find a good doctor and get regular check-ups. Your doctor can give you referrals to know your lab numbers and help you learn which are most important for you to improve first. Your doctor will be ecstatic that you are already doing SOMETHING to improve your health.

    Love and respect yourself, always!
    2487 days ago
    emoticon you are doing so great! Keep up the good work! emoticon
    2582 days ago
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    I hope it is all good when you get to the doctor

    and way to go on improving your figures in the past few months.
    2583 days ago
    One of the problems with using a machine at a store is that you probably wanted to get it done quickly instead of sitting at rest for 5 minutes before taking your BP. It makes a difference. I hope you get in to the doctor sooner, but I also see what progress you have made in the BLC already. You are doing great! emoticon
    2583 days ago
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    Heart rate and blood pressure can be improved. It is GREAT that your BMI and waist/hip ratios are better! emoticon
    2584 days ago
    Hey girl don't ever put yourself down (we have family that does enough of that-lol) no seriously you have been doing a great job and will continue to do so - don't let anything stand in your way- especially not a set of numbers. These numbers are a good guideline for a road map of where we want to go, but it doesn't dictate where we are stuck forever. Keep on kicking butt like you did the first week, before you got sick and you will overtake it all. emoticon
    2584 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/19/2014 12:58:10 AM
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    i agree with iwant2dothis1x; you're AWEsome, you're working on yourself and you want to get healthier!
    don't put yourself down just because you had the same habits before that nearly all of us did; give yourself props!
    emoticon emoticon *teamie hugs!*
    2584 days ago
    Don't be so hard on yourself! You have been working your arse off since you've started. Your doing great. Just keep it up! emoticon
    2584 days ago
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