thing one: if you subscribe to someone's blogs, you have to click the link you get in your email to stay subscribed. for that reason, when folks post more than one blog a day, essentially you are guaranteed to get kicked off of their blogs.
So here I am doing something that drives me nuts when other people do it.
Sigh. Being a hypocrite is so difficult.
Anyways, here's the skinny:
Part of my health insurance plan includes a wellness program-- wherein you complete tasks to earn points, and these points accumulate to a discount on your health insurance premiums. You can do things like volunteer, take a healthy cooking class, get phone health/weight coaching, complete x number of bike commutes, complete x visits per month to the gym, etc. etc. etc.
One part of this is a "biometric health screening"-- you get your numbers. I wanted to post mine here, as a reference point to draw on for the future. The university provides these health screenings at no cost throughout the year, such that I could take another screening periodically throughout the year.
Which is exactly what I plan to do.
Firstly the numbers:
Body fat 42.6% ***(edited for this: in sparks, if I enter my weight and height ratio, it shows me as 32% fat. that is a HUGE difference. I was looking at being overweight at 198 in sparks-- according to this weight device, it's going to be a lot more to become overweight. hm.)
*I am NOT entering this weight on my tracker-- as its not my scale and actually is lower than what I got at home. But I will say this was a nice surprise.
So, essentially, I'm fat, but all of my other numbers are perfect. Which was something the nurse couldn't believe given how fat I am. She literally took my blood pressure three times.
VEGANISM for the win. This happens to me often-- my bloodwork is good, and people can't believe it. Both my mother and father have high blood pressure etc. my mother is actually a healthy weight, but has to take BP medication. My mother eats paleo. My father is a vegetarian. This is not genes folks, this is pure diet. And I have the numbers to show for it.
Now for the plan.
I'll be honest, I'm eating a vegan diet, but I've been eating a lot of crap. Ben and Jerry's/ Hagen Daas, French Fries, Potato Chips, Daiya cheez, earth balance mac and cheez, Chao cheez slices, field roast vegan sausages, gardein meats, just mayo and just ranch-- just processed high fat crap. All vegan, yes, but really processed (and DELICIOUS). For the next 6 months, I'm going to really work at getting off some weight. I'm staying vegan, but knocking off the sh*t vegan food-- 5 days a week. 7 days a week is not realistic, nor is it a lifestyle for me. But I can do 5 days of good whole food veganism. The goal would be obvs 7 days a week, but that's not enjoyable or tenable for the long term-- there are going to be days where the three year old kills me and the house is a train wreck and I'm exhausted and just want to order pizza. It's going to happen. Better to work that into my plan than to force it and fail.
-- and notes here: JELLO, as in gelatin, is NOT vegan, but some pudding mixes are. Oreos are vegan-- unless you talk to a level 20 vegan who tells you they're aren't. then a level 30 vegan tells the level 20 vegan they're no longer vegan because they used the "O" word. Vegan is flexible and simple, folks. sh*thead level 20 vegans are just noisy complainers, and don't represent veganism at large. Compassion is the goal, veganism is the vehicle.
And in 6 months, I'm going back for a bio-screening. We'll see how it works.
Anyhoo, that's the that of it. I love being vegan. I love watching people balk at my numbers. I love it when doctors get huffy recognizing that I'm actually a pretty effing healthy fat person.