This week’s installment of the Under Armour What’s Beautiful campaign focuses on knowing the inside of your body. As a reminder I am working with FitFluential on this campaign and have been compensated for my promotion, all opinions are my own.
I’ve mentioned before I never paid too much attention to my health stats, things like cholesterol, blood pressure or whatever else never registered as important to me. Mostly it was because the numbers were good. I assumed age or genetics were on my side and I was too young to need to care. When the numbers weren’t so good, I was in denial of the damage I was doing with my lifestyle choices and hoped age and genetics would correct my wrongdoings.
Friday I attended the most recent function at my place of employment. I’d like to share with you the changes in my numbers from my assessment in March compared to now.
- Total Cholesterol : Down from 170 to 163
- Good Cholesterol: Down from 92 to 66
- Non-HDL Cholesterol: Increased from 78 to 98
- Cholesterol Ratio: Increased from 1.8 to 2.5
- Blood Pressure: Was 106/74 now was 110/74
- Flexibility : Increased from 15″ to 18″
My total cholesterol has gone down, this is probably good, even if it wasn’t high before. My good cholesterol has also gone down, wonder why? From what I am reading online it may be because I switched to weight training instead of weight bearing for a while and the number should be headed back up since I’m back to running. My non-HDL has increased which concerns me and I don’t have an answer because I swear I’m watching what I eat. I am also worried the ratio has increased, although anything under 3.5 is within the goal. My blood pressure remains steady (lower than average, but not as low as it used to be for me).
My weight is not good. It has gone up a lot since November and even went up a little since March. I went from 152 to 161 to 164. My BMI and body fat percentage place me as “Moderately obese”. Not gonna lie, this made me cry. I will fully admit I am overweight, I need to lose weight, but I do NOT think I am “Moderately obese”, I do NOT think I look “that bad”.
There were two other interesting tests they ran on me on Friday, bone density screening and pulmonary functioning.
The other test was the pulmonary function test.
Knowing my numbers is only part of my journey, to follow along with all my goals and to create your own join me in the Under Armour What’s Beautiful campaign. I LOVE how people are looking at this as more than a physical fitness challenge, there really is something for everyone.
Tell me. Do you keep an eye on your levels? Have you had any interesting bone, lung or body testing conducted lately? Do you see the value and beauty in knowing your numbers?
***EDIT*** There were two things pointed out I wanted to add to this post.
1) Numbers and lifestyle are just two factors in the big picture. Age, Race, Family History and the like all play a big role in risk factors and protective factors. I didn’t mention it because I don’t know most of mine, so I rarely get an inside look into how that all works
2) I understand health fairs are not advanced screenings and anything “unusual” should very much be checked and reviewed by your primary care doctor. I simply love them because if it wasn’t for the health fair in 2007 I don’t think I ever would have realized what I was doing to my body and if it wasn’t for a different health screening in 2011 I never would have learned about my heart condition and we all know how that was literally a life saving thing. So, do the fairs, but take ’em with a grain of salt (skip the salt if you have high BP) ( ;